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Bet on NCAABWith the Super Bowl over, the next big thing in sports betting will be the upcoming March Madness NCAA basketball tournament. And with just under a month to go before the big dance starts, now is the time to start looking at the playing trends of many of the favorite teams. How various schools are performing right now and up to the beginning of the tournament on March 13 will give sports bettors ample information for predicting who will go all the way in 2011.

There are a few changes this year to the tournament to make it even more exciting. New television deals have been worked out with CBS and Turner Sports channels. This will make it possible to show every single game played during the tournament for the first time in its history. So there is no excuse to miss a single exciting college basketball game throughout the month.

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The final four games of the tournament – obviously the most important and most anticipated – will be played at Reliant Stadium in Houston, TX. Less than two months after the 2011 Super Bowl is played in Dallas, more sports betting madness will make its way to Texas with this NCAA tournament. The final four games will be played starting on April 2, 2011.

[By the way, click here for more March Madness previews and college basketball news.]

More games, more Texas sports madness, and... more teams? That's right: instead of last year's 64 teams, this year will feature 68 playing in the NCAA tournament. There will now be a First Four mini-tournament to decide which teams advance to the traditional bracket of 64 teams. The traditional first round will now be the second round, where the 64 teams play the traditional 32 games. Then it is off to the Sweet Sixteen and the tournament excitement will grow by the day.

With so many great college teams playing solid basketball right now, predicting the winner of this year's tournament will be as difficult as ever. Will Duke win it all again? Is it finally Butler University's turn, after their amazing run last year? Or will both of these teams falter in 2011 and fail to make it back to the finals? We will all be anticipating the answers to these questions as the time comes closer for March Madness.


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