WASHINGTON - MARCH 19: The Pittsburgh Panthers react to their loss to the Butler Bulldogs during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Verizon Center on March 19, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

NCAA Tournament, Washington D.C. Games: Butler Stuns Pittsburgh, Connecticut Tops Cincinnati

Washington D.C. saw one of the craziest NCAA Tournament games in recent memory, as Butler upset No. 1 seed Pittsburgh, 71-70, on a free throw by Matt Howard. In the nightcap, Kemba Walker led Connecticut past Cincinnati.

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NCAA Bracket Update: Kemba Walker Carries Connecticut Past Cincinnati, 69-58

The second NCAA Tournament game on Saturday night didn't have the same intrigue as the first, but it did feature Kemba Walker. Once again, the Connecticut star carried his team, this time to a Sweet 16 berth with a 69-58 win over No. 6 seed and Big East rival Cincinnati.

Walker, who has now played nearly every minute of seven games in the last 11 days, fought off a hip injury to score 33 points. He didn't shoot incredibly, hitting 8-20 from the field, but nailed all 14 of his free-throw attempts to still manage to score efficiently. He also made big plays when his team needed him to do so, fighting off Cincinnati's physical defense and familiarity with his game from Big East battles. 

Jeremy Lamb added 14 points for Connecticut, but he was the only other UCONN player in double figures. Rashad Bishop led Cincinnati with 22 points, but he ran out of gas, like his team, at the end of the game. We're still waiting for Walker and Connecticut to run out of gas.

The Huskies move on to face San Diego State in the Sweet 16. The Aztects survived No. 7 seed Temple in double overtime earlier Saturday.

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NCAA Tournament Update: Kemba Walker, Connecticut Rally To Take 36-28 Halftime Lead

The No. 3 seeded Connecticut Huskies got off to a really slow start against No. 6 seed Cincinnati in a third-round NCAA Tournament game, but then Kemba Walker brought his troops back. Walker scored three straight buckets to stop the bleeding, and the Huskies eventually took control and now lead 36-28 at halftime.

Walker has 15 points in the half, but none were bigger than the six he scored when Cincinnati took a 17-9 lead. Those six points got Connecticut back in it when the game was slipping away early, and the Huskies later ripped off a 16-2 run to turn a 20-15 deficit into a 31-20 lead.

Jeremy Lamb added nine points for Connecticut, while Rashad Bishop led Cincinnati with 10 points. The winner will take on San Diego State after the No. 2 seeded Aztects slipped by No. 7 seed Temple in a double-overtime thriller in Tucson earlier in the day. 

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NCAA Bracket Update: Butler Shocks No. 1 Pittsburgh In Stunning Ending

The first No. 1 seed in the 2011 NCAA Tournament has fallen after a wild, wild finish. No. 8 seed Butler has upset No. 1 Pittsburgh, 71-70, in a game with an ending unlike any we've seen in quite some time.

Matt Howard hit a free throw with under a second remaining for the final margin. Nasir Robinson fouled Howard on a rebound of a missed Gilbert Brown free throw. Brown got to the line after Shawn Vanzant committed a foul on the baseline at midcourt. Brown hit the first, but missed the second, setting up the foul on Howard.

Butler took a 70-69 lead with 2.2 seconds left on a brilliant inbounds play by Brad Stevens. Using Mack and Howard as decoys, Stevens ran a play where Shawn Vanzant fed Andrew Smith for a layup to take the lead. That preceeded Vanzant's foul on Brown, who hit the first free throw, then missed the second before Robinson's foul

Butler had a chance to take the lead with one minute left, but Matt Howard missed a three-pointer, and Smith missed a point-blank putback. The Bulldogs forced a shot clock violation on Pittsburgh's possession, setting up Smith's layup.

The Bulldogs will face the winner of Kansas State and Utah State in the next round.

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NCAA Tournament Update: No. 8 Butler Leads No. 1 Pittsburgh, 38-30, At Halftime

Might we be seeing the first upset of a No. 1 seed in the 2011 NCAA Tournament? Maybe. No. 8 Butler has a 38-30 lead on No. 1 Ptitsburgh at halftime of a game in Washington D.C. involving two teams in the Southeast Region of the NCAA bracket.

The Bulldogs led 30-18 at one point, and then closed the half on an 8-1 run after Pittsburgh scored 11 straight to cut the lead down to one point. Shelvin Mack is on fire for Butler, shooting 6-10 from the field and 4-7 from three-point range for 16 points. Matt Howard added eight points for Butler, who is shooting 8-16 from behind the three-point line.

Ashton Gibbs and Gilbert Brown countered with nine points apiece for the Panthers, but Pittsburgh isn't a team who performs well from behind. The Panthers really need to step up the defense if they want to defeat a tough, experienced Butler team.

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NCAA Tournament 2011 Schedule: Times For Washington D.C. Games Set

The times for the 2011 NCAA Tournament third-round games at the Verizon Center on Saturday have been set, and both will happen at night. All the favorites (Pittsburgh, Butler, Connecticut and Cincinnati) advanced in the second-round on Thursday, and we now know when they will take their next steps in March Madness. 

Here are the times for those two matchups:

7:10 p.m., TBS: No. 1 Pittsburgh vs. No. 8 Butler - Butler advanced past Old Dominion, 60-58, on a thrilling buzzer beater by Matt Howard. Pittsburgh struggled with UNC-Asheville, but eventually put the Bulldogs away, 74-51. Butler is not as big or as physical as Old Dominion, but its experience should prove to be valuable against a tough Pittsburgh team.

9:40 p.m., TBS: No. 3 Connecticut vs. No. 6 Cincinnati: The Huskies had no issues with No. 14 seed Bucknell, winning 82-51, while Cincinnati got by No. 11 seed Missouri, 78-63. This sets up a Big East showdown in an earlier round than most expect. The Huskies defeated the Bearcats in Cincinnati, 67-59, back on February 27 in their only matchup of the season. Ironically, Kemba Walker very nearly went to Cincinnati instead of Connecticut.

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Missouri Vs. Cincinnati Score Update: Bearcats Defeat Tigers 78-63

The Cincinnati Bearcats made sure that the Verizon Center didn't see any upsets Thursday in a 78-63 win over the Missouri Tigers Thursday.

Yancy Gates had 18 points to lead all scorers, while Dion Dixon had 16 points for Cincinnati. Cashmere Wright had 11 points and six assists. For Missouri, Ricardo Ratliffe had 13 points and four rebounds to lead the Tigers. Michael Dixon would add 11 points.

After Missouri jumped out to an early lead, the Bearcats would fight back and take the lead for good midway through the first half. Cincinnati would extend their 11-point halftime lead to as many as 19 and the result was never in doubt.

With Cincinnati's win, all higher seeds prevailed at Verizon Center Thursday. The Butle Bulldogsr, Pittsburgh Panthers, Connecticut Huskies and the Bearcats all advance to Saturday's third round. The Bulldogs will face the Panthers, while the Huskies will meet their fellow Big East members.

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Missouri Vs. Cincinnati Score Update: Bearcats Lead Tigers 39-28

The Cincinnati Bearcats are doing their best to avoid being the first upset victim at Verizon Center as they hold a 39-28 lead over the Missouri Tigers.

Cashmere Wright has nine points to lead the Bearcats. Dion Dixon has eight points, while Yancy Gates has six points. For the Tigers, Michael Dixon has nine points.

Missouri got off to a hot start and held an early 9-2 advantage. The Bearcats responded with five straight points, but the Tigers restored their seven-point lead at 14-7. Once again, the Bearcats scored five straight points, but then took the lead and held it for the rest of the half.

The Bearcats are shooting 46 percent from the field, but the Tigers are only shooting 29 percent with nine total field goals. The first three games at Verizon Center ended with the higher seed prevailing. With 20 minutes left, Cincinnati will do its best to make it a perfect day for the favorites.

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Bucknell Vs. Connecticut Score Update: Huskies Trample Bison 81-52

In 2005, No. 14 seed Bucknell shocked the world when they defeated the heavily-favored No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks. Thursday night at Verizon Center, the Bison were seeded No. 14 once again against the Connecticut Huskies. Suffice to say, the Bison were trampled.

Kemba Walker scored 12 of his 18 points in the second half to lead the Huskies to a 81-52 rout of the Bison.

UConn pulled away midway through the first half and never looked back, going on a 12-2 run at the end of the half to take a 39-22 halftime lead. The second half was even better for the Huskies, who went on a 23-7 tun to open the half to take a 33-point lead, which would expand to 41. Bucknell, from the much smaller Patriot League, could not handle UConn's size and strength advantage. The Bison made only 16 field goals and the Huskies held a 41-20 rebound advantage.

The Huskies now await the winner of the game between the Cincinnati Bearcats and Missouri Tigers.

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Bucknell Vs. Connecticut Score Update: UConn Has Comfortable 39-22 Lead Over Bucknell At Halftime

For UConn, it's been no Kemba Walker, no problem.

Jeremy Lamb has 11 points to lead the Huskies to a 39-22 lead over the Bucknell Bison at Verizon Center.

Walker, UConn's most prolific scorer, only has six points in the first half. In fact, Kemba didn't score until he made a free throw at the 10:42 mark. The Huskies had 21 points at the time, but Walker had eight assists to help his teammates out. Roscoe Smith had 10 points, including eight of UConn's first 16.

The Huskies' 17 point lead is their biggest of the game, but it didn't come easy. Bucknell responded to UConn's offensive bursts early, but the Huskies pulled away by using their size and strength advantage as well as their solid shooting from the field; they shot 51 percent from the field and hit five threes.

Mike Muscala has six points for the Bison.

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Bucknell Looks To Shock Connecticut At 2011 NCAA Tournament

The Verizon Center is hosting four first round games of the 2011 NCAA Tournament on Thursday that will feature some of the best teams in the Nation. You can find the schedule for Thursday's games here. We're going to preview each of the eight teams that will be playing on Thursday. Here's a look at Bucknell, Connecticut's opponent.

 

Bucknell Bison:

Coach: Dave Paulsen

Conference: Patriot League

Record: 25-8 (13-1)

Best Player And Why: Mike Muscala is one of the top inside threats you'll see on any small-college team. He's the team's leading scorer and rebounder, and will be a load even against the Huskies.

Strength: The Bison do pretty much everything well, and in particular are an outstanding defensive team.

Weakness: They're a little weak on the perimeter around Muscala, though that hasn't been an issue in Patriot League games.

Starting Lineup: Bryan Cohen -- Darryl Shazier -- Bryson Johnson -- Joe Willman -- Mike Muscala

Prediction: They'll keep it close against Connecticut, but I'm guessing they will come up short.

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March Madness Scores: Pittsburgh Pulls Away From UNC-Asheville, 74-51

The No. 1 seed Pittsburgh Panthers pulled away from No. 16 seed UNC-Asheville to get a 74-51 win in the first round of the NCAA Tournament from Washington D.C. The Panthers will advance to face No. 8 seed Butler on Saturday after the Bulldogs defeated No. 9 seed Old Dominion at the buzzer.

Ashton Gibbs scored 26 points to lead Pittsburgh, and he was really the only player that showed up for the Panthers. Only one other guy scored in double figures, and the Panthers looked lethargic for much of the game, taking only a five-point lead at halftime. Eventually, though, the Pittsburgh defense stepped up.

Matt Dickey scored 21 points to lead UNC-Asheville, who shot just 31 percent from the field. The Bulldogs will have to settle for a thrilling opening-round win over Arkansas-Little Rock and a competitive first half against Pittsburgh. More No. 16 seeds can't say they did those things.

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NCAA Tournament Update: Pittsburgh Leads UNC-Asheville By Only Five At Halftime

Could we be seeing a possible huge March Madness upset in Washington D.C.? Maybe not, but No. 1 seed Pittsburgh is having its issues with No. 16 seed UNC-Asheville. It's halftime, and the Panthers lead just 30-25.

It looked like Pittsburgh would have its way with UNC-Asheville when it took a 23-11 lead at the 7:42 mark of the first half. But then UNC-Asheville rallied, picking up their defense and closing the half on a 14-7 run to cut the lead back down to five. It could have been even better for UNC-Asheville, but they squandered an opportunity for a wide open putback in the final seconds.

Neither team is shooting well, with both under 37 percent from the field for the game. It's the kind of game Pittsburgh likes to play. But even so, they still only lead by five points, so there might be some cause for concern. Stay tuned.

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2011 NCAA Tournament: Matt Howard Gives Butler 60-58 Win Over Old Dominion

Matt Howard's buzzer beater gave No. 8 seed Butler a 60-58 win over No. 9 seed Old Dominion in the first NCAA Tournament game from Washington D.C. For more on the game, click here.

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Cincinnati Looks To Make A Name For Itself At 2011 NCAA Tournament

The Verizon Center is hosting four first round games of the 2011 NCAA Tournament on Thursday that will feature some of the best teams in the Nation. You can find the schedule for Thursday's games here. We're going to preview each of the eight teams that will be playing on Thursday.

Cincinnati Bearcats:

Coach: Mick Cronin

Conference: Big East (Sixth)

Record: 25-8 (11-7)

Best Player And Why: Yancy Gates is an absolute man-child in the post. He hasn't developed all the skills he will need to single handily take over Tournament games, but he has all the physical tools necessary to be a huge matchup problem for whichever team he faces.

Strength: Against Missouri at least, it will be their size. The Tigers won't have anyone who can match up with Gates, and they should have a size advantage at most of the positions on the floor. Also, on a less serious note, their starting five has the best names of any unit in the Tournament. Not sure how that will help, but it has to.

Weakness: They don't have the go-to scorer that is needed when the opposition shuts down your half court offense. Gates is their leading scorer, but he only averages a shade under 12 points per game. When his offense isn't working, they don't have someone that they can hand the ball to that can create their own shot.

Starting Lineup: Cashmere Wright - Dion Dixon - Rashad Bishop - Ibrahima Thomas - Yancy Gates

Prediction: I think the lack of a go-to scorer is going to doom the Bearcats. Missouri doesn't have anyone to match up with Gates, but I think they can play the game at a pace that is fast enough to neutralize him to some extent. I like Missouri.

If you haven't filled out your bracket yet, it's not too late! We have a printable bracket that's been updated to reflect the results of the first-four wins.

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Missouri Looks To Turn Things Around In 2011 NCAA Tournament

The Verizon Center is hosting four first round games of the 2011 NCAA Tournament on Thursday that will feature some of the best teams in the Nation. You can find the schedule for Thursday's games here. We're going to preview each of the eight teams that will be playing on Thursday.

Missouri Tigers:

Coach: Mike Anderson

Conference: Big-12 (Fifth)

Record: 23-10 (8-8)

Best Player And Why: This is a toss-up between Marcus Denmon and Laurence Bowers. Denmon is a scoring threat from everywhere on the court, but he doesn't bring a whole lot of other contributions to the game. Bowers is a good defensive player, can score when needed and is the team's leading rebounder. 

Strength: Depth. The Tigers don't have one marquee player that can take over games in the NCAA Tournament, but they have about four or five guys that can make a very serious contribution. If they are going to be successful, they can't rely on Denmon to win the game for them. They have to share the ball and get everyone involved.

Weakness: Momentum. The Tigers were ranked at one point this year, but they have fallen on some hard times recently. They enter the Tournament having lost four of their last five games. But they've had a pretty good amount of time to get things together. That could be very helpful for them.

Starting Lineup: Marcus Denmon - Michael Dixon - Kim English - Ricardo Ratliffe - Laurence Bowers

Prediction: I think Missouri has a very good chance to beat Cincinnati in this game. I don't have a ton of faith in the Bearcats, and I think that Missouri's guard oriented style of play can be very successful in the Tournament. I was a bit surprised to see that they got a No. 11 seed, and I think they'll show that it was a bit low.

If you haven't filled out your bracket yet, it's not too late! We have a printable bracket that's been updated to reflect the results of the first-four wins.

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UNC-Asheville Looks For Second Straight Shocker At 2011 NCAA Tournament

The Verizon Center is hosting four first round games of the 2011 NCAA Tournament on Thursday that will feature some of the best teams in the nation. You can find the schedule for Thursday's games here. We're going to preview each of the eight teams that will be playing on Thursday. Let's check out the only team that has won a game in the tournament thus far: UNC-Asheville.

Coach: Eddie Biedenbach

Conference: Big South (Champion)

Record: 20-13 (11-7)

Best Player And Why: Matt Dickey leads the team in points per game, but fellow guard J.P. Primm takes most of the shots and also leads the team in assists.

StrengthDefense. UNC-Asheville allowed the fewest points per 100 possessions in the Big South, despite playing at the second-fastest pace. Their big strength is forcing turnovers -- they're 12th in the entire nation in turnover ratio.

Weakness: Size, like most small schools. UNC-Asheville had a negative rebounding differential in conference play, and the Big South is not a strong conference.

Starting Lineup: J.P. Primm -- Matt Dickey -- Chris Stephenson -- John Williams -- Quinard Jackson

Prediction: There's no way they're beating Pittsburgh, but the one win on Tuesday was nice.

If you haven't filled out your bracket yet, it's not too late! We have a printable bracket that's been updated to reflect the results of the first-four wins.

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Old Dominion Looks To Bust Top Of Bracket In 2011 NCAA Tournament

The Verizon Center is hosting four first round games of the 2011 NCAA Tournament on Thursday that will feature some of the best teams in the Nation. You can find the schedule for Thursday's games here. We're going to preview each of the eight teams that will be playing on Thursday.

Old Dominion Monarchs:

Coach: Blaine Taylor

Conference: CAA (Tournament Champions)

Record: 27-6 (14-4)

Best Player And Why: Frank Hassell leads the Monarchs in both points and rebounds, and is a remarkably consistent force under the basket. He has been carrying ODU on his (allegedly huge) back all season long. if they are going to go far in the tournament, he'll need to be the dominating force he is capable of being.

Strength: Experience. Old Dominion made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last year, and they return four starters from that team. Unlike a lot of teams that come from small conferences, they aren't going to feel out of place when they get deep into the tournament (foreshadowing).

Weakness: Like most of the small conference teams, they don't have a tremendous amount of size. Hassell has good size at the power forward position, but the rest of their starters will probably smaller than the players they are guarding.

Starting Lineup: Darius James - Ben Finney - Kent Bazemore - Chris Cooper - Frank Hassell

Prediction: A lot of people are going to pick Butler because they have better name recognition, but I like Old Dominion in this game. I don't think Butler is as good as they were last year, and I think Old Dominion is going to be the much hungrier team.

If you haven't filled out your bracket yet, it's not too late! We have a printable bracket that's been updated to reflect the results of the first-four wins.

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Pittsburgh Looks To Finally Get Over Hump In 2011 NCAA Tournament

The Verizon Center is hosting four first round games of the 2011 NCAA Tournament on Thursday that will feature some of the best teams in the Nation. You can find the schedule for Thursday's games here. We're going to preview each of the eight teams that will be playing on Thursday.

PITT Panthers:

Coach: Jamie Dixon

Conference: Big East (Regular Season Champion)

Record: 27-5 (15-3)

Best Player And Why: Ashton Gibbs is everything you would want from a big game point guard. he can get everyone on the team involved, and he isn't afraid to take, and make, a big shot for his team. He's shooting a cartoonish 48% from behind the arc on the season, and is pretty much automatic when he is left open.

Strength: They have great size at every position, and they have the kind of gritty toughness that you would expect from a team from Pittsburgh. They can play lock down defense at every position and they will out-tough you when need be. Sometimes NCAA Tournament games are a street fight, and I don't think anyone plays better in those games than the Panthers.

Weakness: Balanced scoring. They get excellent production from Gibbs and fellow guard Brad Wanamaker, but they don't really have a lot of other scoring option. Some of their players are just on the floor for their defensive contributions. If you can lock them down and force Gibbs and Wanamaker to beat you, you might be able to outscore them.

Starting Lineup: Ashton Gibbs - Brad Wanamaker - Gilbert Brown - Nasir Robinson - Gary McGhee

Prediction: I think it's safe to assume that Pitt isn't going to be the first No. 1 seed to lose n the first round. They beat UNC-Asheville going away.

If you haven't filled out your bracket yet, it's not too late! We have a printable bracket that's been updated to reflect the results of the first-four wins.

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Kemba Walker Looks To Continue Hot Streak And Lead Connecticut Far In 2011 NCAA Tournament

The Verizon Center is hosting four first round games of the 2011 NCAA Tournament on Thursday that will feature some of the best teams in the Nation. You can find the schedule for Thursday's games here. We're going to preview each of the eight teams that will be playing on Thursday.

UCONN Huskies:

Coach: Jim Calhoun

Conference: Big East (Tournament Champion)

Record: 26-9 (9-9)

Best Player And Why: Were you expecting somebody other than Kemba Walker? He showed during every game of the Big East Tournament that he is capable of carrying the Huskies against the best teams in the Nation. He did the same during the Maui Invitational at the beginning of the year. He's a great player and shows up when it matters most.

Strength: Just for fun, I'll try to pick something other than Kemba Walker. They have tremendous size at every position other than point guard. Jeremy Lamb, Roscoe Smith, Alex Oriakhi and Charles Okwandu are all matchup problems for whomever they go against.

Weakness: Inexperience. They start two freshman and a sophomore; and Kemba Walker is only a junior. Many of their impact players off the bench are also freshman. They showed in the Big East Tournament that they aren't afraid of the big stage, but young teams don't usually do that well in the NCAA Tournament.

Starting Lineup: Kemba Walker - Jeremy Lamb - Roscoe Smith - Alek Oriakhi - Charles Okwadu

Prediction: Uconn is the No. 3 seed and faces 14th-seeded Bucknell. I think this one should be a walk in the park for the Huskies. It could be an opportunity for some of their impact players to get some serious rest, which could come in handy later in the Tournament.

If you haven't filled out your bracket yet, it's not too late! We have a printable bracket that's been updated to reflect the results of the first-four wins.

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Butler Looks To Replicate Last Year's Run In 2011 NCAA Tournament

The Verizon Center is hosting four first round games of the 2011 NCAA Tournament on Thursday that will feature some of the best teams in the Nation. You can find the schedule for Thursday's games here. We're going to preview each of the eight teams that will be playing on Thursday. Let's check out last year's runner up, the Butler Bulldogs.

Butler Bulldogs:

Coach: Brad Stevens

Conference: Horizon League (Champion)

Record: 23-9 (13-5)

Best Player And Why: This one is kind of a tie between Matt Howard and Shelvin Mack. Howard provides a really consistent inside presence, and is probably the best player on the team on any given day. But Mack can have huge scoring nights at any time and can carry the Butler team by himself.

Strength: Experience. Butler made it all the way to the National Championship game against Duke, so they know what it takes to make a deep run in the tournament. They aren't going to feel like they don't belong in any game they play.

Weakness: Size, and a go-to scorer on the wing now that Gordon Hayward has moved on to the NBA. Howard is their best inside player and he will be smaller than most of the centers he faces in the tournament. Mack can have big games, but he has been inconsistent this year.

Starting Lineup: Chase Stigall - Shelvin Mack - Shawn Vanzant - Andrew Smith - Matt Howard

Prediction: I actually like Old Dominion in this game. I don't think Butler has looked very good this year, and ODU has a lot of tournament experience themselves.

If you haven't filled out your bracket yet, it's not too late! We have a printable bracket that's been updated to reflect the results of the first-four wins.

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NCAA Tournament 2011: Washington D.C. Region Schedule Includes Old Dominion, Pittsburgh, Connecticut

The 2011 NCAA Tournament gets underway Thursday, and that also means first- and second-round games at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. will take place. The Verizon Center will host games on two sides of the NCAA bracket, with two Southeast Region games followed by two West Region games. 

Here is a complete list of games for Thursday and where you can find them on television if you cannot attend. Tim Brando and Mike Gminski will have the call for all four games.

12:40 p.m.: No. 8 Butler vs. No. 9 Old Dominion: The defending NCAA runner-ups in Butler look to try another magical run through the NCAA Tournament, but it's unlikely to happen. Meanwhile, we're all big advocates of Old Dominion and believe the CAA champions could make a surprising deep run. (truTV)

3:10 p.m.: No. 1 Pittsburgh vs. No. 16 UNC-Asheville: Pittsburgh, led by guards Ashton Gibbs and Brad Wanamaker, won't lose this early. UNC-Asheville, meanwhile, is coming off a thrilling play-in game overtime victory over Arkansas-Little Rock, so they at least know how to rally from big deficits. (truTV)

7:20 p.m.: No. 3 Connecticut vs. No. 14 Bucknell: All I need to do is say that Kemba Walker is involved, and you're excited. See, I just got you excited. Bucknell is an underrated team, but at least this time the Huskies are taking their opponent seriously. (TNT)

9:45 p.m.: No. 6 Cincinnati vs. No. 11 Missouri: Cincinnati is imitating their coach and generally having a good time. Missouri? Well, we've heard nothing. (TNT)

March Madness resources: Printable 2011 NCAA Tournament bracket ... Full 2011 NCAA Tournament schedule.

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NCAA Tournament 2011 Schedule And Announcers: Washington D.C. Pod Times Announced

The 2011 NCAA Tournament schedule is now out, and we now know when all the games in the Washington D.C. regional will be played. The eight teams will play on Thursday and Saturday, with Tim Brando and Mike Gminski having the call for all the games. 

Here is a complete schedule for the eight teams in Washington D.C. All times are Eastern Standard Time.

Thursday, March 17

Southeast Region

No. 8 Butler vs. No. 9 Old Dominion, 12:40 p.m., TruTV: The defending NCAA runner-ups in Butler take on one of the top mid-major teams in the country in Old Dominion. It should be an outstanding game, for all of those who get TruTV.

No. 1 Pittsburgh vs. No. 16 UNC-Asheville or Arkansas-Little Rock, 30 minutes after, TruTV: The top-seeded Panthers will begin their NCAA Tournament run against the winner of the UNC-Asheville/Arkansas Little-Rock on Tuesday.

West Region

No. 3 Connecticut vs. No. 14 Bucknell, 7:20, TNT: Kemba Walker and the Huskies look to follow up their Big East Tournament title with a win over a tough Bucknell team. The last time Bucknell was a No. 14 seed, it upset Kansas in 2005.

No. 6 Cincinnati vs. No. 11 Missouri, 30 minutes after, TNT: The Bearcats take on a Missouri team that was hot early, but struggled to finish the season. 

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NCAA Tournament 2011 Schedule: Washington D.C. Pod Includes Pittsburgh, Connecticut

The top-seeded Pittsburgh Panthers headline the eight teams that will play their first- and second-round NCAA Tournament games in the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. The games will take place on Thursday and Saturday, with times still to be determined.

The Panthers earned the top seed in the Southeast region of the 2011 NCAA bracket, despite not winning the Big East Tournament. Ironically, the team that won the Big East Tournament, Connecticut, will also be playing first- and second-round games in Washington D.C. The Huskies earned a No. 3 seed in the West Region.

CAA champion Old Dominion will also be playing in Washington D.C. The last time a CAA team played in the Verizon Center in an NCAA Tournament game, George Mason went to the Final Four.

Here are all of the first-round matchups.

Southeast

No. 1 Pittsburgh vs. No. 16 UNC/Asheville or Arkansas-Little Rock

No. 8 Butler vs. No. 9 Old Dominion

West

No. 3 Connecticut vs. No. 14 Bucknell

No. 6 Cincinnati vs. No. 11 Missouri

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