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TruTV To Broadcast First Four Games Of 2011 NCAA Tournament

The NCAA Tournament is taking on a different look this year. Instead of CBS holding exclusive broadcasting rights, the new television contract calls for Turner to split the games. It means every game will be broadcast on a network television station, whether it be CBS, TNT, TBS or truTV. In the case of the First Four games -- play-in games set for Tuesday and Wednesday -- truTV, the channel formerly known as Court TV, will handle the broadcasting duties.

So what is this mythical beast? After all, it's not a well-known channel like CBS and TNT. It's also never been a sports broadcasting platform, as far as I know. This year, however, truTV will be the new toy for the NCAA Tournament. With the sheer amount of games this week, Turner needed to rope in all its resources to pull off the daunting task of broadcasting every game, without delay or overlap, across three major channels.

The First Four games, a product of the NCAA Tournament's expansion to 68, get started on Tuesday night at 3:30 p.m. on truTV as UNC-Asheville takes on Arkansas-Little Rock in Dayton, Ohio. Following the matchup of No. 16 seeds, Clemson and UAB play the second game of the night at 6 p.m., or 30 minutes after the first game game.

In Seattle, truTV can be found on Comcast channel 49. It's part of the basic cable package, meaning you won't have to pay extra to catch all the NCAA Tournament action. Check out TV Guide's channel listing to find out where truTV is ahead of Tuesday night's game, as well.

For more on the NCAA Tournament, and last-minute picks, stop by our NCAA Tournament predictions StoryStream.