More on the NCAA Tournament announcement

The Daily News posted word earlier today that Philadelphia will host first- and second-round games in the 2013 NCAA Tournament. I figure I should post the full list of announced cities, since you might be wondering.

Today's announcement included venues for the 2011, 2012 and 2013 NCAA Tournaments. The 2013 edition will be the 75th NCAA Tournament, and the venues that will host that year were chosen in part because of their history as Tournament venues.

Or so they say.

So here's the schedule, with the host institution is in parentheses (along with a few asides from me).

Click here to see this year's list of venues. The rumor is that Providence is quite nice in March, or at least the big indoor shopping mall downtown is.

Note that the play-in game will remain in Dayton through 2013.


Sub-Regional Rounds

March 17-19: Pepsi Center / Denver, Colo. (Mountain West Conference)
March 17-19: St. Pete Times Forum / Tampa. Fla. (South Florida)
March 17-19: McKale Center / Tuscon, Ariz. (Arizona)
March 17-19: Verizon Center / Washington, D.C. (Georgetown)

March 18-20: Time Warner Cable Arena / Charlotte, N.C. (UNC-Charlotte)
March 18-20: United Center / Chicago, Ill. (Big Ten Conference)
March 18-20: Quicken Loans Arena / Cleveland, Ohio (Cleveland State)
March 18-20: BOK Center / Tulsa, Okla. (Tulsa)

(Aside: You might recall that Cleveland State hosted in 2005, but the games - including Penn vs. Boston College - were played at the much smaller CSU Convocation Center. I think we can call this an improvement.)

Regional Rounds

March 24-26 (West): Honda Center / Anaheim, Calif. (Big West Conference)
March 24-26 (Southeast): Louisiana Superdome / New Orleans, La. (Tulane)
March 25-27 (East): Prudential Center / Newark, N.J. (Seton Hall)
March 25-27 (Southwest): Alamodome / San Antonio, Texas (Texas-San Antonio)

(Aside: Southeast and Southwest? What happend to South and West? Oh well.)

Final Four

April 2-4: Reliant Stadium / Houston, Texas (Rice and Houston co-hosting)


Sub-Regional Rounds

March 15-17: The Pit / Albequerque, N.M. (New Mexico)
March 15-17: Louisville Arena / Louisville, Ky. (Louisville)
March 15-17: Consol Energy Center / Pittsburgh, Pa. (Duquesne)
March 15-17:
Rose Garden Arena / Portland, Ore. (Oregon)

(Aside: That's the replacement for Freedom Hall and the new Penguins' arena, respectively, if you were wondering. Freedom Hall is near the top of the list of college basketball venues I'd like to see a game at, but since this is its last seasom I figure I won't get the chance.)

March 16-18: Nationwide Arena / Columbus, Ohio (Ohio State)
March 16-18: Greensboro Coliseum / Greensboro, N.C. (Atlantic Coast Conference)
March 16-18: Sommet Center / Nashville, Tenn. (Ohio Valley Conference)
March 16-18: Qwest Center / Omaha, Neb. (Creighton)

(Aside: Will there ever be a Tournament without sub-regional games somewhere in North Carolina?)

Regional Rounds

March 22-24 (East): TD Banknorth Garden / Boston, Mass. (Boston College)
March 22-24 (West): US Airways Center / Phoeniz, Ariz. (Arizona State)
March 23-25 (South): Georgia Dome / Atlanta, Ga. (Georgia Tech)
March 23-25 (Midwest): Edward Jones Dome / St. Louis, Mo. (Saint Louis)

(Aside: That's more like it. Also, the NCAA's official name for the school is "Georgia Institute of Technology," but I doubt we'll be seeing that on a jersey any time soon.)

Final Four

March 31-April 2: Louisiana Superdome / New Orleans, La. (Tulane)


Sub-Regional Rounds

March 21-23: Palace of Auburn Hills / Auburn Hills, Mich. (Oakland)
March 21-23: Rupp Arena / Lexington, Ky. (Kentucky)
March 21-23: Energy Solutions Arena / Salt Lake City, Utah (Utah)
March 21-23: HP Pavilion / San Jose, Calif. (West Coast Conference)

March 22-24: Frank Erwin Center / Austin, Texas (Texas)
March 22-24: UD Arena / Dayton, Ohio (Dayton)
March 22-24: Sprint Center / Kansas City, Mo. (TBD)
March 22-24: Wachovia Center / Philadelphia, Pa. (Temple)

(Asides: As an astute reader points out, I just answered my own question from above. Also, I suppose someone out there with an infinite amount of time on their hands could research whether upsets are more likely at a Thursday-Saturday venue or a Friday-Sunday one. Yeah, I'm stretching it.)

Regional Rounds

March 28-30 (West): Staples Center / Los Angeles, Calif. (Pepperdine)
March 28-30 (East): TBD
March 29-31 (South): Cowboys Stadium / Arlington, Texas (Big 12 Conference)
March 29-31 (Midwest): Lucas Oil Stadium / Indianapolis, Ind. (Butler, IUPUI and the Horizon League co-hosting)

(Asides: First of all, it's a bit striking that the East Regional is the one of the four that hasn't been set yet. I can't imagine that would be so hard to do, and I wonder what the holdup is. Second, this will be the first time Los Angeles will host Tournament games since 1994. I've been told that one of the reasons why Pauley Pavilion is being renovated is to get NCAA Tournament games there, but it looks like that plan didn't work out for now. And third, Cowboys Stadium will host the 2014 Final Four.)

Final Four

April 6-8: Georgia Dome, / Atlanta, Ga. (Georgia Tech)