New York, NY (PRWEB) March 14, 2013
March Madness is here. The NCAA Men's Basketball Championship is about to start, and so far only eleven teams have booked their seats. With the First Four to be held on March 19 and 20, and final selection to be announced by March 17, tensions are running high for the remaining 47 slots.
Thus far, the following teams have clinched an automatic bid to the Big Dance by topping their respective conferences:
– Belmont Bruins, Ohio Valley Conference
– Creighton Bluejays, Missouri Valley Conference
– Davidson Wildcats, Southern Conference
– Florida Gulf Coast Eagles, Atlantic Sunday
– Gonzaga Bulldogs, West Coast Conference
– Harvard Crimson, Ivy League
– Iona Gaels, Metro Atlantic Athletic
– James Madison Dukes, CAA
– Liberty Flames, Big South, Conference
– Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, Sun Belt Conference
– Long Island Blackbirds, Northeast Conference
The First Four will be hosted by the University of Dayton and the games will be played at the University of Dayton Arena, on March 19 and 20. The Second and Third Rounds will from March 21 to 24. The games will be played at the following venues:
– Palace of Auburn Hills (Detroit area) (host:Oakland University) on 3/21/13 and 3/23/13
– Rupp Arena, Lexington, KY (host: University of Kentucky) on 3/21/13 and 3/23/13
– Energy Solutions Arena, Salt Lake City (host: by Univ. of Utah) on 3/21/13 & 3/22/13
– HP Pavilion, San Jose, CA (host: West Coast Conference) on 3/21/13 and 3/23/13
– Frank Erwin Center, Austin, TX (host: Univ. of Texas at Austin) on 3/22/13 & 3/24/13
– University of Dayton Arena (host: University of Dayton) on 3/22/13 & 3/24/13
– Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO (host: Missouri Valley Conference) on 3/22/13 & 3/24/13
– Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA (host: Temple University) on 3/22/13 & 3/24/13
The Regional Semifinals and Finals will be at the following venues:
– Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA (host: Pepperdine University) on 3/28/13 & 3/30/13
– Verizon Center, Washington, DC (host: by Georgetown Univ.) on 3/28/13 & 3/30/13
– Cowboys Stadium at Arlington, TX (host: Big 12 Conference) on 3/29/13 & 3/31/13
– Lucas Oil Stadium, Indy (host: Butler, IUPUI & Horizon League) on 3/29/13 & 3/31/13
The Final Four will be at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia on April 6 and 8 and will be hosted by the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Twenty other conference champions have not been determined, and teams are still trying to book automatic bid slots. The 37 at-large qualifiers will still be determined and the teams announced before the start of the tournament.
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