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Syracuse loses to Butler in the NCAA March Madness!

Butler forward Willie Veasley celebrates with guard Shelvin Mack (1) and teammates after defeating Syracuse.

Butler forward Willie Veasley celebrates with guard Shelvin Mack (1) and teammates after defeating Syracuse.

What a game!

Butler schooled Syracuse the first half…staying at least 10 points up on them most of the time….then fell behind in the beginning of the second half only to pull ahead towards the end and hold on ……..Jim Boeheim goes home early another year……

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March 25, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Men, Sports, Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

John Calipari….The Kentucky Basketball Coach….. REALLY believes in Facebook and Twitter……

The Kentucky Basketball team this year is the odds on favorite to be in the final four in the NCAA March Madness College Basketball Championship Tournamnet…..The team is led by a colorful, driven coach that happens to be a a bigger fan of the social networks leaders Facebook and Twitter…

This has enabled coach Calipari to reach around the world with his story….and connect with team fans …..

Calipari has 1,113,647 followers on Twitter, 138,325 fans on Facebook, and his Coach Cal application for the iPhone andiPod touch sold more than 6,000 applications in its first month, making it the top paid sports application on iTunes less than a week after its debut last month.

His Web site, CoachCal.com, which went up in July, receives more than 100,000 page views each week. It has been visited by people from more than 100 countries, even Kyrgyzstan, which borders China.

Calipari, who was first encouraged by Indiana Coach Tom Crean to become active on Twitter, says social networking helps him connect with Kentucky fans, who are famously rabid.

“If you’re not doing it, you’re behind,” said Calipari, who had 1,300 people wish him happy birthday in 25 minutes on Facebook last month.

His team isn’t doing too bad either…..

…….his top-seeded Wildcats (34-2) have shown in the N.C.A.A. tournament entering Thursday’s game in the East Region semifinals against No. 12 seed Cornell (29-4), the competition is not close.

He, he, he…..the funny thing is the coach  ( who has has a up and down history ) is computer challanged…..

The results of Calipari’s efforts to raise money through technology have been a step in revamping his often controversial image of a coach who took Memphis and Massachusetts to the Final Four, but both programs were ordered to give up their victories in those seasons because of N.C.A.A. violations.

“He’s using it for good, not evil,” Scott said. “There’s ways to use it not just to keep people informed, but to get people to realize that this is bigger than basketball.”

It is even more amazing considering that the 51-year-old Calipari does not use a computer and struggles to type on his Blackberry. He is helped in his technological adventures by Scott, who moved to Lexington from the Boston area when Calipari was hired in April.

More…….

March 24, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Education, Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, Sports, Travel, Updates | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

NCAA Basketball College March Madness Tournament Scores#3……

MEN’S BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD/SCHEDULES

Wisconsin's Jason Bohannon (12) goes for a basket as Cornell's Ryan Wittman (20) defends during the second half of an NCAA second-round college basketball game in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday, March 21, 2010. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

[ Wisconsin’s Jason Bohannon (12) goes for a basket as Cornell’s Ryan Wittman (20) defends during the second half of an NCAA second-round college basketball game in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday, March 21, 2010. ]

SUNDAY, MARCH 21ST 2010All Conferences

Final
(22) Gonzaga 65
(4) Syracuse 87
West Regional Second Round
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Final
Georgia Tech 66
(5) Ohio State 75
Midwest Regional Second Round
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Final
(13) Michigan St 85
(20) Maryland 83
Midwest Regional Second Round
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Final
Missouri 59
(6) West Virginia 68
East Regional Second Round
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Final
Cornell 87
(16) Wisconsin 69
East Regional Second Round
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1st Half 5:12
(25) Xavier 28
(18) Pittsburgh 18
West Regional Second Round
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1st Half 9:29
Texas A&M 19
(10) Purdue 13
South Regional Second Round
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1st Half 10:22
California 15
(3) Duke 18
South Regional Second Round
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Louis Dale scored 26 points, Ryan Wittman added 24 and No. 12 seed Cornell upset fourth-seeded Wisconsin 87-69 on Sunday, becoming the first team from the Ivy League since 1979 to advance to the round of 16.

The Big Red (27-8) will play top-seeded Kentucky in the East Regional semifinal Thursday in Syracuse, N.Y., about an hour from Cornell’s campus. It could be a tough ticket, though, since Kentucky’s basketball-crazed fans got a head start when the Wildcats advanced Saturday.

Cornell wasted little time taking care of its end.

The Big Red controlled things from the opening tip, picking apart Wisconsin’s vaunted defense the same way they did Temple in the opening round.

Cornell had a 12-point lead early, a 20-point lead late and very few moments of concern in between. The lopsided affair should make for some interesting conversation this week at the “Dog Pound,” the nickname given to the three-story, off-campus house that 13 players and a team manager call home.

Cornell became the lowest seed to advance to the round of 16 in this year’s tournament and the first Ivy League team to get that far since Penn 31 years ago.

Wisconsin (24-9), meanwhile, failed to get past the opening weekend for the fourth time in five years.

Jon Leuer led the Badgers with 23 points, including the team’s first 12. Jason Bohannon added 18, Ryan Evans chipped in 11 and Trevon Hughes finished with 10.

But Wisconsin’s problem was defense.

Cornell shot 61 percent from the field, 53 percent from 3-point range and just dominated every aspect of the matchup. Anyone believe the Big Red were seeded correctly now?

Jeff Foote had 12 points and seven rebounds. Chris Wroblewski added 12 points, and Jon Jaques finished with nine before fouling out.

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March 21, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, Sports, Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

NCAA March Madness Tournament Scoreboard Updates…..3/20/10…..Kansas loses……

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Final
North Carolina Audio 76
Mississippi St 74
Nit Second Round
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Final
St Mary’s Ca 75
(9) Villanova 68
South Regional Second Round
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Final
Jacksonville 64
Texas Tech Audio 69
Nit Second Round
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Final
Murray St 52
(11) Butler 54
West Regional Second Round
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Final
Ohio 68
(15) Tennessee 83
Midwest Regional Second Round
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Final
NC State 52
UAB Audio 72
Nit Second Round
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Final
Northern Iowa 69
(1) Kansas 67
Midwest Regional Second Round
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Final
Old Dominion 68
(19) Baylor 76
South Regional Second Round
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Final
Washington 82
(8) New Mexico 64
East Regional Second Round
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Final
BYU 72
(7) Kansas St 84
West Regional Second Round
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Final
Wake Forest 60
(2) Kentucky 90
East Regional Second Round
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Jordan Eglseder, Cole Aldrich

[ Kansas center Cole Aldrich loses control of the ball as he collides with Northern Iowa center Jordan Eglseder in the second half of play Saturday in an NCAA tournament second-round game. ]

Leading by one point against the colossus of the bracket, Ali Farokhmanesh stood at the three-point line, no one around. The prudent play? Pull it out, burn some clock.

Not a chance.

Taking his shot at history, Farokhmanesh let fly from the wing.

Swish!

The biggest upset in a tournament full of them was done. Northern Iowa had taken down mighty Kansas.

Playing with poise down the stretch and getting another big three-point basket from Farokhmanesh, Northern Iowa pulled off one of the biggest NCAA upsets in years by knocking No. 1 overall-seeded Kansas from the bracket with a program-defining 69-67 win Saturday.

“If anybody’s going to shoot that shot, I want it to be Ali,” Northern Iowa’s Jake Koch said.

This year’s NCAA tournament has been defined by upsets. Eight double-digit-seeded teams got through the first round. No. 10 Saint Mary’s beat Villanova on Saturday and No. 11 Washington shoved aside New Mexico.

This was the biggest shocker of all.

Winning the tempo tug-of-war, ninth-seeded Northern Iowa (30-4) grounded the high-flying Jayhawks with in-their-jersey defense, then withstood a furious rally for the first win over a No. 1-seeded team in the second round since Alabama Birmingham and Alabama did it to Kentucky and Stanford in 2004.

First-round hero Farokhmanesh had the biggest play of all.

With Kansas charging and its fans roaring, the fearless son of an Iranian Olympic volleyball player caught the ball on the wing after the Panthers broke Kansas’ press. The shot clock still in the 30s, he hesitated for just an instant, then cast his bracket-busting shot with 34 seconds left.

Trailing, 66-62, Kansas had one last chance, but Tyrel Reed was called for an offensive foul and Farokhmanesh sealed it with two free throws with five seconds left, sending the Panthers to the round of 16 for the first time.

Next up is the Michigan State-Maryland winner in St. Louis — and another chance at history.

“This team has done such a great job of turning the page to what’s next, and this would be the biggest challenge of the year,” Coach Ben Jacobson said. “A lot of positive things have happened because of the way these guys played.”

Kansas (33-3) fell behind early and came up just short on one of its anticipated runs, ending a season of national-title aspirations with another disappointing NCAA loss to a mid-major.

The Jayhawks trailed by as many as 12 points and used defense to pull within one with 44 seconds left. But they let Farokhmanesh sneak out for the deciding three-point basket to go down for the mid-major count like they did to Bradley in 2006 and Bucknell the year before, also in Oklahoma City.

Cole Aldrich had 13 points and 10 rebounds, Marcus Morris had 16 points and Sherron Collins ended his stellar career at Kansas with 10 points on four-for-15 shooting.

“Obviously, everybody is disappointed on our team,” Aldrich said. “To work so hard and to go through so much adversity … it’s disappointing that we couldn’t have let Sherron go out in a better way.”

The postgame celebration told the story.

Farokhmanesh, who finished with 16 points, jumped into a huddle of teammates, and Koch embraced older brother Adam to a chant of “U-N-I!” At the other end, Jayhawks Morris and redshirt senior Mario Little crumbled to the court, tears streaming down their faces when they finally rose.

“We never doubted we could play with them at all,” senior Adam Koch said.

Kansas sneaked by Lehigh in the first round, using a spirit-crushing run to turn a scare into a 16-point win.

Northern Iowa had to fight through its three-point win over Nevada Las Vegas in the opener, ending a 20-year NCAA winless drought on Farokhmanesh’s 25-foot basket with 4.9 seconds left.

This game was like opposite poles of two magnets; One of the nation’s highest-scoring teams against Northern Iowa’s stuck-in-the-mud mentality.

Northern Iowa had never played a No. 1-ranked team and no one from its conference had beaten one since 1962.

March 21, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, Sports, Updates | , , | 2 Comments

NCAA March Madness Tournament Scoreboard Updates……3/19/10….

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Final
Morgan St 50
(6) West Virginia 77
East Regional First Round
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Final
Minnesota 54
(25) Xavier 65
West Regional First Round
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Final
Cornell 78
(12) Temple 65
East Regional First Round
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Final
Siena 64
(10) Purdue 72
South Regional First Round
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Final
Missouri Audio Video 86
Clemson 78
East Regional First Round
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Final
Oakland 66
(18) Pittsburgh 89
West Regional First Round
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Final
Wofford 49
(16) Wisconsin 53
East Regional First Round
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Final
Utah St 53
Texas A&M 69
South Regional First Round
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Final
Memphis Audio 81
Mississippi 90
Nit Second Round
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Final
Florida St 60
(22) Gonzaga 67
West Regional First Round
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Final
Georgia Tech 64
Oklahoma St 59
Midwest Regional First Round
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Final
New Mexico St 67
(13) Michigan St 70
Midwest Regional First Round
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Final
Ark Pine Bluff 44
(3) Duke 73
South Regional First Round
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2nd Half 2:44
Vermont 49
(4) Syracuse 72
West Regional First Round
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2nd Half 6:44
Uc Snta Barbara 42
(5) Ohio State 57
Midwest Regional First Round
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2nd Half 19:15
Houston 39
(20) Maryland 41
Midwest Regional First Round
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2nd Half 14:46
Louisville 39
California 53
South Regional First Round
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March 19, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, Sports, Updates | , , | 3 Comments

Obama's NCAA Basketball Championship pick's……….

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Barack Obama has filled out his NCAA bracket, and the president thinks Kanas will survive March Madness and defeat Kentucky to win the title. His Final Four consists of Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky and Villanova.

The president’s bracket is fairly safe, with two 1-seeds and two 2-seeds advancing to the Final Four. The lowest seeded team in his Elite Eight is 3-seed Georgetown.

Last year, Obama correctly picked North Carolina to win the tournament, and he provided commentary during the CBS broadcast of a Georgetown-Duke basketball game in January.

Link……..

Here’s his picks on paper……

Hey..he’s got Duke lasting till Nova, huh?

Alright!

March 17, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, Sports, Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

Obama’s NCAA Basketball Championship pick’s……….

rs13716_espn03obamakatz

Barack Obama has filled out his NCAA bracket, and the president thinks Kanas will survive March Madness and defeat Kentucky to win the title. His Final Four consists of Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky and Villanova.

The president’s bracket is fairly safe, with two 1-seeds and two 2-seeds advancing to the Final Four. The lowest seeded team in his Elite Eight is 3-seed Georgetown.

Last year, Obama correctly picked North Carolina to win the tournament, and he provided commentary during the CBS broadcast of a Georgetown-Duke basketball game in January.

Link……..

Here’s his picks on paper……

Hey..he’s got Duke lasting till Nova, huh?

Alright!

March 17, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, Sports, Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

Kentucky…The NCAA Basketball team projected to win March Madness has 31% graduation rate for it’s team members…..

Going to college is about learning and getting the education to get a rewarding job that should earn you money…..right?

The age old argument still exists for college athletes….

Are they there to spend a little time making their college rich and developing their ‘brand’ before moving on to make themselves rich?

And the ones that don’t make the big time?

Do they finish school and get jobs?

Or is the whole thing just a big shame?

The Dog is bothered by a 31% graduation rate figure…..

That’s just a big disservice to the school, the athletes and NCAA*…..

EARLY THIS basketball season, when the National Collegiate Athletic Association released its 2009 Division 1 Graduation Success Rate report, interim president Jim Isch boasted how the overall graduation rate for basketball was up nearly 10 percentage points over the last eight years. “Be assured, the NCAA’s commitment to academics is as strong as it has ever been,’’ Isch said.

Walter Harrison, president of the University of Hartford and chairman of the NCAA’s academic performance committee, added, “At the ground level of academic reform on our campuses, there has been monumental change.’’

There is no assurance of monumental change until the NCAA finally grounds its worst programs. However, there is no sign of that as top-power Kentucky made the Division 1 tournament with a Graduation Success Rate of only 18 percent for its black athletes and 31 percent overall.

This program single-handedly betrays the NCAA as toothless on the exploitation of athletes. Kentucky’s graduation rate scorecard for its black players for the last six years reads like this: 18, 17, 9, 17, 17, zero. Over the last 10 years, its black player graduation rate has never risen above 29 percent. Its overall graduation rate passed 50 percent only once, in 2001.

Yet, who do we see hawking March Madness on Direct TV? Why none other than Kentucky’s $32 million coach, John Calipari. He remains one of the faces of college basketball despite Final Four appearances at UMass and Memphis that were struck from the record books for violations that damaged the reputations of the schools and its players, but somehow, not him.

This is particularly outrageous as the NCAA no longer penalizes schools in graduation-rate reports for players who leave early for the pros, as long as they were in good academic standing. Between that statistical adjustment and the schools that on their own elevated their game in the classroom, renegade programs are more exposed than ever.

The NCAA says 56 percent of black basketball players now graduate from Division 1 teams, continuing a slow increase. White players have an 81 percent graduation rate. There is plenty of praise to go around among the 65 teams that made this year’s tournament. Top-tier seeds Kansas, Duke, Villanova, Pittsburgh, and Georgetown have black player graduation rates between 67 and 100 percent. Marquette, Wofford, Brigham Young, Wake Forest, Utah State, and Notre Dame had a 100 percent graduation rate across the board.

March 16, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Education, Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Sports, Updates | , , | 7 Comments

Kentucky…The NCAA Basketball team projected to win March Madness has 31% graduation rate for it's team members…..

Going to college is about learning and getting the education to get a rewarding job that should earn you money…..right?

The age old argument still exists for college athletes….

Are they there to spend a little time making their college rich and developing their ‘brand’ before moving on to make themselves rich?

And the ones that don’t make the big time?

Do they finish school and get jobs?

Or is the whole thing just a big shame?

The Dog is bothered by a 31% graduation rate figure…..

That’s just a big disservice to the school, the athletes and NCAA*…..

EARLY THIS basketball season, when the National Collegiate Athletic Association released its 2009 Division 1 Graduation Success Rate report, interim president Jim Isch boasted how the overall graduation rate for basketball was up nearly 10 percentage points over the last eight years. “Be assured, the NCAA’s commitment to academics is as strong as it has ever been,’’ Isch said.

Walter Harrison, president of the University of Hartford and chairman of the NCAA’s academic performance committee, added, “At the ground level of academic reform on our campuses, there has been monumental change.’’

There is no assurance of monumental change until the NCAA finally grounds its worst programs. However, there is no sign of that as top-power Kentucky made the Division 1 tournament with a Graduation Success Rate of only 18 percent for its black athletes and 31 percent overall.

This program single-handedly betrays the NCAA as toothless on the exploitation of athletes. Kentucky’s graduation rate scorecard for its black players for the last six years reads like this: 18, 17, 9, 17, 17, zero. Over the last 10 years, its black player graduation rate has never risen above 29 percent. Its overall graduation rate passed 50 percent only once, in 2001.

Yet, who do we see hawking March Madness on Direct TV? Why none other than Kentucky’s $32 million coach, John Calipari. He remains one of the faces of college basketball despite Final Four appearances at UMass and Memphis that were struck from the record books for violations that damaged the reputations of the schools and its players, but somehow, not him.

This is particularly outrageous as the NCAA no longer penalizes schools in graduation-rate reports for players who leave early for the pros, as long as they were in good academic standing. Between that statistical adjustment and the schools that on their own elevated their game in the classroom, renegade programs are more exposed than ever.

The NCAA says 56 percent of black basketball players now graduate from Division 1 teams, continuing a slow increase. White players have an 81 percent graduation rate. There is plenty of praise to go around among the 65 teams that made this year’s tournament. Top-tier seeds Kansas, Duke, Villanova, Pittsburgh, and Georgetown have black player graduation rates between 67 and 100 percent. Marquette, Wofford, Brigham Young, Wake Forest, Utah State, and Notre Dame had a 100 percent graduation rate across the board.

March 16, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Education, Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Sports, Updates | , , | 7 Comments

March Madness begins……..NCAA College Basketball Championship Tournament……

Opening Round: Tuesday, March 16, 2010

UD Arena
Dayton, Ohio
Host: University of Dayton
First and Second Rounds: Thursday and Saturday, March 18 and 20, 2010
New Orleans Arena
New Orleans, Louisiana
Host: Tulane University
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Dunkin Donuts Center
Providence, Rhode Island
Host: Big East Conference/Providence College
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HP Pavilion
San Jose, California
Host: San Jose State University
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Ford Center
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Host: Big 12 Conference
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First and Second Rounds: Friday and Sunday, March 19 and 21, 2010
HSBC Arena
Buffalo, New York
Host: MAAC/Canisius/Niagara
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Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Jacksonville, Florida
Host: Jacksonville University
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Bradley Center
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Host: Marquette University
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Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena
Spokane, Washington
Host: Washington State University
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Regionals: Thursday and Saturday, March 25 and 27, 2010
East Regional
Carrier Dome
Syracuse, New York
Host: Syracuse University
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West Regional
Energy Solutions Arena
Salt Lake City, Utah
Host: University of Utah
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Regionals: Friday and Sunday, March 26 and 28, 2010
Midwest Regional
Edward Jones Dome
St. Louis, Missouri
Host: Missouri Valley Conference
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South Regional
Reliant Stadium
Houston, Texas
Hosts: University of Houston/Rice University
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Final Four: April 3 and 5, 2010
Lucas Oil Stadium
Indianapolis, Indiana
Host: Butler University/Horizon League
Host Site: http://www.ncaa.com/finalfour
2011: FUTURE SITES
Opening Round March 15, 2011
To be determined
First and Second Rounds March 17-20, 2011
To be determined
Regionals March 24-27, 2011
To be determined
Final Four April 2 and 4, 2011
Reliant Stadium
Houston, Texas
Host: University of Houston, Rice University
2012: FUTURE SITES
Final Four March 31 and April 2, 2012
Louisiana Superdome
New Orleans, Louisiana
Host: Tulane University
2013: FUTURE SITES
Final Four April 6 and 8, 2013
Georgia Dome
Atlanta, Georgia
Host: Georgia Institute of Technology
2014: FUTURE SITES
Final Four April 5 and 7, 2014
Cowboys Stadium
North Texas
Host: Big 12 Conference
2015: FUTURE SITES
Final Four April 4 and 6, 2015
Lucas Oil Stadium
Indianapolis, Indiana
Host: Butler University, Horizon League, IUPUI
2016: FUTURE SITES
Final Four April 2 and 4, 2016
Reliant Stadium
Houston, Texas
Host: University of Houston, Rice University

Other Info
Record Book (pdf)
Principles and Procedures for
Establishing the Bracket

Past Champions
Rules and Regulations
Participating Schools

March 15, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Family, Media, Men, Other Things, Sports, Updates | , , | Leave a comment