More news on the NCAA front, as the organization fleshed out its men’s basketball tournament plans over the next few years. The University of Dayton will continue to be the beneficiary of the First Four games through 2018, extending its tradition for the games since the NCAA altered the format in 2011. Meanwhile, the next two rounds of games will revert to being known as the first- and second-rounds respectively.
The committee also unveiled preliminary round hosts for the 2016-18 championships. The 2016 tournament offers two brand new hosts as Brooklyn and Des Moines join the fray along with Providence, St. Louis, Raleigh, Oklahoma City, Denver and Spokane as first- and second-round sites. The East Regional will be played in Philadelphia, the Midwest Regional will take place in Chicago, the South Regional in Louisville and the West Regional in Anaheim. Houston will host the 2016 Final Four. 2017 will see Salt Lake City as a first- and second-round site for the 2017 championship, joining Buffalo, Greensboro, Milwaukee, Orlando, Tulsa, Sacramento and Indianapolis, Kansas City hosts the Midwest Regional, San Jose the West, Memphis the South and Madison Square Garden the East. Charlotte will host first- and second-round games of the 2018 championship with Pittsburgh, Detroit, Nashville, Dallas, Boise, San Diego and Wichita. The committee opted for Boston as the East Regional host, while Omaha was selected to host the Midwest Regional, Los Angeles was selected to host in the West and Atlanta was chosen in the South.