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NCAA First & Second Round Basketball Comes to New Orleans
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
The Allstate Sugar Bowl is part of the hosting committee for 2010 NCAA Men's Basketball First and Second Round action at the New Orleans Arena on March 18 and 20. The Sugar Bowl is part of the support group for host school Tulane University. Tickets are still available for the games.
The first and second round games are just the first of three years of NCAA Men's Basketball events coming to New Orleans. The city will host the NCAA Men's Southeast Regional Championship in 2011 and then the NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four in 2012. The 2011 Regional, to also be played in the New Orleans Arena, will be the 11th Regional Championship for New Orleans, while the 2012 Final Four, to be played in the Louisiana Superdome, will be the fifth Final Four for the Crescent City.
The previous four Final Fours in New Orleans have all been among the most memorable in the event's grand history. In 1982, Dean Smith captured his first National Championship as a freshman named Michael Jordan buried the game-winning shot to upend Georgetown. In 1987, it was Bobby Knight and Indiana defeating Syracuse on a baseline jumper by Keith Smart. Smith was back again in 1993, as his North Carolina team defeated the Fab Five from Michigan. And in 2003, Jim Boeheim made up for his 1987 loss as freshman Carmelo Anthony led Syracuse to a win over Kansas.
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Following the 2012 event being awarded to New Orleans, Atlanta will host 2013, Dallas will host 2014, Indianapolis will host 2015 and Houston collected the 2016 event.
The NCAA awarded the 2013 Women's Final Four to New Orleans as well, but the two bids are unrelated.