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Old 06-29-2011, 04:13 AM   #1
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Default NCAA tournament's opening round will stay in Dayton, Ohio, for at least next 2 years

The AP reports:

The NCAA tournament's opening round will stay in Dayton, Ohio, for at least the next two years.

The NCAA said Monday that the First Four will be played at the University of Dayton in 2012 and 2013.

Last year was the first one for the so-called First Four games in the newly expanded 68-team men's tournament.

CBS Sports reports:

Dayton has served as the site that is essentially the appetizer to the monstrous opening weekend, and has hosted opening-round games since the field expanded to 65 teams a decade ago. Even though many were underwhelmed by so-called First Four in its first year, keeping the start of the NCAA tournament in the Gem City was the right call.

There are connotations to the newly designated first round, wherein four games are played -- two between 16 seeds and two between at-large squeakers-by. With VCU going from Dayton to the Final Four last year, there's a brand to build, a theme to embrace, a storyline of hope to sell for the NCAA. And with every other round rotating sites each year, it's good that University of Dayton Arena can lay claim to this. The city and the school has embraced its niche role well.
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