Sunday, September 13, 2009

Projecting the Sites - Men's Tournament

A few years ago, on an earlier incarnation of this blog, I made predictions on what the NCAA would pick for sites to the men's and women's basketball. Reviewing those selections a few days ago, my record was mixed. I hit some, but missed badly on others. With the sites for the 2011-13 tourneys to be awarded by the end of the month, I feel it's time to put on my best prognostication cap and see what I come up with. Not all combinations will be chosen(in fact some of the picks are just outright guesses, some may have elected to stay out of the bidding process entirely).

2011-13 Opening Round site:
Dayton, OH
University of Dayton Arena
University of Dayton

1st/2nd Rounds
Albuquerque, NM The Pit University of New Mexico
Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena Iowa State University
Hartford, CT XL Center University of Connecticut/Big East Conference
Oakland Oracle Arena University of San Francisco
Cleveland Quicken Loans Arena Kent State University
Little Rock, AR Alltel Arena University of Arkansas, Little Rock
Nashville Sommet Center Ohio Valley Conferernce
Philadelphia Wachovia Center LaSalle University
Los Angeles Staples Center University of Southern California/Pacific-10 Conference
Raleigh RBC Center North Carolina State University
Chicago United Center Big Ten Conference
New Orleans Louisiana Superdome Tulane University

1st/2nd Rounds
Fresno, CA SaveMart Center Fresno State University
Louisville Waterfront Arena University of Louisville
Orlando Amway Center Stetson University
Salt Lake City Huntsman Events Center University of Utah
Albany, NY Times-Union Arena Siena College/Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
Indianapolis Lucas Oil Stadium Butler University/IUPUI/Horizon League
San Antonio AT&T Center University of Texas, San Antonio
Tulsa, OK BOK Center University of Tulsa/Conference USA
Atlanta Georgia Dome Georgia Institute of Technology
Glendale, AZ University of Phoenix Stadium Arizona State University
New York City Madison Square Garden St. John's University/Big East Conference
St. Louis Edward Jones Dome Missouri Valley Conference

1st/2nd Rounds
Boise, ID Taco Bell Arena Boise State University
Charlottesville, VA John Paul Jones University of Virginia
Denver Pepsi Center Colorado State University/Mountain West Conference
Pittsburgh Consol Energy Center Duquesne University
Detroit Ford Field Mid-American Conference
Memphis FedExForum University of Memphis
Miami AmericanAirlinesArena Florida International University
Omaha, NE Qwest Center Omaha Creighton University/Missouri Valley Conference
Portland, OR Rose Garden University of Oregon
Washington, DC Verizon Center Georgetown University
Arlington, TX Cowboys Stadium Big 12 Conference
St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

I'll have my women's choices up sometime this week as though will be awarded in November.