NCAA Tournament Buffalo Schedule
At the start of the college basketball season every team begins looking to pile
up enough wins to impress the selection committee and be chosen to participate in the sport's premiere event, the NCAA Tournament.
By the time March comes around and teams have been selected they are looking to advance as far as possible. The 64 teams that
either have made it past the play-in round or have been chosen by the committee are the best in the land and all believe they
have a legitimate shot to make a historic run to the Final Four. The journey begins the first weekend of the Tournament and
one of the spots chosen to host the first round games is Buffalo, New York.
On Thursday March 20th and Saturday March
22nd the first two rounds of the tournament will be played at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York, which is the home
of the Buffalo Sabres of the NHL. Although it is generally known as a hockey arena, First Niagara Center is also an ideal
place to watch college basketball. Four thrilling games on Thursday and two on Saturday provide for an unbeatable college
hoops experience. In many ways, the first weekend of the tournament is the most exciting, providing historic upsets. Could
this be the year that a number 16 seed finally upsets a number one? Might it happen at FNC? If it does you will surely want
to be there in person so you can one day tell your grandchildren.
About the Teams
Each season teams battle
ferociously for a shot to make the NCAA Tournament. Even the powerhouse programs who are regularly a part of the event celebrate
when they see their name on the bracket. This is why so many athletes compete for a spot on a Division I basketball team and
for many this will be the high point of their basketball career. The teams that have made it this far are not looking to be
one-and-done or not to make it past the first weekend of the Tournament. As long as each team is alive in the tournament they
believe that they have what it takes to go oen step further, hopefully reaching the FInal Four and coming home with a National
Championship. This is the stuff of which dreams are made and the drama, action, and emotion to be found on the court during
the Tournament's first weekend is unparalleled in the sports world. Even the most casual basketball fans get swept up in the
excitement of the NCAA Tournament, as is evidenced with the drop off of workplace productivity and the number of sick days
taken when the Tournament gets underway.
College basketball is an sports event unlike any
other. Featuring many of the greatest student athletes in the world along with some of the most passionate fans in all of
sports, these games have an atmosphere that cannot be found anywhere else. When you step into First Niagara Center for the
first two rounds this will all be clear. As the teams get set for the opening tip off, fans stand up and loudly cheer for
their favorite team. The game continues full of back-and-forth action, big-time shots and clutch defensive stops. Before you
know it the clock is winding down in the second half and the two sides are wrapped up in yet another historic NCAA Tournament
game. Your palms get sweaty with each trip down the floor and each time a player from your favorite team lets loose a shot
you hold your breath until the ball tickles the twine. This continues until the final buzzer when the winning side erupts
after another big win and their fans flow out of the arena in jubilation.
is an event that even casual sports fans take the time to follow, and millions end up filling out brackets at work or with
friends. The ubiquity of the brackets in March turns millions of sports fans into sudden college basketball experts. However,
the only way to know what you are talking about come tournament time is to follow the season from the start, to see how certain
teams match up and what could be the fatal flaw of a serious contender who is doomed to fall to a Cinderella in March. The
one-and-done nature of the NCAA Tournament gives every school that makes the field a chance and this is precisely what makes
NCAA basketball such a thrill.
The NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament dates back to 1939 and now
features 68 teams who are invited to participate. To date UCLA leads the pack with 11 national titles while Kentucky is second
with eight. Ten of UCLA's eleven National Championships were won under the guidance of legendary coach John Wooden, arguably
the greatest basketball coach of all time.