NCAA Tournament - Pittsburgh Schedule
Each year as March approaches, sports fans all over the country start to
fill with excitement as they know that the NCAA Tournament is just around the corner. This is annually one of the most exciting
times of the year and sports enthusiasts can't get enough of the Tournament as small schools give the traditional powerhouses
all they can handle and more, occasionally pulling off a shocking, massive upset and becoming the darlings of the Tournament.
All year long teams have been working hard to get to this point and none of them are ready to go home without a fight. This
year Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has been selected as a site for the always exciting first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament.
Thursday March 19th and Saturday March 20th the first two rounds of the tournament will be held at CONSOL Energy Center in
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. CONSOL Energy Center is best known as the home of the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins and also serves
as the home of the AFL's Pittsburgh Power but it is also an excellent spot to catch a college basketball game. Four of the
biggest games of the college basketball season will take place on Thursday with two even more important games on Saturday.
While several 16 seeds have battled closely with number 1 seeds, the big upset has yet to occur, however there have been a
few 15 seeds who knocked off number 2 seeds and the biggest upset of all is bound to happen sooner or later. Will the historic
upset happen this year at CONSOL Energy Center? You have the opportunity to be there in person to find out with ticket from
About the Teams
Many consider the college regular season merely a build up to the NCAA Tournament
in March, and every team works hard all year to build a strong enough resume to be selected to the field of 68 as well as
to make the necessary adjustments to make a deep run in the Tournament. Even the h=most highly ranked teams who have been
near the top of the national rankings all year are aware that every team is susceptible to an upset and realize that it will
take a massive effort to make it all the way to the Final Four. Underdogs can get hot from the three point line and shoot
their way through an unprecedented run, or a dominant big guy can take over a game with his work in the low post and on the
boards and carry his team on a deep run. Every team who has made it this far believes that they have what it takes to realize
their dreams of the Final Four and none of them want to go home early.
The NCAA Tournament
is an event like no other. The intense atmosphere provided by both the die hard fans and the elite athletes competing for
school pride and possibly a shot at playing in the NBA makes for an experience you will never forget. This will all be immediately
evident upon entering CONSOL Energy Center for the first two rounds of the Tournament. As the teams get ready for the opening
tip off, fans stand up and vociferously cheer on their favorite school. The squeak of the sneakers on the court, the pep band
playing fight songs and the cheer leaders leading chants, the coach barking out orders from the sidelines, and the wild fans
donning school colors and doing their best to help propel their team to victory, all of this captivates even the most apathetic
person in the arena and it is impossible not to get caught up in the excitement.
is one of the best aspects of college basketball. Each team in the Tournament has the capability of competing with, and knocking
off, every other team. The small schools no one paid attention to throughout the year may have the team chemistry and senior
leadership which has developed over years of playing with one another that the highly ranked school full of heavily recruited
freshmen, for all of their athleticism and NBA potential, lack. The single elimination nature of the NCAA Tournament gives
every school that is selected to be a part of the field a chance and this is exactly what makes college basketball such a
UCLA has won more National Championships than any other school with 11. Kentucky is second
with 8, Indiana and North Carolina have each won 5, and Duke is just behind them with 4. The Tournament field was expanded
to 68 teams in 2011 with 32 of the teams getting automatic bids for winning their conference tournament, or the conference
regular season if their conference does not have a tournament. The remaining 36 teams are given at-large bids based on their
regular season record and strength of schedule.