NCAA Tournament Raleigh Schedule
Making the NCAA Tournament is a goal of every team in Division I college basketball,
no matter how highly touted they are in the preseason or how low expectations outside of the locker room are for the team.
Once the Selection Committee has selected the field of 68 the teams have an afternoon to celebrate before beginning preparation
in earnest to make a deep run that will hopefully culminate in a National Championship. In order to do that however, the first
thing to do is to make it out of the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament, and one of the spots chosen to host the first round
games is Raleigh, North Carolina.
On Friday March 21st and Sunday March 23rd the first two rounds of the tournament
will be played at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina the home of the North Carolina State Wolfpack's basketball teams. PNC
Arena has also hosted the ACC Tournament regularly and is one of the best venues in the country to watch college basketball.
Friday brings four amazing games followed by two on Sunday making the weekend of March 21st an incredible time for college
hoops junkies. In many ways, the first weekend of the tournament is the most exciting providing historic upsets. Every year
some of the best games and biggest upsets occur during the first weekend of the Tournament and you could be on hand at PNC
Arena to witness it in person. Maybe the eventual national champion will even begin their journey into the history books right
here in Raleigh!
About the Teams
Every player in Division I basketball, even if they are destined for
the NBA the next year, has dreamed about making it to the Big Dance and you can be sure that their dreams do not end with
a first round loss. They all are hoping to make it to the Final Four and to hoist a National Championship trophy on the last
Monday of the season. There is not a single player on any of the 68 teams participating in the tournament who is not willing
to give it his all in hopes of realizing those dreams and propelling their team deep into the tournament. Cinderella runs
by low seeds in recent years have given hope to every team that makes the field that they too can shock the world and possibly
go all the way. These are the teams that captivate the imagination of the nation for a few weeks in March and this is the
time when legends are born. The cream of the crop of college basketball are all on hand to square off against one another
in an epic battle to make it to the championship game.
Many of the best student athletes
in the world play Division I college basketball and you have the chance to see them putting it all on the line in hopes of
winning a National Championship. Watching the games at home is certainly a thrill, but how many times have you seen a big
game going down to the wire or a low seeded team about to pull of an incredible upset and heard the crowd going wild and just
wished you could be in that building, feeling the electricity in the air? Get your tickets to the first two rounds at PNC
Arena and you can experience the thrill for yourself. The sounds, smells, and sights of an NCAA Tournament game simply do
not translate to the home viewing experience, no matter how great your fancy home entertainment system is. Back and forth
action, big time shots, lock down defense, and emotional players competing to keep their college careers as well as their
dreams of a National Championship and college basketball immortality alive make for an unforgettable experience during the
There are plenty of people who pay little attention to the college basketball
regular season, but come tourney time when the brackets are released they suddenly become an expert on par with Jay Bilas
or Dick Vitale. The only real way to know who stands the best chance of winning the Tournament or pulling off a big time upset
is to follow the regular season closely, studying for weaknesses in the armor of the favorites or seemingly unstoppable stars
on the underdogs who could possibly take over a game in the Tournament leading to a major upset. However, the beauty of the
NCAA Tournament is that even with all of the knowledge in the world and advice from all of the highly paid prognosticators
it is impossible to predict exactly what will unfold during those magical weeks in March.
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.
two conferences receive an automatic bid to the Tournament for their conference champion. Of those thirty two conferences,
thirty one of the automatic bids are given to the conference tournament champion. The only conference whose regular season
champion receives the automatic bid is the Ivy League which does not have a conference tournament.