Get Ready for March Madness 2010: NCAA Basketball Tournament Schedule and Preview

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Can you feel it? March Madness is quickly approaching. For basketball junkies from Indiana like me, there is no more exciting time of the year. 65 of the best teams in college basketball get together and decide – on the court – who is the champion.

College football…are you paying attention? (No.)

Back by popular demand, this is your March Madness 2010 preview, complete with everything you need to know about this year’s NCAA mens basketball tournament, including dates, locations, and ticket information for each of the 1st & 2nd round sites, the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 sites, and of course, the Final Four in Indianapolis.

march madness 2010 - ncaa mens basketball tournament tickets - schedule - dates - sitesFirst, here are general NCAA tournament ticket links and a breakdown of this year’s key March Madness dates.

2010 NCAA Tournament Tickets

Note: the following links will redirect you to the website of the merchant (i.e. StubHub, TicketMaster, etc.).

big ten mens basketball tournament schedule

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2010 March Madness Schedule

Here are the key dates for March Madness 2010:

  • March 14: Selection Sunday
  • March 16: Opening Round Game at UD Arena in Dayton, Ohio
  • March 18th and 19th: First round games of 2010 NCAA Tournament
  • March 20th and 21st: Second round games of 2010 NCAA Tournament
  • March 25th and 26th: Sweet 16 games
  • March 27th and 28th: Elite 8 games
  • April 3rd: Final Four in Indianapolis
  • April 5th: NCAA Championship Game in Indianapolis

And now, let’s break the 2010 NCAA Tournament schedule down by round and location, with links to StubHub (our preferred ticket reseller at MSF) to purchase tickets for each location.

NCAA Tournament First and Second Round Tickets, Dates, and Sites

March 16th

UD Arena in Dayton, OH

March 18th & 20th

New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, LA

Ford Center in Oklahoma City, OK

Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, RI

HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA

March 19th and 21st

HSBC Arena in Buffalo, NY

Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, FL

Bradley Center in Milwaukee, WI

Spokane Arena in Spokane, WA

NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 and Elite 8 Tickets, Dates, and Sites

March 25th and 27th

East Regional at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, NY

West Regional at Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City, UT

March 26th and 28th

Midwest Regional at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, MO

South Regional at Reliant Stadium in Houston, TX

march madness 2010 - ncaa mens basketball tournament tickets - schedule - dates - sitesNCAA Tournament Final Four Tickets, Dates, and Site

April 3rd and 5th

Final Four and NCAA Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN

And there you have it. All of the sites, all of the dates, and access to great deals on tickets only a mouse click away. That’s how we do it here at MSF.

Stay tuned as February heats up and then rolls into March. If you were around last year you know that the site pretty much gets taken over by college basketball coverage once the conference tournaments hit. And with the Final Four being in Indianapolis this year, and teams like Michigan State and Purdue looking like solid bets for deep tournament runs, there will be plenty to discuss.

march madness 2010 - ncaa mens basketball tournament tickets - schedule - dates - sites

In the meantime, here are a couple of quick NCAA tournament history links for reference:

And if you are looking for information about this year’s women’s tournament, here you go:

Here a few quick words on another story that everyone should keep their eye on.

The number of teams in the NCAA mens basketball tournament may not stay at 65 for long, apparently. A topic that we will undoubtedly hear discussed ad nauseum during March Madness 2010 is the possibility of future NCAA Tournaments including many more teams than the current field of 65. 96 seems to be the number most often thrown out there.

This isn’t the place to get into the whole debate, but  I do want to share the video below with you. It is from The Onion Sports Network and is actually from 2009, but I didn’t see it until today. It is pretty humorous (and ridiculous), and is obviously still relevant to the current expand-the-field discussion.

Now that would be Madness.

BTW, I just looked at MSF’s all-time stats for the first time in a long time. Since launching in August of 2008, we’ve had 2,441,570 pageviews as of the exact moment I am typing this on February 20th, 2010.

To say that is beyond our wildest expectations when the site started would be an understatement.

In all, there have been 16,855 individual posts and pages published on MSF, and the one that has driven more traffic than any other – even more than the homepage! – is last year’s March Madness preview. We’ll see if this year’s can even come close to that number.

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* – Lew Alcindor cutting down nets image credit: Rich Clarkson/Sports Illustrated via Getty Images

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About Jerod Morris

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Comments

  1. I thought there were 64 teams, not 65.

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