INDIANANPOLIS — The Division I Men’s Basketball Committee has selected Washington, D.C., to host the 2013 tournament’s East Regional March 28 and 30 at the Verizon Center. Georgetown University will be the host institution for the event, which returns to the nation’s capital for the sixth time since 1998.
“In 2009, when the committee selected hosts for the 75th tournament, there was a concerted effort to include cities with a rich history to help mark that milestone,” said Mark Lewis, the NCAA’s executive vice president for championships and alliances. “The decision to delay the announcement of the East Regional site was made because the committee wanted to explore several options. In the end, we think celebrating 75 years of one of the country’s favorite sporting events in our nation’s capital and a great basketball city is fitting.”
Washington, D.C., will join Arlington, Texas, along with Indianapolis and Los Angeles as sites for the regional semifinals and finals from March 28-31. Dayton will host the First Four March 19 and 20 and is one of eight cities hosting second- and third-round games March 21-24. The others are Auburn Hills, Mich.; Austin, Texas; Kansas City, Mo.; Lexington, Ky.; Philadelphia; Salt Lake City; and San Jose. The Final Four will be held April 6 and 8 in Atlanta.
The committee also announced that the Missouri Valley Conference will serve as the host conference for the tournament games taking place in Kansas City.
• In related action, the committee authorized the NCAA’s proposed timeline to select sites for the 2014 and 2015 preliminary rounds. The process will begin in mid-June and hosts are expected to be announced in November.