Division II Elite Eight to be played at Louisville's Freedom Hall in 2013
INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Committee has selected Bellarmine and Louisville, Ky., to serve as the hosts for the 2013 NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Elite Eight. The games will be played on March 28 and 30 in Freedom Hall, which has played host to six Final Fours.
"The Division II basketball committee is excited to bring the Elite Eight back to Louisville, a historic site for college basketball," said Eric Schoh, chair of the committee and director of athletics at Winona State. "Louisville has proven success in hosting basketball events, and given the tradition of Freedom Hall, we are looking forward to a great experience for the student-athletes."
Bellarmine and the city of Louisville served as hosts of the Division II Elite Eight from 1995 to 2000 when the event was held at the International Convention Center downtown.
"After being fortunate enough to have played in the last two Elite Eights, the entire Bellarmine community knows what a great event it is, and we’re thrilled to be hosting once again," said Bellarmine Director of Athletics Scott Wiegandt. "The added bonus of playing in a great and storied venue such as Freedom Hall will provide lifelong memories for all the student-athletes who get to participate."
In addition to hosting the Men’s Final Four in 1958, 1959, 1962, 1963, 1967 and 1969, Freedom Hall has been the site of NCAA tournament games in four other seasons, with Midwest Regional games in 1976 and 1983 and Southeast Regional games in 1987 and 1991.
The NCAA is celebrating the 75th Division I Men’s Basketball Championship in 2013. As part of the celebration, all three men’s basketball championships (Divisions I, II and III) will be played in the same city and weekend. Therefore, the DII national championship game will be played on April 7 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, a week after the quarterfinal and semifinal games in Freedom Hall. CBS Sports Network will air the semifinals live at noon and 2:30 p.m. ET on March 30, with CBS airing the championship game live at 4 p.m. ET April 7.