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2012 NCAA Tournament Elite 8 Schedule

2012 NCAA Tournament Elite 8After the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Games, the “Elite 8″ matchups are finally set!  The East, South, Midwest, and West regional finals will take place over the weekend on Saturday March 24th and Sunday March 25th, 2012.  The Elite 8 games are the regional finals which means the winners advance on to the NCAA Tournament Final Four.  The 2012 NCAA Tournament Final 4 will take place over two days at the Superdome in New Orleans Louisiana.  The national semifinals will occur on Saturday March 31st with the Championship game on Monday Night April 2nd.

So, here are your 2012 Elite 8:

  • North Carolina Tarheels
  • Ohio State Buckeyes
  • Syracuse Orange
  • Louisville Cardinals
  • Florida Gators
  • Kansas Jayhawks
  • Baylor Bears
  • Kentucky Wildcats

and here are the elite 8 matchups and bracket pairings…

NCAA East Regional Finals 3/24/2012 @ 7:05 PM

#1 Syracuse Orange vs #2 Ohio State Buckeyes

NCAA South Regional Finals 3/25/2012 @ 2:20 PM

#1 Kentucky Wildcats vs #3 Baylor Bears

NCAA Midwest Regional Finals 3/25/2012 @ 5:05 PM

#1 North Carolina Tarheels vs #2 Kansas Jayhawks

NCAA West Regional Finals 3/24/2012 @ 4:30 PM

#4 Louisville Cardinals vs #7 Florida Gators

 

 

2012 NCAA Sweet 16 Field Set

2012 Sweet 16 TeamsAfter a crazy weekend of college basketball, the “Sweet 16″ is now final (almost).  Although all four #1 seeds are still alive (Michigan State, North Carolina, Kentucky, and Syracuse), there were also plenty of upsets as two #2 seeds fell in the second round (Missouri and Duke).  Although the #15 seeds (Lehigh and Norfolk State) that beat those #2 seeds fell in the 3rd round, there are still plenty of “Cinderella Stories” to give the 24 hour news outlets plenty of story-lines.

The two biggest stories of the tournament thus far are the Ohio Bobcats and North Carolina State.  The Bobcats came in as a #13 seed and pull off a big upset of #4 Michigan and #12 South Florida.  Ohio will face #1 seeded North Carolina in the Midwest Regional on March 23rd at the Edward Jones Done in St. Louis.

NC State came into the tournament as an 11th seeded “bubble team”.  They certainly justified their selection by defeating #6 seed San Diego State and the #3 seeded Georgetown Hoyas.  The Wolfpack will face the #2 Kansas Jayhawks in the Midwest Regional as well.  Other unlikely teams to have made the sweet sixteen include the #10 Xavier Musketeers and the #7 Florida Gators.

2012 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Matchups

East Regional (Boston)

South Regional (Atlanta)

Midwest Regional (St. Louis)

West Regional (Phoenix)

2012 NCAA Tournament Bracket Pairings

2012 NCAA Tournament BracketIn case you are living in a hole, today is/was “Selection Sunday”.  This day is one of the most exciting of the year for college basketball fans across the nation as the official bracket is announced.  While you can get a look at the bracket at just about any sports website (e.g. cbssports, ESPN, etc.), the bracket isn’t very easy to digest when trying to figure out where and when you favorite teams are playing.  So with that in mind we have broken down the NCAA Tournament into an easy to digest format.  Here are the opening rounds of the tournament.

2012 NCAA Tournament 1st Round Matchups

Dayton, OH – University of Dayton Arena

  • Session 1
    • Western Kentucky vs Mississippi Valley
    • Iona vs BYU
  • Session 2
    • Vermont vs Lamar
    • South Florida vs Cal

2012 NCAA Tournament 2nd and 3rd Rounds

Louisville KY – KFC Yum! Center

  • Session 1
    • Kentucky vs TBD
    • UCONN vs Iowa State
  • Session 2
    • Colorado State vs Murray State
    • Marquette vs TBD

Portland, OR – Rose Garden

  • Session 1
    • VCU vs Wichita State
    • New Mexico State vs Indiana
  • Session 2
    • Long Beach State vs New Mexico
    • Davidson vs Louisville

Albuquerque, NM – The Pit

  • Session 1
    • Colorado vs UNLV
    • South Dakota State vs Baylor
  • Session 2
    • Harvard vs Vanderbilt
    • Montana vs Wisconsin

Pittsburgh, PA – Consol Energy Center

  • Session 1
    • NC-Asheville vs Syracuse
    • Southern Miss vs Kansas State
  • Session 2
    • West Virginia vs Gonzaga
    • Loyola (MD) vs Ohio State

Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum

  • Session 1
    • Xavier vs Notre Dame
    • Lehigh vs Duke
  • Session 2
    • North Carolina vs TBD
    • Alabama vs Creighton

Columbus, OH – Nationwide Area

  • Session 1
    • St. Louis vs Memphis
    • Long Island vs Michigan State
  • Session 2
    • NC State vs San Diego State
    • Belmont vs Georgetown

Omaha, NE – CenturyLink Center

  • Session 1
    • Virginia vs Florida
    • Norfolk State vs Missouri
  • Session 2
    • Purdue vs St. Mary’s
    • Detroit vs Kansas

Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena

  • Session 1
    • Texas vs Cincinnati
    • St. Bonaventure vs Florida State
  • Session 2
    • Temple vs TBD
    • Ohio vs Michigan









 

 

 

2012 NCAA Tournament Schedule

Any veteran of marketing playoff and tournament tickets knows that prior preparation is essential.  However, unlike many other sports, tickets to the NCAA tournamentgo on sale long before the teams participating are announced.  Even further compounding marketing efforts is the fact that even for teams who are all but assured a spot in the NCAA Tournament field of 68, no one knows where they will be playing until the bracket is officially announced on “Selection Sunday”.

 
2012 NCAA Tournament TicketsWhile this presents a level of difficultly, it also represents a major opportunity since most fans wait to purchase tickets until after the match ups and locations are announced. While you can’t start marketing tickets to particular college basketball teams, you can start marketing to local fans of college basketball in general.

This year’s tournament is shaping up to be big in terms of ticket demand with some major college basketball hubs on the schedule.  The 2nd and 3rd round games in Pittsburgh, Louisville, Columbus, Nashville, and Greensboro are sure to be extremely popular regardless of which teams end up playing there.  The regionals are also in cities conducive to attracting college basketball fans from across the country.  In particular, the East Regional in Boston and the Southeast Regional in Atlanta should draw premium prices.  It also doesn’t hurt that the top teams in the country (Syracuse and Kentucky) are likely to end up the #1 seeds in each of these regions.

So with that in mind, here are some key dates and the official schedule of events for the 2012 NCAA Tournament.

Selection Sunday

March 11, 2012 – this is the busiest day of the year for college basketball tickets.  Be sure to set this Sunday aside to process the brackets and begin your team specific marketing campaigns.

First Round
March 13-14, 2012
UD Arena (Dayton, OH)

NCAA Tournament Second-Third Rounds
March 15, 17, 2012
Rose Garden (Portland, OR)
The Pit (Albuquerque, NM)
Consol Energy Center (Pittsburgh, PA)
KFC Yum! Center (Louisville, KY)

March 16, 18, 2012
Nationwide Arena (Columbus,OH)
Qwest Center Omaha (Omaha, NE)
Bridgestone Arena (Nashville, TN)
Greensboro, N.C. (Greensboro, NC)

NCAA Tournament East Regional
March 22, 24, 2012
TD Garden (Boston, MA)

NCAA Tournament Southwest Regional
March 22, 24, 2012
US Airway Center (Phoenix, AZ)

NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional
March 23, 25, 2012
Edward Jones Dome (St. Louis, MO)

NCAA Tournament Southeast Regional
March 23, 25, 2012
Georgia Dome (Atlanta, GA)

NCAA Tournament Final 4 (Semifinals)
March 31, 2012
Louisiana Superdome (New Orleans, LA)

NCAA Tournament Championship Game
April 2, 2012
Louisiana Superdome (New Orleans, LA)

2012 College Basketball Conference Tournament Schedules

college basketball tournament ticketsCollege basketball tickets are not normally the most lucrative tickets to promote.  However, that all changes once March Madness begins.  When most people think of March Madness they immediately think of the NCAA Tournament but ticket demand is also extremely high for conference tournaments.  The tournaments are the last chance for many teams to prove to the NCAA selection committee that they deserve a chance to be in the big dance.  For others, its a chance to improve their seeding in the tournament.  Regardless of the situation, conference basketball tournament are exciting.

Although matchups and seedings have yet to be announced, below is a comprehensive guide to all the 2012 college basketball conference tournaments.

2012 ACC Basketball Tournament Schedule

ACC Mens Basketball Tournament – Session 1
3/8/2012 – Philips Arena – Atlanta, GA

ACC Mens Basketball Tournament – Session 2
3/8/2012 – Philips Arena – Atlanta, GA

ACC Mens Basketball Tournament – Session 3
3/9/2012 – Philips Arena – Atlanta, GA

ACC Mens Basketball Tournament – Session 4
3/9/2012 – Philips Arena – Atlanta, GA

ACC Mens Basketball Tournament – Session 5
3/10/2012 – Philips Arena – Atlanta, GA

ACC Mens Basketball Tournament – Session 6
3/11/2012 – Philips Arena – Atlanta, GA

2012 Big 10 Mens Basketball Tournament Schedule

Big Ten Mens Basketball Tournament – Session 1
3/8/2012 – Bankers Life Fieldhouse – Indianapolis, IN

Big Ten Mens Basketball Tournament – Session 2
3/8/2012 – Bankers Life Fieldhouse – Indianapolis, IN

Big Ten Mens Basketball Tournament – Session 3
3/9/2012 – Bankers Life Fieldhouse – Indianapolis, IN

Big Ten Mens Basketball Tournament – Session 4
3/9/2012 – Bankers Life Fieldhouse – Indianapolis, IN

Big Ten Mens Basketball Tournament – Session 5
3/10/2012 – Bankers Life Fieldhouse – Indianapolis, IN

Big Ten Mens Basketball Tournament – Session 6
3/11/2012 – Bankers Life Fieldhouse – Indianapolis, IN

2012 Big 12 Mens Basketball Tournament Schedule

Big 12 Mens Basketball Tournament – Session 1
3/7/2012 – Sprint Center – Kansas City, MO

Big 12 Mens Basketball Tournament – Session 2
3/8/2012 – Sprint Center – Kansas City, MO

Big 12 Mens Basketball Tournament – Session 3
3/8/2012 – Sprint Center – Kansas City, MO

Big 12 Mens Basketball Tournament – Session 4
3/9/2012 – Sprint Center – Kansas City, MO

Big 12 Mens Basketball Tournament – Session 5
3/10/2012 – Sprint Center – Kansas City, MO

2012 Big East Basketball Tournament Schedule

Big East Tournament – Session 1
3/6/2012 – Madison Square Garden – New York, NY

Big East Tournament – Session 2
3/6/2012 – Madison Square Garden – New York, NY

Big East Tournament – Session 3
3/7/2012 – Madison Square Garden – New York, NY

Big East Tournament – Session 4
3/7/2012 – Madison Square Garden – New York, NY

Big East Tournament – Session 5
3/8/2012 – Madison Square Garden – New York, NY

Big East Tournament – Session 6
3/8/2012 – Madison Square Garden – New York, NY

Big East Tournament – Session 7
3/9/2012 – Madison Square Garden – New York, NY

Big East Tournament – Championship
3/10/2012 – Madison Square Garden – New York, NY

2012 Pac 12 Basketball Tournament Schedule

PAC 12 Mens Basketball Tournament – Session 1
3/7/2012 – Staples Center – Los Angeles, CA

PAC 12 Mens Basketball Tournament – Session 2
3/7/2012 – Staples Center – Los Angeles, CA

PAC 12 Mens Basketball Tournament – Session 3
3/8/2012 – Staples Center – Los Angeles, CA

PAC 12 Mens Basketball Tournament – Session 4
3/8/2012 – Staples Center – Los Angeles, CA

PAC 12 Mens Basketball Tournament – Session 6
3/9/2012 – Staples Center – Los Angeles, CA

PAC 12 Mens Basketball Tournament – Championship
3/10/2012 – Staples Center – Los Angeles, CA

2012 SEC Mens Basketball Tournament Schedule

SEC Mens Basketball Tournament – Session 1
3/8/2012 – New Orleans Arena – New Orleans, LA

SEC Mens Basketball Tournament – Session 2
3/8/2012 – New Orleans Arena – New Orleans, LA

SEC Mens Basketball Tournament – Session 3
3/9/2012 – New Orleans Arena – New Orleans, LA

SEC Mens Basketball Tournament – Session 4
3/9/2012 – New Orleans Arena – New Orleans, LA

SEC Mens Basketball Tournament – Session 5
3/10/2012 – New Orleans Arena – New Orleans, LA

SEC Mens Basketball Tournament – Session 6
3/11/2012 – New Orleans Arena – New Orleans, LA

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