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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




Top Weekend Events July 15 – 17

Yay Wednesday!

Well, the top thing that stood out to me for this weekend is that those Ontario-ans certainly want to get out of the house this weekend.  Three Ontario events made the top events for this weekend, including the Jimmy Buffett show, Vans Warped Tour and the Taylor Swift show.  The Vans Warped Tour in Mississauga has an impressive lineup including 3oh!3, Anti-Flag, Bad Religion, Devil Wears Prada, Flogging Molly, Less Than Jake, Madina Lake, NOFX, A Day to Remember and MANY others.  This is sure to be a really fun concert experience.   Taylor Swift has recovered from her bronchitis last and resumes her Speak Now tour.  Taylor will be playing in Ontario on both Friday and Saturday.  Jimmy Buffett shows up again on this list, unsurprisingly.  His current song with the Zac Brown Band, Knee Deep, is a huge hit on the country music stations at the moment.

Sir Paul McCartney kicks off his five city tour this weekend in the Big Apple.  He plays both Friday and Saturday at Yankee Stadium then moves on to Detroit (Sunday, July 24), Montreal (Tuesday, July 26 and Wednesday July 27), Chicago (Sunday, July 31 and Monday, August 1) then concludes in Cincinnati on Thursday, August 4th.   The former Beatles band mate will be playing all his shows in ballparks.  Should be a great time!

Eddie Vedder returns to his roots and the home of grunge music this weekend for a Seattle show.  The lead singer of Pearl Jam has taken his solo tour on the road and is exceptionally popular.

Brad Paisley, NKOTB and O.A.R. come up again on the top weekend list as they are perpetually popular for summertime concerts.

For your sporting news, the LA Galaxy soccer team will host the Spanish soccer superstars the Real Madrid this weekend.  This is the first time since 2007 that the Galaxy will play at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, as part of the 2011 World Football Challenge.  Of note, Mr. Posh and all around hunk, David Beckham has played for both teams.  This is a rematch of last year’s very exciting match played at the Rose Bowl.

Top Weekend Events 7/15 – 17th

1.)    Paul McCartney, Yankee Stadium, New York , NY – Saturday, July 16th

2.)    Jimmy Buffett, Toronto Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto, OT – Saturday, July 16th

3.)    Vans Warped Tour, Arrow Hall, Mississauga, OT – Friday, July 15th

4.)    Brad Paisley, PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NY – Friday, July 15th

5.)    Eddie Vedder, Bearoya Hall, Seattle, WA – Friday, July 15th

6.)    Taylor Swift, Air Canada Centre, Toronto, OT – Saturday, July 16th

7.)    Owl City, Roseland Theater, Portland, OR – Sunday, July 17th

8.)    LA Galaxy vs. Real Madrid, L.A. Coliseum Los Angeles – Saturday, July 16th

9.)    New Kids on the Block, Spring Center, Kansas City, MO – Saturday, July 16th

10.) O.A.R., Family Circle Magazine Stadium,  Charleston, SC – Saturday, July 16th