The NCAA men’s basketball tournement will return to South Carolina in two years.
On Tuesday, the NCAA announced that the first and second round of the men’s basketball championship will be held at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia for the 2019 season and at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville for the 2022 season. Bon Secours last month hosted the first postseason men’s tournament games for any South Carolina city since the NCAA announced it would not allow events to be held in the state until the Confederate battle flag was removed from the Statehouse grounds.
Colonial Life, which hosts the University of South Carolina men’s and women’s basketball teams, will be one of eight sites to host the first and second rounds of the 2019 tournament. Six games will be played at the site on March 22 and 24. USC serving as the host university for the site. Columbia has not hosted an NCAA tournament game since 1970, when the NCAA used a different format than the popular “March Madness”-bracket tournament played now. [Read more…]