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NCAA Tournament kicks off in Dayton for 18th straight year with First Four

NCAA Tournament kicks off in Dayton for 18th straight year with First Four (WKEF/WRGT)

DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) — The NCAA Tournament begins in Dayton for the 18th straight year Tuesday night at UD Arena. From the play-in game through 2010 to the First Four since 2011, teams and their fans have been coming to the Miami Valley for the start of college basketball’s biggest event.

“It’s exciting,” Centerville resident Mark Kilbride said. “Who’s going to be that team here that could advance [and make a run]?”

“The thrill and excitement, the passion that everybody has in the Dayton area for basketball,” Dayton resident Ian White said. “You just can’t describe it.”

It’s a full year’s work for two nights of games inside UD Arena.

“I liken it to probably when these teams find out they’re coming to Dayton,” Eric Farrell, Executive Director of the First Four Local Organizing Committee, said. “It’s a year’s worth of work all culminating in the greatest spectacle in college sports.”

The First Four puts Dayton in the spotlight and pumps an estimated $4.5 million into the local economy.

FIRST FOUR SCHEDULE

Tuesday

  • 6:40 p.m. (16) LIU Brooklyn vs. (16) Radford
  • 9:10 p.m. (11) UCLA vs. (11) St. Bonaventure

Wednesday

  • 6:40 p.m. (16) Texas Southern vs. (16) North Carolina Central
  • 9:10 p.m. (11) Syracuse vs. (11) Arizona State
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