National Invitation Tournament
The National Invitation Tournament is a mens college basketball tournament operated by the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Played at Madison Square Garden in New York City each March and April, over time it became eclipsed by the NCAA Division I Mens Basketball Tournament – known today informally as March Madness and The Big Dance. The NIT has since been regarded more as a tournament for teams that did not receive a berth in the NCAA tournament. A second, much more recent NIT tournament is played in November, formerly the Preseason NIT, it was founded in 1985. Like the postseason NIT, its final rounds are played at Madison Square Garden, both tournaments were operated by the Metropolitan Intercollegiate Basketball Association until 2005, when they were purchased by the NCAA, and the MIBA disbanded. Unless otherwise qualified, the terms NIT or National Invitation Tournament refer to the tournament in both common and official use. The first NIT was won by the Temple University Owls over the Colorado Buffaloes and this became the Metropolitan Intercollegiate Basketball Association in 1948.
Originally the tournament invited a field of 6 teams, with all games played at Madison Square Garden in downtown Manhattan. The field was expanded to 8 teams in 1941,12 in 1949,14 in 1965,16 in 1968,24 in 1979,32 in 1980, in 2007, the tournament reverted to the current 32-team format. Some conferences, such as the Southeastern Conference, were racially segregated, from its onset and at least into the mid-1950s, the NIT was regarded as the most prestigious showcase for college basketball. The winner of the National Invitation Tournament was regarded as more of a national champion than the actual, national champion, several teams played in both the NIT and NCAA tournaments in the same year, beginning with Colorado and Duquesne in 1940. Colorado won the NIT in 1940 but subsequently finished fourth in the NCAA West Region, in 1949, some Kentucky players were bribed by gamblers to lose their first round game in the NIT. This same Kentucky team went on to win the NCAA, the champions of both the NCAA and NIT tournaments played each other for a few years during World War II.
From 1943 to 1945, the American Red Cross sponsored a charity game between each years tournament champions to raise money for the war effort. The series was described by Ray Meyer as not just benefit games, the NCAA champion prevailed in all three games. The Helms Athletic Foundation retroactively selected the NIT champion as its champion for 1938. In 1943 the NCAA tournament moved to share Madison Square Garden with the NIT in an effort to increase the credibility of the NCAA Tournament. In 1945, The New York Times indicated that many teams could get bids to enter either tournament, the team played in the NIT instead, which it won
NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament
The tournament was created in 1939 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches, and was the idea of Ohio State University coach Harold Olsen. Played mostly during March, it has one of the most famous annual sporting events in the United States. The tournament teams include champions from 32 Division I conferences, and 36 teams which are awarded at-large berths, the 68 teams are divided into four regions and organized into a single-elimination bracket, which pre-determines, when a team wins a game, which team it will face next. Each team is seeded, or ranked, within its region from 1 to 32, after an initial four games between eight lower-ranked teams, the tournament occurs during the course of three weekends, at pre-selected neutral sites across the United States. The Final Four is usually played during the first weekend of April and these four teams, one from each region, compete in a pre-selected location for the national championship. The tournament has been at least partially televised since 1969, the games are broadcast by CBS, TBS, TNT, and truTV under the trade-name NCAA March Madness.
Since 2011, all games are available for viewing nationwide and internationally, such as in the Philippines, as television coverage has grown, so too has the tournaments popularity. Currently, millions of Americans fill out a bracket, attempting to predict the outcome of all 67 games of the tournament. With 11 national titles, UCLA has the record for the most NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Championships, the University of Kentucky is second, with eight national titles. The University of North Carolina is in place, with six titles, while Duke University. The University of Connecticut is sixth with four national titles, the University of Kansas and University of Louisville are tied with three championships. During that time Villanova, Michigan, UNLV, Arkansas, Connecticut, Syracuse, the NCAA has changed the tournament format several times since its inception, most often representing an increase of the number of teams. This section describes the tournament as it has operated since 2011, for changes during the course of its history, and to see how the tournament operated during past years, go to Format history, below.
A total of 68 teams qualify for the tournament played during March, thirty-two teams earn automatic bids as their respective conference champions. Of the 32 Division I all-sports conferences, all 32 currently hold championship tournaments to determine which team receives the automatic qualification. The Ivy League was the last Division I conference that did not conduct a tournament, through the 2015–16 season, if two or more Ivies shared a regular-season championship, a one-game playoff was used to decide the tournament participant. Since 2017, the league conducts their own postseason tournament, the committee determines where all sixty-eight teams are seeded and placed in the bracket. The tournament is divided into four regions and each region has at least sixteen teams, the committee is charged with making each of the four regions as close as possible in overall quality of teams from wherever they come from
Pacific Coast Conference
The Pacific Coast Conference was a college athletic conference in the United States which existed from 1915 to 1959. The name Pacific Coast Conference is now used by a San Diego area community college established in 1982. Established on December 2,1915, its four members were the University of California, the University of Washington, the University of Oregon. Among other complaints, he disdained the quality of education in the Oregon schools, pauley felt that University of California campuses deserved to play against colleges with comparably high academic standards. The PCC had a commissioner, an elaborate constitution, a formal code of conduct. Following the submission of his report, Atherton was promptly hired as commissioner in 1940, the conference was wracked by scandal in 1951. Charges were made and confirmed that University of Oregon football coach Jim Aiken had violated the code for financial aid. After Aiken was compelled to resign, Oregon urged the PCC to look at similar abuses by UCLA football coach Red Sanders, the conference spent five years attempting to reform itself.
In 1956, the scandal became public, the scandal first broke in Washington, when in January 1956, several discontented players staged a mutiny against their coach, John Cherberg. After the coach was fired, the PCC followed up on charges of a slush fund, the PCC found evidence of the prohibited activities of the Greater Washington Advertising Fund run by Roscoe C. Torchy Torrance, and in May imposed sanctions, in March, allegations of prohibited payments made by two booster clubs associated with UCLA, the Bruin Bench and the Young Mens Club of Westwood, were published in Los Angeles newspapers. UCLA refused for ten weeks to allow PCC officials to proceed in their investigation and this same alumnus blew the whistle on Cals phony work program for athletes known as the San Francisco Gridiron Club, with an extension in the Los Angeles area known as the South Seas Fund. The first major reaction came from the University of California system, for Sproul the PCC dispute was not just about athletics, at stake was the ideal of a unified University of California that enjoyed statewide support.
This ideal collided with aspirations of UCLA alumni who believed that Sprouls vision would always favor the Berkeley campus at the expense of the younger UCLA campus. Oregon State College president August Leroy Strand wrote, The reasons for California and UCLA dropping out are as different as night, the significance of the whole affair was the union of Berkeley and UCLA. Admissions and scholarship had nothing to do with the withdrawals, the PCC was falling apart, leading to the decision to dissolve after the 1958-59 season. Soon after the PCC was dissolved, five of its nine members created the Athletic Association of Western Universities for the 1959 season, after initially being blocked from admission, three of the four remaining schools would eventually join, but members were not required to play other members. Tensions were high between UCLA and Stanford, as Stanford had voted for UCLAs expulsion from the PCC, Idaho was not involved in the scandals but had become noncompetitive in the PCC
DePaul Blue Demons
The DePaul Blue Demons are the athletic teams that represent DePaul University, located in Chicago, Illinois. The Blue Demons participate in NCAA Division I and are a member of the Big East Conference and they were not affiliated with any circuit until it helped establish the Great Midwest Conference in 1991. It subsequently became a member of Conference USA from 1995 until its move to the original Big East in 2005. DePaul and the other six Catholic, non-FBS schools announced on December 15,2012 their separation to form a new conference that would carry the Big East name. The origin of the Blue Demons nickname dates back to 1907 when the university changed its name from St. Vincents College to its current form, at the time, the athletic teams had red uniforms with a large D on the front. After an announcer referred to the players as the D-men, the moniker stuck, the blue was part of an attempt to distinguish the universitys players from those of its now-defunct high school DePaul Academy. The former wore red with a blue D, while the latter adopted the reverse, the official athletic colors are scarlet and royal blue.
A member of the Big East Conference, DePaul University sponsors teams in seven mens, the school is well known for its basketball program which gained prominence under Ray Meyer who led the team to the NCAA Division I basketball Final Four in the 1978–1979 season. The schools only national championship came in 1945 after winning the NIT tournament, the team has played at the Allstate Arena since 1980. The mens basketball coach, Jerry Wainwright, was fired on January 11,2010, assistant coach Tracy Webster will be the interim coach for the remainder of the current season. Wainwright still had two remaining on his contract at the time of his firing. In the 2006–2007 season, the Blue Demons beat powerhouse #5 Kansas and they beat 2006 NCAA tournament teams California, Northwestern State, Marquette and Villanova. The team made it to the NIT and lost in the final to Air Force. The Demons opened up the 2008 season with two of their star players gone to the NBA, but freshman Dar Tucker and Mac Koshwal look to fill in those spots and senior Draelon Burns is already a star.
Four games into the 2007-2008 season, Wainwright logged his 200th career win as a head coach and he has made six post-season appearances in his previous 12 years as head coach. The 2007–08 season saw the Demons with a 10–19 record, DePaul had upsets over Villanova University, ranked #15 nationally and ultimately a member of the NCAA Sweet Sixteen, and Northwestern. However, things took a turn for the worse during the 2008-2009 season, DePaul went 0-18 in regular season Big East play, setting a school-record for longest losing streak, before winning their first Big East Conference tournament game against Cincinnati. During the 2009-10 season, head coach Jerry Wainwright was fired and replaced by Oliver Purnell of Clemson University after the season ended, DePauls NCAA womens basketball reached the Sweet 16 for the first time in the programs history in 2006
Washington Huskies men's basketball
The Washington Huskies mens basketball team represents the University of Washington in NCAA Division I college basketball competing in the Pac-12 Conference. Their home games are played at Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion, located in Seattle, Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion is the home for the Huskies mens and womens basketball teams, volleyball team and gymnastics squad. The 2008–09 season marks the 83rd season of service for the multi-purpose facility, the facility was originally completed in December 1927. Wilson James Commissioning renovated the interior of Hec Edmundson Pavilion for $40 million, the renovation lasted 19-months between March 1999 and November 2000. On January 20,2011, the university approved Seattle-based Alaska Airlines as the new sponsor of Hec Ed, in January 2011, the university announced plans for a new intercollegiate basketball training facility. The project includes a study for a $62 million basketball training facility for the men’s and women’s basketball programs to be located in the vicinity of the Alaska Airlines Arena.
The scope of work may include relocation and replacement of existing intercollegiate athletic facilities related to the new project, the pre-design study will include programming, design concepts, cost estimates, and other related reports. The Huskies have appeared in 16 NCAA Tournaments, the Huskies have appeared in eight National Invitation Tournaments. The Huskies have appeared in one College Basketball Invitational, the Washington Huskies have the following all-time series records vs. Note all-time series includes non-conference matchups, Husky fans filled out ballots while attending games at Bank of America Arena or voted via the schools web site. Schrempf received the most votes followed by Todd MacCulloch and Bob Houbregs, jon Brockman – Currently plays with Limoges CSP. Charles Dudley – averaged 5.3 points per game and won an NBA Championship with Golden State in 1975. James Edwards – He retired with 14,862 career points and 6,004 career rebounds, bill Hanson – first Husky to lead the conference in rebounding.
Spencer Hawes – Currently plays with the Milwaukee Bucks, phil Zevenbergen - Played with the San Antonio Spurs for one season. Steve Hawes – played ten seasons in the National Basketball Association, in 2000, He was inducted into the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame. Todd MacCulloch – played 4 seasons in the NBA before retiring due to Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, jack Nichols – He scored 5,245 points in his career and was a contributor to the Celtics 1957 NBA Championship team. Louie Nelson – Drafted 19th overall in the 1973 draft, played 7 years in the NBA, quincy Pondexter – Drafted 26th overall in the 2010 NBA Draft, currently plays for the New Orleans Pelicans. Nate Robinson –2006,2009,2010 NBA Slam Dunk Contest winner, Lorenzo Romar – Played five years in the NBA with Golden State and Detroit
University of Wyoming
It is known as UW to people close to the university. The university was founded in March 1886, four years before the territory was admitted as the 44th state, the University of Wyoming is unusual in that its location within the state is written into the states constitution. The university offers education in communities throughout Wyoming and online. The University of Wyoming consists of seven colleges and natural resources and sciences, education and applied sciences, health sciences, the university offers over 190 undergraduate and certificate programs including Doctor of Pharmacy and Juris Doctor. The University of Wyoming was featured in the 2011 Princeton Review Best 373 Colleges, in addition to on-campus classes in Laramie, the university’s Outreach School offers more than 41 degree and endorsement programs to distance learners across the state and beyond. These programs are delivered through the use of technology, such as online, the Outreach School has nine regional centers across the state, with several on community college campuses, to give Wyoming residents access to a university education without relocating to Laramie.
On September 27,1886, the cornerstone of Old Main was laid marking the beginning of the University of Wyoming, the stone is inscribed Domi Habuit Unde Disceret, which is often translated, He need not go away from home for instruction. The following year, the first class of 42 men and women began their college education, for the next decade the building housed classrooms, a library and administration offices. The style of Old Main set a precedent for all future University buildings, the main stone used is rough-cut sandstone from a quarry east of Laramie and the trim stone is smooth Potsdam Sandstone from a quarry near Rawlins. Old Main was designed to be a structure and was designed to be a symmetrical building with a prominent central spire as the focal point. The building was designed to reflect the character of Wyoming. The design of Old Main had an effect on university structures. In 1916, the spire was removed due to structural concerns. In 1949, the building was thoroughly remodeled—the auditorium and exterior stairs were completely removed and it became officially known as Old Main and the name was carved above the east entrance.
Currently, Old Main houses university administration including the Presidents Office, Prexys Pasture is a large grassy area located within a ring of classroom and administrative buildings and serves as the center mall of the campus. The name is attributed to a rule that the university president. During the administration of Arthur G. Crane the name, Prexys Pasture, was formally declared, Prexys, as it is often called today, is known for the unique pattern formed by concrete pathways that students and faculty use to cross the pasture. When the University of Wyoming first opened its doors in 1887, the football team played their games on the pasture until 1922, when Corbett Field opened at the southeast corner of campus
Clarence Sinclair Hec Edmundson was a college basketball and track head coach. A native of Moscow, and a 1910 graduate of the University of Idaho, Edmundson coached at his alma mater, Edmundson coached the track teams and served on the NCAA Division I Mens Basketball Committee from 1941-46. The University of Washington hosted the basketball finals in 1949 and 1952 in the arena that bears his name. Edmundson gained his nickname from his mother, as a child he often muttered, Oh, while still in high school at the UI prep school, he lowered the Northwest record for the half-mile in June 1905. Newspapers wrote that Edmundson impressed with his form and unfaltering determination. He is responsible for organizing the Idaho cross country team in 1908, in 1908, Edmundson traveled to Stanford for the western U. S. Olympic trials, where he won the 800 meters and finished second in the 400 meters, but did not make the Olympic team. He held the title of top half-miler in the country through 1912, Edmundson became the first Idahoan to compete in the Olympic Games in Stockholm in 1912.
He finished seventh in the 800 meters and sixth in the 400 meters, Edmundson attended the UI prep school and was a charter member of the new chapter of Kappa Sigma fraternity as an undergraduate. He earned a degree in agriculture from Idaho in 1910. He returned to Moscow to coach the UI track team in 1913, after several seasons as track coach at Idaho, he left after a salary dispute and coached at Whitman College in Walla Walla for a season. He returned to Idaho as both track and basketball coach in 1916 and his teams compiled a 20-9 record in two seasons. It was these basketball teams which were the first UI teams referred to as the Vandals and he coached basketball through March 1947, and continued as track coach for another seven years. The UW Pavilion, a field house opened 90 years ago in December 1927, was renamed Hec Edmundson Pavilion in his honor in January 1948. In March 1999, Hec Ed underwent an interior renovation for 19 months. Edmundson died of a stroke in August 1964 at the age of 78 and he is buried next to his wife Mary Zona Schultz, son James, and infant child.
Edmundson was posthumously inducted into the Big W Club, the UW athletics hall of fame, edmundsons parents were Thomas Sinclair Edmundson and Emma Jeannette Rowley, both buried in Moscow. His younger brother was Wilbur Clifford Edmundson, who taught horticulture at the UI and worked for the Department of Agriculture in Washington, D. C
Kansas City, Missouri
Kansas City is the largest city in Missouri and the sixth largest city in the Midwest. According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the city had an population of 475,378 in 2015. It is the city of the Kansas City metropolitan area. Kansas City was founded in the 1830s as a Missouri River port at its confluence with the Kansas River coming in from the west, on June 1,1850 the town of Kansas was incorporated, shortly after came the establishment of the Kansas Territory. Confusion between the two ensued and the name Kansas City was assigned to them soon thereafter. Most of the city lies within Jackson County, but portions spill into Clay, along with Independence, it serves as one of the two county seats for Jackson County. Major suburbs include the Missouri cities of Independence and Lees Summit and the Kansas cities of Overland Park and Kansas City. The city is composed of neighborhoods, including the River Market District in the north, the 18th and Vine District in the east. Kansas City is known for its cuisine, its craft breweries, Kansas City, Missouri was officially incorporated as a town on June 1,1850, and as a city on March 28,1853.
The territory straddling the border between Missouri and Kansas at the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri rivers was considered a place to build settlements. The Antioch Christian Church, Dr. James Compton House, the first documented European visitor to Kansas City was Étienne de Veniard, Sieur de Bourgmont, who was the first European to explore the lower Missouri River. Criticized for his response to the Native American attack on Fort Détroit, Bourgmont lived with a Native American wife in a village about 90 miles east near Brunswick, where he illegally traded furs. In the documents, he describes the junction of the Grande Riv des Cansez and Missouri River, French cartographer Guillaume Delisle used the descriptions to make the areas first reasonably accurate map. The Spanish took over the region in the Treaty of Paris in 1763, the French continued their fur trade under Spanish license. After the 1804 Louisiana Purchase and Clark visited the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri rivers, in 1831, a group of Mormons from New York settled in what would become the city.
They built the first school within Kansas Citys current boundaries, but were forced out by mob violence in 1833, in 1833 John McCoy established West Port along the Santa Fe Trail,3 miles away from the river. In 1834 McCoy established Westport Landing on a bend in the Missouri to serve as a point for West Port. Soon after, the Kansas Town Company, a group of investors, began to settle the area, in 1850, the landing area was incorporated as the Town of Kansas
Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball
Georgetowns first intercollegiate mens basketball team was formed in 1907. Patrick Ewing, who succeeded John Thompson III upon his firing, is the current head coach, the team won the National Championship in 1984 and has reached the NCAA Tournament Final Four on five occasions. Their most recent trip to the Final Four was in 2007 and they have won the Big East Mens Basketball Tournament seven times, and has won or shared the Big East regular season title ten times. They have been appeared in the NCAA Tournament thirty times and in the National Invitation Tournament twelve times, the Hoyas under Thompson III were known for employing a variant of the Princeton offense, a style of play that emphasizes ball movement. Coach Thompson learned the style while serving under then-Coach Pete Carril of the Princeton University Tigers, using this system, Georgetown had been lauded for excelling by emphasizing offensive efficiency rather than speed of play. Founded in the fall of 1906, the Georgetown mens basketball played its first game on February 9,1907.
In its first 60-some years, the program displayed only sporadic success, the downtown locations of these venues was influenced by the number of Law School students who played on the team in this era. From 1918 through 1923, while on campus at Ryan Gymnasium, a large on-campus arena was proposed in 1927, but shelved during the Great Depression. The team recruited its first All-American, Ed Hargaden, in 1931, from 1932 until 1939, the Hoyas played in the Eastern Intercollegiate Conference, and were regular-season conference co-champions in 1939. In 1942, a Hoya went pro for the first time, the next year the team, led by future congressman Henry Hyde, reached new heights by going all the way to the 1943 NCAA championship game, where they lost to Wyoming. The Hoyas coach, Elmer Ripley, would be inducted into the hall of fame in 1973. The program was suspended from 1943 to 1945 because of World War II, however, in 1953, former Baltimore Bullets player Buddy Jeannette coached the team to its first National Invitation Tournament invitation, but it lost in the first round to Louisville.
OKeefe would return to coach the team from 1960 until 1966, when the school hired John Magee, Magee led the team to the 1970 NIT, just its third post-season appearance, but a dismal three-win season in 1971–72 led to his dismissal. John Thompson, Jr. played two seasons with the Boston Celtics before he achieved local notability coaching St. Anthonys High School in Washington, D. C. to several very successful seasons. Thompson was hired to coach Georgetown in 1972, and with several recruits from St. Anthonys like Merlin Wilson, derrick Jacksons buzzer beater won Georgetown its first tournament championship, and a bid to the 1975 NCAA Tournament. The Big East Conference provided Georgetown increased competition, and several of its longest rivalries and they faced Syracuse again three weeks in the first Big East Tournament Finals, winning 87–81. In the 1980 NCAA Tournament, the team advanced to the Elite Eight, the team moved its home arena in the 1981-82 season to the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland to accommodate its growing fan base.
That season, sparked by star freshman Patrick Ewing, the Hoyas reached the 1982 national championship finals, in a highly regarded and closely fought contest the Hoyas Fred Brown threw an errant pass to Tar Heels forward James Worthy that sealed the title for UNC
Osborne Bryan Ozzie or Ossie Cowles was an American basketball player and coach. He was the mens basketball coach at Carleton College, River Falls State Teachers College, Dartmouth College, University of Michigan. He was the baseball coach and assistant basketball and football coach at Iowa State Teachers College. In 30 seasons as a head basketball coach, Cowles compiled a record of 416–189. His teams competed in the NCAA basketball tournament six times, at the time of his retirement in 1959, Cowles ranked among the top 15 college basketball coaches of all-time by number of games won. Cowles was born in Browns Valley, Minnesota and he was the son of Augustus and Elizabeth Cowles. His father was a druggist and farmer in Traverse County, Minnesota, in his draft registration card completed in September 1918, Cowles indicated that he was living at Browns Valley and working for his father as a farm laborer. Cowles attended Carleton College in Northfield, while at Carleton, Cowles played basketball and football, winning a total of 11 varsity letters.
He was an All-State guard for the team and was selected as the team captain during the 1920-21. During the two years in which Cowles was the captain, the Carleton basketball team compiled records of 13–4 and he was selected as an All-State halfback while playing for the Carleton football team. After graduating from Carleton in 1922, Cowles began a career that would last nearly 40 years. He began his career as a high school coach in Rochester. In his first year as a coach, his Rochester team advanced to the semi-finals of the Minnesota state high school basketball tournament, interviewed in January 1923, Cowles declared that basketball was the greatest sport in America because more take part in the game than any other game. As proof, Cowles noted that 175 men and boys and about 60 women were playing basketball in Rochester. During the 1923-1924 academic year, Cowles coached football and basketball at Iowa State Teachers College and he was an assistant coach to the L. L. Mendenhall for the football and basketball teams and the head coach of the baseball team.
In his one year as head coach, he turned out a team that won the Iowa conference championship in 1924. In September 1924, Cowles accepted a position as the basketball and baseball coach at his alma mater. He served as the basketball and baseball coach from 1924 to 1930
Municipal Auditorium (Kansas City, Missouri)
Municipal Auditorium is a multi-purpose facility located in Kansas City, Missouri. It opened in 1936 and features Streamline Moderne and Art Deco architecture, Municipal Auditorium was the first building built as part of the Ten-Year Plan, a bond program that passed by a 4 to 1 margin in 1931. The campaign was run by the Civic Improvement Committee chaired by Conrad H. Mann, other buildings in the plan included the Kansas City City Hall and the Kansas City branch of the Jackson County Courthouse. The plan was championed by most local politicians including Thomas Pendergast, Municipal Auditorium replaced Convention Hall which was directly across the street and was torn down for parking in what is now called the Barney Allis Plaza. The streamline moderne architecture was designed by the architectural firm of Alonzo H. Gentry. Gentry completed the design of the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum after the death of the original architect, homer F. Neville was the lead designer for Municipal Auditorium.
Hoit, Price & Barnes, the architects were responsible for the design of the mechanical work. William L. Cassell directed that design effort, Cassell went on to start his own firm in 1933 which is still in business as W. L. Cassell & Associates, Inc. Henry F. In addition, Gentrys firm would take the lead, the decision was controversial and led to lengthy contract negotiations. Municipal Auditorium, was a project and Gentry. Fortunately, according to Neville, there was interference with the buildings design. When the building opened in 1935, the Architectural Record called it one of the 10 best buildings of the world that year, in 2000, the Princeton Architectural Press called it one of the 500 most important architectural works in the United States. Municipal Auditorium is connected to the H. Roe Bartle Convention Center via skywalks over 13th, an underground walkway through a public parking garage provides access to the Kansas City Marriott Downtown, Holiday Inn Aladdin Hotel, and the Folly Theater.
The Arena, nicknamed Municipal, has hosted the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association tournament annually, when Kansas City hosts the Big 12 Conference tournament, womens games take place here. It is currently home to the NAIA Mens Division I Basketball National Tournament and it was played here from 1937–1975, when it moved into Kemper Arena, and has been home since the Tournament moved back to Kansas City from Tulsa in 2002. The arena hosted three of the first four Final Fours, but has not hosted an NCAA tournament game since 1964, in 2013, the University of Dayton Arena passed Municipal Auditorium in number of games hosted as that arena hosts the opening round games of the NCAA tournament. The 19, 500-seat Kemper Arena was built in 1974 to accommodate Kansas Citys professional basketball teams that had been playing at the Auditorium. The Kansas City Kings played their first two seasons at the Auditorium, returned for the majority of the 1979–80 season after the roof of Kemper Arena caved in on June 4,1979