Hec Edmundson Pavilion
Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion is an indoor arena on the campus of the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. It serves as home to several of the university's sports teams, known as the Washington Huskies of the Pac-12 Conference, it will serve as a temporary home for the WNBA's Seattle Storm in 2019. Opened in late 1927, the brick venue is home to the UW men's and women's basketball programs, as well as the women's volleyball and gymnastics teams; the current seating capacity of Hec Ed is 10,000 for basketball. The pavilion is located north of Husky Stadium, bounded on the west by Montlake Boulevard; the University of Washington Pavilion, the building was constructed in nine months in 1927 for $600,000 and opened on December 27. After 20 years, it was renamed the Hec Edmundson Pavilion on January 16, 1948, honoring the university's longtime track and basketball coach. An Olympian in 1912 in the 400 and 800 meters, Edmundson had stepped down the previous spring after 27 seasons as head basketball coach and continued as head track coach through the 1954 season.
The building was designed as a multi-purpose field house, handling six or seven men's sports, including use as an indoor football field and track. Seating and flooring were intentionally mobile; the floor was dirt, the football team practiced in the venue during bad weather. The basketball floor was laid over a bed of 2x4s. Hec Ed had glass skylights in its ceiling. During the state high school basketball tournament in 1938, one of these fell during a windstorm and injured two adults, resulting in their permanent removal; the pavilion was used as a venue for the 1990 Goodwill Games and the flooring was renovated for the event. After more than 71 years, the multi-purpose arena underwent a major renovation in March 1999, following the final home games of the 1998–99 basketball season; the project took 19 months to cost $40 million. The expansive interior of the building was reconfigured by LMN Architects to make the arena environment more intimate for fans and players, to improve the usage of the building's overall space.
The east end of the building was sectioned off into a practice gymnasium and the main basketball court was moved 50 feet west, enclosed by a tighter bowl of seats. The seating capacity was increased from 7,900 to 10,000 while using less of the building. Half of the seats are the chair type, with the other half bleachers; the seats were supplied by Saxton Bradley, Inc. a local distribution company for educational and casework solutions. Another major improvement was the removal of the 20 view-obscuring support pillars in the upper level, replaced by two massive non-obscuring "super trusses," above and behind the sidelines. Both are 243 feet in length and painted yellow-gold, as are the supporting tri-leg columns in the arena's four corners, proudly exhibited in the concourses. Additionally, the six large arched windows at the west end of the building were uncovered. Painted over for years, they were refitted with filtered glass to allow them to remain uncovered during games; the acoustical ceiling, installed in 1967 for use as a concert and music hall, was removed to expose the steel rafters.
The rafters and the black ceiling above them were painted in an off-white buff tone. New locker rooms, athletic offices, meeting rooms, training rooms, a Hall of Fame section were part of the project; the running track was removed, transferred to the new Dempsey indoor practice facility, which opened the following autumn. During the renovation, the Husky basketball teams were displaced for one season, played their home games five miles away at Seattle Center. In 2011, the university announced plans for a new basketball training facility; the project includes a pre-design study for a $50 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 ICA facilities related to the new project; the pre-design study will include programming, design concepts, cost estimates, other related reports. The study may include an option to build a new arena for the basketball programs.
Nothing has come of these plans since this annoucment. Following the volleyball team's final four season of 2013, a Taraflex surface was installed for volleyball in the summer of 2014. Used for major international competitions, such as the Olympics and world championships, it is composed of vinyl and foam with a thickness of 7 mm. Washington was the ninth Division I school to install Taraflex and the first in the Pac-12 Conference; the arena was the site of a few Seattle SuperSonics games. The NBA team played six regular season games there during the 1970-71 season. In 1980, the Sonics played two games during the Western Conference finals against the Los Angeles Lakers and lost both, they played their two home games of the first round of the 1987 playoffs against the Dallas Mavericks and won both, including the series clincher. The Sonics had to play these playoff series at Hec Edmundson because both the Seattle Center Coliseum and the Kingdome were booked for other events; the arena will host the city's Women's National Basketball Association team, the Seattle Storm, in the 2019 season.
The Storm, which play at Seattle Center Arena, will be displaced during that venue's renovation into a home for the Seattle NHL team. While the arena will become the
Mike Hopkins (basketball)
Mike Hopkins is an American college basketball coach, the current head coach for the Washington Huskies basketball team. He was a longtime assistant at Syracuse University before taking over for Washington in 2017; the 6-foot-5 Hopkins, from Laguna Hills, was a fan favorite during his playing days at Syracuse, known for his all-out hustle and general scrappy play. Hopkins was a member of the 1987 California state championship team at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California that featured future NBA player LeRon Ellis. Having graduated from Mater Dei in 1988, Hopkins enrolled at Syracuse while Ellis went on to a two-year career at the University of Kentucky. After Kentucky was placed on probation, Hopkins would play an instrumental role in convincing his high school teammate to transfer to Syracuse. Hopkins played sparingly in his first two seasons at Syracuse before becoming the team's starting shooting guard in his junior year; that year, Hopkins hit the game-winning free throws with three seconds remaining against Connecticut to propel the Orange to the 1992 Big East Championship.
Hopkins was named captain in his senior season and posted a career high of 9.2 points and added 3.7 rebounds per game. He had a flair for the clutch, heaving a three-quarter court pass to Conrad McRae for a buzzer-beating, game-winning shot against Villanova. In his final game in the Carrier Dome, Hopkins scored a game-high 20 points and tallied six rebounds and five assists in a 78-74 win over Pittsburgh. Hopkins played 111 games throughout his four-year career spanning from 1989 to 1993, he finished with 2.8 rebounds per game. Hopkins spent time in the Continental Basketball Association with Rochester's Renegades and in Europe with teams in the Netherlands and Turkey. Hopkins returned to Syracuse in 1995 and was involved with recruiting and the development of guards. Hopkins played a large role in developing future NBA player Jason Hart and SU standout Allen Griffin, he has been credited for recruiting Gerry McNamara and Billy Edelin. In May 2007, it was reported that Hopkins was picked to be Jim Boeheim's successor though there was no timetable for Boeheim to retire.
However, in October, Athletic Director Daryl Gross refuted that story, saying that his quote was taken out of context. Away from Syracuse, Hopkins was the Court Coach for Team USA in 1998, 2000, 2001, 2010, 2012. In March 2010, Hopkins' name surfaced in connection with the head coaching vacancy at Charlotte. Hopkins was reported to be a finalist for the Oregon State University head coaching vacancy in May 2014. On June 25, 2015, Hopkins was formally named Men's Basketball Head Coach-Designate by Syracuse University. Hopkins served as Head Coach during Jim Boeheim's controversial nine game suspension from December 5, 2015 to January 5, 2016. On March 19, 2017, it was announced that Hopkins had been hired as head basketball coach at the University of Washington for the 2017-18 season. Hopkins signed a six-year deal worth $12.3 million. He will earn $1.8 million in his first year and an additional $100,000 each subsequent year of the deal. Coach Hopkins earned the PAC-12’s Coach of the Year award in each of his first two seasons at the University of Washington, while leading the Huskies to a regular season conference title in the 2018-19 season.
* Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim was suspended for nine games, during which Hopkins served as the interim head coach and was credited for those games. Washington profile
2008–09 Purdue Boilermakers men's basketball team
The 2008–09 Purdue Boilermakers men's basketball team represented Purdue University. The head coach was Matt Painter in his 4th season with the Boilers; the team played its home games in Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, is a member of the Big Ten Conference. The Boilermakers finished tied for second in the conference's regular season, captured their first Big Ten Tournament crown, defeating Ohio State 65–61 in the final game. In the NCAA Tournament, the Boilers reached the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 2000, where they fell to the Connecticut Huskies. On November 14, 2008, Purdue set a school record in the first game of the season against Detroit with only 3 turnovers in a game; the prior record was set during the 1969 NCAA Tournament Championship Game against UCLA. By playing three games in their conference tournament championship and three games in the NCAA Tournament giving the Boilers a total of 37 games, Purdue played more games in the 2008–09 season than any other season in the program's history.
Keaton Grant, Marcus Green, JaJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore hold the school record for most games played in a season with 37 each. Although opening his first season as Purdue's head coach with only 9 wins, Matt Painter collected more wins in his first four seasons than Gene Keady's 82, with 83. Senior forward Marcus Green set a school record with career games as a Boiler with 183, breaking Brian Cardinal and Mike Robinson's 182 mark. Freshman guard Lewis Jackson set the Freshman record with most games played in a Freshman season with 36. JaJuan Johnson was named First Team All-Big Ten. Lewis Jackson became the fourth Boilermaker in three years to be named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team. 2009 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament 2008-09 NCAA Division I men's basketball season 2008-09 NCAA Division I men's basketball rankings List of NCAA Division I institutions
NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament
The NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament known and branded as NCAA March Madness, is a single-elimination tournament played each spring in the United States featuring 68 college basketball teams from the Division I level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, to determine the national championship. The tournament was created in 1939 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches, was the idea of Ohio State coach Harold Olsen. Played during March, it has become one of the most famous annual sporting events in the United States; the tournament teams include champions from 32 Division I conferences, 36 teams which are awarded at-large berths. These "at-large" teams are chosen by an NCAA selection committee announced in a nationally televised event on the Sunday preceding the "First Four" play-in games held in Dayton and dubbed Selection Sunday; 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 16. After the First Four, the tournament occurs during the course of three weekends, at pre-selected neutral sites across the United States. Teams, seeded by rank, proceed through a single-game elimination bracket beginning with a "first four" consisting of 8 low-seeded teams playing in 4 games for a position in the first round the Tuesday and Wednesday before the first round begins, a first round consisting of 64 teams playing in 32 games over the course of a week, the "Sweet Sixteen" and "Elite Eight" rounds the next week and weekend and – for the last weekend of the tournament – the "Final Four" round; the Final Four is played during the first weekend of April. These four teams, one from each region, compete in a preselected location for the national championship; the tournament has been at least televised since 1969. The games are broadcast by CBS, TBS, TNT, truTV under the trade-name NCAA March Madness. Since 2011, all games are available for viewing nationwide and internationally.
As television coverage has grown, so too has the tournament's popularity. Millions of Americans fill out a bracket, attempting to predict the outcome of 63 games of the tournament. With 11 national titles, UCLA has the record for the most NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championships; the University of Kentucky is second, with eight national titles. The University of North Carolina is third, with six national titles, Duke University and Indiana University are tied for fourth with five national titles; the University of Connecticut is sixth with four national titles. The University of Kansas & Villanova are tied for 7th with three national titles. Since 1985, when the tournament expanded to 64 teams, Duke has won five championships; the NCAA has changed the tournament format several times since its inception, most being an increase of the number of teams. This section describes the tournament as it has operated since 2011. A total of 68 teams qualify for the tournament played during April. Thirty-two teams earn automatic bids as their respective conference champions.
Of the 32 Division I "all-sports" conferences, all 32 hold championship tournaments to determine which team receives the automatic qualification. The Ivy League was the last Division I conference. 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 remaining 36 tournament slots are granted to at-large bids, which are determined by the Selection Committee in a nationally televised event on the Sunday preceding the First Four play-in tournament and dubbed Selection Sunday by the media and fans, by a group of conference commissioners and school athletic directors who are appointed into service by the NCAA. 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, but four additional teams are added per the decision of the Selection Committee.
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. The names of the regions vary from year to year, are broadly geographic. From 1957 to 1984, the "Mideast" corresponding to the Southeastern region of the United States, designation was used. From 1985 to 1997, the Mideast region was known as "Southeast" and again changed to "South" starting from 1998; the selected names correspond to the location of the four cities hosting the regional finals. From 2004 to 2006, the regions were named after their host cities, e.g. the Phoenix Regional in 2004, the Chicago Regional in 2005, the Minneapolis Regional in 2006, but reverted to the traditional geographic designations beginning in 2007. For example, during 2012, the regions were named South, Midwest (St. Louis, Mis
Baylor Bears basketball
The Baylor Bears basketball team represents Baylor University in Waco, Texas, in NCAA Division I men's basketball competition. The Bears compete in the Big 12 Conference; the team plays its home games in Ferrell Center and is coached by Scott Drew. Luther Burleson coached the first basketball team at Baylor in 1907 doubling as the football coach. In Baylor's second season of basketball cross-town rival TCU began their program which the Bears defeated twice during the 1908–09 season. Ralph Glaze's.788 winning percentage ranks at the best all time in school history. Ralph Wolf lead Baylor to its first SWC Championship in 1932 after surviving and overcoming one of the first great tragedies in college athletics in his first season as coach. On January 22, 1927, Coach Ralph Wolf's Baylor Basketball team was travelling by bus to play the University of Texas; as the bus passed through Round Rock, Texas, it approached railroad tracks on the south side of the business district on a drizzly, cloudy day.
As the bus crossed the tracks the occupants failed to hear the sound of the train whistle and ringing bell. The driver caught sight of the train at the last moment and tried to steer away, but the Sunshine Special crashed into the bus at near 60 mph tearing off the roof and right side. Ten Baylor students and basketball players were killed by the impact. One player, James Clyde "Abe" Kelly, pushed his friend, Weir Washam, out the window of the bus just moments before the impact, saving Washam's life but costing Kelly his own; the bodies of Kelly and Robert Hailey were found horrifically stretched across the cow-catcher on the front of the train, with arms locked around each other and Kelly missing a leg. Ivy Foster Sr. of Taylor, had heard of the accident and rushed to the train station in Taylor to meet the train and assist where needed only to find his son among the dead. The remainder of the 1927 season was canceled; the tragedy had reverberations over the entire state and nation and led to the construction of the first railway overpass in Texas where the event occurred at Round Rock.
Buses were required to come to a full stop and open the door at all rail crossings to listen for trains. The Immortal Ten story has been commemorated each year since 1927 at first in Chapel services later at the Freshman Mass Meeting during Homecoming Week. In 2007, the event was memorialized in bronze on the Baylor campus in Traditions Plaza. On the 90th anniversary of the tragedy, January 22, 2017, the City of Round Rock held a memorial event to remember those who were killed in the train-bus collision. At the event, the city dedicated the "Immortal Bridge," which arcs over the railroad tracks where the accident occurred. Green lampposts, green-and-gold paint and other markings honor the 10 students who were killed there; the event was open to the public, attendees included Baylor administrators and student leaders, the spirit squads, Baylor's Golden Wave Band. Baylor men's teams won five conference championships in the former Southwest Conference; the Bears reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 1946, reached the Final Four in 1948 and 1950.
Bill Henderson's 1948 team advanced to play the Kentucky Wildcats for the NCAA championship, but fell 58–42 to Adolph Rupp's first national championship team. The team again advanced to the NCAA Final Four in 1950 under Henderson losing to the Bradley Braves 68–66. Bill Menefee would lead the Bears to a national ranking in 1969 but failed to make the postseason that year. Menefee was the only coach over the next 50 years to have a career record of over.500, would serve as Baylor's athletic director in the 1980s. Gene Iba's 1988 NCAA tournament team would be the first NCAA tournament appearance for the program in 38 years; the men's basketball program was plagued by a scandal in 2003. Patrick Dennehy, a player for the team, was murdered by former teammate Carlton Dotson; the school placed itself on probation, limited itself to 7 scholarships for two years and imposed a post-season ban for one year. Additionally, the NCAA further punished the team by initiating a non-conference ban for the 2005–2006 season and extending the probationary period during which the school would have limited recruiting privileges.
The 2005 Bears were hindered by only having 7 scholarship players and recorded only one win in conference play. In spite of these challenges, head coach Scott Drew was able to put together a 2005 signing class ranked No. 7 nationally by HoopScoop. The basketball program experienced a resurgence under coach Scott Drew with an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2008 for the first time in 20 years with a 9–7 conference record and the team's first national ranking in 39 years; the January 23, 2008 116–110 5OT win over Texas A&M at College Station became the longest game in Big 12 history. The 2008–09 team again was ranked early in the season but stumbled to a 5–11 conference finish before heating up in the Big 12 Tournament defeating both Kansas and Texas en route to the championship game versus Missouri, lost by a score of 73–60; the 2008–2009 team recorded the program's first postseason victory since 1950 in its first round NIT victory over the Georgetown Hoyas in Waco. The 2008–09 team went on to advance to the NIT Final where they fell to Penn State.
The 2009–10 squad was again ranked in both polls and pulled off the biggest road win in school history over the #6 Texas Longhorns in Austin 80–77 on Jan. 30th. The Bears closed out the season with a Big 12 era
University of Washington
The University of Washington is a public research university in Seattle, Washington. Founded in 1861, Washington was first established in downtown Seattle a decade after the city's founding to aid its economic development. Today, the university's 703-acre main Seattle campus is situated in the University District above the Montlake Cut, within the urban Puget Sound region of the Pacific Northwest; the university has two additional campuses in Bothell. Overall, UW encompasses over 500 buildings and over 20 million gross square footage of space, including one of the largest library systems in the world with over 26 university libraries, as well as the UW Tower, lecture halls, art centers, laboratories and conference centers; the university offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees through 140 departments in various colleges and schools, sees about 46,000 in total student enrollment every year, functions on a quarter system. Washington is a member of the Association of American Universities and classified as an R1 Doctoral Research University classification under the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
It is cited as a leading university in the world for scientific performance and research output by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and the CWTS Leiden Ranking. In the 2015 fiscal year, the UW received nearly $1.2 billion in research funding, the 3rd largest among all universities in the United States. As the flagship institution of the six public universities in Washington State, it is known for its research in medicine, science, as well as its highly-competitive computer science and engineering programs. Additionally, Washington continues to benefit from its deep historical ties and major collaborations with numerous technology giants in the region, such as Amazon, Boeing and Microsoft. Paul G. Allen, Bill Gates and others spent significant time at Washington computer labs for a prior venture before founding Microsoft, its 22 varsity sports teams are highly competitive, competing as the Huskies in the Pac-12 Conference of the NCAA Division I, representing the United States at the Olympic Games, other major competitions.
The University has been affiliated with many notable alumni and faculty, including 20 Nobel Prize laureates and numerous Pulitzer Prize winners, Fulbright Scholars, Rhodes Scholars, Marshall Scholars, as well as members of other distinguished institutions. In 1854, territorial governor Isaac Stevens recommended the establishment of a university in the Washington Territory. Prominent Seattle-area residents, including Methodist preacher Daniel Bagley, saw this as a chance to add to the city's potential and prestige. Bagley learned of a law that allowed United States territories to sell land to raise money in support of public schools. At the time, Arthur A. Denny, an early founder of Seattle and member of the territorial legislature, aimed to increase the city's importance by moving the territory's capital from Olympia to Seattle. However, Bagley convinced Denny that the establishment of a university would assist more in the development of Seattle's economy. Two universities were chartered, but the decision was repealed in favor of a single university in Lewis County provided that locally donated land was available.
When no site emerged, Denny petitioned the legislature to reconsider Seattle as a location in 1858. In 1861, scouting began for an appropriate 10 acres site in Seattle to serve as a new university campus. Arthur and Mary Denny donated eight acres, while fellow pioneers Edward Lander, Charlie and Mary Terry, donated two acres on Denny's Knoll in downtown Seattle. More this tract was bounded by 4th Avenue to the west, 6th Avenue to the east, Union Street to the north, Seneca Streets to the south. John Pike, for whom Pike Street is named was the builder. On November 4, 1861, the university opened as the Territorial University of Washington; the legislature passed articles incorporating the University, establishing its Board of Regents in 1862. The school struggled, closing three times: in 1863 for low enrollment and again in 1867 and 1876 due to funds shortage. Washington awarded its first graduate Clara Antoinette McCarty Wilt in 1876, with a bachelor's degree in science. By the time Washington State entered the Union in 1889, both Seattle and the University had grown substantially.
Washington's total undergraduate enrollment increased from 30 to nearly 300 students, the campus's relative isolation in downtown Seattle faced encroaching development. A special legislative committee, headed by UW graduate Edmond Meany, was created to find a new campus to better serve the growing student population and faculty; the committee selected a site on the northeast of downtown Seattle called Union Bay, the land of the Duwamish, the legislature appropriated funds for its purchase and construction. In 1895, the University relocated to the new campus by moving into the newly built Denny Hall; the University Regents tried and failed to sell the old campus settling with leasing the area. This would become one of the University's most valuable pieces of real estate in modern-day Seattle, generating millions in annual revenue with what is now called the Metropolitan Tract; the original Territorial University building was torn down in 1908, its former site now houses the Fairmont Olympic Hotel.
The sole-surviving remnants of Washington's first building are four 24-foot, hand-fluted cedar, Ionic columns. They were salvaged by Edmond S. Meany, one of the University's first graduates and former head of its history dep
2009 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament
The 2009 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament was a tournament involving 65 schools playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball as a culmination of the 2008–09 basketball season. It began on March 17, 2009, concluded with the championship game on April 6 at Ford Field in Detroit, where the University of North Carolina defeated Michigan State to become the champion; the 2009 tournament marked the first time for a Final Four having a minimum seating capacity of 70,000 and by having most of the tournament in the February Sweeps of the Nielsen Ratings due to the digital television transition in the United States on June 12, 2009, which made this the last NCAA Basketball Tournament, in all three divisions, to air in analog television. The University of Detroit Mercy hosted the Final Four, the 71st edition. Prior to the start of the tournament, the top ranked team was Louisville in both the AP Top 25 and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Polls, followed by North Carolina and Pittsburgh.
Only the Tar Heels of North Carolina were the regional winners and played in the Final Four. The Tar Heels completed one of the most dominant runs in the tournament's history by winning each of their games by at least twelve points. For the first time since seeding began, all #1-#3 seeds made it into the Sweet 16, for the third consecutive time, all #1 seeds made the Elite Eight. Four schools made their NCAA tournament debut, all respective conference champions: Binghamton, Morgan State, Stephen F. Austin, North Dakota State, a school in its first season of Division I eligibility. Sixty-five teams were selected for the tournament. Thirty of the teams earned automatic bids by winning their conference tournaments; the automatic bid of the Ivy League, which does not conduct a postseason tournament, went to Cornell, its regular season champion. The remaining 34 teams were granted "at-large" bids by the NCAA Selection Committee. Two teams play an opening-round game, popularly called the "play-in game".
The winner of that game advances to the main draw of the tournament as a 16 seed and plays a top seed in one of the regionals. The 2009 game was played on Tuesday, March 17, at the University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio, as it has since its inception in 2001. All 64 teams were seeded 1 to 16 within their regions; the Selection Committee seeded the entire field from 1 to 65. SEC commissioner Michael Slive served his last year as chairman of the committee; the first and second round games were played at the following sites: First and Second Rounds Thursday and Saturday, March 19 and 21, 2009 Greensboro Coliseum, North Carolina Sprint Center, Kansas City, Missouri Wachovia Center, Pennsylvania Rose Garden, Oregon First and Second Rounds Friday and Sunday, March 20 and 22, 2009 Taco Bell Arena, Idaho University of Dayton Arena, Ohio American Airlines Arena, Florida Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minnesota The four regionals are named after their areas, a practice which resumed in 2007. Between 2004 and 2006, the regionals were named for their host cities.
The following were the sites for the 2009 regionals: Regionals Thursday and Saturday, March 26 and 28, 2009 East, TD Garden, Massachusetts West, University of Phoenix Stadium, Arizona, Arizona Regionals Friday and Sunday, March 27 and 29, 2009 South, FedExForum, Tennessee Midwest, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indiana Regional winners advanced to the Final Four, hosted at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan by the University of Detroit Mercy on April 4 and April 6. Detroit was the 28th new host city, Ford Field the 35th new venue, to host the Final Four; the tournament featured six new stadiums, including two domed stadiums. The Phoenix suburb of Glendale was host for the first time, with games being held at the University of Phoenix Stadium, home to football's Arizona Cardinals. Indianapolis hosted at a new domed stadium, Lucas Oil Stadium, the replacement for the RCA Dome. After an eight year hiatus, the tournament returned to Memphis at the FedExForum, the third venue in the city to host the tournament.
Kansas City introduced a new arena, the Sprint Center, after the previous eight appearances at Kemper Arena. For only the second time, the city of Miami hosted games, this time at the American Airlines Arena, home to the NBA's Miami Heat, and for the first time since 1975, the tournament returned at the Rose Garden. This was the last tournament to feature the Metrodome, which closed in early 2014, was replaced with U. S. Bank Stadium, which will host the 2019 Final Four. Results to date * – Denotes overtime period All times in U. S. EDT. Winner advanced to 16th seed in Midwest Louisville. Goran Suton of Michigan State was the Midwest regional most outstanding player, he was joined by Spartan teammates Kalin Lucas and Travis Walton, Louisville's Earl Clark and Kansas's Cole Aldrich on the NCAA Tournament All-Midwest Regional team. To play the top-seeded Louisville Cardinals in the first round, Morehead State defeated Alabama State 58–43, with the Eagles keeping the Hornets without a lead the entire game.
This marked the first time either team had played in the tournament