The NCAA has announced that the University of Southern Indiana and the Evansville Sports Corporation have been chosen to co-host the 2014 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championship at the Ford Center in Evansville. The tournament is scheduled to take place March 26, 27 and 29, 2014.
The official news release is available on the NCAA's web site www.ncaa.com.
“We are excited to work with the NCAA and USI to bring the Division II Men's Elite Eight to Evansville,” said Bob Jones, chairman of the Evansville Sports Corporation. “This is the second major sporting event that we have had the pleasure of helping to bring to Evansville and we are looking forward to many more.”
Evansville has a rich history of hosting NCAA basketball events. The city hosted the Division II Men's championship from 1957 – 1975 and again in 2002.
“Bringing the Division II championship back to Evansville after more than a decade is a big win for us,” said Jon Mark Hall, USI director of Athletics. “It's nice to have a facility like the Ford Center and a partner organization like the Evansville Sports Corporation to help attract major events like this to our region.”
Officially formed in 2010, The Evansville Sports Corporation has been instrumental in bringing major sporting events to the region, which create an economic impact to the region. Other national events include the 2012-2014 PGA Tour's Web.com Tour and the 2012 Great Lakes Valley Conference Baseball Tournament.
The USI Screaming Eagles, who are currently ranked 12th in the NABC/NCAA Division II Preseason Top 25 poll, have advanced to the Elite Eight three times in the history of the program (1994 Springfield, Massachusetts; 1995 Louisville, Kentucky; and 2004 Bakersfield, California) and won the Division II national title in 1995.
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