DAYTON, Ohio – With the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament selection announcement just over a week away, the momentum in Dayton is building.

“The buzz around March Madness has already started in Dayton. The ‘bracketology’ experts are showing very interesting regional matchups in the First Four,” said JP Nauseef, Local Organizing Committee Chairman.

The predicted tournament brackets include several regional teams representing the Atlantic 10, Big Ten, BIG EAST and SEC. Fans can follow the tournament predictions leading up to Selection Sunday on the following sites:

• CBS Sports Bracketology
• ESPN Bracketology
• USA Today Bracketology
• SB Nation Bracketology
• Yahoo! Sports Big Board
• Busting The Bracket

Nauseef continued, “A local or regional team would certainly add excitement, energy and improve on the already vibrant ticket sales. But regardless of what happens on Selection Sunday, one thing is certain – Dayton’s college basketball fans will show up to support as they do year in and year out! That’s why Dayton, Ohio is the epicenter of college basketball.”

Fans wishing to buy tickets to the First Four should go to All-Session Ticket Prices:
• Lower Arena $120
• 300 Level $80
• 400 Level $50

“The hard work of the Local Organizing Committee has positioned the University and the Dayton Region to capitalize on what could be a very exciting tournament draw,” said Dr. Daniel J. Curran, University of Dayton President. “If some of these brackets hold true, there will be thousands of Airmen from Wright-Patt and students from the community cheering on teams they are familiar with.”

Individuals and organizations whishing to support U.S. military personnel serving at Wright-Patterson Air Force base and students across the Dayton Region should visit or contact Matt Farrell (

The 2014 NCAA First Four, held Tuesday, March 18 and Wednesday, March 19, will feature eight NCAA teams coming to UD Arena – four automatic qualifiers and the final four at-large teams in the field.

The University of Dayton Arena has hosted more than 100 NCAA Tournament games, more than any site in America making Dayton the Epicenter of College Basketball in America.

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