BATON ROUGE – For the third straight season, “March Madness” returns to the Maravich Center as LSU has been selected as a host site for the 2014 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament First and Second Rounds, the NCAA announced on Wednesday.
NCAA Tournament first and second rounds around the country will be played between Saturday, March 22 and Tuesday, March 25. Actual game dates and times for Baton Rouge will be unveiled by the NCAA on Oct. 23 following the NCAA Division I Basketball Selection Committee’s fall meeting.
Information on how to purchase tickets will be announced at a later date. LSU is one of four Southeastern Conference schools hosting, joining Kentucky, Tennessee and Texas A&M.
“Any time you get to host the NCAA Tournament on your home floor, it’s an exciting experience for your fans and team,” said LSU head coach Nikki Caldwell. “We appreciate our administration and the NCAA for giving us this opportunity. It’s now our job to get there. Last year’s scene in the Maravich Center was unbelievable and something none of our players will ever forget. Our goal is to get back there.”
Since the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament was expanded to its current 64-team format, LSU has played host to first-and-second round games eight times. Last year, the Lady Tigers reached the NCAA Sweet 16 on their home floor in one of the most memorable games in school history.
After beating 20th-ranked Green Bay, 75-71, in the first round, a raucous home crowd saw LSU knock off No. 8 Penn State, 71-66, to reach the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2008. Due to several injuries, the Lady Tigers had only seven available players who each contributed in the final home game of the year.
LSU also served as a host site for first-and-second round games in 1997, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2009 and 2010. The Lady Tigers are 16-3 all-time in NCAA Tournament games played in Baton Rouge. That record dates back to LSU’s first hosting opportunity in 1984. LSU owns a perfect 8-0 record all-time in NCAA Tournament First Round games in the Maravich Center.
The 2014 NCAA Final Four will be played at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., April 6 and 8.
2014 NCAA Tournament First/Second Round Sites (March 22-25)
Venue; City; Team Host
Hilton Coliseum; Ames, Iowa; Iowa State
Maravich Center; Baton Rouge, La.; LSU
Carmichael Arena; Chapel Hill, N.C.; North Carolina
Comcast Center; College Park, Md.; Maryland
Reed Arena; College Station, Texas; Texas A&M
Cameron Indoor Stadium; Durham, N.C.; Duke
Carver-Hawkeye Arena; Iowa City, Iowa; Iowa
Thompson-Boling Arena; Knoxville, Tenn.; Tennessee
Memorial Coliseum; Lexington, Ky.; Kentucky
Pauley Pavilion; Los Angeles, Calif.; UCLA
Alaska Airlines Arena; Seattle, Wash.; Washington
Gampel Pavilion; Storrs, Conn.; Connecticut
Savage Arena; Toledo, Ohio; Toledo
Bryce Jordan Center; University Park, Pa.; Penn State
Ferrell Center; Waco, Texas; Baylor
Mackey Arena; West Lafayette, Ind.; Purdue
2014 NCAA Tournament Regional Sites (March 29-April 1)
Venue; City, Team Host
Pinnacle Bank Arena; Lincoln, Neb.; Nebraska
KFC Yum Center; Louisville, Ky.; Louisville
Joyce Center; Notre Dame, Ind.; Notre Dame
Maples Pavilion; Stanford, Calif.; Stanford