2013 Tourney to Storrs

While it seems unlikely that the Connecticut men's basketball team will be allowed to participate in the 2013 NCAA Tournament because of past academic deficiencies, we now know that UConn will be hosting a regional that year for the women's NCAA Tournament.

The NCAA women's basketball committee announced sites for the 2013 tournament on Monday and UConn once again is on the roster as a first- and second-round regional site.

Here are the details, from the release issued Monday by the NCAA:

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The University of Connecticut has been selected as one of the 16 first and second-round regional sites for the 2013 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship, which were announced today by the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Committee.

Those sites, along with the four regional hosts, have been approved by the Administrative Committee of the NCAA Division I Championships/Sports Management Cabinet.

UConn will play host to first and second round NCAA Tournament games in 2013 at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Conn. The selection will mark the 18th time that UConn has hosted NCAA Tournament games at Gampel Pavilion, with the most recent coming in 2011. The Huskies sport an all-time record of 30-2 in NCAA Tournament games played at Gampel.

Cities chosen to host first and second-round games in 2013 include Baton Rouge, La.; Boulder, Colo.; College Park, Md.; College Station, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Durham, N.C.; Iowa City, Iowa; Knoxville, Tenn.; Louisville, Ky.; Lubbock, Texas; Newark, Del.; Queens, N.Y.; Spokane, Wash.; Stanford, Calif.; Storrs, Conn., and Waco, Texas. The four selected regional sites are Norfolk, Va.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Spokane, Wash., and Trenton, N.J.

"As a committee we are excited that in 2013 our championship will be hosted by institutions from nine different conferences, with Delaware and St. John's hosting for the first time," said Greg Christopher, chair of the Division I Women's Basketball Committee and director of athletics at Bowling Green State University. "Having this geographic blend of sites is important to the committee as we continue to grow the game of women's basketball."

The following first and second-round sites will host games either Saturday, March 23 and Monday, March 25 or Sunday, March 24 and Tuesday, March 26, 2013 (dates to be determined in June 2012):

2013 First & Second Round Sites

City Arena Host

Baton Rouge, La. Pete Maravich Assembly Center LSU

Boulder, Colo. Coors Events Center Colorado

College Park, Md. Comcast Center Maryland

College Station, Texas Reed Arena Texas A&M

Columbus, Ohio St. John Arena Ohio State

Durham, N.C. Cameron Indoor Stadium Duke

Iowa City, Iowa Carver Hawkeye Arena Iowa

Knoxville, Tenn. Thompson Boling Arena Tennessee

Louisville, Ky. KFC YUM! Center Louisville

Lubbock, Texas United Spirit Arena Texas Tech

Delaware, Del. Bob Carpenter Center Delaware

Queens, N.Y. Carnesecca Arena St. John's

Spokane, Wash. McCarthey Athletic Center Gonzaga

Stanford, Calif. Maples Pavilion Stanford

Storrs, Conn. Gampel Pavilion Connecticut

Waco, Texas Ferrell Center Baylor

The following regional sites will host games either Saturday, March 30 and Monday, April 1 or Sunday, March 31 and Tuesday, April 2, 2013 (dates to be determined in June, 2012):

2013 Regional Sites

City Arena Host

Norfolk, Va. Ted Constant Center Old Dominion

Oklahoma City, Okla. Chesapeake Energy Arena TBD

Spokane, Wash. Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena Washington State

Trenton, N.J. Sun National Bank Arena MAAC

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