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Columbus Local Organizing Committee launches #FourUs Campaign for 2018 Women’s Final Four


COLUMBUS – The Columbus Local Organizing Committee (CLOC) for the 2018 NCAA Women’s Final Four, including representatives from The Ohio State University Department of Athletics, the Greater Columbus Sports Commission (GCSC) and Nationwide Arena, will tip off its community campaign,#FourUS.

#FourUS will provide opportunities for residents to share their pride in showing what makes ColumbUS the best place to visit and host sporting events. A special #FourUS video can be seen at and will be shown on the Huntington Park scoreboard right before the first pitch. In addition, game attendees will be able to stop by a fan interaction station on the concourse to get more information about how they can be involved in the Women’s Final Four.


Fans interested in volunteering for the Women’s Final Four can sign up at  Additionally, all-session and single-session Women’s Final Four tickets are now on sale and can be purchased  The Women’s Final Four website will also house the official Women’s Final Four schedule of events, which will be updated as events are finalized.


The #FourUS campaign is another milestone in the “Road to Columbus.” After unveiling the 2018 NCAA Women’s Final Four logo in February, Ohio State announced it would host a premiere women’s basketball tipoff event on November 12.  The Countdown to Columbus will feature OSU vs. UConn and Louisville vs. Stanford at Nationwide Arena.


Fans wishing to attend the Countdown to Columbus can purchase tickets through the OSU Ticket Sales Team at 1-800-GOBUCKS.


Columbus and Ohio State will host the 2018 NCAA Women’s Final Four for the first time at Nationwide Arena on March 30 and April 1. The Women’s Final Four will generate an anticipated 11,000 hotel room nights and an estimated $20 million in direct visitor spending for Central Ohio, with the semifinals and national championship games attracting more than 40,000 fans, including 30,000 from outside the region. All three games will be televised nationally on ESPN.


PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Bruce Wimbish | GCSC, Gary Petit | Ohio State Athletics, Gary O’Brien | Nationwide Arena, Rick Nixon | National Collegiate Athletic Association; COURTESY GREATER COLUMBUS SPORTS COMMISSION, OHIO STATE, NATIONWIDE ARENA & THE NCAA

Butler Vice President/Director of Athletics Barry Collier issues statement on Chris Holtmann

On Chris Holtmann being named head coach at Ohio State University…

“Chris is a tremendous basketball coach, but more importantly, he is a great man who has led our program well and embodied The Butler Way during his time with us. On behalf of everyone at Butler, we wish him, Lori, and Nora continued success as they make this transition. Our basketball program is among the nation’s best and Butler University is committed to maintaining our competitive success on a national level, while also recruiting young men who will represent our institution well in the classroom and in the community. We will work efficiently to identify our next head coach.”

Barry Collier (courtesy Butler Athletics)



Missouri-Kansas City’s Noah Knight named WAC’s representative to NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee


DENVER – UMKC men’s basketball student-athlete Noah Knight has been named to the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) as the representative of the Western Athletic Conference. He will serve from June 1, 2017, through May 31, 2019.

The Olathe, Kan., native and representatives from the NCAA’s other Division I conferences meet three times during each calendar year, with a fall meeting typically in November in Indianapolis, a winter meeting in conjunction with the NCAA Convention in January and a four-day summer meeting in July. The appointment generally entails numerous other conference calls and webinars throughout the year.

Noah Knight (courtesy Missouri Kansas City athletics)

“The WAC would like to congratulate Noah on his selection to the Division I National SAAC,” said Marlon Edge, WAC Assistant Commissioner of Compliance and WAC SAAC liaison. “We are very excited to have him representing our membership and WAC student-athletes for the next two years. He will be an excellent representative for the league at the conference and national levels.”

The mission of the Division I SAAC is to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity, protecting student-athlete welfare and fostering a positive student-athlete image. Knight will be responsible for keeping other WAC SAAC members educated on the relevant issues at the NCAA level.

“I’m extremely excited to be joining the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee”,” Knight said. “I am beyond grateful to be able to represent a school that has done so much for me through academics and athletics.”

Knight competed for the Roos from 2014-15 before his playing career ended early in his sophomore season due to multiple concussions. He has remained an integral part of the program as a manager.



Penn State Men’s Basketball getting ready for summer trip to the Bahamas


Nittany Lions will play three exhibition games during August trip

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (May 4, 2017) – The Penn State men’s basketball program will get an early jump on the 2017-18 season when it takes a foreign trip to the Bahamas for three games August 4-11.

Game dates, opponents and sites are still being finalized; however, while in the Bahamas, the Nittany Lions will stay at the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort.


“This trip is exactly what we need at this point,” Patrick Chambers, Penn State head coach said. “It will give us the opportunity to work on our chemistry and culture with many new faces. We can reinforce good habits and get a good look at what we need to work on heading into the season. Hopefully we will be ahead of the curve a little bit.”


The team will get 10 practices to prepare for the foreign tour with all players expected to make the trip. NCAA basketball teams are allowed to take an international tour to play exhibition games once every four years. The Nittany Lions last traveled abroad to Belgium, France and England in 2013.


Penn State returns all five starters and over 80 percent of its scoring for next season, including top-three scorers Tony Carr (13.2 ppg), Lamar Stevens (12.7) and Shep Garner (12.0). Defensive standouts Mike Watkins and Josh Reaves round out the starting lineup from a year ago and will anchor the Nittany Lions in the upcoming campaign.


The Bahamas trip will be the first action in a PSU uniform for junior transfer Satchel Pierce, who will suit up for the Nittany Lions this year, and incoming freshmen: Trent Buttrick, John Harrar and Jamari Wheeler.


Fans wishing to attend the games in the Bahamas can arrange travel packages by contacting Lea Miller or 404-668-7468.






University of Dayton Arena will continue to host FIRST FOUR through 2022

UD Arena with new logo By Gump840 - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https


Dayton Has Been an NCAA Site Every Year Since 2001

INDIANAPOLIS – University of Dayton Arena will extend its streak for tipping off March Madness to 22 years. The tournament has opened here each year since 2001.
The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee announced Monday, Nov. 17, the First Four of its tournament will be played at the University of Dayton Arena in 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022.

“We are proud that the University of Dayton, The Big Hoopla, and our community partners will continue to be the tip-off for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship,” UD Vice-President and Director of Athletics Neil Sullivan said. “We appreciate that the NCAA has entrusted all of us in the Dayton region with this responsibility. It is not something that we take lightly. As in the past, we will continue to deliver capacity crowds and a premier championship experience for teams, tournament officials, fans, visiting media and broadcast partners.

“It’s great that UD Arena will continue to be part of one of the nation’s premier sporting events.”

University of Dayton Arena has hosted more NCAA men’s Division I basketball tournament games — 117 — than any other venue in the nation. It will add to that mark this spring when it hosts the 2018 First Four on March 14-15. Fans can purchase tickets for the 2018 First Four by visiting

University of Dayton Arena has hosted the NCAA tournament in 30 of the 48 seasons since the Arena opened in 1969. March Madness has opened in Dayton since every year since 2001 — from 2001-10 as the Opening Round and from 2011-16 as the First Four.

With the help of the First Four Local Organizing Committee in 2011, the University and region played host to Virginia Commonwealth, which went from First Four to Final Four. In 2012, it hosted U.S. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron in 2012. In 2013, all 10 First Four and second- and third-round games sold out, setting a record. In 2014, the First Four drew capacity crowds and record-setting viewership and ratings.

The Big Hoopla First Four® Local Organizing committee, an all-volunteer group, has rallied community leaders, sponsors and organizations to showcase the Dayton region as the Epicenter of College Basketball and its commitment to hosting first-class events.

While supporting the University position as a preferred host site, the committee works collaboratively to drive significant, long-term economic value for the Dayton region by leveraging the media reach of the NCAA Tournament and March Madness to promote and advocate for the region’s unique attributes – pride and respect for the military (United States Air Force and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base), a strong sense of service, an innovative history, the importance of STEM education, collaboration, and Midwestern hospitality.

It is Big Hoopla’s goal to make the NCAA First Four a lifelong memory for all participants, coaches, administrators, fans, and media and to continue to solidify the NCAA First Four in Dayton.

The Hoopla Ticket Program is the committee’s highly successful, charitable community outreach program. Each ticket purchased as part of the Hoopla Ticket Program is donated to a local student or Airmen and families stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB). The Hoopla Ticket Program has provided, free-of charge, over 30,000 tickets in the last several years with over 7,000 tickets donated in 2017 alone.



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