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NCAA Second and Third Round Tickets

The NCAA Second and Third Round Brackets

The selection committee chooses and decides the seeding of a total of 68 teams, although 31 are chosen automatically due to winning their conferences. The four lowest-seeded automatic qualifiers and the four lowest-seeded at-large teams play in the first round, called the first four. The winners of these games will join the remaining 64 teams in the second round. The winners of the second-round games then move on to the third round, and all teams who lose are eliminated from the tournament.

Iconic Moments in NCAA Second and Third Round History

Many would say the most iconic NCAA tournament moments come in the later rounds; however, the early rounds have offered many exciting times as well. Although a 16th seed has never defeated a one-seed, there have been many upsets in the early rounds of the tournament, a particularly memorable one occurring in 2001, when 15th-seed Hampton defeated two-seed Iowa State, who featured future first-round NBA picks Marcus Fizer and Jamaal Tinsley, in a 58-57 victory. Early rounds of the tournament also lead to breakout stars. In 2008, 10th-seed Davidson College defeated two-seed Georgetown, thanks to Stephen Curry—a virtually unknown player. Davidson was losing by as many as 17 points until Curry erupted for 25 points in the second half, bringing him to the national forefront and earning himself a spot in the NBA.

2012 NCAA Second and Third Round Arenas

For the 2012 tournament, there are only two hosting arenas not directly affiliated with a specific university, one of which is the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina. The arena has a seating capacity of over 23,000, and when Duke or the University of North Carolina play there in early round games, the stadium has an electric atmosphere. The KFC Yum! Center, a stadium that holds over 22,000 fans, is another high-intensity arena in Louisville, Kentucky, a state where college basketball reigns supreme. Other second and third rounds this year are held in The Pit, Rose Garden, Consol Energy Center, Nationwide Arena, CenturyLink Center Omaha, and Bridgestone Arena.


NCAA Second and Third Round Tickets