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The 2010 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament will involve 65 schools playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball. It is scheduled to begin on March 16, 2010 and will conclude with the championship game on April 5 at Lucas Oil Stadiummarker in . The event will also be the first Final Four at Lucas Oil Stadium; the RCA Domemarker and Market Square Arenamarker hosted past Final Fours when the event was held in Indianapolis.

Tournament procedure

A total of 65 teams will enter the tournament. Thirty of the teams will earn automatic bids by winning their conference tournaments. The automatic bid of the Ivy League, which does not conduct a postseason tournament, will go to its regular-season champion. The remaining 34 teams will be granted "at-large" bids, which are extended by the NCAA Selection Committee.

Two teams will play an opening-round game, popularly called the "play-in game"; the winner of that game advanced to the main draw of the tournament and plays a top seed in one of the regionals. The 2010 game will be played on March 16 at University of Dayton Arenamarker, Dayton, Ohiomarker, as it has since its inception in 2001.

All 64 teams will be seeded 1 to 16 within their regionals; the winner of the play-in game automatically will receive a 16 seed. The Selection Committee will seed the entire field from 1 to 65. UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero takes over as chair of the Division I Men’s Basketball Committee and Gene Smith, associate vice president and athletics director at Ohio State, will take over next year.

The first and second round games will be played at the following sites:

Dunkin' Donuts Centermarker, (Hosts: Big East Conference & Providence Collegemarker)
New Orleans Arenamarker, New Orleansmarker, Louisianamarker (Host: Tulane Universitymarker)
Ford Centermarker, Oklahoma Citymarker, Oklahomamarker (Host: Big 12 Conference)
HP Pavilionmarker, (Host: San José State Universitymarker)


HSBC Arenamarker, (Hosts: Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Canisius Collegemarker, & Niagara Universitymarker)
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arenamarker, (Host: Jacksonville Universitymarker)
Bradley Centermarker, Milwaukeemarker, Wisconsinmarker (Host: Marquette Universitymarker)
Spokane Veterans Memorial Arenamarker, (Host: Washington State Universitymarker)


The 2010 regional sites are:
East Regional, Carrier Domemarker, (Host: Syracuse Universitymarker)
West Regional, EnergySolutions Arenamarker, Salt Lake Citymarker, Utahmarker (Host: University of Utahmarker)


Midwest Regional, Edward Jones Domemarker, (Host: Missouri Valley Conference)
South Regional, Reliant Stadiummarker, Houstonmarker, Texasmarker (Host: University of Houstonmarker)


Each regional winner will advance to the Final Four, held on April 3 and 5 in Indianapolismarker, Indianamarker at Lucas Oil Stadiummarker, hosted by the Horizon League and Butler University, as per the NCAA's mandate that one Final Four is held every five years in the city that houses the NCAA's headquarters.

References

  1. NCAA News: Smith to chair Division I Men’s Basketball Committee, June 30, 2009

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