Oakland University will serve as a host institution for the 75th annual NCAA Men's Basketball Championship, the NCAA announced this afternoon. OU will host first and second-round games at The Palace of Auburn Hills for the 2013 championship event, to be held March 21 and 23, 2013.
"It is exciting to once again host an NCAA championship event, and
especially during the 75th anniversary of the event," said Oakland
University Director of Athletics Tracy Huth. "We have a great working
relationship with The Palace of Auburn Hills and we are pleased that the
NCAA has placed its confidence in us once again to host such a prominent national event."
This will be the second time that Oakland has hosted an NCAA Men's
Basketball championship event, as OU also hosted first and second-round games during the 2006 championship. During the 2006 event, West Virginia, Southern Illinois, Iowa, Northwestern (La.) State, Pittsburgh, Kent State, Kansas, and Bradley visited the Palace in a memorable series of games. 13th seeded Bradley stunned fourth seed Kansas and fifth seed Pittsburgh to advance to the Sweet Sixteen, while Northwestern State downed Iowa in an opening round contest rated by TIME Magazine as one of the ten biggest opening round upsets of all time before falling to eventual Sweet Sixteen team West Virginia.
"All of us with Palace Sports and Entertainment are excited to have the
opportunity to work with the NCAA and Oakland University once again in hosting this wonderful college basketball event at The Palace of Auburn Hills in 2013," said Tom Wilson, President of Palace Sports and
Entertainment. "It will be a special year with 2013 representing the 75th
anniversary of the NCAA Men's Basketball tournament and also the 25th
anniversary of The Palace."