March 13, 2011
INDIANAPOLIS--The Aztecs of San Diego State bring a No. 2 seed to Tucson Thursday as the top-seeded club in the Second-Third Rounds of the NCAA Men's Basketball Championships in McKale Center.
SDSU of the Mountain West Conference will meet 15-seed Northern Colorado of the Big Sky Conference. Also on tap in Tucson are Temple (7) of the Atlantic 10 vs. Penn state (10) of the Big Ten, Kansas State (5) of the Big 12 vs. Utah State of the Western Athletic Conference, and Wisconsin (4) of the Big Ten vs. Belmont (13) of the Atlantic Sun Conference.
SDSU, Northern Colorado, Temple and Penn State are in a pod playing in the West Region, while K-State, Utah State, Wisconsin and Belmont will feed into the Southeast Region.
Thursday: Game 1 - 11:10 a.m. - Temple vs. Penn State (TNT)
Game 2 - 30 mins after G1 - SDSU vs. Northern Colorado (TNT)
Game 3 - 4:27 p.m. - Wisconsin vs. Belmont (truTV)
Game 4 - 30 mins after G3 - Kansas State vs. Utah State (truTV)
Game Times Saturday: TBA
All games in the tournament across the country will be shown in their entirety on one of four networks -- CBS, TBS, TNT or truTV.
The SDSU-UNC winner will play the winner of the Temple-Penn State game in Saturday third-round action, with the winner moving to Anaheim for the West Regional on March 26. The other four squads will determine a team to move on to the Southwest Regional in New Orleans March 26.
Second-round Games in McKale will be played Thursday, with the third round slated for Saturday. Tickets are available at through the UA ticket office HERE.
Modifications in McKale Center were well under way this weekend, including installation of a playing floor to make all tournament sites appear similar. UA also will use its Estes Family Strength and Conditioning Center for backstage work areas including the tournament interview and media work rooms, among other modifications.