ROUGE – For the third straight season, "March Madness" returns to the
Maravich Center as LSU has been selected as a host site for the 2014
NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament First and Second Rounds, the NCAA
announced on Wednesday.
NCAA Tournament first and second rounds around the country will be
played between Saturday, March 22 and Tuesday, March 25. Actual game
dates and times for Baton Rouge will be unveiled by the NCAA on Oct. 23
following the NCAA Division I Basketball Selection
Committee's fall meeting.
Information on how to purchase tickets will be announced at a later
date. LSU is one of four Southeastern Conference schools hosting,
joining Kentucky, Tennessee and Texas A&M.
"Any time you get to host the NCAA Tournament on your home floor, it's
an exciting experience for your fans and team," said LSU head coach
Nikki Caldwell. "We appreciate our administration and the NCAA for
giving us this opportunity. It's now our job to get
there. Last year's scene in the Maravich Center was unbelievable and
something none of our players will ever forget. Our goal is to get back
Since the NCAA Women's
Basketball Tournament was expanded to its current 64-team format, LSU
has played host to first-and-second round games eight times. Last year,
the Lady Tigers reached the NCAA Sweet 16 on their
home floor in one of the most memorable games in school history.
After beating 20th-ranked Green Bay, 75-71, in the first round, a
raucous home crowd saw LSU knock off No. 8 Penn State, 71-66, to reach
the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2008. Due to several injuries, the
Lady Tigers had only seven available players who
each contributed in the final home game of the year.
LSU also served as a host site for first-and-second round games in 1997,
1999, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2009 and 2010. The Lady Tigers are 16-3
all-time in NCAA Tournament games played in Baton Rouge. That record
dates back to LSU's first hosting opportunity in 1984.
LSU owns a perfect 8-0 record all-time in NCAA Tournament First Round
games in the Maravich Center.
The 2014 NCAA Final Four will be played at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., April 6 and 8.
2014 NCAA Tournament First/Second Round Sites (March 22-25)
Venue; City; Team Host
Hilton Coliseum; Ames, Iowa; Iowa State Maravich Center; Baton Rouge, La.; LSU
Carmichael Arena; Chapel Hill, N.C.; North Carolina
Comcast Center; College Park, Md.; Maryland
Reed Arena; College Station, Texas; Texas A&M
Cameron Indoor Stadium; Durham, N.C.; Duke
Carver-Hawkeye Arena; Iowa City, Iowa; Iowa
Thompson-Boling Arena; Knoxville, Tenn.; Tennessee
Memorial Coliseum; Lexington, Ky.; Kentucky
Pauley Pavilion; Los Angeles, Calif.; UCLA
Alaska Airlines Arena; Seattle, Wash.; Washington
Gampel Pavilion; Storrs, Conn.; Connecticut
Savage Arena; Toledo, Ohio; Toledo
Bryce Jordan Center; University Park, Pa.; Penn State
Ferrell Center; Waco, Texas; Baylor
Mackey Arena; West Lafayette, Ind.; Purdue