Key NCAA Tournament sites, dates for 2019


“One Shining Moment” is here to stay forever, which makes it all the more impressive that ESPN’s Michelle Beadle had the originality and pluck to bag on it as “so cheesy.”

I’ve always considered “One Shining Moment” a guilty pleasure. I feel like I should hate it because I too find it cheesy, but I can’t take my eyes and ears off the season-ending, rapid-fire NCAA tournament highlight video synced up with the song for the past three decades.

I like it.

And I hate it because it means the NCAA tournament is over, so it’s sort of like the second shot in the gut. The first comes when your favorite team either doesn’t make the field on Selection Sunday or is one of the 67 schools eliminated with a loss.

The playing of “One Shining Moment,” written by David Barrett and performed by Luther Vandross, means we have to wait another 49 weeks for the next Selection Sunday.

Sure, the regular season is an enjoyable journey, but it can’t approach the tournament.

To salve the wounds of the passing of another tourney, I headed to to learn of next year’s key dates and sites.

Selection Sunday is March 17.

The closest arenas to Lawrence for first-and-second round games are BOK Center in Tulsa (217.5 miles) and Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines (234.1 miles). Tulsa is a Friday/Sunday site with the games slated for March 22 and 24. The games in Des Moines will be played Thursday/Saturday, March 21 and 23.

If the Jayhawks are anywhere in the 1-through-4-seed range, a safe bet, then they’ll open the tournament in either Tulsa or Des Moines.

The Midwest Regional will be at Sprint Center for the second time in three years, the East at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., the South at KFC Yum! Center, the West at Honda Center in Anaheim.

The Final Four is scheduled for April 6 and 8 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.


Suzi Marshall 1 year ago

Why in the world would the NCAA put the Final Four in Minneapolis? They should just rotate the FF between San Antonio, New Orleans and perhaps Indy.

Suzi Marshall 1 year ago

Lunardi has Kansas as a 1 seed in the MW commencing in Des Moines, IA.

Daniel Kennamore 1 year ago

Gotta think we'd prefer Tulsa to Des Moines not that it matter too much.

More KU fans that direction than towards Iowa I think.

Also, some interesting stories about how Self used to coach there could be fun leading up to the first weekend games.

Will be nice to stay super close to home for the second weekend again though, assuming we earn a 1 in the midwest.

Bryce Landon 1 year ago

Since I live in southeast Iowa, I want to see Kansas get the subregional in Des Moines. If they do, I will pony up the money and go to Des Moines for the Round of 64 (and hopefully the Round of 32) to see my Jayhawks!

Tony Bandle 1 year ago

Random Thoughts:

1] April 6 in Minneapolis for the Final Four? Well, at least the snow will have been melting leaving only about two feet remaining!

2] No team even remotely located near Minny will qualify next year.

3] If KU goes to Des Moines in the first round...they'll get booed and Bill will get verbally abused by a fan afterwards.

4] I'd put money on Tulsa for's closer to Bill's home town.

5] Midwest Regional located in the Sprint Center again.....gee, how'd that work out last time?

6] The NCAA will do everything possible to help KU get to the Sweet 16 to fill up the Sprint Center. Hell, next season's team could be so good that the NCAA could shoot to fill up Arrowhead!!!

7] Midwest Regional will be Kansas, Texas A&M, Wisconsin and Western Kentucky.[Hey, if that dweeb Lunardi can do it , so can I].

8] Where the heck is the Yum Center? All the other Regionals have their cities named, why not this place?

9] Proposed sites for 2020: West Regional - The Lava Field on the Big Island of Hawaii. Midwest Regional - Area 51, The East Regional Coney Island.. The South Regional - Havana!!

Bryce Landon 1 year ago

KFC Yum! Center is in Louisville, Kentucky - right alongside Interstate 64 and the Ohio River in the downtown district, not far from the interchange with Interstates 65 and 71. I lived there for 2-1/2 years, and went there once for a basketball game between Louisville and Virginia Tech, so that's how I know.

Suzi Marshall 1 year ago

I was at that regional last year at the Sprint Center and have absolutely zero interest we return to that horrible site, although I love the Power & Light setup.

The NCAA needs to also accommodate those schools with large followings. This year in San Antonio, the Kansas fan base made up what seemed to be 90% of the attendance. After Kansas lost, Final Four tickets were being given away for free all over that town!

Harlan Hobbs 1 year ago

I am pulling for Des Moines just for you, Bryce. You're a loyal fan, and I would like to see you have the opportunity to go.

Living in Tucson and not being a U of A fan hampers my style a lot. At least, I can drive around with my Jayhawk license plate on the front of our car. You might be surprised about how many of them you see in the area and up in Phoenix.

Expect a big KU contingent in Tempe next December when KU has its rematch with ASU. I'm going to try to get my tickets as soon as they become available. Hopefully, we can pay them back royally.

Scott Proch 1 year ago

Tom, The song may need changed but thanks for sharing just so I could see Devonte's smile in the video!! THAT's what we're going to miss more than any numbers going away as these guys go pro. The positive leadership and joy of playing!

Harlan Hobbs 1 year ago

Amen, Scott. That's why the year was extra special.

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