2013 NCAA Tournament: Where to Watch March Madness in Kingstowne
Bracketology strategy, the NIT, favorites to win and the NCAA East Regionals at Verizon Center in DC.
There's increasing debate over whether March Madness makes office workers more or less productive, but it starts this week either way.
March Madness 2013 first-round games started Tuesday and the tournament doesn’t end until the final buzzer of the last game on Monday, April 8.
Here in Virginia, a number of men’s college basketball teams are “in the dance” – Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Liberty University, James Madison University (JMU) and, in DC, Georgetown.
What's your bracketology strategy?
According to CBSSports.com, "There is no exact science to filling out a bracket. So much ends up being a result of gut feeling, intuition (male or female) and good, old fashioned luck."
A few tips:
- In the first round, don't book any major upsets (a 16 seed beating a 1 seed).
- Look for "veteran" teams—teams that have been in the dance before or teams with a lot of seniors in their starting line-up will do better than a freshman-heavy team.
- Who's hurt? If a high-performer from earlier this season is hurt or very prone to injury, you may not want that player's team in Final Four.
Where to Watch the NCAA Tournament in Kingstowne
A few bars and restaurants with big screens in Kingstowne and within reasonable driving distance include:
Have other suggestions? Tell us in the comments.
When do Virginia and DC teams play?
- Liberty University faces North Carolina A&T Tuesday at 6:40 p.m.
- James Madison University plays LUI-Brooklyn at 6:40 p.m. Wednesday.
- VCU plays Akron at 9:45 p.m. Thursday.
- Georgetown faces Florida Gulf Coast University at 6:50 p.m. Friday.
Future games will be based on who wins these first- and second-round matchups.
East Regional Semifinals and Finals are in Washington, DC at the Verizon Center.
The East Regionals are March 28 and March 30 at the Verizon Center in DC. You can still get tickets by going to the Verizon Center website or by searching for tickets online from ticket reseller Stubhub.com or a similar service.
Who’s in the East Regionals? The East Regional bracket includes: Indiana, James Madison or LUI-Brooklyn (depending on who wins Wednesday evening), NC State, Temple, UNLV, California Syracure, Montana, Butler, Bucknell, Marquette, Davidson, Illinois, Colorado, Miami and Pacific.
Only four of these teams will make it to play at the Verizon Center; those teams are TBD.
What is the NIT?
Many joke that the NIT means “not in (the) tournament” but it actually stands for National Invitation Tournament.
The NIT field of 32 teams also starts their tournament on Tuesday. Those games will appear on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3.
Virginia teams in the NIT this year: University of Virginia and Norfolk State.
Who’s favored to win it all?
The four No. 1 seeds heading into the tournament and Louisville, Kansas, Indiana and Gonzaga. Of course, anything can happen, but the early favorite based on betting in Las Vegas is Louisville.
The finals are April 6 and April 8 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
What about the women’s tournament?
Who do you think will win the NCAA men's division I basketball tournament in 2013? Have any early predictions for the women's bracket? Tell us in the comments below.