April 22, 2024 12:40 am
New basketball postseason tournament collaboration announced by Fox and AEG

The new postseason college basketball tournament, known as the College Basketball Crown, is set to launch in Las Vegas from March 31 to April 6, 2025. The tournament will feature 16 teams playing games at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and T-Mobile Arena. These arenas have previously hosted college basketball games, including the Pac-12 tournaments.

Teams that do not qualify for the NCAA tournament will have a chance to participate in the College Basketball Crown. The Big Ten, Big 12, and Big East conferences will each have two automatic entries, while the remaining teams will be selected by a committee. Fox Sports executive vice president Jordan Bazant expressed excitement about providing more opportunities for student-athletes to compete in high-quality postseason college hoops.

The College Basketball Crown is expected to be a significant competitor to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT), which is currently run by the NCAA. The NIT recently modified its selection process to include more teams from power-six conferences; however, some schools declined invitations this season. Despite this modification, eight schools from power conferences still declined invitations to participate in the 32-team NIT this year.

The NIT has a long history dating back to 1938 when games were held at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. While the final returned to Madison Square Garden in 2022, last year’s final four took place in Las Vegas, and this year’s event is set to occur in Indianapolis. The College Basketball Crown aims to provide an exciting and competitive alternative for teams that do not make it into the NCAA tournament and enhance the postseason college basketball experience for players and fans alike.

In conclusion, Fox Sports and AEG are teaming up once again with their new venture called College Basketball Crown that is set to take place from March 31st – April 6th of next year at two famous sports arenas of Las Vegas – MGM Grand Garden Arena & T-Mobile Arena which are well known for hosting college basketball tournaments like Pac-12 tournaments. This tournament gives an opportunity for non-NCAA qualified teams as well as provides an excellent platform for fans of college basketball who love watching intense matches between top teams.

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