March Madness 2013 officially started Tuesday and 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 and, in DC, Georgetown.
Where to Watch the NCAA Tournament in Alexandria
Here are a few places you might think about going in Alexandria if you want to watch the game with a group:
- Reynolds Street Bar and Grill
- Shooter McGee's
- Alley Cat
- Joe Theismann's Restaurant
- Southside 815
- TJ Stone's
- Del Ray Pizzeria
When do Virginia and DC teams play?
- 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, 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.
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?
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.