NCAA DII Elite Eight tournament to cap March Madness in Sioux Falls
Sioux Falls will host the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Elite Eight tournament March 22-25 at the Sanford Pentagon. The tournament is the final in what will be a busy month of March Madness basketball in Sioux Falls.
The NSIC Conference got things rolling when they hosted their basketball tournament at the Sanford Pentagon the last weekend in February. That was followed by the Summit League Basketball Championships the first weekend in March. High school basketball will get in on the action when the Class A tournament is held in Sioux Falls March 16-18.
Eight NCAA DII men's basketball teams from across the nation will travel to Sioux Falls at the end of the month for the Elite Eight tournament. This is the first time this event has been held in South Dakota. The championship game on Saturday, March 25 will be broadcast live on CBS â€“ the first sporting event in South Dakota history to be broadcast live on national television.
The NCAA DII Elite Eight is the same tournament that the Augustana University Men's Basketball team won in Frisco, Texas last year. The winning team from each year's tournament has a championship banner that is hung in the host city's arena during the tournament in subsequent years. Augustana's championship banner will be unveiled on Wednesday, March 22 at halftime of the 6 p.m. tournament game.
This tournament is the sixth NCAA championship event hosted by the Sioux Falls Sports Authority in the past three years. Tournament tickets start at $15 per session (2 games) for adults and $8 for students, or $36 for all sessions (7 games) and can be purchased at any Ticketmaster location or at the Sanford Pentagon box office.
A free youth clinic will be hosted by the Sanford Pentagon on Saturday, March 25 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The first 200 participants will receive a basketball and admission to the championship game at 2 p.m. Sign up at sanfordpentagon.com/elite8camp.