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April 6, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University Department of Athletics, Nationwide Arena and the City of Columbus will host the 2007 NCAA First and Second Rounds of the men’s basketball tournament in March of 2007. The six early-round games of the 2007 tournament will be played at Nationwide Arena in downtown Columbus March 16 and 18 with four games contested Friday and a pair of matchups Sunday.

Ohio State played host to the 2004 opening rounds at Nationwide. As the host institution, the Ohio State men’s basketball team is not permitted to play in the tournament games at Nationwide should the Buckeyes qualify for 2007 NCAA postseason competition.

Bill Jones, Ohio State senior director of ticketing and premium seating, announced Thursday the 2007 early round NCAA games in Columbus are sold out as of March 31.