INDIANAPOLIS (93-7 THE FAN) — After a successful venture this past spring, Duquesne University/CONSOL Energy Center has been given the privilege of hosting NCAA Tournament Second and Third Round games Mar. 19-21, 2015, it was announced Monday afternoon.

“The bid process was as competitive as ever, with 53 cities expressing the desire to be a part of one of the world’s premier sporting events,” NCAA vice president of men’s basketball Dan Gavitt said in a press release. “We are thrilled for our hosts for the ’14 and ’15 tournaments, as they include a mix of cities that have proven over the course of several decades how to stage this great event, as well as cities that have come on to the scene in recent years and have embraced the tournament.”

In an interesting footnote, Madison Square Garden, the annual host of the Big East Championships, will host the Men’s East Regional Final in 2014, the first time that will have happened since 1961.

“We are excited about the tournament returning to the world’s most famous arena. Only three arenas have hosted more tournament games than Madison Square Garden, despite it being more than five decades since the last time it hosted,” Gavitt added. “That gives you a great sense of the historical significance of bringing the tournament back there.”

Click here for a complete list of preliminary round sites for the 2014-15 editions of March Madness.

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