The first college basketball tournament in the U.S. since ‘Black Lives Matter’ is officially on.
The first College Basketball Tournament in the United States since the Black Lives Matter movement took off is set to take place this year in Washington, D.C., in what’s shaping up to be the first professional college basketball championship.
The tournament will be held at the FedExForum in the nation’s capital on Saturday, April 20, 2020.
The Big East Conference, the league that includes Georgetown, Xavier, St. John’s and Marquette, announced its bid for the tournament, which is currently being finalized.
The tournament will feature five teams in the top 25 of the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, along with the top four teams from the 2016-17 national championship and two teams from last year’s NCAA tournament.
Georgetown and Xavier are the two most popular teams in both polls.
The other three teams that made it through last year are Saint John’s, Stetson and Dayton.
This year’s tournament will likely be the last to feature the two-time national champions.
“This tournament will mark the first time in American college basketball history that two teams will compete for a title,” said ESPN college basketball analyst Adam Rittenberg.
“The conference has shown that it is committed to making this tournament a success, and this year, Georgetown and the Big East will look to make history in both the College Basketball Playoff and the NBA Tournament of Champions.”
A final decision on who will host the tournament will come later this year.
It will mark only the second time in tournament history that the Big 12, the Conference USA, Big East and Atlantic 10 all bid for a championship.
In the early 2000s, the Big Ten and Pac-12 all competed for the title.
The first two rounds were played in Orlando, Florida, in 2004.
The next two rounds will take place in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2018.
Last year’s College Basketball Playoffs had the top-seeded teams from both the ACC and Big Ten, while the top seeds from the Big West, Big South, ACC and Pac 12 played in Indianapolis.
After three weeks of NCAA tournament play, the best four teams will advance to the NCAA tournament, with the first four teams advancing to the NBA Finals.
College basketball is scheduled to resume on May 10 with the second round of the 2019-20 season.
Athletes from across the country will be competing for the championship at the event, with a total of 19 teams playing.
The best teams in each conference will then play in a round robin format.
On April 12, a championship game between Duke and Louisville will take the court at 7:30 p.m. EST.