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Portland will host 1st, 2nd rounds of 2022 NCAA men's basketball tournament

FILE - Portland, Ore. (KATU)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KATU) - Portland has been selected to host the first and second rounds of the 2022 NCAA men's basketball tournament.

The games will be played at the Moda Center on Thursday, March 17, 2022 and Saturday, March 19, 2022.

The city worked with Oregon State University, Oregon Sports Authority and Travel Portland on a bid for hosting rights last August.

“Hosting one of the pinnacle events in intercollegiate athletics with our highly respected local partners is an honor and privilege,” Oregon State Vice President Scott Barnes said in a news release. “There is no match for the excitement of the NCAA Basketball Tournament and we are thrilled to have another opportunity to showcase our great university in the Portland metro area.”

Portland will also host the 2019 and 2020 NCAA Women's Basketball Regionals. The 2019 Women's Regional will take place March 29 through April 1, and the 2020 NCAA Women's Regional is scheduled for March 27 through March 30.

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