If the men’s basketball team from either Cal Poly Pomona or Cal State San Bernardino wants to claim a national basketball championship in 2010, they’ll have to do it in the northeast.
The NCAA, Division II Men’s Basketball Committee has announced that Springfield, Mass. will host the 2010 and 2011 NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Elite Eight.
The event will be held at the MassMutual Center, with American International College and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame serving as the hosts. The dates of the competition will be March 24, 25 and 27 in 2010 and March 23, 24 and 26 in 2011.
Springfield has hosted the event 20 times previously, including the last four years. With the addition of the next two years, Springfield will have hosted the event on 22 occasions; one more than the 21 times Evansville, Ind. has served as hosts.
The Broncos competed at that very venue just over a month ago, losing the national championship game to Findlay (Ohio) in overtime.
The site is not foreign to the Coyotes either. They advanced to the national semifinal in 2007, losing to eventual champion Barton (NC).