NCAA Announces Open Practice Sessions For Public

March 15, 2004

SEATTLE - Basketball fans will have a chance to see some of the nation's best teams one day early as the NCAA has announced practice sessions for Key Arena in Seattle on Wednesday, March 17. All eight teams selected to play in the Seattle First/Second Round games will practice for 50-minute time periods on Wedneday with all sessions being held open to the general public. Sessions are free and fans will be allowed to sit in the stands and watch each team practice. Cameras and video cameras will be permitted in Key Arena for this event.


Key Arena Practice Times
Wednesday - March 17
(all times local)

Noon-12:50 p.m. Southern Illinois 1-1:50 p.m. Texas San Antonio 2:10-3 p.m. Alabama 3:10-4 p.m. Stanford 5-5:50 p.m. Michigan State 6-6:50 p.m. Gonzaga 7:10-8 p.m. Nevada 8:10-9 p.m. Valparaiso

NCAA Tournament action kicks off in Seattle on Thursday morning when No. 8 seed Alabama faces No. 9 seed Southern Illinois at 11:40 a.m. 30-minutes following that game No. 1 seed Stanford battles No. 16 seed Texas-San Antonio. The night session will feature games between No. 7 seed Michigan State and No. 10 seed Nevada at 4:35 p.m. 30-minutes following that game will be No. 2 Gonzaga against No. 15 Valparaiso.

Saturday's game times for Seattle for feature the Gonzaga/Valpo winner against the MSU/Nevada winner at 12:20 p.m. for the right to advance to the St. Louis Regional. 30-minutes later will be the Stanford/UTSA winner versus the Alabama/SIU winner for a trip to the Phoenix Regional.

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