One reason the NCAA Tournament won't be played at McKale Center soon
1. Sean Miller and Greg Byrne believe that by playing host to first- and second-round games, the UA will be sent further away from Tucson and fewer fans will travel. Tucson played host to NCAA games in a dozen seasons — 1974, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1997, 2000, 2005 and 2011. Many of the game’s ranking names coached tournament games in Tucson, including John Wooden, Bobby Knight, Jerry Tarkanian and John Thompson. Tucson has been an NCAA host more times (12) than Phoenix (10). The NCAA has designated Western host sites for 2017 in Salt Lake City, Sacramento and San Jose, with Phoenix as the Final Four headquarters. In 2018, Western venues will be in Boise, San Diego and Los Angeles.