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NC State will host 1st and 2nd rounds of 2021 NCAA men’s basketball tournament

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The NCAA tournament is coming back to Raleigh.

NCAA Basketball Tournament - First Round - Butler v Texas Tech Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images

The NCAA on Tuesday announced men’s tournament host sites for 2019-2022. North Carolina-based sites are in the rotation, and that includes PNC Arena, which will host a 1st/2nd round regional in 2021.

Greensboro also earned a host site in 2020. Neither of these sites would be in North Carolina were it not for the last-minute totally-not-related-to-the-NCAA-deadline “compromise” on House Bill 2.

NC State, of course, could not play in the regional it’s hosting, but that’s fine, since I figure by 2021 we’ll be more than happy to play as a 1-seed somewhere else.