Washington To Host The East Regional Of The 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament

BOSTON, MA - MARCH 24: The Ohio State Buckeyes celebrate with the trophy after defeating the Syracuse Orange to win the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball East Regional Final at TD Garden on March 24, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Washington DC will host the East Regional of the 75th NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament in March 2013.

College basketball fans in and around the nation's capitol will have the chance to see some of the top teams and games in the country next spring up close and personal. According to the Sports Business Journal, Washington will host the East Regional of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.

Games will take place at the Verizon Center. Georgetown University is designated as the hosting school.

Washington is no stranger to the Big Dance. This will be the sixth time since 1998 that the NCAA Tournament has unfolded in Washington.

Arlington, Texas; Indianapolis and Los Angeles will host the other regionals. Atlanta will host the Final Four.

The NCAA cited Washington's rich history with the tournament in its decision to locate the East Regional of the 75th tournament.

Here's NCAA executive vice president Mark Lewis, from the official announcement:

"The decision to delay the announcement of the East Regional site was made because the committee wanted to explore several options. In the end, we think celebrating 75 years of one of the country's favorite sporting events in our nation's capital and a great basketball city is fitting."

For more college hoops action in and around Washington DC, stay tuned to SB Nation DC. For more NCAA basketball talk, head over to SB Nation's NCAA hoops hub.

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