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5:12 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Game On: NCAA Tournament Begins in Pittsburgh

The NCAA basketball tournament kicks into high gear with 16 regional games on today's schedule. As one of the host cities, not only will Pittsburgh be turned into a college hoops hotbed, it will also bring exposure and revenue to the city. Beverly Morrow-Jones with VisitPittsburgh said "we're looking forward to about $7.1 million in direct spending which means great news for restaurants, hotels, and attractions."

She expects about 9,000 out-of-town visitors to come to the city for the basketball games Thursday and Saturday.

In Pittsburgh, Thursday's games jump off with Kansas State and Southern Miss. Syracuse and UNC-Ashville follow, and West Virginia will have the home court advantage when they take on Gonzaga in the third game of the day. The final game of the day has No. 2 seed Ohio State playing 15th ranked Loyola-Maryland.