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March Madness® comes to Columbus on March 17 & 19, 2023 at Nationwide Arena! The Ohio State University hosts the First and Second Rounds of the NCAA ® Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. 

Session 1 was all chalk as the higher-seeded Marquette and Michigan State advanced. Session 2 was another story. Fairleigh Dickinson became the second-ever 16 seed to topple a No. 1 seed with a 63-58 win over Purdue. In the late game, No. 8 Memphis and No. 9 Florida Atlantic went back and forth for the full 40 minutes. The Owls made the last big play to seal the win and earn a date with the FDU Knights on Sunday.

Game Times

Session 1 - Friday, March 17

  • No. 7 Michigan State vs. No. 10 USC | Recap
  • No. 2 Marquette vs. No. 15 Vermont | Recap

Session 2 - Friday, March 17

  • No. 1 Purdue vs. No. 16 FDU | Recap
  • No. 8 Memphis vs. No. 9 Florida Atlantic | Recap

Session 3 - Sunday, March 19

  • No. 2 Marquette vs. No. 7 Michigan State, 5:15 p.m. | Recap
  • No. 9 Florida Atlantic vs. No. 16 FDU, 7:45 p.m. | Recap

Did You Know? 

  • Columbus is the only city in the U.S. to host the First and Second Rounds of both men's and women's March Madness. There are a total of 25. cities hosting portions of the men's or women's tournament this week.
  • The estimated combined visitor spend for the men's and women's basketball tournaments in Columbus is $9.4 million. 
  • This marks the third time Columbus has hosted March Madness in the last decade (2015, 2019).
  • Sean Jones (Marquette - Gahanna, Ohio) and Sean Moore (FDU - Reynoldsburg, Ohio) represent Central Ohio during the first and second rounds of the men's tournament in Columbus. 
  • Columbus was awarded the 2027 Women's Final Four.

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While You're In Columbus

Columbus is a city built on bold ideas and fueled by relentless optimism. As a community, we tend to dream big. We let nothing stop us from turning today's dreams into better tomorrows. Check out places to stay and things to do to make the most out of your trip to Columbus for NCAA Men's March Madness.