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Tourney games returning


March Madness is coming back to Kentucky.

The NCAA announced this week that Louisville’s planned downtown arena will host firstand second-round games in the 2012 NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Rupp Arena will do the same in 2013.

The games in 2012 will mark the debut of the tournament at Louisville’s new 22,000-seat arena, which is scheduled to open next fall. Louisville last hosted the NCAA men’s tournament in 1991 at Freedom Hall.

Rupp Arena last hosted NCAA games during the opening weekend of the 2007 tournament.

Freedom Hall will host firstand second-round games in the NCAA women’s basketball tournament next March.

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