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Based in Atlanta, GA - Rick Limpert is an award-winning writer, a best-selling author, and a featured sports travel writer.

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Entries in NCAA Basketball (12)


NCAA Moves Three Point Line Back

The NCAA approved extending the men's college basketball 3-point line to the distance used in international basketball, effective for the upcoming season for Division 1. The Men's Basketball Rules committee had recommended the change after a two-year trial run in the National Invitational Tournaments, saying that the line's new position would open up the lane for dribble penetration and curb the prevalence of the long-distance shot.


Zion vs. NDSU

First round NCAA Tournament play and Zion Williamson takes down North Dakota State with authority.


Loyola Baketball Team Returns Home to a Huge Welcome

What a hero's welcome. Let's hope this team keeps its focus for the Final Four.


What it Costs to go to the Final Four and Travel Tips

The road to the Final Four ends in Phoenix with college basketball fans from across the country traveling to Arizona for the final March Madness showdown, beginning on Saturday, April 1 and culminating on Monday, April 3 with the National Championship. With over 70,000 seats to fill at the University of Phoenix Stadium, there’s plenty of room to welcome fans from across the country. However, travel prices are climbing and hotels will go fast in the days leading up to the weekend of games. takes a look.


Fans traveling to witness basketball history in hot and sunny Phoenix from the Pacific Northwest and the Carolinas will see airfare at the following1:

·        University of South Carolina (Columbia to Phoenix) – roundtrip flights starting at $1,185 on

·        Gonzaga University (Spokane to Phoenix) – roundtrip flights starting at $1,413 on

·        University of Oregon (Eugene to Phoenix) – roundtrip flights starting at $1,242 on

·        University of North Carolina (Raleigh-Durham to Phoenix) – roundtrip flights starting at $1,242 on


Hotels near the stadium are booking up quickly with current rates on starting at $233 per night for a 4-star hotel in the Glendale area. Below is a list of alternative neighborhoods with lodging options in the greater Phoenix area, for those who can’t get close to the stadium:

Hotels Rates on Starting At

Distance to Stadium

Downtown Phoenix
16 miles

10 miles

10 miles

11 miles


For travelers who aren’t staying in the immediate vicinity of the stadium, transportation to games will be another travel cost. According to, car rental rates start at just $15/day over this big game weekend.


·        AIRFARE: Fly out a day early, stay a day later to avoid higher airfare prices and find more availability on flights. Also, look to alternative airports in the area, including Mesa and Tucson

·        HOTEL: Use a promotion code such as EXPLOREMORE to save 15% on

·        PACKAGE IT: If you need more than one travel component, package them together for the best savings


Look Who's in the Final Four

The NCAA Tournament Final Four is set. It will be South Carolina, North Carolina, Gonzaga and Oregon fighting for the national title.

Below, here's the TV schedule and who to watch and when for Saturday’s Final Four games.

Below that, the scores from the tournament so far.
The national semifinals (Final Four) from Phoenix will be televised Saturday, April 1, on CBS. The national championship will air Monday, April 3, on CBS.

Final Four
Saturday, April 1, 2017

6:09 p.m., CBS: No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 7 South Carolina (Live stream) Announcers: Jim Nantz / Bill Raftery / Grant Hill / Tracy Wolfson

8:49 p.m., CBS: No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 3 Oregon (Live stream) Announcers: Jim Nantz / Bill Raftery / Grant Hill / Tracy Wolfson