TULSA, Oklahoma - The NCAA has selected Tulsa to host first- and second-round games in the 2017 men's basketball tournament. Tulsa's BOK Center will host the games on March 17 and 19 of 2017, according to the NCAA. The Tulsa Sports Commission partnered with the University of Tulsa and host venue BOK Center to bid on the event.

“The Tulsa Sports Commission is extremely honored to be selected as a host city by the NCAA for the first and second rounds of the Men's Basketball Championship,” said Ray Hoyt, senior vice president of VisitTulsa and the Tulsa Sports Commission. 

"This major win for the Tulsa region is a testament to our strong partnership with the University of Tulsa, which continually allows us to showcase NCAA sporting events right here in our own backyard."

"The University of Tulsa is pleased to partner yet again with the Tulsa Sports Commission, the City of Tulsa and SMG, to host the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball first and second rounds at the BOK Center. The NCAA recognizes the success that Tulsa has had in hosting not only the 2011 second & third rounds, but national championships for golf and tennis," said TU's Vice President & Director of Athletics Dr. Derrick Gragg.

The NCAA's Division 1 Men's Basketball Committee selected Tulsa along with Salt Lake City, Buffalo, Greensboro, Milwaukee, Orlando, Sacramento and Indianapolis to host preliminary rounds in that year.The Final Four will be played in Phoenix that year.

In 2011, the BOK Center hosted the second- and third-round games of the NCAA men's tourney.