NCAA says first round will again refer to Thursday, Friday games


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The NCAA has eliminated confusion surrounding how the games of its men's basketball tournament's first weekend are referenced.
The first round will again simply mean the round of 64, or the Thursday and Friday games that many still view as the beginning of the tournament.
From 2011 until last season, that first game for 60 teams was called the second round, and the third round determined a berth in the Sweet 16.

"The Thursday-Friday games will be known as first and second rounds, so there's no more, quote-unquote, third round," said NCAA spokesman David Warlock. "So Thursday and Friday is the Round of 64, Saturday and Sunday is the Round of 32, and then obviously the Sweet 16 and Final Four hasn't been changed."
Source: ESPN

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