Sound Off: Why doesn’t KU host first-round NCAA Tournament games at Allen Fieldhouse?
Tom Keegan, Journal-World sports editor, offers this answer: No team can play on its home court during the men’s basketball NCAA Tournament, so there would be no point in having games at Allen Fieldhouse when the biggest draw would be playing elsewhere. It makes more sense to have the NCAA Tournament games in the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., where Kansas can play and will always sell out the building. Even without the rule prohibiting schools from playing on their home court, the Sprint Center would be the building of choice because it has more seats and therefore can generate more revenue. The restriction is not in place in the women’s basketball NCAA Tournament.