The NCAA has announced today that the Missouri Valley Conference will serve as host for 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship second- and third-round games in St. Louis. The games will be at Scottrade Center on Friday, March 21, and Sunday, March 23, 2014.

The Valley has helped bring 10 NCAA events to St. Louis since 1993, hosting men’s regionals in 1993, 1998, 1999, 2004, 2007 and 2010; a men’s first/second round in 2002, the Women’s Final Four in 2001 and in 2009, and the Men’s Final Four in 2005.

The MVC is hosting this year in Kansas City. The 2013 event will mark the first time the St. Louis-based Missouri Valley Conference will host an NCAA basketball championship event in a city other than St. Louis, although Creighton and The Valley co-hosted a men’s basketball first/second round in Omaha in 2008.

“The award is testimony to the faith and trust the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee has in the Missouri Valley Conference and in our partners in St. Louis,” says Doug Elgin, commissioner of the Missouri Valley Conference. “The Valley and its partners have always been committed to conducting first-class, fiscally responsible events. We are thrilled to have another chance to host an NCAA Tournament event while working closely with our friends in St Louis.”