Football season may be over in The Buckeye State, but the upcoming month of March will still be action-packed for Ohio sports fans.Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns fans must wait until September for the start of a new NFL season. But we’re entering the final stretch of the 2022-23 NBA and NHL seasons, and the Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Guardians of Major League Baseball will start up very soon.
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First And Second Rounds Of 2023 March Madness
The annual NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament — which fans simply love calling “March Madness” — will be played in several venues across the state. This includes first and second round action in The Buckeye State.
The First Four portion of the tournament will be held on Mar. 14-15 at the University of Dayton Arena in Dayton.
Nationwide Arena — home of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets — will host several games for the first and second rounds of the subregionals on Mar. 17 and Mar. 19. MVP Arena in Albany, New York, Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina and Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado will also host subregional games on those two dates.
Cleveland Cavaliers Have Six Home Games
The Cavaliers are a virtual lock to reach the postseason for the first time since 2018 — the last of the LeBron James era.
They missed out on the playoffs last year after losing two play-in games, but the trio of Donovan Mitchell, Darius Garland and Evan Mobley have the Cavs in position to lock down a top-six seed and thus avoid the play-in round.
Cleveland has six home games at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on the schedule for the month of March, beginning with a showdown against the Detroit Pistons on Mar. 4.
Two days later, the Cavaliers will have a chance to make a statement when they host the Boston Celtics in the fourth and final regular season meeting. The Cavaliers are 2-0 against the reigning Eastern Conference champions, winning OT contests on Oct. 28 and Nov. 2.
After a four-game road trip, the Cavs will welcome the Philadelphia 76ers on Mar. 15 in a potential first-round playoff matchup. Their mini two-game homestand will end against the Washington Wizards on Mar. 17.
Cleveland will also play host to the Houston Rockets and playoff-hopeful New York Knicks on Mar. 26 and Mar. 31, respectively.
Cleveland Guardians’ Opening Day On Mar. 30
The Guardians are well-positioned to make plenty of noise in the AL again this year after exceeding expectations in 2022.
Cleveland will begin the 2023 season with a four-game road series against the Seattle Mariners, beginning on Thursday, Mar. 30. Guardians fans in Ohio will want to prepare that extra cup of coffee, as the game is scheduled for 10:10 p.m. EST.
The four-game series with Seattle will run through Sun, Apr. 2 before the Guardians commence a three-game road series against the Oakland Athletics on Apr. 3. Cleveland will return home and welcome the Mariners in their home opener on Apr. 7.
The AL Central was left wide open last season thanks to the Chicago White Sox — a top World Series favorite entering 2022 — unexpectedly regressing. The Guardians pounced on the opportunity and ran away with the division, finishing 90-72 en route to a sweep over the Tampa Bay Rays in the Wild Card Series.
Despite having the New York Yankees on the ropes with a 2-1 series lead in the ALDS, the Guardians were unable to close the door. The Pinstripes won Games 4 and 5 and prevented Cleveland from reaching the ALCS for the first time in six years.
Can the Guardians redeem themselves and end baseball’s longest active World Series drought? Once again, the talent is in place for them to do so.