The NCAA is celebrating the 75th year of the Tournament with a number of special events this year. One of those is that they will play the Division II and III title games in Atlanta, the same weekend as the Final Four.
That makes for a different feel in Salem this year as eight teams are in town, playing this weekend for a trip to Atlanta.
Thursday was practice day for all the teams, which includes perennial powers like St. Thomas and Williams.
The Tommies, the top-ranked team in the country, won the championship in 2011 and still have seven players from that title team. Williams won it all back in 2003 and is seeking its 7th Final Four appearance.
And then there are schools like Mary Hardin-Baylor. The Crusaders have already made history with their programs first ever trip to the Elite Eight. But regardless of the team's experience this far into the post-season, they're all shooting to make it to Atlanta.
Here is the schedule for games at the Salem Civic Center:
-St. Thomas (MN) vs. Williams, noon
-Mary Hardin-Baylor vs. St. Mary’s (Md.), 2:30 p.m.
-Amherst vs. Cabrini, 5:30 p.m.
-North Central (Ill.) vs. Middlebury, 8 p.m.
-Semifinals at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.