AUBURN HILLS (CBS Detroit) – March Madness will descend on Auburn Hills this week as The Palace of Auburn Hills plays host to second and third-round games on Thursday and Saturday.

Auburn Hills City Manager Pete Auger says there’s been a lot of excitement.

“Most of the hotels are filling up and that’s always good,” Auger told WWJ Newsradio 950’s Sandra McNeil. “We have about 2,000 hotel rooms here in Auburn Hills — so that’s always good when we have people traveling to Michigan. I think we’ll show pretty well.”

Fans are invited to attend FREE open practices on Wednesday, March 20 from noon through 7:20 p.m.

Practice schedules for Michigan State, Michigan, Valparaiso, Memphis, Virginia Commonwealth, Akron, South Dakota State and either Middle Tennessee State or St. Mary’s (CA) are as follows:

12:00-12:40 p.m. Valparaiso
12:45-1:25 p.m. South Dakota State
1:30-2:10 p.m. Michigan State
2:15-2:45 p.m. Memphis
4:25-5:05 p.m. Michigan
5:10-5:50 p.m. Virginia Commonwealth
5:55-6:35 p.m. Middle Tennessee State or St. Mary’s (CA)
6:40-7:20 p.m. Akron

Fans wishing to attend can park for free and enter through the West Atrium entrance at The Palace.

For information about NCAA Tournament games hosted at The Palace on Thursday, March 21 or Saturday, March 23, visit or call 248-377-8471.

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