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New Orleans is hoping to once again be the center of the college basketball universe.

The city has been named a finalist to host future men's and women's Division I Final Fours, the NCAA announced Monday.

The city is bidding for men's Final Four in 2017, 2019 or 2020 while it's looking to host the women sometime between 2017-20.

New Orleans won't bid on the men's Final Four in 2018 as it is bidding on a Super Bowl for that year.

Should New Orleans receive one of the men's Final Fours, it would be the city's sixth. A winning bid for the women's event would be a record-setting fourth time.

New Orleans has previously hosted the men's Final Four in 1982, 1987, 1993, 2003 and 2012, the most recent being won by Kentucky, a team led by current Pelicans forward Anthony Davis.

The most recent women's Final Four was in 2013. It had previously been in New Orleans in 2004 and 1993.

North Texas will host this year's men's Final Four before it moves to Indianapolis in 2015 and Houston in 2016.

Joining New Orleans as finalists for the men's tournament finals are Atlanta, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, North Texas, Phoenix, San Antonio and St. Louis.

Competing with New Orleans for the women's tournament are Columbus, Ohio; Dallas; Houston; Nashville; Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay.

The winning cities will be announced in November.

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