Tickets Tournament tickets are $11 per person per day for general admission. There is a tournament pass ($50) which is good for all 26 games.

$50 tournament pass per person for 26 games in five days

Special recognition The city of Salina's (Kan.) 33-year old Bicentennial Center, a multi-purpose facility and sports arena, will be named after late Oklahoma State University coach Kurt Budke prior to Saturday's 7 p.m. championship game for the National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association Women's Division I National Tournament.

Budke, who died along with three others in a plane crash on Nov. 17 in Arkansas, was a native of Salina.

"The thought of naming the court after him would be a great fit and tribute to one of Salina's own," said Mike Chaput, a longtime friend of Budke. "I thought it would be appropriate to honor and recognize Kurt for his accomplishments in basketball."

Larry Britegam and Chaput said a temporary decal will be placed on the court during the Championships and would later be replaced with a permanent painted logo, all privately funded.

As a player at Sacred Heart High School in the late 1970s, Budke set school record for scoring and rebounding that still stand.

Britegam and Chaput said they would also like to install a shadow box depicting Budke's life that would allow more people to learn about his life and career...

Format change Hoping to spur interest and attendance at its two Division I basketball tournaments, the National Junior College Athletic Association is proposing an expansion of its women's and men's events in Salina and Hutchinson.

A proposal that will be presented to the NJCAA Board of Directors for approval in late March calls for both to become 24 team, single elimination tournaments over a six-day period, starting in 2013.