ST. LOUIS - St. Louis is in the running to host the biggest college basketball event on earth, the NCAA Men's Final Four.

The tournament was last in St. Louis back in 2005 when North Carolina won the national championship, but word came Monday that St. Louis is among the eight cities in the running for the Final Four in 2017, 2018 or 2020.

Frank Viverito of the St. Louis Sports Commission says St. Louis is probably an underdog, but it sure beats not being a finalist.

The competition includes Atlanta, Indianapolis, New Orleans, North Texas and Glendale Arizona.

Final bids are due in May, with a decision in November.

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