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Finals Watch: Small schools

Thursday - 4/4/2013, 4:11pm  ET

NCAA President Mark Emmert speaks at a news conference Thursday, April 4, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

ATLANTA (AP) -- Small schools share big stage

The Final Four isn't the only big game in town. Hello, Metro State. Hello, Drury. We're talking about you.

And how about a shout-out for Mary Hardin-Baylor and Amherst?

For the first time, the NCAA Division II and Division III national championship games are being held in the same city as the Final Four. In his remarks to the media on Thursday, NCAA president Mark Emmert said "it's going to be a great experience" to have the smaller schools playing their championship games at Philips Arena, which is adjacent to the Georgia Dome.

It's part of the NCAA's celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Final Four.

Metro State and Drury will play for the Division II championship on Sunday at 4, after Amherst plays Mary Hardin-Baylor for the Division III title.

-- Charles Odum -- http://twitter.com/CharlesOdum

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