It looks like the NCAA is going full steam ahead with a full March Madness tournament in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Breaking, sources tell CBS Sports the NCAA Tournament will use these venues to host the 2021 men’s tournament:— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) January 4, 2021
Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Indiana Farmers Coliseum
Lucas Oil (two courts)
Only one game at Lucas Oil at a time.
With the success of the bubbled seasons from the NBA, WNBA, MLS, and NHL, it is not a surprise to see this actually move forward. College basketball has been absolutely riddled with COVID-related cancellations. Virtually the only solution to attempt to pull off something of the magnitude of the NCAA Tournament is to centralize it in one location.
Here are the hosts, according to sources: Horizon League, IUPUI, Purdue, Butler, Ball State, Indiana. As previously reported by CBS Sports, the Indiana Convention Center will house practices for the NCAA Tournament. One source previously said there’d be as many as 20 courts there— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) January 4, 2021
Details at this point, of course, are scarce. But there should be a bit more coherency and consistency on March Madness since the tournament is fully in the wheelhouse of the NCAA’s operations. For the NCAA Tournament, it is the NCAA, not conferences, that set the stakes, and therefore, also set the rules.
The Indianapolis idea has been floating around for sometime, and the NCAA earlier filed a trademark for “Mask Madness,” so it is pleasant to see 2021 starting off with a bit of good news: The NCAA trying to do something in the most logical way possible (the tournament not making money off masks).