NCAA Tournament Headed For One Location; Indianapolis Early Favorite

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It appears that the 2021 NCAA Tournament is headed for Indianapolis. All of it.

The NCAA announced Monday that all 68 qualifying teams will head to a single location.

Per the announcement, the NCAA is “in talks” with Indianapolis to serve as host.

Yes, March Madness is getting its own bubble, just like the NBA had this year on the Disney campus. The league reported zero positive COVID-19 tests during its run from late July to mid-October.

Of course, the NBA invited only 12 teams of professional athletes to its bubble. A centralized location for the NCAA tourney would mean 68 teams worth of college kids in the same place.

That could be…um…interesting.

But March Madness is a major moneymaker simply by being on television. After shutting down college basketball’s main draw last season, the NCAA is determined not to let it happen again.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side,


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  1. Can the high school gyms in Indianapolis handle the media? If one wants to hold the tournament ONLY in Indianapolis, it’s either that or Lucas Oil + Indiana Pacers + Butler, every day for two weeks to accommodate the games, then the Sweet Sixteen forward could roll on as planned at Lucas Oil. Final Four was there anyway in 2021.

    I love it, I just look forward to seeing what the logistics are. If the whole state is opened, the facility list gets a lot longer.

  2. If any city can handle the logistics, it’s Indianapolis. Plus, you’d have the Pepsi Coliseum, U of Indy, Ball State, Assembly Hall, Mackey Arena and Indiana State all within an hour or so drive from Indy. Plus, as Gary said, they could utilize a couple of the larger high school gyms as well.

    The only thing I’m worried about is that our idiot mayor has let downtown deteriorate during his tenure and his incompetence could get in the way.

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