Indiana Is The Epicenter Of An NCAA Tournament Like No Other

Pop quiz! Who is the defending NCAA Men’s Basketball champion? Be it that a mere two years ago feels like an eternity ago, we are happy to remind readers that all the way back in 2019, the Virginia Cavaliers were in fact the ones cutting down the nets at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

After being forced to cancel the 2020 version of the “Big Dance,” the NCAA will be holding a standard 68-team tournament in 2021, though it will look and feel completely different than any of its predecessors.

Thanks to the unprecedented nature of the 2021 gathering of the NCAA’s best teams, bettors are already in search of expert tips and analysis, now just a few days out from the opening jump ball. 

The seven-round event will take place exclusively within the state of Indiana, as opposed to being spread throughout different venues around the country. As a result, the Hoosier State will serve as the undisputed home base of college basketball, beginning next week.

The “First Four” matchups will occur at Purdue’s Mackey Arena in West Lafayette and Indiana University’s Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington, with the Boilermakers home venue sitting 64 miles northwest of downtown Indianapolis and the home court of the Hoosiers found 50 miles south of downtown Indy. 

The subsequent first and second rounds will be housed at the above venues, along with Bankers Life Fieldhouse (downtown Indy home of the Pacers), Indiana Farmers Coliseum (Indiana State Fairgrounds home of IUPUI) Hinkle Fieldhouse (north Indianapolis home of Butler) and Lucas Oil Stadium (downtown Indy home of the Colts).

The “sweet sixteen” and “round of eight” will be played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Hinkle Fieldhouse and Lucas Oil Stadium, with the Final Four being decided exclusively at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Until the point of elimination, every participating team will stay at hotels throughout downtown Indianapolis, with squads rotating workouts amid temporary practice courts at the Indiana Convention Center. 

Games will be allowed a maximum of 25 percent capacity, no matter if it’s the 6,500-seat Indiana Farmers Coliseum or the 70,000-seat Lucas Oil Stadium.