Indiana to host March Madness in 2021

The state of Indiana is about to come down with a serious case of March Madness.

Today, the NCAA confirmed the 2021 Division I men’s basketball tournament will be played entirely within the Hoosier State.

In fact, most of the 67 games will take place in Indianapolis, the state capital, at Lucas Oil Stadium, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indiana Farmers Coliseum, Mackey Arena in West Lafayette and Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington.

The 68 teams will all stay in controlled environments with required COVID-19 testing and the NCAA says it’s working with city and state health officials to hold this year’s event as safely as possible.

Southern Miss Head Men’s Basketball Coach Jay Ladner weighed in on this possibility back in November. “You know what, I hope this is the one time in our lives that we have to deal with something like this. But certainly not having an NCAA Tournament last year, so when you don’t have one and then now, they’re saying, hey, we’re going to play it all at one site, let’s play it. And kind of like our back-to-back games, if that’s the way that we have to play it to play it – if that’s what has to be done for us to play it – then I’m all for it.”

Selection Sunday will be March 14th with the Final Four taking place on April 3rd and the national championship game on April 5th.

USM’s Jaron Pierre Jr named Conference USA Freshman of the Week for the second time.

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