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Changes to March Madness schedule could create greatest day (or days) in NCAA Tournament history

The opening Thursday of March Insanity 2021 won’t be the identical. It at all times has been a vacation for faculty basketball followers — a few of whom deliberate trip days, referred to as in sick or skipped faculty — to take a seat at dwelling and binge on a day crammed with 16 NCAA Event first-round video games.

The challenges of coping with the COVID-19 pandemic satisfied the NCAA to push again the beginning of the match, what is called the First 4, to Thursday, March 18.

Wait till you hear, although, what the tradeoff for that change to custom might be: fairly probably the best two days of school basketball motion in our lifetimes.

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Video games within the Candy 16, which might be contested at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, might be performed in sequence on March 27 and March 28. There might be no overlap involving these video games. There might be 4 video games every day, performed one after the opposite, so followers won’t have to decide on which matchup has higher attraction. You’ll be able to watch every of them, one after the opposite: 4 on Saturday, 4 on Sunday.

You’re not going to want a second display or a seat in a sports activities bar to see all of the motion — only a actually comfy chair and a stocked fridge.

There might be, for this 12 months, no extra selecting between such simultaneous classics as LSU-Texas and UCLA-Gonzaga, which had been performed in the identical window on a Thursday night time in 2006, or Virginia Tech-Duke and Kentucky-Houston, which shared the identical late Friday timeslot in the newest NCAA Event we had, in 2019.

A school basketball season like no different will finish with an NCAA Event like no different.

Within the case of March Insanity, that could possibly be a great factor.

Revised March Insanity schedule for 2021

First 4: Thursday, March 18, Simon Skjodt Meeting Corridor (Bloomington, Ind.) and Mackey Enviornment (West Lafayette, Ind.).

First spherical: Friday, March 19 and Saturday, March 20, Meeting Corridor, Mackey Enviornment; Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indiana Farmers Coliseum, Hinkle Fieldhouse and Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Second Spherical: Sunday, March 20 and Monday, March 21, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indiana Farmers Coliseum, Hinkle Fieldhouse and Lucas Oil Stadium.

Regional semifinals: Saturday, March 27 and Sunday, March 28, Bankers Life Fieldhouse and Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Regional finals: Monday, March 29 and Tuesday, March 30, Lucas Oil Stadium.

Last 4: Saturday, April 3, Lucas Oil Stadium.

NCAA championship: Monday, April 5, Lucas Oil Stadium.

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