INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee today announced the relocation of 13 pre-determined places for the preliminary round of the 2021 Men’s Division 2021 Basketball Championship.
In recent weeks, the Division I Men’s Basketball Committee has been committed to an in-depth contingency planning process to determine the most effective way to conduct a safe and healthy March madness for all participants for the 2021 Championship. Through these discussions, it became clear to the committee that holding the championship in 13 preliminary round places, spread across the country, would be very difficult to implement in the current pandemic environment. The committee decided that the championship should be held in one geographical area in order to improve the safety and well-being of the event.
As a result, NCAA officials are in preliminary talks with Indiana and the city of Indianapolis to host the 68-team tournament around the metropolitan area during coordinated dates in March and April. Indianapolis was already scheduled to host the Men̵
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“My colleagues on the committee and I did not come to the difficult decision to move the preliminary rounds of the tournament in 2021, because we understand the disappointment that 13 communities will feel to miss being part of” March Madness “next year.” said Mitch Barnhart, chairman of the Division I Men’s Basketball Committee and director of athletics at the University of Kentucky. “As the University of Kentucky is scheduled to host first- and second-round matches in March, this is something that directly affects our school and community, so we certainly share their regrets. The Committee and the staff deeply appreciate the efforts of all the host institutions and conferences and we look forward to bringing the tournament back to the affected places in the coming years. “
The Committee emphasized the importance of holding the championship in a manageable geographical area, which restricts travel and provides a safe and controlled environment with competition and training venues, medical resources and accommodation for teams and officials in close proximity to each other.
“We’ve learned so much from watching other successful sporting events over the last few months, and it’s become clear that it’s impossible to run this complex championship in so many different countries with the challenges posed by the pandemic,” said Dan Gavit, senior senior NCAA vice president. on basketball. “However, we are developing a solid plan to present a safe, responsible and fantastic March Madness tournament, unlike any other we have experienced.”
“The committee and staff are closely monitoring the pandemic to develop potential contingency plans,” said Mark Emmert, president of the NCAA. “The board of directors and my main priorities are to protect the health and well-being of the athletes in the college, while maintaining their ability to compete at the highest level. These principles guide the decision-making process as we continue to assess how to have a fair and safe championship experience.
CBS Sports and Turner Sports will continue to broadcast all 67 matches of the tournament between TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV and their digital platforms.
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FORMER SELECTED SITES UNTIL 2021 (NEXT YEAR TO BE A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND)
Top four – Dayton, Ohio, March 16-17 (2022-2026 First Four)
First / Second round –
- Boise, ID, March 18/20 (No scheduled)
- Dallas, Texas, March 18/20 (2024 South Regional)
- Detroit, Michigan, March 18/20 (2024 Midwest Region)
- Providence, RI, March 18/20 (2025 Round 1 / Round 2)
- Lexington, KY, March 19/21 (2025 Round 1 / 2nd Round)
- Raleigh, North Carolina, March 19/21 (2025 Round 1 / 2nd Round)
- San Jose, CA, March 19/21 (2026 West Regional)
- Wichita, KS, March 19/21 (2025 1st / 2nd round)
Western Regional – Denver, Colorado, March 25/27 (2023, 2025 Round 1 / 2nd)
Midwest – Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 25/27 (No planned)
Eastern Regional – Brooklyn, New York, March 26/28 (2024 Round 1/2)
South Regional – Memphis, Tennessee, March 26/28 (2024 Round 1 / 2nd Round)