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2021 March Madness Schedule Announced

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2021 March Madness Schedule Announced

On the march…to March.

We have good news on 2021 March Madness, and better news about the 2021 March Madness schedule.

First, the good news: we are into bracketology, being The Bracket Yard and all, and you can follow along with us as we track the shape-shifting field of 68. We would like to think we had a reasonable projected field in 2020, but for the whole “tournament was cancelled” thing.

The better news is that not only will there be a 2021 NCAA Tournament, but we now know its timetable. It features several key changes from what we expect in typical times, but these, as you may know, are not typical times. Gone for now is the Thursday-Friday opening blitz of games, but is what replaced it even better?

Breaking Down The 2021 March Madness Schedule

The NCAA announced1 its schedule for the 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament on January 19. Every game will take place inside a “tournament bubble” in Indiana, meaning there will be no venues too far from Greater Indianapolis.

Sunday, March 14Selection Sunday
Thursday, March 18First Four (West Lafayette, IN & Bloomington, IN)
Friday, March 19 & Saturday, March 20First Round (various venues in Indianapolis, IN)
Sunday, March 21 & Monday, March 22Second Round (various venues in Indianapolis, IN)
Saturday, March 27 & Sunday, March 28Sweet Sixteen (various venues in Indianapolis, IN)
Monday, March 29 & Tuesday, March 30Elite Eight (Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN)
Saturday, April 3Final Four (Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN)
Monday, April 5National Championship (Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN)

That’s a lot of basketball for just a handful of venues, and in a slightly more compressed amount of time. How about this, though: the first round of crazy games is on a Friday and Saturday this year. Do yourself a favor and take Friday, March 19 off right now. Unless you’re scheduled for a Covid vaccine, cancel your Saturday plans for March 20 as well.

Travel is no longer a concern for any of the teams, except for getting to Indianapolis. For 2021, there is no worrying about which team goes into what pod and if they can get fans there. In that respect, everyone will be on a level playing field. Now, we know when those games will happen as well.

2021 March Madness Schedule Further Reading

  1. NCAA, “NCAA announces March Madness preliminary round dates,” NCAA.com, 19 January 2021

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