After a year of absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic, March Madness — aka the NCAA Basketball Tournament returns.
This will be different than any other as the entire tournament will take place in venues around Indianapolis.
The draw took place on Sunday and Gonzaga was the overall No. 1 seed. No surprise there as the ‘Zags are the lone undefeated team in the nation.
Gonzaga will play the winner of a Norfolk State/Appalachian State play-in contest in a West Regional contest.
Baylor is the top seed in the South and will play Hartford on Friday.
Illinois is the No. 1 seed in the Midwest at 23-6 after downing Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament final on Sunday. The Fighting Illini’ get Drexel out of Philly in what should be a romp.
The remaining No. 1 seed is Michigan, which means the Big Ten got two No. 1 seeds. The Wolverines face the winner of a play-in game between Mt. St. Mary’s and Texas Southern.
Games that Catch the Eye
Wisconsin-North Carolina, Winthrop-Villanova, Loyola (Chicago)-Georgia Tech, San Diego State-Syracuse, and Colorado-Georgetown.
Talk about a tough play-in matchup of schools that have won championships: First Four tilt between Michigan State and UCLA.
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Thursday, March 18 — 4 p.m. start (truTV, TBS)
Mackey Arena, Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall
Friday, March 19, 2021 — Noon start (CBS, TBS, TNT, truTV)
Saturday, March 20 — Noon start (CBS, TBS, TNT, truTV)
Mackey Arena, Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indiana Farmers Coliseum, Lucas Oil Stadium
Sunday, March 21 — Noon start (CBS, TBS, TNT, truTV)
Monday, March 22 — Noon start (CBS, TBS, TNT, truTV)
Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indiana Farmers Coliseum, Lucas Oil Stadium
Saturday, March 27 — 2 p.m. start (CBS, TBS)
Sunday, March 28 — 1 p.m. start (CBS, TBS)
Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Hinkle Fieldhouse
Monday, March 29 — 7 p.m. start (CBS)
Tuesday, March 30 — 6 p.m. start (TBS)
Lucas Oil Stadium
Saturday, April 3 — 5 p.m. start (CBS)
Lucas Oil Stadium
Monday, April 5 — 9 p.m. (CBS)
Lucas OIl Stadium