March Madness for 2020 may have been wrecked by COVID-19 but the NCAA has laid out a schedule to a return of the March Madness tournament in 2021. The 2020 tournament was scrapped as college and professional sports shuttered when the pandemic started.
Hopes of a modified tournament this season quickly faded earlier this spring and summer when it became clear that no college basketball was going to take place.
That allowed the NCAA time to prepare the schedule for next season.
The ACC announced plans to submit a modified tournament format and schedule that would have completely revamped March Madness as we know it. It would have added to the “Madness” as the plan would have included every division one basketball team.
Issues brought up throughout the last few weeks included how many officiating squads would be needed, travel budgets during COVID-19 where funds are growing tight for many colleges, and – simply where to play. One solution was to incorporate conference championship tournaments into the NCAA Tournament as the opening round.
The NCAA has since rejected the ACC plan and now released the official schedule for the 2021 version of March Madness.
2021 NCAA March Madness Tournament Schedule
The schedule will include fourteen host cities starting with Dayton, Ohio for the play-in games and ending in Indianapolis, Indiana for the Final Four and Championship games. The tournament schedule opens with Selection Sunday on March 4th and ends with the Championship game being played on April 5, 2021.
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