Big Ten Tournament Moving to Indy
The Big Ten Conference has announced that its 2021 men’s basketball tournament will be officially moving to Indianapolis.
This decision had been discussed over the last few weeks, and several coaches in the Big Ten Conference vocally supported the move.
Big Ten Conference officials made this change due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, as the league believes it provides the best opportunity to keep team and league members safe. This will also allow for centralized testing and will keep NCAA Tournament teams in the Indianapolis area for an additional week.
After canceling the 2020 NCAA men’s basketball tournament, the NCAA made a decision last fall to hold the entire 2021 NCAA Tournament in the Indianapolis area. The Big Ten Tournament will be held on March 10-14, with the NCAA Tournament starting a week later.
The Big Ten Conference administrators council was the group that officially made the decision to move the tournament to Indianapolis. Athletic directors and senior women administrators help make up this group that also includes Big Ten Conference officials.
The Big Ten Conference women’s basketball tournament will also be held in Indianapolis this year, and this will allow the league to use up all resources in just one location. The health and safety of fans, players, coaches, and officials were the top priority for the league.
Previously, the Big Ten Conference announced that it would allow families of players to attend Big Ten Tournament games, but it is unclear how many additional fans would be in attendance. The NCAA has not yet announced its attendance policy for the 2021 tournament, but a decision is expected soon.
Some conferences have privately discussed canceling their conference tournaments in an effort to protect teams for the NCAA Tournament. That has never been a topic of discussion in the Big Ten, and all of the teams are expected to play in the tournament.
The Big Ten Tournament will return to the United Center in Chicago for the 2023 season.
March Madness TV Information Announced
The NCAA Tournament will have a few slight schedule changes in place this year, but it will still be a 68-team field. Selection Sunday is set for March 14, and it will once again be shown live on CBS.
CBS will also broadcast the Final Four and National Championship Game this year, along with 24 total games throughout the tournament. Turner Sports will air the other 43 NCAA Tournament games on its channels, TBS, TNT, and TruTV.
The First Four games will all take place on a Thursday, March 18, and these will be aired on TruTV and TBS. These games usually take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, but the NCAA wanted to start the tournament a few days later.
The first- and second-round games will take place on Friday-Monday this year, which is a change from the traditional format. The NCAA is also looking to start games every 30-40 minutes, which should limit the amount of conflict for fans watching on TV.
NCAA March Madness Live will be the digital headquarters of the 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.
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