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NCAA Basketball moving March Madness to single location

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Who could’ve seen this coming?!

Aaaaaaand the hits keep coming.

We haven’t spent as much time on this website discussing the potential difficulties of playing a college basketball season in this COVID-19 year, but believe us, they are myriad. We’ll likely have some sort of column on that soon, so I won’t bore you with the details here.

However, if there were any evidence that the coming season may already be in some form of jeopardy, it’s this: The NCAA is already deciding to put March Madness — or whenever it’s played — in a single location to avoid travel delays from COVID.

As a result, NCAA staff are in preliminary talks with the State of Indiana and the city of Indianapolis to potentially host the 68-team tournament around the metropolitan area during the coordinated dates in March and April. Indianapolis was already slated to host the Men’s Final Four from April 3-5, 2021.

I suppose the good news here is that the NCAA if (finally!) being proactive with in its planning. The bad news, of course, is that we’re one week out from the season starting, and the Association is already having to adjust plans for the end of the season.

Regardless, it shouldn’t make any difference to us. When Mizzou hoists its first ever National Championship trophy this coming spring, we won’t care where it is.

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