As the men's and women's basketball team prepare for the upcoming season, so is the NCAA and while considering some options that will allow the NCAA to hold the annual Tournaments. The men's team starts their season this week with their first game in College Park, MD versus the University of Maryland. They look to improve on their 13-19 record and returning to the Tournament. The women's team begins their season Saturday at George Washing University with hopes of capturing the Conference USA title and improving on their 24-6 record from last year.
The NCAA men's basketball committee is considering multiple options that would allow for teams to participate in the event which creates such spectacular atmospheres and destroying spectators dreams of completing a perfect bracket. The mentioning of the championship rounds to be hosted in the Hoosier state, Indiana. The committee wants to assure the safety to all attendees on and off the court in a single geographic area.
By providing a safe atmosphere, the possibilities of that last second buzzer beaters by an underdog remains constant. The metropolitan area in Indianapolis has been an area of focus with venues Lucas Oil Stadium, the home of the NFL's Indianapolis Colts and Bankers Life Fieldhouse, the hardwood court for the NBA's Indiana Pacers. There's also several stadiums at large name universities like Purdue, Butler, and Notre Dame that have been mentioned to host the 68-team tournament.
The same discussion should eventually expected to be discussed in the women's game and both sides should make a careful deliberation. With the tournament starting March 16, 2021, the committee must must review several protocols with ultimately putting the safety of all participants first. The committee has four plus months to construct a a controlled environment and prepare adequate lodging and ample amount of medical resources. The overall objective is not to have a repeat of last year's fate and make the necessary modifications to host a tournament in a bubble.