By Joe Lunardi Updated: 3/14/2021 at 4:15 p.m. ET
The NCAA tournament we lost last season has been found — and will be different than any previous such event.
The realities of the coronavirus pandemic mean the 2021 NCAA tournament will be held at a single destination – the state of Indiana – with multiple venues utilized and the usual tournament schedule adjusted. The Final Four is slated to be held at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 3 and 5, but uncertainty will continue to reign following a regular season characterized by numerous cancellations and postponements throughout college basketball.
What is expected to remain familiar is the selection of a 68-team field, which is where Joe Lunardi comes in. Joey Brackets will continue to perform the bracket math and make projections on the field until Selection Sunday on March 14. For a deeper look at the NCAA tournament bubble, visit John Gasaway’s Bubble Watch (ESPN+) .
Fill out your bracket: ESPN Tournament Challenge
Bracket tools: ESPN+ Fantasy Tools — ESPN college basketball staff
All that’s left is to wait on Cincinnati. Unless the Bearcats upset Houston in the American championship game, this is our last bracket of the 2020-21 season (we also reserve the right to flip Ohio State and Iowa on the 2-line if the Buckeyes bounce Illinois in the Big Ten final). The only brackets that remain are the real one from the NCAA men’s basketball committee and, of course, yours in the ESPN Tournament Challenge. Good luck and don’t beat me too badly! See you in 2021-22 (or early April, at least)!
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