March Primer: Everything You Need for NCAA Basketball in Indiana

Tourney Time, NCAA Action

The NCAA has decided to host the entire 2021 Division I Men’s Basketball Championships in the state of Indiana. Games will be played at six arenas across the state with the Final Four and Championship Games taking place in Lucas Oil Stadium. With a combination of world-class facilities, amazing local organizing, and Hoosier Hospitality, the Hoosier State is the only place that could pull off an event of this magnitude. Indiana is primed for an incredible stretch of high-level hoops in a basketball-crazed state. Below we have compiled information about each round of the tournament.

Dates, Times, Locations

Selection Sunday

Date: March 14

Start Time: 6 p.m. ET

Where to Watch: CBS

First Four

Date: March 18

Start Time: 4 p.m. ET

Hosting Sites: Mackey Arena, Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall

Where to Watch: truTV, TBS

First Round

Date: March 19-20

Start Time: 12 p.m. ET start

Hosting Sites: Mackey Arena, Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indiana Farmers Coliseum, Lucas Oil Stadium

Where to Watch: TBS, CBS, TNT, truTV

Second Round

Date: March 21-22

Start Time: 12 p.m. ET start

Hosting Sites: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indiana Farmers Coliseum, Lucas Oil Stadium

Where to Watch: TBS, CBS, TNT, truTV

Sweet 16

Date: March 27-28

Start Time: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 27 and 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 28

Hosting Sites: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Hinkle Fieldhouse

Where to Watch: CBS (afternoon games), TBS (primetime games)

Elite Eight

Date: March 29-30

Start Time: 7 p.m. start on Monday, March 29 and 6 p.m. coverage start on Tuesday, March 30

Hosting Sites: Lucas Oil Stadium

Where to Watch: CBS (Monday) and TBS (Tuesday)

Final Four

Date: April 3

Start Time: 5 p.m. ET

Hosting Sites: Lucas Oil Stadium

Where to Watch: CBS

National Championship

Date: April 5

Start Time: 9 p.m. ET

Hosting Sites: Lucas Oil Stadium

Where to Watch: CBS

2021 NCAA Tournament Bracket, NCAA


Announced on Selection Sunday, March 14!

Fill Out Your Bracket!

Want to join in the bracketology fun? Fill out your 2021 tournament bracket and see if you can predict every game correctly! Beginning after Selection Sunday.

Get Tickets!

Game attendance for the 2021 Tourney is limited to 25% capacity. Tickets will become available each round for presale on specific dates.

First Four Presale – Now Open

First Round Presale – March 9 at 10 a.m. ET

Second Round Presale – March 11 at 10a.m. ET

Regional Rounds Presale – March 16 at 10a.m. ET

Final Four – TBD

New Castle High School Gym, NCAA
Photo courtesy of ©HoosierHardwoodProject 2021

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Gameday Guides for the 7 Tourney Sites

The NCAA Tournament is taking place in 7 different arenas throughout Indiana. Our gameday guides feature everything you need to know when planning a trip, attending a game, or even just watching on TV. We walk you through the history of each host and key you in on incredible cuisine, fun attractions, and great people. See what makes these arenas and the surrounding areas so amazing!

Lucas Oil Stadium – Indianapolis

Does it get any better than basketball in a football stadium? Lucas Oil Stadium is an awesome venue for the game of basketball, having hosted Final Fours in 2010, 2015, and now in 2021. In fact, some of the most historic moments in the history of the tournament have happened here. Plus, there is endless fun within walking distance of “The House That Peyton Built”.

Bankers Life Fieldhouse – Indianapolis

Whether it is the Pacers, Fever, or IHSAA State Championships, Bankers Life Fieldhouse is one of the world’s premier venues for basketball. Located right in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, it is no surprise that the nearby culture, food, and attractions are top-notch.

Hinkle Fieldhouse – Indianapolis

Hinkle Fieldhouse personifies college basketball. This 90+ year-old basketball cathedral has stood the test of time as the home for Butler sports. It may be truly incredible, but just like Norman Dale proved, Hinkle’s rims are the exact same measurements as anywhere else.

Indiana Farmers Coliseum – Indianapolis

Home of the IUPUI Jaguars, the Indiana Farmers Coliseum is host to First and Second round games of the 2021 Tournament. Not only does this versatile arena have an immense history, but it is also near one of the coolest living history museums in the country.

Assembly Hall – Bloomington

Three NCAA National Champion IU Hoosier teams have called Assembly Hall home. Over the decades, millions of fans have attended countless unforgettable games at this timeless arena. It’s also important to remember that Bloomington is not only known for Indiana University, but additionally a diverse culture and incredible outdoor adventures.

Mackey Arena – Lafayette

Mackey Arena is where the Purdue University Boilermakers call home. First Four and First Round games of the 2021 Tournament are being played here. Just an hour outside of Indianapolis, you can enjoy a howl with wolves or get a taste at the last standing “XXX Thirst Staton” root beer drive-in. See why the “Home of Purdue” is so unique!

Ford Center – Evansville (DII)

This year marks 25 years as Evansville playing host to the DII Championship. The Ford Center will hold Regional games along with the complete Elite 8 leading up to the Championship. Evansville has a storied history dating back hundreds and even thousands of years. Tip – you absolutely cannot miss the restaurant occupying a former Greyhound Depot!

Tourney Time, NCAA

The Eyes of the Basketball World Turn to Indiana

All eyes are on Indiana in March as the state prepares to host the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. As Indiana shines in the national spotlight, Tourney Time is your hub for tournament information, basketball history, amazing cuisine and attractions, and a special Best of Indiana voting!

Check Out Tourney Time!

This page will be updated as the tournament progresses. Be sure to check back!

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March Primer: Everything You Need for NCAA Basketball in Indiana