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Instant replay: A look inside the NCAA tournament experience at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall

Mar 23, 2021

Indiana University hosted NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament games inside Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall for the first time in 40 years when teams took the court March 18 to 20 for First Four and first-round contests.

IU personnel worked with the NCAA for a couple of months to get the historic venue ready for the event. The action was intense, most of the games were close, and one even involved a stunning upset.

Although COVID-19 safety protocols allowed only a limited number of fans in the stands, those in attendance brought energy to the event. Here’s a look at the tournament games IU hosted.

Ohio players celebrate a victory
The overhead digital scoreboard


Photos by Stacy Revere, Getty Images; and Chris Meyer, Indiana University

A view of NCAA tournament branding on the basketball court from above
Exterior of Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall

Photos by Chris Meyer, Indiana University

A Utah State player takes a shot over a Texas Tech defender
An LSU player takes a shot

Photos by Stacy Revere, Getty Images

Making the Madness” is a feature series that explores the IU Bloomington and IUPUI students, staff, faculty, alumni and venues that are involved in hosting the 2021 NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament.

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