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

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.

From top: The Ohio Bobcats react to defeating the Virginia Cavaliers in the first round; the digital scoreboard provides scores and information about the competing teams; Houston's Jamal Shead, left, drives to the basket against Cleveland State's Alec Oglesby. Photos by Stacy Revere, Getty Images; and Chris Meyer, Indiana University

From top: A bird's-eye view of the tournament court inside the historic venue; Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall welcomed 12 teams for NCAA tournament games; fans had an opporunity to take selfies in front of an interactive March Madness display.  Photos by Chris Meyer, Indiana University

From top: Trendon Watford of the LSU Tigers shoots against the St. Bonaventure Bonnies; RJ Duhart of Appalachian State Mountaineers reacts during the game against Norfolk State; Alphonso Anderson of the Utah State Aggies shoots the ball against Terrence Shannon Jr. of Texas Tech. 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.