Making the Madness

IU Bloomington and IUPUI are two hosts of the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament. These stories showcase the students, staff, faculty, alumni and venues involved in holding this historic event in Indianapolis and Central Indiana.




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The Voice of Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall

Learn about Chuck Crabb, the iconic public address announcer for the Hoosiers since 1977, who has had a front row seat to much of the venue's historic events and will be behind the mic for the 2021 NCAA tournament.

Hear from the iconic voice
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Ringing in the tournament

Jacobs School of Music associate instructor of carillon Lynnli Wang performed CBS' March Madness jingle on the Arthur R. Metz Bicentennial Grand Carillon to welcome the NCAA tournament to Bloomington.

See the performance



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A view from press row

The NCAA men's basketball tournament will be covered by seven students from IUPUI's Sports Capital Journalism Program, continuing the program's access to prestigious sporting events.

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Part of the team

Contact tracers managed by the Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI were on call 24/7 as part of the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

Learn about the process



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Hosted hoops and rock royalty

Over the past five decades, Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall has seen plenty: championship basketball teams, rock legends and presidential candidates.

Take a look back in time
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More than a gym

Indiana Farmers Coliseum has hosted everything from the Indiana Pacers to John F. Kennedy to the Beatles. Now, IUPUI's home arena is set to add hosting the NCAA tournament to the historic events at the venue.

Take a video tour through history



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Flexing creative muscles

The Mark Cuban Center for Sports Media and Technology's graphic design skills will be on full display during the NCAA tournament.

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Learning on the job

While still technically students, three IUPUI seniors are spending their last semester gaining an up-close education on how to host college basketball's largest event in one city during the midst of a pandemic.

Discover what they're working on




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Electric atmosphere

Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall is one of the most historic basketball venues in the world. Take a 360-degree journey inside the hallowed hall.

Go Inside Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall
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Ready to contribute

A year ago, as a student and intern, Wally Al-Hamed was brainstorming marketing ideas for the Final Four. Now he's leading grassroots marketing at Indy Sports Corp.

Discover how Wally went from intern to pro



General information

Dates: March 18 through April 5

Venues: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indiana Farmers Coliseum, Hinkle Fieldhouse, Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis); Assembly Hall (Bloomington); Mackey Arena (West Lafayette)

Teams: 68

Ticket information: Up to 25 percent capacity. Limited availability on tickets, host schools do not manage ticket distribution

How to watch: CBS, TBS, TNT, truTV (TV) or stream on NCAA “March Madness Live” app