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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Bloomington kicks off tournament

For the first time in 40 years, Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall hosted NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament games. They included First Four and first round games.

Take a look at the action
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A slam dunk: Go inside the coliseum

IUPUI helped host seven games at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum for the first and second rounds of the NCAA tournament.

Take a peek at the scene



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Star-spangled moment

"I was so honored to be part of it." IU Jacobs School of Music sophomore and IU swimmer Max Scott represented the Hoosiers to sing the national anthem at the Final Four.

Watch the performance
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In the spotlight

Volleyball player Shakana Norfleet has sung the national anthem before her own games and other sporting events. Her latest high note: the Final Four.

Read about her experience



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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