The NCAA has announced that it will hold the entire 2021 NCAA men's Tournament in one location. The city of Indianapolis has become a frontrunner to host the NCAA's marquee event.
"The committee and staff have thoughtfully monitored the pandemic to develop potential contingency plans," NCAA president Mark Emmert said. "[Our] top priorities are to protect the health and well-being of college athletes while also maintaining their opportuntiy to compete at the highest level."
The tournament was previously set to be hosted at 13 unique locations as usual – including Dallas – but the possibility of coordinating COVID-19 protocols at that many different sites proved difficult.
The NCAA was forced to cancel the 2020 NCAA Tournament due to the beginnings of the COVID-19 pandemic in March. The decision cost the organization and colleges around the country $375 million according to MarketWatch, making playing the 2021 NCAA Tournament even more of a priority.
Baylor, Texas Tech and Texas rank among early favorites to earn a trip to the NCAA Tournament, with the Bears ranked No. 2 in the nation and one of the trendy picks to win the national championship. We wrote about Baylor's lost 2020 tournament and second chance in 2021 as the cover story for Texas Basketball