On Nov. 16, the NCAA announced it would move the tournament to a single location “to enhance the safety and well-being of the event.” The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee said it was in preliminary talks with the city of Indianapolis to potentially host the 68-team tournament in March and April. Indianapolis was already slated to host the Men’s Final Four, which is April 3–5.
The tournament was set to be held in 13 preliminary sites around the country, but the committee decided that could be “difficult to execute” during the COVID-19 pandemic. Holding the tournament in one location provides a more controlled environment for teams to play and practice and reduces travel.
Last season, the 2020 NCAA men’s tournament was canceled in March amid the pandemic.