The NCAA tournament we lost last season has been found — and will be different than any previous such event.
The realities of the coronavirus pandemic mean the 2021 NCAA tournament will be held at a single destination – the state of Indiana – with multiple venues utilized and the usual tournament schedule adjusted. The Final Four is slated to be held at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 3 and 5, but uncertainty will continue to reign following a regular season characterized by numerous cancellations and postponements throughout college basketball.
What is expected to remain familiar is the selection of a 68-team field, which is where Joe Lunardi comes in. Joey Brackets will continue to perform the bracket math and make projections on the field until Selection Sunday on March 14. For a deeper look at the NCAA tournament bubble, visit John Gasaway’s Bubble Watch (ESPN+) . — ESPN college basketball staff
Upsets in conference tournaments can be a good thing for teams in the lower quadrant of the bracket. For instance, when an Appalachian State comes from the middle of its league to win the automatic bid, the result is often that the upset winner — the Mountaineers in this case — slots into the bracket as a No. 16 seed. Every other team in that range moves up one spot on the seed list, so in this case, Grand Canyon, Southern Utah and Siena are each a better seed than yesterday.