Maryland in March Madness

Brian Spurlock, USA TODAY Sports

Brian Spurlock, USA TODAY Sports

Mikaela T., Sports Writer and Editorialist

As snow falls, anticipation rises across the nation. Families watch the exciting collegiate level basketball games leading up to the deciding Selection Sunday. If you find yourself confused, here’s a quick and simple breakdown of the famous tournament. (Either way, I recommend watching the video for a quick brush up.) 

The NCAA’s video mentions that the tournament has occurred every year since its start in 1939. From this comment you can gather  that it was published before 2020, the year that it met its first cancellation due to COVID-19. But, as the rest of the world has done, the NCAA adapted. They issued an official announcement detailing the precautions being put in place. While it normally takes stage across a range of state arenas, to enhance safety, they are restricting games to one geographic location: Indianapolis. 

Games will be played on two courts inside Lucas Oil Stadium (home of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts), as well as Bankers Life Fieldhouse (home of the NBA’s Indiana Pacers), Hinkle Fieldhouse (home of the Butler University Bulldogs), Indiana Farmers Coliseum (home of the Jaguars of IUPUI), in addition to other local arenas. 

Practices are held at the Indiana Convention Center (home of multiple full-size courts). All teams will be housed on their individual dedicated hotel floors, with meetings and dining physically distanced. The selected teams will be securely transported from their respective states as well as to and from venues.

Aside from the latest safety precautions, the tournament and its process remains the same. March Madness is exclusive to NCAA’s Men’s Division 1 Basketball Teams. Maryland is home to a solid eight teams in the division. While seven have appeared in the tournament, only the University of Maryland Terrapins have taken home a championship trophy in 2002. Though, miracles do happen, evident in a ‘Cinderella’ or an unexpected upset by the underdogs. We won’t officially  know who participates in the tournament this year until Selection Sunday. Regardless, anyone in the division is eligible, their entry either automatic or at large. So, who from Maryland do you want to see in the brackets? Vote below!

NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Teams in Maryland

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