NCAA in talks with Indianapolis to host all of March Madness

David J. Phillip

In this April 3, 2015, file photo, basketballs sit in a rack during Michigan State practice at the Final Four of the NCAA college basketball tournament in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA says it plans to hold the entire 2021 men’s college basketball tournament in one geographic location to mitigate the risks of COVID-19.

It is in talks with Indianapolis to be the host city. The Final Four is already set to be held in Indianapolis next year.

The association said it is relocating early-round games that had been scheduled to be played at 13 already-determined sites.

The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee said hosting all 68 teams in one place would “enhance the safety and well-being of the event.”