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NCAA Relocating 2021 Division I Men’s Basketball Championship Sites


The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee announced today the relocation of 13 predetermined preliminary round sites for the 2021 Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.

In recent weeks, the Division I Men’s Basketball Committee has engaged in a thorough contingency planning process to determine the most effective way to conduct a safe and healthy March Madness for all participants for the 2021 championship. Through these discussions, it became apparent to the committee that conducting the championship at 13 preliminary round sites spread throughout the country would be very difficult to execute in the current pandemic environment. The committee has decided the championship should be held in a single geographic area to enhance the safety and well-being of the event.

As a result, NCAA staff are in preliminary talks with the State of Indiana and the city of Indianapolis to potentially host the 68-team tournament around the metropolitan area during the coordinated dates in March and April. Indianapolis was already slated to host the Men’s Final Four from April 3-5, 2021.

“My committee colleagues and I did not come lightly to the difficult decision to relocate the preliminary rounds of the 2021 tournament, as we understand the disappointment 13 communities will feel to miss out on being part of March Madness next year,” said Mitch Barnhart, chair of the Division I Men’s Basketball Committee and University of Kentucky athletics director. “With the University of Kentucky slated to host first- and second-round games in March, this is something that directly impacts our school and community, so we certainly share in their regret. The committee and staff deeply appreciate the efforts of all the host institutions and conferences, and we look forward to bringing the tournament back to the impacted sites in future years.”

The committee emphasized the importance of conducting the championship in a manageable geographic area that limits travel and provides a safe and controlled environment with competition and practice venues, medical resources and lodging for teams and officials all within proximity of one another.

“We have learned so much from monitoring other successful sporting events in the last several months, and it became clear it’s not feasible to manage this complex championship in so many different states with the challenges presented by the pandemic,” said Dan Gavitt, NCAA Senior Vice President of Basketball. “However, we are developing a solid plan to present a safe, responsible and fantastic March Madness tournament unlike any other we’ve experienced.”

“The committee and staff have thoughtfully monitored the pandemic to develop potential contingency plans,” said Mark Emmert, NCAA President. “The Board of Governors and my top priorities are to protect the health and well-being of college athletes while also maintaining their opportunity to compete at the highest level. These principles have guided the decision-making process as we continue to assess how to have a fair and safe championship experience.”

CBS Sports and Turner Sports will continue to distribute all 67 games of the tournament across TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV and their digital platforms.

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Dallas Cowboys Back In Playoff Hunt


The Cowboys snapped a four-game losing streak, won a road game for the first time this season and put themselves in the NFC East race with six games to play.

On Sunday, Dalton threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Dalton Schultz with 1:37 to play for the winning score, four weeks after suffering the first concussion of his career and three weeks after testing positive for COVID-19.

The Cowboys could be in first place in the NFC East with a win on Thanksgiving against the Washington Football Team.

After 10 games, no team in the division has more than three wins. The Eagles, who lost to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, are in first place with a 3-6-1 record. The Cowboys, Giants (who were idle Sunday) and Washington are all 3-7, but the Giants hold the tiebreaker, followed by Washington and the Cowboys.

To claim first place in the division, the Cowboys would need back-to-back wins for the first time under McCarthy, and the first time since they opened the 2019 season with three straight wins.

Few people expected the Cowboys to win Sunday. But the Dallas defense came up with two takeaways, leading to nine points in the first half, and two key fourth-quarter stops. The offense was able to score four touchdowns in a game for the first time since losing Dak Prescott. Dallas entered Sunday with just two touchdowns in the four games without Prescott.

Behind an offensive line that was using its seventh different starting combination that included Pro Bowl guard Zack Martin at right tackle, Elliott also came up big, finishing with his first 100-yard game of the season, rushing for 103 yards on 21 carries, setting up Tony Pollard’s 42-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Elliott also had a receiving touchdown.

Rookie receiver CeeDee Lamb made a Dez Bryant-like touchdown grab in the first half and impacted the game more than his four catches for 34 yards would indicate.

In the end, the Dallas defense came up with two key stops in the fourth quarter to set up Dalton’s winning drive and end a potential tying drive by Minnesota.

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‘CUSE TO OPEN SEASON WITH BRYANT ON NOV. 27

Syracuse will conduct its men’s basketball season opener when it hosts Bryant on Friday, November 27, in the Carrier Dome. The game tip time has not been determined.
Series Notes

  • This will mark the first-ever meeting between Syracuse and Bryant in men’s basketball.

Coach Jared Grasso enters his third year at the helm of Bryant. Grasso and the Bulldogs finished the 2019 campaign with a 15-17 record, good for their highest season win total since 2014-15. Bryant’s season concluded in March following a loss to Saint Francis, 87-61, in the NEC Quarterfinal. The Bulldogs feature former Liverpool High School standout Charles Pride. The Syracuse native and 2017 New York State Champion scored 8.2 points and 5.0 rebounds for Bryant during his freshman campaign last season.

Syracuse was 18-14 and had won its first ACC Tournament game before the national pandemic ended the college basketball season. Syracuse returns four of five starters, including junior guard Buddy Boeheim (15.3 ppg.). Coach Jim Boeheim is in his 45th season in charge of the program at his alma mater.

Syracuse men’s basketball tickets are not available at this time. Questions about tickets may be answered by visiting Cuse.com/Tickets, by phone at 888-DOMETIX (888-366-3849), or by linking to these frequently asked questions.

Syracuse University Athletics remains committed to doing everything it can to support and protect the health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes, our staff and the campus and Syracuse communities. All decisions will be science-based and informed by public health and guidance as provided by county, state and public health officials.

If fans are permitted to attend games – in some capacity – Syracuse Athletics will announce plans for spectators to secure admission to the events. Fans will be required to sit in their socially-distanced seat locations and wear a face covering.