After the most unusual NCAA tournament in history, a return to the version of March Madness fans know and love is back on the schedule for 2021-22. A standard selection process, a multi-city event, and the return of fans, bands, and cheerleaders are among the elements college basketball supporters will greet in March. ESPN will cover you with the latest projections from the men’s NCAA tournament group through Selection Sunday, including the teams in the bubble and those best positioned to cut the nets in New Orleans on April 4th.
Just a new team this time: Creighton, a major player in the transfer market, joins the field in place of Big East compatriot Seton Hall. New automatic qualifiers include UC Santa Barbara (Big West), Furman (Southern Conference), Louisiana (Sun Belt), and Jackson State (SWAC). Conspiracy theorists will get Last Team In status for Syracuse and perhaps the placement of Duke and retired trainer Mike Krzyzewski in Buffalo, N.Y.