NCAA Tournament teams to receive swag starter kits in Indianapolis
Players and coaches arriving in Indianapolis this week for the NCAA Tournament will be greeted with a healthy swag starter kit filled with a host of personal hygiene products and other creature comforts for their stay in the March Madness bubble.
Teams had until 11 p.m. Saturday to notify the Selection Committee if they are unable to participate in the tournament. CBS will unveil the full bracket on Sunday evening, and only a few games remain for the selection committee to evaluate before committee members finish their work. They’ll be greeted by packages that are similar to what bowl games give players in college football.
The NCAA will allow 25 percent capacity at the men’s tournament venues to allow for social distancing. That figure includes all participants and essential staff along with the family members of team players and coaches.
The 68-team tournament will be played entirely in Indiana because of the pandemic, with most games in Indianapolis. The tournament will begin with First Four games on Thursday at the home arenas of Purdue and Indiana.
The Final Four takes place in Indianapolis on April 3. The national championship game follows two days later.
Here’s a glimpse from Matt Norlander of CBS Sports.
Here’s the welcome-to-Indy team swag starter set teams are getting from the NCAA upon arrival.
— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) March 14, 2021