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2021 March Madness

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A year ago, one of the best sports events of the year was canceled. The frenzy and excitement of March Madness turned into fear and anxiety over a global pandemic.

No onions. No shining moment. No sports at all.

As the coronavirus pandemic wore on through the summer and into the fall, many wondered how it would affect men's and women's college basketball during the 2020-21 season. Would there be a season? Would it be delayed? Would we get May Madness instead of a tournament that runs through March and into April?

The season started with a modest delay, with teams adhering to strict health and safety protocols. It's been a strange season, as several teams opted out of playing, including all Ivy League teams after the conference decided to cancel all sports for the academic year. Some schools were forced to shut down their programs for extended periods of time due to COVID-19 cases or exposures.

But the NCAA is staging men's and women's tournaments this season. Conference tournaments are being contested as we speak, and Selection Sunday is a few short days away.

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