INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana High School Athletic Association announced Monday it is changing the date of the boys basketball state finals to avoid scheduling conflicts with the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.
The Hoosier state will host the NCAA Men’s Tournament’s 67 games in mid-March to early April.
The IHSAA executive committee decided the finals will take place April 3 instead of March 27 so teams can still play at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, which has hosted the boys basketball state finals since 2000.
Bankers Life is one of six sites to host NCAA Tournament games.
“After talking through multiple options with our board of directors, and as a staff here, Bankers Life is just special,” said IHSAA Commissioner Paul Neidig. “For us to be able to finish on the floor of the Pacers, we felt was a very important thing for our student-athletes.”
Neidig said he considered playing games March 27 at a high school gym, but said he did not receive any push back to push up the title games.
“I think everyone was on board. They’ve learned through COVID we’re dealing with things that are just different,” he said. “You’ve got to be flexible in your decision-making. This is just another example of that.”
The NCAA’s Final Four and national championship game are scheduled to play April 3-5 at Lucas Oil Stadium. Earlier round schedules are to be determined.
Dates of earlier rounds of the boys tournament remain the same with sectionals scheduled March 2-6, regionals March 13 and semi-state games March 20.
This will be the second time in IHSAA history the boys basketball state finals will play in the month of April.