Ground rules set over potential NCAA tourney replacements

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (ADAMS) – Ground rules are being set over potential COVID-19-related withdrawals from next month’s NCAA Tournament.

The NCAA says there will be no changes to the brackets or seeding once they are released on Selection Sunday. Any replacement teams must be named within 48 hours of the bracket’s release. They will assume the exact same bracket position and seeding as the team they replace.

One-bid conferences can select their replacement team if the automatic qualifier can’t participate. The last four teams not selected at-large for the original field will be first-eligible as replacement teams for conferences with multiple bids. No replacements will be allowed once the Tournament starts March 18th, which could lead to some forfeits.

The entire NCAA Tournament is taking place in Indianapolis this year due to the pandemic.

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