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Editor James Bennett's column: March Madness relieves COVID sadness; 5 bests and worsts from first weekend


One of the best images from the NCAA tournament came at sunset inside Hinkle Fieldhouse on the campus of Butler University in Indianapolis. The NCAA used six venues for March Madness games across Indiana for this year's college basketball championship. (C. Morgan Engel / NCAA Photos)

After a year without March Madness, the NCAA basketball tournament returned and threw everyone for a loop. 

By everyone, I mean hoops fanatics who filled out brackets, predicting winners and losers. They all ran into upsets, shredding their hopes after the first round. 


Oral Roberts University's Carlos Jurgens lays up a shot against Florida on Sunday. 


Alabama's Herbert Jones dunks on Maryland in a second-round NCAA tournament game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Monday in Indianapolis.


Loyola’s team chaplain Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt became an "international celebrity" during the NCAA tournament.


Lily form AT&T returns in NCAA-tournament-themed commercials. 

James Bennett is Executive Editor. Contact him at 256-235-3540 or