March Madness begins Thursday in Indy

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — March Madness begins Thursday in Indianapolis as Lucas Oil Stadium plays host to the Midwest regional teams playing in the Sweet 16.

Tennessee, Kentucky, Louisville and Michigan coaches and players will arrive Thursday and have about 50 minutes of practice time on the floor ahead of Friday night’s games. The practices are open to the public.

Tennessee hits the floor from noon to 12:50 p.m. Then it’s Kentucky at 1 p.m., followed by Michigan at 2:10 p.m. and Louisville at 3:10 p.m.

About 40,000 fans are expected to visit Indianapolis for the games.

“It’s probably one of the strongest regionals we’ve seen as far as in a large venue like this,” said Mike Peduto with Circle City Tickets, who added the big draw is the Louisville-Kentucky matchup. “I just think it’s the same thing as an IU-Purdue or IU-Kentucky match up,”

Tennessee and Michigan tip off at 7:15 Friday night. Kentucky and Louisville follow at 9:45. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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