March Madness hysteria will reach its pinnacle of, well, madness in Indianapolis with the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship-Midwest Regional starting March 27, and culminating in the Sunday championship. This tournament marks the first time that Lucas Oil Stadium serves as a venue. The combination of great basketball and an influx of thousands of fans from around the country means the downtown will be especially fun -- if your brand of fun includes big crowds, hi-larity and lots of alcohol. As for the competition, four teams converge -- Arizona vs. Louisville in the first game on Friday at 7:07 p.m., with Kansas vs. Michigan to start 30 minutes after the first game is concluded. The winners of those contests will battle on Sunday for a trip to Detroit for the Final Four. As for downtown Indy, just make your way there -- and make some new friends. Tickets are available at ncaa.com/mbbtickets.
March 26 is Open Practice Day, which is free and open to the general public. The open practices offer a unique opportunity to see firsthand and up-close how the coaches are preparing their teams for the upcoming games and attendees will get to see Lucas Oil Stadium configured for basketball. Practices run from noon-4 p.m.
For more on the tourney: http://sports-ak.espn.go.com/ncb/tournament/bracket or www.indianasportscorp.com.