Louisville and Indiana are the two leading candidates to be placed in the Indianapolis Regional, which is played at Lucas Oil Stadium.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Until we have brackets, we have fussing. After we have brackets, we'll have more fussing. Why do we fuss? We care about the NCAA Tournament.
We'll know the field and the site assignments for the 68-team NCAA Tournament shortly after 6 p.m. when the Tournament Selection Committee announces its picks.
Until then, one question has moved to the head of the local line:
Which team has earned the spot in the geographically friendly Indianapolis regional – Louisville or Indiana?
Both teams figure to be Number One seeds. Look for Louisville to start play in Lexington and Indiana in Dayton.
But one will proceed to Indianapolis (if they win two games). The other to Washington, D.C. or Dallas. Who gets Lucas Oil Stadium, one hour from Bloomington, two from Louisville?
I say Louisville.
But I don't have a vote.
I do, however, have a follow-up question: Does it matter?
There are two answers: For players and coaches, no. For fans, yes.
A quick history lesson: Louisville made the Final Four last season after playing in Portland, Ore., and Phoenix. In 2009, the Cards had what everybody considered a better team and failed to make the Final Four after playing in Dayton and Indy.
They also made the Final Four in 2005. Remember where they played? I do – Nashville and Albuquerque.
Indiana's last Final Four appearance came in 2002 – when the Hoosiers played in Sacramento and Lexington.
MapQuest proximity doesn't seem to be as critical as rebounding and three-point shooting.
I'll leave you with a few more bracket snapshots: A map of where the last 10 NCAA champs played in their first two stops before getting to the Final Four:
2012 – Kentucky: Louisville and Atlanta.
2011 – Connecticut: Washington, D.C. and Anaheim.
2010 – Duke: Jacksonville and Houston.
2009 – North Carolina: Greensboro and Memphis.
2008 – Kansas: Omaha and Detroit
2007 – Florida: New Orleans and St. Louis
2006 – Florida: Jacksonville and Minneapolis
2005 – North Carolina: Charlotte and Syracuse
2004 – UConn: Buffalo and Phoenix
2003 – Syracuse: Boston and Albany, N.Y.
I didn't major in geography, but I believe Syracuse is the only team on the list that played within four hours of its campus in the regional semifinals and final.
Go ahead and fuss. I understand. As a fan, you'd like to be able to drive to see your favorite team play. That's reasonable.
But geography is not going to decide which teams make it to Atlanta for the Final Four.