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Rutgers, Iona prepare for the first round match to return to March Madness; ‘It’s a sharpener like no other’ – CBS New York


NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – You don’t have to be a basketball fan to appreciate your comeback March Madness.

In spite of COVID-19 are still influencing the games, at least they’re playing this year. For the first time in the tournament’s history, all 68 teams played at the same location in the region: Indiana.

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CBS2’s Steve Overmyer reported on Friday.

Don’t worry, the beaters are still there, along with thunderous sinks, great endings and the familiar song “One Shining Moment”.

“The coach started playing songs every day before training started. Some people were touched. Some people, you know, it’s like… It’s something I’ve been dreaming of all my life, ”said Iona’s protector, Asante Gist.

Iona coach Rick Pitino is the national champion twice. This year, COVID has caused his show to lose more matches than any other team in the tournament.

“Don’t think it’s a big detour. It is not, and the men handle it properly and caste and never complain. Although they were closed in a small room for 10 days with no fresh air, ”Pitino said.

The COVID protocols for the tournament keep teams isolated in their hotel with daily testing.

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All 68 teams and all 67 matches are held at basketball courts in Indiana. Fans are limited and socially marginalized in the arenas.

Rutgers will dance for the first time in 30 years.

“To be at the March Madness with Rutgers for the first time since 1991, it was a great opportunity, it was a great feeling. But we understand very well that the job is not over. We still have a lot of work to be done, ”said Ron Harper Jr., Rutgers guard.

Since the teams were not traveling, the scheduled tournament was condensed from three weeks to two weeks, meaning the same number of matches with shorter breaks.

CBS Sports host Adam Zucker said: “There is glory here, but it’s a difficulty like no other,” said CBS Sports host Adam Zucker.

It was a pain for the player, but many weeks of fun for the viewer. Nearly 40 million Americans fill in brackets this year.

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March Madness is bringing us together and as a reminder that this tournament is an experience to be shared.

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