The 2010 Final Four will mark the 6th time that the event has been held in Indianapolis, the best city for amateur sports in the world.
And while you could probably make a pretty compelling argument that college basketball should not really be considered “amateur”, that is a debate for another day.
This post is designed to give you everything you need to know about the 2010 Final Four in Indianapolis, especially if you plan on attending, as well as the history of the Final 4s that have been held in the great city that I once called home.
- 2010 Final 4 City: Indianapolis
- 2010 Final 4 Site: Lucas Oil Stadium
- 2010 Final 4 Date: Saturday, April 3rd (Title Game on April 5th)
- 2010 Final 4 TV: CBS
- Official Website: 2010 Final Four in Indianapolis
- StubHub: 2010 Indianapolis Final Four Tickets
- TicketsNow: 2010 Indianapolis Final Four Tickets
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Now, let’s take a quick look at the history of the Final Four in Indianapolis. Here are few quick notes that I found interesting, and then you can view the table below that breaks down every Final 4 that has been held in Indy.
- No Final Four in Indianapolis has featured a title game between two #1 seeds.
- In every Indy Final Four but one, there has been at least one team seeded #4 or lower that has made the Final Four.
- 20 teams total have played in the Final Four in Indianapolis; three of them have been #8 seeds. Thus, it’s only fitting that the greatest Cinderella run in tourney history, #11 seed George Mason in 2006, culminated in Indianapolis.
History of Final Four in Indianapolis
|Year||NCAA Champion||NCAA Runner-Up||Title Game Score||Final Four Teams||Location|
|2010||???||???||???||???||Lucas Oil Stadium|
|2006||#3 Florida||#2 UCLA||73-57||#11 George Mason, #4 LSU||RCA Dome|
|2000||#1 Michigan State||#5 Florida||89-76||#8 Wisconsin, #8 North Carolina||RCA Dome|
|1997||#4 Arizona||#1 Kentucky||84-79||#1 North Carolina, #1 Minnesota||RCA Dome|
|1991||#1 Duke||#3 Kansas||72-65||#1 UNLV, #2 North Carolina||Hoosier Dome|
|1980||#2 Louisville||#8 UCLA||59-54||6 #6 Purdue, #5 Iowa||Market Square Arena|
- Clicking on the year will take you to the Wikipedia page for that year’s Indy Final Four.
- The RCA Dome and the Hoosier Dame were the same venue; the name was changed from Hoosier to RCA in 1994. It was demolished in December of 2008 once Lucas Oil Stadium was completed.
- No, that’s not a type. The Purdue Boilermakers have, in fact, made a Final Four. Surprising, I know.
We are obviously still a month away from the Final Four, and far, far away from filling in the most important information in the table below, but it’s here waiting for when 65 teams have been whittled down to four.
2010 Final Four TV Schedule, Tip Time, Dates, Announcers, Spread
|1||#5 Butler 52 def #5 Michigan State 50||April 3||6:07 PM*||Indianapolis, IN||Nantz-Kellogg||BUT -1.5|
|2||#1 Duke 78 def #2 West Virginia 57||April 3||8:47 PM*||Indianapolis, IN||Nantz-Kellogg||DUKE -2.5|
|NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP GAME|
|3||#5 Butler v #1 Duke||April 5||9:21 PM||Indianapolis, IN||Nantz-Kellogg||Duke -6.5|
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