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Two men's college basketball heavyweights will meet in Indianapolis this December

Baylor and Gonzaga at Bankers Life with no fans
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Posted at 7:45 PM, Oct 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-01 19:51:42-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Two men's basketball teams that are expected to be among the best in the nation this coming season will meet in Indianapolis December 5.

Gonzaga and Baylor will travel a combined 3,000 miles from Spokane, Washington and Waco, Texas to meet on a neutral court at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

But don't try to get tickets—there will be no fans allowed at this game due to the pandemic.

The announcement of the matchup was made Thursday. According to Gonzaga Athletics, the game will be played in a controlled environment coordinated by Pacers Sports & Entertainment and Indiana Sports Corporation.

Organizers will work with the Marion County Health Department to implement appropriate COVID-19 protocols, as well, to help protect the health and safety all of players, coaches and staff.

It's been nearly seven months since the downtown arena has been the site of a sporting event. It shut down in March on the second day of the Big Ten Men's basketball Tournament. During the closure, extensive renovations of the building have been taking place.

Many questions still surround the upcoming college basketball season, which is scheduled to culminate with the Final Four at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.