Had the NCAA not cancelled the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments amid the worldwide coronavirus outbreak, fans across the country would have presumably spent the next few days feverishly filling out dozens of brackets.
Instead, we’re left wondering what could have been in a world that no longer has one if its biggest distractions.
Luckily, NCAA director of media coordinator and statistics David Worlock brought a sense of normalcy on Sunday evening when he shared this year’s Final Four court design with CBS Sports reporter Matt Norlander.
The court — designed by Indianapolis-based firm Section 127 — would have been relatively simple, with the 2020 Final Four logo at center court of the two-toned hardwood. The sideline and baselines would have been black with the words “ATL 2020,” “2020 NCAA Final Four” and “The Road Ends Here” on each side.
A splash of color would have surrounded the court, with blue, orange and red geometrical shapes that would have been noticeable under the basket and sideline photographers thanks to the raised platform used by the NCAA in large venues such as Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the scheduled site of this year’s Final Four.
It’s unclear what will happen to the physical court, which takes months to paint, sand, seal and cure, and was undoubtedly ready to be placed at midfield in the coming weeks. Hopefully, it’ll be stripped down and repurposed for next year’s event, which takes place at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on April 3 and 5, 2021.
Photo via @MattNorlander and @DavidWorlock on Twitter.