The Final Four is coming to Indianapolis this weekend, and that means the eyes of the college basketball world will be focused on Indianapolis over the coming days. The event is much more than just three games, however, as there will be other events taking place to celebrate the festivities, including a three--point contest and a dunk contest.
Both events will be held in historic Hinkle Fieldhouse (the home of the Butler Bulldogs) this Thursday night, April 2, and will be broadcast live on ESPN at 7:00 p.m. ET. While the event will have an Indiana-feel regardless due to the fact that it's at Hinkle, the judges of the slam dunk contest will also be very recognizable names in Indiana and to Colts fans.
Star Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton and former Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne are among the four judges for the event. In addition to being great wide receivers on the field, both are basketball fans and like to have fun, which will make Thursday night's event even better.
There will be a few Indiana players participating in the contests, too. In the slam dunk contest, Purdue's Jon Octeus will be competing, while Butler's Alex Barlow and Notre Dame's Pat Connaughton will be competing in the three point contest. You can read the full list of participants here.
So while there are no Indiana teams in the Final Four this year, that doesn't mean there won't be Indiana influence this weekend. Indianapolis is hosting the festivities, while two very notable Colts players will be judges for the slam dunk contest and three Indiana players will be competing in the two contests on Thursday night.