By BRIAN A. HOWEY, in Indianapolis

1. Lucas Oil Stadium undefeated curse continues


The Lucas Oil Stadium's curse on the undefeated continues here in the Center of the Basketball Universe. Coach Scott Drew's Baylor defeated unbeaten Gonzaga 86-70 Monday night to grab its first NCAA men's title and it kept intact Indiana University's 45-year claim on being the last undefeated champion.

In 1991, UNLV came to the Indianapolis Final Four (then played in the RCA Dome) and lost for the first time. In 2012 it was the NFL's New England Patriots that were denied a perfect season at the hands of QB Eli Manning and the New York Giants at LOS. And in 2015, undefeated Kentucky was upset by Wisconsin in the NCAA semi-finals.

AP: Gonzaga is now the third team to suffer its only loss in the title game and the first since Larry Bird’s Indiana State team in 1979. The other was Ohio State in 1961; Bob Knight played on that team long before coaching the Hoosiers to their crowning achievement 15 years later.

2. Awaiting Gov's V.E.T.O.

At any moment, expect Gov. Eric Holcomb to veto HEA1123, which gives the General Assembly the power to call a special session. The votes in the Republican-dominated House (64-33) and Senate (37-10) will send the bill to Holcomb, who promised a "V.E.T.O." last week. House Majority Leader Matt Lehman insisted the bill was not “anti-governor” but a response to a generational crisis. “We’re creating something that needs to take place in the eyes of Hoosiers who are looking to us and saying, ‘You’re my voice, and I want you to have a seat at that table,’” Lehman said. House Speaker Todd Huston: "He knows the strong likelihood of us overriding the veto.  We will have the time to consider the override.”

3. Wesco's constitutional inconsistency

This morning during a House Elections Committee debate on SB353 which would limit the authority to change the “time, place or manner of holding an election," Rep. Timothy Wesco made the case that the Indiana Constitution grants powers to one branch of government that can't be "exercised" by another branch. But on Monday, Wesco voted for HB1123, which would violate the very part of the Indiana Constitution Wesco cites by giving the legislature the power to call a special session.

4. Indiana's mask 'mandate' ends

Gov. Holcomb ended the statewide mask mandate, effective today. But a number of counties (Marion, Monroe, St. Joseph, Huntington, LaPorte, Elkhart) have opted to keep the mask mandate. Elkhart County Health Officer Dr. Bethany Wait on the decision to extend the mandate through May 14: “It is my goal to help Elkhart County control the spread of the virus to allow us to keep our kids in school, keep our hospitals accessible, and keep our businesses open. I believe that a certain level of mitigation must be required until individuals 16 years of age and older have an opportunity to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine.” In other COVID news, the CDC has awarded Indiana $60.8 million to support local efforts to increase vaccine uptake by expanding COVID-19 vaccine programs and ensuring greater equity and access to vaccine by those disproportionately affected by SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

5. McConnell warns corporations


Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell reacted to Major League Baseball's decision to pull its All-Star game out of Georgia as punishment for passing controversial election reforms by warning corporations to "stay out of politics." Come again, senator? Say what? Corporations should stay out of politics? What the ...?

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