For the primary time in practically two calendar years, we may have March Madness.
The 2021 NCAA Tournament, the single-greatest postseason occasion in organized sports activities, will happen beginning on Thursday, March 18; this, after it was the primary main sporting occasion to be canceled by the COVID-19 pandemic final season. And, even because the pandemic hovers over the sports activities world, it appears the NCAA and host venues are higher ready to truly host the event this 12 months.
Better late than by no means, proper?
While there shall be a number of adjustments to the 2021 NCAA Tournament, one fixed is the very fact solely a handful of elite groups are anticipated to win the entire thing. That begins this season with Gonzaga, the one remaining undefeated staff. The Bulldogs are the clear No. 1 seed. And whereas there are a bunch of “good” groups on this 12 months’s area, they’re nonetheless a distance behind the Bulldogs.
Just one other alternative for a Cinderella to make historical past in what shall be a historic event merely for being performed.
Sporting News has you coated on easy methods to watch March Madness 2021, together with begin and finish dates, TV schedule, streaming choices, venues, up to date betting odds and extra.
- March Madness bracket 2021
- NCAA Tournament schedule 2021
- How to observe March Madness 2021 dwell
- Where is March Madness 2021?
- Odds to win March Madness 2021
- Future March Madness places, host websites
- NCAA Tournament 2021 tickets
- More March Madness information by Sporting News
- NCAA Tournament winners
March Madness bracket 2021
NCAA Tournament schedule 2021
- Start date: Thursday, March 18 (First Four)
- End date: Monday, April 5 (nationwide championship game)
The 2021 NCAA Tournament — comprised of the First Four, Rounds 1 and a pair of, Sweet 16, Elite Eight, Final Four and nationwide championship game — will start Thursday, March 18 and conclude on Monday, April 5.
Here is the total schedule for March Madness 2021:
|First Four||March 18|
|Round 1||March 19-20|
|Round 2||March 21-22|
|Sweet 16||March 27-28|
|Elite Eight||March 29-30|
|Final Four||April 3|
|National championship||April 5|
When is the First Four?
The 2021 First Four video games will all happen on March 18, versus its earlier two-day format. Eight groups — the 4 lowest-seeded computerized and at-large bids — will participate within the play-in video games, which grants entry to the event correct.
When is the Final Four?
The 2021 NCAA Tournament ends with the Final Four and nationwide championship on April 3 and 5, respectively. All video games will happen in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Unlike earlier tournaments — which featured regional finals in 4 separate cities earlier than groups convened for the Final Four host metropolis — the ultimate three rounds will all happen in the identical stadium.
Thursday, March 18
|Game 1: No. 16 Texas Southern 60, No. 16 Mount St Mary’s 52|
|Game 2: No. 11 Drake 53, No. 11 Wichita State 52|
|Game 3: No. 16 Norfolk State 54, No. 16 Appalachian State 53|
|Game 4: No. 11 UCLA 86, No. 11 Michigan State 80|
Friday, March 19
|No. 7 Florida 75, No. 10 Virginia Tech 70 (OT)|
|No. 3 Arkansas 85, No. 14 Colgate 68|
|No. 1 Illinois 78, No. 16 Drexel 49|
|No. 6 Texas Tech 65, No. 11 Utah State 53|
|No. 15 Oral Roberts 75, No. 2 Ohio State 72 (OT)|
|No. 1 Baylor 79, No. 16 Hartford 55|
|No. 8 Loyola Chicago 71, No. 9 Georgia Tech 60|
|No. 12 Oregon State 70, No. 5 Tennessee 56|
|Game 13: No. 4 Oklahoma State 69, No. 13 Liberty 60|
|Game 14: No. 9 Wisconsin 85, No. 8 North Carolina 62|
|Game 15: No. 15 Cleveland State vs. No. 2 Houston||7:15 p.m.||truTV|
|Game 16: No. 13 North Texas vs. No. 4 Purdue||7:25 p.m.||TNT|
|Game 17: No. 10 Rutgers vs. No. 7 Clemson||9:20 p.m.||TBS|
|Game 18: No. 11 Syracuse vs. No. 6 San Diego State||9:40 p.m.||CBS, fuboTV|
|Game 19: No. 14 Morehead State vs. No. 3 West Virginia||9:50 p.m.||truTV|
|Game 20: No. 12 Winthrop No. 5 Villanova||9:57 p.m.||TNT|
Saturday, March 20
|Game 21: No. 12 Georgetown vs. No. 5 Colorado||12:15 p.m.||CBS, fuboTV|
|Game 22: No. 13 UNC Greensboro vs. No. 4 Florida State||12:45 p.m.||truTV|
|Game 23: No. 14 Eastern Washington vs. No. 3 Kansas||1:15 p.m.||TBS|
|Game 24: No. 9 St. Bonaventure vs. No. 8 LSU||1:45 p.m.||TNT|
|Game 25: No. 16 Mount St. Mary’s/Texas Southern vs. No. 1 Michigan||3 p.m.||CBS, fuboTV|
|Game 26: No. 12 UC Santa Barbara vs. No. 5 Creighton||3:30 p.m.||truTV|
|Game 27: No. 15 Iona vs. No. 2 Alabama||4 p.m.||TBS|
|Game 28: No. 11 Wichita State/Drake vs. No. 6 USC||4:30 p.m.||TNT|
|Game 29: No. 15 Grand Canyon vs. No. 2 Iowa||6:25 p.m.||TBS|
|Game 30: No. 10 Maryland vs. No. 7 UConn||7:10 p.m.||CBS, fuboTV|
|Game 31: No. 13 Ohio vs. No. 4 Virginia||7:15 p.m.||truTV|
|Game 32: No. 9 Missouri vs. No. 8 Oklahoma||7:25 p.m.||TNT|
|Game 33: No. 16 Norfolk State/Appalachian State vs. No. 1 Gonzaga||9:20 p.m.||TBS|
|Game 34: No. 11 Michigan State/UCLA vs. No. 6 BYU||9:40 p.m.||CBS, fuboTV|
|Game 35: No. 14 Abilene Christian vs. No. 3 Texas||9:50 p.m.||truTV|
|Game 36: No. 10 VCU vs. No. 7 Oregon||9:57 p.m.||TNT|
Sunday, March 21
Sunday’s second-round tip instances shall be introduced after Friday’s video games.
|Game 37||Noon||CBS, fuboTV|
|Game 38||2:30 p.m.||CBS, fuboTV|
|Game 39||5 p.m.||CBS, fuboTV|
|Game 40||6 p.m.||TNT|
|Game 41||7 p.m.||TBS|
|Game 42||7:30 p.m.||truTV|
|Game 43||8:30 p.m.||TNT|
|Game 44||9:30 p.m.||TBS|
Monday, March 22
Monday’s second-round tip instances shall be introduced after Saturday’s video games.
|Game 45||Noon||CBS, fuboTV|
|Game 46||2:30 p.m.||CBS, fuboTV|
|Game 47||5 p.m.||TBS|
|Game 48||6 p.m.||TNT|
|Game 49||7 p.m.||CBS, fuboTV|
|Game 50||7:30 p.m.||TBS|
|Game 51||8:30 p.m.||TNT|
|Game 52||9:30 p.m.||CBS, fuboTV|
Saturday, March 27
|Game 53||2:30 p.m.||CBS, fuboTV|
|Game 54||5 p.m.||CBS, fuboTV|
|Game 55||7:15 p.m.||TBS|
|Game 56||9:45 p.m.||TBS|
Sunday, March 28
|Game 57||2 p.m.||CBS, fuboTV|
|Game 58||4:45 p.m.||CBS, fuboTV|
|Game 59||7 p.m.||TBS|
|Game 60||9:45 p.m.||TBS|
Monday, March 29
Tuesday, March 30
|Game 63||7 p.m.||TBS|
|Game 64||9:45 p.m.||TBS|
Saturday, April 3
NCAA Tournament nationwide championship
Monday, April 5
|Game 67||9 p.m.||CBS, fuboTV|
How to observe March Madness 2021 dwell
CBS and Turner Sports stations (TBS, TNT and truTV) will break up broadcast duties of the 2021 NCAA Tournament, with Turner Sports airing 43 video games (20 for TBS, 12 for TNT and 11 for truTV) to CBS’ 24.
CBS has broadcast rights for each the Final Four and nationwide title game, regardless of the very fact Turner Sports could not broadcast these rounds in 2020 as a result of event’s cancellation (a 2016 contract permits the stations to separate the Final Four and nationwide championship rights on an every-other-year rotation).
|First Four||TBS, truTV|
|Round 1||CBS, TBS, TNT or truTV|
|Round 2||CBS, TBS, TNT or truTV|
|Sweet 16||CBS, TBS|
|Elite Eight||CBS, TBS|
CBS and Turner Sports have but to launch their announcer pairings for the 2021 NCAA Tournament.
2021 NCAA Tournament streaming choices
Every game within the 2021 NCAA Tournament may be streamed by way of NCAA March Madness Live; different streaming choices embody CBS’ streaming service, which is able to rebrand as Paramount+ on March 4, and fuboTV, which affords a 7-day free trial.
|First Four||NCAA March Madness Live|
|Rounds 1-2||NCAA March Madness Live, Paramount+, fuboTV (7-day free trial)|
|Sweet 16||NCAA March Madness Live, Paramount+, fuboTV (7-day free trial)|
|Elite Eight||NCAA March Madness Live, Paramount+, fuboTV (7-day free trial)|
|Final Four||NCAA March Madness Live, Paramount+, fuboTV (7-day free trial)|
|National championship||NCAA March Madness Live, Paramount+, fuboTV (7-day free trial)|
Where is March Madness 2021?
The 2021 NCAA Tournament shall be held entirely in the state of Indiana, with nearly all of video games happening within the larger Indianapolis space. That’s a part of an effort to attenuate journey by groups and maintain a constant protocol in place for COVID-19 testing.
That begins with the First Four, which is able to happen in Mackey Arena and Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall; these venues will characteristic alongside Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indiana Farmers Coliseum and Lucas Oil Stadium (all in Indianapolis) within the first and second rounds. Bankers Life Fieldhouse and Hinkle Fieldhouse will function Sweet 16 venues.
Lucas Oil Stadium concludes the event within the Elite Eight, Final Four and nationwide championship rounds. Each venue will characteristic two courts to play video games.
Below is a full rundown on the websites and places of the NCAA Tournament:
*Indicates venue will host solely first-round video games
|First Four||West Lafayette, Ind.||Mackey Arena|
|Bloomington, Ind.||Assembly Hall|
|Rounds 1-2||West Lafayette, Ind.||Mackey Arena*|
|Bloomington, Ind.||Assembly Hall*|
|Indianapolis||Bankers Life Fieldhouse|
|Indiana Farmers Coliseum|
|Lucas Oil Stadium|
|Sweet 16||Indianapolis||Bankers Life Fieldhouse|
|Elite Eight||Indianapolis||Lucas Oil Stadium|
|Final Four||Indianapolis||Lucas Oil Stadium|
Odds to win March Madness 2021
While 64 groups have an equal likelihood to win the NCAA Tournament at its begin, solely a handful of groups could make a professional run to the nationwide championship. Those groups are led by Baylor at +250 odds; Gonzaga is an in depth second at +275, with Michigan coming in at third with +450 odds.
Below are the groups most wish to win the 2021 NCAA Tournament (as of Sunday, March 14):
- Gonzaga (+200)
- Baylor (+600)
- Michigan (+600)
- Illinois (+700)
- Iowa (+1600)
- Houston (+1800)
- Alabama (+2100)
- Ohio State (+2400)
- Florida State (+3000)
- Oklahoma State (+3000)
- Virginia (+3000)
- UConn (+3200)
- Arkansas (+4200)
- Creighton (+4200)
- Kansas (+4200)
- Purdue (+4200)
- Texas (+4200)
- Texas Tech (+4200)
- West Virginia (+4200)
- Wisconsin (+4200)
Future March Madness places, host websites
Assuming the COVID-19 pandemic comes underneath management by the beginning of March Madness 2022, it’s going to happen throughout a number of cities over the course of the NCAA Tournament. Each event over the following a number of years may have new venues for the Final Four and nationwide championship video games.
Here are the longer term websites and places for future Final Fours:
|Year||City||Final Four host web site|
|2022||New Orleans||Mercedes-Benz Superdome|
|2024||Phoenix||State Farm Stadium|
|2026||Indianapolis||Lucas Oil Stadium|
NCAA Tournament 2021 tickets
The NCAA on Feb. 19 announced it will permit 25 % capability for NCAA Tournament video games, together with gamers, coaches, important workers, visiting members of the family and a lowered variety of followers. The NCAA later specified that actual capability percentages would fluctuate by web site and venue, relying on capability and COVID-19 mandates. Moreover, any followers in attendance shall be required to put on face coverings and bodily distance on the occasion.
“We continue to use the knowledge we have gained over the season on how to conduct games in a safe environment,” NCAA president Mark Emmert mentioned in. an announcement. “I want to thank our host universities and conferences, the Indiana State Health Department, and the leaders in the Marion, Monroe and Tippecanoe county health departments as they help make that possible.”
First Four tickets through the NCAA are not obtainable, although the NCAA does have choices to purchase tickets beginning with the primary and second rounds. Below are the dates to purchase tickets by the group for every of the following rounds, from the Sweet 16 by the Elite Eight:
Ticket portals open at 10 a.m. ET
- Sweet 16: Tuesday, March 16
- Elite Eight: Tuesday, March 16
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NCAA Tournament winners
UCLA leads all males’s school basketball packages with 11 nationwide championships, adopted by blue bloods Kentucky, North Carolina and Duke.
Virginia is the final staff to win the NCAA Tournament, securing its first title in program historical past in 2019. No staff claims the 2020 nationwide championship.
|School||National titles||Most latest||Runner-up finishes|
|North Carolina State||2||1983||0|
|City College of New York||1||1950||0|