Ncaa tournamant schedule

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matchuptime nat tvticketslocation
Emerson CollegeEMRSTBDHammel Court, North Andover, MA
Tennessee StateTNST
TBDT.M. Elmore Gymnasium, Normal, AL
Mid-Atlantic Christian UniversityMACHTBDConvocation Center , Hampton, VA
Carver CollegeCARVTBDTrojan Arena, Troy, AL
Texas StateTXST
TBDAlice P. McDermott Convocation Center, San Antonio, TX
Brewton-ParkerBPTBDGSU Sports Arena, Atlanta, GA
HardingHARTBDFirst National Bank Arena, Jonesboro, AR
Alabama StateALST
TBDE. A. Diddle Arena, Bowling Green, KY
TBDTickets as low as $10Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, Logan, UT
North GreenvilleNGTBDTimmons Arena, Greenville, SC
TBDTickets as low as $26Convocation Center , Athens, OH
Martin MethodistMMTBDWinfield Dunn Center, Clarksville, TN
Cairn UniversityCRNTBDMemorial Hall , Dover, DE
Lake Erie CollegeLKETBDNutter Center, Dayton, OH
Emory & HenryEMOTBDDonald N. Dedmon Center, Radford, VA
North Carolina A&TNCAT
TBDTickets as low as $29Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, NC
RivierRIVTBDCostello Athletic Center, Lowell, MA
West New MexicoWNMTBDTickets as low as $39Don Haskins Center, El Paso, TX
William CareyWCTBDReed Green Coliseum, Hattiesburg, MS
BresciaBRETBDMurphy Center, Murfreesboro, TN
Western ColoradoWCOLTBDDee Events Center, Ogden, UT
Dickinson StateDSUTBDDahlberg Arena, Missoula, MT
UC RiversideUCR
TBDTickets as low as $14Viejas Arena, San Diego, CA
Eastern WashingtonEWU
TBDTickets as low as $16Lawlor Events Center, Reno, NV
Fresno PacificFRPTBDSave Mart Center, Fresno, CA
TBDTickets as low as $24McLeod Center, Cedar Falls, IA
UT ArlingtonUTA
TBDTickets as low as $16Gallagher-Iba Arena, Stillwater, OK
Indiana StateINST
TBDResch Center, Ashwaubenon, WI
UNC WilmingtonUNCW
TBDRedbird Arena, Normal, IL
NeumannNEUTBDDaskalakis Athletic Center, Philadelphia, PA
St. Francis (BKN)SFBK
TBDTickets as low as $4Kohl Center, Madison, WI
Eastern IllinoisEIU
TBDTickets as low as $12Welsh-Ryan Arena, Evanston, IL
Kansas CityKC
TBDTickets as low as $12Williams Arena, Minneapolis, MN
TBDESPNTickets as low as $87Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
TBDTickets as low as $5Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, IA
Tennessee TechTNTC
TBDTickets as low as $4FedExForum, Memphis, TN
South Carolina UpstateSCUP
TBDTickets as low as $17Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, SC
UL MonroeULM
TBDTickets as low as $9Pete Maravich Assembly Center, Baton Rouge, LA
Florida InternationalFIU
TBDTickets as low as $19Stegeman Coliseum, Athens, GA
TBDTickets as low as $5Exactech Arena at Stephen C. O'Connell Center, Gainesville, FL
Morehead StateMORE
TBDTickets as low as $21Auburn Arena, Auburn, AL
TBDTickets as low as $13Bud Walton Arena, Fayetteville, AR
South Carolina StateSCST
TBDTickets as low as $28Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum, Greenville, NC
TBDTickets as low as $4Fifth Third Arena, Cincinnati, OH
TBDTickets as low as $41William D. Mullins Memorial Center, Amherst, MA
Maryland-Eastern ShoreUMES
TBDTickets as low as $49Michael J. Hagan '85 Arena, Philadelphia, PA
Boston UniversityBU
TBDTickets as low as $23Ryan Center, Kingston, RI
St. Francis (PA)SFPA
TBDCharles E. Smith Center, Washington, DC
TBDTickets as low as $10Moody Coliseum, Dallas, TX
Northwestern StateNWST
TBDTickets as low as $5Lloyd Noble Center, Norman, OK
Utah ValleyUVU
TBDTickets as low as $17ExtraMile Arena, Boise, ID
WileyWILYTBDMontagne Center, Beaumont, TX
St. Thomas - MinnesotaSTMN
TBDJones Convocation Center, Chicago, IL
Dixie StateDXST
TBDMcCarthey Athletic Center, Spokane, WA
Long Island UniversityLIU
TBDTickets as low as $37War Memorial at the Sobrato Center, San Francisco, CA
CSU FullertonCSUF
TBDTickets as low as $24Leavey Center, Santa Clara, CA
VassarVASTBDJohn J. Lee Amphitheater, New Haven, CT

Salve ReginaSAL

TBDRose Hill Gymnasium, Bronx, NY
TBDTickets as low as $20UD Arena, Dayton, OH
TBDJohn M. Belk Arena, Davidson, NC
Stony BrookSTBK
TBDTickets as low as $27EagleBank Arena, Fairfax, VA
TBDSEFCU Arena, Albany, NY
Coppin StateCOPP
TBDTickets as low as $13Joseph J. Gentile Arena, Chicago, IL
TBDTickets as low as $9KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, KY
TBDTickets as low as $5PNC Arena, Raleigh, NC
TBDTickets as low as $6Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, VA
TBDTickets as low as $5Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY
The CitadelCIT
TBDTickets as low as $10Petersen Events Center, Pittsburgh, PA
TBDTickets as low as $5Littlejohn Coliseum, Clemson, SC
TBDTickets as low as $4Silvio O. Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, MA
TBDESPNTickets as low as $87Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Jacksonville StateJVST
TBDTickets as low as $111Charles Koch Arena, Wichita, KS
North FloridaUNF
TBDTickets as low as $5United Supermarkets Arena, Lubbock, TX
Central ArkansasCARK
TBDTickets as low as $5Chaifetz Arena, St. Louis, MO
Kennesaw StateKENN
TBDTickets as low as $9James H. Hilton Coliseum, Ames, IA
Oral RobertsORU
TBDTickets as low as $21Moby Arena, Fort Collins, CO
TBDTickets as low as $27Betty Engelstad Sioux Center, Grand Forks, ND
Concordia College (MN)CMHDTBDScheels Center, Fargo, ND
TBDTickets as low as $24Dale F. Halton Arena, Charlotte, NC
Appalachian StateAPP
TBDTickets as low as $39Hynes Athletics Center, New Rochelle, NY
ManhattanvilleMANTBDDraddy Gymnasium, Riverdale, NY
Saint Peter'sSPU
TBDTickets as low as $49Stuart C. Siegel Center, Richmond, VA
Central MichiganCMU
TBDTickets as low as $14Mizzou Arena, Columbia, MO
Bowling GreenBGSU
TBDRamsey Regional Activity Center, Cullowhee, NC
Ball StateBALL
TBDW.S. Hanner Fieldhouse, Statesboro, GA
TBDAthletics-Recreation Center, Valparaiso, IN
Alcorn StateALCN
PAC12Friel Court at Beasley Coliseum, Pullman, WA
Tickets as low as $99Yuengling Center, Tampa, FL
Mount St. Mary'sMSM
FS1Tickets as low as $102Finneran Pavilion, Villanova, PA
District of ColumbiaDCBurr Gymnasium, Washington, DC
Bob Jones UniversityBOBJJerry Richardson Indoor Stadium, Spartanburg, SC
UC San DiegoUCSD
PAC12Tickets as low as $38Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA
St. Mary's (MD)SMMDHill Field House, Baltimore, MD
Southern IllinoisSIU
Jack Stephens Center, Little Rock, AR
ESPN2Tickets as low as $4Value City Arena, Columbus, OH
Central ConnecticutCCSU
Tickets as low as $5Gampel Pavilion, Storrs, CT
Eastern MichiganEMU
BTNTickets as low as $11Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, Bloomington, IN
Tickets as low as $16Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
Spiro Sports Center, Staten Island, NY
Carlow UniversityCARLOCameron Hall, Lexington, VA
Rutgers-CamdenRUTJadwin Gymnasium, Princeton, NJ
Maryville TNMARYPete Hanna Center, Birmingham, AL
Texas SouthernTXSO
PAC12Tickets as low as $9Matthew Knight Arena, Eugene, OR
Regis CollegeRACHart Center, Worcester, MA
Johnson & Wales (NC)JWNBuccaneer Fieldhouse, Charleston, SC
Tickets as low as $11WVU Coliseum, Morgantown, WV
Cotterell Court, Hamilton, NY
UT MartinUTM
SECNTickets as low as $5Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, TN
Tickets as low as $11Fertitta Center, Houston, TX
North Carolina CentralNCCU
Tickets as low as $9Robins Center, Richmond, VA
Houston BaptistHBU
LHNTickets as low as $4Frank Erwin Center, Austin, TX
Prairie View A&MPV
Tickets as low as $17University Credit Union Pavilion, Moraga, CA
PAC12Tickets as low as $8Desert Financial Arena, Tempe, AZ
Morehouse CollegeMORTickets as low as $39Lavietes Pavilion, Cambridge, MA
Loyola (MD)L-MD
ACCNTickets as low as $7Dean E. Smith Center, Chapel Hill, NC
Trinity BaptistTRISwisher Gymnasium, Jacksonville, FL

Hastings CollegeHAS

Tickets as low as $43Reilly Center, Saint Bonaventure, NY
Tickets as low as $5XFINITY Center, College Park, MD
Tickets as low as $5Dunkin Donuts Center, Providence, RI
Tickets as low as $42UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse, Pittsburgh, PA
FerrumFERMTickets as low as $15The HTC Center, Conway, SC
SUNY New PaltzSNPChristl Arena, West Point, NY

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2022 March Madness: Complete schedule, dates, TV times

First Four — Thursday, March 18(16) Texas Southern 60, (16) Mount St. Mary's 52Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall(11) Drake 53, (11) Wichita State 52Mackey Arena(16) Norfolk State 54, (16) Appalachian State 53 Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall(11) UCLA 86, (11) Michigan State 80Mackey ArenaFirst Round — Friday, March 19(7) Florida 75, (10) Virginia Tech 70 (OT)Hinkle Fieldhouse(3) Arkansas 85, (14) Colgate 68Bankers Life Fieldhouse(1) Illinois 78, (16) Drexel 49Indiana Farmers Coliseum(6) Texas Tech 65, (11) Utah State 53Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall(15) Oral Roberts 75, (2) Ohio State 72 (OT)Mackey Arena(1) Baylor 79, (16) Hartford 55Lucas Oil Stadium Unity (South)(8) Loyola Chicago 71, (9) Georgia Tech 60Hinkle Fieldhouse(12) Oregon State 70, (5) Tennessee 56Bankers Life Fiieldhouse(4) Oklahoma State 69, (13) Liberty 60Indiana Farmers Coliseum(9) Wisconsin 85, No. 8 North Carolina 62Mackey Arena(2) Houston 87, (15) Cleveland State 56Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall(13) North Texas 78, (4) Purdue 69 (OT)Lucas Oil Stadium Equality (North)(10) Rutgers 60, (7) Clemson 56Bankers Life Fieldhouse(11) Syracuse 78, (6) San Diego State 62Hinkle Fieldhouse(3) West Virginia 84, (14) Morehead State 67Lucas Oil Stadium Unity (South)(5) Villanova 73, (12) Winthrop 63Indiana Farmers ColiseumFirst Round — Saturday, March 20(5) Colorado 96, (12) Georgetown 73Hinkle Fieldhouse(4) Florida State 64, (13) UNC Greensboro 54Bankers Life Fieldhouse(3) Kansas 93, (14) Eastern Washington 84Indiana Farmers Coliseum(8) LSU 76, (9) St. Bonaventure 61Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall(1) Michigan 82, (16) Texas Southern 66Mackey Arena(5) Creighton 63, (12) UC Santa Barbara 62Lucas Oil Stadium Unity (South)(2) Alabama 68, (15) Iona 55Hinkle Fieldhouse(6) USC 72, (11) Drake 56Bankers Life Fieldhouse(2) Iowa 86, (15) Grand Canyon 74Indiana Farmers Coliseum(10) Maryland 63, (7) UConn 54Mackey Arena(13) Ohio 62, (4) Virginia 58Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall(8) Oklahoma 72, (9) Missouri 68Lucas Oil Stadium Equality (North)(1) Gonzaga 98, (16) Norfolk State 55Bankers Life Fieldhouse(11) UCLA 73, (6) BYU 62Hinkle Fieldhouse(14) Abilene Christian 53, (3) Texas 52Lucas Oil Stadium Unity (South)(7) Oregon vs. (10) VCU — NO-CONTEST DUE TO COVID-19 PROTOCOLS--Second Round — Sunday, March 21(8) Loyola Chicago 71, (1) Illinois 58Bankers Life Fieldhouse(1) Baylor 76, (9) Wisconsin 63Hinkle Fieldhouse(11) Syracuse 75, (3) West Virginia 72Bankers Life Fieldhouse(3) Arkansas 68, (6) Texas Tech 66Hinkle Fieldhouse(2) Houston 63, (10) Rutgers 60Lucas Oil Stadium Unity (South)(15) Oral Roberts 81, (7) Florida 78Indiana Farmers Coliseum(5) Villanova 84, (13) North Texas 61Bankers Life Fieldhouse(12) Oregon State 80, (4) Oklahoma State 70Hinkle FieldhouseSecond Round — Monday, March 22(7) Oregon 95, (2) Iowa 80Bankers Life Fieldhouse(1) Gonzaga 87, (8) Oklahoma 71Hinkle Fieldhouse(11) UCLA 67, (14) Abilene Christian 47Bankers Life Fieldhouse(5) Creighton 72, (13) Ohio 58Hinkle Fieldhouse(1) Michigan 86, (8) LSU 78Lucas Oil Stadium Unity (South)(4) Florida State 71, (5) Colorado 53Indiana Farmers Coliseum(2) Alabama 96, (10) Maryland 77Bankers Life Fieldhouse(6) USC 85, No. 3 Kansas 51Hinkle FieldhouseSweet 16 — Saturday, March 27(12) Oregon State 65, No. 8 Loyola Chicago 58Bankers Life Fieldhouse(1) Baylor 62, (5) Villanova 51Hinkle Fieldhouse(3) Arkansas 72, (15) Oral Roberts 70Bankers Life Fieldhouse(2) Houston 62, (11) Syracuse 46Hinkle FieldhouseSweet 16 — Sunday, March 28(1) Gonzaga 83, (5) Creighton 65Hinkle Fieldhouse(1) Michigan 76, (4) Florida State 58Bankers Life Fieldhouse(11) UCLA 88, (2) Alabama 78 (OT)Hinkle Fieldhouse(6) USC 82, (7) Oregon 68Bankers Life FieldhouseElite Eight — Monday, March 29(2) Houston 67, (12) Oregon State 61Lucas Oil Stadium Equality (North)(1) Baylor 81, (3) Arkansas 72Lucas Oil Stadium Equality (South)Elite Eight — Tuesday, March 30(1) Gonzaga 85, (6) USC 66Lucas Oil Stadium Equality (North)(11) UCLA 51, (1) Michigan 49Lucas Oil Stadium Equality (South)
2021 NCAA Tournament Best Sets

March Madness schedule 2021: Full bracket, dates, times, TV channels for every NCAA Tournament game



For the first time in nearly two calendar years, we will have March Madness.

The 2021 NCAA Tournament, the single-greatest postseason event in organized sports, will take place starting on Thursday, March 18; this, after it was the first major sporting event to be canceled by the COVID-19 pandemic last season. And, even as the pandemic hovers over the sports world, it seems the NCAA and host venues are better prepared to actually host the tournament this year.

Better late than never, right?

While there will be several changes to the 2021 NCAA Tournament, one constant is the fact only a handful of elite teams are expected to win the whole thing. That starts this season with Gonzaga, the only remaining undefeated team. The Bulldogs are the clear No. 1 seed. And while there are a host of "good" teams in this year's field, they are still a distance behind the Bulldogs.

Just another opportunity for a Cinderella to make history in what will be a historic tournament simply for being played.

Sporting News has you covered on how to watch March Madness 2021, including start and end dates, TV schedule, streaming options, venues, updated betting odds and more.

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March Madness bracket 2021

NCAA Tournament schedule 2021

  • Start date: Thursday, March 18 (First Four)
  • End date : Monday, April 5 (national championship game)

The 2021 NCAA Tournament — comprised of the First Four, Rounds 1 and 2, Sweet 16, Elite Eight, Final Four and national championship game — will begin Thursday, March 18 and conclude on Monday, April 5.

Here is the full schedule for March Madness 2021:

First FourMarch 18
Round 1March 19-20
Round 2March 21-22
Sweet 16March 27-28
Elite EightMarch 29-30
Final FourApril 3
National championshipApril 5

When is the First Four?

The 2021 First Four games will all take place on March 18, as opposed to its previous two-day format. Eight teams — the four lowest-seeded automatic and at-large bids — will take part in the play-in games, which grants access to the tournament proper.

When is the Final Four?

The 2021 NCAA Tournament ends with the Final Four and national championship on April 3 and 5, respectively. All games will take place in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Unlike previous tournaments — which featured regional finals in four separate cities before teams convened for the Final Four host city — the final three rounds will all take place in the same stadium.

First Four

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

Round 1

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
No. 4 Oklahoma State 69, No. 13 Liberty 60
No. 9 Wisconsin 85, No. 8 North Carolina 62
No. 2 Houston 87, No. 15 Cleveland State 56
No. 13 North Texas 78, No. 4 Purdue 69 (OT)
No. 10 Rutgers 60, No. 7 Clemson 56
No. 11 Syracuse 78, No. 6 San Diego State 62
No. 3 West Virginia 84, No. 14 Morehead State 67
No. 5 Villanova 73, No. 12 Winthrop 63

Saturday, March 20

Game 21: No. 5 Colorado 96, No. 12 Georgetown 73
Game 22: No. 4 Florida State 64, No. 13 UNC Greensboro 54
Game 23: No. 3 Kansas 93, No. 14 Eastern Washington 84
Game 24: No. 8 LSU 76, No. 9 St. Bonaventure 61
Game 25: No. 1 Michigan 82, No. 16 Texas Southern 66
Game 26: No. 5 Creighton 63, No. 12 UC Santa Barbara 62
Game 27: No. 2 Alabama 68, No. 15 Iona 55
Game 28: No. 6 USC 72, No. 11 Drake 56
Game 29: No. 2 Iowa 86, No. 15 Grand Canyon 74
Game 30: No. 10 Maryland 63, No. 7 UConn 54
Game 31: No. 13 Ohio 62, No. 4 Virginia 58
Game 32: No. 8 Oklahoma 72, No. 9 Missouri 68
Game 33: No. 1 Gonzaga 98, No. 16 Norfolk State 55
Game 34: No. 11 UCLA 73, No. 6 BYU 62
Game 35: No. 14 Abilene Christian 53, No. 3 Texas 52
Game 36: No. 7 Oregon, No. 10 VCU (no contest)

Round 2

Sunday, March 21

Game 37: No. 8 Loyola Chicago 71, No. 1 Illinois 58
Game 38: No. 1 Baylor 76, No. 9 Wisconsin 63
Game 39: No. 11 Syracuse 75, No. 3 West Virginia 72
Game 40: No. 3 Arkansas 68, No. 6 Texas Tech 66
Game 41: No. 2 Houston 63, No. 10 Rutgers 60
Game 42: No. 15 Oral Roberts 81, No. 7 Florida 78
Game 43:No. 5 Villanova 84, No. 13 North Texas 61
Game 44:No. 12 Oregon State 80, No. 4 Oklahoma State 70

Monday, March 22

No. 7 Oregon 95, No. 2 Iowa 80
No. 1 Gonzaga 87, No. 8 Oklahoma 71
No. 11 UCLA 67, No. 14 Abilene Christian 47
No. 5 Creighton 72, No. 13 Ohio 58
No. 1 Michigan 86, No. 8 LSU 78
No. 4 Florida State 71, No. 5 Colorado 53
No. 2 Alabama 96, No. 10 Maryland 77
No. 6 USC 85, No. 3 Kansas 51

Sweet 16

Saturday, March 27

Game 53: No. 12 Oregon State 65, No. 8 Loyola Chicago 58
Game 54: No. 1 Baylor 62, No. 5 Villanova 51
Game 55: No. 3 Arkansas 72, No. 15 Oral Roberts 70
Game 56: No. 2 Houston 62, No. 11 Syracuse 46

Sunday, March 28

Game 57: No. 1 Gonzaga 83, No. 5 Creighton 65
Game 58: No. 1 Michigan 76, No. 4 Florida State 58
Game 59: No. 11 UCLA 88, No. 2 Alabama 78 (OT)
Game 60: No. 6 USC 82, No. 7 Oregon 68

Elite Eight

Monday, March 29

Game 61: No. 2 Houston 67, No. 12 Oregon State 61
Game 62: No. 1 Baylor 81, No. 3 Arkansas 72

Tuesday, March 30

Game 63:No. 1 Gonzaga 85, No. 6 USC 66
Game 64:No. 11 UCLA 51, No. 1 Michigan 49

Final Four

Saturday, April 3

Game 65: No. 1 Baylor 78, No. 2 Houston 59
Game 66: No. 1 Gonzaga 93, No. 11 UCLA 90 (OT)

NCAA Tournament national championship

Monday, April 5

Game 67: No. 1 Baylor 86, No. 1 Gonzaga 70

How to watch March Madness 2021 live

CBS and Turner Sports stations (TBS, TNT and truTV) will split broadcast duties of the 2021 NCAA Tournament, with Turner Sports airing 43 games (20 for TBS, 12 for TNT and 11 for truTV) to CBS' 24.

CBS has broadcast rights for both the Final Four and national title game, despite the fact Turner Sports couldn't broadcast those rounds in 2020 due to the tournament's cancellation (a 2016 contract allows the stations to split the Final Four and national championship rights on an every-other-year rotation).

RoundTV channel
First FourTBS, truTV
Round 1CBS, TBS, TNT or truTV
Round 2CBS, TBS, TNT or truTV
Sweet 16CBS, TBS
Elite EightCBS, TBS
Final FourCBS
National championshipCBS

CBS and Turner Sports have yet to release their announcer pairings for the 2021 NCAA Tournament.

2021 NCAA Tournament streaming options

Every game in the 2021 NCAA Tournament can be streamed via NCAA March Madness Live; other streaming options include CBS' streaming service, which will rebrand as Paramount+ on March 4, and fuboTV, which offers a 7-day free trial.

RoundLive stream
First FourNCAA March Madness Live
Rounds 1-2NCAA March Madness Live , Paramount+, fuboTV (7-day free trial)
Sweet 16NCAA March Madness Live , Paramount+, fuboTV (7-day free trial)
Elite EightNCAA March Madness Live , Paramount+, fuboTV (7-day free trial)
Final FourNCAA March Madness Live , Paramount+, fuboTV (7-day free trial)
National championshipNCAA March Madness Live , Paramount+, fuboTV (7-day free trial)

Where is March Madness 2021?

The 2021 NCAA Tournament will be held entirely in the state of Indiana, with the majority of games taking place in the greater Indianapolis area. That's part of an effort to minimize travel by teams and keep a consistent protocol in place for COVID-19 testing.

That starts with the First Four, which will take place in Mackey Arena and Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall; those venues will feature alongside Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indiana Farmers Coliseum and Lucas Oil Stadium (all in Indianapolis) in the first and second rounds. Bankers Life Fieldhouse and Hinkle Fieldhouse will serve as Sweet 16 venues.

Lucas Oil Stadium concludes the tournament in the Elite Eight, Final Four and national championship rounds. Each venue will feature two courts to play games.

Below is a full rundown on the sites and locations of the NCAA Tournament:

*Indicates venue will host only first-round games

First FourWest Lafayette, Ind.Mackey Arena
Bloomington, Ind.Assembly Hall
Rounds 1-2West Lafayette, Ind.Mackey Arena*
Bloomington, Ind.Assembly Hall*
IndianapolisBankers Life Fieldhouse
Hinkle Fieldhouse
Indiana Farmers Coliseum
Lucas Oil Stadium
Sweet 16IndianapolisBankers Life Fieldhouse
Hinkle Fieldhouse
Elite EightIndianapolisLucas Oil Stadium
Final FourIndianapolisLucas Oil Stadium

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Odds to win March Madness 2021

While 64 teams have an equal chance to win the NCAA Tournament at its start, only a handful of teams can make a legitimate run to the national championship. Those teams are led by Gonzaga at +200 odds; Baylor and Michigan are in second at +600.

Below are the teams most like 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)

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Future March Madness locations, host sites

Assuming the COVID-19 pandemic comes under control by the start of March Madness 2022, it will take place across several cities over the course of the NCAA Tournament. Each tournament over the next several years will have new venues for the Final Four and national championship games.

Here are the future sites and locations for future Final Fours:

YearCityFinal Four host site
2022New OrleansMercedes-Benz Superdome
2023HoustonNRG Stadium
2024PhoenixState Farm Stadium
2025San AntonioAlamodome
2026IndianapolisLucas Oil Stadium

NCAA Tournament 2021 tickets

The NCAA on Feb. 19 announced it would allow 25 percent capacity for NCAA Tournament games, including players, coaches, essential staff, visiting family members and a reduced number of fans. The NCAA later specified that exact capacity percentages would vary by site and venue, depending on capacity and COVID-19 mandates. Moreover, any fans in attendance will be required to wear face coverings and physically distance at the event.

“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 said in. a statement. “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 no longer available, though the NCAA does have options to buy tickets starting with the first and second rounds. Below are the dates to buy tickets through the organization for each of the ensuing rounds, from the Sweet 16 through 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 men's college basketball programs with 11 national championships, followed by blue bloods Kentucky, North Carolina and Duke.

Virginia is the last team to win the NCAA Tournament, securing its first title in program history in 2019. No team claims the 2020 national championship.

SchoolNational titlesMost recentRunner-up finishes
North Carolina620175
Michigan State220001
North Carolina State219830
Oklahoma State219460
San Francisco219560
City College of New York119500
Holy Cross119470
La Salle119540
Loyola (Ill.)119630
Ohio State119604

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2021 NCAA Tournament schedule and results on the road to the Final Four in Indianapolis

The NCAA Tournament is back after a one-year break due to the COVID-19 pandemic that shut down sports for most of last spring and summer.

This year's version of March Madness will look very different. Due to health concerns, there will be no games in the four regionals that are played around the country. All of the 67 games on the road to determining a national champion will take place in or near Indianapolis.

It kicks off with the First Four on March 18 and concludes with the Final Four at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 3 and 5. A look at the complete schedule.

All Times EDT.

Final Four

Saturday, April 3

At Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis

Baylor 78, Houston 59

Gonzaga 93, UCLA 90 (OT)

Monday, April 5

At Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis

Baylor 86, Gonzaga 70

First Four

Thursday, March 18

At Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, Bloomington, Ind.

Texas Southern 60, Mount Saint Mary’s 52

Norfolk State 54, Appalachian State 53

At Mackey Arena, West Lafayette, Ind.

Drake 53, Wichita State 52

UCLA 86, Michigan State 80 (OT)

East Regional

First round

Saturday, March 20

At Mackey Arena, West Lafayette, Ind.

Michigan 82, Texas Southern 66

Maryland 63, Connecticut 54

At Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, Bloomington, Ind.

LSU 76, St. Bonaventure 61

At Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis

Colorado 96, Georgetown 71

Alabama 68, Iona 55

UCLA 73, BYU 62

At Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis

Florida State 64, UNC-Greensboro 54

At Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis

Abilene Christian 53, Texas 52

Second round

Monday, March 22

At Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis

UCLA 67, Abilene Christian 47

At Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis

Michigan 86, LSU 78

Florida State 71, Colorado 52

At Indiana Farmers Coliseum, Indianapolis

Alabama 96, Maryland 77

Regional semifinals

Sunday, March 28

At Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis

Michigan 76, Florida State 58

At Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis

UCLA 88, Alabama 78 (OT)

Regional championship

Tuesday, March 30

UCLA 51, Michigan 49

South Regional

First round

Friday, March 19

At Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis

Baylor 79, Hartford 55

North Texas 78, Purdue 69 (OT)

At Mackey Arena, West Lafayette, Ind.

Wisconsin 85, North Carolina 62

Oral Roberts 75, Ohio State 72 (OT) 

At Indiana Farmers Coliseum, Indianapolis

Villanova 73, Winthrop 63

At Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, Bloomington, Ind.

Texas Tech 65, Utah State 53

At Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis

Arkansas 85, Colgate 68

At Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis

Florida 75, Virginia Tech 70 (OT)

Second round

Sunday, March 21

At Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis

Baylor 76, Wisconsin 63

Arkansas 68, Texas Tech 66

At Indiana Farmers Coliseum, Indianapolis

Oral Roberts 81, Florida 78

At Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis

Villanova 84, North Texas 61

Regional semifinals

Saturday, March 27

At Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis

Baylor 62, Villanova 51

At Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis

Arkansas 72, Oral Roberts 70

Regional championship

Monday, March 29

Baylor 81, Arkansas 72

Midwest Regional

First round

Friday, March 19

At Indiana Farmers Coliseum, Indianapolis

Illinois 78, Drexel 49

Oklahoma State 69, Liberty 60

At Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis

Loyola Chicago 71, Georgia Tech 60

Syracuse 78, San Diego State 62

At Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis

Oregon State 70, Tennessee 56

Rutgers 60, Clemson 56

At Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis

West Virginia 84, Morehead State 67

At Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, Bloomington, Ind.

Houston 87, Cleveland State 56

Second round

Sunday, March 21

At Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis

Loyola Chicago 71, Illinois 58

Syracuse 75, West Virginia 72

At Lucas Oil Stadium Unity, Indianapolis

Houston 63, Rutgers 60

At Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis

Oregon State 80, Oklahoma State 70

Regional semifinals

Saturday, March 27

At Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis

Oregon State 65, Loyola Chicago 58

At Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianpolis

Houston 62, Syracuse 46

Regional championship

Monday, March 29

Houston 67, Oregon State 61

West Regional

First round

Saturday, March 20

At Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis

Southern California 72, Drake 56

Gonzaga 98, Norfolk State 55

At Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis

Oklahoma 72, Missouri 68

Creighton 63, UC Santa Barbara 62

At Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, Bloomington, Ind.

Ohio 62 Virginia 58

At Indiana Farmers Coliseum, Indianapolis

Kansas 93, Eastern Washington 84

Iowa 86, Grand Canyon 74

Oregon vs. Virginia Commonwealth, no contest

Second round

Monday, March 22

At Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis

Oregon 95, Iowa 80

At Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis

Gonzaga 87, Oklahoma 71

Creighton 72, Ohio 58

Southern California 85, Kansas 51

Regional semifinals

Sunday, March 28

At Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis

Gonzaga 83, Creighton 65

At Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis

Southern California 82, Oregon 68

Regional championship

Tuesday, March 30

Gonzaga 85, Southern California 66

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NCAA Tournament 2021: What to know about TV schedule, odds, locations, tickets, brackets

Need a March Madness bracket?:Download, print and fill out your predictions here

Few sports bring people together like the NCAA tournament.

Fandom and school spirit reign supreme during March Madness and while COVID-19 shutdown the sports staple last year, the NCAA created a bubble-style event for 2021.

Here's what you need to know about the 2021 NCAA March Madness men's basketball tournament:

When is the NCAA tournament? 

The NCAA tournament begins Mar. 14 with Selection Sunday to determine the brackets and wraps up with the national championship game on April 5.

Where is the NCAA tournament?

Unique to previous years, the entire NCAA tournament is being held in Indiana with the majority of games being played in Indianapolis.

According to the NCAA's March Madness website, the Indiana Convention Center will host multiple courts for teams to practice.

Each team will be housed on dedicated hotel floors, with physically distanced meeting and dining rooms. Secure transportation will be provided to and from competition venues.

  • First Four: Mackey Arena, West Lafayette, Ind.; Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, Bloomington, Ind.
  • First Round: Mackey Arena, West Lafayette, Ind.; Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, Bloomington, Ind.; Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis; Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis; Indiana Farmers Coliseum, Indianapolis; and Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis.
  • Second Round: All games are in Indianapolis at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indiana Farmers Coliseum and Lucas Oil Stadium.
  • Sweet 16: All games are in Indianapolis at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and Hinkle Fieldhouse.
  • Elite Eight: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis.
  • Final Four: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis.
  • National championship: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis.

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When does the 2021 March Madness tournament start?

The first official NCAA tournament game tips off at 4 p.m. Mar. 18, beginning with the First Four round of games.

What is the NCAA tournament schedule?

Here's the NCAA tournament schedule. All times are Eastern:

  • Selection Sunday: 6 p.m. Mar. 14
  • First Four: Games begin at 4 p.m. Mar. 18.
  • First round: Games begin at noon Mar. 19 and Mar. 20.
  • Second round: Games begin at noon Mar. 21 and Mar. 22.
  • Sweet 16: Games begin at 2 p.m. Mar. 27, and 1 p.m. Mar. 28.
  • Elite Eight: Games begin at 7 p.m. Mar. 29, and 6 p.m. Mar. 30.
  • Final Four: Games begin at 5 p.m., April 3.
  • NCAA championship game: 9 p.m. April 5.

What is the NCAA March Madness tournament TV schedule for 2021?

The NCAA's tournament website offers a basic TV schedule outline. All times are Eastern: 

  • Selection Show: 6 p.m. Mar. 14, CBS.
  • First Four: Coverage begins at 4 p.m. Mar. 18; truTV and TBS.
  • First Round: Games begin at noon Mar. 19 and Mar. 20; TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV.
  • Second Round: Games begin at noon Mar. 21 and Mar. 22; TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV.
  • Sweet 16: Games are at 2 and 7 p.m. Mar. 27, and 1 and 7 p.m. Mar. 28; afternoon games, CBS; evening games, TBS.
  • Elite Eight: Games begin at 7 p.m. Mar. 29, CBS; games begin at 6 p.m. Mar. 30, TBS.
  • Final Four: Games begin at 5 p.m. April 3, CBS.
  • National Championship: 9 p.m. April 5, CBS.

When do March Madness brackets start?

Selection Sunday begins at 6 p.m. Mar. 14. Brackets are widely available immediately following the selection show.

Most tournament brackets do not begin until the first round games kicking off at noon, Mar. 19. However, there are some exceptions beginning with the First Four games beginning at 4 p.m. Mar. 14.

Click here for a printable March Madness bracket from the NCAA.

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How do I get NCAA March Madness tournament tickets?

Fans can signup for updates and find links to purchase tickets by round at  

The NCAA announced it will allow up to 25% of capacity for all rounds. Attendance caps are: 

  • Bankers Life Fieldhouse: About 4,500 at 25% capacity.
  • Hinkle Fieldhouse: About 2,275 at 25% capacity.
  • Indiana Farmers Coliseum: About 1,700 at 25% capacity.
  • Lucas Oil Stadium: About 17,500 at 25% capacity.
  • Mackey Arena: About 1,850 for the First Four and first round NCAA tournament games, capping at 12-13%.
  • Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall: 500 for the First Four and first round NCAA tournament games.

Tickets are already available for First Four and First Round venues with some venues already sold out. Tickets for the Second Round go on sale at 10 a.m. Mar. 11. Sweet 16 and Elite Eight tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Mar. 16.

Terms and conditions for NCAA ticketholders can be found here.

A basketball court on the north end of Lucas Oil Stadium, seen on Thursday, March 4, 2021, will be used for NCAA March Madness tournament games in Indianapolis. A second court on the opposite end of the stadium will be used for Big Ten tournament games then changed over for March Madness use as well.

What are the March Madness teams?

A total of 68 teams will get to play in the NCAA tournament.

Teams that win their conference tournament leading up to the NCAA tournament secure an automatic bid. In 2021, there are only 31 automatic bids since the Ivy League has opted out of the 2020-21 season due to COVID-19.

The remaining 37 at-large teams will be chosen by a committee based on a variety of criteria and announced Mar. 14 on Selection Sunday.

Seeding will be handled the same for the top four teams and the First Four competitors. However, the rest of the seeding will be done differently in 2021 with all teams playing in Indiana.

Instead of geography being a factor, an "S-curve" will be used to place teams in the bracket based on rankings.

Here are the 31 teams by conference earning an NCAA tournament automatic bid:

  • America East: Hartford.
  • American Athletic: Houston.
  • Atlantic 10: St. Bonaventure.
  • ACC: Georgia Tech.
  • ASUN: Liberty.
  • Big 12: Texas.
  • Big East: Georgetown.
  • Big Sky: Eastern Washington.
  • Big South: Winthrop.
  • Big Ten: Illinois.
  • Big West: UC Santa Barbara.
  • CAA: Drexel.
  • Conference USA: North Texas.
  • Horizon League: Cleveland State.
  • MAAC: Iona.
  • MAC: Ohio.
  • MEAC: Norfolk State.
  • Missouri Valley: Loyola Chicago.
  • Mountain West: San Diego State.
  • Northeast: Mt. St. Mary's.
  • Ohio Valley: Morehead State.
  • Pac-12: Oregon State.
  • Patriot League: Colgate.
  • SEC: Alabama.
  • Southern: UNC Greensboro.
  • Southland: Abilene Christian.
  • SWAC: Texas Southern.
  • Summit League: Oral Roberts.
  • Sun Belt: Appalachian State.
  • West Coast: Gonzaga.
  • WAC: Grand Canyon.

What are the NCAA men's basketball tournament odds?

Here are the odds for the NCAA tournament champion, according to Bet MGM:

  • Gonzaga +275
  • Baylor +300
  • Michigan +400
  • Illinois +900
  • Ohio State +1400
  • Iowa +1500
  • Florida State +1600
  • Alabama +1600
  • Creighton +2000
  • Houston +2000
  • West Virginia +2000
  • Texas +2000

Chris Sims is a digital sports producer at IndyStar. Follow him on Twitter: @ChrisFSims.

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