March Madness bracket: Full schedule, TV channels, scores for 2021 NCAA Tournament games


March Madness is back. Say it again, now: March Madness is back.

It’s different from previous iterations, surely. It won’t not be as grandiose either, with fan attendance limited because of COVID-19. But for the first time in two years, the NCAA will get back to the business of crowning a national champion in the single greatest postseason in American sports.

And that year off is going to make all the difference when the ball tips off in Indiana; as the saying goes, you don’t realize how much you’ll miss something till it’s gone.

MORE: Watch select NCAA Tournament games with fuboTV (7-day free trial)

Storylines and enticing matchups abound in the 2021 NCAA Tournament, which will take place entirely — appropriately, even — in the state of Indiana. There’s a lot to unpack, but Sporting News is here to make sure you know everything there is to know about March Madness. That includes full schedule, TV and streaming info, dates, site information and more:

March Madness live bracket: How to watch, stream games

The NCAA Tournament will broadcast across several stations: CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV. The primary outlet for live-streaming 2021 NCAA Tournament games is March Madness Live. You can also stream games live by signing up for fuboTV.

Below is a round-by-round breakdown of what stations will broadcast games:

Round TV channel Live stream
First Four TBS, truTV NCAA March Madness Live
Round 1 CBS, TBS, TNT, TruTV NCAA March Madness Live, fuboTV
Round 2 CBS, TBS, TNT, TruTV NCAA March Madness Live, fuboTV
Sweet 16 CBS, TBS NCAA March Madness Live, fuboTV
Elite Eight CBS, TBS NCAA March Madness Live, fuboTV
Final Four CBS NCAA March Madness Live, fuboTV
National championship CBS NCAA March Madness Live, fuboTV

Printable 2021 NCAA Tournament bracket

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You can get an updated, printable NCAA Tournament bracket here to fill out. SN will update the bracket throughout March Madness.

NCAA Tournament sites 2021

Below is a full rundown on the sites and locations of the NCAA Tournament, which will take place entirely in Indiana:

*Indicates venue will host only first-round games

Round Date Location Site
First Four March 18 West Lafayette, Ind. Mackey Arena
    Bloomington, Ind. Assembly Hall
Rounds 1-2 March 19-22 West Lafayette, Ind. Mackey Arena*
    Bloomington, Ind. Assembly Hall*
    Indianapolis Bankers Life Fieldhouse
    Hinkle Fieldhouse
    Indiana Farmers Coliseum
    Lucas Oil Stadium
Sweet 16 March 27-28 Indianapolis Bankers Life Fieldhouse
    Hinkle Fieldhouse
Elite Eight March 29-30 Indianapolis Lucas Oil Stadium
Final Four April 3 Indianapolis Lucas Oil Stadium
National championship April 5 Indianapolis Lucas Oil Stadium

2021 NCAA Tournament schedule, scores

First Four

Thursday, March 18

Game Time (ET) TV
Game 1: No. 16 Mount St Mary’s vs. No. 16 Texas Southern 5:10 p.m. truTV
Game 2: No. 11 Wichita State vs. No. 11 Drake 6:27 p.m. TBS
Game 3: No. 16 Norfolk State vs. No. 16 Appalachian State 8:40 p.m. truTV
Game 4: No. 11 Michigan State vs. No. 11 UCLA 9:57 p.m. TBS

Round 1

Friday, March 19

Game Time (ET) TV
Game 5: No. 10 Virginia Tech vs. No. 7 Florida 12:15 p.m. CBS, fuboTV
Game 6: No. 14 Colgate vs. No. 3 Arkansas 12:45 p.m. truTV
Game 7: No. 16 Drexel vs. No. 1 Illinois 1:15 p.m. TBS
Game 8: No. 11 Utah State vs. No. 6 Texas Tech 1:45 p.m. TNT
Game 9: No 15 Oral Roberts vs. No. 2 Ohio State 3 p.m. CBS, fuboTV
Game 10: No. 16 Hartford vs. No. 1 Baylor 3:30 p.m. truTV
Game 11: No. 9 Georgia Tech vs. No. 8 Loyola Chicago 4 p.m. TBS
Game 12: No. 12 Oregon State vs. No. 5 Tennessee 4:30 p.m. TNT
Game 13: No. 13 Liberty vs. No. 4 Oklahoma State 6:25 p.m. TBS
Game 14: No. 9 Wisconsin vs. No 8 North Carolina 7:10 p.m. CBS, fuboTV
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 Time (ET) TV
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

Round 2

Sunday, March 21

Sunday’s second-round tip times will be announced after Friday’s games.

Game Time (ET) TV
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 times will be announced after Saturday’s games.

Game Time (ET) TV
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

Sweet 16

Saturday, March 27

Game Time (ET) TV
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 Time (ET) TV
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

Elite Eight

Monday, March 29

Game Time (ET) TV
Game 61 7 p.m. CBS, fuboTV
Game 62 9:45 p.m. CBS, fuboTV

Tuesday, March 30

Game Time (ET) TV
Game 63 7 p.m. TBS
Game 64 9:45 p.m. TBS

Final Four

Saturday, April 3

Game Time (ET) TV
Game 65 5 p.m. CBS, fuboTV
Game 66 8:30 p.m. CBS, fuboTV

NCAA Tournament national championship

Monday, April 5

Game Time (ET) TV
Game 67 9 p.m. CBS, fuboTV

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