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When does March Madness start? Full schedule for First Four, Round 1 games in 2021 NCAA Tournament



The monstrosity that is the NCAA Tournament is back.

In terms of sheer size and scope, nothing in the American sports lexicon can begin to approach March Madness, which in 2021 ranges 23 days from Selection Sunday on March 14 through the national title game on Monday, April 5.

Add in a plethora of TV networks and several streaming options for the 67-game tournament, and it can be a dizzying affair to keep up with — if Sporting News hadn’t gone through the trouble of noting every major date for the entire tournament.

Here’s everything you need to know for March Madness in 2021, including dates, times and TV information:

MORE: Get your printable March Madness bracket here

When does March Madness start?

  • First Four: March 18
  • Round 1: March 19
  • Final Four: April 3-5

That depends on who you’re asking; it could be the NCAA Tournament selection show, which reveals the initial 68-team NCAA Tournament field. Or it could be the First Four, which helps set the final 64-team field. Or it could be the first round, which marks the start of the tournament proper. Or, for those casual fans who care only about the national championship, you could argue it starts with the Final Four.

Regardless, below is the full tournament schedule, from Selection Sunday to the national championship game:

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

NCAA Tournament schedule 2021

Selection Sunday

Sunday, March 14

Time (ET) TV
6 p.m. CBS, fuboTV

First Four

Thursday, March 18

Game Time (ET) TV
Game 1 5 p.m. truTV
Game 2 6:20 p.m. TBS
Game 3 8:30 p.m. truTV
Game 4 9:50 p.m. TBS

Round 1

Friday, March 19

Game Time (ET) TV
Game 5 Noon CBS, fuboTV
Game 6 12:30 p.m. truTV
Game 7 1 p.m. TBS
Game 8 1:30 p.m. TNT
Game 9 2:45 p.m. CBS, fuboTV
Game 10 3:20 p.m. truTV
Game 11 3:50 p.m. TBS
Game 12 4:20 p.m. TNT
Game 13 6:15 p.m. TBS
Game 14 7 p.m. CBS, fuboTV
Game 15 7 p.m. truTV
Game 16 7:15 p.m. TNT
Game 17 9:10 p.m. TBS
Game 18 9:30 p.m. CBS, fuboTV
Game 19 9:45 p.m. truTV
Game 20 9:50 p.m. TNT

Saturday, March 20

Game Time (ET) TV
Game 21 Noon CBS, fuboTV
Game 22 12:30 p.m. truTV
Game 23 1 p.m. TBS
Game 24 1:30 p.m. TNT
Game 25 2:45 p.m. CBS, fuboTV
Game 26 3:20 p.m. truTV
Game 27 3:50 p.m. TBS
Game 28 4:20 p.m. TNT
Game 29 6:15 p.m. TBS
Game 30 7 p.m. CBS, fuboTV
Game 31 7 p.m. truTV
Game 32 7:15 p.m. TNT
Game 33 9:10 p.m. TBS
Game 34 9:30 p.m. CBS, fuboTV
Game 35 9:45 p.m. truTV
Game 36 9:50 p.m. TNT

Round 2

Sunday, March 21

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

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/td> 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 game

Saturday, April 3

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





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