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March Madness schedule: NCAA Tournament bracket, odds, picks, game times, dates, and TV channels

March Madness schedule: NCAA Tournament bracket, odds, picks, game times, dates, and TV channels

The best time of the year—or at least one of the best times of the year—is upon us. It’s March Madness, baby. Selection Sunday has come and gone, brackets are being filled out, and soon the first NCAA Tournament since 2019 will begin. It certainly won’t be the same as a normal Big Dance, but at least it’s happening at all following 2020’s cancellation because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Here are all of the important game times and television channels to get you ready to watch the Madness unfold, plus futures odds and some of our predictions.

First four

Thursday, March 18 (venues: Mackey Arena and Assembly Hall)

5:10 pm (16) Texas Southern vs. (16) Mount St. Mary’s truTV
6:27 pm (11) Drake vs. (11) Wichita State TBS
8:40 pm (16) Appalachian State vs. (16) Norfolk State truTV
9:57 pm (11) UCLA vs. (11) Michigan State TBS

First round

Friday, March 19 (venues: Mackey Arena, Assembly Hall, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indiana Farmers Coliseum, Lucas Oil Stadium)

12:15 pm (10) Virginia Tech vs. (7) Florida CBS
12:45 pm (14) Colgate vs. (3) Arkansas truTV
1:15 pm (16) Drexel vs. (1) Illinois TBS
1:45 pm (11) Utah State vs. (6) Texas Tech TNT
3:00 pm (15) Oral Roberts vs. (2) Ohio State CBS
3:30 pm (16) Hartford vs. (1) Baylor truTV
4:00 pm (9) Georgia Tech vs. (8) Loyola Chicago TBS
4:30 pm (12) Oregon State vs. (5) Tennessee TNT
6:25 pm (13) Liberty vs. (4) Oklahoma State TBS
7:10 pm (9) Wisconsin vs. (8) North Carolina CBS
7:15 pm (15) Cleveland State vs. (2) Houston truTV
7:25 pm (13) North Texas vs. (4) Purdue TNT
9:20 pm (10) Rutgers vs. (7) Clemson TBS
9:40 pm (11) Syracuse vs. (6) San Diego State CBS
9:50 pm (14) Morehead State vs. (3) West Virginia truTV
9:57 pm (12) Winthrop vs. (5) Villanova TNT

Saturday, March 20 (venues: Mackey Arena, Assembly Hall, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indiana Farmers Coliseum, Lucas Oil Stadium)

12:15 pm (12) Georgetown vs. (5) Colorado CBS
12:45 pm (13) UNC Greensboro vs. (4) Florida State truTV
1:15 pm (14) Eastern Washington vs. (3) Kansas TBS
1:45 pm (9) St. Bonaventure vs. (8) LSU TNT
3:00 pm (16) Mount St. Mary’s/Texas Southern vs. (1) Michigan CBS
3:30 pm (12) UC Santa Barbara vs. (5) Creighton truTV4
4:00 pm (15) Iona vs. (2) Alabama TBS
4:30 pm (11) Wichita St./Drake vs. (6) USC TNT
6:25 pm (15) Grand Canyon vs. (2) Iowa TBS
7:10 pm (10) Maryland vs. (7) UConn CBS
7:15 pm (13) Ohio vs. (4) Virginia truTV
7:25 pm (9) Missouri vs. (8) Oklahoma TNT
9:20 pm (16) Norfolk St./Appalachian St. vs. (1) Gonzaga TBS
9:40 pm (11) Michigan St./UCLA vs. (6) BYU CBS
9:50 pm (14) Abilene Christian vs. (3) Texas truTV
9:57 pm (10) VCU vs. (7) Oregon TNT

Remaining schedule

Second round (venues: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indiana Farmers Coliseum, Lucas Oil Stadium)

Sunday, March 21 – 12:00 pm start (CBS, TBS, TNT, truTV)
Monday, March 22 – 12:00 pm start (CBS, TBS, TNT, truTV)

Sweet 16 (venues: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Hinkle Fieldhouse)

Saturday, March 27 – 2:00 pm start (CBS, TBS)
Sunday, March 28 – 1:00 pm start (CBS, TBS)

Elite Eight (venue: Lucas Oil Stadium)

Monday, March 29 – 7:00 pm start (CBS)
Tuesday, March 30 – 6:00 pm start (TBS)

Final Four (venue: Lucas Oil Stadium) – Saturday, April 3 – 5:00 pm start (CBS)

National Championship (venue: Lucas Oil Stadium) – Monday, April 5 – 9:00 pm (CBS)

NCAA Tournament bracket

Despite being held in its entirety in Indiana, the 2021 NCAA Tournament is still divided into the East Region, West Region, Midwest Region, and South Region. The top four seeds, in order, are Gonzaga (West), Baylor (South), Illinois (Midwest), and Michigan (East). We also offer a full breakdown of the March Madness bracket.

Here is the full bracket:

NCAA Tournament odds

NCAA Tournament predictions

Filling out an NCAA Tournament bracket and picking every game from start to finish in March Madness is one of sports’ fans favorite pastimes. Of course, the futures market is also popular among college basketball fans. As such, in addition to making game-by-game picks we also look ahead to outcomes down the road. Among out favorite plays are Illinois to win it all at +700, Texas to win it all at +3300, Florida State to reach the Final Four at +900, Texas Tech to reach the Elite Eight at +400, and USC to reach the Sweet 16 at +150.

Helpful links

Previews and picks for every college basketball game

Sleeper picks

How to win your March Madness pool

Outright picks, predictions, and best bets

Who can stop Gonzaga and Baylor?

Three vulnerable high seeds

Four teams with a good draw

Pickswise is the home of March Madness Predictions. Check out all of our March Madness Picks, including daily March Madness Parlays throughout the NCAA Tournament.

Last updated: Tue 16th March 2021

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