It will be here before you know it. It’s that annual feast of college basketball known as March Madness. Along with the NFL’s Super Bowl, the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament is one of the most-watched sporting events in the U.S. Here’s all you need to know about March Madness 2021 bracket, schedule, final four, and live stream.
What is March Madness?
If you happen to be unfamiliar, March Madness refers to the NCAA Division 1 men’s basketball tournament that begins every year in March. The very first tournament was held in 1939 and had just eight teams. This year March Madness college basketball playoff is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, March 16 in Dayton, Ohio, and end on Monday, April 5 at Indianapolis.
Through the years, the tournament has evolved into one that now contains 68 teams all playing for the national championship. Each season, March Madness attracts over 100 million viewers. Nearly 75 million people fill out a tournament bracket attempting to pick the ultimate national champion and win some money while doing so.
How did it get so big?
From the first tournament’s eight teams, the NCAA increased the number of teams through the years. In 1979, two of basketball’s legends squared off in the national championship game. Earvin “Magic” Johnson’s Michigan State Spartans faced Larry Bird’s Indiana State Sycamores. Johnson’s team won and so did fans.
The game became so popular that the NCAA continued to add teams to the tournament throughout the 1980s. By 1985, the tournament was up to 64 teams, and beginning in 2011 March Madness had its full contingent of its current 68 entrants.
When is the March Madness 2021 start?
The March Madness 2021 is scheduled for Selected Sunday, on March 14th, 2021, and will end with the NCAA national championship game on April 5th at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis. You can watch the ESPN broadcast through a variety of live stream free trials.
Where is the NCAA 2021 Final Four?
The NCAA Final Four 2021 is also known as National Semifinals will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis is being scheduled on April 3.
What time does the national championship 2021 game start?
National championship 2021 live stream is scheduled to take place Monday, April 5 at 6:30 pm ET at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN.
How long does the NCAA March Madness tournament last?
The 82nd annual college basketball tournament will begin on Tuesday, 16th March 2021, and will conclude on Monday, April 5 with the NCAA National Championship game.
How do teams make the tournament?
There are 32 conferences and each conference holds an end-of-season tournament. The winner of each is awarded an automatic bid to March Madness. The other 36 teams are earned “at-large” by a committee of college basketball experts. Teams are selected based upon factors such as their overall record and strength of schedule. This year, Selection Sunday, as it is known, takes place on March 14.
March Madness 2021: Tournament Dates, Schedule and more
Selection Sunday: March 14.
First Four: March 16-17, Tuesday and Wednesday
First round: March 18-19, Thursday and Friday
Second round: March 20-21, Saturday and Sunday
Sweet Sixteen: March 25-26, Thursday and Friday
Elite Eight: March 27-28, Saturday and Sunday
Final Four: April 3, 2021, Saturday
National Championship 2021: At 6:30 pm ET, Monday, April 5, 2021
How to watch March Madness 2021 live stream
The tournament begins with the First Four, a series of play-in games that all take place on the campus of the University of Dayton. Two games are played on Tuesday, March 16, and two more on Wednesday, March 17. All four games will be broadcast on truTV.
Television coverage of the first and second rounds of the 2021 NCAA tournament held on March 18-21 is shared by CBS, TNT, TBS, and truTV. The second weekend of play (March 25-28) will broadcast on TBS and CBS. The Final Four – with national semifinal games on Saturday, April 3, and a national championship on Monday, April 5 – will be broadcast exclusively on TBS.
How to live stream March Madness
Anyone can download the free March Madness Live app and watch all 67 tournament games, stream videos, and watch game highlights. The app will work with any number of streaming devices such as Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV.
Viewers can watch up to three hours of live streaming coverage for free. All CBS games are available for free on mobile devices and laptops. Another network (TNT, TBS, etc.) games require a pay-TV account.
How much does it cost to watch?
FuboTV $55 USD/month, YouTube TV $50 USD/month, Sling TV $5 USD/month and up), Hulu $55 USD/month, or AT&T TV Now $65 USD/month visit official website for more and sign up with seven-day free trial available.
Watching NCAA Tournament on mobile?
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How to watch March Madness in Canada
Watching March Madness in Canada, or anywhere in the world, can be done via live streaming or cable. If you live in Canada, you can simply tune in to TSN to watch games. Without cable, you can live stream games using the truTV app for free or you can use a paid service such as Fubo TV. Regardless, the NCAA tournament is available in Canada.
How to watch in the UK
You can watch March Madness live with a Sky Sport monthly pass on the website or Sky Go app without signing up for a contract.
March Madness on social media
Fans can find more March Madness interaction on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can visit team pages on each platform for the latest news, highlights, and more. A number of users are even engaged in the NCAA tournament talk on Snapchat as well. Visit your favorite social media sites to learn more about your favorite teams as they head into the tournament.
Early March Madness predictions
Selection Sunday gets closer by the minute and the NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament selection committee just recently revealed its top-16. If the season ended now, the top four seeds in the NCAA tournament would be Baylor, Kansas, Gonzaga, and San Diego State.
The Bears, the No. 1 team in the poll, would be the top overall seed. No. 2 Kansas gives the Big 12 two of the top four seeds in the most recent poll. Gonzaga is tearing its way through the West Coast Conference and could very well enter the tournament on a 25-plus-game winning streak.
The surprise in the top four is San Diego State. The Aztecs (24-0) are the nation’s only unbeaten team, but many will question their overall schedule strength. Still, San Diego State is fourth in the country in points allowed per game giving up just 58.3. Defense alone could help the Aztecs advance come tournament time.
Possibly an even bigger surprise than San Diego State was the lack of Michigan State in the latest Top 25. The Spartans were the preseason No. 1 and were thought by many to be a favorite to win it all this year. Michigan State recently lost three games in a row and dropped out of the Top 25. The Spartans are tied for fourth in the Big Ten.
Louisville, Duke, and Florida State are the class of the ACC and all three teams were among the most recent top eight teams in the country. All three teams are projected to be among the No. 2 seeds in the upcoming NCAA tournament.
Last year, Auburn (21-2) surprised college basketball by winning the SEC tournament and then going on to the Final Four. Head coach Bruce Pearl and the Tigers are poised for a repeat. Currently, No. 11 Auburn, Kentucky, and LSU all sit atop the SEC standings. The Tigers hold the advantage though with wins over both the Wildcats and LSU.
There are plenty of teams that could pull off a surprise Final Four run as Auburn did last year. No. 6 Dayton is 21-2 and loaded with talent. Seton Hall (18-5) and Villanova (17-6) are the class of the Big East and Maryland (19-4) leads the race for the Big Ten regular-season championship.