NCAA Tournament 2021: March Madness TV schedule, tipoff times and Selection Sunday announced


Start updating your calendar now: NCAA Tournament tip times for the upcoming postseason have landed. Featured are primetime slots for every Elite Eight game, standalone TV windows on CBS and TBS for all Sweet 16 games, and of course, an official date and time for the one-hour Selection Show where the official bracket will be revealed for the Big Dance.

The entire TV schedule for the 2021 NCAA Tournament can be found below.

The Selection Show will be held on Sunday, March 14 from 6-7 p.m. ET on CBS.

The First Four will take place on Thursday, March 18 with a 5 p.m. game on truTV and a 6:20 p.m. tip on TBS.

As previously announced, the 48 games that comprise the first and second rounds will start later than usual this year. With games starting at noon each day, the first round will be played on Friday, March 19 and Saturday, March 20 with the second round following on Sunday, March 21 and Monday, March 22. Games will air across CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV.

The schedule has been organized so that there will be at least one game played from noon until nearly midnight across the four days of the first two rounds. Of course, second-round games will be spaced out a bit more given there will be half as many.

Sweet 16 games will air on Saturday, March 27 and Sunday, March 28. CBS will broadcast the first two games in the afternoon on both days with coverage beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday. TBS will televise two games in prime-time each night beginning at 7 p.m. 

Elite Eight games — scheduled for Monday, March 29 and Tuesday, March 30 — will also be split by the channels. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. Monday on CBS and 6 p.m. Tuesday on TBS.

CBS will also provide coverage for this year’s Final Four on Saturday, April 3 and national championship game on Monday, April 5. Pregame coverage for the Final Four will begin at 2 p.m. with the first game set for 5 p.m. The title game will tip at 9 p.m.

Check out the full schedule is listed below. In total, CBS will broadcast 24 games, while Turner Sports will air 43 across its three networks (TBS, TNT and truTV). March Madness Live will again be your home for live streaming access to this year’s NCAA Tournament with all 67 games being aired live online.

2021 NCAA Tournament TV schedule

First Four

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

First round

Game 5 Noon CBS
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
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
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
Game 19 9:45 p.m. truTV
Game 20 9:50 p.m. TNT
Game 21 Noon CBS
Game 22 12:30 p.m. truTV
Game 23 1 p.m. TBS
Game 24 1:30 p.m. TNT
Game 25 1 p.m. CBS
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
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
Game 35 9:45 p.m. truTV
Game 36 9:50 p.m. TNT

Second round

Game 37 Noon CBS
Game 38 2:30 p.m. CBS
Game 39 5 p.m. CBS
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
Game 45 Noon CBS
Game 46 2:30p.m. CBS
Game 47 5 p.m. TBS
Game 48 6 p.m. TNT
Game 49 7 p.m. CBS
Game 50 7:30 p.m. TBS
Game 51 8:30 p.m. TNT
Game 52 9:30 p.m. CBS

Sweet 16

Game 53 2:30 p.m. CBS
Game 54 5 p.m. CBS
Game 55 7:15 p.m. TBS
Game 56 9:45 p.m. TBS
Game 57 2 p.m. CBS
Game 58 4:45 p.m. CBS
Game 59 7 p.m. TBS
Game 60 9:30 p.m. TBS

Elite Eight

Game 61 7 p.m. CBS
Game 62 9:45 p.m. CBS
Game 63 7 p.m. TBS
Game 64 9:45 p.m. TBS

Final Four

Game 65 5 p.m. CBS
Game 66 8:30 p.m. CBS

National championship





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