When does March Madness 2021 start? Dates, time, schedule, locations for men’s NCAA tournament games

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After a year-long hiatus, the 2021 NCAA DI men’s basketball tournament is finally here. See below for all you need to know including the schedule, competition venues, how to get a printable bracket and find out whether or not fans will be allowed to attend games.

Who is the favorite to win the men’s 2021 NCAA Tournament?

According to PointsBet, Gonzaga leads the way as the clear favorite to win it all:

  1. Gonzaga (+210)

  2. Baylor (+625)

  3. Illinois (+625)

  4. Michigan (+825)

  5. Iowa (+1800)

  6. Ohio State (+2200)

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When does the 2021 NCAA Tournament begin?

The tournament officially tips off on Thursday, March 18 with the First Four.

First Four schedule

Thursday, March 18

(16) Texas Southern vs. (16) Mount St. Mary’s

  • Where: Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall

  • Start time: 5:10 p.m. ET

  • TV channel: truTV

(11) Drake vs. (11) Wichita St.

  • Where: Mackey Arena

  • Start time: 6:27 p.m. ET

  • TV channel: TBS

(16) Appalachian St. vs. (16) Norfolk St.

  • Where: Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall

  • Start time: 8:40 p.m. ET

  • TV channel: truTV

(11) UCLA vs. (11) Michigan State

  • Where: Mackey Arena

  • Start time: 9:57 p.m. ET

  • TV channel: TBS

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2021 Men’s NCAA Tournament Schedule and Locations:

  • Selection Sunday – Sunday, March 14 at 6:00 p.m. on CBS

  • First Four – Thursday, March 18: Mackey Arena, Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall

  • First Round – Friday, March 19 and Saturday, March 20: Mackey Arena, Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indiana Farmers Coliseum, Lucas Oil Stadium

  • Second Round – Sunday, March 21 and Monday, March 22: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indiana Farmers Coliseum, Lucas Oil Stadium

  • Sweet 16 – Saturday, March 27 and Sunday, March 28: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Hinkle Fieldhouse

  • Elite Eight – Monday, March 29 and Tuesday, March 30: Lucas Oil Stadium

  • Final Four – Saturday, April 3: Lucas Oil Stadium

  • NCAA Championship Game – Monday, April 5: Lucas Oil Stadium

Will fans be allowed to attend games?

The NCAA announced in February that it will allow 25 percent capacity for NCAA Tournament games. This includes players, coaches, essential staff, and family members of players and coaches.

Where will the 2021 men’s NCAA tournament take place?

This year all games will take place in Indiana, primarily in the city of Indianapolis. Games will be played on two courts inside Lucas Oil Stadium, as well as Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indiana Farmers Coliseum, Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, and Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington.

Teams will be able to practice at the Indiana Convention Center as multiple courts will be set up inside the venue. However, all teams will be housed on dedicated hotel floors, with physically distanced meeting and dining rooms and secure transportation will be provided to and from competition venues.

Where can I get a printable March Madness Bracket?

Click here to save and download the bracket for the 2021 NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Our team at NBC Sports Edge shared their bracket predictions, check it out before you fill yours out.

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When does March Madness 2021 start? Dates, time, schedule, locations for men’s NCAA tournament games originally appeared on NBCSports.com