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NCAA Releases TV Schedule, Tip Times For 2021 March Madness

NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 18: A detail of the March Madness basketball logo as seen during the first half between the Cincinnati Bearcats and the Nevada Wolf Pack in the second round of the 2018 Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament at Bridgestone Arena on March 18, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – We’re one step closer to March Madness being back.

The NCAA on Wednesday released their full TV schedule for the upcoming 2021 NCAA Tournament. All games for this year’s March Madness will be played in the state of Indiana, and the action won’t begin until Thursday, March 18 with the First Four round.

First Round action takes place on a Friday/Saturday format, with Second Round games tipping off on a Sunday and Monday.

Elite 8 games will go to primetime on a Monday/Tuesday setup, instead of a usual Saturday/Sunday format. The Final Four and National Championship games will hold their typical Saturday/Monday format with the title game closing the tournament out on Monday, April 5th.

2021 NCAA Tournament March Madness TV Schedule

All Times Mountain and Tip Times are Approximate

NCAA First Four

Thursday, March 18

Game #1 – 3 p.m. (truTV)

Game #2 – 4:20 p.m. (TBS)

Game #3 – 6:30 p.m. (truTV)

Game #4 – 7:50 p.m. (TBS)

NCAA First Round Games

Friday, March 19

Game #5 – 10 a.m. (CBS)

Game #6 – 10:30 a.m. (truTV)

Game #7 – 11 a.m. (TBS)

Game #8 – 11:30 a.m. (TNT)

Game #9 – 12:45 p.m. (CBS)

Game #10 – 1:20 p.m. (truTV)

Game #11 – 1:50 p.m. (TBS)

Game #12 – 2:20 p.m. (TNT)

Game #13 – 4:15 p.m. (TBS)

Game #14 – 5 p.m. (CBS)

Game #15 – 5 p.m. (truTV)

Game #16 – 5:15 p.m. (TNT)

Game #17 – 7:10 p.m. (TBS)

Game #18 – 7:30 p.m. (CBS)

Game #19 – 7:45 p.m. (truTV)

Game #20 – 7:50 p.m. (TNT)

Saturday, March 20

Game #21 – 10 a.m. (CBS)

Game #22 – 10:30 a.m. (truTV)

Game #23 – 11 a.m. (TBS)

Game #24 – 11:30 a.m. (TNT)

Game #25 – 12:45 p.m. (CBS)

Game #26 – 1:20 p.m. (truTV)

Game #27 – 1:50 p.m. (TBS)

Game #28 – 2:20 p.m. (TNT)

Game #29 – 4:15 p.m. (TBS)

Game #30 – 5 p.m. (CBS)

Game #31 – 5 p.m. (truTV)

Game #32 – 5:15 p.m. (TNT)

Game #33 – 7:10 p.m. (TBS)

Game #34 – 7:30 p.m. (CBS)

Game #35 – 7:45 p.m. (truTV)

Game #36 – 7:50 p.m. (TNT)

NCAA Second Round Games

Sunday, March 21

Game #37 – 10 a.m. (CBS)

Game #38 – 12:30 p.m. (CBS)

Game #39 – 3 p.m. (CBS)

Game #40 – 4 p.m. (TNT)

Game #41 – 5 p.m. (TBS)

Game #42 – 5:30 p.m. (truTV)

Game #43 – 6:30 p.m. (TNT)

Game #44 – 7:30 p.m. (TBS)

Monday, March 22

Game #45 – 10 a.m. (CBS)

Game #46 – 12:30 p.m. (CBS)

Game #47 – 3 p.m. (TBS)

Game #48 – 4 p.m. (TNT)

Game #49 – 5 p.m. (CBS)

Game #50 – 5:30 p.m. (TBS)

Game #51 – 6:30 p.m. (TNT)

Game #52 – 7:30 p.m. (CBS)

Regional Semifinals (Sweet 16)

Saturday, March 27

Game #53 – 12:30 p.m. (CBS)

Game #54 – 3 p.m. (CBS)

Game #55 – 5:15 p.m. (TBS)

Game #56 – 7:45 p.m. (TBS)

Sunday, March 28

Game #57 – 12 p.m. (CBS)

Game #58 – 2:45 p.m. (CBS)

Game #59 – 5 p.m. (TBS)

Game #60 – 7:30 p.m. (TBS)

Regional Finals (Elite 8)

Monday, March 29

Game #61 – 5 p.m. (CBS)

Game #62 – 7:45 p.m. (CBS)

Tuesday, March 30

Game #63 – 5 p.m. (TBS)

Game #64 – 7:45 p.m. (TBS)

Final Four National Semfiinals

Saturday, April 3

Game #65 – 3 p.m. (CBS)

Game #66 – 6:30 p.m. (CBS)

National Championship

Monday, April 5

Game #67 – 7 p.m. (CBS)

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for KSLsports.com and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12–3 p.m., KSL Newsradio). Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper and the KSL Sports app.

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