March Madness 2021 details: What to expect from this year’s tournament

Sports fans are making sure to get all the important March Madness 2021 details ahead of the games. Here's what we know about this year's tournament

It’s certainly been a strange time for spectator sports. Last year, March Madness was canceled due to the pandemic. Thankfully though, college basketball lovers will once again be able to enjoy the spectacle known as March Madness in 2021. A big question has been, “How is all this going to work?” Well, it’s certainly going to be a bit different. Here are all the March Madness 2021 details we have.

Where is March Madness 2021 being held?

Like the NBA in 2020, March Madness will take place in one state. This time, it’s Indiana. Unlike the close of last year’s NBA season, however, it will take place not in a bubble but at a number of venues in Indianapolis and Central Indiana. 

Does the tournament work the same way?

Pretty much. The familiar process of Final Four, First and Second Round, Sweet 16, Elite Eight and Final Four has remained intact. One notable difference is that there are only 31 automatic bids awarded to conference winners rather than 32 as the Ivy League decided to cancel all winter sports.

Is March Madness 2021 seeding the same as before?

Yes and no. The top four and first four seeds are handled the same way. However, since it’s all happening in Indiana, the other brackets will be created based on ranking only without the usual consideration for geographic location.

What is the March Madness 2021 schedule?

The schedule for this year's March Madness looks like this:

  • Selection Sunday — 6pm ET Mar 14
  • First Four — 4pm ET start on Thursday, Mar 18
  • First round — 12pm ET start on Friday, Mar 19, and Saturday, Mar 20
  • Second round — 12pm ET start on Sunday, Mar 21, and Monday, Mar 22
  • Sweet 16 — 2pm ET start on Saturday, Mar 27, and 1pm ET start on Sunday, March 28
  • Elite Eight — 7pm ET start on Monday, Mar 29, and 6pm ET start on Tuesday, Mar 30 at Lucas Oil Stadium
  • Final Four — 5pm ET start on Saturday, Apr 3 at Lucas Oil Stadium
  • NCAA championship game — 9pm ET Monday, Apr 5 at Lucas Oil Stadium

You can find the complete list of venues and more in-depth March Madness 2021 details on the NCAA website

Will fans be allowed at the games?

One of the most asked-about March Madness 2021 details. We’re waiting with bated breath to find out as well! That information is expected to be shared sometime in February.

Where can I watch March Madness 2021

This year, a March Madness live stream is more important than ever. The tournament is going to be shown by CBS and Turner Sports (truTV, TNT and TBS). Don’t have cable or access to a local CBS station? There are many ways to stream live sports over the Internet. Any option that includes the aforementioned channels or CBS All Access will get you this year's March Madness. For those worried about failed streams and buffering at the worst time, Ting Internet’s crazy fast gigabit fiber Internet ensures you’ll have reliable Ultra-HD streams at all times.

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