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When does the 2021 March Madness tournament start

We go over the start date for the 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament to watch the First Four.

The march madness logo on the court before the game between the Kansas State Wildcats and the UC Irvine Anteaters in their NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship first round game on March 22, 2019, at SAP Center at San Jose in San Jose, CA. Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Selection Sunday has arrived, which means before the night is done, we will know the 68 teams selected to participate in the 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Plenty could change due to COVID-19, but we’ll have a first bracket to start preparing for the the tip of the tournament.

The First Four will kick things off on Thursday, March 18 starting at 4 p.m. ET. This round consists of four games involving the bottom-four seeds of the automatic qualifiers and bottom-four seeds of the at-large teams. You can read more about the March Madness selection process here. The first round then follows on March 19 and 20.

The First Four will air on truTV and CBS. The first and second rounds will air across CBS, TBS, TNT, and truTV. The Sweet 16 and Elite 8 will air on CBS and TBS. The Final Four will air on CBS.

Here, is a look at the full schedule of dates for the 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

2021 March Madness schedule

Sunday, March 14 — Selection Sunday, starts at 6 p.m. ET
Thursday, March 18 — First Four, starts at 4 p.m. ET
Friday, March 19 and Saturday, March 20 — First round, starts at 12 p.m. ET
Sunday, March 21 and Monday, March 22 — Second round, starts at 12 p.m. ET
Saturday, March 27 — Sweet 16 (day 1), starts at 2 p.m. ET
Sunday, March 28 — Sweet 16 (day 2), starts at 1 p.m. ET
Monday, March 29 — Elite Eight (day 1), starts at 7 p.m. ET
Monday, March 30 — Elite Eight (day 2), starts at 6 p.m. ET
Saturday, April 3 — Final Four, starts at 5 p.m. ET
Monday, April 5 at 9 p.m. ET — NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship game