The 2021 NCAA Tournament bracket will be announced on Sunday, March 14 starting at 6 p.m. ET, with the First Four games scheduled for Thursday, March 18. However, there will be plenty more college basketball to keep us enthralled throughout March. The National Invitation Tournament will begin on Wednesday, March 17, and will feature 16 teams that just missed out on a tourney bid.
The NIT bracket will also be unveiled on Sunday, starting at 8:30 p.m. The tournament will have its own selection show, which will air on ESPNU and be available via live stream at WatchESPN. You’ll need a cable-login subscription, so if you don’t have that you can also get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream the show.
Traditionally, the early rounds of the NIT take place on the campuses of the higher seeds and then the final four takes place at Madison Square Garden in New York City. This year, the entire tournament will take place in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Conference USA and the University of North Texas will serve as hosts for the NIT, and games will be played at Comerica Center in Frisco, Texas and at UNT Coliseum on the campus of North Texas in Denton, Texas.
The NIT will run March 17-28. The first round will be played from the 17th through the 20th, the quarterfinals will be played on the 25th, and the semifinals and championship game will be played on the 27th and 28th. There will also be a third place game on the 28th. The full slate will be televised on ESPN and ESPN2.