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How to watch the 2021 NCAA Tournament on TV and via live online stream

The NCAA Tournament will air on 4 television stations and numerous streaming services. We break down how to watch all of March Madness.

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The 2021 NCAA Tournament tips off this coming Thursday with the First Four. A pair of matchups feature 16 seeds and a pair of matchups feature 11 seeds, with the winners advancing to first round play on Saturday. The first round will run Friday and Saturday, followed by the second round on Sunday and Monday.

The tournament will once again air on four different television channels. The First Four will air two games on truTV and two games on TBS. The first and second rounds will air games on CBS, TBS, TNT, and truTV. The Sweet 16 and Elite 8 will air on CBS and TBS. The tournament will wrap with the Final Four airing on CBS.

If you aren’t in front of a television or just don’t have a television, the NCAA Tournament is the gift that keeps on giving. Each of the channels will air the games on their respective digital platforms, but the NCAA is back once again with March Madness Live. This live stream will air every single game from the First Four to the National Championship Game, free of charge. You can use Paramout+ or WatchTNT or a host of streaming services — or you can just use March Madness Live and enjoy it all in one place.

Here’s how the first week of the tournament will air on television.

First Four schedule

5:10 p.m. — No. 16 Texas Southern vs. No. 16 Mount St. Mary’s — truTV
6:27 p.m. — No. 11 Drake vs. No. 11 Wichita State — TBS
8:40 p.m. — No. 16 Appalachian State vs. No. 16 Norfolk State — truTV
9:57 p.m. — No. 11 UCLA vs. No. 11 Michigan State — TBS

First round schedule, Friday

12:15 p.m. — No. 7 Florida vs. No. 10 Virginia Tech — CBS
12:45 p.m. — No. 3 Arkansas vs. No. 14 Colgate — truTV
1:15 p.m. — No. 1 Illinois vs. No. 16 Drexel — TBS
1:45 p.m. — No. 6 Texas Tech vs. No. 11 Utah State — TNT
3 p.m. — No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 15 Oral Roberts — CBS
3:30 p.m. — No. 1 Baylor vs. No. 16 Hartford — truTV
4 p.m. — No. 8 Loyola-Chicago vs. No. 9 Georgia Tech — TBS
4:30 p.m. — No. 5 Tennessee vs. No. 12 Oregon State — TNT
6:25 p.m. — No. 4 Oklahoma State vs. No. 13 Liberty — TBS
7:10 p.m. — No. 8 North Carolina vs. No. 9 Wisconsin — CBS
7:15 p.m. — No. 2 Houston vs. No. 15 Cleveland State — truTV
7:25 p.m. — No. 4 Purdue vs. No. 13 North Texas — TNT
9:20 p.m. — No. 7 Clemson vs. No. 10 Rutgers — TBS
9:40 p.m. — No. 6 San Diego State vs. No. 11 Syracuse — CBS
9:50 p.m. — No. 3 West Virginia vs. No. 14 Morehead State — truTV
9:57 p.m. — No. 5 Villanova vs. No. 12 Winthrop — TNT

First round schedule, Saturday

12:15 p.m. — No. 5 Colorado vs. No. 12 Georgetown — CBS
12:45 p.m. — No. 4 Florida State vs. No. 13 UNCG — truTV
1:15 p.m. — No. 3 Kansas vs. No. 14 Eastern Washington — TBS
1:45 p.m. — No. 9 St. Bonaventure vs. No. 8 LSU — TNT
3:00 p.m. — No. 1 Michigan vs. No. 16 Winner of Mount St. Mary’s/Texas Southern — CBS
3:30 p.m. — No. 5 Creighton vs. No. 12 UCSB — truTV
4:00 p.m. — No. 2 Alabama vs. No. 15 Iona — TBS
4:30 p.m. — No. 6 USC vs. No. 11 Winner of Wichita State/Drake — TNT
6:25 p.m. — No. 2 Iowa vs. No. 15 Grand Canyon — TBS
7:10 p.m. — No. 7 UConn vs. No. 10 Maryland — CBS
7:15 p.m. — No. 4 Virginia vs. No. 13 Ohio — truTV
7:25 p.m. — No. 8 Oklahoma vs. No. 9 Missouri — TNT
9:20 p.m. — No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 16 Norfolk State/Appalachian State TBS
9:40 p.m. — No. 6 BYU vs. No. 11 Michigan State/UCLA — CBS
9:50 p.m. — No. 3 Texas vs. No. 14 Abilene Christian — truTV
9:57 p.m. — No. 7 Oregon vs. No. 10 VCU — TNT