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How to watch the First Four via live stream

The NCAA Tournament tips on Thursday with the First Four. We break down how to watch all four games.

Indianapolis prepares to host the 2021 NCAA Division I basketball tournament on Wednesday, March 17, 2021. Indianapolis is hosting the entire tournament this year from the First Four to the National Championship game due to the coronavirus pandemic. Columbus Dispatch-USA TODAY Sports

The 2021 NCAA men’s basketball tournament officially gets underway Thursday afternoon with the First Four. The first round gets underway on Friday, but Thursday brings four play-in games for 16 and 11 seeds. The winners will advance to first round games on Saturday.

The First Four will be split between truTV and TBS. If you prefer to watch the game via live stream, the NCAA offers March Madness Live. That page will live stream every game of the tournament from now until the National Championship game on April 5th. If you have a cable subscription, you can also live stream the games through websites for truTV and TBS. It’s unclear if March Madness Live will be better than either of those in terms of lag time and video quality.

Here’s a look at Thursday’s schedule of games, including TV and live stream information, odds, and who each winner will advance to play in Saturday’s first round.

5:10 p.m. — No. 16 Mount St. Mary’s vs. No. 16 Texas Southern

Channel: truTV
Live stream: March Madness Live, truTV
Odds: Mount St. Mary’s -1, 133
First round matchup: vs. No. 1 Michigan

6:27 p.m. — No. 11 Drake vs. No. 11 Wichita State

Channel: TBS
Live stream: March Madness Live, TBS
Odds: Drake -2, 140.5
First round matchup: vs. No. 6 USC

8:40 p.m. — No. 16 Norfolk State vs. No. 16 Appalachian-State

Channel: truTV
Live stream: March Madness Live, truTV
Odds: Appalachian State -3.5, 133.5
First round matchup: vs. No. 1 Gonzaga

9:57 p.m. — No. 11 UCLA vs. No. 11 Michigan State

Channel: TBS
Live stream: March Madness Live, TBS
Odds: Michigan State -2, 135
First round matchup: vs. No. 6 BYU