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NCAA tournament schedule 2021 March Madness 2021 Schedule. Printable NCAA Tournament .

NCAA tournament schedule 2021 March Madness 2021 Schedule. Printable NCAA Tournament .

NCAA tournament schedule 2021 March Madness 2021 Schedule. Printable NCAA Tournament .

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Wed, 17 Mar 2021 08:00:00 -0700

March Madness is here and the 2021 NCAA Tournament gets underway with First Four action on Thursday night

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The 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament officially gets underway on Thursday the First Four, a series of four play-in games to determine the final schools to make the proper 64-team March Madness bracket.

Once field is set, the Big Dance really begins on Friday afternoon with the first of 32 exciting first-round games tipping off.

If you haven’t filled out your NCAA Tournament bracket yet, don’t fret, as there is still plenty of time to make your Final Four picks and predictions.

This event has the makings of one of the most exciting ones ever, even with crowds limited due to coronavirus precautions.

Before getting into some picks, have a look at the complete schedule—including start times and TV information—and odds for every game during the First Four and first round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament.

Don’t forget to check out the printable bracket either so you can write in your picks and follow along once March Madness gets underway:

Team (Betting Line) at Team, Over-Under, Start Time (ET), TV Channel

Thursday (First Four)

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16 Texas Southern (-0.5) at No.

16 Mount St.

Mary’s, O/U 132.5, 5:10 p.m., truTV

No.

11 Drake (+0.5) at No.

11 Wichita State, O/U 139.5, 6:27 p.m., TBS

No.

16 Appalachian State (-3.5) at Norfolk State, O/U 135.5, 8:40 p.m., truTV

No.

11 UCLA (+2) at No.

11 Michigan State, O/U 136.5, 9:57 p.m., TBS

Friday (First Round)

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10 Virginia Tech (+1) at No.

7 Florida, O/U 137.5, 12:15 p.m., CBS

No.

14 Colgate (+9) at No.

3 Arkansas, O/U 162.5, 12:45 p.m., truTV

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16 Drexel (+22.5) at No.

1 Illinois, O/U 143.5, 1:15 p.m., TBS

No.

11 Utah State (+5) at No.

6 Texas Tech, O/U 131.5, 1:45 p.m., TNT

No.

15 Oral Roberts (+16.5) at No.

2 Ohio State, O/U 155.5, 3:00 p.m., CBS

No.

16 Hartford (+26) at No.

1 Baylor, O/U 141.5, 3:30 p.m., truT

No.

9 Georgia Tech (+2.5) at No.

8 Loyola-Chicago, O/U 124.5, 4:00 p.m., TBS

No.

12 Oregon State (+7.5) at No.

5 Tennessee, O/U 133.5, 4:30 p.m., TNT

No.

13 Liberty (+7.5) at No.

4 Oklahoma State, O/U 141.5, 6:25 p.m., TBS

No.

9 Wisconsin (+1.5) at No.

8 North Carolina, O/U 139.5 7:10 p.m., CBS

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15 Cleveland State (+20) at No.

2 Houston, O/U 134.5, 7:15 p.m., truTV

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13 North Texas (+7.5) at No.

4 Purdue, O/U 125.5, 7:25 p.m., TNT

No.

10 Rutgers (-1) at No.

7 Clemson, 9:20 p.m., TBS

No.

11 Syracuse (+2.5) at No.

6 San Diego State, O/U 138.5, 9:40 p.m., CBS

No.

14 Morehead State (+12.5) at No.

3 West Virginia, O/U 137.5, 9:50 p.m., truTV

No.

12 Winthrop (+6.5) at No.

5 Villanova, O/U 139.5, 9:57 p.m., TNT

Saturday (First Round)

No.

12 Georgetown (+4.5) at No.

5 Colorado, O/U 138.5, 12:15 p.m., CBS

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13 UNC Greensboro (+10.5) at No.

4 Florida State, O/U 144.5, 12:45 p.m., truTV

No.

14 Eastern Washington (+10.5) at No.

3 Kansas, O/U 142.5, 1:15 p.m., TBS

No.

9 St.

Bonaventure (+1.5) at No.

8 LSU, O/U 144.5, 1:45 p.m., TNT

No.

16 Mount St.

Mary’s/Texas Southern at No.

1 Michigan, 3:00 p.m., CBS

No.

12 UC Santa Barbara (+6.5) at No.

5 Creighton, O/U 139.5, 3:30 p.m., truTV

No.

15 Iona (+16.5) at No.

2 Alabama, O/U 145.5, 4:00 p.m., TBS

No.

11 Wichita State/Drake at No.

6 USC, 4:30 p.m., TNT

No.

15 Grand Canyon (+14.5) at No.

2 Iowa, O/U 144.5, 6:25 p.m., TBS

No.

10 Maryland (+2.5) at No.

7 UConn, O/U 129.5, 7:10 p.m., CBS

No.

13 Ohio (+7.5) at No.

4 Virginia, O/U 131.5, 7:15 p.m., truTV

No.

9 Missouri (+2) at No.

8 Oklahoma, O/U 140.5, 7:25 p.m., TNT

No.

16 Norfolk State/Appalachian State at No.

1 Gonzaga, 9:20 p.m.

TBS

No.

11 Michigan State/UCLA at No.

6 BYU, 9:40 p.m., CBS

No.

14 Abilene Christian (+9) at No.

3 Texas, O/U 139.5, 9:50 p.m., truTV

No.

10 VCU (+5.5) at No.

7 Oregon, O/U 136.5, 9:57 p.m., TNT

Printable March Madness Bracket

2021 NCAA Tournament bracket

Click here for a printable NCAA Tournament 2021 bracket.

March Madness Upset Watch

Because all the March Madness action will be taking place within the greater Indianapolis area, the selection committee was able to eliminate campus locations from the seeding process.

An “S-curve” process was utilized to rank every school and seed them accordingly without regards to regional biases, making for one of the most balanced brackets ever.

While the top No.

1 seed will face the weakest No.

16 seed—Gonzaga will face the play-in winner of Norfolk State vs.

Appalachian State in this instance—and so on down the line, that doesn’t mean the 2021 NCAA Tournament will lack the upsets and Cinderella squads that define March Madness.

This year could see even more surprising results than in years past, especially more so than the 2019 edition of the Big Dance.

That tourney—the last one played due to the cancellation of 2020’s event due to the onset of COVID-19—saw every No.

1, No.

2 and No.

3 seed make it into the Sweet 16, the first time such an occurrence took place in the NCAA Tournament in a decade.

Don’t expect March Madness to go so chalk again this time around, especially with many of its participants having played such a limited schedule during the 2020-21 college basketball season.

Some potential upsets to keep an eye on in the opening round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament include No.

12 Georgetown over No.

5 Colorado, No.

13 Ohio against No.

4 Virginia and No.

14 Colgate over No.

4 Arkansas.

The Hoyas—a 4.5-point underdog in their impending Friday matchup against the Buffaloes—were the surprise winners of the Big East tournament this year, making a run from the No.

8 seed to a championship.

Georgetown didn’t just skate by either, the school blew out Creighton—the No.

17 team in the country—by 25 points in the title game to secure an automatic bid to the Big Dance.

Led by head coach Patrick Ewing, who made a trio of Final Fours and won a national title during his time at the school as a player, the Hoyas come into March Madness red hot.

This unit is playing some of the best defense around and has a great shot at knocking off the Buffaloes to reach the second round.

Ohio is another potential Cinderella to keep an eye out for during the 2021 NCAA Tournament.

The program nearly beat eventual Big Ten champ Illinois earlier in the season and comes into March Madness having won nine of its last ten, a stretch that included a MAC championship victory over Buffalo.

The Bobcats have a tough first-round showdown with the Cavaliers on tap, but this team has what it takes to pull an upset as a 7.5-point ‘dog.

It is worth noting that Virginia was forced to pull out of the ACC Tournament last week after a positive coronavirus test, giving them little on-court time to practice and prepare to defend its 2019 national title.

With this looming over the squad, the Wahoos could stumble out of the gate and ultimately end up eliminated in the first round for the second time in the last three NCAA Tournaments.

John Rothstein tweeted that UVA currently isn’t able to hold team activities until the quarantine they are currently undergoing is over:

Those looking for a No.

14 seed capable of toppling a No.

3 should look no further than Colgate.

The Raiders are one of the most intriguing and underrated programs in the 2021 NCAA Tournament field.

While the school was forced to play one of the strangest regular season schedules of any team in the country—Colgate participated in just 15 games total during the 2020-21 campaign and faced Army, BU, Holy Cross in 13 of those—it blitzed through the Patriot League tourney and is now poised to make some noise during March Madness.

The Raiders boast a seasoned lineup led by a premier scoring point guard in Jordan Burns.

They can manufacture points with the best of them and have four starters all capable of knocking down shots from beyond the arc.

Colgate shot 50% from the field and 40% from deep this year and won’t lose if they can get hot early against Arkansas.

The Razorbacks are a tough foe—having made it to the SEC finals before falling short and are now favored by nine points in their March Madness opener—but may not be prepared for foe that can easily keep pace with their scoring ability.

This one should be one of the highest scoring games of the entire NCAA Tournament—the over-under is set at a whopping 162.5 points—and should come right down to the wire with Colgate having a real chance to win.

Quick 2021 NCAA Tournament Predictions

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12 Georgetown (+4.5) over No.

5 Creighton

No.

13 Ohio (+7.5) over No.

4 Virginia

No.

14 Colgate (+9.5) over No.

3 Arkansas

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SportsLine's computer model called 15 of the 26 first-round upsets by double-digit seeds in the last four tournaments

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March Madness is one of the marquee events in sports and after the coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of last year’s event, the 2021 NCAA Tournament will be one of the most highly-anticipated ever.

However, the 2021 NCAA bracket will have a different feel with powerhouses like Duke, Kentucky, Indiana, and Louisville missing out, while Gonzaga, Baylor, Michigan and Illinois claimed the No.

1 seeds.

With limited non-conference schedules and several teams interrupted by COVID-19, filling out your 2021 March Madness brackets could be a challenge.

Double-digit seeds have a long history of making surprising runs, but with several small conferences and mid-majors primarily playing conference games, will schools like Santa Barbara or Winthrop be ready to take on top programs? Having the answers to those questions and understanding the March Madness matchups can give you a huge leg up in your 2021 NCAA Tournament pools.

Before making any 2021 March Madness predictions, be sure to check out the 2021 NCAA Tournament bracket picks from the advanced computer model at SportsLine.

Last tournament, SportsLine’s computer simulation nailed massive upsets, including huge wins by No.

13 seed UC-Irvine over No.

4 seed Kansas State, No.

10 seed Florida over No.

7 seed Nevada, and No.

12 seed Oregon over No.

5 seed Wisconsin.

This model, which simulates every game 10,000 times, has nailed 15 of the 26 first-round upsets by double-digit seeds the past four tournaments and nailed 14 teams in the Sweet 16 last time.

There’s simply no reason to rely on luck when there’s proven technology to help you dominate your 2021 March Madness pools.

Now, the model has simulated every possible matchup in the 2021 NCAA Tournament and revealed its bracket.

You can only see it over at SportsLine.

One team set to pull off a shocking upset in 2021 March Madness brackets: No.

9 St.

Bonaventure beats No.

8 LSU.

The Bonnies have several marks of a team that could go deep in the 2021 March Madness bracket.

They’re a top-100 squad nationally in three-point shooting, knocking down 35.4 percent from deep.

They can also defend.

In fact, no team has scored more than 65 points against them since Feb.

12.

The Tigers are unquestionably talented, but they were streaky this season as well.

They lost back-to-back games three different times and had losses against three non-tournament teams: Georgia, Saint Louis and Ole Miss.

The Bonnies took down UCLA in 2018, and SportsLine’s model likes their chances of picking up their eighth NCAA Tournament win in program history in this pivotal 8-9 matchup in the East Region.

Another huge curveball in the East Region: No.

12 seed Georgetown pulls off the upset against No.

5 seed Colorado.

The Hoyas are one of the most well-known college basketball programs, with five Final Fours and four national title games.

After starting the season 5-10, Georgetown won eight of its final 10 games, including a blitz through the Big East Tournament with four wins in four days to earn an automatic bid.

Patrick Ewing’s squad limited opponents to just 36.8 percent shooting from the floor during the Big East Tournament and 28-of-106 from beyond the arc.

Meanwhile, Colorado is coming off a disheartening loss to Oregon State in the Pac-12 Tournament.

That’s a big reason why the model has Georgetown over Colorado as a potential 12-5 upset to consider for your 2021 NCAA Tournament picks.

SportsLine’s model also has one region where you need to pick the No.

2 seed, while the Nos.

10, 11 and 13 seeds all deliver huge first-round upsets.

Nailing those picks could literally make or break your bracket.

So what’s the optimal NCAA Tournament 2021 bracket? And which underdogs shock college basketball? Visit SportsLine now to see which No.

2 seed you need to target, and see which region you need to pick the 10, 11, and 13 seeds, all from the model that’s called 15 of the 26 first-round upsets by double-digit seeds in the last four tournaments.

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– March 17, 2021

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