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March Madness 2021 2021 . Biggest moments and best plays from the .

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Thu, 18 Mar 2021 14:00:00 -0700

It has been 710 days since the last NCAA tournament game was played

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Consider the madness back

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Norfolk State goes ahead via free throws with 8.6 seconds remaining, and App State can’t sink the potential game-winner as Norfolk State prevails 54-53.

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There were 710 days between NCAA men’s tournament games, but March Madness is back.

The brackets aren’t busted yet, but the First Four games saw a titanic dunk, a historic win and a near-epic comeback that fell one point short.

So far, Texas Southern, Drake and Norfolk State have survived, but it’s still not too late to fill out a bracket in Tournament Challenge.

The highlight of Thursday’s games is the matchup of No.

11 seeds — UCLA vs.

Michigan State.

There are 13 combined national championships between those two programs.

Here are some of the best moments from opening day of the NCAA tournament:

Appalachian State trailed Norfolk State by as many as 19 points in the first half.

The Mountaineers rallied in the second half to grab a late lead only to lose by one.

Appalachian State was its own worst enemy.

Here are some of the numbers that made the difference:

Appalachian State went 0-18 from 3 in the first half — its most misses from 3 without a make in any half over the last 8 seasons.

The Mountaineers shot 54.5% in the paint, but finished the first half 0-of-20 on all shots taken outside the paint.

In total, Appalachian State missed 30 3-pointers, tied for the 2nd-most missed 3s in a game in NCAA tournament history.

Appalachian State finished the game 6-of-42 on shots outside the paint Thursday.

For Norfolk State, Jalen Hawkins was the hero.

He nearly matched the combined scoring total of his teammates.

Hawkins scored 24 to the rest of the team’s 30 points.

Party like it’s 1971.

Drake won its first NCAA tournament game in 50 years with a 53-52 victory over Wichita State.

SURVIVE AND ADVANCE! 😱

Drake will square off with USC in the First Round after beating Wichita State in a thriller! #FirstFour #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/1ZIxEtMMCj

Drake?!? Draaaaake moving on? 👀😂#MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/FzsZdiRaY6

The Bulldogs did it thanks to Joseph Yesufu, who scored 40% of his team’s points (21 of 53), the highest percentage of Drake’s points scored by an individual in an NCAA tournament game, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.

It was the second-highest percentage of team points scored by an MVC player in an NCAA tournament win over the past 25 NCAA tournaments, trailing only Doug McDermott in a 2013 win over Cincinnati.

Yesufu also created the tournament’s first posterization with this monster dunk:

Drake’s Joseph Yesufu comes up with the steal on Alterique Gilbert and races down the court to deliver a posterizing dunk in the face of Clarence Jackson.

Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton will not let a minor injury like a ruptured Achilles tendon keep him from the NCAA tournament.

Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton reveals he tore an Achilles recently, but he adds that nothing will change during his day-to-day activities.

This is somewhat reminiscent of former Georgia State coach Ron Hunter, who tore an Achilles celebrating his team’s berth in the 2015 NCAA tournament.

Then, while getting hyped as his son hit a game-winning 3-pointer to upset No.

3 seed Baylor, he promptly fell off his stool.

“Ron Hunter has fallen off his stool!” #MemoryLane

RJ Hunter’s game-winner against Baylor in 2015 was legendary.

(📽️ via @marchmadness) pic.twitter.com/jagd7G4Huo

Cut it out, Wisconsin.

With a “Full House”-style video, the Badgers have arrived in Indianapolis.

A look inside the Indy Bubble?

You got it, dude 👍 pic.twitter.com/3pZ7ZgaHGG

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After the pandemic knocked out last year's event, the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament tips off tonight

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After the pandemic knocked out last year’s event, the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament tips off tonight.

March Madness is back.

The pandemic caused last year’s NCAA tournament to be canceled, but college basketball’s premier event has returned for 2021, albeit with a few changes to account for COVID-19.

Typically, the early rounds are scattered across the country in different “regions,” but this year the 67 men’s games will all take place in Indiana, with the bulk of the action happening in Indianapolis.

Because of this change, tweaks have also been made to the seeding process for figuring out which teams are playing in which group. 

With this year’s bracket now set, the First Four games will take place tonight before the first round begins Friday.

Here is what you need to know about the 2021 men’s tournament. 

Lucas Oil Stadium will once again be hosting NCAA men’s basketball games. 

In the past, the first round of the tournament usually begins on a Thursday, with a second slate of opening-round games taking place on Friday before the second round on Saturday and Sunday. 

As part of the changes for this year’s tournament, the NCAA moved things around a bit.

The “First Four,” the games to decide the final play-in slots, are now happening today, Thursday, March 18, while the first-round games have been moved to Friday and Saturday.

The second round will take place starting on Sunday, March 21, and Monday, March 22.

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As with past years, you’ll need to have CBS, TBS, TNT and TruTV to catch all the action.

Here’s the full list of dates to keep in mind, as well as which networks will have coverage.

 

Here’s the schedule of the First Four games, which will take place on Thursday, March 18. 

The Gonzaga Bulldogs have been one of the best teams throughout the season and will be a No.

1 seed in this year’s March Madness tournament. 

Gonzaga, Baylor, Michigan and Illinois are the top seeds in the tournament with each a No.

1 seed in their respective regions.

The full bracket can be found at a number of locations including on the NCAA’s website. 

THE BRACKET!#MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/6tRUVIXS4X

You can, though because of the various networks it could get a little complicated.

Streaming services such as YouTube TV, Hulu Plus Live TV and AT&T TV offer all four of the channels you’ll need to catch the action, but they start at $65 per month ($70 per month for AT&T).

Cheaper streaming services like Sling TV’s $35 per month Blue package have TBS, TNT and TruTV but lack CBS.

FuboTV has CBS, but lacks TNT, TBS and TruTV. 

You can also get CBS with an antenna or with Paramount Plus, the new name for CBS All Access, a streaming service that runs $6 per month. 

Games will be available to stream on the NCAA’s March Madness Live website and app, with the CBS-broadcasted games available for free without needing to first authenticate with a cable provider.

Watching the games that are broadcast on TBS, TNT and TruTV, however, will require you to first log in with your cable provider’s credentials.

  

YouTube TV costs $65 a month and includes CBS.

Plug in your ZIP code on its welcome page to see what live, local networks are available where you live.

Hulu With Live TV costs $65 a month and includes CBS.

Click the “View all channels in your area” link on its welcome page to see which local channels are offered in your ZIP code. 

AT&T TV Now’s basic, $70-a-month package includes CBS, TBS, TNT and TruTV.

You can use its channel lookup tool to see if you get a live feed of CBS and the other local networks in your ZIP code.

You can watch the Selection Sunday on Paramount Plus (formerly known as CBS All Access), if you live in one of these 206 markets where the service offers live TV.

Paramount Plus costs $6 a month or $10 a month for no commercials. 

FuboTV costs $60 a month and includes CBS. Click here to see which local channels you get.

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As mentioned, the entire tourney will take place in Indiana and most games will take place in Indianapolis.

Per the NCAA, venues for this year’s games include two courts inside Lucas Oil Stadium (home of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts) plus Bankers Life Fieldhouse (home of the NBA’s Indiana Pacers), Hinkle Fieldhouse (Butler’s stadium), Indiana Farmers Coliseum (home of the IUPUI Jaguars), Mackey Arena in West Lafayette (Purdue’s arena) and Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington (home of the Indiana Hoosiers). 

The NCAA says that only one game will take place at Lucas Oil Stadium at a time, while teams will practice at the Indiana Convention Center.

Dedicated hotel floors will house each team. 

On March 1, the NCAA tweeted out images of this year’s floor layout for Lucas Oil Stadium as well as some of the other venues. 

This football stadium is about to host a lot of basketball! 🏟

Hosted by the @HorizonLeague, the first of three court designs that will grace @LucasOilStadium during @MarchMadness will feature the green court during 1st and 2nd Round action.#MarchMadness x @Connor_Sports pic.twitter.com/MLHt5852v4

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– March 19, 2021
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