Watching the NCAA Tournaments

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College basketball fans nationwide are looking forward to the NCAA tournament (68 teams, 67 games, three weeks). Every year the tournament is considered the marquee sporting event of the spring.

This year’s 2021 NCAA Tournament is coming fast and while the college hoops season has felt like a whirlwind season, due to COVID-19 related stops and starts, the season has been moving along. With Selection Sunday looming, (March 14th), some teams have some vastly different resumes than usual.

As a result of all the COVID-19 pauses, it has officially reached bracketology time and college teams across the country are using this final month of regular-season action to get in as many last-minute results for their submission resume to the Tournament selection committee.

While there are several teams that have emerged as ‘locks’ to be in the tournament due to their dominant records and other metrics, several teams still exist with uncertain postseason futures.

As was mentioned previously in this article, 68 teams will enter the Tournament and 31 will have automatic bids by winning their conference tournaments. It would normally be 32 teams, but the Ivy League conference decided not to participate this season. The remaining teams will be chosen from the remaining teams and seeded by the tournament selection committee.

Optimum offers you a look at when and where to watch the 2021 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament:

 

Men’s 2021 NCAA Basketball Tournament

 

Round

Time (EST), Dates

NETWORK

Selection Show

6 p.m. Sunday, March 14

CBS

First Four

4 p.m. start Thursday March 18

truTV, TBS

First Round

12 p.m. starts Friday March 19 and Saturday March 20

TBS, CBS, TNT, truTV

Second Round

12 p.m. starts Sunday March 21 and Monday March 22`

TBS, CBS, TNT, truTV

Sweet 16

2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 27 and 1 p.m.
and 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 28

CBS (afternoon games), TBS (primetime games)

Elite Eight

7 p.m. start on Monday, March 29 and 6 p.m.
coverage start on Tuesday, March 30

CBS (Monday) and TBS (Tuesday)

Final Four

Games start 5 p.m. Saturday, April 3

CBS

National Championship

9 p.m. Monday, April 5

CBS

 

 

Women’s 2021 NCAA Basketball Tournament

 

ROUND

Time (EST), Dates

NETWORK

Selection Show

7 p.m., 8 p.m. Monday March 15

ESPN, ESPNU

First Round

Coverage start 12 p.m. Sunday March 21 and Monday March 22

ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU

Second Round

3 p.m. Tuesday March 23 and 1 p.m. Wednesday March 24

ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU

Sweet 16

Coverage starts @ 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m. Saturday March 27 and 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m. Sunday March 28

ABC, ESPN2

Elite Eight

7 p.m., 9 p.m. Monday March 29 and Tuesday March 31

ESPN

Women’s Final Four National Semifinals

6 p.m., 9:30 p.m. Friday April 2

ESPN

Women’s Final Four National Championship

6 p.m. Sunday April 4

ESPN

 

The tournaments are also one of the easiest sports to stream. Every game from both the Men's and Women's tournament is streamed on the NCAA's March Madness Live  service. There’s an app for pretty much every streaming device out there, and the service is available on your browser as well. It’s free, and there are no blackouts, a rarity in sports streaming.

March Madness Live is streamed in partnership with CBS, so you'll need a TV provider to log in as well as a cable package that includes CBS, TNT. TBS and TruTV.

Optimum offers a plethora of TV options that include those channels.

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