March Madness 2021 concludes with the Men’s NCAA Championship Game tonight on CBS – here’s how to watch live without cable

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  • March Madness 2021 will come to a close with the Men’s NCAA Championship Game tonight at 9 p.m. ET.
  • You can watch the game live on CBS through cable or select streaming services like Paramount Plus.
  • Paramount Plus starts at $6 a month for ad-supported streaming.

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March Madness 2021 reaches its conclusion with the Men’s NCAA Championship Game tonight on CBS. You can watch the game live at 9 p.m. ET on cable, or via streaming services with access to CBS, including Paramount Plus. You can sign up for Paramount Plus for as little as $6 a month.

After canceling the annual event for the first time in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the NCAA revived its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments for 2021 with precautions in place. Rather than splitting tournament games across several different cities, the NCAA invited all 68 qualifying men’s teams to Indianapolis and the 64 women’s teams to San Antonio.

The Women’s NCAA Championship Game was held on April 4 between the Stanford Cardinal and Arizona Wildcats. Stanford won the game with a final score of 54-53.

March Madness 2021 dates and times

March Madness 2021 began with the First Four on March 18. The Women’s NCAA Championship Game was broadcast on April 4 at 6 p.m. ET. The tournament reaches its end with the Men’s NCAA Championship Game tonight at 9 p.m. ET.

The Men’s Championship Game will pit the Baylor Bears against the Gonzaga Bulldogs at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.

How to watch March Madness 2021 Championship Game: Baylor vs. Gonzaga

March Madness will conclude with the Men’s NCAA Championship Game tonight at 9 p.m. ET on CBS. If you don’t have cable or satellite, there are several streaming services you can use.

One of the cheapest options to watch the Men’s NCAA Championship Game is Paramount Plus. The service offers live CBS streaming and on-demand content with ads for just $6 a month. You can get ad-free on-demand streaming for $10 a month.

For detailed impressions on Paramount Plus, check out our full Paramount Plus review and our Paramount Plus guide.

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Another option to stream CBS is Hulu + Live TV. This service offers around 65 channels for $65 a month. You get to watch on two devices at once, and new members get a free one-week trial.

The service also includes access to Hulu’s entire on-demand library of movies and shows.

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Youtube TV features a total of over 85 channels for $65 a month, including CBS. You can get two weeks free up front if you’re new, and you get three simultaneous streams.

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Fubo TV also include access to live CBS streaming in its packages. The service costs $65 a month for its Starter plan with around 120 channels, support for three devices at the same time, and 250 hours of cloud DVR storage. New members can get a free one-week trial.

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March Madness 2021 nears its end with the Final Four this weekend – here’s how to watch every game without cable

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  • The 2021 NCAA Basketball tournament, commonly known as March Madness, began on March 18.
  • This weekend, the men’s Final Four will air on CBS, while the women’s Final Four will air on ESPN.
  • To stream all the games through a single app, we recommend Hulu + Live TV or YouTube TV.

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March Madness is nearing its conclusion as the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball tournaments are both down to their Final Four. The women’s Final Four will play first on April 2 with ESPN airing the game live from San Antonio, Texas; CBS will broadcast the Men’s Final Four on April 3 from Indianapolis, Indiana.

After canceling the annual event for the first time in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the NCAA revived its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments with precautions in place. Rather than splitting tournament games across several different cities, the NCAA invited all 68 qualifying men’s teams to Indianapolis and the 64 women’s teams to San Antonio.

If you don’t already have access to CBS through your TV provider, you can stream the men’s Final Four and national championship game with a Paramount Plus subscription starting at $6 a month. The women’s Final Four and championship game will only air on ESPN, so if you’re not a cable subscriber you’ll need to pay for a service like Sling, Hulu + Live TV or YouTube TV to watch live.

March Madness 2021 dates and times

March Madness 2021 began with the First Four on March 18 and continues with the Final Four this weekend. The tournament will conclude with the Men’s NCAA Championship Game on April 5.

The men’s Final Four will feature a clash of two Texas schools when Houston plays Baylor, while a surprising UCLA team will continue its run towards the school’s 12th tournament championship against Gonzaga, an undefeated powerhouse.

In the women’s tournament, three of the four top seeded teams remain, including the perennial favorite UConn Huskies, led by freshman and AP Player of the Year Paige Bueckers.

Below you can find a chart of the remaining games, dates, and times for the 2021 NCAA Basketball Tournament, as laid out by the official March Madness website.

Event Coverage begins Channel

Women’s Final Four:
South Carolina (1) vs. Stanford (1)

6 p.m. ET on April 2 ESPN

Women’s Final Four:
Arizona (3) vs. UConn (1)

9:30 p.m. ET on April 2 ESPN

Men’s Final Four:
Houston (2) vs. Baylor (1)

5:14 p.m. ET on April 3 CBS

Men’s Final Four: UCLA (11) vs. Gonzaga (1)

8:34 p.m. ET on April 3 CBS
Women’s Championship Game 6 p.m. ET on April 4 ESPN
Men’s Championship Game 9 p.m. ET on April 5 CBS

How to watch March Madness 2021

The remaining men’s March Madness 2021 games are airing on CBS, while the remaining women’s games are being broadcast on ESPN.

If you don’t have cable or satellite, and you want a single streaming service with access to all of the women’s and men’s March Madness games, Hulu + Live TV or YouTube TV will be your best bet.

If you just need access to the men’s games, Paramount Plus is your cheapest option. If you just need access to the women’s games, Sling Orange is your most affordable option.

Hulu + Live TV and YouTube TV both offer every March Madness game

Hulu + Live TV offers around 65 channels for $65 a month, including CBS and ESPN. You get to watch on two devices at once, and new members get a free one-week trial. The service also includes access to Hulu’s entire on-demand library of movies and shows.

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Youtube TV features a total of over 85 channels for $65 a month, including CBS and ESPN. You can get two weeks free up front if you’re new, and you get three simultaneous streams.

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You can use Paramount Plus to watch the March Madness games on CBS

If you just want access to the men’s March Madness games on CBS, one of your cheapest options is Paramount Plus. The service offers live CBS streaming along with some exclusive on-demand content for plans starting at just $6 a month.

You can find more information about Paramount Plus in our full guide here.

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You can use Sling Orange to watch the March Madness games on ESPN

If you just want access to the women’s March Madness games on ESPN, Sling TV’s Orange plan is your cheapest streaming option. Sling Orange offers live ESPN along with several other channels for $35 a month. New members can get their first month of service for just $25.

You can find more information about Sling in our full breakdown of Sling TV channels.

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March Madness 2021 is airing on CBS, TNT, TBS, and TruTV – here’s how to watch every game without cable

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  • March Madness 2021 began on March 18, and will end with the NCAA Championship Game on April 5.
  • Games are spread across CBS, TNT, TBS, and TruTV through cable and live streaming services.
  • To get access to every channel through a single app, we recommend Hulu + Live TV or YouTube TV.

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March Madness, the annual NCAA basketball tournament, is in full swing. CBS, TNT, TBS, and TruTV are all showing select games, and you can catch the action through several streaming services. Hulu + Live TV and YouTube TV are our top recommendations since they include every channel you need for $65 a month.

The NCAA has created two safe sites for this years men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, with 68 men’s teams playing in Indianapolis, Indiana, and 64 women’s teams playing in San Antonio, Texas. The single-elimination tournament will be held over a three-week span to determine which college has the top squad.

Wondering how to get your eyeballs on all these high-stakes contests without a cable subscription? Look no further.

March Madness 2021 dates and times

March Madness 2021 began with the First Four on March 18. The tournament will conclude with the Men’s NCAA Championship Game on April 5.

Below you can find a chart of the remaining dates and times for the 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, as laid out by the official March Madness website. For a full breakdown of each game’s specific airing station and time, check out this handy list.

Event Coverage begins Channels
Second round (day two) 12:10 p.m. ET on March 22 CBS, TNT, TBS
Sweet 16 (day one) 2:40 p.m. and 7:25 p.m. ET on March 27 CBS (afternoon), TBS (primetime)
Sweet 16 (day two) 1 p.m and 7 p.m. ET on March 28 CBS (afternoon), TBS (primetime)
Elite Eight (day one) 7 p.m. ET on March 29 CBS
Elite Eight (day two) 6 p.m. ET on March 30 TBS
Final Four 5 p.m. ET on April 3 CBS
NCAA Championship Game 9 p.m. ET on April 5 CBS

The 2021 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament began on March 21, with the Women’s Final Four planned for April 2, and the Women’s National Championship Game scheduled for April 4.

How to watch March Madness 2021

March Madness 2021 games are spread across CBS, TNT, TBS, and TruTV. The easiest way to watch every game is to use the March Madness Live website or streaming app, and sign in with a supported cable or satellite provider. From there, you can stream every game in the whole enchilada.

If you don’t have cable or satellite, and you want a single streaming service with access to all four March Madness networks, Hulu + Live TV or YouTube TV will be your best bet.

Hulu + Live TV and YouTube TV both offer every March Madness game

Hulu + Live TV offers around 65 channels for $65 a month, including CBS, TNT, TBS, and TruTV. You get to watch on two devices at once, and new members get a free one-week trial. The service also includes access to Hulu’s entire on-demand library of movies and shows.

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Youtube TV features a total of over 85 channels for $65 a month, including CBS, TNT, TBS, and TruTV. You can get two weeks free up front if you’re new, and you get three simultaneous streams.

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You can use Paramount Plus to watch the March Madness games on CBS

If you just want access to the March Madness games on CBS, one of your cheapest options is Paramount Plus. The service offers live CBS streaming along with some exclusive on-demand content for plans starting at just $6 a month.

You can find more information about Paramount Plus in our full guide here.

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You can use Sling TV to watch the March Madness games on TNT and TBS

If you just want to stream the games on TNT, TBS, and TruTV, and you don’t want or need CBS, then Sling TV is the most affordable streaming service you can use.

Sling has two basic packages: Sling Orange and Sling Blue. The Blue plan offers all three Turner networks, but Orange is missing TruTV. Blue will run you $35 a month, and you can watch three simultaneous streams.

Sling’s three-day free trial won’t get you the whole tournament, but you could watch a solid slate of games that way. Remember, though: no CBS with Sling.

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Oregon advances to the 2nd round of the NCAA tournament after VCU fails COVID-19 protocols

GettyImages 1306837417 LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MARCH 12: Chris Duarte #5 of the Oregon Ducks is introduced before a game against the Oregon State Beavers during the Pac-12 Conference basketball tournament semifinals at T-Mobile Arena on March 12, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Beavers defeated the Ducks 75-64. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Oregon Ducks guard Chris Duarte is introduced before the team’s matchup against the Oregon State Beavers during the Pac-12 Conference semifinals on March 12, 2021.

  • The NCAA canceled a first-round men’s tournament game between Oregon and VCU on Saturday.
  • The NCAA declared the matchup “no-contest” after VCU failed COVID-19 protocols.
  • Oregon automatically advances to the second round, and plays the winner of Iowa and Grand Canyon.
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VCU was pulled from the men’s NCAA tournament on Saturday after what the school said were “multiple” positive COVID-19 tests within the past two days, ending the Rams’ run in college basketball’s annual showcase before it began.

Last year’s entire tournament was called off because of the pandemic, and the NCAA moved this year’s event to Indiana and put teams in what it called a “controlled environment.” But those steps weren’t enough to ensure every game would be played.

The 10th-seeded Rams’ first-round game Saturday against Oregon was declared a no-contest, the NCAA said, sending the seventh-seeded Ducks into the second round without playing.

“We’ve been tested every day for the past three weeks, but within the past 48 hours we’ve received multiple positive tests,” VCU coach Mike Rhoades said in a statement. “We are devastated for our players and coaches. It has been a dream for all of us to play in the NCAA Tournament.”

“We appreciate the care of our doctors and administration this year, and all our efforts and attention will be put into our players at this time,” Rhoades added.

The announcement from the Division I Men’s Basketball Committee came a little more than three hours before the teams were set to play in the West Region. It didn’t offer specific details, citing privacy concerns, and said that the decision came after consultation with the Marion County Public Health Department.

“The NCAA and the committee regret that VCU’s student-athletes and coaching staff will not be able to play in a tournament in which they earned the right to participate,” the statement said.

VCU was in the field for the ninth time in 10 tournaments. The Rams made it to the Final Four in 2011 as an 11 seed.

“The wait is over! Time for some March Madness!” the school’s basketball account tweeted just six hours before the withdrawal was announced.

The Rams were forced to stop practicing or playing on Jan. 2 because of a positive COVID-19 test within their program, forcing a game against Davidson to be postponed. They resumed practice two days later and made it through the rest of the season without further problems.

Led by Atlantic 10 player of the year Bones Hyland, VCU finished second in the conference in the regular season and lost to St. Bonaventure in the A-10 title game. But its body of work, which included a season-opening win over Utah State, was enough to earn Rhoades’ team an at-large berth to the tournament.

“This is tremendously disappointing and heartbreaking for the student-athletes who’ve worked so hard for this opportunity,” Atlantic 10 commissioner Bernadette McGlade said in a statement. “During this pandemic, the medical advisory boards have the authority to make this decision for the safety and welfare (for) all of the student-athletes, staff and teams.

“VCU has had an outstanding year, and this setback does not diminish any of their accomplishments.”

The Ducks went through their own COVID-19 issues during the season.

They had a pair of long pauses, at one point having just five practices and a single game during a 26-day stretch. The one game they were able to play against Oregon State was without All-American guard Chris Duarte and fellow starter LJ Figueroa.

All told, the Ducks had two games canceled and five that were postponed, including one against fellow NCAA Tournament team UCLA that was postponed three different times.

“I mean, it’s been high anxiety for everything,” said Kansas coach Bill Self, whose team advanced with a win over Eastern Washington earlier in the day.

“My trainer and my staff, as soon as we get our results back from the test, you know – it doesn’t matter if it’s 2 o’clock in the morning, soon as we get a text message from the company we’ll get group texts going. I’m getting messages from the trainer at 2 o’clock and I’m awake getting ready to get the text.”

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Inside the athlete ‘bubbles’ happening at hotels to make sure college and pro sports can happen safely in a pandemic

The JW Marriott Indianapolis decorated for 2021 March Madness.
The JW Marriott Indianapolis decorated for 2021 March Madness.

  • Hotels like the JW Marriott Indianapolis have formed bubbles to host teams for 2021’s March Madness tournament.
  • Some pro teams, like the Toronto Raptors, moved from Canada to Florida to avoid pandemic restrictions.
  • Having the players on site has brought a new energy to the hotel, one hotel manager said.
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From living long-term in a hotel abroad to turning hotel ballrooms into practice facilities, athletes and the people around them have been getting especially creative to stay safe during the age of COVID-19.

This is the first time in history where an entire NCAA March Madness tournament will be held in one city- Indianapolis – and there are plenty of protocols in place for both the hotels and the athletes to ensure it’s a safe and successful experience.

Phil Ray is the general manager of the JW Marriott Indianapolis, one of a handful of hotels in a ‘bubble’ which will be hosting teams and athletes for March Madness.

“We’re focused on taking care of the guests, and taking care of each other,” said Ray. “What we always say is it’s like they’re on a business trip, and our purpose is to take care of them so that everything goes well.”

During the weekends in summer 2020, the JW started to host sports tournaments as part of a bubble alongside a group of local hotels that could offer over 2,000 rooms with shared parking garages and a direct connection to the convention center. There, athletes were fed, housed, and quarantined for their games.

After this experience, Ray says the city is well-prepared to host March Madness. “We’re continuing to work through all the obstacles we’ll face to host the entire tournament. The cleanliness and the process of cleaning for the most part is consistent with what we’re always doing, just higher profile.”

Staff in the kitchen of the JW Marriott Indianapolis prepping meals for March Madness.
Staff in the kitchen of the JW Marriott Indianapolis prepping meals for March Madness.

The teams that make the final four can stay for up to three weeks in Indianapolis.

“We want to make sure they’re comfortable, and that the food doesn’t become tiresome, and that they’re going to be excited about being here,” said Ray. The manager added he’s confident that the tournament will run smoothly and safely.

A season abroad

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Nate Pearson spent the 2020 MLB season living out of the The Marriott at Lecom Harbor Center in Buffalo, New York, since the Blue Jays couldn’t play in their home city in Toronto, Canada.

“I tried to make my hotel space feel more like home by unpacking my suitcase and putting my things into the drawers,” he said. “I unpacked and made sure my clothes were away, hung up my shirts, and put my suitcase somewhere that I couldn’t see it, so it didn’t feel like I was living somewhere temporarily.”

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Nate Pearson
Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Nate Pearson.

Pearson says the hardest part of living in the hotel from July to October was the isolation and being away from family. Although he spent time with his teammates training and playing, Pearson says they didn’t hang out off the field due to safety rules.

“We didn’t get to go out or hang out in each other’s rooms. I really like getting to spend time with my teammates, and not getting to do that outside of the field was hard. But we made the most of it.”

For fellow athletes living at a hotel or resort property long-term during COVID, Pearson says to bring “whatever your ‘thing’ is with you.”

“Whether it’s video games, reading, or watching TV – make sure you have the access to that,” he said. “And buckle up – it’s much more of a mental grind than a physical grind. Don’t be afraid to call people when you need to talk to someone. If you need to step outside and go for a walk by yourself, do it. Being outside definitely helps you mentally.”

Hosting a 39-person NBA entourage

Non-athletes similarly adjusted their work lives to accommodate sports during the pandemic. Beth Allen, director of sales and marketing at The Ballantyne Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina, was in charge of hosting the Charlotte Hornets in a bubble to prepare for the 2020-21 NBA season.

The Hornets ‘bubbled’ in two freestanding buildings adjacent to the main hotel. The Lodge features 35 spacious rooms, and The Cottage has four king bedrooms with private bathrooms, as well as a dedicated kitchen, dining, living room, and laundry space.

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The Lodge at The Ballantyne Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina.

In preparation, Allen says property was deep-cleaned and fully sanitized from top to bottom, and a washer and dryer and additional golf carts were brought in for the players to get around.

The players enjoyed their own private parking, tennis courts to practice on, and a golf course for outdoor space to exercise. Allen says the 39-person group of players, coaches, administrative staff, and physical therapists was on-site for two weeks total, from the end of September through early October of 2020.

She says the players were gracious, friendly, and quiet – even if they ordered room service much more than the average guest.

“There were certain times of day we knew room service was going to get an onslaught of calls – so we started to adjust our staffing to accommodate. The team was also really good about being flexible and changing with us as the days went by – because every day is different.”

As a hotel director, Allen says the experience gave her valuable insights on hosting sports teams during the pandemic.

“Hotels are having to get creative, be flexible, and think outside of the box. It was a team effort and a bonding experience behind the scenes,” she said.

Turning a ballroom into a practice court

The Toronto Raptors basketball team also moved out of Canada during the pandemic to Tampa, Florida to play their 2020-21 season. They built a makeshift practice facility at the JW Marriott Tampa Water Street.

The property was still under construction last year, says general manager Ron McAnaugh, when they made a deal with the NBA team to offer the unfinished ballroom as a space for shooting hoops in isolation.

The team has been on-site using the hotel as a practice facility since the beginning of December and is committed to the space through March.

McAnaugh says the Raptors brought everything with them to set up shop in the Marriott, including hard floors and baskets, while Marriott staff built a full gym, an office for the head coach, and two locker rooms for the team. McAnaugh says they also turned one of the kitchen areas into a space where players can “go and take their recovery ice baths.”

People might spy the athletes outside working out, but on-site security is tight. There’s even a special, exclusive elevator to take the team to their practice facility.

“Security hasn’t been a problem, the most we’ve had is kids come in and ask ‘can we go watch them practice?’ and we say ‘sorry, you can’t,'” said McAnaugh. Still, he says having the players on site has brought a new energy to the hotel.

“It’s just incredible to see the life it brings to the building having them here,” said McAnaugh. “You can sense on game nights there’s an elevated vibe in the building.”

The hotel’s employees are used to interesting requests for the basketball stars, such as the need for a certain brand of protein powder for meals.

“After a while all the requests almost become natural, and you just learn to pivot,” he said. “It just goes to show you, if there’s a unique need for a customer or a group – we’ll figure out how to do it.”

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March Madness 2021 begins tonight with the first games on TBS and TruTV – here’s how to watch every matchup without cable

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  • March Madness 2021 will begin with the First Four on March 18 at 5:10 p.m. ET.
  • Games will be spread across CBS, TNT, TBS, and TruTV through cable and live streaming services.
  • To get access to every channel through a single app, we recommend Hulu + Live TV or YouTube TV.

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March is upon us, and you know what that means. The sports community – and the sports betting community – are gearing up for this year’s edition of March Madness, the annual NCAA basketball tournament.

The NCAA has created two safe sites for this years men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, with 68 men’s teams playing in Indianapolis, Indiana, and 64 women’s teams playing in San Antonio, Texas. The single-elimination tournament will be held over a three-week span to determine which college has the top squad, and which fight song will play as colorful confetti rains down and the champs cut down the nets.

Last year’s tournament was canceled for the first time in NCAA history as the COVID-19 outbreak swelled. With the pandemic still looming, Indiana will limit the normally raucous crowds to 25% of their normal capacity. That said, millions will no doubt be watching remotely with baited breath to see which team will capture the first title since Virginia’s 2019 win.

Wondering how to get your eyeballs on all these high-stakes contests without a cable subscription? Look no further.

March Madness 2021 dates and times

March Madness 2021 began with Selection Sunday determining the tournament bracket on March 14. The tournament will commence with the First Four on March 18 starting at 5:10 p.m. ET. Below you can find a chart of the key dates and times for 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, as laid out by the official NCAA March Madness website.

For a full breakdown of each game’s specific airing station and time, check out this handy list.

Event Coverage begins Channels
Selection Sunday

6 p.m. ET on March 14

CBS
First Four

5:10 p.m. ET on March 18

TruTV, TBS
First round (day one) 12:15 p.m. ET on March 19 CBS, TruTV, TNT, TBS
First round (day two) 12:15 p.m. ET on March 20 CBS, TruTV, TNT, TBS
Second round (day one) 12 p.m. ET on March 21 CBS, TruTV, TNT, TBS
Second round (day two) 12 p.m. ET on March 22 CBS, TruTV, TNT, TBS
Sweet 16 (day one) 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. ET on March 27 CBS (afternoon), TBS (primetime)
Sweet 16 (day two) 1 p.m and 7 p.m. ET on March 28 CBS (afternoon), TBS (primetime)
Elite Eight (day one) 7 p.m. ET on March 29 CBS
Elite Eight (day two) 6 p.m. ET on March 30 TBS
Final Four 5 p.m. ET on April 3 CBS
NCAA Championship Game 9 p.m. ET on April 5 CBS

The 2021 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament will begin on March 21, with the Women’s Final Four planned for April 2, and the Women’s National Championship Game scheduled for April 4.

How to watch March Madness 2021

The easiest way to watch March Madness 2021 – which you likely have already figured out if you’ve got the credentials – is to use the March Madness Live website or streaming app, and sign in with a supported cable or satellite provider. From there, you can stream every game in the whole enchilada.

If you’re reading this article, however, you’re probably saying to yourself, “But I don’t have cable. That’s why I’m here.” Right! Well, there are other ways to watch, so fear not.

Games are being spread across CBS, TNT, TBS, and TruTV, and there are several streaming services that include one or more of those channels. If you want a single service with access to all four March Madness networks, Hulu + Live TV or YouTube TV will be your best bet. Each service costs $65 a month.

If you just want access to some of the channels, we’ve broken additional details on streaming options for each network below.

How to watch the CBS games without cable

As a network station, there are many ways to stream CBS if you don’t already have a cable or satellite package.

Paramount Plus

One of the cheapest ways to get live CBS streaming access is via Paramount Plus. The service offers some exclusive on-demand content in addition to live streaming for plans starting at just $6 a month. You can find more information about Paramount Plus in our full guide here.

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Live streaming services with CBS

For people who want a larger assortment of channels to go along with CBS, live streaming services like Hulu + Live TV, AT&T TV, Youtube TV, and FuboTV all have you covered. Crucially, Sling does not offer CBS, so don’t go that route.

How to watch the Turner games without cable

Since TBS, TNT, and TruTV are all Turner networks, they all fall under the same subscription umbrellas. Unfortunately, their availability doesn’t overlap perfectly with CBS, which would have made this guide a little bit simpler and shorter. Alas!

Youtube TV

Youtube TV includes all the Turner networks and CBS, which makes it pretty enticing, but it does run $65 a month. You can get two weeks free up front if you’re new, and you get three simultaneous streams.

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Hulu with Live TV

Hulu also offers live streaming with all four networks included. It costs $65 a month, though you can plop down an extra $7 a month to get a bundle with Disney Plus and ESPN+ as well. You can get a week free to start, and you get to watch on two devices at once.

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AT&T TV

You’ll get CBS and the Turner networks with the “base” tier of AT&T TV, called “Entertainment,” though it does run $70 a month. You can watch on three devices at the same time, but there does not appear to be any sort of available free trial.

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Sling Blue

Sling has two basic packages: Sling Orange and Sling Blue. The Blue plan offers all three Turner networks, but Orange is missing TruTV. Blue will run you $35 a month, and you can watch three simultaneous streams. A three-day free trial won’t get you the whole tournament, but you could watch a solid slate of games that way. Remember, though: no CBS with Sling.

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Warren Buffett is offering up to $1 million a year for life to the winner of his March Madness bracket challenge

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Warren Buffett.

  • Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway is resuming its March Madness bracket contest.
  • One employee will win at least $100,000 and as much as $1 million a year for life.
  • If Buffett’s favorite team makes the final four, the winner’s prize money doubles.
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Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway is offering one employee up to $2 million a year for the rest of their lives. They just have to guess the winner of 48 games in a basketball tournament, and Buffett’s favorite team has to make it to the final four.

The billionaire investor’s company said this week that it would reinstate its March Madness bracket contest, after the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament was cancelled last year because of the pandemic.

Berkshire will award $100,000 to the employee who picks the winner of the most games before making an incorrect guess. It will hand $1 million to any employee who guesses the victor of all 32 first-round games correctly.

If a Berkshire employee manages to guess the outcome of all 48 first-round and second-round games, they will receive an annuity paying $1 million a year for the rest of their lives.

Moreover, if Creighton University – Buffett’s hometown team – advances to the final four, Berkshire will double the prize money. That would increase the top award from $1 million a year to $2 million.

“Warren Buffett hopes that this year’s winner will be awarded one of the larger prizes and receives the Creighton ‘bump,'” Berkshire said in a press release.

Buffett started the yearly contest in 2016, and since then a number of Berkshire employees have correctly picked 31 of the 32 winners of the first-round games, the company said.

The billionaire touted the competition as the “ultimate office bracket contest” in a CNBC interview in 2016. “We have a good time,” he said a year later.

Buffett may have got the idea from his friend Dan Gilbert, the founder and chairman of Quicken Loans, which now trades as Rocket Companies. The investor agreed to finance the mortgage group’s bracket challenge in 2014, which offered $1 billion to anyone who filled out a perfect March Madness bracket.

Nobody won, but Berkshire was paid a $10 million premium for shouldering the risk.

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March Madness brackets require a final score in the championship game – here’s one of the most likely outcomes

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  • March Madness brackets require a score prediction for the championship game of the tournament.
  • We determined the average score of the final games over the past 30 years by calculating the average combined scores of the two teams, the average individual score, and the average winning margin.
  • The math is imperfect, but we found the average score to be 76-67.
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No one has ever gotten a perfect March Madness bracket.

But all brackets, in the event of a tie, require a score prediction in the final game of the NCAA Tournament as a tiebreaker. Even if two people tie in a pool with imperfect brackets, the final score could decide who wins the pool.

Predicting a score can be tricky, and plenty of people like to go off past examples as a framework.

We tracked the scores of every March Madness final going back to 1990 to find the most common result. We averaged the total combined scores of the two teams, the average individual score, and the average winning margin.

The average total score was 143.6, meaning the average individual score was 71.8 for both of the final teams. The average winning margin was 8.9 points. We rounded all of these numbers up – 144, 72, 9.

Therefore, the average score of the final games over the past 30 years has been approximately 77-68.

It’s not a perfect formula, but 77-89 is a safe bet to make.

It’s also worth noting, however, what went into those numbers.

For instance, averages are affected by outliers. In 1990, UNLV beat Duke 103-73, the largest disparity over the past 29 years. The final game in the NCAA Tournament has been decided by 10 or more points only nine other times.

Could this year be different? With a reduced number of fans and all of the games taking place in Indianapolis, perhaps offense will be up this year? It’s worth noting that in the last decade the final combined scores have exceeded 144 only three times.

How likely is the final-score prediction to factor in a bracket pool? Not very. But every pick matters. Nailing the final score could be the difference-maker for some lucky player’s bracket.

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