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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.
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.
|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.
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.
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.
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.
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.