Last Updated on February 23, 2021

 


 

 

We knew there was a possibility of some changes for the 2021 college basketball tournament, given the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. The NCAA has just announced exactly what these changes are, where the famous tournament will be held, and more. Traditionally, the first few rounds of the tournament are played all across the country in different states, time zones, and venues. With the desire to create a “bubble” atmosphere in 2021 due to the coronavirus, the entirety of March Madness will be held in the state of Indiana at various venues in Indianapolis and the surrounding areas. Here’s a look at the schedule, dates and locations for this year’s tournament, along with who could be playing in this year’s National Championship game.

 

NCAA Tournament 2021 Dates and Locations – Indiana Hosts

With the coronavirus causing the cancellation of the 2020 tournament, the NCAA wanted to be careful and methodical to their approach for this year’s tournament. As mentioned above, all games will be played in Indiana with the use of collegiate and professional arenas. Here is a look at the locations and dates for this year’s tournament.

March Madness Locations 2021

  • Purdue University (West Lafayette)
  • Indiana University (Assembly Hall)
  • Indiana Pacers’ arena (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
  • Butler (Hinkle Fieldhouse)
  • IUPUI (Indiana Farmers Coliseum)
  • Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis Colts’ home)

 

2021 March Madness Dates and Times

  • March 18th – First Four
  • March 19-22 – First and Second Round
  • March 27-28 – Sweet 16
  • March 29-30 – Elite 8
  • April 3-5: Final Four
  • April 5: National Championship Game

All times are to be determined.

 

Can Fans Attend NCAA Tournament Games?

It looks like we will have fans in the stands for the 2021 NCAA Tournament! Per this tweet from Jon Rothstein, the NCAA will allow up to 25% capacity in Indianapolis for tournament games. While that is not a packed house, if it holds 20,000, we can have a stadium filled with 5,000 fans. It beats crowd noise, and it will allow for some crowd interaction for a television product that has suffered a bit due to false crowd noise pumped into the broadcast.

 

NCAA Tournament TV Schedule Announced

March Madness is back in 2021, and the answer everyone has been waiting for has finally been released by CBS and Turner Sports. The TV schedule for day one and the rest of the tournament has been released. Here’s a look.

Day One of March Madness TV Schedule

With 16 games starting at noon and continuing through midnight, day one of the tournament is one of the best days of the year for sports betting. Look at this schedule.

 

NCAA Tournament TV Schedule – Round 2

While not as busy as the first round, the second round still has eight games in back to back days. Here is a look at the second round’s TV schedule.

 

Elite Eight and Final Four TV Schedule

Once the final eight teams reach the Elite Eight and Final Four, the TV schedule changes a bit. Here’s a look at how to watch these games.

 

 

First Four on Thursday This Year, First Round on Friday and Saturday

For sports bettors, the most popular events of the year are the Super Bowl and betting on March Madness. Specifically, the first two days of the tournament has always presented a large number of wagers, but also some of the most fun sweats in sports betting. This year, it will not be Thursday and Friday as normal, but Friday and Saturday will have the first round. For bettors, this increases the ability to wager as it allows for most of the workforce to be off on Saturday compared to Thursday.

Without a doubt, March 19th and 20th of 2021 will be two tremendous days of upsets, college basketball betting, and sports pandemonium. This also gives sports fans one extra day to submit their brackets.

 

2021 Basketball National Championship – Monday, April 5th

The 2021 Final Four will culminate with the National Championship game on Monday, April 5th. This is not a change to the new schedule, as the title games have taken place on Monday night for quite some time. The championship will take place at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. Let’s take a look at who could be playing in that game.

 

Odds to Win NCAA Tournament

As you can see above, the odds to win the CBB National Title are all over the place, with Gonzaga being the favorite at +275 at PointsBet, while being +800 at BetMGM Sportsbook. Use odds-shopping to your advantage as you will give yourself a better chance at being profitable in the long term. Notoriously, college basketball lines are softer so there is a larger edge to be had with odds shopping. Keep track of college basketball public betting percentages here, as we show information given to us by legal sportsbooks, to help give you that edge.

 

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