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For the first time in nearly two calendar years, we will have March Madness.

The NCAA Tournament, the single-greatest postseason event in organized sports, will take place starting on Thursday, March 18; this, after it was the first major sporting event to be canceled by the COVID pandemic last season. And, even as the pandemic hovers over the sports world, it seems the NCAA and host venues are better prepared to actually host the tournament this year.

Better late than never, right?

While there will be several changes to the NCAA Tournament, one constant is the fact only a handful of elite teams are expected to win the whole thing. That starts this season with Gonzaga, the only remaining undefeated team. The Bulldogs are the clear No. 1 seed. And while there are a host of "good" teams in this year's field, they are still a distance behind the Bulldogs.

Just another opportunity for a Cinderella to make history in what will be a historic tournament simply for being played.

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NCAA Tournament schedule

  • Start date: Thursday, March 18 (First Four)
  • End date : Monday, April 5 (national championship game)

The NCAA Tournament — comprised of the First Four, Rounds 1 and 2, Sweet 16, Elite Eight, Final Four and national championship game — will begin Thursday, March 18 and conclude on Monday, April 5.

Here is the full schedule for March Madness

First FourMarch 18
Round 1March
Round 2March
Sweet 16March
Elite EightMarch
Final FourApril 3
National championshipApril 5

When is the First Four?

The First Four games will all take place on March 18, as opposed to its previous two-day format. Eight teams — the four lowest-seeded automatic and at-large bids — will take part in the play-in games, which grants access to the tournament proper.

When is the Final Four?

The NCAA Tournament ends with the Final Four and national championship on April 3 and 5, respectively. All games will take place in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Unlike previous tournaments — which featured regional finals in four separate cities before teams convened for the Final Four host city — the final three rounds will all take place in the same stadium.

First Four

Thursday, March 18

Game 1: No. 16 Texas Southern 60, No. 16 Mount St Mary's 52
Game 2: No. 11 Drake 53, No. 11 Wichita State 52
Game 3: No. 16 Norfolk State 54, No. 16 Appalachian State 53
Game 4: No. 11 UCLA 86, No. 11 Michigan State 80

Round 1

Friday, March 19

No. 7 Florida 75, No. 10 Virginia Tech 70 (OT)
No. 3 Arkansas 85, No. 14 Colgate 68
No. 1 Illinois 78, No. 16 Drexel 49
No. 6 Texas Tech 65, No. 11 Utah State 53
No. 15 Oral Roberts 75, No. 2 Ohio State 72 (OT)
No. 1 Baylor 79, No. 16 Hartford 55
No. 8 Loyola Chicago 71, No. 9 Georgia Tech 60
No. 12 Oregon State 70, No. 5 Tennessee 56
No. 4 Oklahoma State 69, No. 13 Liberty 60
No. 9 Wisconsin 85, No. 8 North Carolina 62
No. 2 Houston 87, No. 15 Cleveland State 56
No. 13 North Texas 78, No. 4 Purdue 69 (OT)
No. 10 Rutgers 60, No. 7 Clemson 56
No. 11 Syracuse 78, No. 6 San Diego State 62
No. 3 West Virginia 84, No. 14 Morehead State 67
No. 5 Villanova 73, No. 12 Winthrop 63

Saturday, March 20

Game No. 5 Colorado 96, No. 12 Georgetown 73
Game No. 4 Florida State 64, No. 13 UNC Greensboro 54
Game No. 3 Kansas 93, No. 14 Eastern Washington 84
Game No. 8 LSU 76, No. 9 St. Bonaventure 61
Game No. 1 Michigan 82, No. 16 Texas Southern 66
Game No. 5 Creighton 63, No. 12 UC Santa Barbara 62
Game No. 2 Alabama 68, No. 15 Iona 55
Game No. 6 USC 72, No. 11 Drake 56
Game No. 2 Iowa 86, No. 15 Grand Canyon 74
Game No. 10 Maryland 63, No. 7 UConn 54
Game No. 13 Ohio 62, No. 4 Virginia 58
Game No. 8 Oklahoma 72, No. 9 Missouri 68
Game No. 1 Gonzaga 98, No. 16 Norfolk State 55
Game No. 11 UCLA 73, No. 6 BYU 62
Game No. 14 Abilene Christian 53, No. 3 Texas 52
Game No. 7 Oregon, No. 10 VCU (no contest)

Round 2

Sunday, March 21

Game No. 8 Loyola Chicago 71, No. 1 Illinois 58
Game No. 1 Baylor 76, No. 9 Wisconsin 63
Game No. 11 Syracuse 75, No. 3 West Virginia 72
Game No. 3 Arkansas 68, No. 6 Texas Tech 66
Game No. 2 Houston 63, No. 10 Rutgers 60
Game No. 15 Oral Roberts 81, No. 7 Florida 78
Game No. 5 Villanova 84, No. 13 North Texas 61
Game No. 12 Oregon State 80, No. 4 Oklahoma State 70

Monday, March 22

No. 7 Oregon 95, No. 2 Iowa 80
No. 1 Gonzaga 87, No. 8 Oklahoma 71
No. 11 UCLA 67, No. 14 Abilene Christian 47
No. 5 Creighton 72, No. 13 Ohio 58
No. 1 Michigan 86, No. 8 LSU 78
No. 4 Florida State 71, No. 5 Colorado 53
No. 2 Alabama 96, No. 10 Maryland 77
No. 6 USC 85, No. 3 Kansas 51

Sweet 16

Saturday, March 27

Game No. 12 Oregon State 65, No. 8 Loyola Chicago 58
Game No. 1 Baylor 62, No. 5 Villanova 51
Game No. 3 Arkansas 72, No. 15 Oral Roberts 70
Game No. 2 Houston 62, No. 11 Syracuse 46

Sunday, March 28

Game No. 1 Gonzaga 83, No. 5 Creighton 65
Game No. 1 Michigan 76, No. 4 Florida State 58
Game No. 11 UCLA 88, No. 2 Alabama 78 (OT)
Game No. 6 USC 82, No. 7 Oregon 68

Elite Eight

Monday, March 29

Game No. 2 Houston 67, No. 12 Oregon State 61
Game No. 1 Baylor 81, No. 3 Arkansas 72

Tuesday, March 30

Game No. 1 Gonzaga 85, No. 6 USC 66
Game No. 11 UCLA 51, No. 1 Michigan 49

Final Four

Saturday, April 3

Game No. 1 Baylor 78, No. 2 Houston 59
Game No. 1 Gonzaga 93, No. 11 UCLA 90 (OT)

NCAA Tournament national championship

Monday, April 5

Game No. 1 Baylor 86, No. 1 Gonzaga 70

How to watch March Madness live

CBS and Turner Sports stations (TBS, TNT and truTV) will split broadcast duties of the NCAA Tournament, with Turner Sports airing 43 games (20 for TBS, 12 for TNT and 11 for truTV) to CBS'

CBS has broadcast rights for both the Final Four and national title game, despite the fact Turner Sports couldn't broadcast those rounds in due to the tournament's cancellation (a contract allows the stations to split the Final Four and national championship rights on an every-other-year rotation).

RoundTV channel
First FourTBS, truTV
Round 1CBS, TBS, TNT or truTV
Round 2CBS, TBS, TNT or truTV
Sweet 16CBS, TBS
Elite EightCBS, TBS
Final FourCBS
National championshipCBS

CBS and Turner Sports have yet to release their announcer pairings for the NCAA Tournament.

NCAA Tournament streaming options

Every game in the NCAA Tournament can be streamed via NCAA March Madness Live; other streaming options include CBS' streaming service, which will rebrand as Paramount+ on March 4, and fuboTV, which offers a 7-day free trial.

RoundLive stream
First FourNCAA March Madness Live
Rounds NCAA March Madness Live , Paramount+, fuboTV (7-day free trial)
Sweet 16NCAA March Madness Live , Paramount+, fuboTV (7-day free trial)
Elite EightNCAA March Madness Live , Paramount+, fuboTV (7-day free trial)
Final FourNCAA March Madness Live , Paramount+, fuboTV (7-day free trial)
National championshipNCAA March Madness Live , Paramount+, fuboTV (7-day free trial)

Where is March Madness ?

The NCAA Tournament will be held entirely in the state of Indiana, with the majority of games taking place in the greater Indianapolis area. That's part of an effort to minimize travel by teams and keep a consistent protocol in place for COVID testing.

That starts with the First Four, which will take place in Mackey Arena and Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall; those venues will feature alongside Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indiana Farmers Coliseum and Lucas Oil Stadium (all in Indianapolis) in the first and second rounds. Bankers Life Fieldhouse and Hinkle Fieldhouse will serve as Sweet 16 venues.

Lucas Oil Stadium concludes the tournament in the Elite Eight, Final Four and national championship rounds. Each venue will feature two courts to play games.

Below is a full rundown on the sites and locations of the NCAA Tournament:

*Indicates venue will host only first-round games

First FourWest Lafayette, Ind.Mackey Arena
Bloomington, Ind.Assembly Hall
Rounds West Lafayette, Ind.Mackey Arena*
Bloomington, Ind.Assembly Hall*
IndianapolisBankers Life Fieldhouse
Hinkle Fieldhouse
Indiana Farmers Coliseum
Lucas Oil Stadium
Sweet 16IndianapolisBankers Life Fieldhouse
Hinkle Fieldhouse
Elite EightIndianapolisLucas Oil Stadium
Final FourIndianapolisLucas Oil Stadium

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Odds to win March Madness

While 64 teams have an equal chance to win the NCAA Tournament at its start, only a handful of teams can make a legitimate run to the national championship. Those teams are led by Gonzaga at + odds; Baylor and Michigan are in second at +

Below are the teams most like to win the NCAA Tournament (as of Sunday, March 14):

  • Gonzaga (+)
  • Baylor (+)
  • Michigan (+)
  • Illinois (+)
  • Iowa (+)
  • Houston (+)
  • Alabama (+)
  • Ohio State (+)
  • Florida State (+)
  • Oklahoma State (+)
  • Virginia (+)
  • UConn (+)
  • Arkansas (+)
  • Creighton (+)
  • Kansas (+)
  • Purdue (+)
  • Texas (+)
  • Texas Tech (+)
  • West Virginia (+)
  • Wisconsin (+)

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Future March Madness locations, host sites

Assuming the COVID pandemic comes under control by the start of March Madness , it will take place across several cities over the course of the NCAA Tournament. Each tournament over the next several years will have new venues for the Final Four and national championship games.

Here are the future sites and locations for future Final Fours:

YearCityFinal Four host site
New OrleansMercedes-Benz Superdome
HoustonNRG Stadium
PhoenixState Farm Stadium
San AntonioAlamodome
IndianapolisLucas Oil Stadium

NCAA Tournament tickets

The NCAA on Feb. 19 announced it would allow 25 percent capacity for NCAA Tournament games, including players, coaches, essential staff, visiting family members and a reduced number of fans. The NCAA later specified that exact capacity percentages would vary by site and venue, depending on capacity and COVID mandates. Moreover, any fans in attendance will be required to wear face coverings and physically distance at the event.

“We continue to use the knowledge we have gained over the season on how to conduct games in a safe environment,” NCAA president Mark Emmert said in. a statement. “I want to thank our host universities and conferences, the Indiana State Health Department, and the leaders in the Marion, Monroe and Tippecanoe county health departments as they help make that possible.”

First Four tickets through the NCAA are no longer available, though the NCAA does have options to buy tickets starting with the first and second rounds. Below are the dates to buy tickets through the organization for each of the ensuing rounds, from the Sweet 16 through the Elite Eight:

Ticket portals open at 10 a.m. ET

  • Sweet Tuesday, March 16
  • Elite Eight: Tuesday, March 16

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UCLA leads all men's college basketball programs with 11 national championships, followed by blue bloods Kentucky, North Carolina and Duke.

Virginia is the last team to win the NCAA Tournament, securing its first title in program history in No team claims the national championship.

SchoolNational titlesMost recentRunner-up finishes
North Carolina65
Michigan State21
North Carolina State20
Oklahoma State20
San Francisco20
City College of New York10
Holy Cross10
La Salle10
Loyola (Ill.)10
Ohio State14

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The NCAA tournament will be unlike any in history, with the majority of its game slate taking place in Indianapolis.

The NCAA announced in January that it would stage the entire event in Indiana amid the ongoing COVID pandemic. Last year's Big Dance was canceled due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in the U.S.

March Madness will be hosted by Ball State University, Butler University, the Horizon League, Indiana University, IUPUI and Purdue University, which are lending their facilities and staffs to assist with tournament operations. The Indiana Convention Center will be used as a practice facility, with multiple courts set up inside the venue. 

Games will be played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indiana Farmers Coliseum, Purdue's Mackey Arena, Indiana's Assembly Hall and at two courts in the Indianapolis Colts' Lucas Oil Stadium. 

All of the action kicks off with Selection Sunday on March 14 and runs until the NCAA tournament championship on April 5.

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CBS Sports and Turner Sports will air all March Madness games on TBS, CBS, TNT, truTV and their digital platforms.

Check Out the Full March Madness Schedule (all times in ET):

Selection Sunday: 

First Four:

  • Date: March 18
  • Time: Games begin at 4 p.m.
  • TV Channel: truTV and TBS
  • Live Stream: NCAA March Madness Live
  • Location: Mackey Arena and Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall

First Round:

  • Date: March 19 and 20
  • Time: Games begin at noon on both days
  • TV Channel: TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV
  • Live Stream: NCAA March Madness Live, Paramount+ and fuboTV (Seven-day free trial)
  • Location: Mackey Arena, Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indiana Farmers Coliseum and Lucas Oil Stadium

Second Round: 

  • Date: March 21 and 22
  • Time: Games begin at noon on both days
  • TV Channel: TBS, CBS, TNT or truTV
  • Live Stream: NCAA March Madness Live, Paramount+ and fuboTV (Seven-day free trial)
  • Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indiana Farmers Coliseum and Lucas Oil Stadium


  • Date: March 27 and 28
  • Time: Games are at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on March 27, and 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on March 28
  • TV Channel: CBS (afternoon games) and TBS (primetime games)
  • Live Stream: NCAA March Madness Live, Paramount+ and fuboTV (Seven-day free trial)
  • Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse and Hinkle Fieldhouse

Elite Eight: 

  • Date: March 29 and 30
  • Time: 7 p.m. (March 29) and 6 p.m. (March 30)
  • TV Channel: CBS (March 29) and TBS (March 30)
  • Live Stream: NCAA March Madness Live, Paramount+ or fuboTV (Seven-day free trial)
  • Location: Lucas Oil Stadium

Final Four: 

National Championship:

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The regular season has come to an end and the March Madness begins on Thursday, March 18 with 68 teams in the hunt to win it all. Teams left in the men&#;s NCAA tournament include: Gonzaga and Baylor.

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National Championship game

Monday, April 5

  • Where: Lucas Oil Stadium
  • Start time:  p.m. ET
  • TV channel: CBS

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March Madness Scores and Results

First Four

Thursday, March 18

(16) Texas Southern 60, (16) Mount St. Mary’s 52

(11) Drake 53, (11) Wichita St. 52

(16) Appalachian St. 53, (16) Norfolk St. 54

(11) UCLA 86, (11) Michigan State 80

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First Round

Friday, March 19 (Afternoon)

(10) Virginia Tech 70, (7) Florida 75

(14) Colgate 68, (3) Arkansas 85

(16) Drexel 49, (1) Illinois 78

(11) Utah State 53, (6) Texas Tech 65

(15) Oral Roberts 75, (2) Ohio State 72

(16) Hartford 55, (1) Baylor 79

(9) Georgia Tech 60, (8) Loyola Chicago 71

(12) Oregon State 70, (5) Tennessee 56

Friday, March 19 (Evening)

(13) Liberty 60, (4) Oklahoma State 69

(9) Wisconsin 85, (8) North Carolina 62

(15) Cleveland State 56, (2) Houston 87

(13) North Texas 78, (4) Purdue 69

(10) Rutgers 60, (7) Clemson 56

(11) Syracuse 78, (6) San Diego State 62

(14) Morehead State 67, (3) West Virginia 84

(12) Winthrop 63, (5) Villanova 73

Saturday, March 20 (Afternoon)

(12) Georgetown 73, (5) Colorado 96

(13) UNC Greensboro 54, (4) Florida State 64

(14) Eastern Washington 84, (3) Kansas 93

(9) St. Bonaventure 61, (8) LSU 76

(16) Texas Southern 66, (1) Michigan 82

(12) UC Santa Barbara 62, (5) Creighton 63

(15) Iona 55, (2) Alabama 68

(11) Drake 56, (6) USC 72

Saturday, March 20 (Evening)

(15) Grand Canyon 74, (2) Iowa 86

(10) Maryland 63, (7) UConn 54

(13) Ohio 62, (4) Virginia 58

(9) Missouri 68 vs. (8) Oklahoma 72

(16) Norfolk St. 55, (1) Gonzaga 98

(11) UCLA 73, (6) BYU 62

(14) Abilene Christian 53, (3) Texas 52

(10) VCU vs. (7) Oregon &#; No contest, (7) Oregon advances

Second Round

Sunday, March 21

(8) Loyola Chicago 71, (1) Illinois 58

(9) Wisconsin 63, (1) Baylor 76

(11) Syracuse 75, (3) West Virginia 72

(6) Texas Tech 66, (3) Arkansas 68

(10) Rutgers 60, (2) Houston 63

(15) Oral Roberts 81, (7) Florida 78

(13) North Texas 61, (5) Villanova 84

(12) Oregon State 80, (4) Oklahoma State 70

Monday, March 22

(7) Oregon 95, (2) Iowa 80

(8) Oklahoma 71, (1) Gonzaga 87

(14) Abilene Christian 47, (11) UCLA 67

(13) Ohio 58, (5) Creighton 72

(8) LSU 78, (1) Michigan 86

(5) Colorado 53, (4) Florida State 71

(10) Maryland 77, (2) Alabama 96

(6) USC 85, (3) Kansas 51

Sweet 16

Saturday, March 27

(12) Oregon State 65, (8) Loyola Chicago 58

(5) Villanova 51, (1) Baylor 62

(15) Oral Roberts 70, (3) Arkansas 72

(11) Syracuse 46, (2) Houston 62

Sunday, March 28

(5) Creighton 65, (1) Gonzaga 83

(4) Florida State 58, (1) Michigan 76

(11) UCLA 88, (2) Alabama 78

(7) Oregon 68, (6) USC 82

Elite Eight

Monday, March 29

(2) Houston 67, (12) Oregon State 61

(1) Baylor 81, (3) Arkansas 72

Tuesday, March 30

(6) USC 66, (1) Gonzaga 85

(11) UCLA 51, (1) Michigan 49

Final Four

Saturday, April 3

(2) Houston 59, (1) Baylor 78

(11) UCLA 90, (1) Gonzaga 93

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NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament

American collegiate basketball competition in

The NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament was a single-elimination tournament of 68 teams to determine the men's National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division Icollege basketball national champion for the –21 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The 82nd edition of the tournament began play on March 18, in sites around the state of Indiana,[1] and concluded with the championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on April 5, with the Baylor Bears defeating the previously undefeated Gonzaga Bulldogs 86–70 to earn the team's first ever title.

For logistical considerations surrounding the ongoing COVID pandemic (which resulted in the cancellation of the previous year's tournament), the NCAA announced in January that all tournament games would be held in Indiana rather than at sites across the country. This was the first time in the history of the tournament that a single state has hosted it in its entirety.[2]

This marked the first time since that neither Duke nor Kentucky qualified for the tournament.[3]America East champion Hartford and WAC champion Grand Canyon made their NCAA Tournament debuts.

The tournament was marked by many upsets, with Yahoo Sports journalist Pete Thamel calling it "one of the most dizzying NCAA men's tournaments in history". With only half of the 16 second-round games having been played, there had been 11 upsets to that point, using the NCAA's definition of "upset" as a win by a team seeded five or more lines below its defeated opponent. This had already broken the record for most upsets prior to the round of 16; after this story was published, this number went up to In addition, at least one 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15 seed won a first-round game for the fourth time ever, and the first time since Also, a record four teams seeded 13 or lower won first-round games.[4] Another notable mark set during the tournament was a record-breaking 14 upsets throughout the event, breaking the original record of 13 upsets from the and tournaments.

The Final Four game between UCLA and Gonzaga (the first semifinal game to go into overtime since ) saw a game-winning buzzer-beater by Jalen Suggs to take Gonzaga into the championship game, the first buzzer-beater in a national semifinal since By defeating Gonzaga in the championship game, the Baylor Bears became the second consecutive first-time NCAA champions, following the Virginia Cavaliers in The last time this happened was in and , when the Maryland Terrapins and Syracuse Orange (then nicknamed Orangemen) won their first titles in their respective years. Baylor also joined Texas Western (now known as the University of Texas at El Paso) as the only two teams from the state of Texas to have won an NCAA Division I Basketball championship, the Miners having done so in

Tournament procedure[edit]

Further information: NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament §&#;Current tournament format

A total of 68 teams entered the tournament, with 31 of them (down from 32, due to the Ivy League having canceled all winter semester sports due to COVID)[5] having received an automatic bid by winning their conference's tournament. The remaining 37 bids were "at-large", with selections extended by the NCAA Selection Committee. Teams met sport sponsorship requirements and were considered for NCAA championship selection if they played 13 games, which represented a 50 percent reduction of the current minimum. For NCAA championship consideration, all 13 games had to be against other Division I opponents. Teams could also play 12 regular-season games against Division I opponents and one conference tournament game to be eligible for tournament consideration.[6]

The Selection Committee seeded the entire field from 1 to The four lowest-seeded automatic qualifiers and the four lowest-seeded at-large teams played in the First Four round: for the tournament, the games were played between the overall 65th and 66th seeds, the 67th and 68th seed, and the last four at-large seeds.[7]

The top four teams outside of the ranking (commonly known as the "first four out" in pre-tourney analyses) acted as standbys in the event a school was forced to withdraw from the tournament due to COVID protocols.[8][9] However, if a team withdrew within 48 hours of the tournament's commencement, they would not be replaced; the bracket was not reseeded, and the affected team's opponent would automatically advance to the next round.[10]

Schedule and venues[edit]

NCAA tournament venues

On January 4, , the NCAA announced that due to logistical considerations associated with the COVID pandemic (which prompted the cancellation of the tournament), the entirety of the tournament would be conducted at sites within the Indianapolis metro area and central Indiana, rather than across the country.[11] Players stayed at hotels near the Indiana Convention Center, which served as the main practice facility.[12]

On February 19, it was announced that all venues would operate at a maximum of 25% capacity. As this capacity includes staff and players, the exact number of spectators varied by venue.[13][14]Artificial crowd noise was used at all venues to augment the limited in-person attendance.[15]

This tournament marked the first time ever that Indiana Farmers Coliseum was a tournament venue, the first time since that Bankers Life Fieldhouse was a tournament venue, the first time since that Hinkle Fieldhouse was a tournament venue, the first time since that Mackey Arena was a tournament venue, and the first time since that Assembly Hall was a tournament venue.

First Four:

First and Second Rounds:

  • Friday, March 19 and Saturday, March 20
    • Mackey Arena, West Lafayette, Indiana
    • Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, Bloomington, Indiana
    • Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana (Host: Ball State University)
    • Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana (Host: Butler University)
    • Indiana Farmers Coliseum, Indianapolis, Indiana (Host: IUPUI)
    • Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana (two courts) (Host: Horizon League)
  • Sunday, March 21 and Monday, March 22
    • Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
    • Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
    • Indiana Farmers Coliseum, Indianapolis, Indiana
    • Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana (two courts)

Regional Semifinals and Finals (Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight):

  • Saturday, March 27 and Sunday, March 28
    • Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
    • Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Monday, March 29 and Tuesday, March 30
    • Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

National Semifinals and Championship (Final Four and Championship):

  • Saturday, April 3 and Monday, April 5
    • Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

Original NCAA Tournament schedule and venues[edit]

First Four (orange) and first and second rounds (green) as originally selected.

Regionals (blue) and Final Four (red) as originally selected.

The following sites were originally selected to host each round of the tournament;[16] with the exceptions of Boise and Minneapolis, all cities and venues listed are scheduled to host tournament games after

First Four

First and Second Rounds

  • March 18 and 20
  • March 19 and 21

Regional Semifinals and Finals (Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight)

  • March 25 and 27
  • March 26 and 28

National Semifinals and Championship (Final Four and Championship)

Qualification and selection[edit]

Further information: NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament: qualifying teams

Automatic qualifiers[edit]

Tournament seeds[edit]

The tournament seeds and regions were determined through the NCAA basketball tournament selection process.

In contrast to previous years, the S-Curve used to establish overall seeds will also be used as primary determinant of the tournament bracket; this was made possible by the relatively condensed locations of this year's tournament making geographic concerns irrelevant. However, rules that can modify pairings to avoid early rematches and to distribute top conference representatives to different regions will remain in effect.[17][18]

*See First Four

Tournament bracket[edit]

* – Denotes overtime period

Note: Unlike past tournaments, teams are not grouped as pods. Second round games will match teams that played at different venues in the first round.

First Four – Bloomington and West Lafayette[edit]

West Regional[edit]

West Regional Final[edit]

#6 USC Trojans 66, #1 Gonzaga Bulldogs85
Scoring by half: 30–49, 36–36
Pts:I. Mobley, 19
Rebs: I. Mobley, 7
Asts: I. Mobley, E. Mobley, 3
Pts:D. Timme, 23
Rebs:J. Suggs, 10
Asts: J. Suggs, 8

Lucas Oil Stadium – Indianapolis, Indiana
Attendance: 6,
Referees: Randy McCall, Doug Shows, Bert Smith, Tony Henderson [20]

West Regional all tournament team[edit]

East Regional[edit]

East Regional Final[edit]

#11 UCLA Bruins51, #1 Michigan Wolverines 49
Scoring by half: 27–23, 24–26
Pts:J. Juzang, 28
Rebs: J. Bernard, 9
Asts:J. Jaquez Jr., 4
Pts:H. Dickinson, 11
Rebs:C. Brown Jr., 9
Asts:E. Brooks, M. Smith, 4

Lucas Oil Stadium – Indianapolis, Indiana
Attendance: 7,
Referees: Bo Boroski, Verne Harris, Lee Cassell

East Regional all tournament team[edit]

South Regional[edit]

South Regional Final[edit]

#3 Arkansas Razorbacks 72, #1 Baylor Bears81
Scoring by half: 38–46, 34–35
Pts: D. Davis, J. Notae, 14
Rebs:J. Smith, D. Davis, D. Sills, 6
Asts: D. Sills, 4
Pts:M. Teague, 22
Rebs:J. Tchamwa Tchatchoua, 6
Asts:D. Mitchell, 6

Lucas Oil Stadium – Indianapolis, Indiana
Attendance: 7,
Referees: Terry Oglesby, Jeff Clark, Paul Szelc

South Regional all tournament team[edit]

Midwest Regional[edit]


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March Madness dates, schedule and locations

See below for the dates, locations and schedule for the NCAA Division I Men&#;s Basketball Tournament, aka March Madness . The Final Four will take place at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.

NOTES: On 11/16/, the NCAA announced that the NCAA Tournament would be held in one, centralized location, due to the ongoing impact of the COVID pandemic. On 1/4/, the NCAA announced that all tournament games would take place in and around Indianapolis, Indiana.


  • Selection Sunday: March 14,
  • First Four: March 18,
  • First and Second Rounds: March ,
  • Regional Semifinals: March ,
  • National Semifinals (Final Four): Saturday, April 3,
  • National Championship Game: Monday, April 5,



All locations listed below are the originally scheduled game locations for reference.

First Four

University of Dayton Arena &#; Dayton, Ohio &#; March , (Host: University of Dayton)


First and Second Rounds

Dunkin&#; Donuts Center &#; Providence, Rhode Island &#; March 18 & 20, (Host: Providence College)

ExtraMile Arena &#; Boise, Idaho &#; March 18 & 20, (Host: Boise State University)

Little Caesars Arena &#; Detroit, Michigan &#; March 18 & 20, (Host: University of Detroit Mercy, Oakland University)

American Airlines Center &#; Dallas, Texas &#; March 18 & 20, (Host: Big 12 Conference)

Intrust Bank Arena &#; Wichita, Kansas &#; March 19 & 21, (Host: Wichita State University)

Rupp Arena &#; Lexington, Kentucky &#; March 19 & 21, (Host: University of Kentucky)

PNC Arena &#; Raleigh, North Carolina &#; March 19 & 21, (Host: North Carolina State University)

SAP Center &#; San Jose, California &#; March 19 & 21, (Host: West Coast Conference)

Regional Semifinals (Sweet Sixteen) and Finals (Elite Eight)

Midwest Regional: Target Center &#; Minneapolis, Minnesota &#; March 25 & 27, (Host: University of Minnesota)

West Regional: Pepsi Center &#; Denver, Colorado &#; March 25 & 27, (Host: Mountain West Conference)

South Regional: FedExForum &#; Memphis, Tennessee &#; March 26 & 28, (Host: University of Memphis)

East Regional: Barclays Center &#; Brooklyn, New York &#; March 26 & 28, (Host: Atlantic 10 Conference)


National Semifinals (Final Four) and Championship

Lucas Oil Stadium &#; Indianapolis, Indiana &#; April 3 & 5, (Host: Horizon League)


Additional Facts

This is the third time that Lucas Oil Stadium (opened in ) will host the NCAA Final Four &#; previously doing so in and &#; and the eighth time for the city of Indianapolis. The Final Four was held at Market Square Arena (closed ) and the event was held four times at the former RCA Dome (, , and ). The Final Four will return to Indianapolis and Lucas Oil Stadium in

Television rights for the NCAA Division I Men&#;s Basketball Tournament are held by CBS Sports and Turner Sports, as games will be broadcast on CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV. Radio rights are held exclusively by Westwood One.


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