How to Stream March Madness 2021 Round 1: Channels, Times & More

And then there were 64. March Madness is officially back with the NCAA Division I Men’s Tournament officially tipping off today. After last year’s tournament was canceled, this year’s tournament will take place from a bubble within Indiana for the first time in the tournament’s history. With victories in the First Four play-in games, Norfolk St., UCLA, Texas Southern, and Drake have secured their spots in the 64-team tournament. Will their Cinderella stories continue? Find out today as brackets will be busted, history will be made, and the road to a championship begins at 12:15 p.m. ET. There will be a limited number of fans allowed at the NCAA tournament; however, cord cutters can find out how to watch all of March Madness below.

The Games – Start Times and Channel

Over 18 hours of basketball scattered across two days, the First Round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament will be played across multiple locations, including Mackey Arena,  Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indiana Farmers Coliseum, and Lucas Oil Stadium. Below is the full schedule and channel for all 32 games.

Friday, March 19, 2021

GameTimeChannel
(10) Virginia Tech vs. (7) Florida12:15 p.m. ETCBS
(14) Colgate vs. (3) Arkansas12:45 p.m. ETtruTV
(16) Drexel vs. (1) Illinois1:15 p.m. ETTBS
(11) Utah State vs. (6) Texas Tech1:45 p.m. ETTNT
(15) Oral Roberts vs. (2) Ohio State3 p.m. ETCBS
(16) Hartford vs. (1) Baylor3:30 p.m. ETtruTV
(9) Georgia Tech vs. (8) Loyola Chicago4 p.m. ETTBS
(12) Oregon State vs. (5) Tennessee4:30 p.m. ETTNT
(13) Liberty vs. (4) Oklahoma State6:25 p.m. ETTBS
(9) Wisconsin vs. (8) North Carolina7:10 p.m. ETCBS
(15) Cleveland State vs. (2) Houston7:15 p.m. ETtruTV
(13) North Texas vs. (4) Purdue7:25 p.m. ETTNT
(10) Rutgers vs. (7) Clemson9:20 p.m. ETTBS
(11) Syracuse vs. (6) San Diego9:40 p.m. ETCBS
(14) Morehead State vs. (3) West Virginia9:50 p.m. ETtruTV
(12) Winthrop vs. (5) Villanova9:57 p.m. ETTNT

Saturday, March 20, 2021

GameTimeChannel
(12) Georgetown vs. (5) Colorado12:15 p.m. ETCBS
(13) UNC Greensboro vs. (4) Florida State12:45 p.m.truTV
(14) Eastern Washington vs. (3) Kansas1:15 p.m. ETTBS
(9) St. Bonaventure vs. (8) LSU1:45 p.m. ETTNT
(16) Texas Southern vs. (1) Michigan3 p.m. ETCBS
(12) UC Santa Barbara vs. (5) Creighton3:30 p.m. ETtruTV
(15) Iona vs. (2) Alabama4 p.m. ETTBS
(11) Drake vs. (6) USC4:30 p.m.TNT
(15) Grand Canyon vs. (2) Iowa6:25 p.m. ETTBS
(10) Maryland vs. (7) UCONN7:10 p.m. ETCBS
(13) Ohio vs. (4) Virginia7:15 p.m. ETtruTV
(9) Missouri vs. (8) Oklahoma7:25 p.m. ETTNT
(16) Norfolk St. vs. (1) Gonzaga9:20 p.m. ETTBS
(11) UCLA vs. (6) BYU9:40 p.m. ETCBS
(14) Abilene Christian vs. (3) Texas9:50 p.m. ETtruTV
(10) VCU vs. (7) Oregon9:57 p.m. ETTNT

Where to watch the First Round

AntennaWeb is a great tool you can use to see what CBS channel is available in your area with an antenna. Pairing your devices with Tablo DVR or HDHomeRun will allow viewers to never miss a moment of March Madness by recording streaming programming.

March Madness Live: By using your subscription TV login credentials you can gain unlimited access to every live game from their phone, tablet, PC, or any device with March Madness Live.

Locast: Viewers in one of the 30 markets served by Locast will also be able to watch on their local CBS and ABC stations for free with the service.

Paramount+ is the home of all of CBS networks content for only $6/month

Cord cutters can watch every single moment of each game of the First Round with Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, or any compatible devices by subscribing to any one of these live TV streaming services.


Starting Monthly PriceCBSTBSTNTtruTV
Hulu w/ Live$64.99XXXX
fubo TV (Starter)$64.99X


Sling TV (Blue + Orange)$50
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YouTube TV$64.99XXXX

Check out our full guide on how to watch all of March Madness here.