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2021 Tournament Brackets

 
Feb. 17, 2021
by VI News
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2021 Schedule NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Resources

The 2020 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament was canceled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), which was the first time the annual event was not held since it first began in 1939.

Fortunately for college basketball fans and bettors, the event will return in 2021 and all of the games will take place from Indiana.

Bettors will have a total of 67 games to wager on from Thursday March 18 through Monday April 5.

The championship game will take place at Lucas Oil Stadium from Indianapolis, Indiana.

The field will be announced on March 14 and VegasInsider.com has all your betting resources covered for the event.

Selection Sunday

The field of 68 will be announced on Sunday March 14.

Since the entire tournament will be taking placing in Indiana, the top four seeds will be handled the same as past years and so will the "First Four" games, which consist of eight schools.

The rest of the bracket will be determined on rankings and not geographic locations or situations where conference tie ins would avoid matchups in upcoming rounds.

The field of 68 will be made up of 37 at-large selections and 31 automatic bids. In prior years, the ratio was 36-32 but the Ivy League opted out of competition this year.


Lucas Oil Stadium will be hosting its third Final Four this March, previously hosting the event in 2010 and 2015. (AP)

First Four

Instead of featuring the play-in games on Tuesday and Wednesday, the 2021 NCAA Tournament will tip off with the "First Four" on Thursday Mar. 18 from two venues.

The action is expected to start at 4:00 p.m. ET on Thursday.

  • Date: Thursday, March 18
  • Venues: Mackey Arena, Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall

The eight schools will attempt to earn a bid into the field of 64.

First Round

The first round of the NCAA Tournament is arguably the most exciting action in all of sports and similar to past years, 32 games will take place over two days.

All games will take place from Indiana at seven different venues, with two courts created at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Eight games will be played at Lucas Oil Stadium and then four at the six other venues.

  • Date: Friday, March 19, Saturday, March 20
  • Venues: Mackey Arena, Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indiana Farmers Coliseum, Lucas Oil Stadium

Action expected to start at 12:00 p.m. ET for the first round games.

Second Rounds

The NCAA Tournament sees 64 teams from all the regions and conferences in the NCAA face off in a single-elimination bracket.

That means 64 teams become 32 after the first round, held on two different days. The second round sees the field cut from 32 to 16 teams.

  • Date: Sunday, March 21, Monday, March 22
  • Venues: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indiana Farmers Coliseum, Lucas Oil Stadium
All second round games are expected to begin at 12:00 p.m. ET.

Sweet 16

The Sweet 16 phase of the tournament has a predetermined bracket structure. To reach this round, teams will need to win their first and second-round games.

  • Date: Saturday, March 27, Sunday, March 28
  • Venues: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Hinkle Fieldhouse

All second round games are expected to begin at 12:00 p.m. ET.

Elite Eight

The Elite Eight is the final round before the Final Four and will pit eight schools that have started the tournament with perfect 3-0 records.

  • Date: Monday, March 29, Tuesday, March 30
  • Venues: Lucas Oil Stadium

In previous NCAA Tournaments, these games would have been scheduled for Saturday and Sunday matchups.

All four of the games will take place at Lucas Oil Stadium and the action will begin in the evening at 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Final Four

No changes have been made to the 2021 Final Four, which will be played on Saturday April 3 from Lucas Oil Stadium as four teams will look to advance to the National Championship game on Monday April 5.

The Final Four will be made up of the winners of the South, East, West, and Midwest regions of the NCAA Tournament.

  • Date: Saturday, April 3
  • Venue: Lucas Oil Stadium

The Final Four is also known as the National Semifinals and the first of the two matchups is expected to start at 5:00 p.m. ET.

Championship Game

  • Date: Monday, April 5
  • Venue: Lucas Oil Stadium
  • The championship game will feature the winners of the national semifinals and tipoff is scheduled for 9:00 p.m. ET.

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