2021 NCAA Bracket: March Madness First Round Schedule & More

2021 NCAA Tournament Bracket plus lots more
Samuel Farley
Mon, March 15, 11:15 AM EDT

Selection Sunday is in the books and March Madness is almost upon us. Here we're going to show you the bracket and give you all the essential information you need ahead of Thursday's First Four and then the First Round proper.

2021 March Madness Bracket

How are March Madness teams chosen?

The winner of every conference tournament gets an automatic entry. Then the remainding teams are made up by invitations from the selection committee who meet on Selection Sunday, the Sunday before the tournament and decided which teams who didn't automatically qualify deserve a spot in the tournament.

Who is the March Madness selection committee?

The NCAA Men's Division 1 Basketball Committee is a 10 perso strong committee who decide the qualifiers, seeding and the brackets for the NCAA Tournament. It's made up for school and conference administrators who are nominated by their conference.

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Why do they seed the teams at March Madness?

On Selection Sunday the committee seed each team on each side of the bracket. These seedings are based on regular and conference tournament performance and the best 4 teams are given the #1 seed, teams ranked 5-8 are #2 seeds and so on. 

Who has won the most NCAA Tournaments?

UCLA have won more titles than anybody, with a total of 11. Amazingly they won 10 of those across 12 years between 1964 and 1975. There is a total of 35 teams who have won the Champonship.

Who won March Madness last year?

March Madness didn't take place last year with the NCAA Tournament a casualty of the Covid-19 pandemic. The last winner was Virginia in 2019. Prior to that Villanova had won in 2018 and 2016.

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2021 March Madness: Complete Schedule, dates and bracket

First Four — Thursday, March 18

(16) Texas Southern vs. (16) Mount St. Mary's 5:10 p.m.

(11) Drake vs. (11) Wichita State 6:27 p.m.

(16) Appalachian State vs. (16) Norfolk State 8:40 p.m.

(11) UCLA vs. (11) Michigan State 9:57 p.m.

First Round — Friday, March 19

(7) Florida vs. (10) Virginia Tech 12:15 p.m.

(3) Arkansas vs. (14) Colgate 12:45 p.m.

(1) Illinois vs. (16) Drexel 1:15 p.m.

(6) Texas Tech vs. (11) Utah State 1:45 p.m.

(2) Ohio State vs. (15) Oral Roberts 3 p.m.

(1) Baylor vs. (16) Hartford 3:30 p.m.

(8) Loyola Chicago vs. (9) Georgia Tech 4 p.m.

(5) Tennessee vs. (12) Oregon State 4:30 p.m.

(4) Oklahoma State vs. (13) Liberty 6:25 p.m.

(8) North Carolina vs. (9) Wisconsin 7:10 p.m.

(2) Houston vs. (15) Cleveland State 7:15 p.m.

(4) Purdue vs. (13) North Texas 7:25 p.m.

(7) Clemson vs. (10) Rutgers 9:20 p.m.

(6) San Diego State vs. (11) Syracuse 9:40 p.m.

(3) West Virginia vs. (14) Morehead State 9:50 p.m.

(5) Villanova vs. (12) Winthrop 9:57 p.m.

First Round — Saturday, March 20

(5) Colorado vs. (12) Georgetown 12:15 p.m.

(4) Florida State vs. (13) UNC Greensboro 12:45 p.m.

(3) Kansas vs. (14) Eastern Washington 1:15 p.m.

(8) LSU vs. (9) St. Bonaventure 1:45 p.m.

(1) Michigan vs. (16) Mount St. Mary's/Texas Southern 3 p.m.

(5) Creighton vs. (12) UC Santa Barbara 3:30 p.m.

(2) Alabama vs. (15) Iona 4 p.m.

(6) USC vs. (11) Wichita State/Drake 4:30 p.m.

(2) Iowa vs. (15) Grand Canyon 6:25 p.m.

(7) UConn vs. (10) Maryland 7:10 p.m.

(4) Virginia vs. (13) Ohio 7:15 p.m.

(8) Oklahoma vs. (9) Missouri 7:25 p.m.

(1) Gonzaga vs. (16) Norfolk State/Appalachian State 9:20 p.m.

(6) BYU vs. (11) Michigan State/UCLA 9:40 p.m.

(3) Texas vs. (14) Abilene Christian 9:50 p.m.

(7) Oregon vs. (10) VCU 9:57 p.m.

Second round: 12 p.m. Sunday 21 March and Monday 22 March

Sweet 16: 2 p.m. Saturday 27 March and 1 p.m. Sunday 28 March

Elite Eight: 7 p.m. Monday 29 March and 6 p.m. Tuesday 30 March

Final Four: 5 p.m. Saturday 3 April

NCAA championship game: 9 p.m. Monday 5 April

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