How to Watch '2021 Selection Sunday' in USA: Schedule, Start Time, TV Channels, Live Streams without Cable
How to Watch '2021 Selection Sunday' in USA: Schedule, Start Time, TV Channels, Live Streams without Cable

What Time and When does March Madness 2021 begin?

The 2021 NCAA March Madness Selection Show will feature the live announcements of the bracket for the 2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, and will be broadcast on CBS on Sunday, March 14, at 6:00 p.m. ET.

Since last year's March Madness was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. All Men’s basketball championship will be played in Indiana, with the majority of the tournament’s 67 games taking place in Indianapolis. Some of the dates are a little different this season, too. The First Four is Thursday, March 18. The first round is Friday and Saturday, March 19 and 20. Action continues through to the Final Four on Saturday, April 3, and the national championship game on Monday, April 5.

In the past 48 hours, the Kansas Jayhawks, Virginia Cavaliers, and Duke Blue Devils all withdrew from their respective conference tournaments because of COVID-19 cases within their programs.

The one-hour broadcast will feature the likes of Greg Gumbel, Clark Kellogg, and Seth Davis discussing the slow reveal of the bracket.

Here’s what you need to know about Selection Sunday 2021:

What: 2021 NCAA March Madness Selection Show

When: Sunday, March 14, 2021

Where: New York

Time: 6:00 p.m. ET

TV: CBS

Channel finder:Verizon Fios, AT&T TV, Comcast Xfinity, Spectrum/Charter, Optimum/Altice, Cox, DIRECTV, Dish.

Live stream*:fuboTV (free 7-day trial), Paramount+ (free 1-month trial), AT&T TV, Hulu + Live TV (free 7-day trial), YouTubeTV (free 7-day trial)

How to Watch March Madness - Selection Sunday 2021: TV channels

Every single March Madness game will be broadcast on either TBS, TNT, TruTV or CBS. You can also stream every game on March Madness Live.

How to participate in March Madness?

By filling out a bracket! Bracket Challenge Game, the official bracket game of the NCAA, will open immediately after the committee announces the field on Selection Sunday. The brackets will lock before the first game of the first round begins, so get your picks in before then. How hard is filling out a bracket? Well no one has ever gotten a perfect bracket, but that shouldn’t stop you from trying.

How to Live Stream March Madness without Cable

If you do not have access to a television, you can stream Selection Sunday on the NCAA March Madness Live app, the same app you will be able to watch the NCAA Tournament on.

March Madness can be streamed live on fuboTV, Paramount+, AT&T TV, Hulu + Live TV and other live TV streaming services.

Live streams with a VPN

If you can't get CBS or Paramount Plus where you are for some strange reason — and you can't watch the Selection Sunday 2021 live stream, you're not out of luck. With a virtual private network, or VPN, you can appear to be surfing the web from your home town (or somewhere that blackouts won't hit), and access the same streaming services you already paid for.

Not sure which VPN is right for you? We've tested many different services and our pick for the best VPN overall is ExpressVPN. ExpressVPN offers superb speeds and excellent customer service, and IPVanish's low pricing is shocking.

Live Streams Selection Sunday 2021 in the US

In the US, the Selection Sunday bracket airs on CBS at 6 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 14. You can watch it all on one of our favorite streaming services: fuboTV, as well as Paramount Plus, the latest streaming service on the block. When March Madness begins in earnest, though, you might be better off with the combination of Sling and Paramount Plus for CBS. Sling gets you TruTV, TBS and TNT, which aren't on Fubo.

How much does fuboTV cost?

The cheapest option is the family package at $64.99 and includes 120 channels, 250 hours of DVR space and can be used on three screens at once.

The fubo Elite package is $79.99 per month, and offers more than 170 channels, including Showtime channels, extra sports channels and extra news and entertainment channels.

Selection Sunday live streams in the UK

American basketball fans unable to watch the tournament while travelling may need to check out a service such as ExpressVPN, as we can't find the Selection Sunday in UK streaming services.

Selection Sunday live streams in Canada

We can't tell how many of the college basketball games will be airing on TSN, but we can see it has some ACC games. TSN2 has a bracketology special at 7 p.m. ET, so that may be your best bet. Completists without a way to watch the games, though should — like those in the UK — take a VPN service such as ExpressVPN for a spin.

2021 March Madness: Complete schedule, dates

OUND DATES LOCATIONS
Selection Sunday Sunday, March 14
First Four Thursday, March 18 Mackey Arena, Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall
First Round Friday, March 19 and Saturday, March 20 Mackey Arena, Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indiana Farmers Coliseum, Lucas Oil Stadium
Second Round Sunday, March 21 and Monday, March 22 Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indiana Farmers Coliseum, Lucas Oil Stadium
Sweet 16 Saturday, March 27 and Sunday, March 28 Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Hinkle Fieldhouse
Elite Eight Monday, March 29 and Tuesday, March 30 Lucas Oil Stadium
Final Four Saturday, April 3 and Monday, April 5

Lucas Oil Stadium

How are the teams selected for the bracket?

Here's information on how teams make the 68-team field each season.

There are two ways that a team can earn a bid to the NCAA tournament. The 32 Division I conferences (31 in 2021) all receive an automatic bid, which they each award to the team that wins the postseason conference tournament. Regardless of how a team performed during the regular season, if they are eligible for postseason play and win their conference tournament, they receive a bid to the NCAA tournament. These teams are known as automatic qualifiers.

The second avenue for an invitation is an at-large bid. The selection committee (more on them in a second) convenes on Selection Sunday, after all regular season and conference tournament games are played, and decides which 36 teams (37 in 2021) that are not automatic qualifiers have the pedigree to earn an invitation to the tournament.

March Madness selection committee

The 10-member NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Committee is responsible for selecting, seeding and bracketing the field for the NCAA Tournament. School and conference administrators are nominated by their conference, serve five-year terms and represent a cross-section of the Division I membership.

There are a multitude of stats and rankings that the Selection Committee takes into account, but there is no set formula that determines whether a team receives an at-large bid or not.

Once the field of 68 is finalized, each team is assigned a seed and placed in one of four regions, which determines their first-round matchups and their path to the championship.

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