By Marc Lawrence — Selection Sunday 2021 for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament has arrived. The show will begin at 6 p.m. ET tonight on CBS.
As you know the entire 2021 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.
Every single March Madness game will be broadcast on TBS, TNT, TruTV and CBS. You can also stream every game on March Madness Live.
For a complete review of the facts surrounding this year’s NCAA Tournament simply click here.
Don’t look now but ESPN reports that Duke could play in the NCAA tourament if selected as an at-large team.
The Blue Devils withdrew from the ACC tournament Thursday after a positive COVID-19 test within the program.
At the time, athletic director Kevin White said in a statement that the cancellation of the conference tournament quarterfinal game “will end our 2020-21 season,” ending Duke’s streak of 24 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances.
To play in the NCAA tournament, a team needs to show seven consecutive negative daily tests before arriving in Indianapolis, then undergo daily testing while inside the controlled environment there.
Dan Gavitt, NCAA senior vice president of men’s basketball, has said that a team needs just five healthy players to play in an NCAA tournament game.
Iowa will return to the NCAA tournament for the 9th time overall, including five in the six past seasons.
This year, though, they will be lead by head coach Rick Pitino who took the reins for the Gaels this season.
Pitino has now earned an automatic bid from 6 different conferences, the most by any coach all-time.
FYI – From our NCAA Tourney Coaches Report in this year’s MARCH MADNESS TOURNAMENT GUIDE, available this Tuesday after 9:00 PM ET: Pitino is 50-17 all-time in this tourney, including 16-3 in the First round and 5-0 SUATS versus No. 5 seeds.