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First March Madness Game 2021 NCAA Tournament Start Time, Schedule & Location

By David Hayes
The first March Madness game of the 2021 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament teams, tipoff time and location.
The first March Madness game of the 2021 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament teams, tipoff time and location. / Kirk Irwin/Getty Images
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First March Madness Game 2021

After the 2020 NCAA March Madness Tournament was cancelled due to COVID-19 in March of 2020, it's been two years since we've seen the tournament field set.

However, thanks to an elaborate plan to host the entire 2021 NCAA Tournament in the Indianapolis greater area and other various locations around the state, March Madness is officially back this year.

NCAA Tournament First Game

The 2021 NCAA Tournament kicks off this Thursday, March 18, in a First Four matchup between the Texas Southern Tigers and Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers at 5:10 p.m. EST at the Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana.

How to Watch March Madness First Game

Thursday's 5:10 p.m. EST tipoff for Texas Southern vs Mt. Saint Mary's will be broadcast live on truTV.

March Madness First Game Odds

The Texas Southern Tigers have already opened as 2-point favorites over the Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.


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David Hayes is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, David Hayes also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username DavidWHayes. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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