NCAA Tournament Play-In Games 2021 Odds, How to Watch & Betting Lines for March Madness First Four Games

By David Hayes
NCAA March Madness Play-In Games Odds, Schedule, TV Coverage, How to Watch & Betting Lines for 2021 NCAA Tournament.
NCAA March Madness Play-In Games Odds, Schedule, TV Coverage, How to Watch & Betting Lines for 2021 NCAA Tournament. / Ethan Miller/Getty Images
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First Four NCAA Tournament Games

After the 2020 NCAA March Madness Tournament was canceled 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.

Play-In Games This Year

1. No. 16 Texas Southern vs No. 16 Mount St. Mary's

East Region - First Four
Date: Thursday, March 18, 2021
Time: 5:10 p.m. EST
Venue: Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall — Bloomington, IN
Coverage: truTV
Spread: TXSO: -2 (-110) | MSM: +2 (-110)
Winner Advances to Face: No. 1 Michigan

2. No. 11 Drake vs No. 11 Wichita State

West Region - First Four
Date: Thursday, March 18, 2021
Time: 6:27 p.m. EST
Venue: Mackey Arena — West Lafayette, IN
Coverage: TBS
Spread: DRKE: +2 (-116) | WICH: -2 (-106)
Winner Advances to Face: No. 6 USC

3. No. 16 Appalachian State vs No. 16 Norfolk State

West Region - First Four
Date: Thursday, March 18, 2021
Time: 8:40 p.m. EST
Venue: Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall — Bloomington, IN
Coverage: truTV
Spread: APP: -3 (-116) | NORF: +3 (-106)
Winner Advances to Face: No. 1 Gonzaga

4. No. 11 UCLA vs No. 11 Michigan State

East Region - First Four
Date: Thursday, March 18, 2021
Time: 9:57 p.m. EST
Venue: Mackey Arena — West Lafayette, IN
Coverage: TBS
Spread: UCLA: +1.5 (-106) | MSU: -1.5 (-116)
Winner Advances to Face: No. 6 BYU

March Madness Bracket 2021

NCAA Tournament March Madness Bracket 2021
NCAA Tournament March Madness Bracket 2021 /

Printable NCAA Tournament Bracket 2021

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