When Does March Madness Start? NCAA Tournament TV Schedule, Streaming Guide

when does march madness start

when does march madness start

The college basketball regular season is coming to end, which means that we are extremely close to the exciting March Madness tournament. The path to determine the best college basketball team in the country is easily the most entertaining time of the year for sports fans. Here is all of the information you will need in order to get the most enjoyment out of the March Madness tournament.

So, if you ask yourself, when does March Madness start, we have the answers, including the full NCAA Tournament TV schedule and streaming options!


When Does March Madness Start?

The nickname of the NCAA tournament may suggest that it lasts the entire month of March, but the tournament does not actually start until the middle of the month. All of the teams will learn their tournament fate during the selection show on March 13. The opening round games starts March 15, 2016 in Dayton, Ohio.


How Long Does March Madness Last?

The March Madness tournament features amazing college basketball action for a total of three weeks. The first game will tip off in the evening of March 13, and the championship game will take place on April 4. Check out our full March Madness streaming guide to get all the March Madness information you can handle.


How Do You Watch March Madness Without Cable?

Sling TV

Thanks to the power of technology, it is now possible to watch every game of the NCAA Basketball Tournament without a cable television package. CBS will carry a few of the biggest games each day of the tournament. You can watch all of the games on CBS for free using a digital receiver on your television, downloading the March Madness Live app or by visiting CBSSports.com. The cable channels TBS, TNT and TruTV will also be broadcasting games during the tournament. The best way to access these channels without cable is with Sling TV.

The basic Sling TV subscription includes all three of the cable channels broadcasting March Madness games along with more than 20 other channels for just $20 a month. Since there are no contracts with Sling TV, you can cancel the service at any time. Sling TV also has two special offers right now that will make it cheaper and easier to watch March Madness. You can take advantage of the free 7-day trial. You can also get a free Roku 2 box or half off a Roku 3 box if you sign up for three months of Sling TV service. You will need a digital media device connected to your TV to watch Sling TV, and the Roku is the best on the market right now.


What Is The NCAA Tournament TV Schedule?

When does March Madness start on TV? The opening games, otherwise known as the First Four, take place March 15 and 16 on TruTV. The first full day of the tournament starts on March 17. Afternoon and evening games will be shown each day on CBS, TBS, TNT and TruTV until the second round is concluded on March 20. The Sweet Sixteen begins on March 24 with games on CBS and TBS. Both of the Elite Eight games on March 26 will be shown on CBS, and the other two games in the round will be on TBS the next day. TBS will televise both Final Four games on April 2 and the National Championship game on April 4.

Check out the full NCAA Tournament TV schedule below from our March Madness channels guide:

*All times listed in Eastern Time

*All games on TBS, TNT, and TruTV available on Sling TV


Thursday, March 24

7:10 p.m. Miami vs Villanova (CBS)

7:37 p.m. Texas A&M vs Oklahoma (TBS)

9:40 p.m. Maryland vs Kansas (CBS)

9:55 p.m. Duke vs Oregon (TBS)

Friday, March 25

7:10 p.m. Iowa State vs Virginia (CBS)

7:27 p.m. Wisconsin vs Notre Dame (TBS)

9:40 p.m. Gonzaga vs Syracuse (CBS)

9:57 p.m. Indiana vs North Carolina (TBS)

Saturday, March 26 – 27

Elite 8 (TBS, CBS)

Saturday, April 2

Final Four (TBS, “homer coverage” on TNT and TruTV)

Monday, April 4

National Championship (TBS, “homer coverage” on TNT and TruTV)

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