When does March Madness start? Full schedule for First Four, Round 1 games in 2024 NCAA Tournament

College basketball fans can rejoice: March Madness has arrived.

Whether you’ve just tuned in or have been watching all season, the excitement spikes as teams fight for their bid into the NCAA Tournament. Only 68 teams make the Big Dance, so every win matters.

That being said, the NCAA Tournament is intimidating to keep track of, especially for fans who only pay attention to college basketball during March. Following multiple teams, looking for potential upsets and trying to watch several games at once can be difficult.

All 67 games of the NCAA Tournament will be split across CBS, TNT, TBS and truTV, so fans will need to bounce between channels to keep up. That’s where The Sporting News steps in with all the information you need to know heading into college basketball’s biggest stage. Knowing when and where to tune in is critical to keep track of your bracket.

Here’s the full schedule of games, including dates, times and TV channels.

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When does March Madness start?

The NCAA Tournament kicks off with the First Four on Tuesday, March 19. The first four games of the tournament will determine who makes the cut from 68 to 64 teams.

The first round begins on Thursday, March 21 after the field is set and will begin the journey to the national championship on Monday, April 8.

Round Date
First Four March 19-20
Round 1 March 21-22
Round 2 March 23-24
Sweet 16 March 28-29
Elite Eight March 30-31
Final Four April 6
National championship April 8

MORE: Watch 2024 NCAA Tournament games with Sling TV

NCAA Tournament schedule 2024

Selection Sunday

Sunday, March 17

Time (ET) TV
6 p.m. CBS

First Four

Tuesday, March 19

Game Time (ET) TV
TBD vs. TBD 6:40 p.m. TruTV, Sling TV
TBD vs. TBD 9:10 p.m. TruTV, Sling TV

Wednesday, March 20

Game Time (ET) TV
TBD vs. TBD 6:40 p.m. TruTV, Sling TV
TBD vs. TBD 9:10 p.m. TruTV, Sling TV

Round 1

Thursday, March 21

Game Time (ET) TV
TBD vs. TBD 12:15 p.m.  
TBD vs. TBD 12:40 p.m.  
TBD vs. TBD 1:40 p.m.  
TBD vs. TBD 2 p.m.  
TBD vs. TBD 2:45 p.m.  
TBD vs. TBD 3:10 p.m.  
TBD vs. TBD 4:10 p.m.  
TBD vs. TBD 4:30 p.m.  
TBD vs. TBD 6:50 p.m.  
TBD vs. TBD 7:10 p.m.  
TBD vs. TBD 7:25 p.m.  
TBD vs. TBD 7:35 p.m.  
TBD vs. TBD 9:20 p.m.  
TBD vs. TBD 9:40 p.m.  
TBD vs. TBD 9:55 p.m.  
TBD vs. TBD 10:05 p.m.  

Friday, March 22

Game Time (ET) TV
TBD vs. TBD 12:15 p.m.  
TBD vs. TBD 12:40 p.m.  
TBD vs. TBD 1:40 p.m.  
TBD vs. TBD 2 p.m.  
TBD vs. TBD 2:45 p.m.  
TBD vs. TBD 3:10 p.m.  
TBD vs. TBD 4:10 p.m.  
TBD vs. TBD 4:30 p.m.  
TBD vs. TBD 6:50 p.m.  
TBD vs. TBD 7:10 p.m.  
TBD vs. TBD 7:25 p.m.  
TBD vs. TBD 7:35 p.m.  
TBD vs. TBD 9:20 p.m.  
TBD vs. TBD 9:40 p.m.  
TBD vs. TBD 9:55 p.m.  
TBD vs. TBD 10:05 p.m.  

Round 2

Saturday, March 23

Game Time (ET) TV
TBD vs. TBD Noon  
TBD vs. TBD 2:30 p.m.  
TBD vs. TBD 5 p.m.  
TBD vs. TBD 6 p.m.  
TBD vs. TBD 7 p.m.  
TBD vs. TBD 7:30 p.m.  
TBD vs. TBD 8:30 p.m.  
TBD vs. TBD 9:30 p.m.  

Sunday, March 24

Game Time (ET) TV
TBD vs. TBD Noon  
TBD vs. TBD 2:30 p.m.  
TBD vs. TBD 5 p.m.  
TBD vs. TBD 6 p.m.  
TBD vs. TBD 7 p.m.  
TBD vs. TBD 7:30 p.m.  
TBD vs. TBD 8:30 p.m.  
TBD vs. TBD 9:30 p.m.  

Sweet 16

Thursday, March 28

Game Time (ET) TV
TBD vs. TBD 7 p.m. CBS
TBD vs. TBD 7:30 p.m. CBS
TBD vs. TBD 8:45 p.m. TBS
TBD vs. TBD 9:30 p.m. TBS

Friday, March 29

Game Time (ET) TV
TBD vs. TBD 7 p.m. CBS
TBD vs. TBD 7:30 p.m. CBS
TBD vs. TBD 8:45 p.m. TBS
TBD vs. TBD 9:30 p.m. TBS

Elite Eight

Saturday, March 30

Game Time (ET) TV
TBD vs. TBD 6 p.m. TBS
TBD vs. TBD 8:30 p.m. TBS

Sunday, March 31

Game Time (ET) TV
TBD vs. TBD 2 p.m. CBS
TBD vs. TBD 4:55 p.m. CBS

Final Four

Saturday, April 6

Game Time (ET) TV
TBD vs. TBD 6 p.m. TBS
TBD vs. TBD 8:30 p.m. TBS

National championship

Monday, April 8

Game Time (ET) TV
TBD vs. TBD 9 p.m. TBS

MORE: Buy tickets for any NCAA Tournament game

Odds to win March Madness 2024

The UConn Huskies are favored to win the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row. It would be the first repeat champion since the Florida Gators did so in 2006 and 2007.

Here are the odds via BetMGM as of Monday, March 11:

  • UConn (+500)
  • Houston (+600)
  • Purdue (+700)
  • Arizona (+1000)
  • Tennessee (+1100)
  • North Carolina (+1800)
  • Auburn (+2000)
  • Kentucky (+2200)
  • Duke (+2500)
  • Alabama (+2500)
  • Kansas (+2500)
  • Marquette (+2500)
  • Iowa State (+2500)
  • Creighton (+3000)
  • Illinois (+3000)
  • Baylor (+3500)
  • Michigan State (+5000)
  • BYU (+5000)
  • Gonzaga (+6000)
  • San Diego State (+6000)
  • St. Mary’s (+6600)

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