Live stream March Madness games today: TV channels, tip times, odds, announcers, favorites, watch 2021 NCAA Tournament first round online

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The men’s 2021 NCAA Tournament is officially underway after taking a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to PointsBet, Gonzaga is the current favorite to win it all. See below for all you need to know about the first round including start times, dates, how to watch on TV, channels, announcers, odds, favorites and more.

RELATED: Should Gonzaga be the favorite to win the men’s 2021 NCAA Tournament?

All odds listed below are provided by PointsBet. Don’t forget to check out PointsBet to place bets on every March Madness game.

How to live stream NCAA Tournament games today

For those with a valid cable login, you can watch the NCAA Tournament games live with with NCAA March Madness Live. You can download the app on many devices including your phone, laptop, Roku, Fire TV, Xbox or Apple TV. Alternate ways to watch March Madness games without cable include: YouTube TV, Sling TV, Hulu with Live TV and AT&T TV. Games specifically airing on CBS can be streamed live with fuboTV, which offers a free trial.

2021 March Madness First Round TV Schedule, Odds

Saturday, March 20

(16) Norfolk St. vs. (1) Gonzaga

  • Start time: 9:20 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: TBS

(11) UCLA vs. (6) BYU -3.5

  • Start time: 9:40 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: CBS

(14) Abilene Christian vs. (3) Texas -8.5

  • Start time: 9:50 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: truTV

Friday, March 19

TIME / TV GAMES / ANNOUNCERS
12:15 p.m.

CBS

(10) Virginia Tech vs. (7) Florida
Jim Nantz / Bill Raftery / Grant Hill / Tracy Wolfson
12:45 p.m.

truTV

(14) Colgate vs. (3) Arkansas (-8.5)
Spero Dedes / Brendan Haywood / Lauren Shehadi
1:15 p.m.

TBS

(16) Drexel vs. (1) Illinois (-22.5)
Kevin Harlan / Dan Bonner / Dana Jacobson
1:45 p.m.

TNT

(11) Utah State vs. (6) Texas Tech (-4)
Carter Blackburn / Debbie Antonelli / Evan Washburn
3 p.m.

CBS

(15) Oral Roberts vs. (2) Ohio State (-16)
Ian Eagle / Jim Spanarkel / Jamie Erdahl
3:30 p.m.

truTV

(16) Hartford vs. (1) Baylor (-25.5)
Lisa Byington / Steve Smith / AJ Ross
4 p.m.

TBS

(9) Georgia Tech vs. (8) Loyola Chicago (-5.5)
Jim Nantz / Bill Raftery / Grant Hill / Tracy Wolfson
4:30 p.m.

TNT

(12) Oregon State vs. (5) Tennessee (-8.5)
Spero Dedes / Brendan Haywood / Lauren Shehadi
6:25 p.m.

TBS

(13) Liberty vs. (4) Oklahoma State (-7.5)
Kevin Harlan / Dan Bonner / Dana Jacobson
7:10 p.m.

CBS

(9) Wisconsin vs. (8) North Carolina (-1.5)
Ian Eagle / Jim Spanarkel / Jamie Erdahl
7:15 p.m.

truTV

(15) Cleveland State vs. (2) Houston (-20)
Carter Blackburn / Debbie Antonelli / Evan Washburn
7:25 p.m.

TNT

(13) North Texas vs. (4) Purdue (-7.5)
Tom McCarthy / Avery Johnson / AJ Ross
9:20 p.m.

TBS

(10) Rutgers vs. (7) Clemson
Spero Dedes / Brendan Haywood / Lauren Shehadi
9:40 p.m.

CBS

(11) Syracuse vs. (6) San Diego State (-3)
Jim Nantz / Bill Raftery / Grant Hill / Tracy Wolfson
9:50 p.m.

truTV

(14) Morehead State vs. (3) West Virginia (-13)
Lisa Byington / Steve Smith / AJ Ross
9:57 p.m.

TNT

(12) Winthrop vs. (5) Villanova (-6.5)
Kevin Harlan / Dan Bonner / Dana Jacobson

Saturday, March 20

TIME / TV GAMES / ANNOUNCERS
12:15 p.m.

CBS

(12) Georgetown vs. (5) Colorado (-6.5)
Andrew Catalon / Steve Lappas / AJ Ross
12:45 p.m.

truTV

(13) UNC Greensboro vs. (4) Florida State (-10.5)
Brian Anderson / Jim Jackson / Allie LaForce
1:15 p.m.

TBS

(14) Eastern Washington vs. (3) Kansas (-10.5)
Brad Nessler / Steve Lavin / Evan Washburn
1:45 p.m.

TNT

(9) St. Bonaventure vs. (8) LSU (-1.5)
Carter Blackburn / Debbie Antonelli / Evan Washburn
3 p.m.

CBS

(16) Texas Southern vs. (1) Michigan
Ian Eagle / Jim Spanarkel / Jamie Erdahl
3:30 p.m.

truTV

(12) UC Santa Barbara vs. (5) Creighton (-7.5)
Lisa Byington / Steve Smith / AJ Ross
4 p.m.

TBS

(15) Iona vs. (2) Alabama (-17)
Andrew Catalon / Steve Lappas / AJ Ross
4:30 p.m.

TNT

(11) Drake vs. (6) USC
Brian Anderson / Jim Jackson / Allie LaForce
6:25 p.m.

TBS

(15) Grand Canyon vs. (2) Iowa (-14.5)
Brad Nessler / Steve Lavin / Evan Washburn
7:10 p.m.

CBS

(10) Maryland vs. (7) UConn (-3)
Ian Eagle / Jim Spanarkel / Jamie Erdahl
7:15 p.m.

truTV

(13) Ohio vs. (4) Virginia (-7.5)
Carter Blackburn / Debbie Antonelli / Evan Washburn
7:25 p.m.

TNT

(9) Missouri vs. (8) Oklahoma
Tom McCarthy / Avery Johnson / AJ Ross
9:20 p.m.

TBS

(16) Norfolk St. vs. (1) Gonzaga
Brian Anderson / Jim Jackson / Allie LaForce
9:40 p.m.

CBS

(11) UCLA vs. (6) BYU
Andrew Catalon / Steve Lappas / AJ Ross
9:50 p.m.

truTV

(14) Abilene Christian vs. (3) Texas (-9)
Lisa Byington / Steve Smith / AJ Ross
9:57 p.m.

TNT

(10) VCU vs. (7) Oregon (-5)
Brad Nessler / Steve Lavin / Evan Washburn

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NIL and NCAA: What to know about the new policy and how NBC Sports can help

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As of July 1, 2021, a new NCAA policy has been in effect allowing student-athletes from all three divisions to monetize their name, image, and likeness (often referred to as NIL). As long as the activities are “consistent with the law of the state where the school is located,” athletes now have the opportunity to accept endorsements from brands, monetize their social media presences, and work with professional firms to coordinate deals.

Click here for additional information and guidelines regarding NCAA NIL policies and keep reading to find answers to questions such as how NIL works as well as how NBC Sports can help.

What is NIL and NBC Sports Athlete Direct?

NBC Sports Athlete Direct is coming to a school near you. The program enables college student-athletes to earn money from their name, image, and likeness (NIL) through a unique marketplace that connects athletes with advertisers. NBC Sports Athlete Direct will work to provide equal opportunities to all student-athletes, regardless of which team you play on or any statistical performance.

How will the NIL Marketplace work?

Advertisers will use NBC Sports Athlete Direct to make NIL offers available to college student-athletes. College student-athletes will then have the option to participate in the NIL offer. Those who decide to participate and complete the advertiser’s campaign requirements will be compensated based on a predetermined rate.

How much money can athletes make participating in NBC Sports Athlete Direct?

Compensation will vary by advertiser campaign.

When will NBC Sports Athlete Direct launch and how can I sign up?

NBC Sports Athlete Direct will officially launch in the Fall of 2022 but prior to that, we will be launching a pilot program soon, exclusively for Temple and Vanderbilt student-athletes.

In the meantime, click here to fill out a student-athlete interest form and once it is available at your school, we will notify you and provide you with additional information on how to sign up.

If I participate in NIL offers from NBC Sports Athlete Direct, do I still have the freedom to do other NIL deals that are not related to NBC Sports Athlete Direct?

Yes, this program is non-exclusive so our student-athletes will have the freedom to participate in other NIL deals that are not related to NBC Sports Athlete Direct.

What are the rules or restrictions for participating in this program?

Unfortunately, international students and students under the age of 18 are not eligible to participate in the pilot program at this time.

Kentucky to allow college athletes to earn off likeness

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FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear signed an executive order Thursday allowing the state’s college athletes – including players on the nationally renowned Kentucky and Louisville men’s basketball teams – to make money through the use of their name, image or likeness.

The Democratic governor said he took the action as a matter of fairness for college athletes. It will spare Kentucky’s colleges from being at a competitive disadvantage with rivals in other states that will have laws enabling athletes to profit off their name, image or likeness, he said.

“This is important to our student-athletes, who for decades, others – whether it’s companies or institutions – have profited on,” Beshear told reporters. “These athletes deserve to be a part of that.”

Beshear said his executive order takes effect July 1, when similar legislation passed in several other states will become law. His office said he was the first governor to make the change by executive order.

The governor’s action won praise from the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville. UK plays in the Southeastern Conference and UofL competes in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

“Bringing the state of Kentucky into competitive balance with other states across the country and, more specifically, the Atlantic Coast Conference is critical,” Vince Tyra, U of L’s vice president for intercollegiate athletics, said in a release issued by the governor’s office.

UK athletics director Mitch Barnhart said the governor’s action “provides us the flexibility we need at this time to further develop policies around name, image and likeness.”

“We are appreciative of that support, as it is a bridge until such time as state and/or federal laws are enacted,” Barnhart said in the same release from Beshear’s office. “The landscape of college sports is now in the midst of dramatic and historic change – perhaps the biggest set of shifts and changes since scholarships were first awarded decades ago.”

In Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, New Mexico and Texas, laws go into effect July 1 that make it impermissible for the NCAA and members schools to prevent athletes from being paid by third parties for things like sponsorship deals, online endorsements and personal appearances.

The NCAA had hoped for a national law from Congress that has not come, and its own rule-making has been bogged down for months. College sports leaders are instead moving toward the type of patchwork regulation they have been warning against for months.