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2021 Notre Dame Football Blue-Gold Game: How to Watch, Time, Streaming Info


Notre Dame football will wrap up its spring practice slate on May 1 with the Blue-Gold Game. The game will be streamed on Peacock, with coverage beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET.

Notre Dame’s spring schedule was canceled after only one practice last year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, making this year’s exhibition the first Blue-Gold Game since 2019.

Marking the culmination of spring practices, the Blue-Gold game will provide a look into the program heading into the summer.

The Irish have a quarterback competition brewing between Jack Coan, the Wisconsin graduate transfer, and Drew Pyne, the rising sophomore who appeared in four games in 2020 — although Coan seems to be the current favorite for the job. Tyler Buchner, the highly touted recruit from Southern California, will look to be in the quarterback mix as well.

Meanwhile, top running back Kyren Williams will have the chance to build on a stellar breakout season while rising sophomore Chris Tyree is expected to continue adding valuable reps.

The spring game will also provide the first extended look at a new offensive line that will be replacing four starters who left for the NFL. On the other side of the ball, the Blue-Gold Game will give a glimpse into the defense’s spring work under new coordinator Marcus Freeman.

How to watch Notre Dame Blue-Gold Game:

Where: Peacock (free access)

When: May 1, 2021

Time: 12:30 p.m. ET

Ticket parameters for the Blue-Gold Game will remain the same as during the 2020 season, so only students, faculty, staff and families of players can attend.

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Men’s 2021 NCAA Tournament odds: Should Gonzaga be the favorite to win March Madness?

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The days between Selection Sunday and tournament tipoff bring about a perennial bracket question: Will the No. 1 overall seed win it all?

Although often appearing to be the obvious choice, the No. 1 overall seed hasn’t been crowned champion of the NCAA men’s tournament since 2007 and has only made it to the Final Four twice in the last 10 years.

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Predicting the top-ranked team will lose before the Final Four has paid off in each of the last four years — but be wary of that this time.

While top-ranked teams often fall short, No. 1 Gonzaga has what it takes to cut down the nets in April.

Click here for the full, printable PDF version of the 2021 men’s March Madness bracket.

Current favorites, odds to win the men’s 2021 NCAA Tournament

According to PointsBet, Gonzaga leads the way as the clear favorite to win it all:

  1. Gonzaga (+130)
  2. Baylor (+240)
  3. Houston (+450)
  4. Michigan (+550)
  5. USC (+1400)
  6. UCLA (+2200)

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The year of the Zags

From start to finish, Gonzaga (26-0) has shown few weaknesses. Mark Few’s Bulldogs opened their season with a 102-90 win over then-No. 6 Kansas and closed it with an 88-78 victory over BYU in the West Coast Conference Tournament. In between, the Zags beat then-No. 3 Iowa 99-88 and then-No. 16 Virginia 98-75.

Led by three players on the 2021 Wooden Award National Ballot, Gonzaga is difficult to guard. Those three players — senior small forward Corey Kispert, freshman guard Jalen Suggs and sophomore forward Drew Timme — combine for 52.2 points per game.

Kispert, who leads the team in scoring with 19.2 points per game, also collected AP first-team All-American honors. Suggs and Timme made the second team, and junior guard Joel Ayayi rounded out the group with an honorable mention nod. Gonzaga was the only program with four players on the AP All-America teams.

The four All-American honorees lead a high-scoring and efficient offense: The Zags’ 92.1 points per game leads the nation by a significant margin. Colgate, the only other team averaging over 85 points, trails with 86.3. Meanwhile, the Zags have held opponents to an average of 69.1 points per game — an average margin of victory of 23 points.

The Bulldogs’ field-goal percentage (55.1%) is also first in the nation, well ahead of Stephen F. Austin’s 52.1%.

For good reason, Gonzaga hasn’t lost a game in over a year, but every team the Zags meet in the tournament will try to change that.

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What would it take to beat Gonzaga?

BYU (20-6) gave Gonzaga its toughest test of the season in the WCC Tournament championship. The Cougars capitalized on Gonzaga’s first-half shooting struggles to go on an 11-0 run and take as much as a 14-point lead. BYU led by 12 at the half, but Kispert hit three deep shots in a row as the Zags pulled within three. The Cougars fought to maintain a lead, but Gonzaga went ahead with seven minutes remaining and didn’t trail again.

After BYU shot 68% in the first half, Gonzaga added full-court pressure in the second, holding the Cougars to 25 points in the second half.

Teams have struggled to defend Gonzaga in transition, and the Bulldogs’ scoring distribution makes them hard to defend. Gonzaga has only scored fewer than 80 points on two occasions and has broken 100 on five. Beating them almost certainly requires an opponent to build a quick lead, then maintain it by shooting better than the Zags and breaking 80 points.

A potential meeting with Baylor in the championship could easily spoil the Bulldogs’ perfect run, as the Bears’ high-powered offense averages 84.4 points per game. The two teams were originally supposed to meet in December, but the game was canceled due to COVID-19 protocols.

A prospective Elite Eight matchup with Iowa could also be trouble for Gonzaga, as Hawkeyes center Luka Garza could overwhelm the Bulldogs in the paint.

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Recent history of the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament

The top-ranked team in the NCAA men’s tournament has often struggled on its road to the Final Four.

The last time the top overall seed made it past the Elite Eight was in 2015, when top-ranked Kentucky clinched a Final Four berth before being knocked out by eventual champion Wisconsin. Since then, top overall seeds Kansas (2016) and Duke (2019) lost in their respective Elite Eights, while Villanova (2017) lost in the second round and Virginia (2018) was the first one-seed to be upset by a 16-seed.

A top-ranked team hasn’t taken home the men’s tournament trophy since 2007, when Billy Donovan’s Florida team beat one-seed Ohio State 84-75 in the national championship.

More importantly, a men’s team hasn’t finished the season undefeated since Indiana in 1976.

If Mark Few’s Gonzaga team does it this year, it would go down as the best team in program history — and one of the best in the history of the tournament.

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2021 NCAA women’s tournament: TV schedule, tip times, dates, game previews, scores

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For the 64 teams in the NCAA women’s tournament, it’s finally time to dance. Two years after Baylor edged Notre Dame 82-81 in the 2019 national championship, the tournament is back.

This year’s tournament started off with significant controversy: players and coaches from multiple teams took to social media to highlight the unequal resources provided to the male and female players. Most notable was the discrepancy in the supplies in the two weight rooms, but further inequities included food, COVID tests and even the content of the swag bags.

Oregon’s Sedona Prince has provided some of the most detailed chronicles from San Antonio, including a video of the updated weight room after stars like Sue Bird, A’ja Wilson and Steph Curry weighed in and called for action from the NCAA. Follow On Her Turf for continued updates on this story throughout the tournament.

The first round of the NCAA women’s tournament kicked off Sunday, March 21. This year’s No. 1 seeds — NC State, South Carolina, Stanford and UConn — headline the field as action gets underway from the San Antonio area.

Click here for a full, printable version of the 2021 NCAA women’s tournament bracket

Women’s NCAA Tournament TV Schedule 2021

First Round

Monday, March 22

  • Where: Alamodome, Bill Greehey Arena, Frank Erwin Center, University Events Center, UTSA Convention Center (San Antonio, Austin, San Marcos)
  • Start time: 12 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU

Second Round

Tuesday, March 23

  • Where: Alamodome, Bill Greehey Arena, UTSA Convention Center (San Antonio)
  • Start time: 3 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU

Wednesday, March 24

  • Where: Alamodome, Bill Greehey Arena, UTSA Convention Center (San Antonio)
  • Start time: 1 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: ESPN2, ESPNU

Sweet 16

Saturday, March 27

  • Where: Alamodome (San Antonio)
  • Start time: 1 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: ABC, ESPN2

Sunday, March 28

  • Where: Alamodome (San Antonio)
  • Start time: 1 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: ABC, ESPN

Elite Eight

Monday, March 29

  • Where: Alamodome (San Antonio)
  • Start time: 7 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: ESPN

Tuesday, March 30

  • Where: Alamodome (San Antonio)
  • Start time: 7 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: ESPN

Final Four

Friday, April 2

  • Where: Alamodome (San Antonio)
  • Start time: 6 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: ESPN

National Championship

Sunday, April 4

  • Where: Alamodome (San Antonio)
  • Start time: 6 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: ESPN

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2021 NCAA Women’s Tournament Scores and Results

First Round Results

Sunday, March 21

(5) Iowa def. (12) Central Michigan 87-72
(7) Virginia Tech def. (10) Marquette 70-63
(8) Oklahoma State def. (9) Wake Forest 84-61
(4) Kentucky def. (13) Idaho State 71-63
(3) Tennessee def. (14) Middle Tennessee 87-62
(6) Michigan def. (11) Florida Gulf Coast 87-66
(1) NC State def. (16) North Carolina A&T 79-58
(2) Baylor def. 15 Jackson 101-52
(5) Georgia Tech def. Stephen F. Austin 54-52
(8) Syracuse def. (9) South Dakota State 72-55
(1) South Carolina def. (16) Mercer 79-53
(8) Oregon State def. (9) Florida State 83-59
(1) UConn def. (16) High Point 102-59
(4) West Virginia def. (13) Lehigh 77-53
(8) South Florida def. (9) Washington State 57-53
(1) Stanford def. (16) Utah Valley 87-44

First Round Schedule

Monday, March 22 – Coverage begins at noon ET on ESPN

(10) North Carolina vs. (7) Alabama
(14) Drexel vs. (3) Georgia
(11) BYU vs. (6) Rutgers
(13) Wright State vs. (4) Arkansas
(14) Stony Brook vs. (3) Arizona
(13) VCU vs. (4) Indiana
(15) Mount St. Mary’s vs. (2) Maryland
(12) Belmont vs. (5) Gonzaga
(10) UCF vs. (7) Northwestern
(10) Michigan State vs. (7) Iowa State
(15) Troy vs. (2) Texas A&M
(12) UC Davis vs. (5) Missouri State
(15) Marist vs. (2) Louisville
(11) Bradley vs. (6) Texas
(14) Wyoming vs. (3) UCLA
(11) South Dakota vs. (6) Oregon

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2021 Women’s NCAA Tournament Bracket


  • (1) NC State vs. (16) North Carolina A&T

The Wolfpack (20-2) hit their stride late in the season but face a difficult test against two-seed Texas A&M if the teams meet the Elite Eight. NC State edged Louisville 58-56 in the ACC championship game, beating the Cardinals for the second time this season after an initial matchup saw the Wolfpack knock off then-No. 1 Louisville in early February. The Wolfpack have the pieces to be a title contender — but so does their region’s second-ranked team.

  • (8) South Florida vs. (9) Washington State
  • (5) Gonzaga vs. (12) Belmont
  • (4) Indiana vs. (13) VCU
  • (6) Rutgers vs. (11) BYU
  • (3) Arizona vs. (14) Stony Brook
  • (7) Iowa State vs. (10) Michigan State
  • (2) Texas A&M vs. (15) Troy


  • (1) South Carolina vs. (16) Mercer

Dawn Staley’s Gamecocks (22-4) knocked off both Tennessee and Georgia 67-52 en route to an SEC championship, but they struggled against highly ranked opponents this season. South Carolina dropped contests to one-seeds NC State (54-46) and UConn (63-59 OT), as well as two-seed Texas A&M (65-57). Their first player off the bench, LeLe Grissett, will miss the whole tournament due to a lower leg injury suffered during the SEC championship game.

  • (8) Oregon State vs. (9) Florida State
  • (5) Georgia Tech vs. (12) Stephen F. Austin
  • (4) West Virginia vs. (13) Lehigh
  • (6) Texas vs. (11) Bradley
  • (3) UCLA vs. (14) Wyoming
  • (7) Alabama vs. (10) North Carolina
  • (2) Maryland vs. (15) Mount St. Mary’s


  • (1) Stanford vs. (16) Utah Valley

Stanford (25-2) hasn’t lost a game since late January, when the Cardinal dropped their only two losses of the season in back-to-back matchups against Colorado and UCLA. Since then, Stanford has dominated the Pac-12, rolling through the conference tournament to beat UCLA 75-55 in the championship. That strong defensive performance is a hallmark of this Stanford team; the Cardinal have held opponents to an average of 52.7 points per game.

  • (8) Oklahoma State vs. (9) Wake Forest
  • (5) Missouri State vs. (12) UC Davis
  • (4) Arkansas vs. (13) Wright State
  • (6) Oregon vs. (11) South Dakota
  • (3) Georgia vs. (14) Drexel
  • (7) Northwestern vs. (10) UCF
  • (2) Louisville vs. (15) Marist

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  • (1) UConn vs. (16) High Point

The Huskies (24-1) will be without coach Geno Auriemma for the first two rounds of the NCAA women’s tournament after he tested positive for COVID-19. Freshman standout Paige Bueckers leads the Huskies in points per game (19.7) and assists per game (6.1) — and will now look to lead them to the Final Four. But as the Huskies seek their 13th consecutive Final Four appearance, a prospective Elite Eight matchup with Baylor looms on the bracket.

  • (8) Syracuse vs. (9) South Dakota State
  • (5) Iowa vs. (12) Central Michigan
  • (4) Kentucky vs. (13) Idaho State
  • (6) Michigan vs. (11) Florida Gulf Coast
  • (3) Tennessee vs. (14) Middle Tennessee
  • (7) Virginia Tech vs. (10) Marquette
  • (2) Baylor vs. (15) Jackson State

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