March Madness is here again, bringing with it a spike in the search term, “What channel is truTV?”
Never fear, college basketball fans: Sporting News is here to make sure you know what channel it’s on, regardless of your cable provider.
TruTV — the little brother to TNT and TBS — will once again have its day in the sun with the 2021 NCAA Tournament, broadcasting 11 games from the First Four through the second round. Here’s a network-by-network breakdown to save you from any last-minute scramble to find it:
MORE: Watch select March Madness games with fuboTV (7-day trial)
What channel is truTV?
The size and scope of the 67-game NCAA Tournament is too much for any one network to handle on its own. So the NCAA in April 2010 reached a 14-year, $10.8 billion deal with CBS and Turner Broadcasting Systems to give both networks broadcasting rights to the tournament. AT&T agreed to purchase Time Warner in 2016 and, in 2019, effectively dissolved Turner Broadcasting Systems by spreading its assets across WarnerMedia.
Turner Sports — a subsidiary of WarnerMedia’s entertainment division that includes TBS, TNT and truTV — will make up the majority of the 2021 NCAA Tournament broadcast. Turner Sports will air 43 games to CBS’ 24.
How to live stream March Madness games for free online
Cord-cutters can easily stream March Madness in 2021 for free online via NCAA March Madness Live. Other options include fuboTV (which offers a seven-day free trial) and several other dedicated streaming sites.
Below is a full rundown (not every option includes Turner Sports channels):
When does March Madness start in 2021?
- Date: Thursday, March 18
- Time: 5 p.m. ET
March Madness technically starts with the First Four games on Thursday, March 18, which will set the final 64-team field. March Madness proper begins with Round 1 on Friday, March 19. It concludes with the Final Four and national championship game on April 3 and 5, respectively.
|First Four||March 18|
|Round 1||March 19-20|
|Round 2||March 21-22|
|Sweet 16||March 27-28|
|Elite Eight||March 29-30|
|Final Four||April 3|
|National championship||April 5|
NCAA Tournament games on truTV
TruTV is tentatively scheduled to broadcast 11 NCAA Tournament games from the First Four through the second round, though the matchups have yet to be determined.
Below is the per-round breakdown:
- First Four: Two games
- Round 1: Eight games
- Round 2: One game
And here’s the TV schedule for each of the truTV games:
Thursday, March 18
|Game 1: No. 16 Mount St Mary’s vs. No. 16 Texas Southern||5:10 p.m.||truTV|
|Game 3: No. 16 Norfolk State vs. No. 16 Appalachian State||8:40 p.m.||truTV|
Friday, March 19
|Game 6: No. 14 Colgate vs. No. 3 Arkansas||12:45 p.m.||truTV|
|Game 10: No. 16 Hartford vs. No. 1 Baylor||3:30 p.m.||truTV|
|Game 15: No. 15 Cleveland State vs. No. 2 Houston||7:15 p.m.||truTV|
|Game 19: No. 14 Morehead State vs. No. 3 West Virginia||9:50 p.m.||truTV|
Saturday, March 20
|Game 22: No. 13 UNC Greensboro vs. No. 4 Florida State||12:45 p.m.||truTV|
|Game 26: No. 12 UC Santa Barbara vs. No. 5 Creighton||3:30 p.m.||truTV|
|Game 31: No. 13 Ohio vs. No. 4 Virginia||7:15 p.m.||truTV|
|Game 35: No. 14 Abilene Christian vs. No. 3 Texas||9:50 p.m.||truTV|
Sunday, March 31
Sunday’s second-round tip times will be announced after Friday’s games.
|Game 42: TBD||7:30 p.m.||truTV|