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What channel is truTV? How to watch 2021 March Madness games on DirecTV, Dish, Spectrum and more

March Madness is here again, bringing with it an increase in the search term, “What channel is truTV?”

Fear not 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 of 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 avoid any last minute trouble finding it:

PLUS: Watch selected March Madness games with fuboTV (7-day trial)

What channel is truTV?

Supplier Channel (SD / HD)
AT&T UVerse 164/1164
Verizon FIOS 183/683
DISH Network 242
DirecTV 246

The size and scope of the 67-game NCAA Tournament is too much for one network to handle alone. So the NCAA in April 2010 reached a 14-year, $ 10.8 billion deal with CBS and Turner Broadcasting Systems to grant both networks the broadcast rights to the tournament. AT&T agreed to buy Time Warner in 2016 and, in 2019, effectively dissolved Turner Broadcasting Systems by distributing its assets in WarnerMedia.

Turner Sports, a subsidiary of WarnerMedia’s entertainment division that includes TBS, TNT and truTV, will account for the majority of the 2021 NCAA Tournament broadcast. Turner Sports will broadcast 43 games on 24 CBS.

How to Live Stream March Madness Games Online Free

Cable cutters can easily stream March Madness in 2021 for free online via NCAA March Madness Live. Other options include fuboTV (offering a seven-day free trial) and various other dedicated streaming sites.

Below is a full summary (not all options include Turner Sports channels):

When does March Madness start in 2021?

  • Date: Thursday March 18
  • Time: 5 pm ET

March Madness technically begins with the first four games on Thursday, March 18, which will establish the final field of 64 teams. March Madness begins with Round 1 on Friday, March 19. It concludes with the Final Four and the national championship on April 3 and 5, respectively.

Round dates
First four March 18th
Round 1 March 19-20
Round 2 March 21-22
Sweet 16 March 27-28
Elite eight March 29-30
The last four April 3
National Championship 5th of April

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 breakdown by round:

  • First four: Two games
  • Round 1: Eight games
  • Round 2: A game

And here is the TV schedule for each of the truTV games:

First four

Thursday March 18

Game Time (ET) television
Game 1: No. 16 Mount St Mary’s vs. No. 16 Texas Southern 5:10 pm truTV
Game 3: No. 16 Norfolk State v. No. 16 Appalachian State 8:40 pm truTV

Round 1

Friday March 19

Game Time (ET) television
Game 6: No. 14 Colgate vs. No. 3 Arkansas 12:45 pm truTV
Game 10: No. 16 Hartford vs. No. 1 Baylor 3:30 pm truTV
Game 15: No. 15 Cleveland State vs. No. 2 Houston 7:15 pm truTV
Game 19: No. 14 Morehead State vs. No. 3 West Virginia 9:50 pm truTV

Saturday March 20

Game Time (ET) television
Game 22: No. 13 UNC Greensboro vs. No. 4 State of Florida 12:45 pm truTV
Game 26: No. 12 UC Santa Barbara vs. No. 5 Creighton 3:30 pm truTV
Game 31: No. 13 Ohio vs. No. 4 Virginia 7:15 pm truTV
Game 35: No. 14 Abilene Christian vs. No. 3 Texas 9:50 pm truTV

Round 2

Sunday March 31

Sunday’s second-round rush times will be announced after Friday’s games.

Game Time (ET) television
Game 42: TBD 7:30 pm truTV

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