Which channel is TNT? How to watch the Madness games of March 2021 on DirecTV, Dish and more

TNT is known to show off basketball, but generally it’s more of the professional variety. But during the NCAA March Madness Tournament, TNT will be showing some of the action from the NCAA Tournament. As a result, those who do not watch professional basketball or any of the TNT broadcasts may wonder, “Which channel is TNT?”

Sporting News is here to help, as we have the channel guide for TNT, whatever cable service you have. And cord cutters, don’t despair: there are also plenty of ways to stream Freeview games for those without traditional cable plans.

Here’s a rundown of all the info you need to know about TNT, including what games will be on the station, when they will be, and more.

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Which channel is TNT?

Since there are 67 games in the NCAA tournament, no network can broadcast every game. As such, the Turner Sports division of WarnerMedia uses TNT, TBS and truTV to assist CBS in its coverage of March Madness. TNT will have the chance to broadcast 12 of the 43 games allocated to this group, while TBS will broadcast 20 and truTV will receive 11. CBS will broadcast the remaining 24 games.

NCAA Tournament Games on TNT

TNT will broadcast 12 games during the NCAA tournament. They won’t get into the action until the first round – as TBS and truTV will take care of the first four games – but after that they will broadcast 12 games in rounds 1 and 2 of the tournament.

Below is the breakdown of TNT games per round:

  • Round 1: Eight games
  • 2nd round: Four games

And here’s the TV schedule for each of the TBS games:

Round 1

Friday March 19

Thu Time TV
11th State of Utah vs. 6th Texas Tech 1:30 p.m. TNT
No.12 Oregon State vs No.4 Tennessee 4:20 p.m. TNT
No 13 North Texas vs. No 4 Purdue 7:15 p.m. TNT
No.12 Winthrop vs. No.5 Villanova 9:50 p.m. TNT

Saturday March 20

Thu Time TV
N ° 9 Saint-Bonaventure vs N ° 8 LSU 1:30 p.m. TNT
No.11 Wichita State / Drake vs. No.6 USC 4:20 p.m. TNT
No.9 Missouri vs. No.8 Oklahoma 7:15 p.m. TNT
# 10 VCU vs # 7 Oregon 9:50 p.m. TNT

2nd round

Sunday March 21

Thu Time TV
No.6 Texas Tech vs. No.3 Arkansas 6 p.m. TNT
No 13 North Texas vs. No 5 Villanova 8:30 p.m. TNT

Monday March 22

Thu Time TV
Game 48 6 p.m. TNT
Game 51 8:30 p.m. TNT

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 free seven-day trial) and several other dedicated streaming sites.

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

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 free seven-day trial) and several other dedicated streaming sites.

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

When does March Madness start in 2021?

  • Dated: Thursday March 18
  • Time: 5 p.m. ET

March Madness technically begins with the first four games on Thursday, March 18, which will define the final field of 64 teams. March Madness proper begins with the first run on Friday March 19th. It ends with the Final Four and the National Championship game on April 3 and 5 respectively.

Round Appointment
First four March 18
Round 1 March 19-20
2nd round March 21-22
Sweet 16 March 27-28
Elite Eight March 29-30
Final square April 3
national championship April 5



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