2021 NCAA bracket: Printable March Madness bracket .PDF

Here is the official and printable NCAA bracket for the 2020-21 NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament, also known as March Madness. 

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NCAA bracket 2021: Printable March Madness bracket

This year’s tournament will be held entirely in Indiana because of the pandemic. There are some slight changes to how the bracket will be seeded. The top four seeds will be handled the same and so will the First Four. The changes will come in how the rest of the bracket is completed. Teams will be placed in the bracket based on rankings without the usual considerations for geography. This is called using the “S-curve” to fill the bracket. There will be 37 at-large selections (one more than normal) and 31 automatic qualifiers (one fewer than normal).

The Selection Committee will followed its bracketing principles, like not matching teams from the same conference against each other in early rounds. You can read the NCAA’s release on bracketing principles here and our takeaways on what it means here

March Madness 2021 dates, schedule, live streams and TV networks

First Four — Thursday, March 18      
(16) Texas Southern 60, (16) Mount St. Mary’s 52 5:10 p.m. truTV Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall
(11) Drake 53, (11) Wichita State 52 6:27 p.m. TBS Mackey Arena
(16) Norfolk State 54, (16) Appalachian State 53  8:40 p.m. truTV Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall
(11) UCLA 86, (11) Michigan State 80 9:57 p.m. TBS Mackey Arena
First Round — Friday, March 19      
(7) Florida 75, (10) Virginia Tech 70 (OT) 12:15 p.m. CBS Hinkle Fieldhouse
(3) Arkansas 85, (14) Colgate 68 12:45 p.m. truTV Bankers Life Fieldhouse
(1) Illinois 78, (16) Drexel 49 1:15 p.m. TBS Indiana Farmers Coliseum
(6) Texas Tech 65, (11) Utah State 53 1:45 p.m. TNT Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall
(15) Oral Roberts 75, (2) Ohio State 72 (OT) 3 p.m. CBS Mackey Arena
(1) Baylor 79, (16) Hartford 55 3:30 p.m. truTV Lucas Oil Stadium Unity (South)
(8) Loyola Chicago 71, (9) Georgia Tech 60 4 p.m. TBS Hinkle Fieldhouse
(12) Oregon State 70, (5) Tennessee 56 4:30 p.m. TNT Bankers Life Fiieldhouse
(4) Oklahoma State 69, (13) Liberty 60 6:25 p.m. TBS Indiana Farmers Coliseum
(9) Wisconsin 85, No. 8 North Carolina 62 7:10 p.m. CBS Mackey Arena
(2) Houston 87, (15) Cleveland State 56 7:15 p.m. truTV Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall
(13) North Texas 78, (4) Purdue 69 (OT) 7:25 p.m. TNT Lucas Oil Stadium Equality (North)
(10) Rutgers 60, (7) Clemson 56 9:20 p.m. TBS Bankers Life Fieldhouse
(11) Syracuse 78, (6) San Diego State 62 9:40 p.m. CBS Hinkle Fieldhouse
(3) West Virginia 84, (14) Morehead State 67 9:50 p.m. truTV Lucas Oil Stadium Unity (South)
(5) Villanova 73, (12) Winthrop 63 9:57 p.m. TNT Indiana Farmers Coliseum
First Round — Saturday, March 20      
(5) Colorado vs. (12) Georgetown 12:15 p.m. CBS Hinkle Fieldhouse
(4) Florida State vs. (13) UNC Greensboro 12:45 p.m. truTV Bankers Life Fieldhouse
(3) Kansas vs. (14) Eastern Washington 1:15 p.m. TBS Indiana Farmers Coliseum
(8) LSU vs. (9) St. Bonaventure 1:45 p.m. TNT Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall
(1) Michigan vs. (16) Texas Southern 3 p.m. CBS Mackey Arena
(5) Creighton vs. (12) UC Santa Barbara 3:30 p.m. truTV Lucas Oil Stadium Unity (South)
(2) Alabama vs. (15) Iona 4 p.m. TBS Hinkle Fieldhouse
(6) USC vs. (11) Drake 4:30 p.m. TNT Bankers Life Fieldhouse
(2) Iowa vs. (15) Grand Canyon 6:25 p.m. TBS Indiana Farmers Coliseum
(7) UConn vs. (10) Maryland 7:10 p.m. CBS Mackey Arena
(4) Virginia vs. (13) Ohio 7:15 p.m. truTV Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall
(8) Oklahoma vs. (9) Missouri 7:25 p.m. TNT Lucas Oil Stadium Equality (North)
(1) Gonzaga vs. (16) Norfolk State 9:20 p.m. TBS Bankers Life Fieldhouse
(6) BYU vs. (11) UCLA 9:40 p.m. CBS Hinkle Fieldhouse
(3) Texas vs. (14) Abilene Christian 9:50 p.m. truTV Lucas Oil Stadium Unity (South)
(7) Oregon vs. (10) VCU 9:57 p.m. TNT Indiana Farmers Coliseum
Second Round — Sunday, March 21      
(1) Illinois vs. (8) Loyola Chicago 12:10 p.m. CBS Bankers Life Fieldhouse
(1) Baylor vs. (9) Wisconsin 2:40 p.m. CBS Hinkle Fieldhouse
(3) West Virginia vs. (11) Syracuse 5:15 p.m. CBS Bankers Life Fieldhouse
(3) Arkansas vs. (6) Texas Tech 6:10 p.m. TNT Hinkle Fieldhouse
(2) Houston vs. (10) Rutgers 7:10 p.m. TBS Lucas Oil Stadium Unity (South)
(7) Florida vs. (15) Oral Roberts 7:45 p.m. truTV Indiana Farmers Coliseum
(5) Villanova vs. (13) North Texas 8:45 p.m. TNT Bankers Life Fieldhouse
(4) Oklahoma State vs. (12) Oregon State 9:40 p.m. TBS Hinkle Fieldhouse

We’ll also be tracking verifiable perfect brackets from all major bracket games throughout the entire tournament. The bar is set high — Gregg Nigl picked the first 49 games correctly in 2019 before his first miss. Nigl was playing the Bracket Challenge Game on NCAA.com, which you can sign up to play here.

Virginia was the champion that year and are still the defending champions since the 2020 tournament was canceled. Here’s a look at the 2019 bracket:

2019 NCAA Basketball Tournament Bracket

Virginia is the 2019 NCAA tournament bracket champion

Here’s a quick guide to how teams earn a spot in the NCAA tournament.

How are March Madness teams selected?

There are two ways that a team can earn a bid to the NCAA tournament. The 32 Division I conferences all receive an automatic bid (there will be 31 in 2021), which they each award to the team that wins the postseason conference tournament. Regardless of how a team performed during the regular season, if they are eligible for postseason play and win their conference tournament, they are selected to receive a bid to the NCAA tournament. These teams are known as automatic qualifiers.

The second avenue for an invitation is an at-large bid. The selection committee (more on them in a second) convenes on Selection Sunday, after all regular season and conference tournament games are played, and decides which 36 teams (37 in 2021) that are not automatic qualifiers have the pedigree to earn an invitation to the tournament.

What is the March Madness selection committee?

The 10-member NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Committee is responsible for selecting, seeding and bracketing the field for the NCAA Tournament. School and conference administrators are nominated by their conference, serve five-year terms and represent a cross-section of the Division I membership.

How do they decide which teams get an at-large bid?

There are a multitude of stats and rankings that the Selection Committee takes into account, but there is no set formula that determines whether a team receives an at-large bid or not.


What’s this thing called the NCAA evaluation tool?

The NCAA Evaluation Tool, or NET, is a tool for the committee to evaluate the strength of individual teams. It replaces the RPI and was approved after months of consultation with the Division I Men’s Basketball Committee, the National Association of Basketball Coaches, top basketball analytics experts and Google Cloud Professional Services. It includes game results, strength of schedule, game location, scoring margin (capped at 10 points per game), and net offensive and defensive efficiency.

What is the importance of seeding in March Madness?

The men’s college basketball tournament is made up of 68 teams. On Selection Sunday, before any tournament game is played, those teams are ranked 1 through 68 by the Selection Committee, with the best team in college basketball — based on regular season and conference tournament performance — sitting at No. 1. Four of those teams are eliminated in the opening round of the tournament (known as the First Four), leaving us with a field of 64 for the first round.

Those 64 teams are split into four regions of 16 teams each, with each team being ranked 1 through 16. That ranking is the team’s seed.

In order to reward better teams, first-round matchups are determined by pitting the top team in the region against the bottom team (No. 1 vs. No. 16). Then the next highest vs. the next lowest (No. 2 vs. No. 15), and so on. In theory, this means that the 1 seeds have the easiest opening matchup to win in the bracket.


What is a Cinderella?

Much like the titular character from the fairy tale, a Cinderella team is one that is much more successful than expected. Examples in March would be Villanova’s 1985 championship run, when the eighth-seeded Wildcats became the lowest seeded team to ever win the title, knocking off the heavy favorite Georgetown.

Who has won every NCAA tournament?

Thirty-five different teams have won a championship, but no team has won more than UCLA, which has 11, 10 of which came a span of 12 years from 1964 to 1975.

Previous March Madness winners

Here is the list of every men’s basketball national championship since the NCAA tournament began in 1939:

2021 TBD TBD TBD TBD Indianapolis, Ind.
2020 N/A N/A N/A N/A Atlanta, Ga.
2019 Virginia (35-3) Tony Bennett 85-77 (OT) Texas Tech Minneapolis, Minn.
2018 Villanova (36-4) Jay Wright 79-62 Michigan San Antonio, Tex.
2017 North Carolina (33-7) Roy Williams 71-65 Gonzaga Phoenix, Ariz.
2016 Villanova (35-5) Jay Wright 77-74 North Carolina Houston, Texas
2015 Duke (35-4) Mike Krzyzewski 68-63 Wisconsin Indianapolis, Ind.
2014 Connecticut (32-8) Kevin Ollie 60-54 Kentucky Arlington, Texas
2013 Louisville (35-5)* Rick Pitino 82-76 Michigan Atlanta, Ga.
2012 Kentucky (38-2) John Calipari 67-59 Kansas New Orleans, La.
2011 Connecticut (32-9) Jim Calhoun 53-41 Butler Houston, Texas
2010 Duke (35-5) Mike Krzyzewski 61-59 Butler Indianapolis, Ind.
2009 North Carolina (34-4) Roy Williams 89-72 Michigan State Detroit, Mich.
2008 Kansas (37-3) Bill Self 75-68 (OT) Memphis San Antonio, Texas
2007 Florida (35-5) Billy Donovan 84-75 Ohio State Atlanta, Ga.
2006 Florida (33-6) Billy Donovan 73-57 UCLA Indianapolis, Ind.
2005 North Carolina (33-4) Roy Williams 75-70 Illinois St. Louis, Mo.
2004 Connecticut (33-6) Jim Calhoun 82-73 Georgia Tech San Antonio, Texas
2003 Syracuse (30-5) Jim Boeheim 81-78 Kansas New Orleans, La.
2002 Maryland (32-4) Gary Williams 64-52 Indiana Atlanta, Ga.
2001 Duke (35-4) Mike Krzyzewski 82-72 Arizona Minneapolis, Minn.
2000 Michigan State (32-7) Tom Izzo 89-76 Florida Indianapolis, Ind.
1999 Connecticut (34-2) Jim Calhoun 77-74 Duke St. Petersburg, Fla.
1998 Kentucky (35-4) Tubby Smith 78-69 Utah San Antonio, Texas
1997 Arizona (25-9) Lute Olson 84-79 (OT) Kentucky Indianapolis, Ind.
1996 Kentucky (34-2) Rick Pitino 76-67 Syracuse East Rutherford, N.J.
1995 UCLA (31-2) Jim Harrick 89-78 Arkansas Seattle, Wash.
1994 Arkansas (31-3) Nolan Richardson 76-72 Duke Charlotte, N.C.
1993 North Carolina (34-4) Dean Smith 77-71 Michigan New Orleans, La.
1992 Duke (34-2) Mike Krzyzewski 71-51 Michigan Minneapolis, Minn.
1991 Duke (32-7) Mike Krzyzewski 72-65 Kansas Indianapolis, Ind.
1990 UNLV (35-5) Jerry Tarkanian 103-73 Duke Denver, Colo.
1989 Michigan (30-7) Steve Fisher 80-79 (OT) Seton Hall Seattle, Wash.
1988 Kansas (27-11) Larry Brown 83-79 Oklahoma Kansas City, Mo.
1987 Indiana (30-4) Bob Knight 74-73 Syracuse New Orleans, La.
1986 Louisville (32-7) Denny Crum 72-69 Duke Dallas, Texas
1985 Villanova (25-10) Rollie Massimino 66-64 Georgetown Lexington, Ky,
1984 Georgetown (34-3) John Thompson 84-75 Houston Seattle, Wash.
1983 North Carolina State (26-10) Jim Valvano 54-52 Houston Albuquerque, N.M.
1982 North Carolina (32-2) Dean Smith 63-62 Georgetown New Orleans, La.
1981 Indiana (26-9) Bob Knight 63-50 North Carolina Philadelphia, Pa.
1980 Louisville (33-3) Denny Crum 59-54 UCLA Indianapolis, Ind.
1979 Michigan State (26-6) Jud Heathcote 75-64 Indiana State Salt Lake City, Utah
1978 Kentucky (30-2) Joe Hall 94-88 Duke St. Louis, Mo.
1977 Marquette (25-7) Al McGuire 67-59 North Carolina Atlanta, Ga.
1976 Indiana (32-0) Bob Knight 86-68 Michigan Philadelphia, Pa.
1975 UCLA (28-3) John Wooden 92-85 Kentucky San Diego, Calif.
1974 North Carolina State (30-1) Norm Sloan 76-64 Marquette Greensboro, N.C.
1973 UCLA (30-0) John Wooden 87-66 Memphis State St. Louis, Mo.
1972 UCLA (30-0) John Wooden 81-76 Florida State Los Angeles, Calif.
1971 UCLA (29-1) John Wooden 68-62 Villanova Houston, Texas
1970 UCLA (28-2) John Wooden 80-69 Jacksonville College Park, Md.
1969 UCLA (29-1) John Wooden 92-72 Purdue Louisville, Ky.
1968 UCLA (29-1) John Wooden 78-55 North Carolina Los Angeles, Calif.
1967 UCLA (30-0) John Wooden 79-64 Dayton Louisville, Ky.
1966 UTEP (28-1) Don Haskins 72-65 Kentucky College Park, Md.
1965 UCLA (28-2) John Wooden 91-80 Michigan Portland, Ore.
1964 UCLA (30-0) John Wooden 98-83 Duke Kansas City, Mo.
1963 Loyola (Ill.) (29-2) George Ireland 60-58 (OT) Cincinnati Louisville, Ky.
1962 Cincinnati (29-2) Ed Jucker 71-59 Ohio State Louisville, Ky.
1961 Cincinnati (27-3) Ed Jucker 70-65 (OT) Ohio State Kansas City, Mo.
1960 Ohio State (25-3) Fred Taylor 75-55 California Daly City, Calif.
1959 California (25-4) Pete Newell 71-70 West Virginia Louisville, Ky.
1958 Kentucky (23-6) Adolph Rupp 84-72 Seattle Louisville, Ky.
1957 North Carolina (32-0) Frank McGuire 54-53 (3OT) Kansas Kansas City, Mo.
1956 San Francisco (29-0) Phil Woolpert 83-71 Iowa Evanston, Ill.
1955 San Francisco (28-1) Phil Woolpert 77-63 LaSalle Kansas City, Mo.
1954 La Salle (26-4) Ken Loeffler 92-76 Bradley Kansas City, Mo.
1953 Indiana (23-3) Branch McCracken 69-68 Kansas Kansas City, Mo.
1952 Kansas (28-3) Phog Allen 80-63 St. John’s Seattle, Wash.
1951 Kentucky (32-2) Adolph Rupp 68-58 Kansas State Minneapolis, Minn.
1950 CCNY (24-5) Nat Holman 71-68 Bradley New York, N.Y.
1949 Kentucky (32-2) Adolph Rupp 46-36 Oklahoma A&M Seattle, Wash.
1948 Kentucky (36-3) Adolph Rupp 58-42 Baylor New York, N.Y.
1947 Holy Cross (27-3) Doggie Julian 58-47 Oklahoma New York, N.Y.
1946 Oklahoma State (31-2) Henry Iba 43-40 North Carolina New York, N.Y.
1945 Oklahoma State (27-4) Henry Iba 49-45 NYU New York, N.Y.
1944 Utah (21-4) Vadal Peterson 42-40 (OT) Dartmouth New York, N.Y.
1943 Wyoming (31-2) Everett Shelton 46-34 Georgetown New York, N.Y.
1942 Stanford (28-4) Everett Dean 53-38 Dartmouth Kansas City, Mo.
1941 Wisconsin (20-3) Bud Foster 39-34 Washington State Kansas City, Mo.
1940 Indiana (20-3) Branch McCracken 60-42 Kansas Kansas City, Mo.
1939 Oregon (29-5) Howard Hobson 46-33 Ohio State Evanston, Ill.

*Louisville’s participation in the 2013 tournament was later vacated by the Committee on Infractions.

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