TNT is known for showing basketball, but usually, it’s more of the professional variety. But during the NCAA’s March Madness tournament, TNT will be showing some of the NCAA Tournament action. As a result, those who don’t watch pro basketball or any of TNT’s programming may be wondering, “What channel is TNT?”

Sporting News is here to help with that, as we have the channel guide for TNT, regardless of what cable service you have. And cord-cutters, don’t despair: There are also plenty of ways to stream the TNT games for those that don’t have traditional cable packages.

Here’s a look at all the information you need to know about TNT, including which games will be on the station, when they are, and a lot more.

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What channel is TNT?

Since there are 67 games in the NCAA Tournament, no one network can broadcast all the games. 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 a chance to broadcast 12 of the 43 games allocated to that group, while TBS will broadcast 20 and truTV will get 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 Round 1 — as TBS And truTV will handle the First Four games — but after that, they’ll broadcast 12 games in Rounds 1 and 2 of the tournament.

Below is the breakdown of TNT games per round:

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

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

Round 1

Friday, March 19

GameTimeTV
No. 11 Utah State vs. No. 6 Texas Tech1:30 p.m.TNT
No. 12 Oregon State vs. No. 4 Tennessee4:20 p.m.TNT
No. 13 North Texas vs. No. 4 Purdue7:15 p.m.TNT
No. 12 Winthrop vs. No. 5 Villanova9:50 p.m.TNT

Saturday, March 20

GameTimeTV
No. 9 St. Bonaventure vs. No. 8 LSU1:30 p.m.TNT
No. 11 Wichita State/Drake vs. No. 6 USC4:20 p.m.TNT
No. 9 Missouri vs. No. 8 Oklahoma7:15 p.m.TNT
No. 10 VCU vs. No. 7 Oregon9:50 p.m.TNT

Round 2

Sunday, March 21

GameTimeTV
Game 406 p.m.TNT
Game 438:30 p.m.TNT

Monday, March 22

GameTimeTV
Game 486 p.m.TNT
Game 518:30 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 seven-day free trial) and several other dedicated streaming sites.

Below is a full rundown (not every option includes 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 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.

RoundDates
First FourMarch 18
Round 1March 19-20
Round 2March 21-22
Sweet 16March 27-28
Elite EightMarch 29-30
Final FourApril 3
National championshipApril 5





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