The NCAA tournament begins this week, but don’t be alarmed if you can’t find games to watch Tuesday night, when the “First Four” typically tips off.

After last year’s tournament was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s competition returns with an adjusted schedule to allow for increased safety measures. Games will start later in the week, and the schedule for the second weekend is different, too.

Here is your guide to this year’s tournament scheduling and format.

What to know

  • When does the NCAA tournament begin?
  • Why isn’t the first round starting on Thursday this year?
  • What else has changed in the schedule?
  • What is the full NCAA tournament schedule?
  • How can I watch?