It's bracket time! That wonderful time of year when hardcore college basketball junkies, casual sports fans, and even Mike from accounting all submit a bracket in hopes of winning big cash prizes (or just to earn office bragging rights).
With March Madness hitting a fever pitch this year, it's time to fill in those brackets and get them submitted before the first game on Friday. Our free bracket below is downloadable, printable, and fillable!
Printable 2021 March Madness bracket
Here it is: The official 2021 March Madness bracket. Our version is a downloadable PDF that you can print out or fill out on your device. Enjoy and share!
2021 bracket details
- The official bracket was released on March 14, 2021.
- All games will be played in Indiana this year, with the Final Four being played at Lucas Oil Stadium
- The First Four play-in games will all be played on Thursday, March 18, 2021
- Bracket submissions are due before the first game of Round 1 tips off on Friday, March 19, 2021. This usually takes place around Noon ET, but the official game schedule will be released during the Selection Sunday show.
- The first weekend (Rounds 1 and 2) runs from Friday, March 19 - Monday, March 22 (different from the usual Thursday - Sunday schedule).
- The second weekend (Sweet 16 and Elite Eight) runs from Saturday, March 27 - Tuesday, March 30 (again different from the usual Thursday - Sunday schedule).
- The Final Four and national championship game follow the traditional Saturday and Monday schedule on April 3 and April 5.
The perfect March Madness bracket
A question we often get is whether there has ever been a perfect March Madness bracket. The answer is simple: No. And there likely never will be.
That's because the odds of successfully predicting a perfect March Madness bracket are 1 in 120.2 billion — and that's assuming you know a little bit about college basketball! If you're just flipping a coin? Those odds become 1 in 9.2 quintillion, per NCAA.com.
No wonder Warren Buffett offered $1 billion to anyone who could fill out a perfect bracket.
Blank March Madness bracket
Looking to make your own bracket projections? Download our blank March Madness bracket and start your path to becoming a bracketologist!
Once you have your printable bracket in hand, it's time to get to start filling out your winning bracket!
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March Madness Bracket FAQs
When do March Madness brackets come out?
March Madness brackets come out immediately following the Selection Sunday show, which in 2021 is on March 14 from 6-7 p.m. ET.
When are March Madness brackets due?
March Madness brackets are due just before tip-off of the first game of the first round (the Round of 64).
Who's in the March Madness bracket?
The teams for the March Madness bracket will be announced during the Selection Sunday show, which in 2021 is on March 14th.