NCAA Tournament 2021: Print and fill out your bracket for this year's March Madness

Dan Kadar
Cincinnati Enquirer

Get your pens and March Madness predictions ready, the 2021 NCAA Tournament is here. 

The tournament is set to begin on Thursday with games featuring the “first four” teams still trying to get into the tournament. The first round begins at 12 p.m. ET on Friday.

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Ohio State was tabbed as the No. 2 seed in the South region. The Buckeyes will play 16-10 Oral Roberts in the first round on Friday. A time will be announced later this evening.


Ohio State was in contention for a No. 1 seed in the tournament but lost to the University of Illinois in overtime in the Big Ten Tournament.

Powerhouses Duke, Kentucky miss NCAA Tournament

One of the big storylines of this year's tournament is who didn't make it. That includes traditional powerhouses like the University of Kentucky and Duke University.

For the first time since 1995, Duke isn't in the tournament. The Blue Devils were just 13-11 on the season.

Both of Duke and Kentucky are traditionally viewed as the villains of the tournament — after all, success breeds contempt. So will who emerge as the lovable heel this year?

Who won the last NCAA Tournament?

Last year's NCAA Tournament was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Virginia won the national title that year, defeating Texas Tech 85-77 in the final game. The Cavaliers and Red Raiders were joined in the Final Four by Auburn and Michigan State.

In 2018, Villanova beat Michigan for the championship. In 2017, North Carolina topped Gonzaga for the title. 

Now, as the undefeated No. 1 team in the nation, Gonzaga will look to become the first team from a mid-major conference to win the NCAA Tournament.