The second round of March Madness is underway this weekend and thousands of brackets have already been broken. The biggest upset so far was that no. 2 Kentucky fell to No. 15 Saint Peter’s cand in the first game of the second round earlier today, no. 1 Baylor lost to No. 8 North Carolina after overtime.
The second-ranked player to play today, Kansas, overtook Creighton in the second game and still has a lot of great basketball to watch. In the prime time match on CBS, Saint Peter’s will try to continue his candidacy for Cinderella against Murray State. And the last game of the day includes the Gonzaga favorite against Memphis on TNT.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch March Madness all weekend and beyond, with or without a cable.
Frequently Asked Questions about March Madness
When does March Madness start and what games are there today?
Here is the schedule for the other matches this weekend (all time ET):
Saturday, March 19
- № 11 Michigan vs. № 3 Tennessee, 5:50 p.m. on CBS
- № 12 Richmond vs. № 4 Providence, 18:10 ET on TNT
- No. 5 Saint Mary’s v. No. 4 UCLA, 7:10 p.m., TBS
- No. 15 Saint Peter’s v. No. 7 Murray State, 7:45 p.m., CBS
- № 12 New Mexico State vs. № 4 Arkansas, 20:40 on TNT
- № 9 Memphis vs. № 1 Gonzaga, 21:40 on TBS
Sunday, March 20
- № 4 Illinois vs. № 5 Houston, 12:10 p.m. on CBS
- No. 7 Ohio State v. 2 Villanova, 14:40 on CBS
- No. 7 Michigan State v. No. 2 Duke, 5:15 p.m. on CBS
- No. 11 Iowa State v. 3 Wisconsin, 18:10 on TNT
- № 11 Notre Dame vs. № 3 Texas Tech on TBS
- No. 10 Miami (Florida) v. 2 Auburn, 7:45 p.m. on TruTV
- No. 6 Texas vs. No. 3 Purdue, 8:40 p.m. on TNT
- No. 9 TCU v. No. 1 Arizona, 9:40 p.m. on TBS
You can view the full schedule here.
Where is the Final Four taking place?
The Final Four match and the national championship will be held in New Orleans at the Caesars Superdome and will be broadcast on TBS.
Which channels will broadcast March Madness games?
The NCAA Games will be broadcast on CBS, TBS, TNT and TruTV.
According to the NCAA, here’s a breakdown of where you can find games:
- CBS will broadcast 21 games throughout the tournament, including Elite 8, Sweet 16 and the first and second rounds.
- TBS will broadcast 21 games, including the national championship, the final four, Elite 8, Sweet 16 and the first and second round games.
- TruTV will broadcast a total of 13 matches, including the first four and the first and second rounds.
- TNT will broadcast 12 matches on television, including first and second round matches.
Three of the streaming services – YouTube TV, Hulu Plus Live TV and DirecTV Stream – offer all four of the above channels needed to catch all the craziness this month.
You can also stream live games with NCAA March Madness Live. There is a free three-hour screening, but then you will need to sign up with a TV provider to prove that you are a pay-TV subscriber. You can also watch the games broadcast on CBS with Paramount Plus … but this is less than ideal, because the games of the Final Four and the match of the national championship will be shown on TBS this year, not on CBS.
What channel is TruTV?
You’ll need to find TruTV in your channels for the first two rounds of the tournament if you don’t want to miss any of the games and potential buzzers. Here’s where you can find it at some of the largest cable and satellite providers:
Can I watch for free?
To be able. There are two ways, but neither will take you through the entire tournament alone.
The March Madness Live app and website offer a free three-hour preview, after which you’ll need to prove you’re a pay-TV subscriber.
The other way is to sign up for a live TV streaming service. Each of the five basic services offers a free trial. YouTube TV, Hulu With Live TV and FuboTV offer seven-day trials, while DirecTV Stream gives you five days, and Sling TV has the shortest trial with three.
The best cable-free streaming options
YouTube TV costs $ 65 a month and includes CBS, TBS, TNT and TruTV to watch each March Madness game. Include your zip code on its welcome page to see what live LANs are available where you live. Read our review of YouTube TV.
Hulu With Live TV costs $ 70 per month and includes CBS, TBS, TNT and TruTV. Click the “View all channels in your area” link on the homepage to see which local channels are available in your zip code. Read our review of Hulu With Live TV.
DirecTV Stream’s basic $ 70 monthly package includes CBS, TBS, TNT and TruTV. You can use its Channel Search tool to see if you’re getting a live broadcast from CBS and other LANs in your zip code. Read our review of DirecTV Stream.
Sling TV is a bad choice for watching March Madness because it doesn’t include CBS. His Blue plan for $ 35 a month includes TruTV along with TBS and TNT. Read our review of Sling TV.
FuboTV costs $ 65 a month and includes CBS, but not TBS, TNT or TruTV. With the Final Four games and the TBS national championship game, FuboTV is not a good choice for college basketball fans. Click here to see which local channels you are receiving. Read our review on FuboTV.
You can stream any March Madness game on the NCAA website or the March Madness Live app. You can watch for free for three hours, but then you will have to log in to prove that you have a pay TV subscription that includes the channels that broadcast the tournament. It should be noted that in addition to cable and satellite providers, you can use YouTube TV, Hulu With TV, DirecTV Stream or Sling TV subscription to access March Madness Live. (FuboTV is the only exception to live TV streaming services because it doesn’t offer any of Turner’s stations.)
Delay is a problem with any streaming service, especially live sports, where you can follow on Twitter and see the final result before the game actually ends. The NCAA says this year’s flows will offer a 20% improvement in latency compared to last year. While this is welcome, live streams from March Madness will likely still be behind cable and satellite TV and may also follow streams from YouTube TV and other live TV services.
All of the above live TV streaming services offer free trial periods, allow you to cancel at any time and require a solid internet connection. Looking for more information? Take a look at ours.