Fans of NCAA College Basketball don’t have to be glued to the television to watch their favorite or rival college play. Below we look at how you can stream college basketball online for free!  Looking for March Madness streaming? You’ve come to the right place.


CBS All Access allows you to stream all NCAA basketball games throughout the regular season. CBS airs/streams live college basketball games every weekend. In addition to NCAA basketball games, Paramount Plus subscribers are treated to an array of hit shows such as Survivor, Mom, Code Black, Rush Hour, etc. Thanks to the All Access mobile app you can stream CBS on the go! The only thing you need to be sure of is that your internet connection is up to snuff!


Fubo TV is a name you may not have heard of yet but it’s fast becoming one of the better streaming options for sports out there. You get CBS, TNT, TBS and a ton of other sports channels including NCAA basketball tournaments. Check out their free trial and start streaming the game below:


When it comes to streaming college basketball games or NCAA games, in general, you can’t go wrong with Sling TV. The Sling TV app allows subscribers to stream channels such as ESPN, TNT and TBS live on the go. All three channels are known for streaming live NCAA basketball games. While the basic ‘Sling Orange package for $20 should cut it for most college basketball fans, hardcore college basketball fans would want to subscribe to the ‘Sling Blue’ package for $25 because it includes ESPN, TNT, and TBS, in addition to ESPN 2, Fox Sports and numerous entertainment channels.


AT&T TV NOW is another streaming service similar to Sling TV. The basic package called ‘Live a Little’ costs $35 a month but it should suffice for NCAA basketball fans who want to stream live games. The package includes ESPN and TBS along with 60 other channels. So, you’re not going to miss another college basketball game again.

College Basketball Channels

The channels you need to watch the regular season of men’s college basketball really depends on two things: your location and your team.

Most casual fans will be content with CBS, ESPN, and FOX Sports. Those are the bread-and-butter sports channels that will deliver you a lot of the marquee college basketball matchups.

Freebie fans can also get a decent amount of free college basketball games on local channels like ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC.

If you want the most games possible, you’ll want a TV plan—probably cable—with your preferred conference’s dedicated channel and your local regional sports network (RSN). The best way to determine what channels you’ll need is to visit the schedule on your team’s official website. Most Division I college basketball teams will list the broadcaster(s) for each game on their schedule. From there, you’ll be able to see if you need one of these conference-specific channels or a regional sports network to get more coverage of your favorite team.

Conference channels:

  • ACC Network
  • Big Ten Network
  • Pac-12 Network
  • SEC Network

Regional sports networks:

  • Altitude Sports
  • AT&T SportsNet
  • Bally Sports
  • MSG Network
  • NBC Sports Regional Networks
  • New England Sports Network (NESN)

College basketball on ESPN+

In recent years, ESPN+ has become one of the prime locations to catch college sports—not just basketball. The streaming service currently has long-term agreements with more than 15 college conferences, including the Big 12, the Ivy League, and the Missouri Valley Conference, so you’ll get hundreds of collegiate basketball games all in one location.

If you want the most college basketball action, ESPN+ should be part of your game plan.

NCAA Tournament channels

You need only four channels to catch every moment of the Big Dance:

  • CBS
  • TBS
  • TNT
  • truTV

If you’re interested in replays, you might also want CBS Sports Network (but you don’t need it). Almost every cable, satellite, and live TV streaming service carries all five of these tournament channels.

The two most important channels, though, are CBS and TBS. Both show a ton of tournament action every year, and the two networks alternate each year as the exclusive broadcasters of the Final Four and NCAA Championship Game. TBS gets the even years while CBS has the odd ones, meaning TBS will air this season’s final rounds come spring 2022.

Besides these channels, you can also catch every live tournament game plus highlights and replays with the NCAA March Madness Live app by logging in with your TV provider. We’ll fill you in on this more later.


Our experts spent over 40 hours researching TV providers and testing plans, apps, and other services to determine the best ways to watch college basketball this season. We compared these various viewing options by examining prices, channel lineups, and extra features.

How to watch college basketball FAQ

You can watch select March Madness games for free using an OTA antenna like the Mohu Leaf. These devices run as cheap as $20 and are ridiculously easy to install. You’ll get many free local channels, including CBS—one of the main March Madness broadcasters.

Another way you could watch March Madness completely free is by signing up for a free (typically seven-day) trial offered by live TV streaming services like DIRECTV STREAM, Sling TV, and YouTube TV. When the trial runs its course, cancel it—then sign up for another (rinse, repeat). Three or four trials will carry you through the entire Big Dance.

You can watch the NCAA Tournament if you subscribe to Hulu + Live TV, starting at $65.99 a month. With this plan, you’ll have access to CBS, TBS, TNT, and TruTV. Hulu + Live TV also includes CBS Sports Network, which airs select conference games and additional college basketball coverage.

On the flipside, Hulu + Live TV offers fewer conference channels than Sling TV and costs more per month than any of Sling TV’s plans–even if you also pay for Sling TV’s Sports Extra add-on.

The NCAA March Madness Live app has every single game plus replays. But after a free three-hour preview, you’ll need to log in with your credentials from a cable, satellite, or live TV streaming provider.

You can stream the NCAA Tournament by subscribing to a live TV streaming service such as DIRECTV STREAM, fuboTV, Sling TV, or YouTube TV. Another way would be to use your existing login credentials from a cable, satellite, or live TV streaming provider to log in to the NCAA March Madness Live app.