It’s almost time for March Madness with the 2022 NCAA tournament just around the corner.
The tournament starts on March 15 and ends with the National Championship match on April 4. Between then, there will be 67 matches over the course of three and a half weeks. For all the basketball fans, this is what you live for all year round.
With cord cutting becoming an ever-growing trend, figuring out how to watch NCAA March Madness in 2022 can be a difficult task. But we’ve got everything you need to know here. Starting with where to watch the matches, which teams are participating in the tournament, on which days the tournament takes place, and so on.
How to Watch NCAA March Madness 2022 Live
This way you can watch the tournament live. The easiest way would be with the NCAA March Madness app, which is available on just about every platform imaginable.
The only downside to the app is that you can’t watch every game in the app for free. If you subscribe to the cable or select streaming TV services, you can log into your TV provider and watch everything through the app. Otherwise you are limited in what you can see. But the National Championship Game will be available for everyone to watch on the March Madness app.
There are a number of streaming TV services that will be great for watching all the games in March Madness, which we’ve laid out in the table below. The games will all be shown on CBS, TBS, TNT and TruTV. To make sure you can watch every game, choose a service that offers all four channels.
PlanChannels IncludedPriceFubo TVFuboCBS, TBS, TNT, TruTV$65 per monthHulu + Live TVHulu with Live TVCBS, TBS, TNT, TruTV$70 per monthSling TVBlue, OrangeTBS, TNT, TruTV – both blue and orange$35 per monthYouTube TVYouTube TVCBS, TNTBS, TNT $65 per month
All of these streaming services will work to watch the tournament this year, but there are a few caveats. First, Sling TV has no locals, so CBS is missing. You can get around that by getting an OTA antenna from Amazon. Which you can get for a few bucks these days.
Each service listed in the table above also offers free trials, most of which last for a week – YouTube TV lasts for five days. Now if you’re looking for the best option, it’s going to be YouTube TV. We say this because you can record as many games as you want and watch them later. Fubo TV and Hulu + Live TV offer cloud DVR, but it is limited. YouTube TV is unlimited and you can record anything – literally.
When does NCAA March Madness start?
The tournament officially kicks off on March 18. But the hype around the tournament has already started. As the conference tournaments kick off, teams will have their last chance to convince the committee that they should be invited to the big dance.
Selection Sunday takes place March 13 and airs at 6 p.m. ET on CBS.
After Selection Sunday, there is the “First Four”, ie the eight teams that barely managed to enter. They compete for the last four places in the tournament. The first round officially starts on March 17. After the first weekend we are already with 16 teams, on March 24th. That will then split it further into the Final Four after that weekend’s games.
And then it’s the semi-finals and finals for the National Championship.
After canceling the tournament in 2020 and playing all 67 games in Indianapolis in 2021, 2022 will bring back a sense of normalcy. With these games taking place in a number of different cities.
The first four will take place in Dayton, Ohio. With the first and second rounds in Buffalo, Indianapolis, Fort Worth, Portland, Greenville, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh and San Diego.
Sweet 16 and Elite 8 rounds will take place in San Antonio, San Francisco, Chicago and Philadelphia. The final four take place at New Orleans’s in the Caesar’s Superdome.
Who is the favorite to win the tournament?
The best thing about March Madness is that you never know who could win the whole thing. At the moment, Gonzaga is the number 1 team in the country. They won their conference tournament and automatically entered the tournament, although we expected them to be there anyway.
The Arizona Wildcats are the second favorite to win it all this year, and they are currently #2 in the country in the latest AP poll. Arizona also won their conference tournament, so they have an automatic bid for the big dance. They had a record of 27-3, so they were probably in whatever happened.
With March Madness, all four number one seeds in the tournament could be knocked out to the final four. It actually happens more often than you might think. In the 2014-15 season, the Kentucky Wildcats were 34-0 and lost in the last four. That was a huge shock as they were seen as the contenders to win the National Championship that year.
Get ready for some buzzer knocks, massive jolts, and even some Cinderella stories, because March Madness is finally upon us.