After two weeks of upheaval, highlighted by Saint Peter’s exciting and unprecedented race at No. 15 to the Elite Eight, we are left with a “blue blood” Final Four. Four of the biggest programs in college basketball made it to the final weekend of the tournament, and the quartet are all playing today.
No. 2 Villanova and No. 1 Kansas are at the top, followed by bitter rivals No. 2 Duke and No. 8 North Carolina. Duke and North Carolina play each other at least twice a year during the ACC season, but it will be the first time the two schools have met in the NCAA tournament. And this historic encounter takes place during coach Mike Krzyzewski’s final season at Duke. College basketball fans can indulge themselves on Saturday.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch the Final Four and the National Championship game on TBS, with or without cable.
Longtime rivals Duke and North Carolina meet for the first time in the NCAA men’s tournament on TBS on Saturday.
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March Madness FAQ
Where can I see the March Madness bracket?
You can check out all the regions, results and remaining matchups from the NCAA tournament bracket here.
What is the program for the Final Four?
Here’s the schedule for the final three games of the tournament (all time ET):
Saturday April 2nd
No. 2 Villanova vs. No. 1 Kansas, 6:09 PM on TBSNo. 2 Duke vs. no. 8 North Carolina, 8:49 PM on TBS
Monday April 4
Villanova/Kansas vs. Duke/UNC, 9:20 p.m. on TBS
Where and when will the Final Four take place and what channel is it on?
The Final Four and National Championship Game will take place in New Orleans at the Caesars Superdome and will be broadcast on TBS.
Which channels will broadcast March Madness games?
The Final Four matches and the National Championship will be broadcast on TBS.
You can also stream the matches live with NCAA March Madness Live. There is a free 3-hour preview, but then you have to log in to a TV provider to prove that you are a pay TV subscriber.
Can I watch for free?
Yes, that’s possible. There are two ways, but neither will get you through the rest of the tournament alone.
The March Madness Live app and website offer a free 3-hour preview, after which you must prove that you are a pay TV subscriber.
The other way is to sign up for a live TV streaming service. Each of the five main services offers a free trial. YouTube TV and Hulu With Live TV offer seven-day trials, while DirecTV Stream gives you five days. Sling TV doesn’t have a free trial, but it does offer $10 off the first month of service.
Best options for streaming without cable
You can stream any March Madness match on the NCAA’s March Madness Live site or app. You can watch 3 hours for free, but then you have to log in to prove that you have a pay TV subscription that includes the channels broadcasting the tournament. It should be noted that in addition to cable and satellite providers, you can also use a YouTube TV, Hulu With TV, DirecTV Stream, or Sling TV subscription to access March Madness Live.
Latency is an issue with any streaming service and especially with live sports where you might also follow along on Twitter and see a final score before the game actually ends. The NCAA says this year’s streams will offer a 20% latency improvement over last year’s. While that’s welcome, March Madness Live streams will likely still be behind cable and satellite TV and can also follow streams from YouTube TV and the other live TV services.
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