How to stream college basketball live with a VPN

Published: Dec 11, 2018

How to watch NCAA college basketball games live?

College hoops is back! Defending champion Villanova is sitting on an 8-2 record, while last year’s runner up, Michigan, is 10-0. Will anyone topple the Kansas Jayhawks this year?

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Learn how to watch every basketball game below!

Stream Big Ten basketball online ($40/month)

Big Ten games are mostly split between ESPN and the Big Ten Network (BTN). A few games are shown on CBS and Fox, with CBS also broadcasting the Big Ten Tournament Semifinals and the Tournament Championship. The BTN will carry all Big Ten Tournament games prior to the semifinals.

YouTube TV is the only broadcaster that carries all of the above channels. There’s a free trial available.

  1. Get ExpressVPN
  2. Connect to a U.S. location
  3. Go to YouTube TV and create an account
  4. Check the TV schedule for the team you want to watch (example: Michigan)
  5. Tune in to the appropriate channel to watch the games

Watch SEC basketball live ($40/month and up)

SEC fans only need ESPN and the SEC Network. You can access both networks with YouTube TV or PlayStation Vue. Both services offer a free trial.

  1. Get ExpressVPN
  2. Connect to a U.S. location
  3. Go to YouTube TV ($40/month) or PlayStation Vue ($50/month)
  4. Check the TV schedule for the team you want to watch (example: Alabama)
  5. Tune in to the appropriate channel to watch the games

Stream ACC basketball live ($25/month and up)

ESPN covers most ACC games. However, a small portion of games are carried by regional sports networks and other broadcasters like Raycom. (Learn how to watch Raycom programming.)

  1. Get ExpressVPN
  2. Connect to a U.S. location
  3. Go to Sling TV ($25/month), YouTube TV ($40/month), DirecTV ($40/month) or PlayStation Vue ($50/month)
  4. Check the TV schedule for the team you want to watch (example: Notre Dame)
  5. Tune in to the appropriate channel to watch the games

Watch Big 12 basketball online ($25/month and up)

ESPN covers most Big 12 games. Fox and CBS will exclusively carry a few games.

  1. Get ExpressVPN
  2. Connect to a U.S. location
  3. Go to YouTube TV ($40/month) or PlayStation Vue ($50/month). If you don’t need Fox and CBS, use Sling TV ($25/month).
  4. Check the TV schedule for the team you want to watch (example: Texas)
  5. Tune in to the appropriate channel to watch the games

Stream Pac-12 basketball games ($30/month and up)

Most Pac-12 games shown on the Pac-12 Network or ESPN. The rest are exclusively carried by CBS and Fox.

Sling TV carries both of the primary channels for watching Pac-12 games. You can use the free trials for YouTube TV and PlayStation Vue to watch Fox and CBS.

  1. Get ExpressVPN
  2. Connect to a U.S. location
  3. Go to Sling TV ($25/month) and select the Pac-12 Network add-on ($5/month)
  4. Check the TV schedule for the team you want to watch (example: UCLA)
  5. Tune in to the appropriate channel to watch the games

How to watch college basketball games online ($25/month)

If you don’t follow a particular team or follow one that’s not in one of the “Power 5” conferences, ESPN is your best bet for watching most games.

  1. Get ExpressVPN
  2. Connect to a U.S. location
  3. Go to Sling TV ($25/month) and create an account
  4. Check the TV schedule for the team you want to watch. If you need access to additional networks, use the prices listed above to choose the service you need.
  5. Tune in to the appropriate channel to watch the games

College basketball Top 25 rankings

Outside of Villanova, it’s too early to call the favorites for March Madness. Which of these teams will be competing for all the marbles come march?

  1. Kansas Wildcats
  2. Duke Blue Devils
  3. Tennessee Volunteers
  4. Gonzaga Bulldogs
  5. Michigan Wolverines
  6. Virginia Cavaliers
  7. Nevada Wolf Pack
  8. Auburn Tigers
  9. Michigan State Spartans
  10. Florida State Seminoles
  11. Texas Tech Red Raiders
  12. North Carolina Tar Heels
  13. Virginia Tech Hokies
  14. Buffalo Bulls
  15. Ohio State Buckeyes
  16. Wisconsin Badgers
  17. Villanova Wildcats
  18. Mississippi State Bulldogs
  19. Kentucky Wildcats
  20. Arizona State Sun Devils
  21. Marqueete Golden Eagles
  22. Iowa Hawkeyes
  23. Furman Paladins
  24. Houston Cougars
  25. Kansas State Wildcats

What are your predictions for this season? Leave a comment below and remember to tune in with your VPN!

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29 thoughts on “College Basketball

  1. Down here in Uganda and would really love to watch this except l cnt coz of the limitations our isps impose on us. The damn bastards as if there overpriced things are not bad enough

    1. Hi ali,

      Don’t let that get in your way! Simply connect to an ExpressVPN U.S. location, open an incognito browser with cleared cookies, and you’ll be all set to watch!

      Which team are you cheering for? 🙂

    1. Hi Adam,

      It is possible there may be some minor loss of speed when connected to servers that are far from your location. However, ExpressVPN is constantly optimizing server speeds and you can use the speed test function to see which servers are best for your location!

  2. i am about to buy express vpn to watch march madness tonight. once I have the app on my macbook pro, how do I find the games?
    thanks

  3. I’m in BA Argentina and dying to watch the NCAA tournament; the DSL connection in the apartment is poor and there are no sports bars that can get the games. Do you have service here?

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