Live stream NCAA college basketball

Updated: April 19, 2022

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Live stream NCAA college basketball

March Madness is one of the most exciting events in sports, whether you’re trying to fill out a perfect bracket or just pulling for the latest Cinderella. Here’s how to stream the 2022 NCAA basketball tournament, TV schedules, players to watch, and more.

How to stream March Madness 2022

It’s been a wildly entertaining tournament to date, so it’s no surprise the Final Four resulted in the most-watched games in the last five years. Duke-UNC did not disappoint, with frequent lead changes that all came down to some missed free throws and a huge Caleb Love three-pointer in the game’s waning seconds. Now UNC and Kansas will meet in the National Championship game on TBS. Here’s how to make sure you don’t miss a minute of the action:

    1. Get ExpressVPN.
    2. Connect to a server location in the U.S.
    3. Go to Sling TV Blue (35 USD/month), Hulu+Live TV (65 USD/month), or YouTube TV (65 USD/month) and use a free trial.
    4. Tune in and enjoy!

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Best streaming sites for NCAA March Madness

Because the broadcasting rights for March Madness are split among CBS, TNT, TBS, and TruTV, if you want to watch every game, you need a comprehensive service that includes all of those channels. Sling TV Orange, YouTube TV, and Hulu+Live TV are the top cord-cutting services, and all come with a free trial. TBS will air the national championship game on Monday, April 4, with streaming also available through and

This is how each service breaks down in terms of the channels offered:

Sling TV Orange

Price: 35 USD/month

Sling TV is a good all-around option for March Madness live streams as it will carry all games except those on CBS, and is significantly cheaper than the other cord-cutting options. Note that you may need a U.S. credit card or PayPal to subscribe. A three-day free trial is available.


Price: 65 USD/month
Channels: CBS, TBS, TNT, TruTV

With Hulu+Live TV you’ll be able to live stream every March Madness game, from the First Four right through to the national title game. Hulu also offers a seven-day free trial, but note that you may need a U.S. credit card and ZIP code (e.g., 90210 or 10011) to subscribe.

YouTube TV

Price: 65 USD/month
Channels: CBS, TBS, TNT, TruTV

Like Hulu, YouTube TV carries every network that will be airing March Madness games, and it offers a five-day free trial. One extra thing YouTube has going for it is that it’s possible to subscribe to YouTube TV via Google Play, even if you don’t have a U.S. credit/debit card.

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March Madness: Final Four Schedule

Semifinal GamesDateTime (ET)Channel
(2) Villanova vs. (1) KansasApr 2, 20226:09 p.m.TBS
(8) UNC vs. (2) DukeApr 2, 20228:49 p.m.TBS
National Championship Game
(1) Kansas vs. (8) UNCApr 4, 20229:20 p.m.TBS

Who’s going to win March Madness?

Kansas made quick work of an injury-depleted Villanova with an 85-61 victory, while UNC and archrival Duke more than lived up to the hype of their first-ever NCAA meeting with a closer-than-it-looks 81-77 win that featured 18 lead changes and 12 ties. The Tar Heels only sealed their fate when Caleb Love drained a three-pointer with 25 seconds left—now they’ll play in their 12th National Championship game (trailing only UCLA, who played in 13).

The Jayhawks aren’t likely to go away quietly, however. The 1-seed features a mature, balanced roster led by seniors Ochai Agbaji (a finalist for Naismith Player of the Year) and David McCormack (25 points and 9 rebounds vs. Villanova), and junior Christian Braun. Coach Bill Self will be going for his second national title (and KU’s fourth in total), and seems driven to make amends for his team’s lost 2020 season, when the tournament was canceled right before it commenced due to Covid.

So who will win the title? Kansas enters the game as 4.5-point favorites, but UNC has hit its stride at just the right time. The Tar Heels are ranked #1 in the country for offensive efficiency since March 1 according to, and have relied on balanced contributions from Love, Brady Manek, and R.J. Davis throughout the tournament, not to mention Armando Bacot’s dominance on the boards. In fact one of the biggest questions heading into the game will be Bacot’s health, as he tweaked his ankle and limped off the court against Duke, but has insisted that he’s “ready to play” in the championship game.

There are plenty of other cool storylines, too: both schools were coached by Roy Williams, and UNC’s legendary coach Dean Smith actually won a title playing for KU. Carolina coach Hubert Davis (himself a former Tar Heel) is just the fifth first-year coach to make the title game. UNC has won two previous championships at the Superdome, including a 1982 thriller 40 years ago that launched the legend of a freshman named Michael Jordan.

We could go on and on about why this game is worth watching, just be sure to tune in!

Top NBA Prospects to watch during March Madness

While a number of top basketball prospects have been seeking an alternative to the NCAA in recent years, college basketball is still where you’ll find most of the NBA’s future stars.

Here’s a list of players to watch this season who could soon be suiting up for your favorite NBA franchise:

Paolo Banchero, F, Duke

Although he doesn’t have out-of-this-world athleticism, Banchero is an extremely polished and versatile offensive force who has switchability on the other end of the floor. He should be Duke’s top threat this season and looks like a safe bet to make an NBA impact.

Chet Holmgren, C/F, Gonzaga

There aren’t a lot of seven footers who can handle the ball, shoot, and make plays like Holmgren, which gives him a sky-high ceiling. The worry with the talented forward right now is a lack of durability and a slender frame that will need significant work if he’s going to compete with NBA bigs in the paint.

Caleb Houstan, F, Michigan

Scouts aren’t going to be wowed by Houstan’s flashiness, but he can defend multiple positions and consistently hit shots from beyond the arc. The Canadian gets high marks for his feel for the game, and is known to fire off some nifty passes, even if that creativity rarely extends to creating his own shot.

Jabari Smith Jr., F, Auburn

It’s clear that Smith Jr. can score using his combination of elite length and smooth shooting stroke. Almost every other aspect of his game remains a question mark, but he’s a tantalizing prospect with star potential.

Jalen Duren, F, Memphis

With a 6’9”, 235-pound frame, Duren already has the size and strength to compete at the highest level, and he’s an excellent finisher at the rim. The biggest question with him is whether he can expand his bag of tricks to include more perimeter shooting.

Jaden Ivey, G, Purdue

With great athleticism and a motor to match, Ivey has the look of a two-way contributor at the NBA level. He’s jumped up draft boards recently after arriving at Purdue with limited fanfare.

TyTy Washington, G, Kentucky

In a draft that could be low on guard talent, Washington could be enticing for clubs needing backcourt help. He’s a strong shooter with solid court awareness and leadership qualities, even if he does have a tendency to overdribble.

AJ Griffin, F, Duke

NBA teams are going to be enamored with Griffin’s combination of shooting, length, and smarts, but his inability to consistently stay healthy is a red flag.

Johnny Davis, G, Wisconsin

Davis has been a lethal scorer at the NCAA level and his 6’5” frame speaks to his potential as a perimeter defender. The biggest concern about the Badgers’ lead guard is his ability to make long-range jumpers at the highest level and create spacing for his teammates.

Bennedict Mathurin, G/F, Arizona

Although Mathurin’s production hasn’t stood out until this season, his combination of length and shooting touch has endeared him to NBA scouts. Mathurin may need to put on some bulk to be effective defensively at the next level, but the tools are all there.

FAQ for streaming March Madness

Can I stream sports on my computer?

Absolutely! If you’re accessing the streaming service from a web browser, be sure to also install the ExpressVPN extension for Chrome, Firefox, or Edge. The extension has a few features under the hood that can smooth out common streaming issues.

Can I stream sports on my phone or tablet?

Yes. ExpressVPN has apps for every major mobile device, including iOS and Android.

Where can I stream March Madness games?

Check out the event-specific information at the top of this page, which will always list out the date, time, and our recommended platforms for an optimal streaming experience.

To watch NCAA basketball, simply follow these steps:

  1. Get ExpressVPN
  2. Connect to a server location in the U.S.
  3. Log in to your preferred streaming service (such as Sling or Hulu)
  4. Watch the Big Dance!

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College basketball Top 25 rankings

Here is the final rankings heading into March Madness:

  1. Gonzaga Bulldogs
  2. Arizona Wildcats
  3. Baylor Bears (e)
  4. Auburn Tigers (e)
  5. Kentucky Wildcats (e)
  6. Kansas Jayhawks
  7. Duke Blue Devils
  8. Villanova Wildcats
  9. Purdue Boilermakers
  10. Tennessee Volunteers (e)
  11. Providence Friars
  12. Wisconsin Badgers (e)
  13. UCLA Bruins
  14. Texas Tech Red Raiders
  15. Arkansas Razorbacks
  16. Illinois Fighting Illini (e)
  17. Saint Mary’s Gaels (e)
  18. Houston Cougars
  19. Murray State Racers (e)
  20. Connecticut Huskies (e)
  21. USC Trojans (e)
  22. Texas Longhorns (e)
  23. Colorado State Rams (e)
  24. Iowa Hawkeyes (e)
  25. UNC Tarheels

2021-22 NCAA basketball calendar

Date (ET)Event
November 9, 2021 – March 6, 2022Regular season
March 15, 2022 – April 4, 2022Tournament dates
April 4, 2022NCAA Championship game

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    The only problem is my internet connection speed approx. 12 Mpbs.

  2. Im living in Bangkok Thailand and looking to watch the NCAA
    College basketball lives games ( both men & women team
    I just want to know Im I in the right place to do all that ?
    If Can watch those games live … then please guideline me of what to do
    Thank you so much … 🙏

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  5. Hello,

    I’m trying to watch Kansas vs. Auburn from the UK. I connected to the VPN and tried to access the website in an incognito browser but seems to be blocking me. Please help.

  6. I’m trying to watch March Madness from Canada. I tried to get the iOS app like you instructed, but it says I cannot get it from my app store. What should I do?


  7. 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

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      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!

  8. 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?

  9. 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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