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How to watch every NCAA March Madness 2023 game this weekend — via streaming or cable

Closeup of a basketball with a tournament bracket design. From streaming to cable, here's how to watch or stream NCAA March Madness basketball. (Photo: Getty Images)
From streaming to cable, here's how to watch or stream NCAA March Madness basketball. (Photo: Getty Images) (zimmytws via Getty Images)

March Madness is going strong. The men's tournament second-round games are taking place this weekend, starting at 12:10pm ET on Saturday, and the women's first-round continues with games beginning at 11:30am ET. But do you know how you're watching the tournament yet? There are many ways to do so, and we've got all the details here— for those with cable and cord cutters alike. So read on: Here's everything you need to know on how to watch all of March Madness, from this weekend's game schedule to all the channels and streaming services that are airing the tournament.

Who is playing in NCAA March Madness 2023?

A total of 68 Division I college teams will be playing in the tournament. You can check out the men’s brackets here and the women’s brackets here.

How do I watch NCAA March Madness 2023?

The men’s games will air on CBS, TBS, TNT or truTV. The women’s games will air on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNews and ESPNU.

Can I stream March Madness on the NCAA website?

Yes, you can stream all tournaments on NCAA’s March Madness Live site and app. But if you don’t have a TV provider (either through cable or a streaming provider) you will only get a three-hour preview.

What March Madness NCAA men's tournament games are playing this weekend?

Saturday, March 18 (Round of 32. All times Eastern)

Sunday, March 19 (Round of 32. All times Eastern)

  • No. 3 Xavier vs. No. 11 Pitt | 12:10 p.m. | CBS

  • No. 3 Kansas State vs. No. 6 Kentucky | 2:40 p.m. | CBS

  • No. 2 Marquette vs. No. 7 Michigan State | 5:15 p.m. | CBS

  • No. 4 UConn vs. No. 5 Saint Mary's | 6:10 p.m. | TNT

  • No. 3 Baylor vs. No. 6 Creighton | 7:10 p.m. | TBS

  • No. 9 Florida Atlantic vs. No. 16 FDU | 7:45 p.m. | truTV

  • No. 4 Indiana vs. No. 5 Miami (Fla.) | 8:40 p.m. | TNT

  • No. 3 Gonzaga vs. No. 6 TCU | 9:40 p.m. | TBS

What March Madness NCAA women's tournament games are playing this weekend?

Saturday, March 18 — First round

  • No. 16 Tennessee Tech vs. No. 1 Indiana | 11:30 a.m. | ESPN2

  • No. 13 Saint Louis vs. No. 4 Tennessee | 1 p.m. | ABC

  • No. 14 James Madison vs. No. 3 Ohio State | 1:30 p.m. |ESPN2

  • No. 9 Miami vs. No. 8 Oklahoma State | 2 p.m. | ESPN

  • No. 12 Florida Gulf Coast vs. No. 5 Washington State | 2:30 p.m. | ESPNU

  • No. 15 Vermont vs. No. 2 UConn | 3 p.m.| ABC

  • No. 12 Toledo vs. No. 5 Iowa State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2

  • No. 11 St. John's vs. No. 6 North Carolina | 4 p.m. | ESPN

  • No. 13 Cleveland State vs. No. 4 Villanova | 5 p.m. | ESPNU

  • No. 10 Alabama vs. No. 7 Baylor | 5:30 p.m. | ESPN2

  • No. 11 Middle Tennessee vs. No. 6 Colorado | 7 p.m. |ESPNEWS

  • No. 12 Drake vs. No. 5 Louisville | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN2

  • No. 12 Portland vs. No. 5 Oklahoma | 9 p.m. | ESPNU

  • No. 14 Iona vs. No. 3 Duke | 9:30 p.m. | ESPN2

  • No. 13 East Carolina vs. No. 4 Texas | 10 p.m. | ESPN

  • No. 13 Sacramento State vs. No. 4 UCLA | 11:30 p.m. | ESPN2

Sunday, March 19 — Second round

  • No. 1 South Carolina vs. No. 8 South Florida | 1 p.m. | ABC

  • No. 2 Iowa vs. No. 10 Georgia | 3 p.m. | ABC

  • No. 3 Notre Dame vs. No. 11 Mississippi State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN

  • No. 1 Virginia Tech vs. No. 9 South Dakota State | 5 p.m. | ESPN2

  • No. 2 Maryland vs. No. 7 Arizona | 5:30 p.m. | ESPN

  • No. 2 Utah vs. No. 10 Princeton | 7 p.m. | ESPN2

  • No. 3 LSU vs. No. 6 Michigan | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN

  • No. 1 Stanford vs. No. 8 Ole Miss | 9:30 p.m. | ESPN

How do I watch March Madness if I don’t have cable?

To watch the games that air on CBS or ABC, you can use an antenna to watch them over-the-air via your local CBS or ABC affiliate. If you don’t feel like doing that, or if you want to watch all the other games too, you’ll want to subscribe to a streaming TV provider. Here are a few suggestions.

Watch March Madness on Sling TV

A particularly cost-effective way to watch March Madness is via a Sling TV subscription. You’ll need Sling TV’s Orange and Blue plan, which gives you access to TBS, TNT, truTV and ESPN. However, you won’t get access to CBS, so you’ll need to find another way to catch those games. It’s typically $60 a month but if you sign up now, you can pay just $30 for the first month.

Watch March Madness on Hulu plus Live TV

If you want access to all March Madness games regardless of where they air, then a subscription to Hulu plus Live TV is a good choice. It offers TBS, TNT, truTV, all the ESPN channels, as well as your local CBS and ABC affiliates. It costs $70 a month but that includes access to both Disney+ and ESPN+, which makes it more of a deal. Unfortunately, Hulu plus Live TV no longer offers free trials.

Watch March Madness on YouTube TV

Another excellent choice is YouTube TV, which starts at $65 a month. It also offers access to all of the March Madness channels. Plus, there’s a seven-day free trial for new subscribers so you can try it out to see if you like it before you pay. You can cancel at any time.

Watch March Madness on DirecTV Stream

Another option is DirecTV Stream, which offers all of the above channels. It starts at $75 a month, but if you want to get ESPNU and ESPNews, you’ll have to upgrade to the $100 a month package. Fortunately, there’s a five-day free trial for new subscribers if you want to try before you buy.

Watch March Madness on FuboTV

While fuboTV is usually recommended for streaming sports, it’s not the best choice for watching March Madness, as it doesn’t offer TBS, TNT or truTV. Its Pro plan, which starts at $75 a month, does offer CBS and ESPN but that’s about it. If you want to watch ESPNews and ESPNU, that will cost $10 extra, bringing it up to $85 a month.

Watch March Madness on Paramount+

If you’re primarily interested in the NCAA men’s tournament and you don’t care about watching all the games, then a Paramount+ subscription might be worth considering. Only the CBS games will be available on this service. That said, it’s a lot more affordable than the other options. An ad-supported tier starts at $5 per month while an ad-free Premium tier is priced at $10 per month. It also has a seven-day free trial period for new subscribers.

Men’s NCAA 2023 Tournament schedule:

  • First Four: March 14-15, 6:40 p.m. ET, on truTV

  • First Round: March 16-17 at 12:15 p.m. ET on CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV

  • Second Round: March 18-19 at 12:10 p.m. ET on CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV

  • Sweet 16: March 23-24 at 6:30 p.m. ET on CBS and TBS

  • Elite Eight: March 25 at 6:09 p.m. ET and March 26 at 2:20 p.m. ET on CBS and TBS

  • Final Four: April 1 at 6:09 p.m. ET on CBS

  • NCAA Championship Game: April 3 at 9:20 p.m. ET on CBS

Women’s NCAA 2023 Tournament schedule:

  • First Four: March 15-16, 6:40 p.m. ET on ESPNU and ESPN2

  • First Round: March 17-18

  • Second Round: March 19-20

  • Sweet 16: March 24-25 on ESPN

  • Elite Eight: March 26-27 on ESPN

  • Final Four: March 31 at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN

  • NCAA Championship Game: April 2 at 3 p.m. ET on ABC

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