NCAA March Madness Live highlight from 2018 Championship game drive to basket

The NCAA Division 1 Men's Basketball Tournament is the most excitement-filled sporting event on the calendar each year. There is a reason everyone calls this March Madness. This 68-team single elimination championship battle is always full of last second buzzer-beater wins, shocking upsets, and unexpected finalists that make it as fun as it is unpredictable. With 48 games across the first four full days, March Madness has long been the first truly bingeable sports!

March Madness for Men's Basketball means a tournament mix of top teams from power conferences and automatic qualifiers from even the smallest schools. This year, those highest seeds are expected to include Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky, Duke, Gonzaga, LSU, Michigan State and Tennessee. However, if they've learned anything from UMBC last year, it is that none of them should take Gardner-Webb or North Dakota State for granted.

Years ago, the complete March Madness was a satellite exclusive pay-per-view event. If you wanted to watch all of the games beyond your local broadcasts, big fans had to travel to bars. For the past few years, the games have moved to channels common on most cable systems. However, if you've called time-out on cable, you can still enjoy the full court experience this month. Here is how to watch March Madness if you've cut the cord.

Watch March Madness using an over-the-air antenna

The best way to start watching lots of the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament games is by using an over-the-air antenna. Just connect an antenna to your TV or tuner, and turn to your local CBS station. CBS will have 24 games of the NCAA March Madness Tournament this year, from the first round to the National Championship game.

The best over-the-air antennas available

If you want to use your over-the-air antenna with a smartphone, tablet, or streaming device, you could consider buying an over-the-air streaming box. It will take whatever the antenna can pick up, and convert it to stream on your local network.

The best over-the-air streaming device

Watch March Madness on Live Streaming Services

You can also watch March Madness basketball tournament games through many of the live streaming services available. If you already have a live streaming service, or if you are interested in starting a free trial, you need to check your service of choice to find if they offer your local CBS station.

Watch March Madness on CBS All Access

A live streaming bundle isn't the only way to stream the CBS March Madness games. You can also watch these tournament basketball games on CBS All Access. The service streams the best of CBS, including new exclusive shows just for All Access. It also includes live streams of your local CBS, including sports like college basketball and the NFL.

Live local CBS streaming is available in a ton of cities, but it doesn't cover everywhere. Check their list of CBS Live TV markets to make sure you'll be in the game. Then sign up for a free trial and enjoy streaming these broadcast buzzer beaters.

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Watch March Madness on TBS, TNT and TruTV

The NCAA and CBS partner with the Turner networks to provide full court coverage of every game of March Madness. Games are spread across three networks, so you will see games on TBS, TNT and TruTV.

TBS will have 18 games during March Madness, including Sweet Sixteen and Regional Finals games in the second weekend. TNT will have 12 games in the first weekend, and TruTV is scheduled for 13 games, including the First Four special games that tip off the tournament on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 19 & 20.

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You can stream TBS, TNT & TruTV live to watch March Madness games in their apps. You will need to login from a streaming service or other subscription with each channel included to activate the app.

The TBS & TNT apps is available on Android phones and tablets, iPhones, iPads, Fire Tablets, Apple TV, Android TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, and Roku. The TruTV app covers most of the same bases, but does not support either Android TV or Chromecast!

Watch the NCAA basketball tournament on March Madness Live

The easiest way to watch the most March Madness tournament games is in the official NCAA March Madness Live app. Instead of dealing with other channels, or having to switch between apps, you can get straight to basketball. March Madness Live has live streams of 42 tournament games, with every game from TBS, TNT and TruTV in one app. The app also has highlights and clips from CBS games, and classic March Madness games from past years.

You start with a free 3 hours to watch games before needing to login to activate. Currently four live streaming services support March Madness Live, so you will need PlayStation Vue, DirecTV Now, Hulu with Live TV or YouTube TV to use the app as a CordCutter.

NCAA March Madness Live is available on the web, and on mobile through the Google Play Store, Apple App Store, or Amazon App Store. It is also available for major streaming platforms, including Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku and even Xbox One.

Best ways to watch all of March Madness

While you complete your streaming setup, get yourself ready for all this basketball with "One Shining Moment", the annual tradition that mixes the best highlights from each year's March Madness with the official theme song of the event. Here is last year's edition.

One of the best ways to watch March Madness starts with an antenna to get the 24 CBS games for free over the air. If you don't already have a live streaming service, adding Sling TV would be the cheapest way to get the 43 games from TBS, TNT and TruTV for $25. However, Sling TV doesn't offer CBS local stations, and they don't support the NCAA March Madness Live app.

If you don't have good signal for your local CBS via an antenna, or you want a better all-in-one solution, YouTube TV will provide everything you need for a great March Madness streaming experience for the next lowest price at $40 for the month.

2019 NCAA March Madness Schedule

Here is the schedule for the 2019 NCAA March Madness D1 Men's Basketball Tournament. Game times are subject to change. Winners are in bold.

First Four Dayton, Ohio

March 19

  • 6:30 p.m.: Prairie View vs. Farleigh Dickinson, TruTV
  • 9 p.m.:Temple vs. Belmont, TruTV

March 20

  • 6:30 p.m.: NC Central vs. North Dakota State, TruTV
  • 9 p.m.: St. John's vs. Arizona State, TruTV

1st Round - Round of 64

Thursday, March 21

  • Noon: Minnesota vs. Louisville, CBS
  • 12:30 p.m.: Yale vs. LSU, TruTV
  • 1:20 p.m.: New Mexico State vs. Auburn, TNT
  • 1:50 p.m.: Vermont vs. Florida State, TBS
  • 2:30 p.m.: Bradley vs. Michigan State, CBS
  • 3 p.m.: Belmont vs. Maryland, TruTV
  • 3:50 p.m.: Northeastern vs. Kansas, TNT
  • 4:20 p.m.: Murray State vs. Marquette, TBS
  • 6:45 p.m.: Florida vs. Nevada, TNT
  • 7 p.m.: Abilene Christian vs. Kentucky, CBS
  • 7:20 p.m.: Saint Mary's vs Villanova, TBS
  • 7:15 p.m.: Farleigh Dickinson vs. Gonzaga, TruTV
  • 9:15 p.m.: Montana vs. Michigan, TNT
  • 9:30 p.m.: Seton Hall vs. Wofford, CBS
  • 9:45 p.m.: Old Dominion vs. Purdue, TBS
  • 9:55 p.m.: Baylor vs. Syracuse, TruTV

Friday, March 22

  • Noon: Iowa vs. Cincinnati, CBS
  • 12:30 p.m.: Oklahoma vs. Mississippi, TruTV
  • 1:30 p.m.: Northern Kentucky vs. Texas Tech, TNT
  • 1:50 p.m.: UC Irvine vs. Kansas State, TBS
  • 2:30 p.m.: Colgate vs. Tennessee, CBS
  • 3:00 p.m.: Gardner-Webb vs. Virginia, TruTV
  • 3:50 p.m.: Arizona State vs. Buffalo, TNT
  • 4:20 p.m.: Oregon vs. Wisconsin, TBS
  • 6:45 p.m.: Washington vs. Utah State, TNT
  • 7:00 p.m.: North Dakota State vs. Duke, CBS
  • 7:15 p.m.: Georgia State vs. Houston, TBS
  • 7:15 p.m.: Liberty vs. Mississippi State, TruTV
  • 9:15 p.m.: Iona vs. North Carolina, TNT
  • 9:30 p.m.: UCF vs. VCU, CBS
  • 9:45 p.m.: Ohio State vs. Iowa State, TBS
  • 9:55 p.m.: Saint Louis vs. Virginia Tech, TruTV

2nd Round - Round of 32

Saturday, March 23

  • 12:10 p.m.: Maryland vs. LSU, CBS
  • 2:40 p.m.: Wofford vs. Kentucky, CBS
  • 5:15 p.m.: Florida vs. Michigan, CBS
  • 6:10 p.m.: Murray St. vs. Florida St., TNT
  • 7:10 p.m.: Baylor vs. Gonzaga, TBS
  • 7:45 p.m.: Minnesota vs. Michigan St., CBS
  • 8:40 p.m.: Villanova vs. Purdue, TNT
  • 9:40 p.m.: Auburn vs. Kansas, TBS

Sunday, March 24

  • 12:10 p.m.: Iowa vs. Tennessee, CBS
  • 2:40 p.m.: Washington vs. North Carolina, CBS
  • 5:15 p.m.: UCF vs. Duke, CBS
  • 6:10 p.m.: Buffalo vs. Texas Tech, TNT
  • 7:10 p.m.: Liberty vs. Virginia Tech, TBS
  • 7:45 p.m.: Oklahoma vs. Virginia, TruTV
  • 8:40 p.m.: Ohio St. vs. Houston, TNT
  • 9:40 p.m.: UC Irvine vs. Oregon, TBS

3rd Round - Sweet Sixteen

Thurs., March 28, South Regional and West Regional

  • 7:09 p.m.: Florida State vs. Gonzaga, CBS
  • 7:29 p.m.: Purdue vs. Tennessee, TBS
  • 9:39 p.m.: Texas Tech vs. Michigan, CBS
  • 9:57 p.m.: Oregon vs. Virginia, TBS

Fri., March 29, East Regional and Midwest Regional

  • 7:09 p.m.: LSU vs. Michigan State, CBS
  • 7:39 p.m.: Auburn vs. North Carolina, TBS
  • 9:39 p.m.: Virginia Tech vs. Duke, CBS
  • 9:57 p.m.: Houston vs Kentucky, TBS

4th Round - Regional Finals

Sat., March 30, South Regional and West Regional

  • 6:09 p.m.: Texas Tech vs. Gonzaga, TBS
  • 8:49 p.m.: Virginia vs. Purdue, TBS

Sun., March 31, East Regional, Washington, D.C. and Midwest Regional, Kansas City, MO

  • 2:20 p.m.: Auburn vs. Kentucky, CBS
  • 5:05 p.m.: Michigan State vs. Duke, CBS

Final Four

Minneapolis, MN Sat., April 6

  • 6:09 p.m.: Virginia vs. Auburn, CBS
  • 8:49 p.m.: Michigan State vs. Texas Tech, CBS

National Championship

Minneapolis, MN Mon., April 8

  • 9:00 p.m.: Virginia vs. Texas Tech, CBS

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