The Best Way to Watch College Basketball Games Without Cable in 2019-2020

"How to Watch College Basketball Online Without Cable"

How to Stream College Basketball Online

The majority of major college basketball games will air on local networks or major cable channels, some smaller conference and games will air on the college sports networks or Internet sports channels.

  • Local Networks: CBS, FOX, & ABC
  • Cable Sports Networks: ESPN, FS1, & NBCSN
  • Regional Sports Network: Fox Sports RSN, NBC Sports RSN, NESN, MSG, & SNY
  • College Sports Networks: Big 10 Network, SEC Network, etc.
  • Streaming Sports Networks: ESPN3, BTN+, SEC Network+, Stadium, ESPN+, Pluto.TV, & Facebook

We picked the Best Live TV Streaming Service for the college sports fan in general, but also for your Favorite College Basketball Team.

Our Picks

Hulu Live TV

There are many good options for college basketball fans. Hulu Live TV and YouTube TV each offer Big Ten Network, ACC Network, SEC Network, CBS Sports Network, and ESPNU.

fuboTV

If you’re a Pac-12 fan though, fuboTV and Sling TV are the only providers who offer Pac-12 Network.

College Basketball Teams

We picked the best live TV streaming services for many NCAA basketball teams. Be sure to check your the schedule for your favorite team before you subscribe.

How to Watch College Basketball on Cable Sports Networks

Most prime time games from major conferences will air on national sports stations. Fortunately, most streaming services include ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, and NBCSN.

When it comes to the NCAA Tourney, March Madness games will be on CBS, TNT, TBS, and TruTV.

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$50–$70 $55 $45 $20 $50–$85 $25 $25 $50
ESPN - - -
ESPN2 - - -
Fox Sports 1 - -
Fox Sports 2 $70 - -
NBC Sports Network - -
TBS -
TNT -

How to Watch College Basketball on Local Networks

If on network TV, most major College Basketball games will air on CBS, with select games on FOX or ABC.

Every Live TV Streaming Service includes local channels in their entry-level package, but not all local channels are available in every market.

Fortunately, most streaming services include CBS, FOX, and ABC in the majority of Top 50 markets.

You can see which locals are available in your area by using our Channel Finder.

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$50–$70 $55 $45 $20 $50–$85 $25 $25 $50
CBS - - -
Fox - -
ABC - - - -

How to Watch College Basketball on College Sports Channels

Some games with lower profile matchups or teams are generally put on college sports networks like Big Ten Network, ACC Network, Pac-12 Network, SEC Network, and Longhorn Network.

Most of the services include Big Ten Network SEC Network, and CBS Sports Network, but on some of them you may have to upgrade to a higher plan.

fuboTV and Sling TV are the only providers who offer Pac-12 Network.

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$50–$70 $55 $45 $20 $50–$85 $25 $25 $50
ACC Network $70 - - ≥ $55 ^ $10 -
ACC Network Extra $70 - - ≥ $55 ^ $10 -
Big Ten Network $70 - ≥ $55 - -
CBS Sports Network $70 - ≥ $55 - -
ESPNU $70 - - ≥ $55 ^ $10 -
Fox College Sports - ^ $11 - - ≥ $65 - - -
Longhorn Network $70 - - - ≥ $55 - - -
Pac-12 Network - - - - ^ $10 ^ $10 -
SEC Network $70 - - ≥ $55 ^ $10 -

How to Watch College Basketball on Streaming-Only Channels

Some smaller games will air on streaming-only networks like BTN+, SEC Network+, ESPN3, ESPN+, Stadium, and Pluto.TV.

In some cases they are available from your streaming service’s interface or in the case of ESPN+ or BTN+, from their owns apps which require a separate subscription.

ESPN3 and SEC Network+ are included if your service carries ESPN or SEC Network, and can be accessed from the ESPN App when authenticated with your TV Everywhere credentials.

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$50–$70 $55 $45 $20 $50–$85 $25 $25 $50
ESPN3 - - - - -
Stadium - ^ $11 - - ^ $10 (≥ $65) -
Eleven Sports - - - ≥ $65 - - -
beIN Sports - - - ≥ $55 ^ $10 ^ $10 -

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