Here’s how to watch the 2022 NCAA tournament men’s finals for free—and without cable
The Big Dance is about to play its final song.
March Madness comes to an end Monday night, with the No. 1 seeded Kansas Jayhawks taking on the University of North Carolina Tar Heels. The NCAA Tournament’s men’s championship is the biggest game of the year for college basketball—and it was a fight to get here.
Kansas won its spot in the championship in fairly easy fashion Saturday, but UNC faced a nail-biter that had an extra emotional layer as they faced Duke in Coach K’s (Mike Krzyzewski) last game ever.
Let’s face it: Your bracket is likely long busted. But at this point, it’s all about seeing who’s the best. If you can’t be on your living room couch for Monday’s game, here’s how to catch it, even if you don’t have a cable subscription.
When and where does the NCAA Tournament championship air?
March Madness wraps up at 9:20 p.m. ET this year with UNC vs. Kansas. The game will air on TBS (with simulcasts on TNT and truTV).
How can I watch March Madness games for free?
Since TBS is a basic cable channel, you won’t be able to use an over the air antenna to watch it at home. You’ll need to utilize a streaming service this time.
Can I watch March Madness online?
Easily! There are loads of online options to watch the championship (as there were for all of the 2022 NCAA Tournament games), some completely free and others with free trial periods. If you’re not near a TV, you can log into TBS.com, TNTdrama.com and truTV.com (or the TBS, TNT or truTV apps). You’ll need to log-in with your cable or satellite provider username and password for those, though.
Prefer another option? Here are a few alternatives.
Hulu with Live TV
You can try the service free for a week. Once that’s up, you’ll pay $65 per month.
After a two-week trial, you can expect monthly charges of $65.
Dish Network’s Sling lower tiered “Orange” plan will run you $35 per month. Adding the more comprehensive “Blue” plan bumps the cost to $50-per-month. You’ll have a 7-day free trial first—and right now, the cord cutting service is dropping the first month’s bill to $10.
Formerly known as DirecTV Now and AT&T TVNow, AT&T’s streaming service will run you $70 per month and up. There is no longer a free trial option.
This sports-focused cord cutting service carries broadcast networks in most markets. There’s a 7-day free trial, followed by monthly charges of $65-$80, depending on the channels you choose.
Does the NCAA offer any service for me to watch the men’s championship game ?
It does! March Madness Live will stream every games on the NCAA Website, as well as Apple, Android, Amazon, and Roku devices. It’s also available on Xbox One. You’ll need to log in with your username and password from your TV provider, however.
Can I watch any of March Madness on Amazon?
No NCAA Tournament games streamed on Amazon this year, so you can’t watch the finals, either. However, you can have Alexa deliver real-time scores and information—as well as listen to live radio broadcasts for each game.
Which team is favored to win the 2022 NCAA Tournament?
Gonzaga Bulldogs led the pack at the beginning of March Madness, but they were defeated on March 24. And after the Jayhawks won their last two games by a combined 42 points, oddsmakers at Tipico Sportsbook say Kansas is a 4.5-point favorite over North Carolina.
Neither team, by the way, was in the Top 5 to win the tournament before Selection Sunday.
Where is March Madness being held?
After being canceled in 2020 and confined to Indianapolis last year because of the pandemic, this year’s tournament was more or less back to normal, with 67 games played over 21 days at 14 venues in 10 different states.
Monday’s final will be played at the Superdome in New Orleans.
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