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March Madness live stream 2022: how to watch NCAA basketball online from anywhere, Final Four

Royal blood will be spilled in the Final Four

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There's blue blood everywhere as the Kansas Jayhawks, Villanova Wildcats, North Carolina Tar Heels and Duke Blue Devils prepare for the Final Four, and you can read on as we explain how to get a 2022 March Madness live stream and watch the NCAA basketball tournament online no matter where you are in the world. Get the Sling $10 discount for all the remaining March Madness games.

March Madness live stream 2022

Dates: March 15 - April 4

US TV coverage: TBS, CBS, TruTV, TNT 

Stream without cable: TBS via Sling TV $10 discount or FuboTV FREE trial (US)

Global live streams: ESPN Player FREE trial/BT Sport (UK) | Kayo Sports FREE trial (AU) | TSN (CA)

Watch anywhere: try the world's no.1 VPN 100% risk-free

When can a school with six national championships be considered an underdog? The Tar Heels, vanquishers of the defending champions, are the lowest seeded team still in contention, and they've set up a mouth-watering clash against their fiercest rivals.

The Blue Devils are preparing to send Mike Krzyzewski into retirement in style, but what a story it would be if the Tar Heels managed to stamp all over that fairytale vision, especially with rookie coach Hubert Davis running the show.

The Jayhawks are the last No.1 seed standing, and feel that they're owed a title after the tournament they looked destined to win had to be canceled two years ago. They face the Wildcats, who destroyed them at this very stage four years ago, and look formidable with their free throw accuracy.

It's crunch time, so follow our guide below for where to watch a 2022 March Madness live stream and catch all the NCAA hoops action online from anywhere - including some great ways to watch March Madness free online in certain countries.


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How to watch March Madness: live stream 2022 NCAA basketball online in the US without cable

Sling TV

Coverage of March Madness 2022 was shared between TBS, CBS, TruTV and TNT, though CBS, TruTV and TNT have now shown all of their allotted games.

That means TBS is showing the entirety of the Final Four stage and the National Championship.

If you have the channel on cable, you're all set.

Watch March Madness 2022 without cable

As TBS is included in both the cable-cutting streamer Sling TV's Orange package and its Blue package, whichever you choose you can watch March Madness with Sling.

Right now, there's a $10 discount for your first month. Sling TV costs $35 a month thereafter and includes 30+ other channels. And as there's no contract, you can cancel at any time.

A costlier but even more thorough alternative is to get a FuboTV plan, which also includes TBS, as well as more than 100 other top channels on plans starting at $64.99 per month after a 7-day FREE trial.

Not in the US right now? You can watch a March Madness live stream just like you would if you were at home by using a VPN. Further details on how that works can be found below.

March Madness Final Four bracket

Saturday, April 2

  • Villanova Wildcats vs Kansas Jayhawks - 6.09pm ET
  • Duke Blue Devils vs North Carolina Tar Heels - 8.49pm ET

How to watch March Madness 2022 from outside your country

If you've mismatched a holiday or you're away on business and you want to watch your country's coverage from abroad, then you'll need to use a VPN. This will help you dial in to a location back in your home country to avoid geo-blocks and regain access to the content and services you already pay for back home.

A VPN is generally perfect for this as it allows you to change your IP address so you appear to be in a completely different location when the big game is on. 

Use a VPN to live stream March Madness from anywhere

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March Madness live stream: how to watch NCAA basketball for FREE in the UK

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College basketball fans in the UK can watch every single moment of March Madness on ESPN Player, the network giant's international streaming-only service.

A subscription costs £9.99 per month or £69.99 per year, and whichever package you choose there's an ESPN Player 7-day FREE trial to take advantage of.

Every game is also being shown on BT Sport. Don't forget that BT now has a £25 Monthly Pass, so you can get everything BT Sport has to offer, including Champions League football and UFC, without a long-term commitment.

The BT Sport app will let subscribers watch March Madness on any number of devices, including mobiles, tablets, consoles and smart TVs.

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How to watch March Madness 2022: live stream NCAA basketball for FREE in Australia

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Hoops fans Down Under can watch all of the March Madness action on Fox Sports and via Foxtel

If you don't have Fox as part of a pay TV package, your best option is to sign up for the excellent Kayo Sports streaming service. 

It features no lock-in contracts from $25 a month and gives you access to over 50 other sports including the NRL, soccer, F1, NFL... the list goes on! Handy if you don't want to go all-out on Fox. Better still, Kayo offers a FREE two-week trial

Don't forget, you can take your March Madness coverage abroad with you as well. For those wanting to watch home coverage of sports from overseas, a good VPN is the solution.

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March Madness live stream 2022: how to watch NCAA basketball online in Canada

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In Canada, you can watch all of the March Madness action on TSN.

If you get TSN as part of your cable deal, you'll just be able to log in with the details of your provider and get access to a March Madness live stream. 

If you don't have cable, you can subscribe to TSN on a streaming-only basis from just CA$4.99 a day or (much better value) $19.99 a month.

If you decide to subscribe or already have, remember you can take your favorite sports streaming service with you wherever you go - just try our No. 1 overall rated VPN 100% risk-free for 30-days and follow the instructions above.

2022 March Madness dates and schedule

FIRST FOUR

Tuesday, March 15 - Wednesday, March 16

ROUND OF 64

Thursday, March 17 - Friday, March 18

ROUND OF 32

Saturday, March 19 - Sunday, March 20

SWEET 16

Thursday, March 24 - Friday, March 25

ELITE EIGHT

Saturday, March 26 - Sunday, March 27

FINAL FOUR

Saturday, April 2

2022 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

Monday, April 4

March Madness seeds and regions 2022

West Regional

  1. Gonzaga
  2. Duke
  3. Texas Tech
  4. Arkansas
  5. UConn
  6. Alabama
  7. Michigan State
  8. Boise State
  9. Memphis
  10. Davidson
  11. Rutgers/Notre Dame
  12. New Mexico State
  13. Vermont
  14. Montana State
  15. Cal State Fullerton
  16. Georgia State

East Regional

  1. Baylor
  2. Kentucky
  3. Purdue
  4. UCLA
  5. Saint Mary's
  6. Texas
  7. Murray State
  8. North Carolina
  9. Marquette
  10. San Francisco
  11. Virginia Tech
  12. Wyoming/Indiana
  13. Akron
  14. Yale
  15. Saint Peter's 
  16. Norfolk State

South Regional

  1. Arizona
  2. Villanova
  3. Tennessee
  4. Illinois
  5. Houston
  6. Colorado State
  7. Ohio State
  8. Seton Hall
  9. TCU
  10. Loyola Chicago
  11. Michigan
  12. UAB
  13. Chattanooga
  14. Longwood
  15. Delaware
  16. Wright State/Bryant

Midwest Regional

  1. Kansas
  2. Auburn
  3. Wisconsin
  4. Providence
  5. Iowa
  6. LSU
  7. USC
  8. San Diego State
  9. Creighton
  10. Miami (FL)
  11. Iowa State
  12. Richmond
  13. South Dakota State
  14. Colgate
  15. Jacksonville State
  16. Texas Southern/Texas A&M–Corpus Christi

March Madness predictions 2022

March Madness seedings mean something, it's just not always good. Only once have all four No.1 seeds made it to the Final Four, all the way back in 2008. 

The curse of the reigning champions struck down once again this year, the Baylor Bears packing up early after falling to the North Carolina Tar Heels.

Florida were the last team to repeat all the way back in 2007, and in the past five tournaments now the defending champs have bowed out in either the first or second round.

Fellow top seeds Arizona and Gonzaga also went home with their tails between their legs, leaving Kansas as the only pre-tournament favorite still in with a shot at the title. 

2022 March Madness venues

The 2022 NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament has been more or less restored to its pre-pandemic format, with games set to be played at multiple venues all around the country.

The National Championship Game will take place at Caesars Superdome, the home of the NFL's New Orleans Saints, while other big-name venues include Fiserv Forum, Chase Center, United Center and Wells Fargo Center.

The full list of venues follows:

  • University of Dayton Arena, Dayton, Ohio
  • Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
  • KeyBank Center, Buffalo, New York
  • Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Dickies Arena, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Greenville, South Carolina
  • PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Viejas Arena, San Diego, California
  • Chase Center, San Francisco, California
  • AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas
  • Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • United Center, Chicago, Illinois
  • Caesars Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Aatif is a freelance copywriter and journalist based in the UK. He’s written about technology, science and politics for publications including Gizmodo, The Independent, Trusted Reviews and Newsweek, but focuses on streaming at Future, an arrangement that combines two of his greatest passions: sport and penny-pinching.