Watch March Madness — live stream 2024 NCAA College Basketball finals, TV channels and schedule

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March Madness, now in it’s 85th year, captivates basketball fans globally. Sixty-eight college teams compete in a single-elimination format for the prize of the National Champions title – and the great news is that you can watch every single second of every match from anywhere in the world, with or without cable. We'll show you how.

Earlier on today we saw South Carolina defeat Iowa In the women’s March Madness championship final in Catlin Clarke’s final college basketball match.

It’s final day! After seeing two impressive Final Four matches we now know who our finalists are. Reigning champions UConn defeated Alabama 86-72 and will go onto face Purdue after they also made it to the final after beating NC State 63-50.

It’s set up to be an amazing final so you don't want to miss this. Here's how to watch the live stream from anywhere...

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Dates: Tuesday, March 19 - Monday, April 8
US TV channels: TruTV, TBS, TNT and CBS
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March Madness Final:  

This is the March Madness 2024 final today:

  • (1) UConn vs. (1) Purdue - TBS/ TNT/truTV - 9:20 PM. 

When does March Madness 2024 start?

March Madness 2024 starts on Tuesday March 19. The tournament will finish on April 8 with the finalists facing off for the National Championship at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

What happened at Selection Sunday 2024?

The March Madness Selection Sunday 2024 saw the unveiling of the 68-team field for the NCAA Tournament for both men’s and women’s college basketball. 

UConn secured the No. 1 overall seed in the men’s tournament after winning the competition last year, while HoustonPurdue, and North Carolina claimed the other top seeds in their respective regions.

Watch March Madness 2024 in the US

The March Madness 2024 TV schedule is a tricky one with games spread across four TV channels. You can access these on cable TV but also through cable replacement and streaming services. We've got all information just below.

What TV channels do I need to watch March Madness 2024?

All men's March Madness games are shown on TruTV, TBS, TNT and CBS. The first three are owned by Warner Bros. Discovery and are available on Max as well as your regular cable TV package.

If you don't have cable, you can get CBS through the likes of FuboTV and YouTube TV. It's also worth knowing that all March Madness 2024 CBS games will also be show on Paramount Plus, though you need Paramount Plus with Showtime package which is $11.99 per month after a 7-day free trial.

Can I watch March Madness 2024 without cable?

For US viewers at home you can get all of the TV channels without signing up to a cable TV package.

Some cable replacement services are available:

FuboTV is a very complete cable replacement service which offers ABC and a 7-day free trial.

Sling is still a cheaper option which currently offers a 50% discount but there's no CBS, so you'll need to a Paramount Plus subscription too.

Max is another great option for March Madness 2024 because it's currently including the B/R sports add-on for free which brings access to TruTV, TBS and TNT all for just $9.99 per month. Throw in Paramout Plus ($11.99) and you've got the lot, and with no long contract either.

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What's the cheapest way to watch all of March Madness 2024?

Right now, you can get YouTube TV free for 10 days. Then, once that extended free trial is over, you can get your next three months at a $10 per month discount — $62.99 a month. It has all the channels you need for March Madness 2024 but won't cover all of it with the free trial. So you're looking at $62.99 if you want to watch all the games.

The Sling Blue bundle ($20 for your first month), along with Paramount Plus and Showtime ($11.99), is another good option for March Madness. That comes in $31.99 for all the games.

While the B/R sports add-on is free, though, Max looks to be the most affordable way of doing things. Once you've included Paramount Plus for the CBS games, you're looking at $21.98 to watch all of March Madness 2024 which is a great price.

With all of the above, though, do remember that prices are likely to change after your introductory offers expire.

What is the full March Madness schedule 2024?

Here is the March Madness 2024 TV schedule for each round of the tournament.

  • Selection Show: March 17 – CBS
  • First Four: March 19-20 – TruTV
  • First round: March 21-22 – CBS, TBS, TNT and TruTV
  • Second round: March 23-24 – CBS, TBS, TNT and TruTV
  • Sweet 16: March 28-29 – CBS and TBS
  • Elite Eight: March 30-31 – CBS and TBS
  • Final Four: April 6 – TBS
  • NCAA championship game: April 8 – TBS

Watch March Madness 2024 worldwide

Sky Sports has the rights to March Madness 2024 in the UK but has not announced its schedule of matches yet. It doesn't appear that Sky will be broadcasting anything even close to all of the games.

To watch March Madness 2024 in Canada it's TSN and Bell Media. TSN Plus gets you all of the First Four but the schedule is unconfirmed for the rest of the tournament with many games likely to appear on the TSN cable channels instead.

For Australian basketball fans Foxtel and Kayo are your go-to platforms for March Madness with games courtesy of ESPN. Kayo Sports starts at $25 per month with the benefit of a 7-day free trial.

Americans abroad can still watch every single March Madness 2024 from anywhere with a VPN and their usual US streaming service subscription. Full details on how just below.

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When is the NCAA women's March Madness?

The 2024 women's March Madness will be the 43rd edition of the tournament. Last year's March Madness saw Iowa defeat Louisville 97-83. Caitlin Clark, Iowa's star player, made NCAA tournament history by becoming the first player to score a 40-point triple-double with 41 points, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists. Recently passing Pete Maravich as the top scorer in Division I college basketball history, Clark will want to continue her stellar form while leading Iowa to another tournament success.

The women's March Madness 2024 tournament has a broadcast home on ESPN and its subsidiary channels. ESPN is another cable channel available on most pay-TV services, including the quartet of FuboTV, Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV and YouTube TV.

March Madness 2024 FAQ

And for everything else you could possibly want to know about the NCAA College Basketball finals, here's out March Madness 2024 FAQ.

Who are the lowest seeds to win March Madness?

The lowest seed to ever win the March Madness NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is the No. 8 seed Villanova. They achieved this remarkable feat by beating the No. 1 seed Georgetown in 1985.

What are the March Madness locations for 2024?

First Four:

• Dayton, Ohio: UD Arena (March 19-20) hosted by the University of Dayton.

First/Second Rounds:

• Brooklyn, New York: Barclays Center (March 22-24) hosted by the Atlantic 10 Conference.

• Charlotte, North Carolina: Spectrum Center (March 21-23) hosted by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

• Indianapolis, Indiana: Gainbridge Fieldhouse (March 22-24) hosted by IUPUI and the Horizon League.

• Omaha, Nebraska: CHI Health Center (March 21-23) hosted by Creighton University.

• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: PPG Paints Arena (March 21-23) hosted by Duquesne University.

• Salt Lake City, Utah: Delta Center (March 21-23) hosted by the University of Utah.

• Spokane, Washington: Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena (March 22-24) hosted by the University of Idaho.

• Memphis, Tennessee: FedExForum (March 22-24) hosted by the University of Memphis.


• East Regional: Boston, Massachusetts - TD Garden (March 28-30) hosted by Boston College.

• South Regional: Dallas, Texas - American Airlines Center (March 29-31) hosted by the Big 12 Conference.

• Midwest Regional: Detroit, Michigan - Little Caesars Arena (March 29-31) hosted by the University of Detroit Mercy and Oakland University.

• West Regional: Los Angeles, California - Arena (March 28-30) hosted by Pepperdine University.

Final Four: 

• Saturday, April 6, at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, hosted by Arizona State University.

NCAA Championship Game:

• Monday, April 8, also at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

Who won March Madness 2023?

The UConn Huskies won 76-59 against the San Diego State Aztecs in last year's men's championship game.

How many teams are in March Madness 2024?

There are 68 teams in March Madness 2024.

Where can I get a printable March Madness bracket for 2024?

Visit the NCAA website to find the full printable 2024 March Madness bracket. 

Other websites also do very good printable brackets such as ESPN and USA Today Sports

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