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March Madness Final Four: How to watch, live stream Kansas vs. Villanova, Duke vs. North Carolina today


After two weeks of upheaval highlighted by No. 15 Saint Peter’s thrilling and unprecedented run to the Elite Eight, we are left with a “blue-blooded” Final Four. Four of college basketball’s biggest programs made it to the tournament’s final weekend, and the foursome are all playing today.

No. 2 Villanova and No. 1 Kansas are first, followed by bitter rivals No. 2 Duke and No. 8 North Carolina. Duke and North Carolina play each other at least twice a year during the season. the ACC, but this is the first time the two schools have met in the NCAA Tournament. And this historic meeting takes place during coach Mike Krzyzewski’s final season at Duke. College basketball fans are in for a treat on Saturday.

Here’s everything you need to know to watch the Final Four and the National Championship game on TBS, with or without cable.

Longtime rivals Duke and North Carolina will meet for the first time in the NCAA Men’s Tournament on Saturday on TBS.

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March Madness FAQ

Where can I see March Madness support?

You can view all regions, results and remaining matchups from the NCAA tournament bracket here.

What is the program for the Final Four?

Here is the schedule for the last three games of the tournament (all times ET):

saturday april 2

  • Villanova No. 2 vs. Kansas No. 1, 6:09 p.m. on TBS
  • No. 2 Duke vs. No. 8 North Carolina, 8:49 p.m. on TBS

Monday april 4th

  • Villanova/Kansas vs. Duke/UNC, 9:20 p.m. on TBS

Where and when is the Final Four taking place and what channel is it airing on?

The Final Four and National Championship Game will take place in New Orleans at Caesars Superdome and will be broadcast on TBS.

Which channels will broadcast the March Madness games?

The Final Four matches and the national championship will be broadcast on TBS.

You can also stream the games live with NCAA March Madness Live. There’s a free 3-hour preview, but then you’ll need to sign in with a TV provider to prove you’re a pay-TV subscriber.

Can I watch for free?

Yes you can. There are two ways, but neither will get you through the rest of the tournament on its own.

The March Madness Live app and website offer a free 3-hour preview, after which you’ll need to prove you’re a pay-TV subscriber.

The other way is to sign up for a live TV streaming service. Each of the five main services offers a free trial. YouTube TV and Hulu With Live TV offer seven-day trials, while DirecTV Stream gives you five days. Sling TV does not offer a free trial, but offers a $10 discount on the first month of service.

Best options for cable-free streaming

You can stream every March Madness game on the NCAA’s March Madness Live website or app. You can watch for free for 3 hours, but then you’ll need to log in to prove you have a pay-TV subscription that includes the channels showing the tournament. It’s worth noting that in addition to cable and satellite providers, you can use a YouTube TV, Hulu With TV, DirecTV Stream, or Sling TV subscription to access March Madness Live.

Latency is an issue with any streaming service and especially with live sports, where you can also follow Twitter and see a final score before the game ends. The NCAA says this year’s streams will offer improved 20% latency compared to last year. While welcome, March Madness Live streams will likely still be behind cable and satellite TV and could also follow streams from YouTube TV and other live TV services.

All of the live TV streaming services above offer free trials, allow you to cancel anytime, and require a strong internet connection. Looking for more information? Discover our guide to live tv streaming services.

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