The 2015-16 college basketball season tips off on Friday, Nov. 13, and once again the SEC’s premier program, the University of Kentucky, is a national championship favorite. The Wildcats opened as the co-No. 1 team in the nation in the preseason USA Today Coaches Poll with North Carolina, while the Tar Heels are the top team in the Associated Press Top 25 with UK at No. 2.
Last year, Coach John Calipari’s club was the preseason No. 1 team in both polls and the Wildcats won their first 38 games before being upset in the Final Four by Wisconsin. Kentucky finished two wins short of becoming the first undefeated team in college basketball since the 1975-76 Indiana Hoosiers. The Wildcats were the first team since the star-studded 1991 UNLV team to enter the Final Four unbeaten and then lose.
Two other SEC teams joined Kentucky in the preseason AP Top 25: No. 18 Vanderbilt and No. 21 LSU, which has the nation’s top freshman recruit in Ben Simmons. The Commodores and Tigers are the only realistic options to win the SEC title other than Kentucky.
Whether you’re fan of UK, Vanderbilt, LSU, or any other SEC school, you will have no shortage of streaming options to watch SEC basketball online this season. A huge chunk of the games are available on the ESPN family of networks, which you can now watch without cable. That includes the UK season opener Nov. 13 vs. Albany and two stellar non-conference games vs. Nov. 5 Duke on Nov. 17 and against No. 4 Kansas on Jan. 30. Kentucky opens SEC play Jan. 2 vs. Ole Miss (on the SEC Network and WatchESPN app). Vandy opens Nov. 13 vs. Austin Peay and LSU also that night against McNeese State, which will be available on the ESPN family of networks.
Want to learn more about how you can watch SEC basketball online this season? Check out the full guide below to all of the best SEC basketball live stream options.
Watch SEC Basketball Online with a Sling TV Subscription
If you want to watch college basketball online this season, Sling TV is your best legal option. What is Sling TV? It’s a live streaming service that gives subscribers access to a great selection of popular pay TV channels, all delivered over your high-speed internet connection at a low cost with no contract. You can watch Sling TV (review) on your TV (using a streaming device like the Roku or Chromecast), phone, tablet, or computer.
Sling TV’s basic package ($20 a month for over 20 channels) gives subscribers ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN3 (the latter through the WatchESPN app). ESPN is the king of televised college basketball with games every day of the season on some platform and several hundred through the conference championships. Also under the ESPN umbrella are ESPNU and the SEC Network, which are available on Sling TV’s Sports Extra package for an additional $5 per month. Kentucky’s opener against Albany, for example, is also on the SEC Network. Sling TV also carries TNT, TBS, and truTV networks in its basic package, and all of the channels will also all air games during March Madness. That means you can easily watch March Madness online without cable. This season, the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight NCAA Tournament games are shared by TBS and CBS, while the Final Four games in Houston on April 2 and national title game on April 4 are on TBS.
If you want to watch SEC basketball online all season long, you may want to look into a limited time deal Sling TV is offering right now. If you sign up for 3 months of service, you can get a great deal on a variety of streaming devices, including a free Google Chromecast, free Roku 2, or 50% off a Roku 3. Click here to learn more about these offers.
Right now, Sling TV is also running a 7-day free trial to test out the service. Click here to start your free trial.
CBS College Sports Live Offers Another Option to Watch SEC Basketball Online
CBS College Sports Live offers live video and audio streaming for more than 75 schools across the country, including SEC teams Georgia, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, Auburn, and Missouri. The College Sports Live streams are available either in audio or video with the format depending on each event and what is available from the school. The programming schedule on the College Sports Live website lists each upcoming event and the exact format it will be in. This is a good way to keep up with some of your favorite college basketball teams around the country and to watch an SEC basketball live stream. College Sports Live starts at $9.95 a month and carries a ton of live sports. Read our review here.
Watch Games on ESPN3 Free with Participating ISP
For any SEC basketball games that air on ESPN3, you may be able to watch them free through the WatchESPN app if you get your internet service from a participating provider. Please note that this is only good for games airing on ESPN3. You will not be able to access ESPN, ESPN2, SEC Network, or any other ESPN networks free through the WatchESPN app unless you have a pay TV login, like a Sling TV account.
Watch SEC Games on CBS, Big Dance Games with March Madness Live
And last but not least, there’s always the old antenna way to watch college basketball action. CBS airs plenty of SEC basketball games. With a good antenna (we recommend the Mohu Leaf), you can watch all the action live on your TV. And if you get an over-the-air DVR, you can even record the games and watch them at your own convenience. The Tablo DVR not only gives you full DVR capabilities, but you can also stream live TV and your recordings to your paired devices anywhere you go in the world, giving you another good way to watch SEC basketball online.
For the NCAA Tournament, once you download the March Madness Live app you’ll be able to live stream the games being broadcast on CBS at no charge and without needing proof that you’re a pay TV customer.
Complete Guide to Watching College Basketball Online
To learn more about how you can keep up with all the hoops action this season, check out our full guide on how to watch college basketball online without cable.
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