When is March Madness? Complete March Madness TV Schedule & Streaming Guide

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One of the most exciting tournaments in sports kicks off this month: March Madness is upon us! When is March Madness, you ask? This year’s tournament runs Tuesday, March 14, through Monday, April 3, and for cord-cutters, no worries; there are plenty of free and low-cost opportunities to stream games online.

Here’s the complete March Madness TV schedule for this year’s tournament, including site locations, which channels are broadcasting those games and how you can watch those games online, without a cable subscription.


Upcoming March Madness TV Schedule

First Four

March 14-15

Channel: TruTV


First Round

March 16-17

Channels: CBS, TNT, TruTV, TBS


Second Round

March 18-19

Channels: CBS, TNT, TruTV, TBS


Sweet Sixteen

March 23-24

Channels: CBS & TBS


Elite Eight

March 25-26

Channels: TBS (March 25) & CBS (March 26)


Final Four

April 1

Channel: CBS


National Championship

April 3

Channel: CBS


How to Stream March Madness

  • DIRECTV NOW for TBS, TNT, and TruTV games
  • Sling TV for TBS, TNT, and TruTV games
  • CBS or NCAA app for CBS games.


How to Stream the Final Four and National Championship

Both the Final Four and National Championship for 2017 will be shown on CBS. The NCAA has agreed to alternate between TBS and CBS every year through 2024, and this year, it’s CBS’s turn. To watch the Final Four and National Championship online, you will need to use the CBS or NCAA app. CBS is also an over-the-air network, meaning you can likely use an OTA antenna to pick up the games. You can also watch the games on CBSsports.com, so there will be plenty of ways for you to catch some of the best basketball games of March Madness for free!


Now that you got the answer to your question, “When is March Madness?” you’re all set to enjoy the action! Have any questions about how to watch March Madness online? Comment below and we’ll help! And don’t forget to check out our full guide on how to watch NCAA basketball online.

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Andrew Dodson

Andrew Dodson is a journalist from Michigan who writes for MLive.com, the state's top online news source. He previously worked as the technology editor for TVNewsCheck.com, a trade publication that covers the broadcasting industry, where he frequently wrote about cord cutting and taking advantage of over-the-air television. Email him at andrew@cutcabletoday.com or follow him on Twitter at @AndrewDodson.
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