You’ll likely need to live stream the 2017 NCAA Tournament online on Thursday if you’re at work.
Streaming March Madness games is not entirely free without a cable subscription. But with a cable login, you can enjoy all the NCAA Tournament action during the day and at work.
Here’s how to watch the 2017 NCAA Tournament online.
How can I watch NCAA Tournament games online?
Here’s the good news — the 24 games CBS broadcasts during the 2017 NCAA Tournament will be available for free online. The bad news — those games are not available for free on connected devices, and the 43 other games require log in credentials from a TV provider, so you need a cable subscription. Watch those games on March Madness Live via NCAA.com, where you can get a three-hour free preview.
Those 43 games will be broadcast on either TBS, TNT or TruTV. It will feature many of the early contests in the tournament.
The other 24 games, broadcast on CBS, will be available for free online, unless you’re streaming on connected devices like Apple TV, Roku, Xbox One or Amazon’s Fire TV Stick. You’ll need a subscription to CBS All-Access for that, which costs $5.99 per month.
Can I live stream the 2017 NCAA Tournament for free?
Yes and no. Those 24 games on CBS will be free online. NCAA.com also offers a free three-hour preview for those 43 games for fans without a cable subscription, and there may be some workarounds for accessing more — using different devices, reseting them, etc.
But to watch via March Madness Live online or on connected devices, you’ll need a cable subscription. Turner’s live streams will be compatible with 15 devices this year, including most Apple and Amazon platforms, Xbox One, Roku, Android devices and more.
2017 NCAA Tournament preview
Villanova, North Carolina, Duke, Kansas are all the favorite in the 2017 NCAA Tournament at various sports books, meaning there really is no favorite in this bracket.
Gonzaga, which has never made a Final Four, might have to deal with West Virginia in the Sweet 16 and Arizona at the bottom of that bracket. Top-seeded Villanova has to contend with Duke, Baylor and Florida throughout its region, though the Wildcats stormed through the NCAA Tournament last season before upending North Carolina in an all-time classic.
North Carolina appears to have the easiest road to at least the Elite 8, where it might meet either No. 3 UCLA or No. 2 Kentucky (but it’s the NCAA Tournament; we’re certainly not counting on that).
Many of the best teams in the tournament don’t begin play until Friday. The action Thursday begins at 12:15 p.m. ET when No. 12 Princeton meets No. 5 Notre Dame in Buffalo.
Land of 10’s Corey Masisak is taking Gonzaga to win it all, with Villanova, Oregon and UCLA also in the Final Four.