It's almost time to watch the NCAA March Madness 2020 tournament.
The tournament starts on March 17, and ends with the National Championship game happening on April 6. Between that time, there will be 67 games taking place over the course of three and a half weeks. For any basketball fans out there, this is what you live all year round for.
With cord cutting becoming a bigger and bigger trend, finding out how to watch NCAA March Madness in 2020 can be a difficult task. But we have everything you need to know here. Starting with where you can watch the games, what teams will be in the tournament, what days the tournament will be on, and so forth.
How to Watch NCAA March Madness 2020 Live
Here's how you can watch the tournament live. The easiest way would be with the NCAA March Madness app, which is available on just about every platform imaginable.
The only downside to the app, is that you cannot watch every single game on the app, for free. If you subscribe to cable or select streaming TV services, then you can login with your TV provider and watch all of it through the app. Otherwise, you'll be limited in what you can see. But the National Championship Game will be available for everyone to watch in the March Madness app.
There are a couple of streaming TV services that are going to be great for watching all of the games in March Madness, which we've laid out in the table below. The games will all be on CBS, TBS, TNT and TruTV. So in order to make sure that you can watch every game, you'll want to choose a service that offers all four channels.
|AT&T TV Now||Plus||CBS, TBS, TNT, TruTV||$65 per month|
|Fubo TV||Fubo||CBS, TBS, TNT, TruTV||$55 per month|
|Hulu + Live TV||Hulu with Live TV||CBS, TBS, TNT, TruTV||$55 per month|
|Sling TV||Blue, Orange||TBS, TNT, TruTV – both Blue & Orange||$30 per month|
|YouTube TV||YouTube TV||CBS, TBS, TNT, TruTV||$50 per month|
All of these streaming services will work for watching the tournament this year, however there are a couple of caveats. One, Sling TV does not have locals, so it is missing CBS. You can get around that by getting an OTA antenna from Amazon. Which you can get these for just a few bucks these days.
Every service that is listed in the table above also offers free trials, most of them are a week long – YouTube TV is five days. Now if you're looking for the best option, it's going to be YouTube TV. We say this because you can record as many games as you want and watch them later. Fubo TV and Hulu + Live TV offer cloud DVR, but it is limited. YouTube TV is unlimited and you can record everything – literally.
When does NCAA March Madness start?
The tournament officially gets under way on March 17. But the hype around the tournament has already started.
The week before the NCAA Tournament, all of the conferences have their own tournaments. Which normally end on Saturday or Sunday. This is basically a last minute attempt for some teams that might be on the bubble, to get the selection committee to let them into the tournament. And those that are already definitely in, to get a higher seed. Which means that they get an easier path to the National Championship game in April.
Selection Sunday happens on March 15, and it all starts at 6PM EST on CBS. You can watch that on any of the aforementioned apps too.
After Selection Sunday, there is the "First Four" which are the four teams that were barely able to get in. They'll battle for the last two spots in the tournament. With the first round officially starting on March 19. After the first weekend, we'll already be down to 16 teams, come March 26. That will then break it down further to the Final Four after that weekend's games.
And after that, it'll be down to the semifinals and finals for the National Championship.
The NCAA Final Four will start on Saturday, April 4 this year, with the National Championship on Monday, April 6 in Atlanta. The three games will be called by Jim Nantz, Grant Hill, Bill Raftery, and reporter Tracy Wolfson. It'll be on TBS with "TeamCast" presentations on TNT and truTV.
Other commentators taking part in the tournament coverage this year includes Dwyane Wade, Wally Szczerbiak, Adam Zucker, Lauren Shehadi and Adam Lefkoe.
Who's the favorite to win the tournament?
Right now, Dayton is expected to be the #1 overall team in the tournament. Dayton currently has a 29-2 record (18-0 conference record). But the other projected #1 seeds are also pretty good. Including Kansas, Baylor and Gonzaga.
Now these seeds could change between now and Selection Sunday, as we do have these conference tournaments to get through first. Not to mention the fact that these are only projections. Obviously they are projections from highly qualified people, who watch all of the games in the NCAA. But they are not on the Selection Committee, so things could change drastically.
Usually seeds change, and the last four teams in will change, after the conference tournaments conclude on Sunday.
Either way, March Madness is here, and it's going to be a very exciting three weeks of basketball. And as a true basketball fan, this is like Christmas – but much longer! Make sure you watch March Madness 2020 so you don't miss a minute of the action.