How to stream college basketball

More than 350 schools participate in NCAA Division I basketball, which means there are often several games going on at once. Typically only regional events are accessible with your local cable provider. Streaming college basketball makes it easier to watch any game regardless of where you’re located. It also helps you watch sporting events anytime and anywhere without being tied to your TV. 

Stream college basketball with ease

You have a variety of video streaming options available to help you watch your favorite college basketball teams. 

AT&T TV NOWCBS All AccessESPN+fuboTVHulu + Live TVNBC SportsSling Orange & BlueStadiumWatchESPNYouTube TV
Monthly price$65/mo.$5.99/mo.$4.99/mo.$54.99/mo.$44.99/mo.Included in cable package$40/mo.FreeIncluded in cable package$49.99/mo.
Free trial7 days7 days7 days7 days7 daysNone7 daysNoneNone7 days
Number of basketball-specific channels*8324121731342520
Number of simultaneous streams3232214113
Cloud DVR storage20 hoursNoneNone30 hours50 hoursNone50 hours (extra $5/mo.)NoneNoneUnlimited
Live TV availableYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes

*Number of channels varies by market

For the sports fan who needs to save money: WatchESPN

With free platforms, you don’t have to break the bank just to check out the action on game day. If saving money is a key factor in choosing a streaming service, then WatchESPN gives you the best price at no cost. It features all the ESPN channels, but you’ll need a paid cable or satellite TV package to log in. If you’re a cord-cutter, Stadium offers an excellent alternative that’s also free. You’ll have to watch the games on a desktop web browser, however. 

Available basketball channels include:

  • ACC Network Extra
  • America East
  • Atlantic Sun
  • Big South
  • Big West
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPN3
  • ESPNU
  • espnW
  • HBCU
  • Horizon
  • Longhorn Network
  • MAAC
  • MAC
  • MVC
  • NEC
  • OVC
  • SEC Network
  • SEC Network+
  • SoCon
  • Southland 
  • Sun Belt
  • The Ivy League

WatchESPN covers the following NCAA Division I conferences:

  • A10
  • AAC
  • ACC
  • America East
  • ASUN
  • Big 12
  • Big South
  • Big Ten
  • Big West
  • Conference USA
  • Horizon
  • MAAC
  • MEAC
  • Mid-American
  • Missouri Valley
  • Mountain West
  • NEC
  • Ohio Valley
  • Pac-12
  • SEC
  • Southern
  • Southland
  • Summit League
  • Sun Belt
  • SWAC
  • The Ivy League
  • WAC
  • WCC

For the sports fan who needs to watch every game: ESPN+

If you’re a fan of the game and like to watch no matter which school is playing, having access to a variety of events makes for a better experience. With 24 channels available, ESPN+ offers the widest selection among all of the streaming services, giving you plenty of action to choose from. The platform features every ESPN channel as well as others devoted to conferences not available on ESPN. 

Available basketball channels include:

  • ACC Network Extra
  • America East
  • Atlantic Sun
  • Big South
  • Big West
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPN3
  • ESPNU
  • espnW
  • HBCU
  • Horizon
  • Longhorn Network
  • MAAC
  • MAC
  • MVC
  • NEC
  • OVC
  • SEC Network
  • SEC Network+
  • SoCon
  • Southland 
  • Sun Belt
  • The Ivy League

ESPN+ covers the following NCAA Division I conferences::

  • A10
  • AAC
  • ACC
  • America East
  • ASUN
  • Big 12
  • Big South
  • Big Ten
  • Big West
  • Conference USA
  • Horizon
  • MAAC
  • MEAC
  • Mid-American
  • Missouri Valley
  • Mountain West
  • NEC
  • Ohio Valley
  • Pac-12
  • SEC
  • Southern
  • Southland
  • Summit League
  • Sun Belt
  • The Ivy League
  • SWAC
  • WAC
  • WCC

For the sports fan who needs to record all the action: YouTube TV

Whether you don’t have time to watch the game live or there are several matchups on at once, the ability to hit record and catch the action at your leisure is key. With unlimited cloud DVR hours, YouTube TV gives you the best recording ability of any streaming services.

Available basketball channels include:

  • ACCN
  • BTN
  • CBS
  • CBS Sports
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPNU
  • Fox
  • Fox Sports
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • NBC 
  • NBCSN
  • NBC Sports
  • SEC 
  • SNY
  • TBS
  • TNT
  • TruTV

YouTube TV covers the following NCAA Division I conferences:

  • A10
  • AAC
  • ACC
  • America East
  • Big 12
  • Big East
  • Big South
  • Big Ten
  • Big West
  • Horizon
  • MAAC
  • MEAC
  • Mid-American
  • Mountain West
  • NEC
  • Ohio Valley
  • Pac-12
  • Patriot League
  • SEC
  • Southern
  • Southland
  • Sun Belt
  • The Ivy League
  • WAC

For the sports fan who needs to watch in every room: Sling Orange & Blue

If you like to host big parties on game day, you might need a few extra screens. Sling Orange & Blue allows you to stream on four devices at once. That’s more than YouTube TV and ESPN+, which both give you three simultaneous streams. Sling Orange & Blue also offers more than just sports channels, so that you can keep the party going with a movie or TV show after the game is over. You can also add Sports Extra to get access to six additional basketball channels featuring more conferences for just $10/mo.

Available basketball channels include:

  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPN3
  • Fox
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • NBC
  • NBCSN
  • NBC Sports
  • Stadium
  • TBS
  • TNT
  • TruTV

Sling TV Orange + Blue covers the following NCAA Division I conferences:

  • ACC
  • Big 12
  • Big Ten
  • Pac-12
  • SEC

The takeaway

Streaming is a solid choice if you’re looking for college basketball games out of your region. It’s also helpful if you want to watch on your phone or tablet instead of being tied to your TV. You’ll pay a fee to watch games that might be available for free with your network provider, and you’ll still have to watch ads, but you won’t be locked into a contract. ESPN+ is the clear winner for the largest selection of channels. It’s also one of the best deals at just $4.99/mo.

Shahrzad Warkentin

Shahrzad Warkentin is a lifestyle writer specializing in entertainment and pop culture. She has spent the last ten years crafting content, reviews and news stories on film, television, music and books among other topics. After receiving her B.A. in Screenwriting from Loyola Marymount University, she began her writing career in film and television. Born and raised in sunny Los Angeles, she loves hitting the beach with her family and catching up on Netflix.