Navigating the TV and online viewing schedule for college basketball is no easy task, turns out.
Decided to write this entry to make it super easy to track how and where to watch all nationally/regionally televised games because of that fact. And, with research, turns out the most viable way to present this data is to show which television networks air which conference games.
And then by including a mater list of college basketball TV scheduling that shows every single game, and which network will be airing it. ESPN is the most user friendly, so that's the link provided. You can narrow the search down by conferences, which is nice.
So, each network in this blog is capable/responsible for airing games they deem worthy to broadcast (but not all games), only the ones within the confines of specific conferences they are partnered with (they chose to air select games based on popularity of teams involved, March Madness implications, viewership draw, etc).
The full breakdown can be found below, with hyperlinks that go to their online sites to stream via a capable device or computer (just need to login with sign in info).
The TV/Cable access part tells you if you can find the channel locally, if it's part of basic cable packages, or if you need to contact your cable provider to have that station added.
Network partnerships with college basketball conferences --
Conferences: ACC, American, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Pac-12 and the SEC
Online/Streaming: CBS All Access (available in most major markets to stream) *Live games, no on-demand though.
TV/Cable access: Local programming, accessible with regular digital tuner for free (rabbit ears).
Conferences: Mountain West Conference, Conference USA, Atlantic 10 Conference, American and Patriot League
Online/Streaming: CBS Sports Network Live Stream . * Live streams and some on-demand and highlight coverage.
TV/Cable Access: CBSSN is typically included in most basic cable packages.
Conferences: A10, ACC, American, Big 12, Big Ten, Horizon, MAC, MEAC, MVC, Pac-12, SEC, Sun Belt, SWAC, WAC, WCC
Online/Streaming: Watch ESPN . * Live games and some on demand replays.
TV/Cable access: Included with most basic cable packages. * Check cable lineup though, especially for ESPN3/U access.
Conferences: Big East, Pac-12, Conference USA, ACC and SEC
Online/Streaming: Fox Sports GO . *Live games and some on demand replays. Watch FS1. On demand and highlight coverage.
TV/Cable Access: FOX is a local channel, accessible with digital tuner for free. FS1 and FSN is typcially included with most every basic cable package. But check listings and provider info to make sure.
Conferences: Atlantic 10 Conference, Colonial Athletic Association (including the Colonial Athletic Association Men's Basketball Tournament), Ivy League, Mountain West Conference
Online/Streaming: NBC Sports Live Extra . *Live games and full event replays in some cases.
TV/Cable Access: NBCSN is included in most basic cable packages that include NBC. Check with provider for full details.
Conference Specific Networks (all the rest)
Conferences: Big Ten Network, BYU/West Coast Conference, Pac-12 Conference, SEC Conference, Longhorn Network
Online/Streaming: BTN2GO, BYUtv, Pac-12 Live, SEC Live NOW, Longhorn Network Watch Live!
TV/Cable Access: To get any or all of these channels, you will have to specifically order them through your cable/satellite provider. Keep in mind that many of these bigger market games will already air on ESPN, CBS or FOX.
That will give you access to any and every regular season college basketball that has any chance of airing on national or regional televised airwaves. Enjoy, and hope that helps! Comment below and let me know if I missed anything, or I need to edit something I misspoke on, or that changes at some point. Enjoy the college season!