Navigating the TV and online viewing schedule for college basketball is no easy task, turns out. One resource that makes it easy is: College Basketball Games - Watch on TV & Stream Online. This site shows all the current match-ups with dates, times and which channels will be airing any game. Also included are all the cable, satellite and internet TV providers that carry those channels, and which packages include all the channels you need to watch any college basketball game.
If you're interested in a more complete rundown of cable provider options (that include every single TV channel airing all NCAA basketball games), specific TV channel partnerships with all the NCAA conferences, or conference specific networks airing college basketball games, continue below.
Cable TV Options
All Channels: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, CBS, CBS Sports, FOX, FS1, NBCSN
Links show all the cable TV packages that include that channel. For a spoiler-free TV schedule, another solid resource is:
NCAA Basketball Schedule, TV & Live Streams
Satellite TV Providers:
Dish Network. All their plans offer every national channel that will air all NCAA basketball games: all the ESPN channels, CBS, CBS Sports, FOX, FS1 and NBCSN. Recommended are their America's Top 120 Plus, America's Top 200 or America's Top 250 package. All these plans include regional sports channels as well, like all the Fox Sports and NBC regional channels, and will be offered depending on your location. Also conference specific channels like SEC Network or Longhorn Network channels (location dependent as well).
DirecTV. Their Entertainment plan includes all the ESPN channels, CBS, CBS Sports, FOX, FS1 and NBCSN as well. But for all those important regional sports channels (and conference channels), consider one of these 4 plans: Choice, Xtra, Ultimate or Premier. Choice is the least expensive and best value, but the other 3 include more premium movie channels on a sliding scale.
Internet Cable TV Providers:
YouTube TV, Playstation Vue, and DirecTV Now. All of these services offer free trials and don't require a contract, while giving you the freedom of watching on most any streaming device out there.
Every option here includes a plan that will give you all the ESPN channels, CBS, CBS Sports, FOX, FS1 and NBCSN, as well as most all plans come with regional sports and conference channels (that you will get automatically depending on your location; more on specific conference channel availability below, like SEC Network, Longhorn Network, etc.)
All the TV channel partnerships with college basketball conferences:
Conferences: ACC, American, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Pac-12 and the SEC
Streaming: CBS All Access
CBS Sports Network (CBSSN)
Conferences: Mountain West Conference, Conference USA, Atlantic 10 Conference, American and Patriot League
Streaming: CBS Sports Network Live Stream
Conferences: A10, ACC, American, Big 12, Big Ten, Horizon, MAC, MEAC, MVC, Pac-12, SEC, Sun Belt, SWAC, WAC, WCC
Streaming: Watch ESPN
FOX/FOX Sports 1 (FS1)/FSN (Regional Fox Sports channels)
Conferences: Big East, Pac-12, Conference USA, ACC and SEC
Streaming: Fox Sports GO and Watch FS1
NBC Sports Network (NBCSN)
Conferences: Atlantic 10 Conference, Colonial Athletic Association (including the Colonial Athletic Association Men's Basketball Tournament), Ivy League, Mountain West Conference
Streaming: NBC Sports Live Extra
Conference Specific Networks (all the rest)
Conferences: Big Ten Network, BYU/West Coast Conference, Pac-12 Conference, SEC Conference, Longhorn Network
Cable TV: Use these links to see which cable provider offers which conference specific channel, and for what plan as well:
Big Ten Network
Pac-12 Networks Regional (sub channels)
Streaming Standalone Sites/Apps: BTN2GO, BYUtv, Pac-12 Live, SEC Live NOW, Longhorn Network Watch Live!