How to watch college basketball on ESPN Plus

Georgia's Matthew-Alexander Moncrieff guards Kentucky's Jacob Toppin
Georgia's Matthew-Alexander Moncrieff guards Kentucky's Jacob Toppin (Image credit: Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

We have reached the college basketball postseason, with March Madness officially underway. While it won't be the main hub for either of the men's or women's main college basketball tournaments, ESPN Plus is going to offer subscribers some alternative tournament play.

ESPN, the often described world-wide leader in sports, has been pushing to be a streaming leader in sports with ESPN Plus. In addition to the streaming service offering original sports content, it provides live streams of games across all different kinds of sports, including college football, the NHL, UFC, soccer, boxing, PGA Tour golf, MLB and even cricket.

Here is everything that you need to know about how to watch postseason college basketball on ESPN Plus.

How to watch college basketball on ESPN Plus

ESPN Plus is a monthly subscription service that currently runs for $9.99 per month or $99.99 for a full year commitment. Another option to add the sports streaming service is the Disney Bundle, which pairs ESPN Plus with Disney Plus and Hulu. ESPN Plus is also now included as part of Hulu with Live TV.

Once you are signed up for ESPN Plus, you can begin watching live stream of college basketball games (or any ESPN Plus content) from your computer; a Roku device; Amazon Fire TV device; Xfinity device; Samsung or other smart TVs; Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S consoles; PlayStation 4 and 5; Apple products; Android phones, tablets and TVs; Google Chromecast; through Hulu; and Oculus Go. ESPN Plus is also compatible with AirPlay.

To find what college basketball games are available and start watching, games currently available will appear on the homepage of the ESPN Plus platform, for which you can start watching simply by clicking on it.  

College basketball games on ESPN Plus

While you won't find either of the men's or women's NCAA college basketball tournament streaming on ESPN Plus, there is still postseason college basketball action on the streaming service. Both the men's and women's NIT tournaments are streaming select games on ESPN Plus.

Here's a look at the upcoming schedule for this week, March 20-26:

Men's NIT Tournament:

  • North Texas vs Oklahoma State, 7 pm ET/4 pm PT, March 21
  • Wisconsin vs Oregon, 9 pm ET/6 pm PT, March 21
  • UAB vs Vanderbilt, 7 pm ET/4 pm PT, March 22
  • Cincinnati vs Utah Valley, 9 pm ET/6 pm PT, March 22

Here are the women's NIT games being made available on ESPN Plus this week:

  • SMU vs Texas Tech, 7 pm ET/4 pm PT, March 20
  • Ball State vs Memphis, 8 pm ET/5 pm PT, March 20
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