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)

Another season of NCAA college basketball is underway and if you want to keep up with all the action leading up to March Madness, then you may want to consider adding ESPN Plus to your lineup, as the streaming service plays host to a whole bunch of games throughout the season.

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.

Both men's and women's college basketball is included as part of the ESPN Plus slate of sports and across a range of conferences. This often includes games from conferences like the Atlantic 10, Big Sky, Ivy League, MAAC, Patriot League, SoCon, Summit League, Sun Belt, WAC and more. ESPN Plus also carries select Power Five (ACC, Big 10, Big 12, Pac 12, SEC) college basketball games throughout the season, as well as simulcasts of exclusive games to the SEC Network Plus and ACC Network X.

If you want to start watching college basketball on ESPN Plus, here is everything that you need to know.

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: January 23-29

Here are a selection of some of the college basketball games available to stream on ESPN Plus for the week of January 23-29. For the full schedule, check out for the men's (opens in new tab) and women's weekly college basketball schedules (opens in new tab).

Men's college basketball games on ESPN Plus

  • Chicago State vs Coastal Carolina, 7 pm ET/4 pm PT, January 23
  • Davidson vs La Salle, 7 pm ET/4 pm PT, January 24
  • No. 3 Houston vs UCF, 7 pm ET/4 pm PT, January 25
  • Lipscomb vs Jacksonville State, 9 pm ET/6 pm PT, January 26
  • Oakland vs Youngstown State, 9 pm ET/6 pm PT, January 27
  • Princeton vs Yale, 7 pm ET/4 pm PT, January 28
  • Drake vs Belmont, 3 pm ET/noon PT

Women's college basketball games on ESPN Plus

  • Hartford vs Bryant, January 24
  • No. 18 Iowa State vs TCU, January 25
  • Florida Atlantic vs No. 23 Middle Tennessee State, January 26
  • No. 14 Oklahoma vs No. 18 Iowa State, January 28
  • Tulane vs Houston, January 29

Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Peaky Blinders, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Saturday Night Live, Only Murders in the Building and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd (opens in new tab).