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How to watch March Madness 2022: national championship game and everything you need to know

Remy Martin of Kansas celebrates at the Final Four
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The calendar has flipped to March, which means that it’s time for March Madness. The annual NCAA men’s and women’s college basketball tournaments are among the most exciting sporting events each and every year.

The action is underway for both the men's and women's basketball tournaments, with upsets, buzzer beaters and spectacular plays on the way as national champions are decided.

Here is everything you need to know about how to watch March Madness 2022 so you don't miss a moment (one shining moment (opens in new tab)).

March Madness 2022 schedule

March Madness games today, April 4

Men's National Championship Game

  • No. 8 North Carolina vs No. 1 Kansas — 9:20 pm ET/6:20 pm PT, TBS 

March Madness 2022 bracket

NCAA men's basketball tournament bracket

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NCAA women's basketball tournament bracket

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How to watch NCAA March Madness 2022 on TV

March Madness will be one of the biggest events on TV over the last half of March and the first week of April. Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch it, starting with Selection Sunday.

Watch Selection Sunday on TV 

  • The NCAA men’s basketball Selection Sunday event will air live on CBS. Anyone that has a subscription to a traditional pay-TV cable/satellite provider will be able to access CBS.
  • The NCAA women’s basketball Selection Sunday event will air on cable sports network ESPN. Most pay-TV subscribers will have access to ESPN (but do check). 

Watch the NCAA March Madness tournament on TV

When it gets time for game action, the men’s tournament is split across a number of channels:

  • 18 games will air on CBS
  • 12 games are on TNT
  • 16 games will be on TruTV
  • 21 games are on TBS. TBS is also the exclusive home to all Final Four games and the National Championship.

Women’s tournament games will all air on ESPN and its networks.

How to watch NCAA March Madness 2022 online

There are plenty of online and streaming options for watching the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments as well.

From selection Sunday to the actual games, all men’s and women’s tournament action will be available through live TV streaming services like Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV and DirecTV Stream. If you are a subscriber to these services you can also watch the games directly online via NCAA March Madness Live (opens in new tab) for the men’s tournament (you can watch up to three hours for free even if you’re not) and the Watch ESPN mobile app and feature on ESPN.com (opens in new tab) for the women’s tournament.

March Madness on Paramount Plus is also an option. Paramount Plus Premium subscribers have access to live streams of all 18 March Madness games that air on CBS.

March Madness on Sling TV

Sling TV is a good live TV streaming service option for March Madness. Although it won't be showing all the games in the men’s tournament (Sling's got 49 out of 67), at $35 per month it's the cheapest option.

Sling also has its premium Sling TV Blue subscription (Sling TV with Paramount Plus Premium) which does include TBS, TNT and TruTV. That option still comes out to be the cheapest option for live TV streaming — at $44.99 per month, it's still $20 cheaper than YouTube TV or fuboTV

Sling TV also has you covered for the women’s tournament, as the Sling TV Orange package has both ESPN and ESPN 2 in its lineup.

March Madness on FuboTV

FuboTV subscribers get access to CBS, but they will need to find another way to watch any of the men’s tournament games airing on TBS, TNT or TruTV, as those channels are not part of the fuboTV package.

However, FuboTV has fans covered for the entire women’s tournament, as ESPN is included in its service.

Michael Balderston
Michael Balderston

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.