How to watch March Madness 2023: stream games online and everything you need to know

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It's time for the madness to start again. As the calendar flips to March, men's and women's college basketball kicks off March Madness, the end-of-year tournaments to decide who will be the NCAA Division I college basketball champions.

Watch March Madness

Watching March Madness is basically a rite of spring, so we're making sure that you have all the information that you need so you don’t miss an upset, buzzer-beater or that "one shining moment" over the next couple of weeks.

Here's everything you need to know about how to watch the 2023 March Madness tournament, from how to watch, the daily and broader schedule of games and other questions you may have.

March Madness Games: March 27

The last two teams for the women's Final Four will be determined today. Here is the full schedule of today's March Madness games:

Men's bracket

  • No games

Women's brakcet

  • No. 2 Maryland vs No. 1 South Carolina, 7 pm ET/4 pm PT
  • No. 3 Ohio State vs No. 1 Virginia Tech, 9 pm ET/6 pm PT

How to watch March Madness in the US

CBS is the flagship home of the men's March Madness tournament, though, just like in recent years, TBS, TNT and TruTV are airing games through the first few rounds of the tournament. 

The women's March Madness tournament, meanwhile, has a broadcast home on ESPN and its subsidiary channels.

CBS is available to anyone with a basic cable TV subscription or a TV antenna, but the network is also available on live TV streaming services, including FuboTV, Hulu with Live TV and YouTube TV. Games that air on CBS can also be streamed live on Paramount Plus.

TBS, TNT and TruTV are cable channels, also carried by most pay-TV providers, but also by Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV and YouTube TV streaming services.

ESPN is another cable channel available on most pay-TV services, including the quartet of FuboTV, Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV and YouTube TV.

You can also watch multiple games at once on your computer via NCAA.com for the men’s and ESPN.com for the women's, but you need to have a subscription to one of the above services. 

How to watch March Madness in the UK

Those in the UK who want to participate in the madness can do so with ESPN Player. The international streaming service costs £9.99 per month or £69.99 per year, but there is a seven-day free trial available for new subscribers.

BT Sport is also expected to show a number of the games, though an official schedule for the channel’s coverage hasn’t been revealed yet.

March Madness 2023 schedule

Now that the brackets are sets, we are just days away from the tournaments getting underway. Here is the complete schedule for the NCAA tournaments for both the men and women:

NCAA men's basketball tournament schedule
March 14-15: First Four
March 16-17: First Round
March 18-19: Second Round
March 23-24: Sweet Sixteen
March 25-26: Elite Eight
April 1: Final Four
April 3: National Championship

NCAA women's basketball tournament schedule
March 15-16: First Four
March 17-18: First Round
March 19-20: Second Round
March 24-25: Sweet Sixteen
March 26-27: Elite Eight
March 31: Final Four
April 2: National Championship 

March Madness 2023 bracket

The brackets for the men's and women's NCAA tournaments are now available, check them out below: 

Men's bracket

NCAA March Madness men's bracket 2023

(Image credit: NCAA)

Women's bracket

NCAA March Madness 2023 women's bracket

(Image credit: NCAA)

March Madness 2023 FAQs

Where is March Madness being held?

Multiple cities host March Madness games across the different rounds.

For the men's bracket, the first four games are being played in Dayton, Ohio.

The first and second round games are taking place in Birmingham, Ala., Des Moines, Iowa, Orlando, Fla., Sacramento, Calif., Albany, N.Y., Columbus, Ohio, Denver, CO and Greensboro, NC. 

Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight matchups are then taking place in Las Vegas, New York City, Kansas City, Mo. and Louisville, Ky. 

The Final Four and national championship are being played at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.

For the women’s tournament, the sites for the first two rounds will take place on 16 campuses, though have not been announced at this time. 

The Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight games are being played in Greenville, S.C., and Seattle. 

The Final Four and national championship game are then taking place in Dallas.

How many teams are in March Madness?

There are 68 teams that compete in each the men's and women's NCAA tournaments. There are 60 teams that are automatically placed in the bracket, with eight teams selected to compete in four play-in games to determine who will make up the full field of 64 teams in the first round of the tournament. 

Who is favored to win March Madness tournaments?

In the men's bracket, No. 1 seed Houston is favored to win the whole shebang, followed by overall No. 1 seed Alabama and then a three-way tied for third between Kansas, Purdue and UCLA. Here are the top 10 teams favored to win the tournament, per FanDuel:

Houston (+500)
Alabama (+800)
Kansas (+1200)
Purdue (+1200)
UCAL (+1200)
Arizona (+1500)
Gonzaga (+1500)
Marquette (+1500)
Texas (+2000)
Baylor (+2500)

The favorite in the women's bracket, by a good margin, is South Carolina. But some of their top competitors include Indiana, Stanford, UConn and LSU. Here are FanDuel's 10 biggest favorites heading into the tournament:

South Carolina (-175)
Indiana (+800)
Stanford (+800)
UConn (+800)
LSU (+1700)
Iowa (+2000)
Utah (+6500)
Texas (+6500)
Maryland (+6500)
Notre Dame (+10000)

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