March Madness Elite 8: How To Watch Live Stream Houston vs Villanova, Arkansas vs Duke

The top teams in men’s college basketball’s Sweet Sixteen have been halved, and this weekend fans will find out which schools will make it to the Final Four in New Orleans. Only two double-digit seeded players made it into the Elite Eight, No. 10 Miami and the No. 15 (!) Saint Peter’s Peacocks, which remain the histories of the 2022 tournament. With a stunning upset against Purdue Friday, No. 3 of the Sweet 16, the Jersey City Peacocks made the Elite Eight as the first No. 15 in NCAA tournament history. Both Miami and St. Peter play on Sunday.

Saturday’s two games, both of which will be televised on TBS, begin with the Houston Cougars versus the Villanova Wildcats. Houston is one of the hottest teams in the tournament after upsetting No. 1 Arizona, while Villanova, the 2018 national champion, will rely on a stifling defense as it seeks its third Final Four bid in six years. Game two sees No. 4 Arkansas, who superceded victory over No. 1 Gonzaga, take on No. 2 Duke, who is trying to extend legendary Coach K Mike Krzyzewski’s finals streak.

Here’s everything you need to know to watch Elite Eight and beyond, wired or wireless.

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, Coach “K”, is retiring after the 2022 season. If his team beats Arkansas, it would be his 13th Final Four appearance of his career.

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March Madness Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I watch the March Madness bracket?

View all NCAA tournament class regions, results and remaining matchups here.

What is the schedule for the Elite Eight?

Here are the tip times and networks for this weekend’s Elite Eight games (all times ET):

Saturday March 26th

  • No. 5 Houston vs. No. 2 Villanova, 6:09 p.m. on TBS
  • No. 4 Arkansas vs. No. 2 Duke, 8:49 p.m. on TBS

Sunday March 27th

  • No. 10 Miami vs. No. 1 Kansas, 2:20 p.m. on CBS
  • No. 15 St. Peter vs. No. 8 North Carolina, 5:05 p.m. on CBS

You can check out the full March Madness schedule here.

Where and when will the Final Four take place and what channel will it be broadcast on?

The Final Four and national championship game will be held at Caesars Superdome in New Orleans and will be broadcast on TBS.

The Final Four is scheduled for Saturday April 2nd and the championship game is Monday April 4th.

What channels will March Madness games be broadcast on?

The Elite Eight games will be broadcast on CBS and TBS. Three of the streaming services –– YouTube TV, Hulu Plus Live TV, and DirecTV Stream — both offer channels needed to watch the rest of March Madness.

You can also stream the games live with NCAA March Madness Live. There’s a free 3 hour preview, but then you have to sign up with a TV provider to prove you’re a pay TV subscriber. The games broadcast on CBS are available with Paramount Plus…but that’s far from ideal since this year’s Final Four games and national championship game will be shown on TBS, not CBS.

Can I watch for free?

Yes you can. There are two paths, but neither will get you through the rest of the tournament on your own.

The March Madness Live app and website offers a free 3-hour preview. After that you have to prove that you are a Pay TV subscriber.

The other option is to sign up for a live TV streaming service. Each of the top five services offers a free trial. YouTube TV, Hulu With Live TV, and FuboTV offer seven-day trials, while DirecTV Stream offers five days. Sling TV doesn’t have a free trial, but offers a $10 discount for the first month of service.

Best options for wireless streaming

YouTube TV is $65 per month and includes CBS and TBS to watch the rest of March Madness. Enter your zip code on the welcome page to see which local live networks are available where you live. Read our YouTube TV review.

Hulu With Live TV costs $70 per month and includes CBS and TBS. Click on the “See all channels near you” link on the welcome page to see what local channels are offered in your zip code. Read our Hulu With Live TV review.

DirecTV Stream’s $70-per-month basic package includes CBS and TBS. You can use the channel lookup tool to see if you’re getting a live feed from CBS and the other local networks in your zip code. Read our DirectTV Stream review.

Sling TV is a poor choice for watching March Madness as it doesn’t include CBS. His $35-a-month Blue plan includes TBS for half the games of the Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight, plus both games of the Final Four, and then the national championship game. Read our Sling TV review.

FuboTV costs $65 per month and includes CBS but not TBS. With the Final Four games and national championship game on TBS, FuboTV is not a great choice for college basketball fans. Click here to see which local channels you get. Read our FuboTV review.

You can stream any March Madness game on the NCAA’s March Madness Live website or app. You can watch 3 hours for free, but then you need to register to prove that you have a Pay TV subscription which includes the channels televising the tournament. It should be noted that in addition to cable and satellite providers, you can also use a YouTube TV, Hulu With TV, DirecTV Stream, or Sling TV subscription to access March Madness Live. (FuboTV is the only exception among live TV streaming services, as it doesn’t offer any of Turner’s own channels.)

Latency is an issue with any streaming service and especially live sports where you might also be able to follow along on Twitter and see a final score before the game actually ends. The NCAA says this year’s streams will offer a 20% latency improvement over last year’s. While that’s welcome, March Madness live streams will likely still lag behind cable and satellite TV, and could also track streams from YouTube TV and the other live TV services.

All of the live TV streaming services above offer free trials, can be canceled at any time, and require a solid internet connection. Are you looking for more information? Check out ours Live TV Streaming Services Guide.

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