The greatest American college basketball show, March Madness, begins this week. Here is The Roar’s complete guide to streaming the action online, and watching it on TV.
March Madness is a single elimination tournament, battled out between the 68 best, Division 1 NCAA basketball teams. It consists of seven intense rounds of heart-wrenching elimination action played over a 21-day period. This eventually leads up to the national championship between the only two teams who manage to go undefeated, taking place on April 2.
How to watch March Madness online
The best way to catch all of the action is to sign up for Kayo Sports. Kayo Sports has access to all of the Foxtel sports channels, as well as other selected events, including this tournament, for $25 per month.
The App is the way to go if you already have valid login details with a TV subscription to Foxtel, as it’s included free of charge. Foxtel Now is a streaming service that you can get separately from the TV subscription, in order to stream the games live on computers and/or mobile devices.
Another way is to stream the games on NCAA’s website and NCAA March Madness live app.
How to watch live March Madness on TV
Select games will be shown on ESPN in Australia, through Channels 508 and 509. We suggest checking your local TV guides for the information.
You can get access to these channels by having a valid Foxtel TV subscription, complete with the sports package.
How teams qualify for the tournament
There are two ways that a team qualifies for the tournament. An automatic qualifier, and an at-large bid.
The 32 Division I conferences all receive an automatic bid, which they each award to the team that wins the postseason conference tournament. Regardless of how a team performed during the regular season, if they are eligible for postseason play and win their conference tournament, they receive a bid to the NCAA tournament.
The remaining 36 spots are filled by at-large bids, which are determined by the NCAA Selection Committee. The committee convenes on what is called Selection Sunday, after all regular season and conference tournament games are played, and award the spots in the tournament by individual team performance.
Once the field of 68 is finalized, each team is assigned a seed and placed in one of four regions, which determines their first-round match-ups and potential path to the championship.
Selection Sunday commenced last Sunday 17/3, all seeds are now set with Duke, being led by Zion Williamson, being picked as number one overall.