College-aged men have no monopoly on. The NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament is starting this month and promises so much buzz-beating madness as the men's tournament.
It is not a preconceived conclusion that the University of Connecticut Huskies will dominate the field and win another title this year. In fact, after their remarkable run of winning six titles in the eight years from 2009 to 2016, the UConn women did not win for two years. As the woman's game has grown, talent has spread outside Storrs, Connecticut and allowed other schools to collect teams that can compete with the huskies. Baylor is currently the top-ranked team in the country, and Notre Dame, South Carolina and Stanford are constant forces.
The NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament will be on Friday, March 22nd. Women's Final Four will take place on Friday, April 5 with the National Championship to follow on Sunday, April 7th. Here's how to watch the games live, with or without a cable or satellite TV subscription.
What is the tournament schedule?
The tournament starts with 64 teams, and two weeks later, only one will stand.
- March 22-25: Rounds 1 and 2
- March 29-30: Sweet Sixteen
- March 31st to April 1st: Elite Eight
- April 5: Final Four
- April 7: National Championship Game
What channels are the games on?
The games are broadcast on ESPN and ESPN2.
How can I watch for free?
WatchESPN.com and WatchESPN app will have live streams of the games, but you will need to sign in with a pay TV account (usually from a cable or satellite TV provider). You can live stream games with a live TV streaming service, no cable TV is required.
Some things to know about live TV streaming services:
- You need a solid internet connection.
- You can watch any of them on TV as long as your smart TV has the service app. You can also watch your TV with a media streamer, including Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV and Chromecast.
- You can also watch iPhone, Android phones and tablets and PC browsers.
- You can register and cancel at any time, no contract required.
- Everyone offers free trial, so you can sign up to watch and then cancel.
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Sling TV Orange ($ 15)
Sling TV's Sling Orange package includes ESPN and ESPN2 and usually costs $ 25 per month, but is currently discounted to $ 15 per month for the first three months for new subscribers .
YouTube TV ($ 40)
YouTube TV costs $ 40 per month and includes ESPN and ESPN2.
PlayStation Vue ($ 45)
PlayStation's cheapest $ 45-month access plan includes ESPN and ESPN2.
DirecTV Now ($ 50)
DirecTV Now is the basic $ 50-one-month "Plus" package ESPN and ESPN2.
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