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How to Watch March Madness: All About the Men's NCAA Tournament

2024 March Madness officially kicks off on March 19 and will conclude in early April with the NCAA championship game

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The pinnacle of college basketball season is finally here as March Madness kicks off this month.

Basketball fans are filling out brackets with their favored college basketball teams and clearing their calendars to watch the most anticipated games.

Though the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament officially starts on March 19, the excitement picks up later this month with the semifinals, dubbed the Sweet 16.

From there, the top teams in the nation will compete in the Elite Eight and the Final Four before the remaining two teams face off for the title of NCAA champion in Glendale, Arizona.

Last year, the UConn Huskies took home the trophy, marking their fifth NCAA championship win, but this year, it’s anyone’s game.

Alternatively, the NCAA women's basketball tournament kicks off with the First Four on March 20 and will conclude with the NCAA championship game on Sunday, April 7 at 3 p.m. ET on ABC.

From how to watch to when the big games will take place, here’s everything you need to know about tuning into March Madness.

When does 2024 March Madness start?

March Madness officially kicks off with the First Four on March 19 and March 20, with two games taking place on each night at UD Arena in Dayton, OH. Games are slated to start at 6:40 p.m. ET and 9:10 p.m. ET on each day, and will be broadcast on the truTV channel.

How to watch 2024 March Madness on cable TV?

The NCAA Tournament will be broadcast on four different channels, so set your DVRs accordingly! Since CBS and Turner Sports have the broadcasting rights to the tournament, you’ll want to make sure you have access to CBS, TNT, TBS and truTV through your cable provider.

How to watch 2024 March Madness on streaming?

If you don’t have cable, don’t fret! You can also tune into the games through the March Madness Live app. Additionally, all the games televised by CBS will be available to stream on Paramount+, while games televised by TNT and TBS and truTV can be streamed on Max with the B/R Sports add-on.

How to watch the Sweet 16 during March Madness?

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The Sweet 16 (aka the regional semifinals) take place on Thursday, March 28, and Friday, March 29. The games will kick off at 6:30 p.m. each day and will be broadcast on CBS and TBS, per CBS Sports.

How to watch the Elite Eight during March Madness?

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Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

The Elite Eight (aka the regional finals) take place right after on Saturday, March 30, and Sunday, March 31. Per CBS Sports, games held on March 30 will air on TBS starting at 6:09 p.m., while the games held on March 31 will air on CBS starting at 2:20 p.m.

How to watch the Final Four during March Madness?

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Rob Carr/NCAA Photos via Getty

The Final Four (aka the national semifinals) take place on Saturday, April 6, at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The Final Four games will air on TBS starting at 6:09 p.m., per CBS Sports.

How to watch the NCAA championship game during March Madness?

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Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

March Madness will come to a dramatic conclusion as the final two teams face off during the NCAA championship game on Monday, April 8. TBS will broadcast the big game starting at 9:20 p.m EST.

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