After months on hiatus, while fans of college athletics have been inundated with football at every turn, the road to March Madness 2013 is finally set to tip off on November 9! Cable or no cable you can still catch your team live from several sites offered on the web. For example, a University of Kansas fan on the West Coast can find their beloved Jayhawks games live and avoid the shakes and withdrawls, even when the world’s greatest college basketball team (just for example, not that we’re biased or anything…) is on the black out list. Whoever you follow, unless you live near the campus and have access to that school’s network there will always be those games that are tough to find – unless you know where to look. The list of sites below range from those requiring a cable subscription or downloading a streaming application to simply closing a number of popup ads and maximizing the screen.
As with any live streaming sites you run the risk of not being able to find your team’s game if no one out there in cyber land is being nice enough to host the stream. If it’s a big match-up with national coverage and you won’t be able to live without watching every single minute, then you may still want to consider getting cable, going somewhere that will show it, or finding a fellow alum with a freshly stocked fridge full of refreshments to enjoy the game.
Not surprisingly ESPN delivers a great application with solid streams and resouces to watch live games. The list of events is enormous as well, and even minor match-ups and exhibitions can wind up streamable. Of course the catch is that you can only view games if you are a current subscriber to one of the listed providers, which you can see here. The other downfall is that not all games will be available, including some of the biggest games. ESPN blacks out several games online throughout the season, and only broadcasts them, plus anything not sponsored by ESPN obviously won’t be available here. One major benefit is that the service is available via the Xbox 360 as well.
Myp2p is solid as usual for most college basketball games, just as it is for most sports. Just click the basketball tab and find the game you are looking for – don’t bother downloading the client. The more high profile match-ups will have several links for live streams to choose from, which increases your odds of having a solid stream. Smaller games without national significance will be tougher to find though.
One of the best sites around for watching any and all sports. The streams are usually solid with only minor or occasional screen freezes, but the worst case scenario is that you’ll just need to reload the page. If this is your first time using First Row Sports you will need to take a moment to find all of the deceptively small close buttons on ads covering the streaming video, until you can see the icon to maximize to full screen, then take a moment to close the pop up ads. It can be annoying, but the results are well worth the minor frustration. Once you get full screen it’s time to enjoy.
SportsLemon or frombar.tv is also a tried an true source to provide you with some great options to watch your team do the 3 man weave. It’s geared for an international audience though, so once you get past the snooker links and get to basketball, then dodge your way around the Lithuanian and Korean basketball leagues, you may only find the biggest games of the day – but the choices are generally robust. Regardless, it’s always worth a look.
Last but not least is a must have when it comes to March Madness. NCAA .com provides a cheap source to watch the madness with minimal fuss and guaranteed coverage of the Big Dance.This isn’t really a site for live streams during the season, but if you want to watch highlights and keep informed, the video selection will continue to fill up throughout the year and offer you a brief, but informative look at the games already played and previews of those to come.