Wondering how to watch the college basketball tournament? Here are your best options:


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The NC State and Oakland University men’s basketball teams are scheduled to meet in a tournament game at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh on Saturday, March 23. The game is scheduled to start at 7:10 p.m. ET. 

No. 14-seeded Oakland University enters the contest 24-11 overall. Most recently, Oakland defeated No. 3 seed Kentucky 80-76 on Thursday in the opening round of the tournament. Jack Gohlke led Oakland with 32 points.  

No. 11 seed NC State comes into the matchup 23-14 overall. On Thursday, NC State beat Texas Tech 80-67 in the tournament’s first round. Ben Middlebrooks paced NC State with 21 points and four rebounds in the win.

Greg Kampe is the Oakland University men’s basketball head coach. Kevin Keatts is the NC State men’s basketball head coach. 

NC State vs. Oakland basketball game time, network

The NC State vs. Oakland University men’s basketball game is scheduled to be broadcast on TBS and TruTV at 7:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 23. The TBS/TruTV broadcasters for the game are scheduled to be Andrew Catalon (play-by-play), Steve Lappas (analyst), and Evan Washburn (reporter).

Whatever team wins advances to play on Friday, March 29 in Dallas. 

Cable and satellite TV are no longer necessary for enjoying live sports. Consider live streaming options to watch Saturday’s game via services like Sling TV and Max.

Best streaming services for the Oakland vs. NCSU basketball game

Watching college basketball requires a streaming service if you don’t have cable or satellite TV. For the Oakland University vs. NC State men’s basketball game on Saturday, here are your top streaming options.  

Most affordable: Sling TV

If you want to watch the NC State vs. Oakland University game on TBS via Sling TV, you’ll need either the Orange Plan or the Blue Plan. Both the Orange and Blue plans start at $15 for the first month and then increase to $40 per month subsequently, and they both also come with 50 hours of free DVR storage. 

TBS is one of 26 channels included on both the Orange and Blue plans. There are six channels exclusive to the Orange Plan, including ESPN and ESPN2. There are 14 channels exclusive to the Blue Plan, and those include FS1, NFL Network, and TruTV. Another difference between the Orange and Blue plans is that you can only stream on one device with the Orange Plan, and the Blue Plan allows streaming on three devices at once.

In higher-priced plans, Sling TV’s sports channel offerings include ABC, ACC Network, Big Ten Network, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNews, ESPNU, Fox, FS1, FS2, NBC, NFL Network, Pac-12 Network, SEC Network, TNT, and TruTV. 

Most affordable: Max

Max is broadcasting men’s college basketball this March. With a trio of options to choose from, Max is adding to each tier for free the B/R Sports Add-On. Part of the B/R Sports Add-On is live streaming sports from TBS, TNT and TruTV.

The cheapest package is Max With Ads, which is $9.99 per month. It allows streaming on two devices. You can save 42% by paying for one year upfront at $69.99. 

The second package is Max Ad-Free, and that is $15.99 per month. If you’re mainly getting Max for sports, there isn’t much difference between Max With Ads and Max Ad-Free since sports will still include ads. If you hisse one year upfront, you save 45% on Max Ad-Free at $104.99. 

Max Ultimate Ad-Free is the third package, and it is $19.99 per month. It also upgrades to allow streaming on four devices at once. Plus, it özgü 4K Ultra HD capability. The one-year price for Max Ultimate Ad-Free is $139.99.