How to watch the 2023 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament online without Cable
It’s March. And for sports fans, that means one thing – March Madness. But before we get to the NCAA Tournament, we have a ton of conference championships. Including this one for the Big 12.
The Big 12 is a conference with only 10 teams – kinda strange right? Which offers a pretty strange bracket for March. But it is a more straight-forward bracket compared to some other conferences. The favorite for this tournament is obviously the regular season champion, Kansas. Who is also projected to get the #1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament next week. Of course, if they don’t win the tournament, that could affect that seeding for the NCAA Tournament. Of course, they are definitely in this year, so whatever happens in this tournament, Kansas is dancing in March.
Here’s how you can watch the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament this year.
What’s the Big 12 bracket?
The bracket has been announced, and since it does have 10 teams, some teams do get to skip out on the first round. Here’s the full bracket.
As you can see, only four teams play in the first round, for a shot to play the 1 and 2 seeds. Which are Kansas and Texas. The good thing here, is unlike other conferences, teams only need to win a max of four games to win the conference tournament. But, a 7 or lower seed winning is pretty unlikely. Especially since they would need to get through Kansas, a pretty big basketball powerhouse, even in 2023.
When is the Big 12 Tournament?
The Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament will kick off at 6PM CT on Wednesday, March 8 with West Virginia taking on Texas Tech. Followed by Oklahoma State vs Oklahoma around 8:30PM CT.
The next round takes place on each day after that. So if you are in the first round and make it to the championship game, that’s five games in five days. The championship game will take place on Saturday, March 11 at 5PM CT on ESPN. So it’s one of the conferences that does end its tournament the day before Selection Sunday.
Where can I watch the Big 12 Tournament?
The 2023 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament will air on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU this week. The Big 12 is one of the few bigger power conferences that doesn’t have their own network. So every game is on the family of ESPN networks here.
Every game until the championship, will be on multiple ESPN channels. And that’s because in some regions ESPN may have a different game on, since they do have rights to a lot of games during the conference tournament week.
Sling TV is going to be the best place to watch the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament. It does have the ESPN family of networks available in the Sling Orange package. Which is normally $40 per month, but right now they are running a promo where you can get it 50% off for the first month. That makes it just $20 and you can cancel after March Madness is over.
Sling TV does offer a 7 day free trial, and you can sign up for it here.
YouTube TV is our second option for watching the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament. That’s because it is quite a bit more expensive than Sling TV, at $65 per month. But you are getting all of the channels for this tournament and almost every other basketball tournament – including the NCAA Tournament later this month. On top of that, YouTube TV does offer unlimited cloud DVR, so you can record to watch later on.
YouTube TV does offer a free trial and you can sign up here.
Hulu + Live TV
Hulu + Live TV is a good option, if you don’t like Sling TV or YouTube TV. It’s not that we don’t like Hulu + Live TV, it’s just more expensive and doesn’t offer a whole lot more. For $70 per month, you can get all of the ESPN channels, along with most of the NCAA Tournament channels, to experience March Madness. It also has unlimited cloud DVR like YouTube TV.
Hulu does offer a free trial for Live TV, which you can sign up for right here.
When is Selection Sunday?
Selection Sunday is happening on March 12. That will be following the conclusion of Sunday’s conference championship games. Typically, CBS airs the Selection Sunday show between 6PM and 8PM ET. Though sometimes it can run a bit late if the 4PM games go into overtime.
During the show, we’ll find out who is in the NCAA Tournament this year, and who is not. While we have “experts” doing bracketology all year long, we kind of have a good idea of who is in and who’s not, the committee can still surprise us. It’ll also be interesting to see who gets to play who.
Keep in mind that conference tournament winners do get an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. So 32 teams will already be in the field, and the committee will need to add another 36 teams. As well as seeding them in the correct order. With four regions of 16 teams. Along with the first four games, there’s a total of 68 teams that get into the tournament. And the excitement of March Madness is upon us.
For the NCAA Tournament, the First Four games will take place in Dayton, OH on March 14-15. With the first and second rounds taking place March 16-19. The regionals happening from March 23-26. And the Final Four happening on April 1, with the National Championship on April 3 at NRG Stadium in Houston.