Watch the 2023 ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament 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 ACC.
The ACC is one of the bigger basketball conferences in college. It has some pretty big names like Duke, North Carolina, Syracuse, and Wake Forest. Most of which are having down years this year. With Miami winning the regular season conference title. But, that doesn’t mean that they will win the ACC Tournament. As anything can happen.
Here’s how you can watch the ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament this year.
What’s the ACC bracket?
The bracket has been announced, and since it does have 15 teams, some teams do get to skip out on a few games. Here’s the full bracket.
As you can see, four teams get a double bye, while another three get a single bye. With teams ranked 10 through 15 get to play on the first day, which is Tuesday, March 7. To go the distance, from these lower seeds, you’ll need to win 5 games, which in this conference, could be pretty tough. But not out of the question, it is March.
The favorite to win the tournament this year is Miami or Virginia. However, if North Carolina is able to win a game or two, or even the whole tournament, that could move them into the NCAA Tournament next week. Right now, they sit in the “First Four Out”. While beating Boston College or Louisville might not get them in, moving on and beating Virginia (who is a projected 4 seed right now) likely would.
When is the ACC Tournament?
The ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament will kick off at 2PM ET on Tuesday, March 7 with Florida State taking on Georgia Tech.
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 8:30PM on ESPN.
Where can I watch the ACC Tournament?
The 2023 ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament will air on ACC Network, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU this week. Since ESPN has that deal with the ACC and operates the ACC Network, it comes as no surprise that you can watch it on ESPN’s network channels as well.
The first day of games will be on ACC Network. While the rest of them will be on ESPN. With the championship game on ESPN on Saturday.
Sling TV is going to be the best place to watch the ACC 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 ACC 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.