Let the madness commence.
The conference tournaments are over and the 2022 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament field is set. Well, almost completely set.
The First Four games will make official the 64 teams that will compete in the first round proper and begin a journey toward a national championship. While it might be easy to suggest these teams are the ones that just barely reached the tournament and are thus destined for an early exit, that is far from the case.
Last year, UCLA reached the Final Four. In 2018, Michigan State reached the Sweet 16, as did Tennessee in 2014. VCU made a wild run to the Final Four in 2011 after winning in the First Four.
First Four action tips off on Tuesday and continues Wednesday. Here’s a look at how to watch those games, including final scores from the matchups.
March Madness schedule
First Four: Tuesday, March 15
|No. 16 Texas A&M-CC vs. No. 16 Texas Southern||6:40 p.m. ET||truTV, Sling TV|
|No. 12 Indiana vs. No. 12 Wyoming||9:10 p.m. ET||truTV, Sling TV|
First Four: Wednesday, March 16
|No. 16 Bryant vs. No. 16 Wright State||6:40 p.m. ET||truTV, Sling TV|
|No. 11 Notre Dame vs. No. 11 Rutgers||9:10 p.m. ET||truTV, Sling TV|
What channel is truTV?
The NCAA in April 2010 reached a 14-year, $10.8 billion deal with CBS and Turner Broadcasting Systems to give both networks broadcasting rights to the tournament (a deal that now extends through 2032).
Here’s what that means for college basketball fans: Turner Sports — a subsidiary of WarnerMedia’s entertainment division — will broadcast the majority of the NCAA Tournament on one of three stations: TBS, TNT and, of course, truTV.
Below is where you can find the latter of those three channels:
|Spectrum||Varies by location (area code search)|
|Xfinity||Varies by location (area code search)|
How to live stream First Four games
Fans will be able to watch all March Madness games through NCAA March Madness Live, as well as through several other streaming options including Paramount+ and Sling TV.
Sling TV offers the best value to stream all March Madness games broadcast on TBS, TNT and TruTV (49 of 67 total games). New subscribers who sign up for a three-day free trial to Sling TV’s blue bundle would pay $35 per month thereafter.
To watch the additional 18 games broadcast on CBS, you can add a Paramount+ premium subscription for $9.99. Combined with Sling TV, that is the cheapest way to watch every NCAA Tournament game compared to YouTube TV, fuboTV, Hulu and DirecTV.
|Sling Blue & Paramount+||YouTube TV||fuboTV||Hulu + Live||DirecTV Stream|
NCAA Tournament scores, results for First Four games
|Game 1: No. 16 Texas A&M-CC vs. No. 16 Texas Southern|
|Game 2: No. 12 Indiana vs. No. 12 Wyoming|
|Game 3: No. 16 Bryant vs. No. 16 Wright State|
|Game 4: No. 11 Notre Dame vs. No. 11 Rutgers|
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