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How To Watch the NCAA Basketball National Championship Game in 2024

We break down schedules and more for the men’s and women’s NCAA basketball National Championship Game.

March Madness feels like it comes sooner every year, and this weekend, it’ll be time for another NCAA basketball national championship game. Thanks to players like Iowa’s Caitlin Clark, Purdue’s Zach Edey, UConn’s Tristen Newton, and South Carolina’s Kamilla Cardoso, we’ll have a full slate of stars and strong matchups for this week’s men’s and women’s national championship games.

Want to watch Iowa vs. South Carolina or Purdue vs. UConn? Here’s what you need to know about the 2024 men’s and women’s NCAA basketball national championship game. Sports logo featuring animated athlete with raised hands.

How do I watch the national championship game?

March Madness games are broadcast on channels including CBS, TBS, and TNT. If you want to stream the national championship game, we recommend Hulu + Live TV because it covers both channels with the women’s and men’s basketball games.

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When is the NCAA basketball national championship game?

The women’s NCAA basketball championship will happen on Sunday, April 7, while the men’s final will occur the next day on Monday, April 8. Check out our table below for start times and channel listings.

Game Date Time (ET) Channel Details
Women's NCAA Championship Game
(1) Iowa vs. (1) South Carolina
Sunday, April 7 3:00 p.m. ABC, ESPN, ESPN+ Get Hulu + Live TV
Men's NCAA Championship Game
(1) Purdue vs. (1) UConn
Monday, April 8 9:20 p.m. TBS Get Hulu + Live TV

Data effective as of post date.

Watch 2024 NCAA basketball championship game for free

Want to watch the men’s or women’s national championship game for free? You can watch games broadcast on ABC for free by connecting an over-the-air (OTA) antenna to your TV. If you want to stream either college basketball national championship game this year, we’d recommend getting a free trial for DIRECTV STREAM, which carries ABC and TBS.

Provider Price Deals Details
DIRECTV STREAM $69.99–$159.99/mo. 5-day free trial View plans

Fubo $32.99–$99.99/mo. 7-day free trial View plans

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Hulu + Live TV $76.99–$89.99/mo. 7-day free trial View plans

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Paramount+ $5.99–$11.99/mo. or $59.99–$119.99/yr. 7-day free trial View plan

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YouTube TV $72.99/mo. Trial length varies View plans

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How to watch the NCAA basketball national championship game FAQ

Where will the championship basketball game be played?

The 2024 NCAA women’s basketball national championship game will be played on Sunday, April 7 at 3:00 p.m. ET at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Ohio.

The 2024 NCAA men’s basketball national championship game will be played on Monday, April 8 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The game time has not been set yet.

Can I watch March Madness for free?

Yes, you can watch select March Madness games for free using a digital antenna. Some games in the men’s tournament will air on CBS, while ABC will broadcast parts of the women’s tournament. In 2024, the two antenna channels will show the men’s and women’s championship games.

Where can I watch the NCAA Final?

CBS and TBS alternate annually as the exclusive broadcasters of the men’s Final Four and NCAA Championship Game. TBS gets the even years while CBS has the odd ones—meaning TBS will air this season’s final rounds come April 2024. The Women’s National Championship Game will air on ABC in 2024.

Is there an app to watch March Madness?

Yes, the NCAA March Madness Live app has every tournament game plus replays. But after a free three-hour preview, you’ll need to log in with your cable, satellite, or live TV streaming provider info. The app is available on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast with Google TV, and Roku devices.

Who won the men's NCAA basketball championship?

UConn will face off against Purdue for the 2024 NCAA men’s national championship game on Monday, April 8. UConn won the 2023 NCAA men’s basketball national championship over San Diego State in a 76–59 game.

Who won the women's NCAA basketball championship?

Iowa will face off against South Carolina in the women’s NCAA basketball championship on Sunday, April 7 in Cleveland.

Will HBO Max have March Madness?

Yes, select NCAA Tournament games will stream on Max (formerly HBO Max). Matchups that air on TBS, TNT, and truTV will stream in Max’s B/R Sports hub for no additional cost during the 2024 tournament.

Are there fantasy leagues for March Madness?

Yes, many fantasy sports outlets offer bracket challenges during the men’s and women’s NCAA Basketball Tournaments. ESPN Fantasy Sports, DraftKings, and Yahoo Fantasy Sports are the more popular fantasy platforms, but you can also sign up for different challenges and pick’em games on the NCAA’s website.

Why you should trust us

We analyzed this year’s NCAA March Madness schedule to break down dates, broadcast times, and more. We also cross-referenced this information with our existing streaming and TV deals coverage to ensure you get the most coverage without paying more than you need to.

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