Watch March Madness NCAA college basketball in Australia live and free
The March Madness college basketball tournament is back after being cancelled last year due to the global pandemic.
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For the first time in the event's 82-year history, the 2021 NCAA tournament is being contested in just the single US state, Indiana. But that's better than no March Madness at all, which is what happened last year when COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the men's and women's tournaments.
The event's popularity grows every year. Millions of Americans fill out a bracket as they try to correctly predict the outcome of the final 64 teams that qualify for the tournament proper. UCLA holds the record for the most NCAA Men's Division 1 basketball championships with 11 titles.
How to watch March Madness in Australia
ESPN is the home of college hoops in Australia. That means Foxtel iQ, Kayo Sports, Foxtel Now and Fetch TV are all viewing options. It all started with seven hours straight of college basketball on Friday 19 March AEDT and only gathered pace from there.
There is no free-to-air coverage of college basketball in Australia outside of some niche Pac-12 division action on 7plus. For full access to March Madness, you need a subscription service. We have a full viewing guide for the regular NCAA season here.
March Madness schedule
All games will be played in the state of Indiana, with most in Indianapolis, from Friday 19 March through Tuesday 6 April (AEDT). It started with the First Four, a slate of four knockout games that determine the final field. It is then a single-elimination tournament all the way to the finale.
Here's the schedule (all AEDT):
- First Four: Friday 19 March
- First round: 20–21 March
- Second round: 21–22 March
- Sweet 16: 27–28 March
- Elite Eight: 29–30 March
- Final Four: Saturday 3 April
- NCAA championship game: 11am (AEST) on Tuesday 6 April
Stream NCAA March Madness on Kayo Sports
Our choice for streaming college hoops and more than 50 other sports including the NBA and NBL is Kayo. First off Kayo has a 14-day free trial for new users. So you can take it all for a test run before deciding if it's the right service for you.
With Kayo you can choose to watch live, on-demand or from the start while an event is underway. Given the March Madness tournament games often start around 3am (AEDT) each day, that ensures you won't miss a minute of the action.
Following the trial period, subscriptions for Kayo are $25 per month for the Basic option, where you can watch games on two screens or devices. The Premium option is $10 more per month and gives you three screens.
Kayo boasts a number of special features, such as Kayo Minis. Available shortly after matches have completed, you can then watch a condensed version. Other features include SplitView, where you can watch four sports at once, Interactive Stats and a Key Moments Timeline.
The platform is compatible with Android, iOS, Apple TV, Telstra TV, Android TV and Samsung TV (2017 or later), Sony Bravia TVs, Mac and PC as well as Chromecast or AirPlay. We have a full Kayo review of the service for you.
Live stream March Madness on Kayo: Start your 14-day FREE trial now
Watch NCAA basketball playoffs on Foxtel Now
Foxtel Now is the pay TV giant's digital streaming service. You have to subscribe to the Essentials pack in addition to the Sport pack which costs a total of $54 per month. So it's significantly more expensive than Kayo, but you do get additional channels outside sport.
2021 NCAA March Madness predictions and upsets
Gonzaga was handed the number one overall seed in this year's tournament after a dominant undefeated season by the Bulldogs. Baylor, Illinois and Michigan were awarded the other number one seeds across the South, Midwest and East conferences respectively.
For the first time since 1976, both Duke and Kentucky are missing from the tournament because of COVID-19 issues and poor seasons overall. Defending champion Virginia and Kansas withdrew from their conference tournaments for the same reason, but still made the March Madness field.
Illinois were knocked out in the second round by eighth seed Loyola Chicago to headline a series of routs so far in the tournament. No.15 seed Oral Roberts and No.12 Oregon State are among the lower ranked teams that made it to the Sweet 16 round.
With 10 of the last 13 national champions being No.1 seeds, it's usually smart to back the powerhouses of the competition. We tipped Illinois to win it all prior to it all getting underway to no avail. It's understood no brackets remained intact just after the second round alone! Who knows what will come next?
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