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March Madness live stream: how to watch the Final Four 2021 NCAA basketball free

March Madness live stream: how to watch the Final Four 2021 NCAA basketball free
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The Final Four of March Madness – the annual  2021 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament – tips of this Saturday. Baylor vs Houston will be followed by UCLA vs Gonzaga, but who will win and advance to the national championship game on Monday? Here's how to watch the Final Four and get a free March Madness live stream from anywhere in the world.

March Madness live stream

Date: 18th March – 5th April 2021

Location: Indiana, United States

UK/Europe stream: ESPN Player (7-day free trial)

Watch anywhere: ExpressVPN

US streams: Sling TV / Paramount+

Australia stream: Kayo Sports

Saturday's college hoops kicks off at 5.14pm (10.14pm UK time) with a mouthwatering matchup between Baylor (1) and Houston (2). Both teams have proven there's no such thing as a cheap run to the Final Four, Houston having beaten the likes of Rutgers and Syracuse; Baylor have triumph over Arkansas thanks to their backcourt. These two teams have not met since 2003, so it's going to be epic.

Then at 8.34pm (1.34am UK time) UCLA, who came from behind to stun No. 18 seed Colorado in a 70-63 thriller in the Elite 8, face tournament favourites Gonzaga. Can the Zags (28-0) make it another step closer to completing the first undefeated season as champions since 1976? Given that they have one of the greatest ever teams in men's college basketball, including top NBA prospects Jalen Suggs and Corey Kispert, UCLA will need to play out of their skins.

The Final Four semi finalists go head-to-head on 3rd-4th April. Then it's the Big Dance – the 2021 NCAA national championship game – on 5th April, live on CBS.

Ready for some high-tempo college basketball? We've listed today's Final Four tip times below. Make sure you know how to catch a free March Madness live stream wherever you are in the world.

How to watch March Madness for free

March Madness live stream: how to watch Sweet 16 2021 NCAA basketball free today

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Good news: ESPN Player has the rights to broadcast every March Madness game in the UK, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. There's even a 7-day free trial, so you can watch a March Madness live stream for free!

Of course, ESPN Player is only available within the counties listed above. Stuck abroad this week? You'll need to use a VPN to access ESPN Player without being blocked. We recommend ExpressVPN as it comes with a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee. Good to know, right?  

After the free 7-day trial period, subscription to ESPN Player costs just £9.99/€11.99 a month or £69.99/€79.99 a year – proof that you needn't be a baller to watch college basketball.

March Madness live stream from abroad using a VPN

Even if you have subscribed to the relevant March Madness rights holders, you won't be able to use them when outside your own country. The service will know your location based on your IP address, and will automatically block your access.

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) helps you get around this obstacle. A VPN creates a private connection between your device and the internet, such that the servers and services you’re accessing aren’t aware of what you’re doing. All the information passing back and forth is entirely encrypted.

There are many VPN providers out there, with some more reliable and safe than others. As a rule, we’d suggest a paid-for service such as ExpressVPN which offers a 100 per cent risk-free money back guarantee. If you're not happy with the service any time within the first 30-days, then you can cancel with no penalties at all.

March Madness live stream in the USA

March Madness live stream: how to watch Sweet 16 2021 NCAA basketball free today

(Image credit: NCAA)

CBS, TNT, TBS and TruTV share the rights to the 2021 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship. Cable subscribers can stream the games by logging into the NCAA website using their cable credentials.

Not a cable subscriber? Cord-cutters can catch most March Madness games by subscribing to Sling TV. The popular streaming service's Sling Orange package provides access to TBS, TNT and TruTV for $35 a month.

As for CBS games, you can stream them on Paramount+ using this 30-day free trial. Following that, it's $5.99 or $9.99 a month, depending on whether you opt for the Basic or Premium plan.

Stuck outside the USA? You can access Sling TV and Paramount Plus from anywhere using a VPN. We recommend ExpressVPN because it comes with a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee.

March Madness live stream in the UK

March Madness live stream: how to watch Sweet 16 2021 NCAA basketball free today

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ESPN Player has the rights to broadcast NCAA college ball in the UK and Europe. There's a 7-day free trial, too. After the trial ends, subscription costs just £9.99/€11.99 a month or £69.99/€79.99 a year.

ESPN Player gets you every March Madness game, plus over 10,000 live sports events and award-winning films such as O.J. Made In America. The ESPN Player app is available for iOS and Android devices, with support for Chromecast and AirPlay.

Stuck outside the UK this week? You can access ESPN Player from anywhere using a VPN. We recommend ExpressVPN because it comes with a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee.

The other option is to subscribe to BT Sport. The broadcaster will once again be showing March Madness games on TV and through its app.

March Madness live stream in Australia

March Madness live stream: how to watch Sweet 16 2021 NCAA basketball free today

(Image credit: Kayo)

Hoops fans in Oz can catch every NCAA college basketball game on Foxtel. Another – most likely cheaper – option is to stream Foxtel via Kayo, Australia's top sports streaming service.

Kayo is offering new subscribers a 14-day free trial. After that, you'll be bumped onto a rolling one month contract. Basic is $25 while Premium is $35. 

It's only available within Australia but you can access your Kayo account from anywhere using a VPN. We recommend ExpressVPN because it comes with a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee.

March Madness live stream in Canada

College basketball fans in Canada can watch every tip-off of March Madness on TSN and TSN Direct. TSN's streaming service costs $7.99 for 24 hours access, $19.99 for the month or $99.95 for six months (prices quoted are before tax). 

Of course, it's only available within Canada but you can access your TSN Direct account from anywhere using a VPN. We recommend ExpressVPN because it comes with a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee.

March Madness Final Four tip times

March Madness live stream: how to watch Sweet 16 2021 NCAA basketball free today

(Image credit: NCAA)

All times ET (New York)

Saturday 3rd April 2021 – Final Four, Day 1

5.14pm ET – (1) Baylor vs (2) Houston, CBS 

8.34pm ET – (1) Gonzaga vs (11) Houston, CBS

Monday 5th April 2021 – National Championship game

9pm ET – TBA vs TBA, CBS 

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