March Madness live stream: how to watch 2022 NCAA basketball final free online, Kansas vs UNC

MaCio Teague #31 of the Baylor Bears drives to the basket against Andrew Nembhard #3 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs during the first half in the National Championship game
(Image credit: Getty Images / Andy Lyons)

March Madness – aka the 2022 NCAA men's college basketball tournament – concludes tonight with Kansas vs UNC. The national championship final tips off at 9.20pm ET, Monday 4th April. Fans in the US can watch a March Madness live stream with a Sling discount (opens in new tab). Scroll down for details.

2022 March Madness live stream

Date: 15th March – 4th April 2022

Location: United States

US streams: Sling TV (opens in new tab) / Paramount+ (opens in new tab)

Watch anywhere: ExpressVPN (opens in new tab)

UK stream: BT Sport Monthly Pass (opens in new tab)

Australia stream: Kayo Sports (opens in new tab)

Only one of the four No.1 seeds – Gonzaga, Arizona, Kansas and Baylor – remains standing at the final stage. Defending champions Baylor were dropped in the second round while Gonzaga, who made it to last year's championship game before losing to Baylor, were knocked out in the Sweet 16. 

Kansas vs UNC is set to be an epic finale to the NCAA men's tournament. Kansas are currently four point favourites over their opponents, the Tar Heels. Can the Jayhawks win their sixth title? Or will be a seventh title for UNC? Will Kansas David McCormack be the deciding factor?

"I’ve said all along he’s the one guy on our team that can get 15 and 10 just by being a presence,” Jayhawks Coach Bill Self said of McCormack after his side beat Villanova in the Final Four. "He was fabulous." 

Still clinging to this year's bracket? (here's a printable version (opens in new tab) suited to the Bracket Game). 

Ready for some high-tempo college basketball? US fans can watch March Madness on Sling TV (opens in new tab) with $10 discount. We'll show you how below...

Watch a cheap March Madness live stream

Kansas vs UNC – the national championship final – will air on TBS this year.   

Don't have cable? Sling TV is the most affordable way to stream TBS. Subscription to Sling TV Blue (TBS, TNT and truTV) costs $35 a month, and new users get $10 off their first month of the service (opens in new tab). Score!

Sling TV  save $10 now for March Madness (opens in new tab)

Sling TV save $10 now for March Madness (opens in new tab)
Catch the NCAA college basketball and much more with discount on the Sling TV Blue package. It's $35 a month thereafter should you choose to continue. No contract. Cancel at any time.

Outside the States? Remember: you'll need to use a VPN (opens in new tab) to access Sling when overseas. Details below...

Watch March Madness 2022 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 (opens in new tab) 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.

Try ExpressVPN risk-free for 30 days (opens in new tab)

Try ExpressVPN risk-free for 30 days (opens in new tab)
ExpressVPN hits it for six with a 30-day money back guarantee with its VPN service. You can use it to watch on your mobile, tablet, laptop, TV, games console and more. There's 24/7 customer support and three months free when you sign-up. Try it – it's easier than you think.

How to use a VPN

Using a VPN is incredibly simple.

1. Install the VPN of your choice. ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) is the one we recommend.

2. Open up the VPN app and choose the location of the service you wish to access. For March Madness you may wish to choose 'USA' for Sling TV.

3. Then head over to Sling TV (opens in new tab) on your browser or device and enjoy the March Madness live stream.

If, for whatever reason, you can't get it working, do remember that you have the comfort of a 30-day money back guarantee with ExpressVPN (opens in new tab). You could also try NordVPN (opens in new tab), which also comes with a 30-day money back guarantee, and Surfshark (opens in new tab) which offers 24 hour assistance.

Watch a March Madness live stream in the UK

BT Sport has you covered for all of this year's NCAA men's basketball games. Not a BT subscriber? Try BT Sport Monthly Pass (opens in new tab).

For just £25 a month, the monthly pass lets you watch March Madness live, including tonight's national championship game, via an app, without tying you into a lengthy contract.

BT Sport Monthly Pass: March Madness for £25 a month (opens in new tab)

BT Sport Monthly Pass: March Madness for £25 a month (opens in new tab)
This UK-only pass gets you full access to all the BT Sport channels for a simple monthly fee. Enjoy March Madness, English Premier League football and much more on through the BT Sport app on smart TVs, mobiles, tablets, consoles, Chromecast or the BT Sport website. No contract, no fuss.

Watch a March Madness live stream in Australia

March Madness live stream: how to watch the 2022 NCAA basketball free online

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Hoops fans in Oz can catch the NCAA college basketball final on Foxtel. Another – cheaper – option is to stream Foxtel via Kayo (opens in new tab), Australia's top sports streaming service.

Kayo is offers new subscribers a 14-day free trial (opens in new tab). After that, membership costs from $25 a month.

Kayo is only available within Australia but you can access your Kayo account from overseas using a VPN (opens in new tab). Details just above.

March Madness live stream in Canada

College basketball fans in Canada can watch 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). 

Again, you'll need to use a VPN (opens in new tab) to watch TSN Direct when travelling outside of Canada.

March Madness 2022: dates, schedule & TV channels

March Madness live stream: how to watch the 2022 NCAA basketball free online

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•             First Four: March 15-16 (TruTV)                     

•             First round: March 17-18 ( CBS, TNT, TBS, and truTV)

•             Second round: March 19-20 ( CBS, TNT, TBS, and truTV)

•             Sweet 16: March 24-25 (TBS and CBS)

•             Elite Eight: March 26-27 (TBS and CBS)

•             Final Four: April 2 (TBS)

•             NCAA championship game: Kansas vs UNC, April 4 (TBS), 9.20pm ET

West Region

  1. Gonzaga
  2. Duke
  3. Texas Tech
  4. Arkansas
  5. UConn
  6. Alabama
  7. Michigan State
  8. Boise State
  9. Memphis
  10. Davidson
  11. Rutgers/Notre Dame
  12. New Mexico State
  13. Vermont
  14. Montana State
  15. Cal State Fullerton
  16. Georgia State

South Region

  1. Arizona
  2. Villanova
  3. Tennessee
  4. Illinois
  5. Houston
  6. Colorado State
  7. Ohio State
  8. Seton Hall
  9. TCU
  10. Loyola Chicago
  11. Michigan
  12. UAB
  13. Chattanooga
  14. Longwood
  15. Delaware
  16. Wright State/Bryant

Midwest Region

  1. Kansas
  2. Auburn
  3. Wisconsin
  4. Providence
  5. Iowa
  6. LSU
  7. USC
  8. San Diego State
  9. Creighton
  10. Miami
  11. Iowa State
  12. Richmond
  13. South Dakota State
  14. Colgate
  15. Jacksonville State
  16. Texas Southern/Texas A&M CC

East Region

  1. Baylor
  2. Kentucky
  3. Purdue
  4. UCLA
  5. Saint Mary’s
  6. Texas
  7. Murray State
  8. North Carolina
  9. Marquette
  10. San Francisco
  11. Virginia Tech
  12. Wyoming/Indiana
  13. Akron
  14. Yale
  15. Saint Peter’s
  16. Norfolk State
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