The big 2019 Big 12 tournament.begins March 19, but die-hard fans can get a preview, with the NCAA's conference championships happening this week. One of them is the
The Big 12 Conference is home to Texas Tech, who went went on a Cinderella run in last year's NCAA tournament to advance to the Elite Eight, where they fell to Villanova. This year they're the Big 12 Tournament's No. 1 seed and scheduled to play Thursday, along with Kansas State, Kansas and Baylor.
Before that happens the lower-ranked teams -- seeds 7-10 -- will face off starting Wednesday, March 13. The Big 12 tournament wraps up Saturday, March 16, leading up to March Madness, March 17.
So how can you polish up your bracketology and watch all that Big 12 action this year? It's all on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU, and thanks to , you can watch even if don't have a cable subscription. Here's how.
Other 2019 NCAA Basketball Conference Championships
When are the Big 12 tournament games on?
With 10 teams invited to battle it out in the Big 12, the NCAA holds three rounds leading up to the championship. (All times in ET.)
March 13: First round
Game 1: No. 8 TCU vs. No. 9 Oklahoma State at 7 p.m. on ESPNU
Game 2: No. 7 Oklahoma vs. No. 10 West Virginia at 9 p.m. on ESPNU
March 14: Quarterfinals
Game 3: No. 4 Baylor vs. No. 5 Iowa State at 12:30 p.m. on ESPN2
Game 4: No. 1 Kansas State vs. Game 1 winner at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN2
Game 5: No. 2 Texas Tech vs. Game 2 winner at 7 p.m. on ESPN2
Game 6: No. 3 Kansas vs. No. 6 Texas at 9 p.m. on ESPN2
March 15: Semifinals
Game 7: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner at 7 p.m. on ESPN2
Game 8: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner at 9 p.m. on ESPN2
March 16: Championship
Game 9: 6 p.m. on ESPN
How can I watch the games live?
Many cable and satellite providers have ESPN, ESPN 2 and ESPNU, but if you don't have cable, you can use a TV streaming service to watch the games live. Every major service, except for Sling Blue and FuboTV, carries all three.
First, some notes on live TV streaming services:
- You'll need a solid internet connection.
- You can watch any of them on TV as long as your smart TV has the service's app. You can also watch on your TV using a media streamer, including Roku, Fire TV ($49 at Best Buy), Apple TV and Chromecast ($55 at eBay).
- You can also watch on phones and tablets and PC browsers. , Android
- You can sign up and cancel anytime, no contract required.
- All of them offer free trial periods, so you can sign up to watch the tournament and then cancel.
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Sling TV Orange ($25)
Sling TV costs $25 a month for Sling Orange, which includes ESPN and ESPN2, and it's running a special right now that gives gives you the first three months for $15 each. To get ESPNU you'll need the Sports Extra package, which adds another $5 per month.
YouTube TV ($40)
YouTube TV costs $40 a month and includes ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU.
Hulu with Live TV ($45)
Hulu with Live TV costs $45 a month and includes ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU.
PlayStation Vue ($50)
PlayStation Vue's $50 Core plan includes ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU.
DirectTV Now ($55)
DirecTV Now's Just Right package is $55 a month and includes ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU.