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Big 12 tournament 2019 schedule: How to watch NCAA basketball games without cable

Fans of Texas Tech, Kansas State, Baylor and more can catch the men's basketball tournament on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU starting March 13.

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The big March Madness basketball 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 2019 Big 12 tournament

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 Selection Sunday, 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 live TV streaming services, you can watch even if don't have a cable subscription. Here's how.

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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:

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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 costs $40 a month and includes ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU.

Hulu with Live TV costs $45 a month and includes ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU.

PlayStation Vue's $50 Core plan includes ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU.

DirecTV Now's Just Right package is $55 a month and includes ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU.