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March Madness 2024 Final Four: How to watch Purdue vs. NC State, UConn vs. Alabama without cable today

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The Final Four has been decided. No. 1 UConn has dominated throughout the tournament and the Huskies are looking to repeat that. UConn will face No. 4 Alabama in its second Final Four game on Saturday. Today's first game features the Cinderella team of the tournament, No. 11 NC State. The Wolfpack is just the seventh team to reach the Final Four as a double-digit seed. It faces No. 1 Purdue, led by Player of the Year Zach Edey. Both games are on TBS.

Here's everything you need to know for the Final Four and the National Championship game. In short, you only need one $10 per month app – Max (with ads) – to watch the final three games of the tournament.

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Zach Edey and the Purdue Boilermakers will look to advance to the national championship game with a win on Saturday.

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How can I watch or stream March Madness?

At this point in the tournament, you only need one channel – TBS – for the Final Four and championship game.

You can watch TBS with a cable subscription or a live TV streaming service, but the cheapest option is to sign up for a month of Max. The basic, ad-supported streaming service for a maximum of $10 per month lets you watch TBS. Watch broadcasts of both Final Four games on Saturday and the National Championship game on Monday.

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The ad-supported plan for Max costs $10 per month and shows the final three March Madness games on TBS.

Live sports on Max will soon require the $10-per-month B/R Sports add-on, but you won't have to pay for it to watch this year's March Madness games. Warner Bros. Discovery is delaying charging customers the additional option until sometime after the tournament.

Read our Max review.

Save over 40% with Max Annual Plans. For a limited time only.

Is there a free trial of Max?

No, Max does not offer a free trial. However, the streaming service offers a 40% discount for the first year if you take out an annual subscription. For the “With Ads” version, that would be $70 per year, which is $5.83 per month.

What devices can I watch March Madness on?

You'll find an app for the Max streaming service that you can watch on an iPhone or Android phone, as well as an iPad, Android tablet, or Amazon Fire tablet. Max is also available on mainstream streaming platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, Android TV/Google TV and Fire TV, as well as smart TVs from major manufacturers LG, Samsung and Vizio. It is also accessible via Xbox and PlayStation gaming consoles.

For more details, see the full list of supported devices for Max.

What is the March Madness schedule for the Final Four?

Here is the schedule for Saturday's games (all times ET).

Saturday April 6th

  • No. 11 NC State vs. No. 1 Purdue, 6:09 p.m. on TBS
  • No. 4 Alabama vs. No. 1 UConn, 8:49 p.m. on TBS

What is the March Madness schedule?

Here is the remaining schedule, round by round:

  • Final Four: Saturday, April 6th
  • NCAA Championship Game: Monday, April 8

What is the best live TV streaming service for March Madness?

After Max at $10 per month, Sling TV at $40 per month is the second cheapest option to watch the Final Four and National Championship on TBS.

With its multi-view feature, YouTube TV was a good choice at the start of the tournament if you wanted to watch more than one game at a time, but that's not a problem at this stage of the tournament where only one game is being played at a time. YouTube TV, along with Hulu, offers Live TV and DirecTV Stream TBS.

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Sling TV's Blue plan for $40 per month includes TBS, which is good for both Final Four games and the national championship game.

Read our Sling TV review.

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Can I stream March Madness for free?

Visit the NCAA's March Madness Live website or use the March Madness Live app to watch games for free. You can watch March Madness Live on iOS and Android devices along with Apple TV, Roku, Fire TV and Xbox. The app also supports AirPlay and Chromecast.

As with most free things, there is a catch. Without proving you're a pay-TV subscriber, you'll only get a three-hour preview. You will then need to log in to continue watching.

All of the live TV streaming services above offer free trials, allow cancellation at any time, and require a solid internet connection. Are you looking for more information? Check out our guide to live TV streaming services.