How to Watch Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament Without Cable

The Big 12 basketball tournament is underway. And it’s pretty easy to watch every game on the ESPN Networks.

You can watch Big 12 basketball games without cable through six live TV streaming services.

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The Big 12 basketball tournament is underway. And it’s pretty easy to watch every game on the ESPN Networks. 

You can watch Big 12 basketball games without cable through six live TV streaming services:  

Between Wednesday, March 8 and Saturday March 11, West Virginia, Texas Tech, Kansas Jayhawks, and Oklahoma State will be among 10 teams meeting for the 2023 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship. The single-elimination tournament is at the T-Mobile Center in Kansas City.

All the major conference teams are competing for an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

DIRECTV STREAM5 days free105
fuboTV7 days free152
Hulu Live TVNo75
Sling TVNo31-41
YouTube TVYes128

How to Watch Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament without cable

You can start streaming every game of the Big 12 Men’s Basketball live. All you need is an Internet connection, a streaming device or Smart TV.

ESPN is your primary network for Big 12 basketball coverage this weekend, but games will also be simulcast on ESPN2, ESPNU and the ESPN app.

A Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Fire Stick or Apple TV all support streaming live TV. Smart TVs by Samsung, Sony Bravia and LG also support most live TV streaming services. Gamers can watch Big 12 basketball on XBox and PlayStation consoles.

Cord-cutters use streaming services to watch a wide variety of cable TV channels that used to be exclusive to companies such as Xfinity, Spectrum and DISH.

ESPN3, ACC Network, Big Ten Network, CBS Sports Network, SEC Network, NBA TV, Longhorn Network, MLB Network, and ESPN Deportes are just some of the sports networks that are available.

Subscribers will also find local broadcast networks such as ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX to watch NCAA basketball and other pro sports.

Some of these services have a free trial that lasts a week without any obligation. Just remember to cancel before the trial ends if you decide that the streaming service isn’t for you.

Sling TV

Sling TV is the cheapest option to watch the Big 12 Men’s Basketball tournament live in 2023. The Sling TV Orange plan includes 32 channels, including ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 and entertainment networks like A&E and History.

A subscription costs $40 per month. Subscribers get 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage.

Sling Blue subscribers do have have access to ESPN, but get NFL Network, FOX Sports 1, and FOX Sports 2. To maximize sports channels, you can combine the Sling TV Blue with Sling TV Orange for $55 per month.

Sling TV works on just about any streaming device: Roku, Firestick, Apple TV and even an Xbox. It is also supported by Samsung Smart TVs and Smart TVs operating on Android TV or Google TV. Sling TV also supports mobile apps for iOS and Android.

Sling TV also has the cheapest sports add-on channel package at $11 per month. That adds networks such as NBA TV, SEC Network and MLB Network.

There are no hidden fees or contracts if you decide to keep the service. You can even use your subscription to activate the ESPN app after you sign up for service. Sling TV is offering half off for the first month of service during the tournament.

You can look over the latest offer Sling TV has for new and returning customers.

YouTube TV

YouTube TV has 128 channels, including ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and NBA TV for $64.99 per month.

The YouTube TV base plan also carries other key sports channels for NBA fans such as TNT. YouTube TV carries regional NBC Sports networks across the U.S., but is missing others such as Bally Sports and YES Network.

Despite those missing RSNs, YouTube TV is still one of the best sports streaming services for your money.

You’ll also be able to watch CNN, Golf Channel and FX. Unlimited Cloud DVR is included with a subscription. And you can create up to 6 profiles for a household per account.

The service works with Chromecast, Roku, Fire TV, NVIDIA Shield TV, Apple TV and Chromecast. Try out YouTube TV free for a week.

fubo TV

fuboTV carries ESPN, ESPN2 and harder-to-find regional sports networks such as NESN, Bally Sports and ROOT Sports Northwest.

The Pro channel package has 152 channels, including local ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX in most areas of the U.S. Food network, HGTV, Big Ten Network and Comedy Central are part of the Pro bundle.

Subscribers get 1,000 hours of Cloud DVR storage. If you miss a game, you can use fuboTV’s “look back” feature to watch sporting events that aired in the last 72 hours.

A subscription costs $74.99 per month. fuboTV has a library of on-demand movies, and TV shows. Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV and Smart TVs all carry the fuboTV app.

Fubo has mobile apps for iPhone and Android so you can watch ESPN live on your smartphone. Subscribers can also watch live TV through their web browser.

You can get a free 7-day trial, or look over the channel lineup for your area.

Hulu Live TV

Hulu Live TV has 75+ live TV channels, including ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN College Extra, and SEC Network.

Hulu with Live TV comes with unlimited Cloud DVR storage so you can record sports, news, movies or whatever else you want. Hulu carries local ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC across the U.S.

You can watch live TV on up to two screens at once.

A subscription costs $69.99 per month, and now includes Disney+ and ESPN+. With a Hulu Live TV subscription, you can activate the ESPN app for ESPN3.

So you’re getting more than just live TV channels to watch.

Hulu’s channel lineup also has local NBC, ABC and FOX stations across the U.S. Hulu no longer offers a free trial for live TV, but you can look over the channel lineup before deciding whether to sign up.


Vidgo lets you live stream ESPN on a Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and iPhone.

If you’re someone who like to weigh in online during sporting events, Vidgo’s mobile app is worth a try because you can participate in ‘watch parties’ for TV shows and sporting events.

The live TV service has 110+ channels, including Big Ten Network, SEC Network, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Goal Line, ESPNU, ESPN2 and ESPNews.

Subscribers get local FOX and ABC affiliates in some markets. A Vidgo subscription costs $64.95 per month. You can look over the channel packages before deciding whether to sign up.


DIRECTV STREAM (formerly AT&T TV) is the only live TV streaming service that carries ESPN and regional Bally Sports Networks.

Across most of the U.S., that combination of sports networks is important if you’re a fan of your local NBA or Major League Baseball team.

The Entertainment plan has ESPN and ESPN2, and it’s the cheapest plan to watch most Big 12 games. 

The Choice plan, which carries 105+ channels including ESPNU, is $99.99 per month. You can sign up for a free 5-day trial without any obligations.

Subscribers can get three months of HBO Max, Showtime, Cinemax and MGM+ for free before the monthly rates kick in.

A&E, History and USA Network are included in the channel lineup. You get unlimited hours of Cloud DVR and 40,000 on-demand movies and shows.

You can watch live TV on up to 20 screens at once. If you have used AT&T TV in the past, then you should be pretty familiar the streaming quality and capabilities of DIRECTV STREAM.

DIRECTV STREAM works on Roku, Android TV, Fire TV devices, Apple TV and smartphones and tablets. Subscriptions run month to month and so you can cancel whenever you want.

You can look over the different channel lineups before deciding whether to sign up.

Watching Big 12 basketball FAQs

These are questions readers ask when searching for how to watch NCAA men’s basketball without a TV provider. 

Where can I watch the Big 12 basketball tournament?

Sling TV is the most affordable option. Sling Orange has 31 channels, including ESPN and ESPN2 for $40 per month. The latest promotion is giving subscribers half off for the first month when they sign up. Subscriptions run month to month without any obligations. 

fuboTV has a free 7-day trial. The Pro plan has 152 channels, including ESPN, ESPN2, local channels and regional sports networks. The Pro plan costs $74.99 per month. The regional sports fee is $10.99 or $13.99 per month, depending on whether you get one or two RSNs. 

DIRECTV STREAM has a 5-day free trial. The Entertainment plan has ESPN and ESPN2, allowing you to watch every game without cable TV. A subscription costs $74.99 per month. There is no obligation to keep a subscription. And you can sign up for free trials of premium networks such as HBO Max and Cinemax.

What channel is Big 12 basketball conference tournament on?

The games are being broadcast on ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN. Games are also being simulcast on the ESPN app through Big 12 Plus. 

All of the Big 12’s games are on Central Time because of venue, including the men’s championship game. Here is the schedule:

First Round: Wednesday, March 8Central
No. 8 West Virginia vs. No. 9 Texas Tech (ESPN2/ESPNU)6:00 p.m.
No. 7 Oklahoma State vs. No. 10 Oklahoma (ESPN2/ESPNU)8:30 p.m.
Quarterfinals: Thursday, March 9
No. 4 Baylor vs. No. 5 Iowa State (ESPN/ESPN2)11:30 a.m.
No. 1 Kansas vs. Game 1 Winner (ESPN/ESPN2)2:00 p.m.
No. 2 Texas vs. Game 2 Winner (ESPN/ESPN2)6:00 p.m.
No. 3 Kansas State vs. No. 6 TCU (ESPN/ESPN2)8:30 p.m.
Semifinals: Friday, March 10
Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner (ESPN/ESPN2)6:00 p.m.
Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner  (ESPN/ESPN2)8:30 p.m.
Championship Game: Saturday, March 11
Game 7 Winner vs. Game 8 Winner (ESPN)5:00 p.m.

What teams are playing in the Big 12 tournament?

There are 10 teams playing at the 2023 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship. Here is the seeding announced by the Big 12 Conference. 

  1. Kansas Jayhawks
  2. Texas Longhorns
  3. Kansas State Wildcats
  4. Baylor Bears
  5. Iowa State Cyclones
  6. TCU Horned Frogs
  7. Oklahoma State Cowboys
  8. West Virginia Mountaineers
  9. Texas Tech Red Raiders
  10. Oklahoma Sooners

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