Watch 2024 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament Live on TV

Catch all the action of the 2024 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament with streaming services and free viewing options. Peacock and Paramount+ are among the affordable ways to watch your favorite teams. CBS and Big Ten Network are still key channels.

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The 2024 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament is set from March 13-17 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

Fans can catch the first two games exclusively on Peacock. The second round and quarter finals will air on the Big Ten Network channel. The semifinals and championship game will air on CBS.

You can also stream games airing on Big Ten Network through the Fox Sports app if you have cable or another streaming subscription that carries BTN in its channel lineup.

Cheering for teams such as Minnesota, Illinois, or Ohio State? This guide shows how to follow the Men’s Big Ten Basketball Tournament. Below, you’ll find a schedule of the Big Ten NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament and viewing options.

How & Where to Watch the 2024 Big Ten Tournament

Peacock’s Premium plan, at $5.99 per month, offers Game 1 and Game 2 exclusively. For other games, turn to the Big Ten Network and CBS for the semifinals and championship game. Some services may offer free trials for new subscribers.

ServiceFree TrialPrice/MonthKey Channels
Peacock PremiumNo$5.99Big Ten Tournament Games 1 & 2
Sling TVYes$40 + $11 (Sports Extra)Big Ten Network (with Sports Extra), No CBS
Hulu Live TVYes$76.99CBS, Big Ten Network, ESPN, FS1
DIRECTV STREAMYesVaries ($79.99 – $164.99)CBS, Big Ten Network, ESPN, FS1
FuboYes$79.99 (Pro package)CBS, Big Ten Network, FS1
YouTube TVYes$72.99CBS, Big Ten Network, ESPN

Recommendations for Live Streaming

  • Sling TV: A wallet-friendly choice at $40 per month. Add $11 for the Sports Extra bundle to get Big Ten Network and more sports channels. You won’t have CBS, but you can use a TV antenna to watch on a local station.
  • Hulu Live TV costs $76.99 per month. It’s a broader sports package including Big Ten Network, CBS, ESPN, ESPN+, FS1, and FOX plus entertainment and news channels with unlimited DVR.

Watch Big Ten Tournament channel on DIRECTV STREAM

DIRECTV STREAM, previously known as AT&T TV, includes channels like the Big Ten Network, ESPN, FS1, as well as local stations such as CBS and FOX. 

This channel lineup covers the Big 10 tournament games and major league sports like the NBA and NFL.

This year, you can subscribe to the new Sports Pack, which costs $14.99 per month, and adds 23 more channels including Big Ten Network. This new option can be added to the entry-level Entertainment plan, which costs $79.99 per month on its own.

The Choice package has over 105 channels at $108.99 per month, featuring a diverse range of 40 regional sports networks, including Bally Sports and NBC Sports.

For those deeply invested in sports, DIRECTV STREAM presents a comprehensive selection of national and regional sports channels. Its broad channel offering comes at a higher cost compared to Sling TV, targeting viewers looking for extensive sports coverage.

The Ultimate package offers more than 140 channels, including sports networks like the NHL Network, priced at $119.99 per month. The Premier Package has 150 channels, featuring premium options such as Max, Cinemax, and Showtime, at $164.99 per month.

These packages closely match DIRECTV’s satellite service offerings, with minor pricing differences.

New subscribers can get three months free of Max, Showtime, Cinemax, and MGM+ before standard rates apply. All plans include unlimited Cloud DVR storage and access to over 40,000 on-demand titles. You can watch live TV across unlimited devices at home.

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Device support: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Chromecast with Google TV along with Smart TVs by Samsung, Sony Bravia

Sling TV: Stream Big Ten Tournament with Loud Budgeting

Sling TV is your most affordable bet for catching the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament in 2024. 

Remember, to access the Big Ten Network channel, you’ll need the Sports Extra bundle with the Blue package. The basic Blue plan is $40 per month, with Sports Extra costing an additional $11 per month. Every subscription includes 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage.

Sling Blue offers NFL Network, FOX Sports 1, and FOX Sports 2. For the broadest sports coverage, combine Sling TV Blue and Orange for $55 per month.

The Orange plan includes 32 channels, such as ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN3, along with entertainment networks like A&E and History. Sling TV has key sports channels at a lower price than Hulu Live TV, but lacks any coverage for CBS, a key broadcast network for the tournament. 

Even without CBS, it’s a smart pick for those using a TV antenna for local broadcasts and supports nearly any streaming device.

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Blue$40/month41 (Locals included)
Orange + Blue$55/month88
Device support: AirTV Mini, Amazon Echo Show, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast along with Smart TVs from LG, Samsung, Sony Bravia and VIZIO SmartCast.

Fubo: Watch Big Ten Tourney on BTN and CBS

Fubo has Big Ten Networks, and locals such as CBS so you can watch every game during the Big Ten tournament. 

This live TV service has been known for its long roster of regional sports networks like NESN, Bally Sports, and ROOT Sports Northwest. 

The Pro package features 182 channels, including Big Ten Network and FS1, for $79.99 per month. Subscribers enjoy 1,000 hours of Cloud DVR storage and a “look back” feature.

The Elite plan, at $89.99 per month, adds 65 more sports and entertainment channels. The Premier plan has about 231 channels, including a number of live Showtime networks, for $99.99 per month.

Fubo Extra and Sports Plus bundles let you customize your channel lineup, adding networks like NBA TV, and NFL RedZone.

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Elite $89.99/month255
Premier$99.99/month264 & Showtime
Device support: Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast with Google TV, Xbox One, along with Smart TVs by Hisense, Samsung, LG, Sony Bravia and VIZIO SmartCast TV. Android, iPhones and iPads with current iOS.

Hulu Live TV: Watch Big Ten Network and CBS for Big Ten game coverage

Hulu Live TV offers 90 live TV channels, featuring ESPN, Big Ten Network, CBS, and more. 

It provides a singular plan allowing live viewing on two screens simultaneously. Subscribers get unlimited Cloud DVR storage for recording a variety of content. Hulu includes local channels like ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC nationwide.

This service suits households looking for a diverse selection of sports, entertainment, and news without needing additional packages. Hulu Live TV is priced at $76.99 per month and includes Disney+ and ESPN+, enhancing its sports content significantly, especially for college football fans with access to over 500 live games on ESPN Plus.

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Hulu (With Ads) + Live TV, Disney+ (With Ads) and ESPN+ (With Ads)$76.99/month90+
Hulu (No Ads) + Live TV, Disney+ (No Ads) and ESPN+ (With Ads)$89.99/month90+
Device support: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Chromecast with Google TV along with Smart TVs by Samsung, VIZIO SmartCast, Sony Bravia, PlayStation, XBox, Xfinity Flex and Xumo TV.

YouTube TV: Streaming Big Ten Tournament Games Without Cable

YouTube TV boasts 128 channels, including the Big Ten Network, ESPN, and local channels such as ABC and CBS, at $72.99 per month. Its base plan features essential sports channels and family-friendly options like CNN, Golf Channel, and Nickelodeon.

Subscribers get unlimited Cloud DVR and can create six profiles per account, making it a strong option for family or group settings. While similar in price to Hulu Live TV, YouTube TV has a slightly larger channel lineup but lacks the extra perks of Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu’s library.

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YouTube TV$72.99/month128
Device support: Android TV, Google TV, Smart TVs by Samsung, LG, VIZIO, Hisense, Sharp and Sony; Chromecast, Google TV, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Xbox, PlayStation and Google Nest Hub; Android and iOS devices.

Peacock: Watch Exclusive Big Ten Tournament Games

Peacock streams a variety of sporting events, including Big Ten Conference basketball games. The Premium plan, at $5.99 per month, lets you watch these live games.

For extended access, Peacock Premium Plus provides 24/7 entry to local NBC stations for $11.99 per month, covering all 210 NBC affiliates. This option is ideal for fans of shows like “The Voice” and “One Chicago”, offering both live and on-demand viewing.

The service carries live sports broadcasts of Sunday Night Football, Notre Dame Football, the Premier League, and more. For viewers interested in NBC’s programming but not live TV, the Premium plan grants access to Peacock Originals, NBC News Now, and Hallmark Channel, along with on-demand content from MSNBC.

While Peacock may offer a narrower selection than services like Hulu Live TV, it stands out for devotees of NBC sports and entertainment, featuring entire seasons of hit series such as “Saturday Night Live,” “Yellowstone,” and “The Office.”

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Premium Plus$11.99/mo.NBC live & on-demand
Device support: Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, LG Smart TV, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Samsung TV, Hisense VIDA, VIZIO Smart TV, Xfinity Flex.

Paramount+: Streaming Big Ten Tournament games on CBS

Paramount+ is the cheapest way to watch Big Ten basketball Tournament games that air on CBS if you aren’t using a TV antenna.

You will need to subscribe to the Paramount+ with Showtime plan, which costs $11.99 per month.  Subscribers to the Paramount Plus with Showtime get a local CBS station, the full Showtime library, and 4K HDR streaming for $11.99 per month.

Keep in mind that CBS airs for several college basketball conferences. Big Ten, Missouri Valley, Atlantic 10, Southeastern, Big 12, Big East, Mountain West, and the Pac-12 are among the conferences carried on CBS and streamed on Paramount+. 

Other live sports under the Showtime plan include the PGA Tour, Champions League soccer, and SEC Football on CBS.

First launched as CBS All Access, this streaming service now has a growing library of movies, live news, and full seasons of TV shows from CBS, BET, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon and Smithsonian Channel.

Subscribers can stream up three shows simultaneously on separate devices.

With Showtime$11.99/moCBS Live & Showtime
Device support: Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, Android TV, Android phone, Android tablet, Chromecast, Fire TV, Portal TV, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, PCs, Samsung TV, Vizio TV, LG TV, Roku, Xbox, Xfinity, Xumo, Cox Contour box, VIDAA TV, Google TV.

Big Ten Basketball Tournament Schedule 2024

Here is a day-by-day breakdown of every NCAA Men’s Big Ten Basketball Tournament game, so you don’t have to wonder what channel the game is on.

Wednesday, March 13 – First Round

  • Game 1: 12 seed vs. 13 seed – 6:30 p.m. (Peacock)
  • Game 2: 11 seed vs. #14 Michigan – 8 p.m. (Peacock)

Thursday, March 14 – Second Round

  • Game 3: 8 seed vs. 9 seed – 6:30 p.m. (BTN/FOX Sports App)
  • Game 4: 5 seed vs. Game 1 winner – 8 p.m. (BTN/FOX Sports App)
  • Game 5: 7 seed vs. 10 seed – 6:30 p.m. (BTN/FOX Sports App)
  • Game 6: 6 seed vs. Game 2 winner – 8 p.m. (BTN/FOX Sports App)

Friday, March 15 – Quarterfinals

  • Game 7: #1 Purdue vs. Game 3 winner – 6:30 p.m. (BTN/FOX Sports App)
  • Game 8: 4 seed vs. Game 4 winner – 8 p.m. (BTN/FOX Sports App)
  • Game 9: #2 Illinois vs. Game 5 winner – 6:30 p.m. (BTN/FOX Sports App)
  • Game 10: 3 seed vs. Game 6 winner – 8 p.m. (BTN/FOX Sports App)

Saturday, March 16 – Semi-finals

  • Game 11: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner – 6:30 p.m. (CBS)
  • Game 12: Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner – 8 p.m. (CBS)

Sunday, March 17 – Championship Game

  • Game 13: Game 11 winner vs. Game 12 winner – 6:30 p.m. (CBS)

FAQs: Watching Big Ten Basketball 2024

Is Big Ten Basketball Tournament on the Max Sports Add-on? 

No, Max does not feature Big Ten Basketball. Games air primarily on CBS, and Big Ten Network.

Can I watch Big Ten Basketball Tournament on Amazon Prime? 

Amazon Prime does not host the tournament. It offers other live sports, like “Thursday Night Football.”

What channel will broadcast the Big Ten Men’s basketball tournament? 

Big Ten Network and CBS are the two main channels for the 2024 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament. BTN games are also available on the FOX Sports app with a TV provider.

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