March Madness sees sixty-four teams enter the NCAA Men’s College Basketball tournament, where the last two teams remaining will do battle for the ultimate prize in men’s college basketball, the Division 1 National Championship. This year’s tournament will feature a dominant Duke side, led by likely number one draft pick Zion Williamson, as well as a number of other college basketball powerhouses including the likes of North Carolina, Kentucky and Virginia.
Australian fans will be able to catch a great number of games at a good hour, with the last tip-off of each day broadcast at nearly 1pm Sydney time, and you won’t miss a minute of this exciting collegiate basketball action when watching live on a standard or HD TV, or streaming matches to a mobile device with a Free trial.
NCAA 2019 Championship Preview
March Madness is the elimination tournament that sorts out the contenders from the pretenders when it comes to College Basketball in the United States. Its win or go home format makes every match a spectacular sight, as it progresses through each round until the “Final Four” is held, leaving just two survivors to contest the Championship game on April 9th (Sydney time) at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where future NBA stars will collide.
Every year brings with it the promise of something new, as we saw last year when UMBC became the first number 16 seed to beat the top seed, blowing out Virginia 74-54 in an incredible upset. The Final Four games bring an enormous number of fans through the gates, with just under 70,000 basketball enthusiasts attending each one of the National semifinals and the National Championship game in San Antonio.
NCAA Tournament Schedule (Sydney time)
Rounds 1 and 2: March 23-26
Sweet Sixteen: March 29-30
Elite Eight: March 31 from -April 1
Final Four: April 7 from 8am – 12.50pm (Sydney time)
Championship Game: April 9 at 11am (Sydney time)
Unsurprisingly, Duke will head into the NCAA tournament as the team to beat. Boasting one of the best college prospects since LeBron James in Zion Williamson, probable number two pick in RJ Barrett, and possibly the third pick in this year’s NBA draft Cam Reddish (potentially the top three picks), they have been dominant all season and will be a tough out, but NCAA Men’s history has shown that anything is possible. Among their major challengers include a Gonzaga team full of offensive weapons, one of the best defensive outfits in the country, Virginia, looking to atone for their extraordinary loss to UMBC last year, as well as an Auburn Tigers’ squad who’ll be looking to gain the Final Four for the first time in team history.
NCAA Men’s Live Australian TV Fixtures (Sydney time)
Tuesday April 9 LIVE: Texas Tech (3) v Virginia (1) at 11.20am (Foxtel/Kayo)
Tuesday April 9 replay: Texas Tech v Virginia from 6pm-8pm (Foxtel/Kayo)
Shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. March Madness replays to be daily across ESPN and ESPN 2 of Australia.
NCAA Men’s Live Streaming
While you won’t find the NCAA Men’s Championship on Free to Air, ESPN (Foxtel/Kayo) will provide Australian fans complete Live coverage of this exciting event, including the option to watch NCAA basketball online.
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