The field is finally set for the 2019 Big Ten Basketball Tournament, which will take place in Chicago after a two-year East Coast stint. The battle starts Wednesday, March 13 and runs all the way through Sunday, March 17. Michigan State, Purdue, Michigan, and Wisconsin are in the top four, with Michigan State and Purdue sharing the regular-season title. Still, the Windy City may just throw a few surprises our way during the five-day-long tournament, which features some of the top programs in the country.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch the 2019 Big Ten tournament for free.
What channel is the 2019 Big Ten Basketball Tournament on?
Games taking place March 13-15 will stream on Big Ten Network. The semifinals and championship game will stream on CBS Sports.
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How to watch 2019 Big Ten Men’s tournament online for free
Big Ten Network and CBS Sports are available on most of the major live TV streaming services. When deciding which one is best for you, you’ll want to weigh the cost, the other channels you’ll receive, and the compatible devices for streaming. Thankfully, no matter which service you decide to try, you’ll be able to start with a one-week trial, so you can watch the Big Ten tournament online for free. For a more complete rundown of streaming services, check out our guide to Sling TV competitors.
- Cost: $44.95 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)
Hulu with Live TV is one of the most popular ways to stream live TV, perhaps because you gain access to a massive library of on-demand content including classic and current TV shows, movies, not to menti0n Hulu’s original programming. As far as live-streaming goes, you’ll have almost 60 channels to flip through, including HGTV, a full suite of ESPN channels, Cartoon Network, FX, and even deep cuts like Nat Geo Wild and Syfy. Importantly, you’ll get both Big Ten Network and CBS Sports. (Here’s the complete list of Hulu Live TV channels.)
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- Cost: $44.99-$79.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- PlayStation Vue devices: PlayStation 3 and 4, Roku, Amazon Fire, Google Chromecast, Kodi, iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
If you have a PS4 and are into the idea of having your gaming and streaming needs met in the same place, PlayStation Vue is made for you. Jumping from your favorite game to your favorite show is seamless, and controlling it is as intuitive as playing an actual game. Your PS4 controller is your remote, after all. Still, you don’t need a PS4 to enjoy this service. You can also use a Roku, Amazon Fire devices, and even Kodi. To gain access to Big Ten Network and CBS Sports, you’ll need to upgrade to PlayStation Vue’s Core plan, which runs $49.99 per month. One subscription works with up to five devices, all with unlimited cloud DVR storage making it one of the most binge-friendly solutions. (Here are all of PlayStation Vue channels.)
- Cost: $44.99 for your first month and $54.99 per month thereafter (after a 7-day free trial)
- FuboTV devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: ABC, Fox, NBC, CBS, the CW (in some markets) (check local availability here)
FuboTV was built from the ground up with sports fans in mind. There are different channel packages available whether you’re looking for basketball, soccer, golf, and even outdoor sports like rock climbing. But no worries, all the great cable channels you’re after are present too, including Viceland, Bravo, TBS, and IFC. Plus, it comes with four channels of the Big Ten Network and CBS Sports, so you can catch every single game of the Big Ten Basketball Tournament. (Here’s the complete FuboTV channels list.)
4) YouTube TV
- Cost: $49.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- YouTube TV devices: Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iOS, and Android devices
- Local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
YouTube TV is a great solution for families because one subscription can add up to six accounts. Each account comes with unlimited cloud DVR. There are sports channels like NBCSN, NBA TV, and four ESPN channels, not to mention Big Ten Network and CBS Sports. Disney, Disney XD, Disney Junior, and Cartoon Network will keep any kid (or kid at heart) busy for hours. It also comes with a few Spanish-language channels like Telemundo and NBC Universo. AMC, BBC America, and IFC are there too, so you won’t miss out on all that prestige TV. (You can find the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)
5) DirecTV Now
- Cost: $40-$75 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- DirecTV Now devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and Amazon Fire Stick
- Local channels: ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check local availability)
Cable giant DirecTV offers its own online streaming solution with DirecTV Now. For those who need a pile of channels, DirecTV Now offers upwards of 125 channels in its most expensive package, in case you want to relive the days of endless surfing. To gain access to both Big Ten Network and CBS Sports, you’ll need to upgrade to the $65 per month Go Big plan, which comes with over 105 channels. (You can find the full list of DirecTV Now channels here.)
2019 Big Ten Basketball Tournament schedule
All times CT.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
- Game 1: 5:30pm, Rutgers (no. 12 seed) vs. Nebraska (no. 13 seed)| Big Ten Network
- Game 2: 8pm, Illinois (no. 11 seed) vs. Northwestern (no. 14 seed) | Big Ten Network
Thursday, March 14, 2019
- Game 3: 11:30am, Ohio State (no. 8 seed) vs. Number 9 seed Indiana (no. 9 seed) | Big Ten Network
- Game 4:25 min after Game 3 conclusion, Maryland (no. 5 seed) vs. Game 1 winner| Big Ten Network
- Game 5: 6pm, Minnesota (no. 7 seed) vs. Penn State (no. 10 seed) | Big Ten Network
- Game 6: 25 min after Game 5 conclusion, Iowa (no. 6 seed) vs. Game 2 winner | Big Ten Network
Friday, March 15, 2019
- Game 7: 11:30am, Michigan State (no. 1 seed) vs. Game 3 winner | Big Ten Network )
- Game 8: 25 min after Game 7 concludes, Wisconsin (no. 4 seed) vs. Game 4 winner | Big Ten Network
- Game 9: 6pm, Purdue (no. 2 seed) vs. Game 5 winner | Big Ten Network
- Game 10: 25 min after Game 9 concludes, Michigan (no. 3 seed) vs. Game 6 winner| Big Ten Network
Saturday, March 16, 2019
- Game 11: 12pm, Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner | CBS Sports
- Game 12: 2:30pm, Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner | CBS Sports
Sunday, March 17, 2019
- Game 13: 2:30pm, Championship Game| CBS Sports
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