Watch the men’s basketball tournament on ESPN and ESPN2 starting March 12.

North Carolina v Duke
Duke’s Zion Williamson, the ACC Player of the Year, could be a huge factor in the tournament if he comes back from injury to play.

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Before the big March Madness tourney starting later this month, there’s a slate of conference championships happening this week. One of the first up is the 2019 ACC tournament.

The Atlantic Coast Conference is home to some of the biggest powers in college basketball, and as with the main tournament, the looming question is whether Duke’s star forward Zion Williamson will play. We’ll find out for sure Thursday when the Blue Devils, along with number one seed Virginia and number two seed North Carolina, are all scheduled to play.

Before that happens, the lower-ranked teams — seeds 10-15 ranked teams will face off starting Tuesday March 12. The ACC tournament wraps up Saturday March 16, leading up to March Madness Selection Sunday March 17.

So how can you watch all that ACC action this year? It’s all on ESPN and ESPN 2, and thanks to live TV streaming services, you can watch even if don’t have a cable subscription. Here’s how.

When are the ACC tournament games on?

With 15 teams invited to battle it out in the ACC, the NCAA holds four rounds leading up to the championship.

March 12: First Round

Game 1: No. 12 Miami vs. No. 13 Wake Forest at noon on ESPN
Game 2: No. 10 Georgia Tech vs. No. 15 Notre Dame at 2 p.m. on ESPN
Game 3: No. 11 Boston College vs. No. 14 Pitt at 7 p.m. on ESPN

March 13: Second Round

Game 4: No. 8 NC State vs. No. 9 Clemson at noon on ESPN
Game 5: No. 5 Virginia Tech vs. Tuesday noon winner at 2 p.m. on ESPN
Game 6: No. 7 Louisville vs. Tuesday 2 p.m. winner at 7 p.m. on ESPN2
Game 7: No. 6 Syracuse vs. Tuesday 7 p.m. winner at 9 p.m. on ESPN2

March 14: Quarterfinals

Game 8: No. 1 Virginia vs. Wednesday noon winner at 12:30 p.m. on ESPN
Game 9: No. 4 Florida State vs. Wednesday 2 p.m. winner at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN
Game 10: No. 2 North Carolina vs. Wednesday 7 p.m. winner at 7 p.m. on ESPN
Game 11: No. 3 Duke vs. Wednesday 9 p.m. winner at 9 p.m. on ESPN

March 15: Semifinals

Game 12: Game 8 winner vs. Game 9 winner at 7 p.m. on ESPN
Game 13: Game 10 winner vs. Game 11 winner at 9 p.m. on ESPN

March 16: Championship

Game 14 at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

How can I watch the games live?

Just about every cable and satellite service has ESPN and ESPN 2, but if you don’t have cable can use a livestreaming service to watch live. Every major service except for Sling Blue and FuboTV carries both.

First, some notes on live TV streaming services:

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Sling TV Orange ($25)

Sling TV costs $25 a month for Sling Orange, which includes ESPN and ESPN2. It’s also running a special right how that gives gives you the first three months for $15 each.


DirectTV Now ($40)

DirecTV Now’s Live a Little package is $40 a month and includes ESPN and ESPN2.


YouTube TV ($40)

YouTube TV costs $40 a month and includes ESPN and ESPN2.


Hulu with Live TV ($45)

Hulu with Live TV costs $45 a month and includes ESPN and ESPN2.


PlayStation Vue ($45)

PlayStation Vue’s $45 Access plan includes ESPN and ESPN2.



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