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DISH Sports Channels Are Your Ticket to March Madness 2017

by Andrew


Posted on March 15, 2017



The month of March is made for college basketball. Even the most casual fans of the sport turn to it this month to follow the NCAA Tournament, AKA the Big Dance. The 2017 version will be no different, as this season's collegiate teams are immensely exciting, with elite talent and a thread of parity at the top of the standings that makes it feel like anyone can win.

Hopefully you already have DISH Network for March Madness 2017. If not, you better get signed up quickly! There is no better way to watch and follow college basketball's biggest month than with DISH sports channels.

March Madness Channel Surfing

The channels you need will be right at your fingertips. The NCAA Tournament relies on a collection of channels to stream every game live. But that is just for pure game action. What about everything else that true sports fans need to follow college basketball? DISH has you covered there as well.

With the NCAA Tournament, everything begins with CBS. That is the channel where the bracket was revealed. It is the channel where all the biggest games will be televised. From there, Turner has you covered. TBS, TNT, and TruTV pick up the rest of the action. When the NCAA came to this agreement with CBS and Turner a few years back, it was a godsend. No longer would fans be at the mercy of the television production to switch back and forth between exciting finishes. Now, the entire tournament would be in the hands of the customer. Follow your bracket's favorites and Cinderellas wherever and whenever they may be playing, whether that is Duke, North Carolina, Gonzaga, or even the Vermont Catamounts.

But DISH isn't just about the main sports channels. It also offers fans a wide array of specialty channels that can't be viewed from an old antenna or bare-bones cable subscription.

Find the Best Games with DISH Network Sports Channels

Many conferences now offer their own stations, and DISH has them all: the Big Ten Network, the SEC Network, the Pac-12 Network, even the Longhorn Network. After falling in the Big 12 conference tournament to West Virginia, the Texas Longhorns will not see any action in the NCAA Tournament this March, but fans and past attendees of the school can keep up with their club just the same. Head coach Shaka Smart had found oodles of success at his past stop in VCU, where he brought the Rams to five tourney berths and one Final Four in six seasons. It seems like just a matter of time before he turns around the Texas program as well.

The Big Ten, SEC, and Pac-12 Networks should be more catered to Tournament action. Any of the three have a slew of teams primed to challenge for their own Final Four berths near the end of the month.

The Big Ten had eight schools finish with at least 10 conference wins this regular season. The conference is incredibly balanced at the top. There is no telling how far some of the elite squads could go. Purdue and Wisconsin probably have the highest upside, but Maryland, Michigan, and others could create havoc. Even Northwestern, who is making its first NCAA Tournament berth in school history in 2016-17, has a fighting chance of doing damage.

The SEC is more top-heavy, led by the Kentucky Wildcats once again. It seems like UK leads this group every year, and head coach John Calipari has them ready to battle in the postseason again. Two freshmen highlight Kentucky's attack: point guard De'Aaron Fox and wing Malik Monk. Each is a likely NBA lottery pick later this summer, but they have work to do first against fellow college students.

And in the Pac-12, we have three of the best 10 teams in the country all entering the tournament together. Arizona, Oregon, and UCLA have immense talent, experience and star power. There is, perhaps, no better trio in any other conference in the country.

The Arizona Wildcats run nine deep, and they are all supremely gifted. Perhaps no one more so than Finnish freshman Lauri Markkanen: a seven-footer who can step out and hit threes. The Cats just knocked off Oregon to win the Pac-12 Tournament. Don't count out the Ducks for the Big Dance, though. It hurts that Chris Boucher will not play again this season thanks to a torn ACL, but Oregon still has weapons. And then there are the Bruins, who may be the best of the bunch! UCLA's prolific offense is led by freshman phenom Lonzo Ball. He may hear his named called as the first pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, but first he'll attempt to put up double-doubles in the NCAA.

Home or On the Road

If DISH supplying all those viewing locales wasn't enough, it also brings viewers incredible versatility in viewing options. The Dish Anywhere app has you covered. It allows fans to watch and/or record college basketball tournament games. This means, as long as you have access to an internet connection, the games are always accessible. Whether that means through a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or home PC, DISH is never out of reach.

DISH apps go further than that too, if you can believe it. With Game Finder, fans can search for specific teams or matchups, follow stats and scores lives, and even follow real-time excitement rankings to tune in to the best games of the day. There really is no better coverage this March than what DISH Network offers.

There are pricing options that make this a fair and unbeatable bargain, especially for those with the TV to capture the beautiful 4K ultra high-definition streaming picture DISH can deliver. While your friends are forced to go out to a bar or gather around and old cable service, be the king or queen of March Madness with DISH.

Get Prepared for March Madness 2017

Make sure you have all the sports channels you need by ordering DISH Network satellite TV today! Check our our selection of DISH TV packages or head straight to our Order DISH page to find the right package for you.