Northeastern celebrates its NCAA berth after winning the Colonial Athletic Association tournament. (Mic Smith/Associated Press)

Here we go again. You’d think that people would remember how and where to find truTV when the NCAA tournament begins. (Hint: Apply thumb to remote control or “clicker.” Or look for it nestled among the Turner channel options on your viewer’s guide. Or simply go to the same place you usually go to watch “Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks.”)

By now you are at least dimly aware of the Turner channel, which made the switch from the gritty Court TV to a yuks-apalooza a few years ago. You also know that it’s the place to be for college basketball, or at least for nine games over the first four days of March Madness. (And for the play-in games, which are already concluded.) As always, we’re here to help you navigate your machine so that you don’t end up watching the Property Brothers on HGTV (not that there’s anything wrong with that).

What channel is truTV?

  • AT&T U-Verse: Channel 164/1164 HD (Full listings here)
  • DirecTV: Channel 246 (Full listings here)
  • Dish Network: Channel 242 (Full listings here)
  • Verizon Fios: Channel 183/683 HD (Full listings here)
  • Spectrum/Time Warner Cable: Varies by location (Area code search)
  • Xfinity: Varies by location (Area code search)
  • Streaming: March Madness Live (The first three hours on truTV, TBS and TNT are free. CBS games do not count toward the three-hour preview.)
  • fuboTV: Sign up for a free seven-day trial.

Here’s a guide to the tournament’s first weekend on truTV (all times are Eastern):


No. 14 Yale vs. No. 3 LSU, 12:40 p.m.

No. 11 Belmont vs. No. 6 Maryland, approx. 3:10 p.m.

No. 16 Fairleigh Dickinson vs. No. 1 Gonzaga, 7:27 p.m.

No. 9 Baylor vs. No. 8 Syracuse, approx. 9:57 p.m.


No. 9 Oklahoma vs. No. 8 Ole Miss, 12:40 p.m.

No. 16 Gardner-Webb vs. No. 1 Virginia, approx. 3:10

No. 12 Liberty vs. No. 5 Mississippi State, 7:27 p.m.

No. 13 Saint Louis vs. No. 4 Virginia Tech, approx. 9:57


No games on truTV. Enjoy an “Impractical Jokers” binge-athon.


Teams TBD, approx. 7:30

And with that, truTV’s coverage of the tournament will end. We’ll see you back here in 12 months at “What channel is truTV?”

More NCAA tournament coverage:

NCAA tournament cheat sheet: Bracket tips, upsets and more

Analysis: The four best bets to win it all

Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith rile up college basketball fans. They don’t care.

How Mike Krzyzewski mastered the one-and-done era

Houston Coach Kelvin Sampson outworked his shame

A reporter wouldn’t hype Bradley University’s ‘brand,’ so it pulled his basketball credential

John Feinstein: When you’re Colgate, there’s only one Adonal Foyle, and no shortcuts back to March Madness