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Here’s where to find NCAA first-round games not shown live on ESPNU

In ESPN’s coverage of the NCAA tournament this season, four first-round games are not being shown live on ESPNU, only on the network’s internet platform, WatchESPN (formerly known as ESPN3.com).

Those games, however, are available to local and regional sports networks for syndication.

Here’s a list of the first-round games not being shown live on ESPNU, and where they can be seen live if available. Check back for updates as they come in:

Massachusetts-Lowell vs. Wisconsin, 4:30 p.m. EDT Friday: NESN, Time Warner Cable Sports 32 (Wisconsin), TVW (Madison, Wis.), Time Warner Cable Sports (Rochester-98, Buffalo, Albany), WHME (Channel 46, South Bend, Ind.), WKBT-DTV (Channel 8.2, La Crosse, Wis.), Time Warner Cable Sports Ohio, WHMB (Channel 40, Indianapolis)

Notre Dame vs. St. Cloud State, 1:30 p.m. EDT Saturday: WHME (Channel 46, South Bend, Ind.), Fox Sports North, Time Warner Cable Sports 32 (Wisconsin), Time Warner Cable Sports Ohio, Time Warner Cable Sports (Rochester, Buffalo, Albany, Syracuse), WKBT-DTV (Channel 8.2, La Crosse, Wis.)

Miami vs. Minnesota State, 5 p.m. EDT Saturday: WHME (Channel 46, South Bend, Ind.), Fox Sports North, Time Warner Cable Sports 32 (Wisconsin), Time Warner Cable Sports Ohio

Quinnipiac vs. Canisius, 5:30 p.m. EDT Saturday: NESN, Time Warner Cable SportsChannel (Buffalo, Central New York, Manhattan, Capital Region), Time Warner Cable Sports 98 (Rochester, N.Y.)

Know of other local or regional broadcasts of these games? Let us know via email.

Also see our regional schedule with the ESPN broadcasts listed.


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  • Fan Man

    Question: Are these games you mentioned available online for free? I’m checking out the site right now (ESPN3) and am getting a live soccer game as we speak so I’m assuming hockey will be the same way… Also, Are four games that ARE being shown live on ESPNU available on ESPN’s website free also? I just moved and my cable has not been set up so the only way I can watch the games is on my computer/TV hookup or at a restaurant/bar somewheres. Thanks for your help!

    • http://www.uscho.com Todd D. Milewski

      If you get ESPN3 for anything else, yes, you should be able to get the hockey games. Here’s what it says in the ESPN release: All of ESPN’s NCAA hockey coverage will also be available on computers at WatchESPN.com and on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app live.

      • http://www.facebook.com/chad.christensen.509 Chad Christensen

        As long as your ISP supports ESPN3 thats true, most don’t.

      • Anti-NCAA

        If you have WatchESPN you might have to pay for a live broadcast, or you can wait to watch it on tape delay later when they post the game.

    • Chrisgal

      I strongly suggest a bar…….

      • http://www.facebook.com/tom.lucic Tom Lucic

        If you are in the Mankato area, I read that the BWW’s will be streaming the game and putting it on their screens. For myself, it will be slightly less annoying to hook up my laptop to my TV then drive to Kato. Boo ESPN, hopefully CBS or NBC gets the tourney in the near future.

        • Chrisgal

          ESPN does not care about hockey, no secret, but in this day and age with multiple channels under the same umbrella, no excuse for not having all tournament games live over the air. Was hoping by now NBC would have taken over. How the “World Leader” televises Niagara-NoDak over Wisco-Lowell is beyond me. Fortunately, here in the northeast NESN is picking that up as well as Q-Canisius. As for me, Saturday, Easter Egg Hunt early, kids drop-off, 1-1/2 hours to Providence, couple quick ones at the Foxy Lady just for luck, over to Brad’s near PC for a couple more (also B’s-Flyers on NESN), then downtown for a few more, in for end of Q-Can and get ready for Union-BC and hope BC defense shows up. Who’s with me?????

  • just_bobness

    It is absolutely disgusting that ESPN would secure the rights to NCAA playoff hockey then not broadcast the games over on the air channels. Electing to air regular season lacrosse games over regional playoff hockey games is reprehensible and unacceptable.

    • Christopher Kuylen

      Do the ESPN analysts/commentators even follow college hockey at all through the year or are they given this assignment and told to go with it? Also I know its been an issue for a while now, but how long does ESPN have rights to the NCAA tourney?

      I would much rather have any of the usual play by play announcers for Fox Sports call these games than the hacks at ESPN. At least the Fox Sports people follow the sport year round and actually have an idea what they are talking about.

    • bronxbomberz41

      if you’re one of the millions who has an xbox360, a ps3, or a computer with broadband internet, you’ll be fine.

      However, ESPN has been douchey to all levels of hockey since the NHL decided to sign with Versus years ago. They barely even cover it now.

    • Paul S.

      A big thank you should go out to NESN and Fox Sports North for airing the NCAA hockey games not on ESPNU. These regional sports networks that consistently show regular season college hockey games should be the ones who get to show the NCAA Tournament games. At least these networks give a damn about college hockey and their fans. ESPN’s coverage of the NCAA Hockey Tournament is disgraceful, namely when we get the “brilliant” insight about the college game from Barry Melrose that is limited to him praising Union and their coach Rick Bennett for having a solid team. College hockey fans deserve better.

  • Goldenchild

    what a bad joke, there are some great match ups here

  • Goldenchild

    wow, both CCHA teams, 3 WCHA including co champ St Cloud, no eastern bias here, not at all

  • Adam

    Why is ESPN even bothering to send an announcing crew to G-Rap or Toledo? Just put the closed circuit feed on and call it a day.

  • noonan18

    The day has come where ESPN needs to give this coverage to a network that cares about hockey. That would be NBC as far as I can tell. They show games every week and have a regular audience. I have come to dislike sports networks that only cover the big games and basically ignore the sport the rest of the year. They have enough networks that they can carry all games live. Shame on ESPN for another horrible broadcast schedule of the NCAA hockey tournament.

    • Fan Man

      I agree Noonan! Comon’ NBC and the Sports Network.. There is no way I’m going to be able to wait for the tape delayed games before I look at the scores! I shouldn’t complain because the games I really-really want to see will be aired live but as a crazy college hockey fan and maybe a bit selfish, I WANT TO SEE THEM ALL!!!!

      Here is the link to watch ESPN3: http://espn.go.com/watchespn/index#type/upcoming/startDate/20130329/sport/hockey/

  • Anti-NCAA

    Please NCAA, drop ESPN and go with NBC/CBS Sports so we can watch these games someday in the future. I sometimes feel ESPN would rather televise a chess match than give collegiate hockey a chance.

    No wonder the NCAA can’t expand the fan base, not even their t.v. contract helps them with that!

  • justfact

    No one cares about hockey face facts and quit whining maybe 3000 fans will watch und like they did in green bay regional last year. Haha.

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