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Big Ten Tournament 2021 live stream, bracket and schedule and how to watch

Big Ten Tournament 2021 live stream, bracket and schedule and how to watch
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Big Ten Tournament channels, start time

The Big Ten Tournament live streams began on Wednesday, March 10, on the Big Ten Network. The tournament continues there until Saturday and Sunday, where the semifinals and championship games air on CBS.

The 2021 Big Ten Tournament is about to end, and we enter the Ohio State vs Illinois live stream after a bit of a surprise. Yesterday, Ohio State managed to keep their defense strong and bounce top-seed Michigan from the bracket. That said, Illinois is expected to make things even harder on the Buckeyes' D.

The previous year's tournament was called off due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and left those teams as co-conference regular-season champions. Michigan clinched its top seed on Thursday, with a 69-50 win over Michigan State. They started tournament on Friday at 11:30 a.m. ET, facing the victor of the SMU and Maryland game that's taking place on Thursday. 

Speaking of which, at the bottom of the top four (Illinois and Iowa are 2 and 3) sat Purdue, which used to be a dark-horse until its elimination.

Without further ado, here's everything you need to watch the 2021 Big Ten tournament action from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis:

Big Ten Tournament bracket

Just like the ACC tournament, the top-ranked teams only two-day byes, with some teams starting on Friday. 

Big Ten Tournament bracket

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Big Ten Tournament schedule and results

The early days of the tournament are exclusive to FS1, and the finals are on Fox.

All times listed below are Eastern Time.

Wednesday, March 10 (Big Ten Network)

  • Game 1: Northwestern 46 vs. Minnesota 51
  • Game 2: Penn State 72 vs. Nebraska 66

Thursday, March 11 (Big Ten Network)

  • Game 3: Michigan State 79 vs. Maryland 66
  • Game 4: Ohio State 79 vs. Minnesota 75
  • Game 5: Rutgers 61 vs. Indiana 50
  • Game 6: Wisconsin 75 vs. Penn State 74

Friday, March 12 (Big Ten Network)

  • Quarterfinal 1: Michigan 79 vs. Maryland 66
  • Quarterfinal 2: Purdue 78 vs. Ohio State 87
  • Quarterfinal 3: Illinois 90 vs. Rutgers 68
  • Quarterfinal 4: Iowa 62 vs. Wisconsin 57

Saturday, March 13 (CBS)

  • Semifinal 1: Michigan 67 vs. Ohio State 68
  • Semifinal 2: Illinois 82 vs. Iowa 71

Sunday, March 14 (CBS) — Championship game

  • Ohio State (5) vs. Illinois (2) @ 3:30 p.m.

How to watch Big Ten Tournament live streams with a VPN

Hoops fans, if for some reason you've had to leave your own "bubble" — or you can't get Big Ten Network or CBS where you are for some strange reason — and you can't watch the Big Ten Tournament live streams you want, you're not out of luck. With a virtual private network, or VPN, you can appear to be surfing the web from your home town (or somewhere that blackouts won't hit), and access the same streaming services you already paid for. 

Not sure which VPN is right for you? We've tested many different services and our pick for the best VPN overall is ExpressVPN. ExpressVPN offers superb speeds and excellent customer service, and IPVanish's low pricing is shocking.

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Big Ten Tournament live streams in the US

In the US, the Big Ten Tournament starts on the Big Ten Network, before moving to CBS for the semifinal and final matches. You can watch it all on one of our favorite streaming services: fuboTV. The full schedule is above.

To get it all on Sling, you'll need Sling Orange ($35 per month) plus the Sports Extra ($11 per month) package, as the ESPN Networks are in the former and the Big Ten Network is in the latter. That's a total of $46 per month, for about 47 channels.

If you have a bigger budget, the Fubo TV starter tier packs all of the above channels (124 in total) for $65 per month. For the three tournaments taking place this weekend, Fubo is the only place for all the games, as it packs CBS. 

When March Madness begins in earnest, though, you might be better off with the combination of Sling and Paramount Plus for CBS. Sling gets you TruTV, TBS and TNT, which aren't on Fubo.

Fubo.TV: One of the best streaming services with CBS, and the top pick for watching all many sports live streams, Fubo has all of the right network channels and the two cable channels you don't want to go without. Who needs cable? Not Fubo subscribers. It's got a 7-day free trial so you don't need to pay up front.View Deal

If you can stand to miss CBS games, Sling TV provides a middle ground. The $35 per month Sling Orange package, plus the $11 per month Sports Extra package, gives you what you need to watch it all.View Deal

Big Ten Tournament live streams in the US

In the US, the Big Ten Tournament starts on the Big Ten Network, before moving to CBS for the semifinals and championship game. You can watch all of those games on  one of our favorite streaming services: fuboTV. The full schedule is above.

When March Madness begins in earnest, though, you might be better off with the combination of Sling and Paramount Plus for CBS. Sling gets you TruTV, TBS and TNT, which aren't on Fubo.

Fubo.TV: One of the best streaming services with CBS, and the top pick for watching all many sports live streams, Fubo has all of the right network channels and the two cable channels you don't want to go without. Who needs cable? Not Fubo subscribers. It's got a 7-day free trial so you don't need to pay up front.View Deal

Big Ten Tournament live streams in the UK

American basketball fans unable to watch the tournament while travelling may need to check out a service such as ExpressVPN, as we can't find the Big Ten Network in UK streaming services. ESPN Player (£9.99 per month or £69.99 annually) may also be of help.

Big Ten Tournament live streams in Canada

We can't tell how many of the college basketball games will be airing on TSN, but we can see it has some ACC games. Completists without a way to watch the games, though should — like those in the UK — take a VPN service such as ExpressVPN for a spin.

Henry T. Casey

Henry is an editor writer at Tom’s Guide covering streaming media, laptops and Apple. Prior to joining Tom's Guide — where he's the self-described Rare Oreo Expert — he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. You can find him at your local pro wrestling events, and looking for the headphone adapter that he unplugged from his iPhone.