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North Carolina vs Duke live stream: How to watch Final Four game online

Armando Bacot of North Carolina Tar Heels and Paolo Banchero of Duke Blue Devils could both feature in the North Carolina Tar Heels vs Duke Blue Devils live stream
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It‘s almost time for the North Carolina vs Duke live stream, and it features two programs that are about to make their 38th combined Final Four appearance. But this one, as the kids say, 'just hits different.' That's to be expected when these two Tobacco Road rivals meet for the first time in tournament history.

The big headline: Coach K is set to retire at the end of this year after 42 seasons with the Blue Devils, and he wants to go out on a high note. But UNC is not about to back down. Yes, the stage is set for an epic March Madness live stream

North Carolina vs Duke live stream schedule, channels

Date: North Carolina vs Duke live stream takes place today Saturday, April 2
Time: 8.49 p.m. ET / 5.49 p.m. PT / 1.49 a.m. BST
Channel: TBS
• Watch in the U.S. on Sling TV (opens in new tab) and Paramount Plus (opens in new tab)
• Watch in the U.K. on BT Sport (opens in new tab)
• Watch in Australia on Kayo Sport (opens in new tab)
 Watch anywhere — try ExpressVPN 100% risk free (opens in new tab) 

North Carolina (28-9), the East Region's eighth seed, is fresh off playing spoiler against this tournament's Cinderella team in 15-seed St. Peter's. The Tar Heels ended the Peacocks' run by handing them a 69-49 defeat last week. Junior big-man Armando Bacot had a monster game, scoring 20 points while pulling down 22 rebounds. 

Of course, the Peacocks' run isn't the only party the Tar Heels spoiled this year. Just three weeks ago they were a dark cloud over Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski's last game at Cameron Indoor. UNC beat Duke in that matchup 94-81. 

Duke (32-6) ended the regular season as the ninth ranked team in the AP poll and earned a two-seed in the West Region. Despite dropping their second game against North Carolina on March 5, the Blue Devils dismantled the Tar Heels in their first meeting of the season with a 87-67 blowout back in February. Freshman forward A.J. Griffin dropped 27 points on UNC in the win. 

Griffin is coming off a team-high 18-point performance in the regional championship game, while Duke's other standout Paolo Banchero scored 16 points and recorded 7 rebounds. 

Duke is currently a 4-point favorite against North Carolina. The over/under is 151. Duke and North Carolina have played each other a total of 257 times over the years. The Tar Heels have the historic edge, as they are 142-115 all-time against the Blue Devils.

How to watch North Carolina vs Duke live streams online from anywhere on Earth

Hoops fans, if for some reason you've had to leave your own "bubble" — or you can't get truTV where you are for some strange reason — and you can't watch North Carolina vs Duke, 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 (opens in new tab). ExpressVPN offers superb speeds and excellent customer service, and there's even a 30-day money-back guarantee if you're not happy with it. 

We think speed, security and simplicity make ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) second to none. During our tests, we saw fast connection times, and we're impressed by the service's ability to access more than 3,000 services spread out across 160 locations in 94 countries. There's a 30-day money-back guarantee if you're not satisfied.

How to watch North Carolina vs Duke live streams in the US

In the U.S., March Madness is on four networks: CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV. 

North Carolina vs Duke is on TBS  — but the final games will only be on CBS and TBS. You can follow all of those channels with Hulu with Live TV and YouTube TV, but they're not on our list of the best streaming services. And they cost a lot, at $70 and $65, respectively.

The much more affordable Sling TV Blue ($35 per month (opens in new tab)) has TBS, TNT and truTV. And then if you add-in Paramount Plus Premium ($9.99 per month (opens in new tab)) you get CBS there. It all totals to $45 per month, $20 to $25 less than going with one of the other options.

Sling TV (opens in new tab) nets you three of the four March Madness channels in the $35 per month Sling Blue package. Sling is the live TV service that two of Tom's Guide's streaming coverage staffers used to cut the cord.

Paramount Plus (opens in new tab) combines what used to be CBS All Access with even more content from ViacomCBS partners. Includes Survivor and Big Brother episodes, as well as originals like Star Trek: Discovery, 1883, The Good Fight and the upcoming Halo series.  You can try Paramount Plus with a 7-day free trial (opens in new tab).

How to watch North Carolina vs Duke in the UK

Basketball fans across the pond can follow the tournament live on BT Sport (opens in new tab), where ESPNHD will feature the games.

North Carolina vs Duke has a late tip-off of (epic yawn) 1.49 a.m. BST.

Prices differ hugely depending on whether you already have BT TV and a BT broadband subscription. If you have both, you can add the Sports package for £15/month plus a £20 upfront fee, or go for the £40/month Big Sports package which also includes all of the Sky Sports channels, giving you a bunch of other sports on top of March Madness.

Another option for non-BT subscribers is the BT Sport Monthly Pass (opens in new tab) (£25), which lets you watch via an app for a fixed time and doesn't require a lengthy subscription.

All sounds great, right? But if you're not in the U.K., you can still follow the March Madness live streams on a service such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab)

How to watch North Carolina vs Duke live streams in Canada

We can't tell how many of the March Madness games will be airing on TSN, TSN2 or TSN3 but they will have some NCAA games. 

The North Carolina vs Duke live stream will be carried by TSN 3.

Completists without a way to watch the games, though, should — like those in the UK — take a VPN service such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) for a spin.

How to watch North Carolina vs Duke live streams in Australia

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It appears that (as was the case in previous years) Kayo Sports (opens in new tab) is your best bet for Aussie streaming services serving up March Madness live streams. But it's not clear if North Carolina vs Duke will be on Kayo.

Kayo offers a 14-day free trial for both its Basic and Premium plans, more than enough time to confirm they're actually showing the games. The Basic package costs $25 per month thereafter. 

The $35 per month Premium Kayo plan gives you all the same things as the normal plan, but it offers three simultaneous streams. The Basic plan gives you two streams at the same time. 

If Kayo doesn't have this game, though, we recommend trying out ExpressVPN (opens in new tab).

Marc is a contributing sportswriter at Tom’s Guide covering the NFL, NBA and MLB as well as various other leagues. He is a graduate of Temple University where he studied Broadcasting and Journalism. Marc’s previous stops include the Trenton Times and NBC Sports Philadelphia. He also worked on the production crew of NBC Sunday Night Football for 11 seasons. When not working, Marc is probably sipping his next espresso to get him ready for more work.