If Oregon Basketball Plays in March You Won’t Have to Pay to Watch


Feb. 16, 2013; Pullman, WA, USA; Oregon Ducks forward Arsalan Kazemi (14), center Waverly Austin (20) and forward Carlos Emory (33) celebrate after a game against the Washington State Cougars at the Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum. The Duck beat the Cougars in overtime by a final score of 79-77. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

March is not too far away and if your a sports fan, you know what that means. Several weekends of being locked to your tv, or your device of choice for NCAA March Madness coverage. For years now CBS, along with Turner Sports has provided coverage any and every way possible and this year there is a change. No more paying an additional fee to watch the games.  The NCAA, CBS, and Turner Sports are seeing that the model has shifted to streaming access for pay tv subscribers, which means if you pay for cable or satellite, your good to go.

"“Whether viewing on a big-screen TV or a computer, tablet or smart phone, fans can enjoy the incomparable excitement of March Madness anywhere they are and however they choose.” Matthew Hong, Turner Sports"

As far as the Tournament it looks, right now that several – possibly as many as five Pac 12 teams will play for a chance at the National Championship including Oregon(21-5, 10-3) who hosts the Cal Bears Thursday Night(6pm, ESPN2)  and the Stanford Cardinal Saturday(5pm Pac 12) on Saturday, both games important for the Ducks to hold their standing and RPI, or improve it as March draws closer.

In the Latest edition of ‘Bracketology’, Joe Lunardi has the Ducks in the Austin Bracket facing off as a 6 seed, facing 11 seeded Iowa State in the First Round. Round 2 opponents are 3rd seed Mexico or 13 seed Harvard.

More Brackets: Andy Glockner from CNNSI has the Ducks as a 5 Seed facing 12 Seed Middle Tennesse State(Sun Belt) in Round 1 in the Austin, Texas bracket. Oregon would face either 4 seed Marquette or 13 seed Louisiana Tech in Round 2.

Look for the NCAA March Madness Apps beginning in early March, in partnership between the NCAA, Turner Sports and CBS Sports — will launch from www.ncaa.com/marchmadnesswww.CBSSports.com and www.bleacherreport.com, along with Google Play and the App Store.

Oregon Ducks This Week:

Oregon Basketball: Cal’s Won 5 Of 6, Oregon 12-1 At Home – Something’s Gotta GiveOregon Ducks’ Barner Makes Final 4 For EA Sports NCAA 14 Cover Vote

Oregon Baseball: Healy Named Pac 12 Player Of The Week

Oregon Ducks LinkedUp: Woods Cleared For Cal, Alleyne Leads In Rebounds, Singler ‘Just Wins’, And More(Links)

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Justin Phillips is Sports Reporter for Newsradio 1120 KPNW in Eugene, Oregon