Kentucky’s Big Blue Madness Live Stream: How to Watch Online

Isaiah Briscoe Kentucky Wildcats

Isaiah Briscoe (#13) and the rest of the 2016-17 Wildcats hit the court Friday night (Getty)

With the start of the college basketball season less than a month away, programs across the country are holding special events to kick things off in front of their respective fan bases. For Kentucky that means “Big Blue Madness,” the annual event which is scheduled for Friday night at Rupp Arena. The event is being broadcast live on SEC Network, with coverage beginning at 7:00 p.m. Eastern.

As has been the case throughout his time in Lexington head coach John Calipari once again welcomes one of the nation’s best recruiting classes. Guards De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk are both incredibly athletic players, and in the front court Edrice “Bam” Adebayo, Wenyen Gabriel and Sacha Killeya-Jones are all highly regarded recruits as well. They’ll join returnees such as guard Isaiah Briscoe and forward Derek Willis, and with all that talent Kentucky is on the list of national title contenders heading into the 2016-17 season.

The team held its annual combine Sunday night, with 90 NBA scouts and executives making the trek to Lexington to see yet another loaded roster. Friday night’s event gives Kentucky fans their first look at this team on the Rupp Arena floor, with their being player introductions and an intra-squad scrimmage. As noted above, coverage begins on SEC Network at 7:00 p.m. Eastern.

Looking for a live stream of “Big Blue Madness?” There are a handful of options available, including a free trial from Sling TV.

Here’s a roundup of the options:


If You’re in the United States & Don’t Have a Cable or Satellite Log-In

On the Web:

If you’re in the United States and don’t have access to a cable or satellite log-in, you can watch the game through Sling TV, an online streaming service that provides access to select channels for a monthly fee. To access SEC Network, you’ll need to sign up for one of Sling’s two basic packages, then select the “sports extra” add-on, which includes the SEC Network. The basic packages cost $20 or $25 apiece per month, depending on which you select, and the sports extra add-on costs an additional $5 per month. But if you’re looking for a way to watch the game for free, you can do so with Sling’s free 7-day trial.

To sign up for Sling and access the SEC Network, follow these steps:

1. Click here to sign up for Sling TV. You’ll need to enter your credit card information when signing up, but if you cancel your subscription before the trial period ends, you will not be charged.

2. When you sign up, select one or both of Sling’s basic packages. The Orange package, which includes ESPN and ESPN2, costs $20 per month. The Blue package, which includes Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, NFL Network and NBC Sports Network, costs $25 per month. Or you can select both packages for $40 per month. You can’t select the sports extra add-on without selecting one or both of the basic packages. Click the blue icon that says “watch now 7 days free” to sign up and launch your free trial.

3. During the signup process, you’ll be given an option to select add-on packages. Each package comes with an additional monthly fee, but each is included in the free trial. When you’re selecting add-ons, select the “sports extra” add-on, which includes SEC Network and ESPNU, among other channels.

4. Download the Sling desktop app, and navigate over to SEC Network to watch the game.

With an App:

If you sign up for the free Sling trial, you can watch the game on the Sling app, which you can download for free in the App store or the Google Play store. There’s also a Sling app for Roku, Chromecast, Nexus player, ZTE and XBox One. Click here for a full list of compatible devices.

To access SEC Network, you’ll need to sign up for one of Sling’s two basic packages, then select the “sports extra” add-on, which includes the SEC Network. The basic packages cost $20 or $25 apiece per month, depending on which you select, and the sports extra add-on costs an additional $5 per month. But if you’re looking for a way to watch the game for free, you can do so with Sling’s free 7-day trial.

To sign up for Sling and access the SEC Network, follow these steps:

1. Click here to sign up for Sling TV. You’ll need to enter your credit card information when signing up, but if you cancel your subscription before the trial period ends, you will not be charged.

2. When you sign up, select one or both of Sling’s basic packages. The Orange package, which includes ESPN and ESPN2, costs $20 per month. The Blue package, which includes Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, NFL Network and NBC Sports Network, costs $25 per month. Or you can select both packages for $40 per month. You can’t select the sports extra add-on without selecting one or both of the basic packages. Click the blue icon that says “watch now 7 days free” to sign up and launch your free trial.

3. During the signup process, you’ll be given an option to select add-on packages. Each package comes with an additional monthly fee, but each is included in the free trial. When you’re selecting add-ons, select the “sports extra” add-on, which includes SEC Network and ESPNU, among other channels.

4. Download the Sling app on your mobile device or access the app on your connected TV. Then navigate over to SEC Network to watch the game.


If You Have a Cable or Satellite Log-in That Includes SEC Network

On the Web:

If you have the log-in info for a cable or satellite subscription that includes SEC Network, you can watch the game for free at WatchESPN.com. You’ll need a cable or satellite log-in and password to access the stream.

With an App:

If you you have log-in info for a cable or satellite subscription that includes SEC Network, you can watch the game for free on a phone, tablet or connected TV via the ESPN app, which you can download for free in the App Store, the Google Play store, the Amazon App store or the Windows Store. As is the case with desktop, you’ll need the log-in for a cable subscription with access to SEC Network to watch the stream.

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