The second spot in the 2019 national championship is up for grabs Saturday night, as Michigan State and Texas Tech meet in the Final Four from Minnesota.
The game is scheduled to start at about 8:49 p.m. ET (after Virginia vs Auburn) and will be televised on CBS. But if you don’t have cable, you can watch a live stream of CBS on your computer, phone or streaming device via one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
If you have Amazon Prime or want to start a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime, you can watch all CBS content (both live and on-demand) via the CBS All-Access Amazon Channel, which comes with a seven-day free trial.
Once you’re signed up for both Amazon Prime and the CBS channel, you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Amazon website, or you can watch on your phone (Android and iPhone compatible), tablet, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, or other streaming device via the Amazon Video app.
CBS (live in select markets) is one of 85-plus live TV channels included in the main FuboTV bundle, which is largely tailored towards sports.
You can start a free 7-day trial of FuboTV right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast or other supported device via the FuboTV app.
If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of cloud DVR space, as well as a 72-hour look-back feature, which allows you to watch the game (and other programs) on-demand within three days of its conclusion, even if you don’t record it.
PS Vue–which doesn’t require an actual PlayStation console to sign up or watch–offers four different live-TV channel packages, all of which include CBS (live in select markets).
You can start a free 5-day trial of PS Vue right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the PS Vue website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, PlayStation (3 or 4), or other supported device via the PS Vue app.
If you can’t watch live, PS Vue comes with cloud DVR.
In addition to a Netflix-like on-demand streaming library, Hulu also offers a bundle of 60-plus live TV channels, including CBS (live in select markets).
You can sign up for “Hulu with Live TV” right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Echo Show, or other streaming device via the Hulu app.
If you can’t watch live, Hulu With Live TV comes with 50 hours of cloud DVR space, as well as the option to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of space and the ability to fast-forward through commercials.
Michigan State vs Texas Tech Preview
The stories for each of these teams is fairly similar heading into Saturday night. Except for one major area: head coach.
Tom Izzo has been a staple at Michigan State for over two decades, accumulating 606 career wins, multiple Big Ten regular-season and conference tournament titles, a National Championship in 2000, and six other Final Four appearances, the last of which came in 2017 as a No. 7 seed. Texas Tech head coach Chris Beard is, theoretically, just getting started.
The third-year head coach of the Red Raiders, who learned under Bob Knight, now has 75 regular-seasons (75-30) on his resume, including a 2019 Big 12 regular-season title. The 46-year old, back-to-back Big 12 Coach of the Year (2017-18, 2018-19), additionally has seven postseason victories on his resume, and is two wins away from a National Championship.
Beard told reporters during the week Izzo is one of the coaches he has modeled his style after:
“Coach Izzo is always one of my, you know, idols. He’s somebody I look up to. He’s been great to coaches. When I was a junior college coach, small college coach, and a young assistant, I watched his teams practice any open practices at Final Fours for years.
In our program, we have terminology, Michigan State toughness, Tom Izzo rebounding. These are things we tell our teams. It’s almost surreal that we’ll be having a chance to coach and play against him.”
Izzo is probably more dramatic, but Beard gets the job done. His hard-nosed, defensive-first mentality he carried over from his one-year stint at Little Rock has translated to Lubbock; according to KenPom, the Red Raiders remain the top team in the nation in defensive efficiency heading into their matchup with the Spartans.
It all starts with 6-foot-8 sophomore forward Jarrett Culver, who undoubtedly dictates the tempo on both sides of the basketball for the Red Raiders. Culver has at least 16 points (29, 22, 19, 16) in each of Texas Tech’s four NCAA Tournament wins this year, including his 19-point effort in a 75-69 Elite Eight win against No. 1 seed Gonzaga. To combat Culver, Michigan State has a worthy front line, including a pair of 6-foot-8 players, junior Nick Ward (13.2 points per game this season) and sophomore Xavier Tillman (10,1 PPG).
The Spartans’ best player, though, is junior guard Cassius Winston, who leads the team in scoring with 18.9 PPG this season, while adding 7.6 assists per contest. Winston finished with a double-double (20 points, 10 assists) as Michigan State dispatched No. 1 overall seed Duke 68-67 in the Elite Eight.
The winner of Michigan State vs Texas Tech plays the winner of Auburn vs Virginia for the National Championship on Monday. The game will be broadcast on CBS.
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