Fresh off an upset win over Arizona on Thursday night, No. 13 seed Buffalo aims to take down another college basketball powerhouse program on Saturday when they take on No. 5 Kentucky for a spot in the Sweet 16.
The game is scheduled to start at 5:15 p.m. ET and will be broadcast nationally on CBS. If you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, you can watch the game live on your computer, phone or streaming device by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
Amazon Prime: If you have Amazon Prime or want to start a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime, you can watch a live stream of your local CBS channel via the CBS All-Access Amazon Channel, which comes with a 7-day free trial. Once you’re signed up for both Amazon Prime and the CBS channel, you can watch CBS live on your computer via the Amazon website, or on your phone, tablet or other streaming device via the the Amazon Video app.
Hulu With Live TV: If you want an extensive Netflix-like on-demand streaming library in addition to live TV, Hulu now also offers a bundle of live 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 CBS on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Hulu app.
FuboTV: CBS (live in select markets) is included in the “Fubo Premier” channel package. It comes with a free 7-day trial, and you can watch on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the FuboTV app
Note: You can also watch any tournament game on your computer via the March Madness Live website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the March Madness Live app. To watch these streams, you’ll have a free preview before needing to sign in to a TV provider to keep watching, but if you don’t have cable, you can do this by logging in with your Hulu credentials.
If Buffalo’s performance against Arizona on Thursday wasn’t the most impressive of the first round, it was certainly close. En route to a 21-point thumping of DeAndre Ayton and Co., Nate Oats’ team shot 54.8 percent from the field and 50 percent on 30 three-point attempts to finish with an absurdly efficient 1.33 points per possession.
While a 21-point win wasn’t expected, Buffalo was taken seriously by anyone who’s been paying attention. Leading scorers CJ Massinburg and Nick Perkins were significant contributors on the 2016 team that nearly beat No. 3 seed Miami, they have one of the most efficient offenses in the country, and they play at a super fast pace that can be difficult for opposing teams to deal with.
That said, Arizona’s defense has struggled for much of the season. It will be interesting to see if Buffalo can produce a repeat performance against Kentucky, who rank 22nd in Ken Pomeroy’s adjusted defensive efficiency and fourth in three-point percentage defense.
For the Wildcats, they weren’t all that convincing in their 78-73 first-round win over Davidson, but they did what was needed to survive and advance. Though they failed to make a three for the first time since 1988, they got to the free-throw line 32 times and ended up with a solid 1.11 points per possession.
Head coach John Calipari wasn’t too concerned about the lack of threes.
“I wouldn’t like to go 0 for 6. I’d like to make five, six, seven, maybe eight threes,” he said. “Others need 12, 13 or 14 to win. We’re just not one of them.”
The Wildcats are six-point favorites, but if the Bulls play anything like they did on Thursday, this will be more of a toss-up.