After a season of dominating Big Ten rankings, the University of Maryland’s basketball team will be a part of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2010. The team is preparing for their first game in The Big Dance versus Valparaiso University on Friday. If the Terrapins win, they’ll advance to a third round game being played on Sunday.
The Terps obviously cannot take their raucous student section with them. But the real tragedy is that students at the University of Maryland may not be able to watch their favorite team play on television.
The networks airing the tournament include CBS, TNT, TBS and truTV. Students living on campus have Comcast’s basic cable plan which includes all of those channels except truTV. Friday afternoon’s game airs at 4:50 p.m. on TNT but if UMD advances to play on Sunday and schedule makers place their game on truTV, this could pose as a problem for those who don’t have access to the network.
Pulsefeedz reached out to Comcast and Turner Sports for comment but only the latter responded. Turner Sports claimed that truTV was available on channel 84 as listed online but after checking television sets on many dorms around campus, it was discovered that a Spanish-language television network actually held space on that frequency. At The Courtyards, an apartment complex near campus, truTV is also not a station available to students through their cable service.
This is not the first time students at UMD have not had television access to a sporting event involving the school. Last September, UMD faced off against the University of South Florida in a football game that was broadcasted on CBS Sports Network. Many students resorted to finding the game online and plugging their laptop into their TV to watch the game.
A spokesperson for Turner Sports advised students to use Turner’s online streaming website, March Madness Live. In order to watch games on the website, you will have to authenticate that you are a cable subscriber by typing in your cable username and password. Our advice is to call your parents and ask them for their log-in information which should be listed on their cable bill. If you can’t reach your parents or your parents are unaware of what their log-in information is, the website has a four hour free period which should be enough time to watch Sunday’s matchup.