Watch & Stream UK Basketball Games
You have the option to watch every Kentucky Wildcats live stream on your phone, tablet or streaming box depending on the sports package you choose. Or if you're not ready to go full cord cutter, select from the best cable or satellite plans. You'll win for the blue and white, getting traditional TV and UK live streams all in one.
Rupp Arena often packs the largest crowds in college basketball, with ESPN or CBS camera crews always in attendance to bring you every Wildcats game live.
UK games not played in Lexington are subject to broadcast on a variety of sports networks, based on their opponent's media deals. Read on for Kentucky's full schedule, official Wildcats team links and mobile apps, plus every TV and stream option carrying every UK game.
UK Games on ESPN & SEC Network
When doing the math to see which channels you should have to watch the most Wildcats games, think ESPN as they own media rights to most all SEC home games (along with CBS, more on that later). Kentucky normally plays 30-32 basketball games each season, and that doesn't include conference tournaments or their inevitable Final Four runs.
This means between the main ESPN channel, ESPN2 and the SEC Network (which ESPN owns and operates) you'll be able to watch and stream a majority of all Kentucky Wildcats games. Outside of a few UK games a year on CBS, all home games air on these channels. And many of their away games too, especially when they are playing other SEC teams.
If you don't have all of these channels already, you better sign up for a new TV plan lest you miss out on some iconic UK moments like Anthony Davis and that glorious 38-2 run in 2012.
Plans & Live Streams
For Big Blue Nation diehards that must watch the game no matter where they are, but aren't so obsessed they show up to Rupp still in their wedding attire, go cord-cutter. Internet TV providers have many packages to choose from that carry ESPN and ESPN2; those newlyweds should have just streamed the game during the ceremony like these savvy multitaskers.
Or if you'd rather watch games on your expensive home theater setup, complete with surround sound and up to 4k picture, satellite or traditional in-home cable packages are your best route. Both satellite and cable providers offer ESPN and ESPN2 in most of their plans, and their overall channel offerings include more HD, 4K and Dolby audio and video options, beyond what internet streaming can provide.
Choose the sports package that fits your needs the best, then head over to WatchESPN to live stream every UK game airing on any ESPN channel you subscribe to. Login required.
Or stream Wildcats games on the ESPN app; free to download and works on all the most popular phones, tablets and streaming devices for your TV -- iOS, Apple TV, Android, Android TV, Amazon fireTV, kindle fire, Chromecast, Roku, Playstation & XBOX, and Oculus.
SEC Network, SEC+
ESPN owns SEC Network, and the good news is all their streaming is bundled together into the same website and app. Including SEC+. So pick a cable package that also includes SEC Network along with ESPN channels, and you have covered almost every channel airing Kentucky home games, and many of their away games.
Access to the streaming-only service SEC+ comes included at no extra charge when you get SEC Network; some UK games can exclusively stream there.
Kentucky on CBS Sports
The final channels you want included in your cable package are CBS and CBS Sports Network (CBSSN). Combined these networks won't air too many Wildcats games each season, as they only have one weekend slot to air the best SEC conference basketball game they can, and that equals lots of options.
But CBS Sports isn't ignorant to the popularity and ratings draw that is Kentucky basketball. Think John Wall, Karl Anthony-Towns, John Calipari, Scratch, a packed Rupp all screaming their heads off for the Blue and White... CBS wants in whenever they can. Which is usual 1-3 times a season.
Luckily CBS is over-the-air; translating to you being able to get your local CBS station for free, provided you purchase a digital antenna and set it up with your digital television.
If that doesn't sound like your thing or you live in too rural an area to get that free signal, CBS and CBSSN are included in every kind of sports cable package you would be interested in - cord cutter, cable or satellite.
Now that you have a cable plan that includes CBS and CBSSN, stream UK games they do broadcast on their CBSSports.com website or CBS Sports mobile app. Login required for either stream. App is free to download on iOS or Google Play app stores.
CBS All Access
A final option to watch UK basketball on CBS channels is subscribing to their standalone streaming service CBS All Access. Plans start at $5.99/month and typically come with a 7-30 day free trial. No need for cable or a digital antenna with this service.
UK Basketball Team Links
Follow along with your Wildcats by visiting both the SEC and UK's official pages. Both pages come complete with the latest team news, highlight videos, team rosters, game breakdowns and more.
And you can download the official team apps which provide live audio for many games as well as more news, highlights, live scores, social media interaction and more. On, On, U of K!
And finally, Big Blue Nation has their own forum discussion site to talk all things related to the team called Rupp Rafters. The forum can be quite useful to discover popular or even unconventional ways to watch or listen to games.