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The NC State and Purdue men’s basketball teams are scheduled to meet in a tournament game in Phoenix on Saturday, April 6. The game is scheduled to start at 6:09 p.m. ET/3:09 p.m. PT. 

No. 11 seed NC State comes into the matchup 26-14 overall. Most recently, NC State beat No. 3-seeded Duke 76-64 on Sunday in the tournament’s fourth round. DJ Burns Jr. led NCSU with 29 points and four rebounds, and DJ Horne added 20 points and four rebounds. 

No. 1 seed Purdue comes into the matchup 33-4 overall. On Sunday, Purdue defeated Tennessee 72-66 in the fourth round of the tournament. Zach Edey led Purdue with 40 points and 16 rebounds.

Kevin Keatts is the NC State men’s basketball head coach. Matt Painter is the Purdue men’s basketball head coach. 

Purdue vs. NC State basketball game time, network

The Purdue vs. NC State men’s basketball game is scheduled to be broadcast on TBS, TNT and truTV at 6:09 p.m. ET/3:09 p.m. PT on Saturday, April 6. The TBS/TNT/truTV broadcasters for the game are scheduled to be Ian Eagle (play-by-play), Bill Raftery (analyst), Grant Hill (analyst) and Tracy Wolfson (reporter).

Whatever team wins advances to play on Monday, April 8 in Phoenix.  

In the evolving world of sports broadcasting, the emergence of live-streaming platforms like Sling TV and Max represents an alternative to traditional cable and satellite TV that meets the expectations of the modern fan. 

Best streaming services for the NC State vs. Purdue basketball game 

As NC State takes on the Purdue men’s basketball team, you don’t need to worry if you’re without cable. Explore the best options to catch every moment of this showdown via streaming.

Most channels: Sling TV

Sling Blue Plan


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If you want to watch the Purdue vs. NCSU game on TBS or TNT via Sling TV, you’ll need either the Orange Plan or the Blue Plan. Both the Orange and Blue plans start at $15 for the first month and then increase to $40 per month subsequently, and they both also come with 50 hours of free DVR storage. 

TBS and TNT are two of the 26 channels included on both the Orange and Blue plans. There are six channels exclusive to the Orange Plan, including ESPN and ESPN2. There are 14 channels exclusive to the Blue Plan, and those include FS1, NFL Network, and TruTV. Another difference between the Orange and Blue plans is that you can only stream on one device with the Orange Plan, and the Blue Plan allows streaming on three devices at once. 

In higher-priced plans, Sling TV’s sports channel offerings include ABC, ACC Network, Big Ten Network, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNews, ESPNU, Fox, FS1, FS2, NBC, NFL Network, Pac-12 Network, SEC Network, TNT, and TruTV. 

Most affordable: Max

Max is getting into men’s college basketball this March with the inclusion of the B/R Sports Add-On. You can see every jump shot, block, and upset across TNT, TBS and TruTV with no extra fees attached.

There are three Max tiers. The cheapest package is Max With Ads, which is $9.99 per month. It allows streaming on two devices. You can save 42% by paying for one year upfront at $69.99. 

The second package is Max Ad-Free, and that is $15.99 per month. If you’re mainly getting Max for sports, there isn’t much difference between Max With Ads and Max Ad-Free since sports will still include ads. If you pay one year upfront, you save 45% on Max Ad-Free at $104.99. 

Max Ultimate Ad-Free is the third package, and it is $19.99 per month. It also upgrades to allow streaming on four devices at once. Plus, it has 4K Ultra HD capability. The one-year price for Max Ultimate Ad-Free is $139.99. 


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