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NCAA Tournament 2017: Maryland vs. Xavier First Round, time, TV Channel, how to watch

NCAA Tournament 2017: Maryland vs. Xavier First Round, time, TV Channel, how to watch

The Maryland Terrapins we're not expected to do much in in 2016-17, not with the departures the team dealt with this past offseason.

But with Melo Trimble's resurgeance and a terrific trio of freshman, the Terps are head back to March Madness.

Maryland earned the No. 6 seed in the west region and will face No. 11 seed Xavier in the first round in a rematch of a 2003 NCAA Tournament game.

Here is the game information: 

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Maryland vs. Xavier How to Watch

What: 2017 NCAA Tournament First Round, West Region

Who: No. 6 seed Maryland (24-8, 12-6 Big Ten) vs. No. 11 seed Saint Mary's (21-13, 9-9 Big East)

When: 6:50 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 16

Where: Amway Center. Orlando, Fla.

TV Channel: TNT

Online Stream:  March Madness Live on NCAA.com

TV Announcers: Ian Eagle (Play-by-play), Steve Lavin(Analyst), Evan Washburn (Reporter)

Twitter: : @TerrapinHoops @XavierMBB

 

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Maryland vs. Xavier Bracket Analysis

How They Got Here: 
Maryland (At-large, lost to Northwestern in Big Ten quarterfinals),
Xavier (At-large, lost to Creighton in Big East quarterfinals)

Notable Wins:
Maryland — Kansas State (69-68), Oklahoma State (71-70), Minnesota (85-78), Northwestern (74-64)
Xavier — Wake Forest (69-65), Utah (77-69), Butler (62-57)

Next Round: Winner of No. 3 Florida State vs. No. 14 Florida Gulf Coast

West Region Bracket:

No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 16 South Dakota State
No. 8 Northwestern vs. No. 9 Vanderbilt

No. 5 Notre Dame vs. No. 12 Princeton
No. 4 West Virginia vs. No. 13 Buckell

No. 6 Maryland vs. No. 11 Xavier
No. 3 Florida State vs. No. 14 Florida Gulf Coast

No. 7 Saint Mary's vs. No. 10 VCU
No. 2 Arizona vs. No. 15 North Dakota

Previous Meeting: Maryland 77, Xavier 64 (2003 NCAA Tournament)

NCAA Tournament History:
Maryland — 41-25. 26th appearance. Two Final Fours ('01, '02). One National Championship ('02). 
Xavier — 24-26. 27th appearance. Five Sweet Sixteens. Two Elite Eights ('04, '08)

2016 NCAA Tournament:
Maryland — No. 5 seed. Sweet 16 (SDSU 79-74, Hawaii 73-60, Kansas 63-79)
Xavier —No. 2 seed. Second Round (Weber State 71-53, Wisconsin 63-66)

Maryland vs. Xavier Betting Spread, Lines & Odds

Favorites: Maryland -2
Over/Under: 143.5
Money Line: Maryland -130, Xavier +110
Against The Spread: Maryland finished the 2016-2017 season with a 18-13 record ATS but was just 6-6 ATS in non-conference games. Xavier, meanwhile is 4-0 ATS in their last four games despite a 15-18 record ATS this season.

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Palmer's big 2nd half lifts Huskers past Maryland

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Palmer's big 2nd half lifts Huskers past Maryland

LINCOLN, Neb. -- James Palmer Jr. scored 24 of his 26 points in the second half, Isaiah Roby had all 11 of his after half, and Nebraska held off Maryland 70-66 on Tuesday night.

Palmer and Roby combined for 35 of the Cornhuskers' 40 second-half points, and they secured their first 20-win season since 2008. They won a sixth straight conference game for the first time in 20 years.

Palmer scored 15 straight points for the Huskers (20-8, 11-4 Big Ten) over a 10-minute span that ended when Roby hit one of two free throws with 2:57 left for a 64-59 lead. Roby had a double-double, with 10 rebounds, and he also blocked three shots.

The Terps (17-11, 6-9) had a chance to take the lead with a minute to play, but Glynn Watson Jr. blocked Anthony Cowan Jr.'s 3-point try, Evan Taylor came up with the loose ball and got it to Watson.

Watson missed a 3-pointer coming out of a timeout, and Roby got the rebound and was immediately fouled. He made both free throws for a 66-63 lead. Kevin Huerter's layin cut it to one point before Watson made two free throws.

Huerter went to the line with 2.8 seconds left, and after making the first free throw he intentionally missed the second. Palmer got the rebound, was fouled and put the game away with two free throws.

Bruno Fernando led the Terps with 21 points and nine rebounds. Huerter added 12 points and Darryl Morsell had 11.

BIG PICTURE

Maryland: The Terps' fading NCAA Tournament hopes might have been dashed with their seventh straight road loss.

Nebraska: The Huskers are resting firmly on the NCAA bubble and absolutely needed this win. They got it, thanks to Palmer and Roby's efforts in the second half.

UP NEXT

Maryland hosts Rutgers on Saturday. It's the teams' only meeting this season.

Nebraska visits Illinois. The Huskers beat the Illini 64-63 in Lincoln on Jan. 15.

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Maryland overwhelmed by Penn State in close loss

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Maryland overwhelmed by Penn State in close loss

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Lamar Stevens feels like he's playing his most consistent basketball right now, a bad omen for upcoming opponents considering Penn State expects its hybrid forward to do a little bit of everything.

Just like he did on Wednesday.

Stevens scored 25 points on 10-of-12 shooting with 14 in the second half to lift Penn State over Maryland 74-70.

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"Lamar really stepped up for us," Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said. "We needed every one of those points that he had tonight."

Tony Carr added 16 points, Josh Reaves scored 14, and Mike Watkins added 11 for the Nittany Lions (17-9, 7-6 Big Ten Conference), who equaled their previous best mark for conference victories under Chambers.

"The best teams always find ways to win," Stevens said. "We locked down when we had to, got huge stops, huge rebounds and I think that's a huge step for this team."

With Maryland (16-10, 5-8) up 20-14 midway through the first half, Stevens nailed his first of two 3-pointers to spark a quick 9-0 run that helped Penn State take control.

He rolled layups off his fingers and sank midrange jumpers on multiple back-to-back possessions in the second half, where he scored 11 of his team's first 20 points.

"He made some incredible, incredible shots," Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. "He was terrific, he was so efficient."

Stevens added four rebounds, two assists and was 3-for-4 on free throws with all three makes coming in the final 5:48 as Maryland threatened.

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Anthony Cowan Jr. led Maryland with 15 points while Kevin Huerter and Bruno Fernando added 13 apiece.

Darryl Morsell had 10 points for the Terrapins, who cut a 10-point deficit with 8:11 to play to just three with 1:13 left.

"I didn't think we competed in the first half defensively," Turgeon said. "I thought in the second half, we were really trying hard."

BIG PICTURE

Maryland: The Terrapins' disappointing season continues and they have dropped to 7-7 since stalwart forward Justin Jackson's season was ended by a torn shoulder ligament in late December. Although they shot better than their season average, the Terrapins were badly outplayed in the paint, getting outscored 32-22 and outrebounded 27-23.

Penn State: The Nittany Lions are playing an exciting brand of basketball as of late. They have a combined 22 dunks over their last three home games and opponents are finding it hard to play fast against a team that thrives on speed.