NCAA Tournament 2018: Virginia Tech vs. Alabama First Round, time, TV channel, how to watch

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NCAA Tournament 2018: Virginia Tech vs. Alabama First Round, time, TV channel, how to watch

Virginia Tech played their way to the 2018 NCAA Tournament with a strong ending to ACC conference play. It marks back-to-back NCAA bids for the Hokies for the first time in over 30 years. It will also be the second year the team in the 8-9 match-up.

Their hot shooting and playmaking ability carried them to monster wins over Virginia, Clemson, and Duke. That was enough for them to circumvent a relatively weak non-conference schedule. They were one of nine ACC teams to make the NCAA Tournament this year.

With six different players that can lead the team in scoring it is near impossible to halt the entire Hokie offense. As a team they shoot 49.8 percent from the field, tied for ninth best in the entire country. Unlike their rivals from Charlottesville they play up-tempo, multiple possession basketball and try to run up the scoreboard.

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Their opponent, Alabama also likes to play with a quick pace which could lead to a shootout in the First Round.

Last season the Hokies lost to No. 8 Wisconsin in the First Round of the tournament. The Badgers went on to defeat the No. 1 overall seed Villanova for a spot in the Sweet 16. Virginia Tech has not made it to the Sweet 16 in the modern 68-team NCAA Tournament.

Virginia Tech and Oklahoma will meet on Thursday in Pittsburgh, PA.

Here is the NCAA Tournament information:

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Virginia Tech vs. Alabama How to Watch

What: 2018 NCAA Tournament First Round, East Region

Who: No. 8 Virginia Tech (21-11, 10-8 ACC) vs. Alabama (19-15, 8-10 SEC)

When: 9:20 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 15.

Where: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA.

TV Channel: TNT

Online Stream:  March Madness Live on NCAA.com

TV Announcers: Kevin Harlan (Play-by-play), Reggie Miller (Analyst), Dan Bonner (Analyst), Dana Jacobson (Reporter)

Twitter: @HokiesMBB, @AlabamaMBB

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Virginia Tech vs. Alabama Bracket Analysis

How They Got Here: Virginia Tech (At-large), Alabama (At-large)

Previous Meeting: 1989. Virginia Tech 76, Alabama 75.

Next Round: Winner of No. 1 Villanova/ No. 16 Radford/ LIU Brooklyn

East Region Bracket:

No. 1 Villanova vs. No. 16 Radford/ LIU Brooklyn
No. 8 Virginia Tech vs. No. 9 Alabama

No. 5 West Virginia vs. No. 12 Murray State
No. 4 Wichita State vs. No. 13 Marshall

No. 6 Florida vs. No. 11 St. Bonaventure/ UCLA
No. 3 Texas Tech vs. No. 14 S.F. Austin

No. 7 Arkansas vs. No. 10 Butler
No. 2 Purdue vs. No. 15 Cal State Fullerton

Virginia Tech vs. Alabama Betting Spread, Lines & Odds

Favorites: Virginia Tech, -2
Over/Under: 141.5 (-110)
Money Line: Virginia Tech, -130; Alabama +110
Against The Spread: Virginia Tech is 17-11 ATS on the season. Alabama is 17-15-1 ATS.

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ACC Tournament Bracket 2018, How to watch, Dates, Preview, Location

ACC Tournament Bracket 2018, How to watch, Dates, Preview, Location

Known in college basketball as the best conference, year-in and year-out, the ACC had another banner campaign during the 2017-18 season.

North Carolina is returning from a national championship run. Duke is touting the most talented lineup in the entire country, littered with high-school All-Americans. Miami continues to establish themselves as an upper-tier team and have locked-down a homecourt in Coral Gables. Clemson has emerged as an additional ranked team and is looking to return to the dance for the first time since 2011.

Oh and that’s not even mentioning the unanimous No. 1 team in all of the land, Virginia. (Who was not supposed to be near the top of the ACC this season)

Unless there is chaos in the 2018 ACC Tournament, eight teams are making the NCAA Tournament, with three more hovering around the bubble. All may make the tournament to make it 11 teams from the ACC.

Virginia is going to be a No. 1 seed and likely No. 1 overall with a win or two in Brooklyn. North Carolina and Duke are No. 2s, with Clemson not too far behind.

But before all that happens, an ACC Tournament champion must be crowned. Nearly every team would benefit on the seed line with the title and who knows, maybe Notre Dame or Boston College can win themselves into the big dance.

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ACC TOURNAMENT 2018 INFORMATION:

When is the 2018 ACC Tournament?

The ACC Tournament is March 6-10. The ACC Championship game is on Saturday, March 10 at 8:00 pm.

Where is the 2018 ACC Tournament?

The 2018 ACC Tournament is hosted at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

How to watch the 2018 ACC Tournament?

The ACC Tournament will be televised and streamed on ESPN’s family of networks. The first round will be on the ESPN2 or ESPNU, the second round will be split between ESPN and ESPN2, and from there on ESPN will carry all of the remaining ACC tournament games. All games can be streamed on the ACC Network and on watchESPN.com.

Who is the defending 2017 ACC Champion?

Duke was the 2017 ACC Champion after beating Notre Dame 75-69 in the championship game. The Blue Devils won after taking the No. 5 seed and beat the No. 12, 4, 1, and 3 seeds.

ACC TOURNAMENT 2018 BRACKET:

ACC Tournament First Round (3/6)
 - No. 12 Boston College 87, No. 13 Georgia Tech 77
 - No. 10 Notre Dame 67, No. 15 Pittsburgh 64
 - No. 11 Syracuse 73, No. 14 Wake Forest 64

ACC Tournament Second Round (3/7)

 - No. 9 Louisville 82, No. 8 Florida State 74
 - No. 12 Boston College 91, No. 5 NC State 87
 - No. 10 Notre Dame 71, No. 7 Virginia Tech 65
 - No. 6 North Carolina 78, No. 11 Syracuse 59

ACC Tournament Quarterfinals (3/8)
 - No. 1 Virginia 75, No. 9 Louisville  58                           
 - No. 4 Clemson 90, No. 12 Boston College 82
 - No. 2 Duke 88, No. 10 Notre Dame 70
 - No. 6 North Carolina 82, No. 3 Miami 65

ACC Tournament Semifinals (3/9)
 - No. 1 Virginia 64, No. 4 Clemson 58
 - No. 6 North Carolina 74, No. 2 Duke 69

ACC Tournament Championship (3/10)
 - 8:30 PM - No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 6 North Carolina (ESPN)

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ACC TOURNAMENT 2018 PREVIEW:

After the improbable transition into this season, Tony Bennett unsurprisingly was named the ACC Coach of the Year after taking the Cavaliers to the No. 1 seed. They were picked sixth coming into the season and won 17 of their 18 ACC games, a conference record. With a dominant defense and style of play that many new-age fans do not favor, they held teams to 52.8 ppg, the best in the country by five points. Virginia also became the nation’s No. 1 team for the first time in 30 years.

With all that said, they are clearly the best team in the league. However, it has yet to be seen if they can succeed in a tournament setting. Their NIT Season Tip-Off tournament was only two games. They also do not have a run past the Sweet 16 in their past four tournament appearances, two of which they were a No. 1 seed. 

Duke, the No. 2 team in the ACC has Marvin Bagley III, the ACC Player of the Year. Averaging a double-double, he brings 20.7 points and 11.9 rebounds a contest. They also have Grayson Allen from the outside and Wendell Carter Jr. They finished the season winning six out of seven and beat longtime Tobacco Road rivals North Carolina to finish the season.

Speaking of the Tar Heels, even as a No. 6 seed they cannot be counted out with Joel Berry II and Roy Williams as their coach. A championship run is not likely in their future, but they should be a favorite over No. 3 Miami in the semifinals. The Hurricanes are without Bruce Brown Jr. and may not even get him back for the NCAA Tournament.

The potential No. 7 Virginia Tech- No. 10 Notre Dame matchup in the second round is intriguing, given the Fighting Irish are an NCAA Tournament bubble team. With Bonzie Colson back, who knows how the committee will view them.

Additionally, No. 11 Syracuse and No. 9 Louisville both have the chance to win their way into the NCAA Tournament field with a win or two in this tournament.

PICK: No. 2 Duke

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Virginia Tech coach tells fans to ‘quit cussing’ in the middle of their upset over Duke

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Virginia Tech coach tells fans to ‘quit cussing’ in the middle of their upset over Duke

College basketball games are one of the most unique atmospheres in all of sports. Trash talking, or heckling, from the fans is not only expected but often highly encouraged.

And when Duke Blue Devils come to town, all bets are off.

Buzz Williams, the head coach of the Virginia Tech, was having none of it though from his student section during the Hokies massive upset over the No. 5 Blue Devils.

With 3:03 left in the second half there was a foul called against VT’s Justin Robinson as Grayson Allen was pulling up for a jumper. Although there initially appeared to be no contact between the two, Allen went to the line in a four-point game. The fans then let the officials have their voices be heard.

That is when Williams marched over to the scorers’ table and grabbed the public address announcer’s microphone.

“Guys, quit cussing. Quit cussing. Don’t throw anything on the floor regardless of what’s happening.”

It must have been a rallying cry for the team too. After Allen went 1-for-2, the Hokies went on an 8-2 run to close out the ball game and essentially lock their position in the NCAA Tournament.

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