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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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Maryland gets great news as Anthony Cowan Jr. withdraws from NBA Draft to return for senior season

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Maryland gets great news as Anthony Cowan Jr. withdraws from NBA Draft to return for senior season

Anthony Cowan Jr. announced that he will return to Maryland basketball for his senior season after testing the NBA Draft waters.

Cowan, a local product out of St. John's College High School, has started every game at Maryland for the past three seasons. The point guard has led the Terps in scoring and assists the past two years, most recently helping the team to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament. 

His return will be a huge boost to the Terrapins after big-man Bruno Fernando decided to forgo his eligibility for his final two seasons in College Park for the NBA Draft. Including Cowan, the team returns seven of its top eight scorers for the 2019-20 season and will be one of the more experienced squads in the nation.

With Cowan staying at Maryland, NBC Sports' Rob Dauster says that the Terps will be a potential top-five team entering the season.

His decision came hours before Wednesday's NBA draft withdrawal deadline. Earlier on the same day, he worked out for the Sacramento Kings, according to Baltimore Sun reporter Don Markus.

While Cowan has shown an impressive ability to lead his team in his three years, he was not a projected pick for the 2019 NBA draft. It's another year for the senior to display his ability, and lead a talented team to national prominence after he only scored 20 points in two NCAA Tournament games last year. 

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Maryland's Darnell Savage signs rookie contract with Green Bay Packers

Maryland's Darnell Savage signs rookie contract with Green Bay Packers

Darnell Savage is the third NFL draft prospect profiled in our series ‘I Am the Prospect’. Download the MyTeams App for all three features.

Darnell Savage Jr. spent four seasons wowing fans in College Park as a defensive star for the Maryland Terrapins, and in April he found out he’ll be taking his talents to Wisconsin after being selected in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers.

Now, his future in Green Bay is officially official.

As Schefter mentions, Savage is the first first-rounder to sign a contract in 2019. It will be the standard length of first-round draft picks, going four years guaranteed with a fifth-year option. Reports are that the speedy, hard-hitting safety will earn $12.5 million over the first four seasons of the contract.

There were some questions about Savage’s fit in an NFL defensive backfield, given his size. But he is an athletic player with great instincts for the ball, and his statistics were thoroughly impressive the last two seasons in college. The Packers certainly believed he would be a terrific fit in their defense, considering they traded up to the 21st pick in order to make the selection.

Savage should have a great opportunity to start early in Green Bay, and now that he’s signed his contract so early, he’ll be able to get to work sooner rather than later. Knowing Savage, that’s just the way he wants it.

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