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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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NFL Draft prospect Tre Watson hopes to time draft night around 'Avengers' release

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NFL Draft prospect Tre Watson hopes to time draft night around 'Avengers' release

Thursday night will be a very important moment in the life of former Maryland linebacker Tre Watson.

At midnight, the highly-anticipated Marvel movie Avengers: Endgame will hit the big screen for general audiences to see, bringing the conclusion to a decade worth of popular films. Watson, like millions of others, has been counting down the days until he could see the Avengers and Thanos go at it one more time.

Oh, and Thursday also marks the beginning of the 2019 NFL Draft, where Watson will most likely hear his name called at some point over the three-day span.

While Watson will be tuning into the draft that night, he understands that his moment of recognition may come a little later on in the week. Therefore, Thursday is all about 'Avengers'.

"Fortunately, you know, I'm kind of realistic. I know I'm not going to be a first-round pick," Watson said in an interview on NFL Network. "So I'll just be watching that just kind of for the formality of it, I'm definitely excited for 'Avengers' and then I kind of will springboard into Day 2 and Day 3 where I'm hoping to hear my name called. It's really a perfect set up for me, honestly."

This isn't the first time that Watson has let it be known to the world that he is a dedicated Marvel fan. His Twitter feed is filled with thoughts on the movie, including a tweet from a few months back that took the internet by storm.

The first round of the draft still does have some intrigue for Watson, as his former teammate Darnell Savage Jr. has gained a lot of steam during the draft process and has a chance to be chosen on Thursday night. However, Watson will hope that Savage's name is called earlier in the night rather than later, as he will need time to get to the theatre to prepare to watch  Captain America and company save the day one last time. 

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NBA Draft 2019: Maryland teammates Bruno Fernando, Anthony Cowan to declare for NBA Draft

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NBA Draft 2019: Maryland teammates Bruno Fernando, Anthony Cowan to declare for NBA Draft

Maryland hoops in College Park could look drastically different next winter. Sophomore Bruno Fernando and junior Anthony Cowan have declared for the 2019 NBA draft, the team announced Monday

Declaring during the early entry period and signing with an agent, as both players intend to do, makes both Fernando and Cowan eligible to return to school should they have other ideas before the draft. 

Fernando, the 6-foot-10 forward from Angola, popped off for 22 double-doubles during the 2019-19 season while finishing with averages of 13.6 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. The 20-year-old is expected to be a first-round draft pick. 

Fernando is reportedly being represented by Priority Sports, per NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig. 

Cowan led the way for Maryland last season, finishing with his team-leading 15.6 points and 4.4 assists per game. 

The Bowie, Md. guard currently ranks t-10th in program history in assists (437) and 23rd in points (1376). He's started in every game since arriving in College Park for the 2016-17 season. 

Although the 21-year-old isn't expected to draw serious NBA attention, he's still testing the waters for professional reasons. 

Here are upcoming dates to be on the lookout for: 

April 21 - Early Entry Draft Deadline

May 14-19 - NBA Combine

May 29 - NCAA Withdrawal Deadline

June 20 - NBA Draft

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