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Maryland moves on to Women's NCAA 2nd round

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Maryland moves on to Women's NCAA 2nd round

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Kaila Charles scored 20 points and Maryland beat Princeton 77-57 on Friday in the first round of the women's NCAA Tournament.

Eleanna Christinaki added 16 points, Kristen Confroy finished with 14 and Brianna Fraser had 11 rebounds for the fifth-seeded Terrapins (26-7).

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They shot 56 percent in the second half, built a 43-25 rebounding advantage and pulled away in the second half to advance to the second round of the Kansas City Regional. Maryland hasn't gone one-and-done in the tournament since 2001.

Abby Meyers scored 13 points and Bella Alarie had 12 for the 12th-seeded Tigers (24-6), who allow just 54.3 points per game -- 10th-best in the country. The Terps surpassed that mark in the first 90 seconds of the fourth quarter.

Maryland went up by double digits to stay with a 14-4 run late in the third quarter keyed by seven points from Charles, then pushed its lead in to the 20s on Fraser's layup with 7 minutes remaining.

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BIG PICTURE

Princeton: The Ivy League champions made the tournament for the seventh time in nine years. Now the challenge is to find a way to stick around for a couple of games, with the Tigers' only win in the event coming in 2015. Princeton's minus-18 on the boards was by far its worst performance of the season, and any chance at the upset slipped away when the Tigers missed 12 of their first 17 shots of the second half.

Maryland: The Terrapins certainly seemed comfortable opening the tournament away from College Park -- something they hadn't done in more than a decade. Charles was in charge for Maryland, reaching double figures for the 30th time in 33 games. The Terps were dominant on the glass and underneath, scoring 20 second-chance points and 30 points in the paint.

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Maryland advances to the second round of the Kansas City Regional on Sunday.

NCAA Tournament 2019: Liberty vs. Mississippi State First Round, time, TV channel, how to watch

NCAA Tournament 2019: Liberty vs. Mississippi State First Round, time, TV channel, how to watch

No. 12 Liberty plays No. 5 Missisippi State on Friday, March 22 in hopes of getting the first tournament victory in their program's history.

It is easy to say that it was successful inaugural season for Liberty in the Atlantic Sun. The Flames got this tournament bid by winning the Atlantic Sun championship with a 28-6 (14-2 A-Sun) record. This is the first time Ritchey McKay led them to the big dance in his tenure. But most importantly for the Flames, this is also the first time that they are not seeded at the 16 line and have a chance to win their first game.

No. 5 Mississippi State used a strong 23-10 regular season to retrieve an at-large bid. The Bulldogs were one of seven SEC teams to make the NCAA Tournament. This season was litered with both highs and lows for Mississippi State. Wins against Cincinatti, Wofford, and Auburn looked great; losses against Arizona State and South Carolina not so much. It is the Bulldogs' first tournament bid since the 2009 season. 

Here is the NCAA Tournament information:

Liberty vs. Mississippi State How to Watch

What: 2019 NCAA Tournament First Round, East Region

Who: No. 12 Liberty (28-6, 14-2 Atlantic Sun) vs. No. 5 Mississippi State (23-10, 10-8 SEC)

When: 7:27 p.m. ET on Friday, March 22

Where: SAP Center, San Jose, Calif.

TV Channel: truTV

Online Stream: March Madness Live on NCAA.com

TV Announcers: Spero Dedes / Len Elmore / Steve Smith // Ros Gold-Onwude

Twitter: @LibertyMBB@HailStateMBK 

Liberty vs. Mississippi State Bracket Analysis

How They Got Here: Liberty (auto-bid, Atlantic Sun champions), Mississippi State (at-large)

Previous Meeting: 78-67 Mississippi State win on Dec. 19, 2005

Next Round: Winner of No. 4 Virginia Tech vs. No. 13 Saint Louis

East Region Bracket:

No. 1 Duke vs. No. 16 North Dakota State
No. 8 VCU vs. No. 9 Central Florida

No. 5 Mississippi State vs. No. 12 Liberty
No. 4 Virginia Tech vs. No. 13 Saint Louis

No. 6 Maryland vs. No. 11 Belmont
No. 3 LSU vs. No. 14 Yale

No. 7 Louisville vs. No. 10 Minnesota
No. 2 Michigan State vs. No. 15 Bradley

Liberty vs. Mississippi State Betting Spread, Lines & Odds

Favorites: Mississippi State -6.5
Over/Under: 133
Money Line: Mississippi State -275, Liberty +230
Against The Spread: Liberty (16-14-1), Mississippi State (16-16-1)

Betting lines found on BetOnline.ag

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NCAA Tournament 2019: Virginia vs. Gardner-Webb First Round, time, TV channel, how to watch

NCAA Tournament 2019: Virginia vs. Gardner-Webb First Round, time, TV channel, how to watch

No. 1 Virginia will have to overcome the biggest upset in NCAA Tournament history as they return to the dance against No. 16 Gardner-Webb.

The Virginia Cavaliers received a top seed once again with a 29-3 overall record. Of their three losses, two of them were to Zion Williamson's Duke squad. Other than that the Cavs went 29-1 against everyone else and in a powerful ACC. There was a never a question if Virginia would get back to a No. 1 seed. It's a matter if Tony Bennett's squad can get past the No. 16 seed this year. 

That No. 16 seed will be the Big South champions, the Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs. Led by head coach Tim Craft in his sixth season, the Bulldogs beat the two conference favorites Campbell and Radford in the Big South Tournament to get here. This marks Gardner-Webb's first ever NCAA Tournament appearance.

Here is the NCAA Tournament information:

Virginia vs. Gardner-Webb How to Watch

What: 2019 NCAA Tournament First Round, South Region

Who: No. 1 Virginia (29-3, 16-2 ACC) vs. No. 16 Gardner-Webb (23-11, 10-6 Big South)

When: 3:10 p.m. ET on Friday, March 22

Where: Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, S.C.

TV Channel: truTV

Online Stream: March Madness Live on NCAA.com

TV Announcers: Jim Nantz / Bill Raftery / Grant Hill // Tracy Wolfson

Twitter: @UVAMensHoops@GWU_MBK 

Virginia vs. Gardner-Webb Bracket Analysis

How They Got Here: Virginia (at-large), Gardner-Webb (auto-bid, Big South champions)

Previous Meeting: 72-65 Virginia win on Dec. 20, 2002

Next Round: Winner of No. 8 Ole Miss vs. No. 9 Oklahoma

South Region Bracket:

No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 16 Gardner-Webb
No. 8 Ole Miss vs. No. 9 Oklahoma

No. 5 Wisconsin vs. No. 12 Oregon
No. 4 Kansas State vs. No. 13 UC Irvine

No. 6 Villanova vs. No. 11 St. Mary's (CA)
No. 3 Purdue vs. No. 14 Old Dominion

No. 7 Cincinnati vs. No. 10 Iowa
No. 2 Tennessee vs. No. 15 Colgate

Virginia vs. Gardner-Webb Betting Spread, Lines & Odds

Favorites: Virginia -21.5
Over/Under: 131
Money Line: N/A
Against The Spread: Virginia (23-9), Gardner-Webb (18-13-1)

Betting lines found on BetOnline.ag

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