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NCAA Tournament 2017: VCU vs. Saint Mary's First Round, time, TV channel

NCAA Tournament 2017: VCU vs. Saint Mary's First Round, time, TV channel

VCU is in the NCAA Tournament for the the seventh straight season, receiving an at-large bid good enough for the No. 10-seed in the west region of March Madness.

In th first round of the 2017 tournament,  the rams will face No. 7 Saint Mary's in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Here is the NCAA Tournament information on the first round NCAA Tournament matchup between VCU and Saint Mary's

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VCU vs. Saint Mary's How to Watch

What: 2017 NCAA Tournament First Round, West Region

Who: No. 10-seed  VCU Rams (27-8, 14-4 A10) vs. No. 7-seed Saint Mary's (28-4, 16-2 WCC)

When: 7:20 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 16

Where: Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah

TV Channel: TBS

Online Stream:  March Madness Live on NCAA.com

TV Announcers: Andrew Catalon (Play-by-play), Steve Lappas (Analyst), Jamie Erdahl (Reporter)

Twitter: : @VCU_Hoops@smcgaels

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VCU vs. Saint Mary's  Bracket Analysis

How They Got Here: VCU (At-large, lost to Rhode Island in A-10 finals), Saint Mary's (At-large, lost to Gonzaga in WCC finals)

Previous Meeting: This will be the first-ever matchup between VCU and Saint Mary's

Next Round: Winner of No. 2 Arizona vs. No. 15 North Dakota

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

VCU vs. Saint Mary's Betting Spread, Lines & Odds

Favorites: Saint Mary's -3.5
Over/Under: N/A
Money Line: N/A
Against The Spread: Saint Mary's is 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven games and is 15-2-2 ATS this season. VCU is 12-16-2 ATS this season and 2-2-1 ATS in their last five games.

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Georgetown gets a boost with Jessie Govan returning to school

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Georgetown gets a boost with Jessie Govan returning to school

After testing the NBA Draft waters, Georgetown center Jessie Govan decided to return to the Hoyas for his senior season.

Govan announced his intention to return on Instagram a week before the final commitment deadline.

Returning to the Hoyas is definitely a boost to the program that will be in their second year under head coach Patrick Ewing.  At 6-10, Govan was the team’s leading scorer (17.9 ppg) and rebounder (10.0 rpg) averaging a double-double last season.

Paired alongside power forward Marcus Derrickson, the Hoyas were nearly unstoppable in the paint. Derrickson though decided to forgo his senior year and signed with an agent after the season.

Had Govan decided to leave that would have meant over 56 percent of the team’s scoring and rebounding would have departed (to graduation or professional pursuits) in a handful of months. Not the best outlook for a 15-win team that went 5-13 in the Big East.

Instead Ewing gets back his leading scorer that many believe he can mold as a young protégée. While in the draft process without an agent Govan had workouts with the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks. Both are valuable experiences that he will bring to a relatively young Georgetown squad.

Having Govan for one more year will bridge Ewing’s second season to transfer big-man, Omer Yurtseven to his first year of eligibility in 2019. They were set up to having a walk-on and two sophomores being the only returning Hoyas over 6-6 for the upcoming season.

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Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

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Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

The pieces are starting to come together for Patrick Ewing.

On Monday the Georgetown Hoyas picked up perhaps the biggest (literally and figuratively) target of the transfer market, Omer Yurtseven.

From North Carolina State, the transfer from Istanbul Turkey will have two years remaining of eligibility. Due to NCAA transfer rules, he is not allowed to play for the 2018-19 season.

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Standing at 7-0, the center helped power the Wolfpack to an NCAA tournament bid this past season. Averaging 13.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks a contest, Yurstseven earned All-ACC Third Team honors in the 2017-18 season. He also touted a 58.3 shooting percentage and was not afraid to pull it up from deep either (22 made three-pointers).

NC State lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to No. 8 Seton Hall, but he was limited due to foul trouble with only two points and two rebounds in 14 minutes of play.

Initially, he is the option to fill the void that Jessie Govan will leave, whether that is during this offseason or next. Already the team has lost power forward Marcus Derrickson

Yurtseven will just be another frontcourt talent for Ewing with the Hoyas.

It was widely reported that he was considering playing options, both in the United States and abroad before this announcement. Easily he has the talent to go in first round of the NBA Draft whichever year he declares.

On the same day, the Hoyas also announced the signing of four-star guard James Akinjo.