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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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Virginia snaps 3-game losing streak with 63-58 win over Georgia Tech

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Virginia snaps 3-game losing streak with 63-58 win over Georgia Tech

ATLANTA (AP) -- Jay Huff and Mamadi Diakite scored 17 points apiece as defending national champion Virginia snapped a three-game losing streak with a 63-58 win over Georgia Tech on Saturday night.

The Cavaliers (12-5, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) finally regained their winning touch after dropping out of The Associated Press ranking for the first time since November 2017.

Georgia Tech (8-10, 3-5) lost its fourth straight home game. The Yellow Jackets haven't won at McCamish Pavilion since a Dec. 4 victory over Nebraska. 

Diakite's dunk with 14:47 remaining gave Virginia its biggest lead, 43-29.

The Cavaliers were still up 48-37 with just over 10 minutes to go when Georgia Tech suddenly came to life offensively.

The Yellow Jackets scored on four of five possessions, stringing together a 9-0 run that cut Virginia's edge to 48-46.

That was as close as Georgia Tech would get.

Huff, a 7-foot-1 center, knocked down a 3-pointer from the top of the key to thwart Georgia Tech's momentum. A few minutes later, he swished another open jumper to make it 55-48. 

Georgia Tech got a basket and a defensive stop, but Braxton Key swooped on for an offensive rebound to give the Cavaliers a second chance. With just over 2 minutes to go, Diakite was left open on the wing for a jumper that made it 57-50, effectively finishing off the Yellow Jackets.

Jose Alvarado paced Georgia Tech with 20 points.

Virginia led 33-25 at halftime, taking advantage of the home team's sloppy play. The Yellow Jackets hit 11 of 18 shots (61.1%) but turned it over 13 times, wasting far too many possessions against the defensive-minded Cavaliers.

BIG PICTURE

Virginia: The Cavaliers picked up a desperately needed victory to avoid their longest losing streak since a four-game skid from Feb. 12-20, 2017. While still a far cry from their national championship squad, Virginia showed some offensive efficiency to go along with its always-tenacious defense. Key chipped in with 10 points. 

Georgia Tech: This is shaping up to be another disappointing season, raising more doubts about whether coach Josh Pastner can turn around a program that is approaching a decade since its last NCAA Tournament appearance. The Yellow Jackets continue to show flashes of promise, but Pastner has been unable to develop any sort of consistency in his fourth season. 

UP NEXT

Virginia: Returns home to play North Carolina State on Monday night. 

Georgia Tech: Hits the road for the first of two meetings against No. 11 Louisville. The teams will meet again in Atlanta on March 7, the final game of the regular season. 

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Hyland scores 21 to lead VCU past St. Bonaventure

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Hyland scores 21 to lead VCU past St. Bonaventure

Nah'Shon Hyland had a season-high 21 points as VCU easily beat Saint Bonaventure 91-63 on Saturday.

Hyland hit 5 of 6 3-pointers. He added eight rebounds.

Marcus Santos-Silva had 17 points and 11 rebounds for VCU (13-5, 3-2 Atlantic 10 Conference). Issac Vann added 10 points. Corey Douglas had seven rebounds.

VCU dominated the first half and led 52-24 at the break. The Rams' 52 first-half points marked a season best for the team.

Justin Winston had 17 points for the Bonnies (12-6, 4-1), whose four-game win streak was broken. Jaren English added 15 points. Dominick Welch had seven rebounds.

VCU takes on Saint Joseph's on the road on Tuesday. Saint Bonaventure plays Dayton on the road on Wednesday.

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