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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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Could Maryland safety Darnell Savage Jr. jump into 2019 NFL Draft's first round?

Could Maryland safety Darnell Savage Jr. jump into 2019 NFL Draft's first round?

Coming out of the NFL combine, former Maryland safety Darnell Savage Jr. was projected to be a second-round pick in the NFL Draft. But could he end up sliding into the first round on Thursday?

It seems like a possibility now, based on some of the teams he's met with, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Monday. And NFL.com analyst Daniel Jeremiah has previously said Savage could rise to the first round too.

NBC Sports Washington's latest NFL Mock Draft has Savage going to the Green Bay Packers as the 44th overall pick.

According to Rapoport, Savage met with 11 teams, including the Carolina Panthers (No. 16 overall pick), Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 20 overall pick), Seattle Seahawks (No. 21 overall pick), Philadelphia Eagles (No. 25 overall pick) and Los Angeles Rams (No. 31 overall pick). 

The three-year starter out of College Park was named Second Team All-Big Ten this season after recording 52 tackles (38 solo, 14 assist) for the Terps, along with four interceptions, including one pick six. He's versatile, strong and fast, and even if he gets passed by in the first round of the NFL Draft, it seems unlikely that he'll still be available by the end of the second.

At 5-foot-11 and 198 pounds, Savage ran a 4.36-second 40-yard dash at the NFL combine in February -- a time that was second-fastest among all safeties -- and posted a 39.5-inch vertical, third among safeties, and a 126-inch broad jump. He also had 11 bench-press reps.

Pro Football Focus has Savage listed as the second-best safety in this year's draft class behind Delaware's Nasir Adderley because he's "a missile around the line of scrimmage".

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Jamion Christian, GW basketball receive commitment from Jameer Nelson's son Jameer Jr.

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Jamion Christian, GW basketball receive commitment from Jameer Nelson's son Jameer Jr.

The George Washington University men's basketball team landed the son of longtime NBA point guard Jameer Nelson Tuesday. 

Jameer Nelson Jr., a 2019 guard out of Pennsylvania's Haverford School, decommitted from his father's alma mater (Saint Joseph's) following the news that Phil Martelli would not return for the 2019-20 season. 

This marks first-year head coach Jamion Christian's second commitment since being named head coach of the Colonials after one year at Siena College. 

Nelson Sr. played in the Association from 2004 to 2018, including 10 seasons in Orlando. The point guard averaged a career-best 16.7 points per game during the 2008-09 campaign.