No. 8 VCU and No. 9 UCF will clash in the First Round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament. The two at-large programs will play on Friday, March 22 at 9:40 p.m.
Both these squads are two teams that no one wants to face in this tournament. VCU and UCF are both strong defensively (top-40 in KenPom).
VCU earned their at-large with a clean run through their season. With a 25-7 record, the Rams were a clear step ahead of the other teams in the Atlantic 10. While they fell in the A-10 Tournament, they built together a resume that was enough to give them an at-large. It is the first bid for the program since Mike Rhoades took over as head coach.
UCF is their opponent and most notably plays with the 7-foot-6 phenom Tacko Fall. Hovering around the bubble all season long, UCF used some quality end-of-season wins to get into the field. The Knights are yet another team to never win a tournament contest and this season is their best chance against VCU.
Which stinks is that whichever one wins is likely getting Duke as a Second Round opponent.
Here is the NCAA Tournament information:
VCU vs. UCF How to Watch
What: 2019 NCAA Tournament First Round, East Region
Who: No. 8 VCU (25-7, 16-2 Atlantic 10) vs. No. 9 UCF (23-8, 13-5 AAC)
When: 9:40 p.m. ET on Friday, March 22.
Where: Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, S.C.
TV Channel: CBS
Online Stream: March Madness Live on NCAA.com
TV Announcers: Jim Nantz / Bill Raftery / Grant Hill // Tracy Wolfson
VCU vs. UCF Bracket Analysis
How They Got Here: VCU (at-large), UCF (at-large)
Previous Meeting: First Meeting
Next Round: Winner of No. 1 Duke vs. No. 16 North Dakota State
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
VCU vs. UCF Betting Spread, Lines & Odds
Favorites: UCF -1
Money Line: VCU -102, UCF -118
Against The Spread: VCU (20-11-1), UCF (18-12-1)
Betting lines found on BetOnline.ag
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