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NCAA Tournament 2019: VCU vs. UCF First Round, time, TV channel, how to watch

NCAA Tournament 2019: VCU vs. UCF First Round, time, TV channel, how to watch

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

Twitter: @VCU_Hoops@UCF_MBB

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
Over/Under: 127
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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March Madness 2019: What you need to know about No. 8 VCU

March Madness 2019: What you need to know about No. 8 VCU

Those famed VCU Rams are back in the NCAA Tournament for 2019.

Before missing the big dance last season there VCU had received seven straight tournament bids. Now they begin a new streak under second-year head coach Mike Rhoades. 

Rhoades has brought havoc back to the Rams. VCU is ranked seventh in defensive efficiency according to KenPom. They allow only 88 points per 100 possessions. 

He's done it with a balanced and deep roster that he is not afraid to turn to at any moment. Nine players average 14 minutes or more this season. No one plays more than 28. Four guys bring home at least 10 points a game and no one shooting below 33 percent from the field. Simply, they are just a well-rounded team.

Returning back to their bread and butter, the Rams force opponents to turn over the rock over 16 times each night. It is the fourth best mark of NCAA Tournament teams. And while many Power 5 teams are picking up the pace offensively, not many of their potential opponents have seen that type of action. 

However, the heart and soul of their team, Marcus Evans, may not be 100 percent. He left the team's quarterfinal contest with a knee injury. Very alarming considering he's already injured both of his Achille tendons. Without Evans, there is probably not enough offense for them to survive. But with Evans, no one wants to mess with the Rams.

Lookng ahead to their opponent, they have to play 7-foot-6 Tacko Fall and the Central Florida Knights, another strong defensive team.

They tip-off their tournament run against UCF on Friday at 9:40 on CBS. If they win they have Duke on the horizon, who the Rams have beaten in the tournament before. 

Record: 

25-7 (16-2 Atlantic 10)

Seed:

No. 8, East (At-large bid)

First Round Opponent:

No. 9 UCF

Path to the Final Four:

No. 9 UCF, No. 1 Duke, No. 4 Virginia Tech, No. 2 Michigan State

Top Players:

Marcus Evans (13.8 ppg, 3.2 apg - A-10 First Team)
De'Riante Jenkins (11.4 ppg, 34.7 3-point percentage - A-10 Third Team)
Marcus Santos-Silva (10.1 ppg, 7.4 rpg)

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March Madness 2019: Five things to know about 7-foot-6 UCF center Tacko Fall

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March Madness 2019: Five things to know about 7-foot-6 UCF center Tacko Fall

After a one year hiatus from the NCAA Tournament, the VCU Rams are back in March Madness. Getting back in style, they did so by getting the No. 8 seed in the East Region of the bracket. 

Their opponent drawing first blood is the No. 9 seed UCF Knights from their American Athletic Conference. A team that for a majority of the 2019 season was considered to be on the bubble, hopped on the good side after a stellar run to end the season. 

Intriguing as UCF is as a school and a basketball program, they have one of the most fascinating players on their roster.

Center Tacko Fall stands at 7-foot 6-inches, the tallest basketball player currently in college basketball. He is from Senegal and been a staple of college basketball all four years with the Knights. Here are five things you need to know about the incredible marvel.

1. He unsurprisingly rewrote the UCF record book

Just some of the records he currently holds at UCF:
-Best FG% in a season 
-All-time leader in blocks
-Fourth most rebounds

2. Fall missed half of the 2017-18 season

Injuring his shoulder, Fall only played in 16 games his junior season. It was coming off testing the NBA waters the year prior and essentially prevented him from moving on to the next level. Had it not been for that injury, Fall leading UCF to their first NCAA berth since 2005 might not had happened. 

3. He was a part of the tallest tip-off in college basketball history

During Fall’s freshman season the Knights faced off against UC Irvine for a nonconference contest. The Anteaters just so happened to also have a 7-6 center, also from Senegal, Mamadou N’Diaye.  

It was the tallest head-to-head matchup in college basketball history and the tallest tip, according to the Washington Post.

Oh and they both whiffed on the jump

4.  It took N’Diaye’s brother to convince Fall to play basketball

Before dominating the basketball court, he literally towered over everyone on the soccer field. Soccer was his first sport and picked up basketball after running into Ibrahim N’Diaye.

5. Fall did not see his mother for seven years

Fall moved to the United States from Senegal at 16 to pursue a future in basketball. That day he left would be the final time he would see his mom until his Senior Night earlier this month.

And one - He is a double major in business and psychology

Not only did he get his scholarship's worth at Central Florida he also is looking to do more than just basketball. 

“If I could be LeBron James or Steve Jobs, I would be Steve Jobs because your athleticism will fade one day, but your knowledge will last forever,” via News.com.au

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