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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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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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NCAA Tournament 2019: Virginia vs. Gardner-Webb First Round, time, TV channel, how to watch

NCAA Tournament 2019: Virginia vs. Gardner-Webb First Round, time, TV channel, how to watch

No. 1 Virginia will have to overcome the biggest upset in NCAA Tournament history as they return to the dance against No. 16 Gardner-Webb.

The Virginia Cavaliers received a top seed once again with a 29-3 overall record. Of their three losses, two of them were to Zion Williamson's Duke squad. Other than that the Cavs went 29-1 against everyone else and in a powerful ACC. There was a never a question if Virginia would get back to a No. 1 seed. It's a matter if Tony Bennett's squad can get past the No. 16 seed this year. 

That No. 16 seed will be the Big South champions, the Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs. Led by head coach Tim Craft in his sixth season, the Bulldogs beat the two conference favorites Campbell and Radford in the Big South Tournament to get here. This marks Gardner-Webb's first ever NCAA Tournament appearance.

Here is the NCAA Tournament information:

Virginia vs. Gardner-Webb How to Watch

What: 2019 NCAA Tournament First Round, South Region

Who: No. 1 Virginia (29-3, 16-2 ACC) vs. No. 16 Gardner-Webb (23-11, 10-6 Big South)

When: 3:10 p.m. ET on Friday, March 22

Where: Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, S.C.

TV Channel: truTV

Online Stream: March Madness Live on NCAA.com

TV Announcers: Jim Nantz / Bill Raftery / Grant Hill // Tracy Wolfson

Twitter: @UVAMensHoops@GWU_MBK 

Virginia vs. Gardner-Webb Bracket Analysis

How They Got Here: Virginia (at-large), Gardner-Webb (auto-bid, Big South champions)

Previous Meeting: 72-65 Virginia win on Dec. 20, 2002

Next Round: Winner of No. 8 Ole Miss vs. No. 9 Oklahoma

South Region Bracket:

No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 16 Gardner-Webb
No. 8 Ole Miss vs. No. 9 Oklahoma

No. 5 Wisconsin vs. No. 12 Oregon
No. 4 Kansas State vs. No. 13 UC Irvine

No. 6 Villanova vs. No. 11 St. Mary's (CA)
No. 3 Purdue vs. No. 14 Old Dominion

No. 7 Cincinnati vs. No. 10 Iowa
No. 2 Tennessee vs. No. 15 Colgate

Virginia vs. Gardner-Webb Betting Spread, Lines & Odds

Favorites: Virginia -21.5
Over/Under: 131
Money Line: N/A
Against The Spread: Virginia (23-9), Gardner-Webb (18-13-1)

Betting lines found on BetOnline.ag

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