After beating a higher seed in the first round for the second year in a row, No. 12 seed Middle Tennessee State will try to extend its run in the 2017 NCAA Tournament against No. 4 seed Butler on Saturday.
The Blue Raiders opened with an 81-72 win over Minnesota on Thursday, while Butler handled Winthrop 76-64. Now the two squads will face off for a spot in the Sweet 16 and a matchup with the winner of North Carolina-Arkansas.
Here’s everything you need to know to be able to watch the game.
2017 NCAA Tournament: Butler vs MTSU game time, details
Time: 7:10 p.m. ET
Date: Saturday, March 18
Location: BMO Harris Bradley Center; Milwaukee
What TV channel is the Butler vs MTSU game on?
The game will be on TBS.
How can I watch the Butler vs MTSU game online?
NCAA.com is broadcasting every game for free online. Click here to watch.
How can I listen to the Butler vs MTSU game?
The game will be broadcast by Westwood One Sports, with Brandon Gaudin and Kelly Tripucka on the call. You can find information on radio stations and streaming options here.
Who is calling the Butler vs MTSU game on television?
Carter Blackburn, Mike Gminski, Debbie Antonelli and Lisa Byington will call the game on TBS.
Butler vs MTSU preview
Can both teams stay hot from outside?
MTSU shot 53.8 percent (7-of-13) from 3-point range in the win over the Golden Gophers. Butler shot 42.1 percent (8-of-19) against Winthrop. During March Madness, one great shooting day can propel a team to an upset. One poor shooting day can doom even a prohibitive favorite. Whichever team is able to best keep up the shooting pace from the first round may have the best chance to win.
Who wins the rebounding battle?
In addition to great shooting performances, both the Bulldogs and Blue Raiders won on the glass in the round of 64. The team that can grab some offensive boards and create extra possessions will significantly help their chances. The Blue Raiders appear to have the edge in this category, with three different players who all average over 5 rebounds per game (JaCorey Williams, Reggie Upshaw and Giddy Potts). Butler has just one, Kelan Martin.
Expect depth to be a factor
Butler holds a key advantage in this matchup: depth. The Bulldogs have seven different players who play at least 20 minutes per game, while MTSU has only four. Playing their second game in three days, fatigue is sure to affect both teams. Butler’s ability to go deeper into its bench may be the deciding factor.