The 2017 NCAA Tournament is finally here, and No. 6 Creighton is looking to avoid an upset when it takes on a red-hot No. 11 Rhode Island squad.
The two teams have been trending in opposite directions — The Bluejays have lost eight of their last 15 games, while the Rams have won eight in a row, 12 of 14, and are in the tourney for the first time since 1999.
Here’s all the information you need to watch the game:
2017 NCAA Tournament, Creighton vs. Rhode Island game time, details
Time: 4:30 p.m. ET
Date: Friday, March 17
Location: Sacramento, Calif.
What TV channel is the 2017 NCAA Tournament Creighton vs. Rhode Island game on?
The game will be broadcast on TBS.
How can I watch the 2017 NCAA Tournament Creighton vs. Rhode Island game online?
NCAA.com will broadcast all games for free online. Click here to watch.
How can I listen to the 2017 NCAA Tournament Creighton vs. Rhode Island game?
The game will be broadcast by Westwood One Sports, with Jason Benetti and Mike Montgomery on the call. You can find information on radio stations and streaming options here.
Who is calling the 2017 NCAA Tournament Creighton vs. Rhode Island game on television?
Spero Dedes, Steve Smith, Len Elmore, and Ros Gold-Onwude will be on the call on TBS.
2017 NCAA Tournament Creighton vs. Rhode Island game preview
Creighton’s slide began when it lost starting point guard Maurice Watson Jr. to a season-ending knee injury in January. He had averaged 12.9 points and 8.5 assists per game during the Blue Jays’ 18-1 start to the season.
Guard Marcus Foster leads Creighton in scoring at 18.3 points per game.
The Bluejays lost in the finals of the Big East Conference tournament, suffering a 74-60 loss to Villanova, the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tourney.
Rhode Island won the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament with three wins in three days, earning its first NCAA Tournament bid in 18 years. The Rams won the tourney with a 70-63 win over VCU.
Three players average double-digit scoring for the Rams — guard E.C. Matthews (14.9 points per game), forward Hassan Martin (14.1), and guard Jared Terrell (12.5).
This is the first time Creighton and Rhode Island have matched up this season.