The 2017 NCAA Tournament officially begins for all teams Thursday, March 16 in basketball arenas across the country. In the East bracket, No. 8 Wisconsin will played its first tournament game against No. 9 Virginia Tech at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York.
The winner of the game between the Badgers and Hokies will earn the right to play the winner of No. 1 Villanova against No. 16 Mount St. Mary’s. Their game will take place on the same court immediately before the Badgers-Hokies matchup. The winners will face each other on Saturday for the right to advance to the Sweet 16.
Here’s all the information you’ll need for the Wisconsin vs. Virginia Tech game:
2017 NCAA Tournament Wisconsin vs. Virginia Tech game time, details
Time: 9:40 p.m. ET (approximately)
Date: Thursday, March 16
Location: KeyBank Center; Buffalo, New York
What TV channel is the 2017 NCAA Tournament Wisconsin vs. Virginia Tech game on?
CBS is televising the game.
How can I watch the 2017 NCAA Tournament 2017 NCAA Tournament Wisconsin vs. Virginia Tech game online?
NCAA.com will broadcast all games for free online. Click here to watch.
How can I listen to the 2017 NCAA Tournament Wisconsin vs. Virginia Tech game?
The game will be broadcast by Westwood One Sports, with Scott Graham and Donny Marshall on the call. You can find information on radio stations and streaming options here.
Who is calling the 2017 NCAA Tournament Wisconsin vs. Virginia Tech game on television?
Ian Eagle, Steve Lavin and Evan Washburn will call the game for CBS.
2017 NCAA Tournament Wisconsin vs. Virginia Tech game preview
There are two very different feelingsaround these two programs heading into this matchup. While Virginia Tech is back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007, Wisconsin earned its lowest seed in eight years.
The Badgers started the season 21-3, including 10-1 in Big Ten play, but they struggled to the tune of 4-6 down the stretch and suffered a blowout loss to Michigan in the conference championship.
Senior guard Bronson Koenig is set to make his final NCAA Tournament appearance. He led Wisconsin with 14.1 points per game this season. As a sophomore, he scored into double-figures three times in the 2015 NCAA Tournament where Wisconsin advanced all the way to the Final. Koenig tallied 10 points and four assists in the championship game loss to Duke.
However, sophomore forward Ethan Happ is probably Wisconsin’s most dangerous player. He averages close to 14.0 points and 9.0 rebounds per game, but Happ also has guard-like qualities. He accumulates 2.8 assists and 1.9 steals to go with 1.1 blocks per night.
Playing in the ACC, the Hokies had plenty of chances to prove their worth, and although they did post a losing record versus Top 25 teams, Virginia Tech did beat some quality opponents. In the conference opener, Virginia Tech knocked off Duke and then in February, the Hokies beat their cross-state rival, the Virginia Cavaliers, in double overtime.
Virginia Tech had a very balanced attacked with five different players averaging double-figures this season. Senior forward Zach LeDay led the team with 16.3 points and 7.4 rebounds while shooting 53.0 percent.
The last time Virginia Tech was in the tournament, they advanced to the second round. Wisconsin advanced to the Sweet 16 last season, where the team fell to a different ACC squad – Notre Dame.