Xavier looks to keep an unexpected run in the NCAA Tournament continuing in the Round of 32 on Saturday. The No. 11 seed Musketeers upset No. 6 seed Maryland on Thursday, becoming one of the lowest seeds to advance from the tournament’s first day.
Xavier plays No. 3 seed Florida State at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla. The winner of that game will advance to the Sweet 16 to play the winner of the West bracket’s No. 7 seed Saint Mary’s and seed No. 2 Arizona.
Here’s all the information you’ll need for the Florida State vs. Xavier game:
2017 NCAA Tournament Florida State vs. Xavier game time, details
Time: 6:10 p.m. ET
Date: Saturday, March 18
Location: Amway Center; Orlando, Fla.
What TV channel is the 2017 NCAA Tournament Florida State vs. Xavier game on?
TNT is televising the game.
How can I watch the 2017 NCAA Tournament Florida State vs. Xavier game online?
NCAA.com will broadcast all games for free online. Click here to watch.
How can I listen to the 2017 NCAA Tournament Florida State vs. Xavier game?
The game will be broadcast by Westwood One Sports, with Tom McCarthy and Will Perdue on the call. You can find information on radio stations and streaming options here.
Who is calling the 2017 NCAA Tournament Florida State vs. Xavier game on television?
Ian Eagle, Steve Lavin and Evan Washburn will call the game for TNT.
2017 NCAA Tournament Florida State vs. Xavier game preview
Florida State got about all it could handle in the opening round on Thursday, barely skidding past No. 14 seed Florida Gulf Coast.
The Seminoles relied heavily on its starters, getting double-digit performances from four of five starters including a double-double from forward Jonathan Isaac, who finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Florida State had opportunities to extend that lead, getting to the free-throw line 39 times, but the team shot just 61.5 percent from the stripe. Its perimeter shooting was even worse — the Seminoles hit just 15.4 percent of shots from 3-point range.
Xavier, on the other hand, played like it was the favorite against the Terrapins on Thursday, easily putting them away 76-65. Maryland actually led by one at the half, but the Musketeers scored 41 second half points to put it away.
Xavier succeeded with a relatively shallow rotation, working in just three guys off the bench. However, those three players ended up scoring 30 of the team’s 76 points, including double-digit output from Sean O’Mara (18) and Kaiser Gates (11).
Trevon Blueitt, Xavier’s leading scorer, was still the man for the Musketeers, however. His 21 points and 4 steals both led the team, although he did get into foul trouble, nearly fouling out of the game.
The glass really proved to be the difference in the game, however. While Xavier didn’t have a double-digit rebounder, Maryland was limited to just 24 boards while the Musketeers had four players with at least 5 rebounds.