The 2017 NCAA Tournament officially begins for all teams Thursday, March 16 in basketball arenas across the country. In the Midwest bracket, No. 5 Iowa State will played its first tournament game against No. 12 Nevada at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The winner of the game between the Cyclones and Wolf Pack will earn the right to play the winner of No. 4 Purdue against No. 13 Vermont. Their game will take place on the same court immediately before the Cyclones-Wolf Pack 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 Iowa State vs. Nevada game:
2017 NCAA Tournament Iowa State vs. Nevada game time, details
Time: 9:57 p.m. ET (approximately)
Date: Thursday, March 16
Location: BMO Harris Bradley Center; Milwaukee, Wisconsin
What TV channel is the 2017 NCAA Tournament Iowa State vs. Nevada game on?
TruTV is televising the game. Click here to find the channel for TruTV on your television provider.
How can I watch the 2017 NCAA Tournament Iowa State vs. Nevada game online?
NCAA.com will broadcast all games for free online. Click here to watch.
How can I listen to the 2017 NCAA Tournament Iowa State vs. Nevada 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 2017 NCAA Tournament Iowa State vs. Nevada game on television?
Andrew Catalong, Steven Lappas and Jamie Erdahl will call the game for TruTV.
2017 NCAA Tournament Iowa State vs. Nevada game preview
Iowa State should feel right at home in this one, as the Cyclones open up the tournament in Milwaukee, which is about 370 miles away from Ames, Iowa. Not only that, but three of their players are from Milwaukee too.
The Cyclones are making their sixth straight NCAA Tournament appearance coming off their third Big 12 Tournament championship in the last four years. However, Iowa State hasn’t been quite as successfully in the Big Dance; the Cyclones haven’t advanced to the Elite Eight since 2000. The last time they were in the Final Four, Franklin D. Roosevelt was President of the United States.
Perhaps this is the year the NCAA Tournament disappointment finally ends in Ames. After all, Iowa State did beat Kansas, Baylor and West Virginia. In the preseason, they also gave Gonzaga all they could handle in a two-point loss.
Senior guard Monte Morris led the Cyclones balanced offensive attack in both scoring and passing. He led Iowa State with 16.3 points and 6.1 assists per game. Fellow senior guard Deonte Burton led the squad in rebounding with 6.2 boards per game while fellow seniors Nazareth Mitrou-Long and Matt Thomas also scored in double-figures each night.
It’s pretty rare to see four impactful seniors in one game let alone on one team in today’s college basketball, but Nevada will also feature a pair of senior leaders. First, the Wolf Pack’s leading scorer, guard Marcus Marshall, tallied 19.8 points this season. He also averaged 3.6 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 0.8 steals per game.
Fellow senior guard D.J. Fenner is one of four other players besides Marshall who averaged double-figures in scoring. Fenner averaged 14.1 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. Junior Elijah Foster and sophomores Cameron Oliver and Jordan Caroline also scored more than 10 points per night.
Most of Nevada’s scoring is going to come from those five players. All of them receive more than 30 minutes per game. The only other player on the team with more than 15 minutes per night is sophomore Lindsey Drew.