The final No. 1 seed to play in the opening round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament will be Kansas. The Jayhawks will face No. 16 UC Davis.
Kansas had an early exit in the Big 12 tournament, getting upset by TCU in its first game in Kansas City. However, star guard Josh Jackson is back from his suspension for the big dance.
The Aggies won their play-in game over North Carolina Central. Their prize will be getting to face a top seed, but they’ll be happy to try to become the first No. 16 seed to ever take down a No. 1.
Here’s everything you need to know to be able to watch the game:
2017 NCAA Tournament, Kansas vs. UC Davis game time, details
Time: 6:50 p.m. ET
Date: Friday, March 17
Location: Tulsa, Okla.
What TV channel is the Kansas vs. UC Davis game on?
The game will be broadcast on TNT.
How can I watch the Kansas vs. UC Davis game online?
NCAA.com will broadcast all games for free online. Click here to watch.
How can I listen to the Kansas vs. UC Davis game?
The game will be broadcast by Westwood One Sports, with Craig Way and P.J. Carlesimo on the call. You can find information on radio stations and streaming options here.
Who is calling the Kansas vs. UC Davis game on television?
Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller and Dan Bonner will be on the call on TNT, and Dana Jacobson will work as the sideline reporter.
Kansas vs. UC Davis game preview
The return of Josh Jackson
The Jayhawks desperately missed Jackson in their Big 12 Tournament loss to TCU. He’s such an efficient scorer, shooting 51 percent from the field and 37.7 percent from 3-point range. Having him back in the lineup will give Kansas some extra juice offensively. And as the cliché goes, great guard play is one of the most important things to have in the tournament. Jackson gives the Jayhawks just that.
Dictate the pace
Kansas is using a four-guard lineup pretty often this season with Jackson, Frank Mason III, Devonte’ Graham and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk. The Jayhawks goal in this game should be to use that fast, small lineup to try to push the pace and score so much that it’s impossible for UC Davis to keep up. The Aggies, on the other hand, should do the opposite. Bleed the shot clock and go big with their lineups whenever possible. They don’t have the athleticism be able to keep pace with Kansas. Their best chance to stay in the game will be a grind-it-out approach.
Watch out for Brynton Lemar
UC Davis G Brynton Lemar will have to have the game of his life against the Jayhawks. He’s a solid shooter from 3-point range (.385 percent), and he leads the Aggies in points (16.1 per game) and minutes (32.9 per game). He’ll have to shoulder the scoring burden against the Jayhawks, but he’s sure to be the focal point of Kansas’ defensive strategy. So he’ll need to see the floor well and be ready to dish to his open shooters as well.