On Day 2 of the first round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament, North Carolina will look to handle its business against Texas Southern and advance to the next round.
The No. 1 seed Tar Heels are looking to overcome their heartbreaking loss to Villanova in last year’s national championship and start another run at the title. The No. 16 seed Texas Southern Tigers will aim to become the first such seed to ever knock off a No. 1.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch the game:
2017 NCAA Tournament, North Carolina vs. Texas Southern game time, details
Time: 4 p.m. ET
Date: Friday, March 17
Location: Greenville, S.C.
What TV channel is the North Carolina vs. Texas Southern game on?
The game will be broadcast on TNT.
How can I watch the North Carolina vs. Texas Southern game online?
NCAA.com will broadcast all games for free online. Click here to watch.
How can I listen to the North Carolina vs. Texas Southern game?
The game will be broadcast by Westwood One Sports, with John Sadak and John Thompson on the call. You can find information on radio stations and streaming options here.
Who is calling the North Carolina vs. Texas Southern game on television?
Brian Anderson, Chris Webber and Lewis Johnson will be on the call on TNT.
North Carolina vs. Texas Southern preview
Put the past behind you
The Tar Heels had no trouble shaking off last year’s shocking title game defeat in the regular season. They cruised to a 27-7 record, including wins over tournament teams like Notre Dame, Florida State, Duke and Miami. But now that they’re in the tournament, they can’t succumb to the pressure of trying to get redemption for 2016’s last-second title defeat. Focus on the game in front of you.
Crash the boards
Texas Southern is one of the worst rebounding teams in the field. If the Tigers can turn that around for a game, they may be able to hang with UNC for a while. But if the Tar Heels are able to get a lot of second-chance points, this game could get out of hand fast.
Open things up (or close them down) for Zach Lofton
Texas Southern’s leading scorer is Zach Lofton at 17.0 points per game. The problem for the Tigers is he’s not a great jump shooter. He shoots just .264 from 3-point range. If he’s going to get going, some of his teammates have to hit some outside shots so the UNC defense can’t just collapse in on him every time he gets into the paint. Conversely, the Tar Heels should send help every time Lofton attacks the rim. No one for the Tigers shoots more than 35 percent from deep. Make them prove they can hit shots before you respect their outside shooting.