After an thrilling first two days of the NCAA Tournament, the second round starts on Saturday, March 18. No. 4 seed West Virginia and No. 5 seed Notre Dame get the honors of getting things started, playing in Saturday’s first game in Buffalo, N.Y.
The winner of the game will play either the West bracket’s top seed, No. 1 Gonzaga, or No. 8 Northwestern, which won its first ever tournament game on Thursday, in the Sweet 16.
Here’s all the information you’ll need for the Notre Dame vs. West Virginia game:
2017 NCAA Tournament Notre Dame vs. West Virginia game time, details
Time: 12:10 p.m. ET
Date: Saturday, March 18
Location: KeyBank Center; Buffalo, N.Y.
What TV channel is the 2017 NCAA Tournament Notre Dame vs. West Virginia game on?
CBS is televising the game.
How can I watch the 2017 NCAA Tournament Notre Dame vs. West Virginia game online?
NCAA.com will broadcast all games for free online. Click here to watch.
How can I listen to the 2017 NCAA Tournament Notre Dame vs. West Virginia 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 Notre Dame vs. West Virginia game on television?
Verne Lundquist, Jim Spanarkle and Allie LaForce will call the game for CBS.
2017 NCAA Tournament Notre Dame vs. West Virginia game preview
Notre Dame nearly became the first fatality of March Madness, barely grinding out a 60-58 win over No. 12 seed Princeton when Princeton’s last-second 3-point attempt fell short.
The Fighting Irish were led by three double-digit scorers Thursday — Bonzie Colson with 18, Matt Farrell with 16 and Steve Vasturia with 10. Had it not been for Notre Dame’s solid perimeter defense, holding Princeton to 25.8 percent from beyond the arc, the outcome could’ve been very different.
A lot of that had to do with Princeton’s ability to shut down the Fighting Irish’s second-leading scorer V.J. Beacham, who was held to just 2 points despite playing 37 minutes after averaging 14.7 points per game on the season.
Notre Dame will need more production out of Beacham to slide past the Mountaineers. For much of the season, Notre Dame has relied on a four-deep group of Colson, Beacham, Farrell and Vasturia, the only four players on the team to average more than 25 minutes per game. All four players have averaged at least 13 points per game this season.
Playing Princeton may have prepared the Fighting Irish for West Virginia. The Mountaineers rank in the top third of all NCAA basketball teams in both 3-point attempts and 3-point field goal percentage, hitting 36.3 percent.
That came in big in another near upset in the Mountaineer’s first-round matchup against No. 13 seed Bucknell. West Virginia shot 45.5 percent from beyond the arc against the Bison in its 86-60 win.
Also evident in Thursday’s game against Bucknell, the West Virginia bench could give Notre Dame’s shallow rotation trouble. While Notre Dame’s game runs primarily through four players, the Mountaineers had 10 players play in at least 30 games this season and just two players average more than 30 minutes per game.
Against Bucknell, West Virginia had 5 players with double digit points including 31 points off the bench in 31 minutes from Lamont West and Tarik Phillip.