The opening round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament is upon us, and No. 6 Maryland vs. No. 11 Xavier promises to be an intriguing matchup.
The Terrapins (24-8) are looking to bounce back after getting eliminated in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament by Northwestern. But Melo Trimble has the ability to carry the team if needed.
The Musketeers come in with a little more momentum after making it to the semifinals of the Big East Tournament. However, the question will be how long they can survive in the big dance without star guard Edmond Sumner, who went down with a season-ending injury in late January.
Here’s all the information you need to watch the game.
2017 NCAA Tournament, Xavier vs. Maryland game time, details
Time: 6:50 p.m. ET
Date: Thursday, March 16
Location: Orlando, Fla.
What TV channel is the Xavier vs. Maryland game on?
The game will be broadcast on TNT.
How can I watch the Xavier vs. Maryland game online?
NCAA.com will broadcast all games for free online. Click here to watch.
How can I listen to the Xavier vs. Maryland 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 Xavier vs. Maryland game on television?
Ian Eagle, Steve Lavin and Evan Washburn will be on the call on TNT.
Xavier vs. Maryland game preview
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble will undoubtedly be the best player on the floor, and if he plays like that, the Terps will be fine. Maryland, especially lately, has had the tendency to be shaky at times, and if Trimble is off the Terps will be in a world of trouble.
Contain Trevon Bluiett
The junior guard is the Musketeers’ best player and, like Maryland with Trimble, Xavier goes as Bluiett goes. If the Terps can keep Bluiett from having a big scoring day, Xavier will have nothing but a slim chance at pulling the upset. But he’s certainly capable of putting up big numbers.
Rebound, rebound, rebound
Xavier is a solid rebounding team, ranking 20th in the nation in rebounding margin. Maryland, meanwhile, is tied for 166th in that category. Terps rebound, they win. They don’t, and Xavier is likely to pull the upset.