Texas Southern takes on top seed Xavier in the First Round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament. Here’s what you need to know to watch the game on TV and online.
No. 1 seed Xavier has its sights on the Final Four while No. 16 Texas Southern has already survived the First Four game against N.C. Central to stay alive in the NCAA Tournament.
Xavier is 28-5 on the season and they lead the Tigers in all categories. The Musketeers have an RPI of 3 while Texas Southern’s RPI is at 222 and they have a 0-5 record against top 32 teams. Despite that win against N.C. Central, analysts agree that this is an uphill battle for the Texas Southern Tigers as Xavier is expected to go deep into the tournament.
While Xavier is celebrating its first regular-season Big East title, the Tigers can embrace the fact that they’re not facing off against one of the top teams in the nation after a 0-13 start to the 2017-2018 season. They have been red hot from the end of the season and through the SWAC tournament, which has propelled them to a big win in the play-in game.
There’s no question that the Xavier Musketeers are the heavy favorites in this game, but with the right combination of skill and divine intervention, it’s possible that the Tigers could somehow pull off a David and Goliath win after the crazy season they’ve had so far…but don’t count on it.
Here’s what you need to watch Texas Southern vs Xavier on TV and online:
Date: Friday, March 16
Start Time: 7:20pm ET
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Arena: Bridgestone Arena
TV Channel: TBS
Live Stream: NCAA March Madness Live
The winner of the Texas Southern vs. Xavier game will take on the winner of the No. 8 Missouri vs. No. 9 Florida State game in the Second Round on Sunday, March 18.