Kansas State didn’t expect to play UMBC in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, but that’s who the Wildcats will face Sunday, March 18.
The 16-seed UMBC Retrievers are coming off a historic 74-54 upset of the 1-seed Virginia Cavaliers. Kansas State, the 9-seed, dispatched Creighton in the first round 69-59. Now, the Wildcats will seek their first Sweet Sixteen appearance since 2010.
Find game time and how to watch information below, as well as some keys to the game.
Kansas State-UMBC game time
The Kansas State-UMBC game will tip off at 6:45 p.m. CT on Sunday, March 18, from Spectrum Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Kansas State-UMBC TV channel
Kansas State-UMBC can be found on truTV. Jim Nantz, Bill Raftery, Grant Hill and Tracy Wolfson will be on the call.
Kansas State-UMBC watch online
The Kansas State-UMBC game, along with all the other March Madness games, can be streamed online at the NCAA’s March Madness hub.
Keys to the game
Kansas State has to be wary of the momentum that UMBC brings into this game. The Retrievers are the darlings of the sports world at the moment, and every otherwise neutral fan will be pulling against Kansas State. There’s a mental hurdle there that must be acknowledged.
As far as strategy goes, the Wildcats must guard against UMBC’s three-point shooting. The Retrievers were 12-24 from beyond the arc, led by guard Jairus Lyles, who scored 28 points and hit 3-4 from deep. Lyles and backcourt mate K.J. Maura proved they can handle on-the-ball pressure, so Kansas State defenders have to stay disciplined.
The Wildcats also need to hope that top scorer Dean Wade is available and healthy. Wade didn’t play in the first round game against Creighton, and is battling a foot injury. He said he’s hoping that he’ll be ready to go Sunday.
Dean Wade update from the man himself:
"I'm hoping I'm able to do a little bit tomorrow, but we'll wake up tomorrow, talk to some people, see how it feels and go from there. …It's getting better. I wish it'd be better a little bit faster, but it's getting there." #KState
— Riley Gates (@Riley_Gates) March 17, 2018
On paper, Kansas State should win this game. Then again, Virginia should’ve won Friday’s game on paper, and that didn’t turn out as expected. The Wildcats will need to hope the Retrievers’ magic doesn’t extend past the first 40 minutes of the tournament.
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