No. 11 Syracuse (20-13) will battle No. 11 Arizona State (20-11) in a First Four matchup in the Midwest Region of the 2018 NCAA Tournament on Wednesday, March 14.
After Syracuse was knocked out of the ACC Tournament at the hands of North Carolina, and Arizona State fell to Colorado in the Pac-12 Tournament, both programs were surprise selections for the NCAA Tournament.
Find game time, information and a preview below:
Syracuse-Arizona State game time, details
Time: 9:10 p.m. ET
Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Location: University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio
Which TV channel is Syracuse-Arizona State on?
Syracuse-Arizona State will air live on truTV.
- AT&T U-verse: Channel 1164 (HD)
- DirecTV: Channel 246 (HD)
- Dish Network: Channel 9430 (HD)
- For all other networks, please click use truTV’s channel finder.
How can I watch Syracuse-Arizona State online?
Syracuse-Arizona State basketball preview, keys to the game
Just two years after landing in the Final Four after opening the tournament as a 10-seed, the Orange will be faced with an even steeper hill to climb when they open tournament play against Arizona State in a First Four play-in game.
Sophomore guard Tyus Battle (19.8 points per game), junior guard Frank Howard (15.0 ppg) and freshman forward Oshae Brissett (14.7 ppg) lead a three-headed scoring attack for the Orange heading into their huge opening-round game.
Brissett (8.8 rebounds per game) and junior center Paschal Chukwu (6.8 rpg) cleaned the boards throughout the year for Syracuse.
Syracuse went 8-10 in ACC play with wins over Clemson, Miami and Louisville. Their win over the Tigers was the Orange’s lone victory over a ranked team, and certainly helped bolster their resume after entering Selection Sunday as a bubble team.
The Orange won two consecutive games before their ACC Tournament-ending loss to North Carolina 78-59.
Syracuse won the National Championship in 2003 and is 65-38 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.
For the first time since 2014, Arizona State is heading to the NCAA Tournament. The Sun Devils started off red-hot, winning their opening 12 consecutive games, including victories over No. 15 Xavier and No. 2 Kansas.
Arizona State went 8-11 to finish the season, including two-consecutive losses to end the season. After beating Kansas, the Sun Devils lost twice to No. 17 Arizona.
Arizona State spread the scoring throughout its team, with senior guard Tra Holder (18.4 ppg) leading the way, followed by senior guard Shannon Evans II (16.6 ppg), senior guard Kofi Justice (12.6 ppg) and freshman forward Romello White (10.7 ppg).
White also led the team with 7.2 rpg.
The Sun Devils have made the regional final four times, suffering losses in each appearance.
The winner between Syracuse and Arizona State Wednesday night will move on to play TCU (21-11) on Friday, March 16, in Detroit. ESPN’s matchup predictor lists Syracuse as a slight favorite with 51.9 percent chance of winning.
According to the ACC’s official website, the conference is the winningest in NCAA Tournament history, with a 66 percent winning percentage. It is the only conference not to have a losing record in NCAA Tournament play since 1987. Two teams from the conference have won a national title in the last three seasons (Duke in 2015 and North Carolina in 2017).
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