TCU will match up with Syracuse in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday, March 16. Find the game time, location and television information below.
The Horned Frogs are in the tournament for the first time since 1998, to the celebration of the school and their fan base. Former TCU point guard Jamie Dixon has brought the Frogs back to relevance in his second year as head coach. He has a chance to bring TCU its first tournament win since 1987.
Syracuse played its way into this game by beating Arizona State 60-56 in a First Four matchup on Wednesday. The Orange now face the Frogs with little rest in hopes of advancing once again.
Here’s everything you need to know about the matchup.
TCU-Syracuse: Game time, details
No. 6 seed TCU will face Syracuse at 9:40 p.m. ET on Friday, March 16, Detroit, Mich.
What TV channel is TCU vs. Syracuse on?
The game between TCU and Syracuse will be televised on CBS. Ian Eagle will be the play-by-play announcer. Jim Spanarkel will provide color commentary and Allie LaForce will work as the sideline reporter.
How can I watch TCU vs. Syracuse online?
You can stream TCU vs. Syracuse online using NCAA March Madness Live.
How can I listen to TCU vs. Syracuse on the radio?
Fans in Fort Worth can listen to the game on AM 820 WBAP and FM 88.7 KTCU. To find a full list of TCU basketball radio affiliates, go here.
TCU-Syracuse: Preview, keys to the game
TCU comes into this game off one of the best seasons in school history, whereas this year was forgettable by Syracuse standards.
The Frogs posted their best record ever in Big 12 play (9-9) on their way to their first tournament bid since 1998. They boast a top-20 scoring offense at 83 points per game and are No. 8 nationally in adjusted offense according to KenPom.
The Orange, meanwhile, squeaked into the tournament with a losing conference record (8-10) and rank No. 130 in KenPom’s adjusted offense rankings. At 67.3 points per game, this is the lowest-scoring Syracuse team since the 1962-1963 season.
Dixon also has a stellar record against Syracuse. When he was the head coach at Pitt, he was 15-6 overall against the Orange. In his final season with the Panthers in 2015-2016, he went 3-0 against Syracuse and knocked the Orange out of the ACC Tournament.
Syracuse’s 2-3 zone defense often causes problems for opposing teams. The Orange is ranked 10th in the country in adjusted defense by KenPom. However, TCU has quality shooters everywhere, which is key to beating the zone. Three TCU players who play significant minutes shoot better than 40 percent from 3-point range.
Whoever wins Friday night will advance to face the winner of Michigan State-Bucknell on Sunday.
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