2018 NCAA Tournament: Texas Tech-Stephen F. Austin, TV channel, watch online (March 15, 2018)

Texas Tech will face Stephen F. Ausin in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday, March 15. Find the game time, location, television information below.

The Red Raiders made the tournament as a No. 3 seed thanks to a surprising run through the Big 12.  Texas Tech soared as high as No. 6 earlier this season to snag the highest national ranking in school history. And with talented point guard Keenan Evans returning to health after being hobbled with a toe injury, their offense should be strong..

The Lumberjacks (28-6) finished third in the Southland Conference, but won the conference tournament.  It’s a battled tested group that won earlier this season at Louisiana Tech and LSU.

Here’s everything you need to know about the matchup.

Texas Tech-Stephen F. Austin: Game time, details

No. 3 seed Texas Tech will play No. 14 seed Stephen F. Austin at 7:27 p.m. CT on Thursday March 15 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

What TV channel is Texas Tech vs. Stephen F. Austin on?

The game between the Longhorns and the Wolf Pack will be on truTV.  Spiro Dedes will work as the play-by-play announcer. Steve Smith and Len Elmore will be analysts, and Rose Gold-Onwoude will be the sideline reporter.

How can I watch Texas Tech vs. Stephen F. Austin online?

You can watch Texas Tech face Stephen F. Austin online with NCAA March Madness Live.

How can I listen to Texas Tech vs. Stephen F. Austin on the radio?

Fans in Lubbock will be able to hear the game on DoubleT (97.3 FM), 100.7 FM The Score and KJTV (950 AM) in Lubbock. For a full list of Texas Tech men’s basketball radio affiliates, go here. You can also listen for free on the Texas Tech Red Raider Sports Network Tune In app.

Texas Tech-Stephen F. Austin: Preview, keys to the game

It will be an all-Texas showdown when Texas Tech and Stephen F. Austin square off. Lubbock is five hours away from Dallas by car and Nacogdoches is about three hours away. Both schools should have strong representation at the game.

The Lumberjacks have been in the tournament three times in the last four seasons and claimed two upsets with former coach Brad Underwood directing them. They stunned VCU in 2014 as a No. 12 seed. And they shocked West Virginia in a similar 3 vs. 14 game in 2016.

Former coaches Danny Kaspar and Underwood helped develop into a Southland power. The Lumberjacks have crafted a 61-11 record in Southland Conference play in the last four seasons.

And under Coach Kyle Keller, the Lumberjacks have been transitioned into a fast-break team that averages 81.8 points per game. They also get to the foul line with regularity, ranking 16th nationally in free throw attempts. Their leading scorer is junior guard Shannon Bogues, who leads the team at 15.4 points per game coming off the bench.

They will be tested by a Texas Tech team that  allows 64.7 points per game.

Tech appeared on the cusp of ending Kansas’ domination of the Big 12 in early February. But then Evans got hurt and the Jayhawks sprinted away for a two-game victory margin to claim the Big 12 regular-season title.

When the Red Raiders are at their best, their defense is humming and they score a lot of easy baskets because of their athleticism.  But Stephen F. Austin’s habit of running could help as speeding the tempo would keep Tech from setting up in its lethal halfcourt defense.

The Lumberjacks also lead the nation in defensive turnover rate.

Texas Tech dominates the Stephen F. Austin series

The two teams have played nine previous games with Texas Tech winning eight of them. The Red Raiders won the most recent game with a 66-54 triumph in Lubbock in 2011. The Lumberjacks’ only victory in the series came in 1998.

The winner of the game will be facing the winner of Florida against either St. Bonaventure or UCLA Saturday in Dallas.

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