2018 NCAA Tournament: West Virginia-Marshall, time, TV channel, watch online (March 18, 2018)

The Capital Classic moves 2,500 miles west when West Virginia hooks up with Marshall in the Round of 32 of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, March 18. Find the game time, location and television information below.

West Virginia (25-10) finished third in the Big 12 and second in the conference’s tournament. Marshall (25-10) finished fourth in Conference USA the regular season. The Herd won the conference’s automatic berth by winning the conference championship.

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

West Virginia vs. Marshall: Game time, details

No. 5 seed West Virginia meets No. 13 seed Marshall at 9:40 p.m. ET, Sunday, March  18, at the Viejas Arena in San Diego.

What TV channel is West Virginia vs. Marshall on?

The game between West Virginia and Marshall will be televised on TNT. Carter Blackburn will be the play-by-play announcer. Debbie Antonelli and John Schriffen will provide commentary.

How can I watch West Virginia vs. Marshall online?

You can stream West Virginia vs. Marshall online using NCAA March Madness Live.

How can I listen to West Virginia vs. Marshall on the radio?

Fans in Morgantown can listen to the game on WZST-FM 100.9, in Charleston on WMXE-FM 100.9 and in Wheeling on WBBD AM 1400 along with more than 30 affiliates of the Mountaineer Radio Network across the state. To find a full list of West Virginia basketball affiliates, go here. A free streaming listening experience is available at the Mountaineers’ Tune-In App.

West Virginia-Marshall: Previews, keys to the game

The Mountaineers advance to the second round of the East Region after an impressive 85-68 triumph over Murray State in the first round on Friday. It snapped the Racers’ 13-game winning streak that was the second-longest nationally.

Jevon Carter filled the stat sheet with 21 points, 8 assists and 6 steals. Teddy Allen came off the bench to score 16 to help the Mountaineers into the second round of the tournament for the third time in the last four seasons.

Marshall made history with the first NCAA Tournament victory with an 81-75 upset over No. 4 seed Wichita State. It was the Herd’s first NCAA win in six tries.

Jon Elmore erupted for 27 points to boost the upset. It was Marshall’s first postseason victory since winning two victories in the 1967 NIT when Coach Dan D’Antoni was a member of  the team.

D’Antoni family coaching tree

D’Antoni’s younger brother is Mike D’Antoni, coach of the Houston Rockets. He employs a similar fast-break motion offense featuring a plethora of 3-pointers like his brother.

That strategy enables him to mask potential talent disadvantages like the Herd will be facing against the Mountaineers.  They prefer to get the game at an up-tempo pace playing what D’Antoni likes to call “athletic ball.”  He hopes the clip of Sunday’s game will be fast with the Herd’s shooters creating quick opportunities on offense.

The Washington Post reported that in their victory over Wichita State, the Herd fired only 8 jump shots inside the paint. Their other 52 attempts were either beyond the 3-point arc or at the rim.

This strategy tests West Virginia’s “Press Virginia” defensive strategy. The Mountaineers prefer to heavily pressure in backcourt with hopes of forcing turnovers.

They do not cover the 3-point line very well, allowing opponents to convert 37 percent of their threes. West Virginia must do a better job contesting outside to advance.

West Virginia backcourt needs huge game

They will need another big game from Carter. And his senior backcourt mate Dax Miles Jr. needs to break out of his recent shooting slump along with his typical fearsome defensive effort.

Marshall was outrebounded 44-30 against Wichita State, but persevered by forcing 15 turnovers which led to 27 points for them.

Elmore has emerged as one of the best stories of the NCAA Tournament. The former West Virginia high school player of the year was set to attend Virginia Military Institute before his grandfather became ill.

A friend persuaded D’Antoni to give Elmore a chance. It led the Marshall coach to provide a scholarship to the 6-3 guard without ever recruiting him.

As would be expected by their close proximity — the two campuses are 205 miles apart — the two schools have a bitter rivalry. D’Antoni has blamed West Virginia coach Bob Huggins for ducking potential games in recent years.

West Virginia hooks up with blood rival

West Virginia holds a 30-11 advantage in the series, including five straight and nine of the last 10 games.

The two bitter rivals played  for 38 consecutive  seasons before their last game. West Virginia claimed an 86-68 victory in Charleston on Dec. 17, 2015.

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