No. 16 NC Central vs No. 16 UC Davis preview: Game time, broadcast, betting line, prediction


The NC Central Eagles (25-8) are a No. 16 seed in the Midwest Region, and will take on fellow No. 16 seed UC Davis (22-12). The game will be played at University of Dayton Arena in Dayton at 6:40 p.m. on Wednesday.

Preview: NC Central clinched an NCAA Tournament bid by winning the MEAC Tournament. The Eagles, who also won the league's regular season title, are led by guard Patrick Cole, who averages 19.5 points per game and 5.7 assists per game.

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UC Davis reached the tournament by defeating UC Irvine in the Big West Conference Tournament. The Aggies are led by Brynton Lemar, who averages 16.1 points per game. You can check out the entire NCAA Tournament bracket here. You can also see how the committee ranked the teams 1-68 here.

Date: Wednesday, March 15

Time: 6:40 PM ET

TV Channel: TruTV

Location: University of Dayton Arena, Dayton, Ohio

Announcers: Spero Dedes, Steve Smith and Len Elmore

Opening Betting Line: TBA

The two teams have never faced off before.

NC Central's only other NCAA Tournament appearance was in 2014. That year the Eagles lost to Iowa State in the second round, 93-75.

This will be UC Davis' first NCAA tournament appearance.

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Prediction: NC Central wins in a close one and advances to the first round to take on Kansas. Led by the stellar play of Cole, he gives UC Davis a healthy 25 points and leads the Eagles to their first tournament win since 2014. If he's on, the Aggies simply don't have much of a shot in this one.

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