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No. 6 Maryland vs. No. 11 Xavier preview: Game time, broadcast, betting line, prediction

The Maryland Terrapins (24-8) are the No. 6 seed in the West Region, and will take on the No. 11 seed Xavier (21-13). The game will be played at the Amway Center in Orlando on Thursday, March 16.

Preview: Maryland earned the No. 6 seed with big road wins over Michigan, Minnesota, and Northwestern, and a win over Michigan State at home. They are led by junior guard Melo Trimble, who averages 17 points per game.

Xavier snuck in as an at-large bid out of the Big East, aided by a Big East Tournament upset of Butler. It also knocked off Creighton, Seton Hall, and Wake Forest this season. The Musketeers are led by junior guard Trevon Blueitt, who averages 18.1 points and 5.9 rebounds 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: Thursday, March 16

Time: 6:50 p.m. ET

TV Channel: TNT

Location: Amway Center in Orlando, FL

Announcers: Ian Eagle, Steve Lavin, Evan Washburn

Opening Betting Line: -1.5, via OddsShark

This will be the third match-up between the Terrapins and Musketeers. Maryland is 2-0 in the all-time series, with the last game coming in the 2003 NCAA Tournament. No. 6 seed Maryland knocked off No. 3 seed Xavier in the round of 32, 77-64.

Maryland is making its third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. Last year as a No. 5 seed, Maryland reached the Sweet 16 before falling to No. 1 seed Kansas. This is Maryland's 27th NCAA Tournament appearance. The program has advanced to 14 Sweet 16s, four Elite Eights, two Final Fours, and won the 2002 national championship.

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Princeton

NCAA seed: 50

U.S News & World Report: #1 National University 

Duke

NCAA seed: 7

U.S News & World Report: #8 National University (tie) 

Northwestern

NCAA seed: 32

U.S News & World Report: #12 National University (tie) 

Notre Dame

NCAA seed: 19

U.S News & World Report: #15 National University (tie) 

Vanderbilt

NCAA seed: 33

U.S News & World Report: #15 National University (tie) 

University of Southern California

NCAA seed: 45

U.S News & World Report: #23 National University 

UCLA

NCAA seed: 11

U.S News & World Report: #24 National University (tie) 

Virginia

NCAA seed: 17

U.S News & World Report: #24 National University (tie) 

Michigan

NCAA seed: 27

U.S News & World Report: #27 National University (tie) 

Wake Forest

NCAA seed: 43

U.S News & World Report: #27 National University (tie) 

North Carolina - Chapel Hill

NCAA seed: 3

U.S News & World Report: #30 National University

Wisconsin - Madison

NCAA seed: 29

U.S News & World Report: #44 National University (tie) 
University of Miami

NCAA seed: 30

U.S News & World Report: #44 National University (tie) 

University of California, Davis

NCAA seed: 65

U.S News & World Report: #44 National University (tie) 

Villanova

NCAA seed: 1

U.S News & World Report: #50 National University (tie) 

Florida

NCAA seed: 14

U.S News & World Report: #50 National University (tie) 
Southern Methodist University (SMU)

NCAA seed: 21

U.S News & World Report: #56 National University (tie) 

Maryland - College Park

NCAA seed: 23

U.S News & World Report: #60 National University (tie) 

Baylor

NCAA seed: 12

U.S News & World Report: #71 National University (tie) 

Minnesota

NCAA seed: 18

U.S News & World Report: #71 National University (tie) 

Virginia Tech

NCAA seed: 36

U.S News & World Report: #74 National University (tie) 

Michigan State

NCAA seed: 35

U.S News & World Report: #82 National University (tie) 

Marquette

NCAA seed: 39

U.S News & World Report: #86 National University (tie) 

Florida State

NCAA seed: 10

U.S News & World Report: #92 National University (tie) 
Vermont

NCAA seed: 53

U.S News & World Report: #92 National University (tie) 

Oregon

NCAA seed: 9

U.S News & World Report: #103 National University (tie) 
South Carolina

NCAA seed: 26

U.S News & World Report: #107 National University (tie) 

Iowa State

NCAA seed: 20

U.S News & World Report: #111 National University (tie) 

Dayton

NCAA seed: 28

U.S News & World Report: #111 National University (tie) 

Kansas

NCAA seed: 2

U.S News & World Report: #118 National University (tie) 

Seton Hall

NCAA seed: 34

U.S News & World Report: #118 National University (tie) 

Arizona

NCAA seed: 6

U.S News & World Report: #124 National University (tie) 

Kentucky

NCAA seed: 5

U.S News & World Report: #133 National University (tie) 

Cincinnati

NCAA seed: 22

U.S News & World Report: #135 National University (tie) 

Arkansas - Little Rock

NCAA seed: 31

U.S News & World Report: #135 National University (tie) 

Kansas State

NCAA seed: 46

U.S News & World Report: #135 National University (tie) 
Oklahoma State

NCAA seed: 37

U.S News & World Report: #152 National University (tie) 

Rhode Island

NCAA seed: 44

U.S News & World Report: #159 National University (tie) 

Virginia Commonwealth University - VCU

NCAA seed: 40

U.S News & World Report: #164 National University (tie) 
Louisville

NCAA seed: 8

U.S News & World Report: #171 National University (tie) 

West Virginia

NCAA seed: 15

U.S News & World Report: #183 National University (tie) 
Kent State

NCAA seed: 57

U.S News & World Report: #188 National University (tie) 

North Dakota

NCAA seed: 62

U.S News & World Report: #188 National University (tie) 

Purdue

NCAA seed: 16

U.S News & World Report: #197 National University (tie) 

Nevada - Reno

NCAA seed: 47

U.S News & World Report: #197 National University (tie) 

South Dakota State

NCAA seed: 64

U.S News & World Report: #202 National University 
New Mexico State

NCAA seed: 55

U.S News & World Report: #220 National University (tie) 

Bucknell

NCAA seed: 51

U.S News & World Report: #32 National Liberal Arts Colleges

Providence

NCAA seed: 42

U.S News & World Report: #1 Regional Universities North

Creighton

NCAA seed: 24

U.S News & World Report: #1 Regional Universities Midwest

Butler

NCAA seed: 13

U.S News & World Report: #2 Regional Universities Midwest

Xavier

NCAA seed: 41

U.S News & World Report: #4 Regional Universities Midwest (tie)

Gonzaga

NCAA seed: 4

U.S News & World Report: #4 Regional Universities West (tie)

St. Mary's College of California

NCAA seed: 25

U.S News & World Report: #9 Regional Universities West (tie)

UNC Wilmington

NCAA seed: 49

U.S News & World Report: #16 Regional Universities South (tie)

Winthrop

NCAA seed: 54

U.S News & World Report: #26 Regional Universities South

Mount St. Mary’s

NCAA seed: 68

U.S News & World Report: #27 Regional Universities North (tie)
Troy

NCAA seed: 60

U.S News & World Report: #69 Regional Universities North (tie)

North Carolina Central

NCAA seed: 66

U.S News & World Report: #72 Regional Universities South (tie)

Iona

NCAA seed: 58

U.S News & World Report: #75 Regional Universities North (tie)

Florida Gulf Coast

NCAA seed: 56

U.S News & World Report: #82 Regional Universities South (tie)

Northern Kentucky

NCAA seed: 59

U.S News & World Report: #82 Regional Universities South (tie)

Jacksonville State

NCAA seed: 61

U.S News & World Report: #98 Regional Universities South (tie)

Wichita State

NCAA seed: 38

Ranking not published by U.S. News and World Report

Middle Tennessee

NCAA seed: 48

Ranking not published by U.S. News and World Report

East Tennessee State

NCAA seed: 52

Ranking not published by U.S. News and World Report

New Orleans

NCAA seed: 67

Ranking not published by U.S. News and World Report
Texas Southern

NCAA seed: 63

Ranking not published by U.S. News and World Report

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Xavier is in the NCAA Tournament for the fourth straight year. Last season, the Musketeers earned a No. 2 seed, but fell in the round of 32 to No. 7 seed Wisconsin. Xavier is in its 27th overall NCAA Tournament, with seven Sweet 16s, and two Elite Eights.

Prediction: Maryland has lost a lot of talent the last few years, but continue to replenish well, and have a strong veteran in Trimble to lead them. His match-up with Blueitt should be fun, but Xavier lost a major cog with the ACL injury to Edmond Sumner, the team's second-leading scorer through 21 games. The Musketeers found their way into the tournament, but are not nearly as dangerous as they were when they had their full complement of players.

Maryland is a solid team, and we like the Terps to win this one in Orlando.

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