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No. 3 Houston vs. No. 14 Georgia State: Game Time, Channel, Announcers, Prediction

Head coach Kelvin Sampson of the Houston Cougars reacts against the San Diego State Aztecs during the second half of the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.

WICHITA, KS - MARCH 15: Head coach Kelvin Sampson of the Houston Cougars reacts against the San Diego State Aztecs during the second half of the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at INTRUST Arena on March 15, 2018 in Wichita, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The Houston Cougars look poised to make some noise in the NCAA Tournament, and with a No. 3 seed in the Midwest, are well-positioned to do so. Standing in their way in the First Round will be No. 14 Georgia State.

Preview:

Despite losing to Cincinnati in the AAC Championship Game, Houston still boasts one of the gaudiest records in the field at 31-3 overall. The Cougars nearly reached the Sweet 16 last year but lost to Michigan on a buzzer-beater in the Round of 32. A cadre of guards, led by Corey Davis. Jr. and Armoni Brooks, will look to surpass last season's effort this time around.

Representing the Sun Belt Conference in the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row are the Georgia State Panthers. Winners of nine of their last 10, the Panthers bring a 25-9 record, a regular season title, and a Sun Belt Conference Tournament title to the tournament. Georgia State's offense has been absolutely stunning at times, scoring 90 or more points five times this season. It will be only the team's fifth-ever NCAA Tournament appearance, but they will certainly have some experience to learn from after going one-and-done last year.

Date: Friday, March 22

Time: 7:20 p.m. ET

TV Channel: TBS

Location: BOK Center, Tulsa, OK

Announcers: Brad Nessler / Steve Lavin / Jim Jackson // Evan Washburn

Prediction: Georgia State's biggest weakness all year appears to be its weakness, while Houston has had virtually no trouble getting points on the board outside of today's loss to Cincinnati.

Assuming that Houston shakes off today's poor performance against the Bearcats, there's little reason to believe that they'll be on upset alert.

Houston wins handily.