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No. 6 Houston vs. No. 11 San Diego State: Game Time, Channel, Betting Line, Prediction

Rob Gray #32 of the Houston Cougars scores the game-winning basket with 1 second left in the game 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: Rob Gray #32 of the Houston Cougars scores the game-winning basket with 1 second left in the game 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. The Houston Cougars defeated the San Diego State Aztecs 67-65. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The No. 6 seed Houston Cougars will take on the No. 11 seed San Diego State Aztecs in a first-round matchup in the West Region on Thursday. The game will be played at INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita, Kan. Tip time is set for 7: 20 p.m. ET.

Preview: Houston reached the finals of the American Athletic Conference Tournament before losing a heartbreaker to Cincinnati. Head coach Kelvin Sampson relies on high-scoring guards Rob Gray and Corey Davis Jr. to propel his team's attack.

San Diego State won the Mountain West Conference Tournament in its first year under head coach Brian Dutcher. Malik Pope is the Aztecs' top player, but SDSU boasts five players averaging double-figures in scoring.

You can check out the entire NCAA Tournament bracket here. You can also see all 68 teams in the tournament here.

Date: Thursday, March 15

Time: 7: 20 p.m. ET.

TV Channel: TBS

Location: INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita, Kan

Announcers: Brad Nessler / Steve Lavin / Evan Washburn

Opening Betting Line: Houston -3 1/2 via 5Dimes

Houston is making its 20th NCAA Tournament appearance, its first since 2010. The Cougars have made five Final Fours all-time.

San Diego State is making its 12th all-time trip to the tournament. The Aztecs made six tourneys in a row from 2010-2015.

Prediction: This is a classic 6-11 game in that the matchup is closer than the seeds indicate. Both of these teams can score and have seniors to depend on.

Guard play is huge in March, so we'll take Gray, Davis and the Houston Cougars to get the W.