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No. 3 Texas Tech vs No. 14 Stephen F. Austin Preview: Game Time, Channel, Betting Line, Prediction

Texas Tech fans storming the court.

The No. 3 seed Texas Tech Red Raiders (24-9) take on the No. 14 seed Stephen F. Austin (28-6) in the First Round of the East Region. The game will be played at the American Airlines Center in Dallas on Thursday. The start time is 7:27 p.m. ET.

Preview: Texas Tech found success in 2018 despite a difficult conference schedule. So much so that the Red Raiders earned a No. 3 seed after posting 24 wins. Tech's stout defense throughout the season provided the Red Raiders with the opportunity to compete with some of the nation's most-talented teams.

Stephen F. Austin lost just six games throughout the 2017-18 season and won its conference tournament to punch a ticket to the NCAA tournament yet again. The Lumberjacks took down Southeast Louisiana in the title game of the Southland conference.

Date: Thursday, March 15

Time: 7:27 p.m. ET.

TV Channel: truTV

Location: American Airlines Center in Dallas, Tx.

Announcers: Spero Dedes, Steve Smith, Len Elmore, and Ros Gold-Onwude

Opening Betting Line: Texas Tech -11, per 5Dimes.

You can find the printable bracket here.

This is Texas Tech's 15th NCAA Tournament appearance, and the first under head coach Chris Beard.

This is Stephen F. Austin's fifth NCAA Tournament appearance ever. All five of the Lumberjack's tournament appearances have come since 2009.

Prediction: Texas Tech had a tremendous season, especially in a tough Big 12 conference, but it won't be enough against Stephen F. Austin. The Lumberjacks always seem to find a win in the NCAA tournament, and will do so again this year. Stephen F. Austin wins.