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No. 5 West Virginia vs. No. 12 Murray State: Game Time, Channel, Betting Line, Prediction

Bob Huggins making an "ok" sign with his fingers

SAN DIEGO, CA - MARCH 16: Head coach Bob Huggins of the West Virginia Mountaineers reacts in the first half against the Murray State Racers during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Viejas Arena on March 16, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

The No. 5 seed West Virginia Mountaineers will take on the No. 12 seed Murray State Racers in a first-round matchup in the East Region on Friday. The game will be played at Viejas Arena in San Diego, Calif. Tip time is set for approximately 4 p.m. ET.

Preview: The Mountaineers are once again led by Jevon Carter, Daxter Miles and a relentless, full-court pressure defense. West Virginia made it all the way to the Big 12 title game before losing to Kansas.

The Racers won the Ohio Valley Conference led by high-scoring senior guard Jonathan Stark and fellow senior Terrell Miller Jr.

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

Date: Friday, March 16

Time: Approximately 4 p.m. ET

TV Channel: TNT

Location: Viejas Arena in San Diego, Calif.

Announcers: Carter Blackburn / Debbie Antonelli / John Schriffen

Opening Betting Line: West Virginia -9 via 5Dimes

The Mountaineers are making their 29th all-time NCAA Tournament appearance. They have reached the Final Four twice, most recently in 2010.

The Racers are making their 16th all-time tourney appearance and their first since 2012. Murray State won a first-round game that year against Colorado State.

Prediction: The Racers have the pieces to make this one interesting, and to potentially pull an upset. They will be a popular pick.

However, we think WVU's depth and pressure will wear Murray State down. WVU is the pick.