The Creighton Bluejays (25-9) are the No. 6 seed in the Midwest Region, and will take on the No. 11 seed Rhode Island Rams (24-9). The game will be played at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento at 4:30 p.m. on Friday.
Preview: Creighton finished third in the Big East, and punched its ticket to the NCAA Tournament with quality wins over Wisconsin, Butler and Xavier. The Bluejays are led by guard Marcus Foster who averages 18.3 points per game.
Rhode Island finished third in the Atlantic 10 Conference, but ran through the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament, earning the Rams an NCAA Tournament bid. The Rams are led by guard E.C. Matthews, who averages 14.8 points per game.
Date: Friday, March 17
Time: 4:30 p.m. E.T.
TV Channel: TBS
Location: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, CA
Announcers: Spero Dedes, Steve Smith, Len Elmore and Ros Gold-Onwude
Opening Betting Line: Creighton -2, via OddsShark
Creighton has appeared in the tournament 19 times, but the Bluejays have never advanced to a Final Four. They have a tournament record of 12-20.
Rhode Island has appeared in the tournament eight times, but the Rams have never advanced past the regional semifinal round. They have a tournament record of 6-8.
Prediction: This one will be close, but I like Rhode Island. Coming off a nice tournament win, the Rams will have tons of momentum when they take on Creighton. No one is really expecting them to make noise, so they're playing with house money. They can play loose knowing that they've already exceeded expectations.