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No. 8 Seton Hall vs. No. 9 NC State Preview: Game Time, Channel, Betting Line, Prediction

A general view of NC State's basketball court.

RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 18: The Duke University Blue Devils challenge the Alabama State University Hornets during the first round game of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at RBC Center on March 18, 2004 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Duke won 96-61. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

The No. 8 Seton Hall Pirates this week in the First Round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament. The two teams are part of the Midwest region, playing in the same bracket as overall No. 1 seed Kansas.

Preview: Seton Hall finished with a 21-11 record this season, with a 10-8 mark in the Big East. The Pirates fell to Butler in the Big East Tournament this past week. NC State finished with a 21-11 record as well - with an 11-7 record in a crowded ACC. The Wolfpack was dispatched by Boston College in the ACC Tournament.

NC State has a balanced attack led by Allerik Freeman, Omer Yurtseven and Torin Dorn. Seton Hall will need Desi Rodriguez to be himself to have a shot.

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: 4:30 PM ET

TV Channel: TBS

Location: Intrust Bank Arena, Wichita, KS

Announcers: Brad Nessler, Steve Lavin, Evan Washburn

Opening Betting Line: Seton Hall by 2.5 via 5Dimes

This is Seton Hall's 12th appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Pirates have made the Big Dance three years in a row. NC State has now made 27 NCAA Tournament appearances in their history.

Kansas will be a massive favorite against whichever team wins. It's a tough draw for both squads.

Prediction: NC State seems to be healthier than Seton Hall, which has faced injury woes for both Desi Rodriguez and Ismael Sanogo recently. We'll take the Wolfpack by a dozen.