The No. 8 seed Virginia Tech Hokies will take on the No. 9 seed Alabama Crimson Tide this week in the First Round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament. The two teams are part of the East region, playing in the same bracket as No. 1 seed Villanova
Preview: Virginia Tech is one of the most balanced teams in the country. The Hokies have five players who average double figures in scoring - Justin Robinson, Justin Bibbs, Kerry Blackshear Jr., Ahmed Hill and Nickeil Alexander-Walker.
Alabama, meanwhile, features freshman phenom Collin Sexton, who averages 19.0 points per game. He'll need to play well for the Crimson Tide to advance.
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: 9:20 PM ET
TV Channel: TNT
Location: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
Announcers: Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Dan Bonner, Dana Jacobson
Opening Betting Line: Virginia Tech by 2, via 5Dimes
This is Virginia Tech's 10th NCAA Tournament appearance. The Hokies made the event in 2017 as well. Alabama has 21 NCAA Tournament appearances, though one (1987) was vacated.
Prediction: Alabama will need Collin Sexton to play well to win - it's that simple. We'll take Virginia Tech's more balanced attacked. Hokies by five.