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No. 5 West Virginia vs. No. 13 Marshall Thundering Herd Preview: Game Time, Channel, Betting Line, Prediction

Center court of an NCAA Tournament basketball court.

PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 15: A general view of the court with March Madness signage is seen prior to the start of the game between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Rhode Island Rams in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at PPG PAINTS Arena on March 15, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

The No. 5 West Virginia Mountaineers take on the No. 13 Marshall Thundering Herd in the Second Round of the East Region. The game will be played at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte on Sunday, March 18. Tip-off time is TBA.

Just halfway through the second day of March Madness action we were gifted with yet another No. 13 seed knocking off a No. 4 seed, thanks to Marshall topping Wichita State, 81-75.

The Thundering Herd were a 13-point underdog heading into their contest with Wichita State and the victory marked the first-ever win in five previous trips to the Big Dance dating all the back to 1956.

Junior guard Jon Elmore was electric for the Herd scoring 27 points and hitting four from downtown, while Jarrod West hit a monster 3-pointer with three minutes left to help seal the victory.

Meanwhile, the Mountaineers had no problem dispatching No. 12 Murray State 85-68 in order to advance. Three starters for WVU put up double-digit scoring. The effort was led by senior guard Jevon Carter who put up 21 points, who dished 8 assists and grabbed six steals. And don't rest on freshman Teddy Allen who contributed 16 off the bench.

The two teams are set to meet on Sunday.

Date: March 18

Time: TBA

TV Channel: TBA

Location: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC

Announcers: TBA

Opening Betting Line: TBA

Prediction: Marshall should feel pretty confident about their game heading into their match-up with West Virginia. Dan D'Antoni is a known stats nerd and his team delivered on all that was asked of them: They were solid from the free throw line making 72.7% of their shots and they were efficient from beyond the arc, making 39.1% of their 3s on 9-of-23 shooting. Plus, the Herd played hungry forcing 15 turnovers.

If West Virginia wants to stop Marshall's Cinderella run, they've got to control the offensive paint. Marshall grabbed just seven offensive boards and defending Marshall from the perimeter is going to be no easy task.