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No. 6 Miami (Fla.) vs. No. 11 Loyola-Chicago: Game Time, Channel, Betting Line, Prediction

Miami head coach Jim Larranaga is unhappy with a call.

MIAMI, FL - NOVEMBER 16: Head coach Jim Larranaga of the Miami Hurricanes reacts during the second half of the game against the Florida A&M Rattlers at The BankUnited Center on November 16, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)

The No. 6 seed Miami (Fla.) Hurricanes will take on the 11th-seeded Loyola-Chicago Ramblers in a first-round matchup in the South Region on Thursday. The game will be played at American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Tex. Tip-off time is approximately 3:10 p.m. ET.

Preview: The Hurricanes (22-9) were the No. 3 seed in the ACC Tournament, but lost in the quarterfinals to North Carolina. They are a physical, athletic bunch led by sparkplug point guard Chris Lykes, high-flying Lonnie Walker Jr. and bruising Dewan Huell.

The Ramblers (28-5) won the Missouri Valley Conference to earn their NCAA bid. They have a balanced attack, featuring five players in double figures. Junior guard Clayton Custer (13.4 ppg) leads the way for Loyola.

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

Date: Thursday, March 15th

Time: 3:10 p.m. ET

TV Channel: truTV

Location: American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Tex.

Announcers: Spero Dedes / Steve Smith / Len Elmore / Ros Gold-Onwude

Opening Betting Line: Miami -3 via 5Dimes

Miami is making its 10th appearance in the NCAA Tournament. It is their third trip in a row.

Loyola, meanwhile, has not made the Big Dance since 1985. They have been to six NCAA Tournaments and they have something Miami doesn't: a national championship, won back in 1963.

Prediction: The Ramblers are going to be a trendy upset pick given their overall record and the fact Miami lost early in the ACC Tournament. However, we think Miami, hardened by a full season in a tough conference, pulls it out.

Led by their size and athleticism, Miami wins this one.