For the first time since 2013, Liberty basketball will make its way to the San Jose, Calif., as they open up against the No. 5 seed, Mississippi State, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Flames go into the tournament as a No. 12 seed, the highest ranking in school history as they go into the game with a school record 28 wins. Mississippi State comes into the NCAA Tournament with a 23-10 overall record. The Bulldogs finished the regular season with a 10-8 mark in the SEC, which was tied for sixth place with Ole Miss. Mississippi State lost to Tennessee 83-76 in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament. This is the third time Liberty has been sent to the East Region in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. In 1994 and 2004, the Flames were in the East Region, while Liberty was a part of the "First Four" in 2013 in the Midwest Region.
The winner of the Liberty vs. Mississippi State matchup will face the victor in the game No. 4 seed Virginia Tech vs. No. 13 seed Saint Louis game on Sunday.
Gameday Central Links
#12 Liberty vs. #5 Mississippi State
Game Date: Friday, March 22nd
Game Time: 7:27 p.m. (EST)
Live Video: truTV
Play-by-Play Broadcaster: Spero Dedes
Color Analyst: Len Elmore
Color Analyst: Steve Smith
Sideline Reporter: Ros Gold-Onwude
Live Audio: Westwood One Sports Radio
Play-by-Play Broadcaster: Chris Carrino
Color Analyst: Mike Montgomery
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