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Wisconsin vs. Virginia Tech, March Madness 2017: Game time, TV channel, and live stream info

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Let the madness begin! Consider this your daytime open thread.

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All week, we’ve been debating whether the Wisconsin Badgers were criminally undervalued as a No. 8 seed in the East Region of the 2017 NCAA tournament.

Now, it’s time to move onto the bigger question: what will they do about it?

Wisconsin will face No. 9 seed Virginia Tech Thursday night at 8:40 p.m. CT at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, N.Y. With a win, the Badgers would face the winner of No. 1 seed Villanova and No. 16 seed. Mt. St. Mary’s on Saturday.

We’ve previewed the matchup from both sides: Jawhar Ali from Gobbler Country brought us up to speed on the Hokies before B5Q’s own Drew Hamm returned the favor with a Badgers-oriented Q&A. If you’ve somehow ended up here and aren’t familiar with Wisconsin’s season, I enjoyed Drew’s summary:

“Well, how much time do you have? Because I could discuss this Wisconsin basketball season for days and days and days, but I don't want to bore your readers with the ramblings of a madman,” Drew wrote to GC, hinting at the side of himself B5Q readers are quite familiar with. “Instead, I'll give you the Cliff Notes version of the season. The Badgers started off the year well, only losing to Creighton on the road and UNC in Maui while beating a handful of decent teams like Marquette, Syracuse and uhhhh, well they beat Marquette and Syracuse. Conference play started and the Badgers beat Indiana (who was considered good at the time) but lost at Purdue and then won eight games in a row to sit at 21-3! Sounds great, right? Well, there were some questionable performances mixed in with all those wins and some cracks in the foundation of the team. It took overtime for the Badgers to beat Minnesota, Rutgers, and Nebraska and while "a win is a win" you don't go to Sweet 16s while being taken to OT by Rutgers. The Badgers ended the season losing five of seven and couldn't make a free throw if their dog's lives depended on it. A nice performance in the B1G Tournament (beating Indiana and steam-rolling Northwestern before running into the hottest team in the midwest, Michigan, in the finals) gave fans some hope, but in reality no one has any idea which team will show up for the Badgers in the NCAA Tournament.”

Jawhar’s Q&A with us was really illuminating about Virginia Tech’s season, so I’ll link it again here because it’s definitely worth reading. This quote in particular especially concerns Badgers fans (sorry):

“The key themes for the Hokies this season have been “clutchness,” injuries and resilience,” Jawhar wrote. “Virginia Tech has excelled in crunch time, sometimes due to Seth Allen possibly being the best clutch player in the country this season. The Hokies are 8-4 in games decided by five points or less. This has been despite losing one of their best players in Chris Clarke and one of their best bigs in Kerry Blackshear Jr. If those two were healthy, the Hokies could have easily been a higher seed in the tournament. Losing those two, in particular, did not derail the season, as the Hokies were able to win games with a seven-man rotation in one of the deepest leagues in the country.”

So we’ll see! Here’s the viewing information for tonight’s game, as well as the full TV schedule for the first round of March Madness. Buckle up!

No. 8 Wisconsin Badgers (25-9, 12-6 Big Ten) vs. No. 9 Virginia Tech Hokies (22-10, 10-8 ACC)

Date: Thursday, March 16, 2017

Time: 8:40 p.m. CT

Location: KeyBank Center, Buffalo, N.Y.

TV: CBS (Verne Lundquist, Jim Spanarkel, Allie LaForce)

Live streaming: March Madness Live

National radio: Westwood One (Scott Graham, Donny Marshall)

Local radio: Badger Radio Network (Matt Lepay, Mike Lucas)

All-time series: Wisconsin leads 1-0 (UW won 74-72 on Dec. 1, 2008)

Game Notes: Wisconsin, Virginia Tech

Betting line: Wisconsin -5.5 (More NCAA tournament odds here)

2017 NCAA Tournament First-Round Games

Game Region Date Tip Time (ET) Network Site Commentators
Game Region Date Tip Time (ET) Network Site Commentators
(5) Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. (12) Princeton Tigers West March 16 12:15p CBS Buffalo Verne Lundquist / Jim Spanarkel / Allie LaForce
(5) Virginia Cavaliers vs. (12) UNC Wilmington Seahawks East March 16 12:40p truTV Orlando Ian Eagle / Steve Lavin / Evan Washburn
(4) Butler Bulldogs vs. (13) Winthrop Eagles South March 16 1:30p TNT Milwaukee Carter Blackburn / Mike Gminski / Debbie Antonelli / Lisa Byington
(1) Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. (16) South Dakota State Jackrabbits West March 16 2p TBS Salt Lake City Andrew Catalon / Steve Lappas / Jamie Erdahl
(4) West Virginia Mountaineers vs. (13) Bucknell Bison West March 16 Approx. 2:45p CBS Buffalo Verne Lundquist / Jim Spanarkel / Allie LaForce
(4) Florida Gators vs. (13) East Tennessee State Buccaneers East March 16 Approx. 3p truTV Orlando Ian Eagle / Steve Lavin / Evan Washburn
(5) Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. (12) Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders South March 16 Approx. 4p TNT Milwaukee Carter Blackburn / Mike Gminski / Debbie Antonelli / Lisa Byington
(8) Northwestern Wildcats vs. (9) Vanderbilt Commodores West March 16 Approx. 4:30p TBS Salt Lake City Andrew Catalon / Steve Lappas / Jamie Erdahl
(6) Maryland Terrapins vs. (11) Xavier Musketeers West March 16 6:50p TNT Orlando Ian Eagle / Steve Lavin / Evan Washburn
(1) Villanova Wildcats vs. (16) Mt. St. Mary's/New Orleans East March 16 7:10p CBS Buffalo Verne Lundquist / Jim Spanarkel / Allie LaForce
(7) St. Mary's Gaels vs. (10) VCU Rams West March 16 7:20p truTV Salt Lake City Andrew Catalon / Steve Lappas / Jamie Erdahl
(4) Purdue Boilermakers vs. (13) Vermont Catamounts Midwest March 16 7:27p TBS Milwaukee Carter Blackburn / Mike Gminski / Debbie Antonelli / Lisa Byington
(3) Florida State Seminoles vs. (14) Florida Gulf Coast Eagles West March 16 Approx. 9:20p TNT Orlando Ian Eagle / Steve Lavin / Evan Washburn
(8) Wisconsin Badgers vs. (9) Virginia Tech Hokies East March 16 Approx. 9:40p CBS Buffalo Verne Lundquist / Jim Spanarkel / Allie LaForce
(2) Arizona Wildcats vs. (15) North Dakota West March 16 Approx. 9:50p TBS Salt Lake City Andrew Catalon / Steve Lappas / Jamie Erdahl
(5) Iowa State Cyclones vs. (12) Nevada Wolf Pack Midwest March 16 Approx. 9:57p truTV Milwaukee Carter Blackburn / Mike Gminski / Debbie Antonelli / Lisa Byington
(7) Michigan Wolverines vs. (10) Oklahoma State Cowboys Midwest March 17 12:15p CBS Indianapolis Jim Nantz / Grant Hill / Bill Raftery / Tracy Wolfson
(3) Baylor Bears vs. (14) New Mexico State Aggies East March 17 12:40p truTV Tulsa Kevin Harlan / Reggie Miller / Dan Bonner / Dana Jacobson
(8) Arkansas Razorbacks vs. (9) Seton Hall Pirates South March 17 1:30p TNT Greenville Brian Anderson / Chris Webber / Lewis Johnson
(3) Oregon Ducks vs. (14) Iona Gaels Midwest March 17 2p TBS Sacramento Spero Dedes / Steve Smith / Len Elmore / Ros Gold-Onwude
(2) Louisville Cardinals vs. (15) Jacksonville State Gamecocks Midwest March 17 Approx. 2:45p CBS Indianapolis Jim Nantz / Grant Hill / Bill Raftery / Tracy Wolfson
(6) SMU Mustangs vs. (11) Providence Friars/USC Trojans East March 17 Approx. 3p truTV Tulsa Kevin Harlan / Reggie Miller / Dan Bonner / Dana Jacobson
(1) North Carolina Tar Heels vs. (16) Texas Southern Tigers South March 17 Approx. 4p TNT Greenville Brian Anderson / Chris Webber / Lewis Johnson
(6) Creighton Bluejays vs. (11) Rhode Island Rams Midwest March 17 Approx. 4:30p TBS Sacramento Spero Dedes / Steve Smith / Len Elmore / Ros Gold-Onwude
(1) Kansas Jayhawks vs. (16) NC Central/UC Davis Midwest March 17 6:50p TNT Tulsa Kevin Harlan / Reggie Miller / Dan Bonner / Dana Jacobson
(7) Dayton Flyers vs. (10) Wichita State Shockers South March 17 7:10p CBS Indianapolis Jim Nantz / Grant Hill / Bill Raftery / Tracy Wolfson
(2) Duke Blue Devils vs. (15) Troy Trojans East March 17 7:20p truTV Greenville Brian Anderson / Chris Webber / Lewis Johnson
(6) Cincinnati Bearcats vs. (11) Kansas St. Wildcats/Wake Forest Demon Deacons South March 17 7:27p TBS Sacramento Spero Dedes / Steve Smith / Len Elmore / Ros Gold-Onwude
(8) Miami Hurricanes vs. (9) Michigan State Spartans Midwest March 17 Approx. 9:20p TNT Tulsa Kevin Harlan / Reggie Miller / Dan Bonner / Dana Jacobson
(2) Kentucky Wildcats vs. (15) Northern Kentucky Norse South March 17 Approx. 9:40p CBS Indianapolis Jim Nantz / Grant Hill / Bill Raftery / Tracy Wolfson
(7) South Carolina Gamecocks vs. (10) Marquette Golden Eagles East March 17 Approx. 9:50p TBS Greenville Brian Anderson / Chris Webber / Lewis Johnson
(3) UCLA Bruins vs. (14) Kent State Golden Flashes South March 17 Approx. 9:57p truTV Sacramento Spero Dedes / Steve Smith / Len Elmore / Ros Gold-Onwude
Table courtesy Mike Jacobs