How to watch Mount St. Mary's vs. Texas Southern in the First Four originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
While the Round of 64 is the unofficial start of the NCAA Tournament's first weekend, the official start is the First Four. It's right there in the name.
And the first of the First Four games this year comes Thursday instead of Tuesday, as a result of the adjusted scheduling stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. In that opening tipoff fans will see Mount St. Mary's take on Texas Southern for the right to advance to a matchup with top-seeded Michigan on Saturday.
The Mount finished third in the NEC this season, but they got hot at the right time and have now won four in a row entering the tournament. They wound up beating both Wagner and Bryant in the conference tournament, the two teams to finish ahead of them in the regular season.
The Tigers are even hotter, though. Texas Southern has won nine in a row and 14 of its last 15, after a slow start to the year. They also ended up in third place in their conference this season, and they too beat both teams ahead of them during the SWAC tournament to earn a berth to the big dance.
Here is the NCAA Tournament information:
Mount St. Mary's vs. Texas Southern How to Watch
What: 2021 NCAA Tournament First Four, East Region
Who: No. 16 Mount St. Mary's (12-10, 9-7 NEC) vs. No. 16 Texas Southern (16-8, 10-3 SWAC)
When: 5:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 18.
Where: Assembly Hall, Bloomington, IN
TV Channel: TruTV
Online Stream: March Madness Live on NCAA.com
TV Announcers: Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Steve Lavin (analyst), Avery Johnson (analyst), Evan Washburn (reporter)
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Mount St. Mary's vs. Texas Southern Bracket Analysis
How They Got Here: Mount St. Mary's (Auto-bid, NEC Champions), Texas Southern (Auto-big, SWAC Champions)
Previous Meeting: First Meeting
Next Round: vs. No. 1 Michigan, 3:00 p.m. Saturday
East Region Bracket:
No. 1 Michigan vs. No. 16 Mount St. Mary's/No. 16 Texas SouthernNo. 8 LSU vs. No. 9 St. Bonaventure
No. 5 Colorado vs. No. 12 GeorgetownNo. 4 Florida State vs. No. 13 UNC-Greensboro
No. 6 BYU vs. No. 11 Michigan State/No. 11 UCLANo. 3 Texas vs. No. 14 Abilene Christian
No. 7 UConn vs. No. 10 MarylandNo. 2. Alabama vs. No. 15 Iona