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2019 NCAA Tournament: First Four, Night One; Tuesday, March 19, 2019

For the 10th tournament in succession, Dayton hosts the first of two of doubleheaders in as many nights.

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-First Four Practice
Will tonight mark the end of Fran Dunphy’s collegiate coaching career?
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Both tonight’s NCAA Tournament doubleheader and tomorrow’s will air on TruTV, as always. They have a channel finder in the upper-right corner of their schedule page. You can also watch on the NCAA’s March Madness Live.

Graphic by Chris Dobbertean using logos from SportsLogos.net.

West Region (6:40 p.m. tip)

March Madness Live link

No. 16 Prairie View A&M Panthers (22-12, SWAC automatic bid) vs.
No. 16 Fairleigh Dickinson Knights (20-13, NEC automatic bid)

KenPom predicted result: FDU 76, Prairie View 75

Fairleigh Dickinson is 0-5 on its previous NCAA trips, the last of which came in the 2016 First Four, Prairie View is 0-1, losing in the 1998 First Round to Kansas. Tonight’s victor heads to Salt Lake City to take on the West’s top seed, the Gonzaga Bulldogs, at 7:27 p.m. Eastern, also on TruTv.

East Region (approx. 9:10 p.m. tip)

March Madness Live link

No. 11 Belmont Bruins (26-5, OVC at-large) vs.
No. 11 Temple Owls (23-9, American Athletic at-large)

KenPom predicted result: Belmont 79, Temple 76

While this will be Belmont’s eighth NCAA trip, all of which have come under head coach Rick Byrd and since 2006, they’ve failed to win a game in any of their previous seven appearances. On the other hand, Temple has made the field 32 previous times, the last being in 2016. The Owls last won in 2013. With a loss, Temple head coach Fran Dunphy will head into retirement, after eight NCAA appearances at Temple and nine at Penn. The Belmont-Temple winner will travel to Jacksonville for a First Round game against the East’s No. 6 seed, the Maryland Terrapins, which will tip at approximately 3:10 p.m. Eastern and appear on ... TruTV.

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