How to watch: Alabama vs. Maryland in the NCAA Tournament

For the second time in three seasons, Alabama will face Maryland in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

The top seeded Crimson Tide will face the No. 8 seed Terrapins this Saturday at 8:40 PM CT inside Legacy Arena. Alabama advanced to the game with a 96-75 win over No. 16 seed Texas A&M Corpus Christi, while Maryland won 67-65 over No. 9 seed West Virginia.

Two years ago, No. 2 seed Alabama upset No. 10 seed Maryland 96-77 in the Round of 32. The Crimson Tide lost to No. 11 seed UCLA in the Sweet 16.

Here’s everything you need to know about Saturday’s game.

How do you watch

from: No. 1 seed Alabama (30-5) vs. No. 8 seed Maryland (22-12).

when: 8:40 PM Cairo time, Saturday, March 18th

where: Legacy Arena, Birmingham, Alabama

He watches: TBS (play-by-play: Jim Nantz; analyst: Bill Raftery; analyst Grant Hill; sidelines: Tracy Wolfson)

He listens: Crimson Tide Sports Network (play-by-play: Chris Stewart; analyst: Brian Basnick; engineer Tom Stipe)

Expected Alabama appetizer

Jahvon Quinerly: 6-foot-1, 175 pounds, senior

Stats: 8.3 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 3.7 apg, 39.3% FG, 34.2% 3-pt

Mark Sears: 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, junior

Stats: 12.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.6 apg, 41.1% FG, 35.8% 3-pt

Brandon Miller: 6-foot-9, 200 pounds, freshman

Stats: 19.1 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.1 apg, 44.6% FG, 39.6% 3-pt

Noah Clooney: 6-foot-10, 210 lbs., freshman

Stats: 10.1 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 0.9 apg, 50.0% FG, 29.8% 3-pt

Charles Pediaco: 7 ft., 225 lbs., freshman

Stats: 6.2 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 0.7 apg, 65.1% FG

Maryland’s expected starting lineup

Jahmer Young: 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, senior

Stats: 15.9 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 3.1 apg, 41.6% FG, 31.3% 3-pt

Don Carey: 6ft-5, 187 lbs., senior

Stats: 7.4 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 1.1 apg, 37.9% FG, 33.9% 3-pt

Sage Hart: 6-foot-8, 205 lbs., senior

Stats: 11.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.6 apg, 48.4% FG, 33.9% 3-pt

Donta Scott: 6-foot-8, 230 pounds, senior

Stats: 11.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.6 apg, 39.8% FG, 31.0% 3-pt

Julian Reese: 6-foot-9, 230 pounds, freshman

Stats: 11.4 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.0 apg, 47.0% FG, 63.3%

Brandon Miller is ‘taking it slow’ with a hip injury

The day after he was denied a score for the first time in his career, Brandon Miller addressed a groin injury that has been bothering him since last weekend’s SEC tournament in Nashville. The five-star forward failed to score during Alabama’s opening victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Thursday, recording five rebounds while shooting 0-for-5 from the floor during a season-low 19 minutes.

On Friday, Miller said he plans to play against Maryland, noting that as long as he can warm up and relax the muscles, he said he feels fine.

“It’s good,” Miller said. “Just taking it slowly, day by day, step by step, really just taking it back to 100 percent.”

Alabama coach Nate Oates said Miller would not practice during the live session of Friday’s practice. However, he is confident his top scorer will be ready to go on Saturday.

“He’s already receiving treatment this morning,” said Oats. “He got him last night. He’s going to have a lot this afternoon. We’re depriving him of practically anything live today, not that we do a lot of live stuff with game yesterday and tomorrow. He’ll shoot and do some inanimate stuff.”

“I think he’s going to be fine. He looked like he was moving just fine. It obviously bothered him. He didn’t shoot well, but he seemed to be moving decently. So he just has to get his confidence back that he can play it.”

Miller leads Alabama averaging 19.1 points and 8.2 rebounds while shooting 44.6% from the floor and a team-high 39.% from 3. He was named SEC Player of the Year and SEC Player of the Year honors and was named conference tournament MVP after averaging. 20.3 points, 11 rebounds and 4.3 assists over the Crimson Tide’s three wins in Nashville over the weekend.

Game notes

Nate Oats has a record of 9-3 (. 750) in 12 postseason games at the helm of the Crimson Tide. Oats has a record of 3-2 in NCAA tournament games as Alabama’s head coach and owns a record of 4-5 (. 444) in his previous five tournament games as head coach

Alabama has 30 wins for the first time in program history. The Crimson Tide’s previous high was 27 in 2001-02.

Alabama freshmen scored 2,144 of 2,794 points (76.7%) this season.

Kevin Willard is the first coach in Maryland history to lead his team to the NCAA Tournament in his first season at the helm.

– The NCAA Tournament bid marks Maryland’s sixth appearance in the last seven applicable years. This would be the seventh appearance in eight years if the 2020 tournament had not been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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