NCAA Tournament Preview The Gold and Blue Nation Podcast

Both WVU basketball programs are going dancing, but what does their path to the Sweet 16 and beyond look like? Nick Farrell and Sam Coniglio discuss in our NCAA Tournament primer. Plus, a final word from Sam in his final podcast with Gold and Blue Nation. 

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The madness is about to commence.

West Virginia renews an old rivalry on Thursday when it faces Maryland in the NCAA Tournament Round of 64. Here’s everything you need to know.

No. 9 West Virginia vs. No. 8 Maryland game information

  • Time: 12:15 p.m. ET
  • Date: Thursday, March 16
  • Location: Legacy Arena, Birmingham, Alabama
  • TV channel: CBS
  • Stream: March Madness Live
  • Radio: Find your affiliate of the Mountaineer Sports Network
  • WVU record: 19-14
  • Maryland record: 21-12
  • All-time series: WVU leads 24-14 since 1926
  • NCAA Tournament meetings: 1-1
  • Last meeting: WVU 69, UMD 59 in the 2015 NCAA Tournament

WVU vs. UMD matchup preview

After a one-year hiatus, Bob Huggins and his West Virginia men’s basketball squad is back in the tournament. The Mountaineers surged late in the season, moving from the bad side of the bubble to a sure spot after finishing the season strong.

WVU was led by leading scorer Erik Stevenson, a hot-handed guard who scored 23 or more points in each of WVU’s final five games of the regular season.

Maryland, like its opponent, did not play any postseason basketball in 2022 and makes its return to the NCAA Tournament after a year.

The Terrapins competed in a tough Big Ten Conference, and earned some key victories over Purdue, a 1-seed, and Indiana, a 4-seed. They played well enough to earn the fifth spot in the league, but fell in the tournament quarterfinal.

The winner of this game will go up against either Alabama, the No. 1 overall seed, or the winner of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi vs. Southeast Missouri State in the 16-seed play-in game.