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Syracuse game vs. Houston: TV information and Game Time

Syracuse and Houston will square off in the Sweet-16 on Saturday, March 27th at 9:55 p.m., Turner Sports and CBS Sports announced. The game will be broadcast on TBS and will take place at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Commentator assignments have not yet been released.

Syracuse basketball will tip off its Sweet 16 game against Houston on Saturday at 9:55 p.m. in Hinkle Fieldhouse, the NCAA announced overnight. The 11th-seeded Orange and second-seeded Cougars get the late-night treatment with a spot in the Midwest Region finals on the line. The contest will be broadcast on TBS.

Syracuse game vs. Houston is Sweet 16 of NCAA tournament: Preview

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SU reached the third round of the NCAA Tournament with a 75-72 win over No. 3 seed West Virginia on Sunday night before UH rallied back with a 14-2 run to edge out No. 10 seed Rutgers about two hours later. Houston opened as a 6.5-point favorite to beat Syracuse late Sunday night.

No. 11 Syracuse 17-9 (9-7 ACC)

KenPom rating: 42nd Overall, 15th Offense, 94th Defense

NET ranking: 40, (2-7 vs Quad 1)

Leading scorer: Buddy Boeheim (17.7 ppg)

Syracuse manhandled No. 6 San Diego State in the opening round, and Buddy Boeheim scored 30 in the Orange’s 78-62 win. He kept his hot shooting going in the round of 32 by dropping a game-high 25 against West Virginia.

The Orange have been unconscious shooting the basketball so far. They’ve converted over 50% of their field goals in both the games they’ve played so far while also converting 50% of their threes.

Boeheim's matchup against Houston’s Quentin Grimes will be big in this game, as both wings are the top scoring option for their respective teams. How the Syracuse 2-3 zone contains Grimes should be key to determining the winner.

No. 2 Houston 25-3 (14-3 AAC)

KenPom rating: 5th Overall, 6th Offense, 12th Defense

NET ranking: 5 (2-1 vs. Quad 1)

Leading scorer: Quentin Grimes (18 ppg)

Houston took care of business against No. 6 San Diego State but trailed against Rutgers until the very end. The Cougars faced a 3-point deficit at the break and surged in the second half turn the tide to win 63-60.

Houston typically controls the glass and won the battle on the boards by 10 against Scarlet Knights. Utilizing their strength and physicality inside will be key to taking down an elite shooting team like Syracuse. It will also be interesting to see how a team that doesn’t shoot the ball particularly well from long-range (35.2% as a team) chooses to attack the Orange.

What the Coogs do better as well as anyone is defend: They hold opponents to a 43.3 eFG%, which is the best in Division I, and only 29.3% of opponents three-pointers convert. But that’s mostly against a softer schedule in the American Conference than they’ll see on Saturday.

Justin Gorham leads all players with 8.8 rebounds per game, and his battle against Quincy Guerrier down low could determine which team comes out on top.

How to watch NCAA Tournament

As in previous years, CBS is the official home to March Madness on TV. If you have a cable package, you’ll be able to watch March Madness games live on CBS.

If you don’t have cable, pick up a digital TV antenna like this $30 option from Amazon, which will get you CBS (and all the major networks) in full HD for free. This mini antenna tucks in discreetly behind your TV and gets you up to 200 miles of range to pick up all your local stations. Buy the antenna once and use it to watch March Madness basketball on CBS for free.

Stream March Madness on Hulu + Live TV

If you want to watch all the March Madness games in one place, your best bet is to sign up for Hulu. Hulu is now offering live TV channels through their Hulu + Live TV deal, and their lineup includes CBS, TBS, TNT and TruTV. In other words, you’ll get instant access to live stream all the March Madness games online. Get a 7-day free trial to Hulu + Live TV to check out the service. The price goes up to $64.99/month afterwards.

Stream March Madness on Paramount+

You can stream all the CBS games with a free trial to Paramount+. The new streaming service (formerly known as CBS All-Access) will let you watch March Madness on CBS through your phone, computer or connected TV, and the free trial lasts for 30 days, so you can use it to watch all of Paramount+’s content even after the tournament is over.

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