BATON ROUGE -- SEC Champions and third-seeded LSU will face Ivy League Champions and No. 14 seed Yale (22-7) on Thursday at 11:40 a.m. in the second round of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament held in Jacksonville's VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, it was announced on Selection Sunday.
The winner advances to face either No. 6 seed Maryland or the winner of the opening-round game between Belmont and Temple in the third round of the 68-team tournament on Saturday.
LSU's opening game will be televised by Tru TV. Chris Blair and John Brady will have the call of LSU's games on the LSU Sports Radio Network, streaming free on www.LSUsports.net/live.
LSU (26-6) won the 2019 Southeastern Conference Regular-Season Championship -- its first since 2009 -- with a 16-2 record. The Tigers earned a berth into the "Big Dance" for the 22nd time in program history and the first since 2015. LSU, which has a 24-24 record in tournament play, has reached the Final Four four times in school history, 1953, 1981, 1986 and 2006.
The Tigers will be returning to the site of the first two rounds of the 2006 NCAA Championship when LSU defeated Iona and Texas A&M en route to the NCAA Final Four.