The Temple Owls and North Carolina State Wolfpack will go head to head in early round action of the 2013 March Madness tournament Friday, March 22, at 1:40 p.m. EST. Pitting the No. 9 seed against the No. 8, respectively, in the tournament’s East division, the Temple vs. NC State game doesn’t have the upset potential we saw as Harvard beat New Mexico, say, but there’s still room for the ferocious competition so often see when close seeds meet each other in the tournament’s opening rounds. The game will be televised on CBS, but if you can’t access a flat screen, fear not: Just head to the official March Madness website to live stream the NC State vs. Temple game online.

Temple enters this match-up with a 23-9 record (11-5 in A 10) against NC State’s 24-10 (11-7 in the ACC). Below you’ll find a preview video of the Temple vs. NC State game airing today at 1:40 p.m. EST. And again, don’t forget to check out the March Madness website to watch the live stream of Temple vs. NC State online.

ESPN has a full preview of the match-up. Here are some of the highlights:

The ninth-seeded Owls (23-9) are in the tournament for the sixth straight season. In four of the last five, they were knocked out in their opening game, including a 58-44 loss to South Florida last year when they had a No. 5 seed.

The Owls got a bit of good news leading up to the game. Six-foot-nine forward Anthony Lee— their top rebounder — is expected to play after getting checked out for a possible concussion after Temple’s loss in the Atlantic 10 tournament. He’s desperately needed against the Wolfpack’s bigger front line.

N.C. State also wants to push the pace and pressure Temple’s guards, who were behind the Owls’ late-season surge of seven straight wins. Six-foot-4 guard Khalif Wyatt was the Atlantic 10’s player of the year after leading the league with 19.8 points per game.

The Wolfpack hasn’t been to the tournament as often as Temple lately, but they’ve shown some staying power when they made it. N.C. State made the tournament six times previously since 2002, winning at least one game in five of those appearances.

N.C. State’s reference point for this year’s appearance goes back much farther. It’s the 30-year anniversary of its national title under coach Jim Valvano, and that clip of the coach joyously running around the court has been replayed a lot.

The NC State vs. Temple game should be another exciting game between the East division’s 8 and 9 seeds.

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