Texas Southern opens NCAA tourney vs. North Carolina

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Their non-conference win over MI on November 23 lost a little significance later in the season, but wins over nationally-ranked Wisconsin and Purdue, coupled with a solid Big Ten Tournament run culminating in a championship win against Wisconsin, raised the Wolverines' RPI and benefited the Gamecocks down the stretch.

If history is any indicator, there will nearly certainly be some ACC flavor in town for the NCAA Tournament.

UNC's opponent enters the tournament after going 16-2 in the SWAC conference on their way to a 23-11 overall record. The Tar Heels, who will also play in Greenville, will play Texas Southern Friday.


They are a 7 seed in the East region and will open against the Marquette Golden Eagles on Friday at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville. The victor of that game will advance to the second round for a game against either #2 Duke or #15 Troy.

The NCAA Tournament games in the Midwest Region and South Region that will take place in Milwaukee were announced on Sunday during Selection Show on CBS 58. SC would travel to Sacramento and play No. 9 Wisconsin. In Brooklyn, however, Duke played the best basketball and beat UNC.

The NCAA tournament's first two rounds are known for exciting finishes and occasional upsets, so Greenville can expect plenty of entertainment next weekend, no matter the names. Kentucky, UCLA, Cincinnati and even Wichita State could pose a major challenge to North Carolina, but for now, the Tar Heels are a lock for a deep run.

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