UNC's NCAA tournament draw: A favorable road starting close to home

Freshman Marek Dolezaj led the Orange with a career-high 20 points in last night's victory over Wake Forest

Freshman Marek Dolezaj led the Orange with a career-high 20 points in last night's victory over Wake Forest. Credit

Rhode Island wound up getting the at-large bid that would have gone to Bonzie Colson and the Fighting Irish. It'll more than likely be Xavier with North Carolina joining Duke, Cincinnati, and Purdue as No. 2 seeds. North Carolina has won 9 of their last 12 games and has been solid on both sides of the ball this season as the Tar Heels now rank 26th in scoring offense, 2nd in rebound margin, and 75th in defensive FG%.

Here is a list of all North Carolina products in the NCAA Tournament.

"I have great respect for the family and Ryan, and he's done a heck of a job, only in his second year (at UMBC) in how he's turned it", Bennett said.

Izzo clearly knows how to win this time of year, though.

No. 11 WICHITA STATE 89, TEMPLE 81:Landry Shamet scored 24 points, Rashard Kelly had 16 and Wichita State (25-6) beat Temple in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference tournament.

"Yeah, our one-and-done.is a shot goes up and [we] get a defensive rebound", coach Tony Bennett said of his defense-oriented team after beating defending national champion North Carolina in the final at Barclays Center late Saturday.

One comes in Charlotte on Thursday, when No. 10 Providence faces No. 7 Texas A&M.

The season earned the Musketeers the No. 1 overall seed, but it took them a few seconds to see if they heard right while gathered in an entertainment room in coach Mack's house.

This is UNCG's 3rd NCAA Tournament appearance. UNC recorded double-digit offensive boards in the three ACC Tournament games leading up to Saturday night.

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Dodge, the most decorated state high school 3A female runner of all time with 15 state titles, finished ninth last spring in the 800 meters at the ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a time of 2:08.21 after taking ninth in the event with a time of 2:07.98 at the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships. "We had a stretch where three or four teams couldn't score against us". The Bearcats will get a chance to win their first conference tournament since capturing the Conference USA crown in 2004.

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Syracuse was the last team into the field.

1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, its reward for one of the best seasons in Atlantic Coast Conference history.

■ Possible second-round matchup: The Tar Heels would play the victor of a first-round matchup between seventh-seeded Texas Tech (20-11) and No. 10 Providence (21-13).

Louisville had a chaotic season mired by the firings of coach Rick Pitino and AD Tom Jurich amid the Federal Bureau of Investigation case.

Jordan Bone scored a team-high 19 points and the Volunteers dominated the Razorbacks in the SEC semifinals at St. Louis. The Cavs defense is well documented, so all I'll say on that is that they somehow make the team with the ball look like they're holding on for dear life most possessions. Their only league setback, at home to Virginia Tech, was by a point in overtime. The Cowboys also lost an assistant coach in the Federal Bureau of Investigation scandal.

He tweeted the bet at North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, offering a six-pack of beer if UVA loses to UNC. He continued his sharpshooting with a pair of 3-pointers, and 12 of his points came in the second half.

Despite their loss to their tobacco road rival, the Blue Devils saw promising performances from Kavel and Reilly Metzger, who both had multiple hits in the series finale, making Kavel the team leader for multi-hit contests with seven.

We have finally made it to Selection Sunday as March Madness is officially here. That game will tip off at 6:40 p.m.

Second, the show will begin with all 68 teams revealed before they bracket is filled and matchups unveiled.

Even after Matthew Moyer's demotion from the starting lineup, Bourama Sidibe finished the season in a distant seventh on the team in minutes played (12.7 per game in 26 games). "But then you get your seeding and then it starts over".

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