Marquette To Face South Carolina In NCAA Championship

Marquette To Face South Carolina In NCAA Championship

Marquette To Face South Carolina In NCAA Championship

On the other side, the SC (22-10, 12-6 SEC) lost their last two games of the season.

But the Tar Heels' tough strength of schedule down the stretch and No. 5 RPI ranking kept them as a top seed, while ACC Tournament champion Duke fell to a No. 2 seed in the East Region.

Normally, staying home for the NCAA Tournament is a bad thing.

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

North Carolina Central (25-8), winners of the MEAC Conference, will play UC Davis (22-12, 11-5 Big West) in Dayton Wednesday with the victor advancing to play No. 1 Kansas (28-4, 16-2 Big 12) in Tulsa Friday.

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The Gamecocks were selected to play in Greenville at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena Friday against the No.10 seed, Marquette. SC has also been mentioned as a destination for SC, but the Gamecocks may have a tough time staying close to home after an early exit from the SEC tournament.

ESPN "bracketologist" Joe Lunardi is also on board with UNC and Duke, bitter rivals who would be placed in different regions, in Greenville, but he has the Gamecocks heading to Tulsa in an 8-9 game matched up with top-seeded Kansas. UNC has played in a NCAA-record 19 Final Fours.

If the Tar Heels win, they'll face the victor of No. 8 seed Arkansas and No. 9 seed Seton Hall.

Fresh off grinding out wins over Alabama State, Grambling State and Alcorn State to win their third tournament championship in four years, the Tigers are seeking their first NCAA tournament win in seven tries. But on the backs of a re-jiggered starting lineup and spectacular three-point shooting (Marquette's 43 percent from deep leads the nation), the Golden Eagles have powered their way back to the Big Dance.

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