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Tuesday, around 9:15p.m.: North Carolina State vs. Xavier
Thursday, 12:15 p.m: Ohio State vs. Dayton
Thursday, 2:10 p.m: Cincinnati vs. Harvard
Thursday, around 9:50, Louisville vs Manhattan
Friday, around 9:40 p.m.: Kentucky vs. Kansas State
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CBS: Opening round point spreads
Xavier -1 over NC State
OSU -6 over Dayton
UC -3.5 over Harvard
UL -12.5 over Manhattan
UK -4 over Kansas State
MEMPHIS, TN - MARCH 14: Head coach Mick Cronin of the Cincinnati Bearcats directs his team from the sideline against of the Connecticut Huskies during the semifinals of the American Athletic Conference Tournament at FedExForum on March 14, 2014 in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati men’s basketball team returns to the NCAA Championship for the fourth straight season with a second-round game against Harvard on Thursday March 20 at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena (12,210) in Spokane, Wash.
UC (27-6) is the No. 5 seed while the Crimson (26-4) are the No. 12 seed. No. 4 Michigan State and No. 13 Delaware are the other two East Region teams in Spokane.
The Bearcats finished the regular season with a 27-6 mark, their best regular-season record since the 2001-02 campaign. UC finished with 15 American Athletic Conference wins, the second-most league victories in school history. Head Coach Mick Cronin was named the American Coach of the Year, Justin Jackson (Cocoa Beach, Fla./Arlington Country Day) was named the conference’s defensive player of the year and Sean Kilpatrick (Yonkers, N.Y./Notre Dame Prep) was a unanimous First-Team All-AAC selection and has been tabbed for multiple All-America teams.
Harvard is 26-4 on the year, winners of the Ivy League. The Crimson, coached by Tommy Amaker, closed the season on an eight-game winning streak. The two teams' only common opponent was UConn with the Crimson falling 61-56 in Hartford, Conn. UC faced the Huskies three times, with each team winning on its home court and UConn earning the win in the American Athletic Conference Championship semifinal. Harvard averaged 73.6 ppg and was +3.0 on the rebounding margin. Five players average double-digits with junior guard Wesley Saunders (14.0) leading the way. Sophomore guard Siyani Chambers (11.1), junior forward Steve Moundou-Missi (10.5), senior forward Kyle Casey (10.0) and senior guard Laurent Rivard (10.0) also average double figures. Moundou-Missi and Casey pace the Crimson, pulling down 5.8 and 5.7 rebounds per game, respectively.
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CINCINNATI – The Xavier University men’s basketball team earned a berth into the 2014 NCAA Tournament as a No. 12 seed and will face No. 12 North Carolina State in the First Four in Dayton, Ohio on Tuesday, March 18.
Xavier finished the season 21-12 overall and 10-8 in the BIG EAST, while NC State closed the season 21-13 and 9-9 in the ACC. The Musketeers dropped their semifinal matchup with Creighton in the BIG EAST Championship. The Wolfpack also lost in the semifinals, falling to Duke in the ACC Championship. This will be the first meeting between the two schools.
The winner of XU and NCSU will face the five-seed Saint Louis in Orlando, Fla. on Thursday, March 20. Saint Louis closed the season at 26-6 and 13-3 in the Atlantic 10.
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North Carolina State notes
LEXINGTON, Ky. – For the 53rd time in program history the Kentucky Wildcats are among the field for the NCAA Tournament, it was announced Sunday evening. Kentucky claimed an at-large bid following a 61-60 loss to No. 1-ranked Florida on Sunday in the Southeastern Conference Tournament Championship.
Kentucky, seeded eighth in the Midwest Region, is set to travel to St. Louis, Mo. and will take on ninth-seeded Kansas State in the second round of NCAA Tournament. The game is set for Friday, March 21st. Time and television information will be announced later in the evening. The winner of the UK-KSU matchup will play the winner of No. 1-seeded Wichita State and the winner of the 16-seed First Round play-in game between Cal Poly and Texas Southern.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s basketball team, the sixth-seed in the South Region, will meet the 11th-seeded Dayton Flyers out of the Atlantic 10 Thursday in the Second Round of the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
Ohio State, led by head coach Thad Matta, is making its 26th appearance in the NCAA tournament. The Buckeyes are 25-9 on the season, 10-8 in Big Ten play. Matta is 275-82 in 10 seasons at Ohio State and 376-113 overall as a head coach. He has led the Buckeyes to eight NCAA tournaments and owns a 17-7 record in the tournament at OSU. Matta is 56-15 in the month of March during the last 10 years, a 78.9 win percentage, fifth-best among active Division I coaches.
Dayton is led by former Ohio State assistant coach Archie Miller. The Flyers are 23-10 on the season, 10-6 in the Atlantic 10. Dayton is led by OSU transfer Jordan Sibert, averaging 12.6 points per game, and Devin Oliver, averaging 12.2 points per game. UD fell 70-67 to Saint Joseph’s in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Championship Friday. Miller is 60-37 in three seasons at Dayton and is assisted by former Ohio State video coordinator Kevin Kuwik.
Ohio State and Dayton have met six times previously with the Buckeyes owning a 4-2 advantage in the series. The teams last played in the 2008 NIT Quarterfinals at Value City Arena, a 74-63 OSU win. Matta is 8-1 in his career against Dayton, 1-0 at Ohio State. He owns a 12-4 record against former assistants.
The winner of Ohio State-Dayton will face either No. 3 Syracuse or No. 14 Western Michigan Saturday.
Dayton Flyer notes
The University of Dayton Flyers return to the Big Dance as a No. 11 seed with a match up against the No. 6 seed Ohio State Buckeyes in the Second Round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament. The Second Round game will be on Thursday, March 20.
Dayton will be making its 15th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and first since the 2008-09 season.
UD has been powerful against the power conferences. Dayton is 22-11 in the last seven years against BCS programs.
There are three Flyers with direct connections to their second round opponent. Coach Archie Miller served as an assistant on Thad Motta's staff for two seasons (2007-08 and 2008-09). Redshirt junior guard Jordan Sibert played for Ohio State in 2010-10 and 2011-12 before redshirting last year at Dayton. UD Assistant Coach Kevin Kuwik was Ohio State's video coordinator during the 2009-10 and 2010-11 campaigns.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville men's basketball team will make its 40th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, facing No. 13 seed Manhattan in a Midwest Region second round contest on Thursday, March 20, at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla. A No. 4 seed, Louisville (29-5) is making its eighth-straight appearance in the tournament after earning an automatic bid with a 71-61 victory over Connecticut to capture the the American Athletic Conference Championship.
Selection committee rankings
Here's the committee's official 1-68 rankings if you're curious. pic.twitter.com/wBUQsDBKSU— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) March 17, 2014