Texas Southern opens NCAA tourney vs. North Carolina

Beth Cruz
March 13, 2017

The Gamecocks and Marquette are part of the East Region for the tournament.

If North Carolina is awarded the overall No. 1 seed on Selection Sunday and given the opportunity to request its preferred NCAA tournament locations, the Tar Heels would want to be slotted in Greenville, South Carolina, for the first weekend and Memphis, Tennessee, for the South Regional, a source told ESPN. The victor will face either two-seed Duke, or 15-seed Troy.

Now that the bracket is officially out, CBS and Turner Sports get to figure out the television schedule, so keep your eyes peeled for that.

The latest Sunday projection from ESPN.com's Joe Lunardi has SC as a No. 8 seed facing No. 9 Oklahoma State in Salt Lake City. And sure, it's tough to penalize a team for losing late in the conference tournament, but Duke had enough buzz heading into Sunday to put UNC's No. 1 seed hopes into question.

Duke is also potentially in the mix.

7 seed and will play No. 10 seed Marquette on Friday in Greenville.

The Tar Heels play Texas Southern in game one, with Arkansas or Seton Hall waiting in the second round in Greenville, South Carolina. UNC has played in a NCAA-record 19 Final Fours.

UNC and Texas Southern will tipoff on Friday and the victor will advance to Sunday's second round in Greenville, South Carolina.

Not only is SC back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 13 seasons, but the Gamecocks won't have to travel very far to get there. 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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