Expect some ACC flavor in Greenville for NCAA tourney

Rachel Hardy
March 13, 2017

Marquette's biggest win this season was a home-court victory over East No. 1 seed Villanova.

The Gamecocks will be one of the 68 participants for this year's national championship.

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.

BracketMatrix.com, which averages 126 different projections, giving more weight to the ones that have been more historically accurate, has the Gamecocks as an average 8.53 seed.

Atlantic Coast Conference tournament champions Duke visited the Upstate when Greenville last hosted the NCAA Tournament in 2002.

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The second East Region game set for Greenville will feature the second seeded Duke Blue Devils against the No. 15 seed, Troy Trojans.

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 Golden Eagles will head to Greenville to play SC in the first round. They beat the Hurricanes, they would play No. 1 seed Kansas or whoever makes their way into the play-in game to become the No. 16 seed.

This is South Carolina's ninth trip to the NCAA Tournament and their first in thirteen years. 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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