They are the first team since 1985 to reach the Big Dance after starting 0-13 and will try to become the first team from the SWAC to win an NCAA Tournament game since 2010, when Arkansas-Pine Bluff beat Winthrop in the opening round. NC Central is 0-2 in its two NCAA Tournament appearances.
Texas Southern likes to get up and down the floor and score, averaging 77 points per game and scoring 90 or more in seven games this season.
The moneyline for this game is Texas Southern: -225, North Carolina Central: 185 and 100% have picked Texas Southern to win the game. So unless the Eagles are able to put the clamps on the Tigers defensively, it could be a long night in Dayton for the MEAC champs.
Both of these teams were considered majorly on the bubble before Selection Sunday, so it's not too surprising the committee placed them as No. 11 seeds in the First Four.
The Xavier Musketeers faceoff with the Texas Southern Tigers in a Friday college basketball matchup. The victor of this contest will head to Nashville, Tennessee and face No. 1 seed Xavier.
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TSU made just two of its first nine shots, falling behind 10-6, but Jefferson hit a jumper, and the Tigers knocked down 8-of-13 shots after that, capped by Jefferson's layup with 1:23 left before halftime, giving him 17 points in the half, putting the Tigers up 10, and they led 36-26 at the break. With a stiff non-conference schedule, TSU powered its way to a SWAC Tournament victory, setting up the play-in game against North Carolina Central.
The Eagles (19-15), winners of the 2018 MEAC tournament, clinched the leagues automatic bid by upsetting No. 1 seed Hampton, 71-63, Saturday in Norfolk. They have been through the wringer this season and are a better team for it. "This is the first time we have the opportunity to go to the NCAA Tournament with good players at every position; we have a legitimate point guard, we have a legitimate big guy [and] a legitimate scorer". "Don't be deceived by their record because they played the toughest schedule in the country".
A historically black college in Houston, Texas Southern slipped into the First Four by getting hot and winning the Southwest Athletic College Tournament.
Moton said preparation starts right away. "I've been on that side of the coin, so I'd rather feel it on this side".