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Originally published: 2013-03-17 20:38:21
Last modified: 2013-03-17 20:38:21

Davidson takes on Marquette in tournament

by Steve Behr Sports Editor

Davidson will play Marquette in the second round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Thursday at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky.

Davidson, the Southern Conference regular season champion and the SoCon Tournament champ, makes its 12th appearance into the NCAA tournament. The Wildcats are 26-7 overall and finished 17-1 in the SoCon during the regular season.

They are a 14th seed, while Marquette (23-8) is a third seed in the East Regional. The winner faces the winner of sixth-seeded Butler and 11th seeded Bucknell.

The Wildcats have also won 17 straight games, which includes a 63-60 victory over Appalachian State in the semifinals of the SoCon Tournament. They are 8-12 in NCAA Tournament games, including a 69-62 loss to Louisville in 2012.

In other NCAA Tournament matchups, ACC Tournament champion Miami (27-6) was given a No. 2 seed in the East Region and takes on 15th seeded Pacific.

Duke (27-5) is the No. 2 seed in the Midwest Region. The Blue Devils play Albany in Philadelphia Friday. It’s the 18th straight year Duke has reached the tournament, and the 21st time the Blue Devils are either a No. 1 or No. 2 seed under coach Mike Krzyzewski.

North Carolina (24-10) is seeded eighth and plays Villanova, seeded ninth, in the South Region Friday in Kansas City, Mo.

"I am extremely happy for our team that it earned a selection to play in the NCAA Tournament," North Carolina head coach Roy Williams said on the school’s web site. "Our players did exactly what I thought they would do — they worked hard and got better and better as the year progressed. Making the field is a reward for their continued improvement. We look forward to hopefully playing our best basketball this coming weekend.”

N.C. State (24-10) is seeded eighth in the East Region and plays No. 9 Temple on Friday in Dayton Ohio. The Wolfpack return to the tournament after being left out the previous five seasons.

"I'm obviously very excited for our team," N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried said on the team’s web site.  "It's a great accomplishment to be back in the NCAA Tournament in back-to-back years.