Drake returns to NCAA tournament as No. 13 seed

Overall No. 1 Virginia aims for Final Four run through South

The Bulldogs (26-7) were paired with Texas A&M (24-9) in the Spokane Regional, with that first game being played at College Station, Texas. Earlier Sunday the Rams lost to Davidson, 58-57 in the Atlantic 10 Championship game. If they can defeated the Friars they'll play the victor of 2-Seed North Carolina and 15-Seed Lipscomb for a trip to the program's fourth Sweet 16.

The Friars roared through the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden last week as a 5-seed, knocking off Xavier, who is the West Region's No. 1 seed, in the semifinals.

This is Rhode Island's second consecutive trip to the tournament under A-10 Coach of the Year Dan Hurley and only the second time in the history of the program that URI has gone to consecutive NCAA tournaments.

Overall, the A-10 saw three teams get into the tournament.

Kyron Cartwright was the hero here for the Friars scoring 15 pts with many of them coming late in this overtime thriller pushing Ed Cooley's team into a title game against either Butler or Villanova.

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The defending-champion Tar Heels are as hot as anyone, despite falling to Virginia in the ACC Tournament championship.

UNC will face 15-seed Lipscomb in the First Round.

A&M has not played an ACC team this year, but UNC has played two SEC teams - Arkansas and Tennessee - defeating both the Razorbacks and Volunteers. That is the home court of the Aggies.

Texas A&M round out the teams that will be representing the Lone Star State in the tournament. The Aggies haven't made it out of the second round since 2015 when they lost in the Elite Eight to perennial powerhouse UConn. Providence will be making its 20th appearance in the Big Dance. "Thirteen straight NCAA Tournaments".

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