NC Central falls to Texas Southern, 64-46, in NCAA tournament

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North Carolina Central Eagles vs. Texas Southern Tigers: NCAA Tournament First Four Preview and Prediction

Texas Southern won the SWAC title by beating Arkansas Pine-Bluff, 84-69, that same day.

Clark scored 18 points for the Tigers, shooting just 4-of-14 from the field, but he made all seven of his free throw attempts.

Here's a look at how to bet the first two games of the tournament. Tigers guard Trae Jefferson led the way for the Tigers early with 17 points in the second half.

In Dayton on Wednesday - the Tigers of Texas Southern will take on the Eagles of North Carolina Central. The Tigers met the Eagles, winners of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament, who were making a second straight appearance in Dayton for a play-in game.

Texas Southern ranks 158th in three-pointers attempted per game (21.5) while North Carolina Central ranks 256th (18.4). These two teams are both 16 seeds in the tournament, and the victor will take on the Xavier Musketeers. On Sunday, North Carolina Central, which entered the conference tournament as the No. 6 seed, found out it will be returning to a familiar place.

Although NC Central, who won the MEAC tournament as a No. 6 seed, enters with the better record, don't count out the Tigers, who started 0-13 due to a hard nonconference slate that included a 13-game road trip with stops at Gonzaga, Kansas, Clemson, Ohio State and a handful of other power-conference programs.

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One advantage the Tigers have over North Carolina Central is size.

This is N.C. Central's third trip to the NCAA tournament.

North Carolina Central actually got off to a decent start, leading 10-6 at the 13:44 mark of the first half when Davis converted a jumper. Arizona State finished 20-11 with numerous late-season losses, including losing five out of the last six games.

A historically black college in Houston, Texas Southern slipped into the First Four by getting hot and winning the Southwest Athletic College Tournament.

"We are happy to be here because there are 200 and something programs that didn't make it, who are probably crying right now", Moton said.

In any other year, a team with an 8-10 conference record and a first-round conference tournament exit in a weak league like the Pac-12 would not have been considered for the Big Dance, but the key nonconference wins saved the Sun Devils from a spot in the NIT.

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