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The brackets are set: UC, Xavier play first Tourney games in same city


One of the most exciting weeks of the sports calendar starts with Selection Sunday.

This is the night the best teams in the country learn who and where they’ll play in the NCAA Tournament.

Xavier was projected to be a No. 1 seed for the first time in school history -- and a slip-up announced the placement early during Selection Sunday. The Musketeers are regular season champions of the Big East. Xavier will play either Texas Southern or NC Central as the 16 seed Friday in Nashville.

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UC was projected to be a No. 2 seed and got a good draw. The outright champions of the American Athletic Conference, the Bearcats are one of the nation's elite defensive teams. UC will play in Nashville on Friday against 15-seed Georgia State.

This is the first time both Cincinnati men's basketball programs will play their opening-round Tournament games in the same city.

Xavier Coach Chris Mack told media he has been impressed by the success of both programs this season.

"If you look at what both programs have done over the last I'd like to say 10 years -- but I'm a lot older than that -- it's been amazing, and to have two seasons that we've had," Mack said.

Cincinnati Coach Mick Cronin noted that the Bearcats have done well in Nashville before.

"Hope the weather is nice in Nashville, last time we were there we won two games and went to the Sweet Sixteen," Cronin said.

Kentucky, champions of the SEC Tournament a fourth consecutive season, have improved their seeding with a hot finish to the season. Kentucky is a No. 5 seed playing on Thursday in Boise vs. Davidson. 

The surprising No. 5 seed Ohio State Buckeyes will play in Boise against 12-seed SDSU Thursday.

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The NCAA Tournament begins with play in games in Dayton on Tuesday night. The first full day of games begins Thursday.

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