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March 13, 2011
Greensboro, N.C. - Atlantic Coast Conference teams earned four bids to the 2011 NCAA Tournament, including a No. 1 seed for the ACC Champion Duke Blue Devils. In addition to Duke's automatic bid, three more league teams earned at-large slots in Clemson, Florida State and North Carolina.
Fresh off a victory in the ACC Tournament Championship game, the Duke men's basketball team found out they would be awarded the No. 1 seed in the West Region for the 2011 NCAA Tournament.
Duke will play its first round game in Charlotte against Hampton on Friday. It will be the first ever meeting between the two schools. The Pirates are 24-8 and defeated Morgan State, 60-55, in the MEAC Championship game. The winner of that game would face the winner of the 8/9 game between Michigan (20-13) and Tennessee (19-14).
It is the 12th time in school history the Blue Devils have been a No. 1 seed and second straight season. All 12 times they have been a top seed have come under head coach Mike Krzyzewski. Since 1998 Duke has been a No. 1 seed 10 times. Overall the Blue Devils have a 43-8 record as a No. 1 seed in the tournament with three of the school's four national championships coming as the top seed in the region (1992, 2001 and 2010).
Duke will be making its 16th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and 35th in school history. The Blue Devils have a 94-30 (.758) all-time record in the tournament with a NCAA-record 77 (77-22) of those wins coming under Krzyzewski.
When playing in the state of North Carolina during the NCAA Tournament, the Blue Devils boast a record of 30-4, including an 8-3 record in Charlotte. The last time Duke traveled to Charlotte for the NCAA Tournament was 2005 when they defeated Delaware State and Mississippi State as a No. 1 seed to advance to the Sweet 16.
North Carolina (26-7) is the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament East Regional and will open play on Friday in Charlotte against No. 15 seed Long Island University (27-5).
The winner of that contest will advance to face the winner of Friday's game between No. 7 seed Washington and No. 10 seed Georgia on Sunday in Charlotte.
Roy Williams on 2011 NCAA Tournament selection: "I am ecstatic about the making the NCAA Tournament field once again. It was kind of hard to enjoy the Tournament last year as it was the only time in 23 years that one of our teams had been eligible to make the field and did not. Tonight our guys were very excited when they saw `North Carolina' show up early on the selection show. Of course, it was a little reserved because of the fact we had just lost to Duke about three hours before the show came on, but we have to congratulate the Blue Devils for playing so well.
Florida State earned a No. 10 seed in the Southwest Region of the 2011 NCAA Tournament and will play No. 7 seed Texas A&M in Chicago's United Center on Friday March 18 in the second round of the 2011 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. The Aggies, out of the Big 12 Conference, finished their regular season with a 24-8 record and advanced to the semifinals of the conference tournament before it lost to Texas. The winner of the Florida State vs. Texas A&M game will face the winner of the Notre Dame vs. Akron game on Sunday also in Chicago.
It marks the school record tying third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance for the Seminoles who have now been invited to play in the postseason for the six consecutive season and seventh time the nine year tenure of head coach Leonard Hamilton.
Florida State, which played in the 1972 NCAA Championship game, is making its 13th NCAA Tournament appearance (and its third consecutive) this season. The Seminoles are appearing in the Southwest Region for the first time in school history.
Clemson will face UAB in Dayton, OH on Tuesday at 9:00 PM in one of the First Four Games of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. The game will be televised by Tru TV. The winner of the game will play East Regional fifth seed West Virginia in Tampa, FL on Thursday.
This is the fourth straight year Clemson has advanced to the NCAA tournament. Clemson and Duke are the only ACC schools that can make that claim. The Tigers will be making their 11th NCAA Tournament appearance overall. All have taken place since 1980.
Clemson's most successful NCAA run came in 1980, the first year Clemson was selected. The Tigers won three tournament games under Bill Foster that year and reached the Elite Eight of the tournament before losing to UCLA. Clemson also made the Sweet 16 in 1990 under Cliff Ellis and 1997 under Rick Barnes. Brad Brownell is taking his third different program to the NCAA Tournament. He took UNC Wilmington in 2003 and 2006 and Wright State in 2007. He has now taken each of his three schools to the NCAA tournament in his first year with the program.