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March 14, 2010
Greensboro, N.C. -- Atlantic Coast Conference teams earned six bids to the 2010 NCAA Tournament, including a No. 1 seed for the ACC Champion Duke Blue Devils. In addition to Duke’s automatic bid, five more league teams earned at-large slots in Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Maryland and Wake Forest.
This is the ninth time since 1991 that the ACC has sent six or more teams to the NCAA Tournament. During that same span, league teams have won seven of their 11 NCAA Titles.
ACC Teams' First-Round Matchups in 2010 NCAA Tournament
#1 Duke vs. #16 Ark-PB/Winthrop Winner (Friday, March 19)
#4 Maryland vs. #13 Houston (Friday, March 19)
#10 Georgia Tech vs. #7 Oklahoma State (Friday, March 19)
#7 Clemson vs. #10 Missouri (Friday, March 19)
#9 Wake Forest vs. #8 Texas (Thursday, March 18)
#9 Florida State vs. #8 Gonzaga (Friday, March 19)
Times will be announced at a later date.
DURHAM, N.C. - The Duke Blue Devils (29-5, 13-3), led by head coach Mike Krzyzewski, were awarded a No. 1 seed in the South Region by the NCAA selection committee Sunday night. It is Duke's 11th NCAA Tournament as a No. 1 seed, all under Coach K, and the ninth No. 1 seed in the last 13 tournaments.
The Blue Devils learned their fate for the NCAA Tournament shortly after capturing the ACC Championship in Greensboro with a 65-61 over Georgia Tech. With the win Duke earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. As an automatic bid the Blue Devils are 56-16.
Duke will face the winner of play-in game, which pits Arkansas-Pine Bluff against Winthrop. Those two schools kick off tournament play Tuesday night.
If Duke is able to advance to the second round they will take on the winner of eighth-seed California and ninth-seed Louisville on Sunday.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland will make its 24th appearance in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament when it faces the Houston Cougars Friday in a first-round game in Spokane, Wash.
The game is scheduled to tip-off at 9:40 p.m. ET at Spokane Arena.
The Terrapins (23-8) are seeded fourth in the Midwest Regional. Maryland was the No. 4 seed in that region in 2007. The Terps were also a fourth seed in 1998 and 2004.
Maryland finished the year tied for first in the Atlantic Coast Conference by winning its last seven regular-season games.
CLEMSON, SC - Clemson (21-10) will face Missouri (22-10) in a battle of Tigers in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday, March 19 at the HSBC Arena in Buffalo, NY. Tip time for the contest will be announced later. The winner of the Clemson vs. Missouri game will face the winner of the West Virginia vs. Morgan State game on Sunday.
This is Clemson's third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, just the second time in school history the Tigers have been selected for three straight tournaments. The only other time it has been done at Clemson was in the 1996-98 era. Clemson is one of 21 schools in the NCAA Tournament for a third straight year.
This will be just the third meeting between Clemson and Missouri, the first since 1996-97. Missouri defeated Clemson in Honolulu in the December of 1986 Rainbow Classic by a 69-64 score. The Missouri win ended an 11-game winning streak to start the season for the Tigers. Clemson then defeated Missouri in Puerto Rico in November of 1996 by a 47-45 score at the San Juan Shootout.
The Florida State Seminoles will play in the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season. The Seminoles earned a No. 9 seed and will play in the West Region. Florida State's first round game will be played on Friday, March 19 in Buffalo, N.Y. against Gonzaga.
Also in Florida State's bracket is No. 1 seed Syracuse and No. 16 seed Vermont. With a win over Gonzaga, the Seminoles would face the Syracuse/Vermont winner for an opportunity to advance to the Sweet 16 in Salt Lake City.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest has received an at-large bid to the 2010 NCAA Tournament and will be seeded ninth in the East Region, as announced by the NCAA on Sunday evening.
The Demon Deacons will open Tournament play on Thursday, March 18, vs. eighth-seeded Texas at New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, La. Tipoff is scheduled for approximately 9:35 p.m. EDT. The game will be televised by CBS with announcers Dick Enberg and Jay Bilas.
Wake Forest enters the NCAA Tournament with a 19-10 overall record. The Deacons, who boast six wins against RPI Top 50 teams, finished 9-7 in ACC play and received the No. 5 seed in last week's conference tournament.
The Deacons will be making their 22nd all-time NCAA Tournament appearance and their second straight under third-year head coach Dino Gaudio. Last season, Wake received the No. 4 seed in the Midwest Region but was upset in the first round by No. 13 seed Cleveland State in Miami.
Georgia Tech's basketball team (22-12), runner-up in this weekend's Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament, has received a No. 10 seed in the NCAA Midwest Regional and will open the tournament against No. 7 seed Oklahoma State (22-10) at 7:15 p.m. Eastern time Friday in Milwaukee, Wis.
The Yellow Jackets are in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007, for the fifth time under head coach Paul Hewitt, and for the 16th time in Tech history.
The Midwest Regional is being held March 26 and 28 in St. Louis, where the Yellow Jackets defeated Nevada and Kansas on their way to the 2004 Final Four. Tech begins the 2010 tournament in the same city in which it began its run to that national championship game, and against the same opponent it faced in the national semifinals that year in San Antonio.