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Liberty to Face North Carolina A&T in NCAA Tournament First Four
|The Liberty men's basketball team celebrated upon hearing the announcement of its NCAA First Four matchup live on CBS during the selection show.|
The Liberty men's basketball team now has an opponent and a destination in the NCAA Tournament. Head coach Dale Layer and the Flames will head to Dayton, Ohio to square off with North Carolina A&T, Tuesday, at 6:40 p.m., in a First Four tilt.
The matchup inside UD Arena will be broadcast live on Tru TV, with Marv Albert serving as play-by-play announcer and former NBA player Steve Kerr handling color analysis.
Tuesday's winner in the clash of 16 seeds will head to Lexington, Ky., on Thursday for a meeting with overall No. 1 seed Louisville. Game time at Rupp Arena is set for 6:50 p.m. on TBS.
Liberty (15-20) punched its ticket to the Big Dance, last Sunday, defeating Charleston Southern, 87-76, to claim the 2013 Big South Championship. Junior point guard Davon Marshall led Liberty's offense during the tournament, averaging 18.0 ppg en route to being voted Tournament MVP. Along with Marshall, junior guard John Caleb Sanders and senior guard Tavares Speaks were also named to the all-tournament team.
Tuesday marks Liberty's first-ever meeting with the Aggies (18-16). North Carolina A&T defeated Morgan State in the MEAC Championship, Saturday, clinching its NCAA Tournament berth. Head coach Cy Alexander's team is led by senior forward Adrian Powell (12.5 ppg) and junior guard Lamont Middleton (12.4 ppg).