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Update: Watch party planned in Vines for men's NCAA Tournament First Four

March 17, 2013 : Liberty University Athletics

UPDATE: A watch party has been planned in the Vines Center for Liberty fans wanting to watch the men's basketball team take on North Carolina A&T in the opening game of the 2013 NCAA Tournament on Tuesday at 6:40 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is free. Liberty Athletics will give away t-shirts and have contests during commercial breaks, similar to a men's basketball home game during the regular season. Concessions will be available at regular game day prices.

Head coach Dale Layer, the Flames men's basketball team, and fans celebrate as Liberty's position in the NCAA Tournament bracket is announced.

The Liberty University men's basketball team will face North Carolina A&T in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament Tuesday at 6:40 p.m., in Dayton, Ohio. The Flames learned their position in the tournament during Sunday night’s Selection Show on CBS.

Liberty and NC A&T were both tabbed 16 seeds and will face off in the First Four with Tuesday’s winner earning the right to head to Lexington, Ky., on Thursday for a meeting with overall No. 1 seed Louisville. Game time at Rupp Arena is to be announced.

The matchup will be the first-ever between Liberty and the Aggies. It will be broadcast live from inside UD Arena on Tru TV, with Marv Albert serving as play-by-play announcer and former NBA player Steve Kerr handling color analysis.

Liberty (15-20) punched its ticket to the Big Dance last Sunday, defeating Charleston Southern, 87-76, to claim the 2013 Big South Championship. The Flames are only the second team in tournament history to earn a bid with 20 losses, a feat that has garnered national media attention from major outlets such as the New York Times.

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