The 2019 NCAA Tournament has begun, and while we still have time until those brackets lock, there is another night of First Four action on the way that will set the schedule in stone for the best weekend in sports. Belmont and Fairleigh Dickinson booked tickets to First Round locations on Tuesday night with their wins over Temple and Prairie View A&M, respectively. The action returns to Dayton on Wednesday for the final pair of First Four games.
The first matchup of the evening features a pair of 16 seeds, North Carolina Central and North Dakota State, playing for the right to take on No. 1 overall seed Duke in Columbia, South Carolina, on Friday. The primetime tip will be Arizona State and St. John’s, two of the last teams in the field, battling for the 11 seed spot against No. 6 seed Buffalo in the West region with a Friday tip-off in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The coaching matchup of Arizona State-St. John’s is particularly interesting as it pits Bobby Hurley against Chris Mullin, with Hurley leading the Sun Devils into a second-straight NCAA Tournament and Mullin, in his fourth year as head coach of the Red Storm, in the NCAA Tournament for the first time as a head coach.
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(16) NC Central vs. (16) North Dakota State
(11) St. John’s vs. (11) Arizona State
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