UNC Earns No. 1 Seed in NCAA Tournament South Region

The Gamecocks were 22-10 in the Southeastern Conference and will get to play Marquette in their home state.

Sunday the South Carolina Gamecocks were selected as a No. 7 seed for the NCAA men's basketball tournament. Their non-conference win over MI on November 23 lost a little significance later in the season, but wins over nationally-ranked Wisconsin and Purdue, coupled with a solid Big Ten Tournament run culminating in a championship win against Wisconsin, raised the Wolverines' RPI and benefited the Gamecocks down the stretch.

That means Villanova, another likely No. 1 seed, could be the top seed in the East Regional, played at Madison Square Garden in NY, even if the selection committee ranks the Tar Heels higher.

The other No. 1 seeds are overall top seed Villanova (East), Kansas (Midwest) and Gonzaga (West). Williams is 26-0 all-time in the NCAA Tournament's round of 64.

On the other side, the SC (22-10, 12-6 SEC) lost their last two games of the season.

Duke earned a No. 2 seed and will open play in Greenville against Sun Belt Conference champion Troy. The victor of that game will advance to the second round for a game against either #2 Duke or #15 Troy. Duke's rival North Carolina will also travel from the Triangle to The Well. They played in their first tournament in 1971 in what would kick off a stretch of four straight appearances.

North Carolina has Arkansas or Seton Hall - neither have made much of an impact in the NCAA Tournament recently.

  • Julie Sanders