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Xavier to face NC State on Tuesday

CINCINNATI - The Xavier University men's basketball team earned a berth into the 2014 NCAA Tournament as a No. 12 seed and will face No. 12 North Carolina State in the First Four in Dayton, Ohio on Tuesday, March 18.

Xavier finished the season 21-12 overall and 10-8 in the BIG EAST, while NC State closed the season 21-13 and 9-9 in the ACC. The Musketeers dropped their semifinal matchup with Creighton in the BIG EAST Championship. The Wolfpack also lost in the semifinals, falling to Duke in the ACC Championship. This will be the first meeting between the two schools.

The Musketeers have now earned a spot in the Big Dance eight times in the last nine seasons and 12 of the last 14. This is the 24th NCAA Tournament appearance for Xavier, which has amassed a 21-23 record.

The winner of XU and NCSU will face the five-seed Saint Louis in Orlando, Fla. on Thursday, March 20. Saint Louis closed the season at 26-6 and 13-3 in the Atlantic 10.

There are no tickets available for the contest through Xavier. However, a limited amount of tickets for the First Four are still available through the NCAA.

(Information courtesy XU Athletics )

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