NC A&T, Saint Mary's Grab Wins In NCAA's First Four

North Carolina A&T and Saint Mary's are advancing after the first night of the NCAA Tournament. The 16th-seeded Aggies of North Carolina A&T picked up a 73-72 win over Liberty to move on to the next round. It was the first win in ten tournament appearances for the Aggies. Their reward is a date with the top-overall seed Louisville in Lexington, Kentucky on Thursday. Liberty was just the second team in history to make the Big Dance with 20 losses. The 11th-seeded Saint Mary's Gaels took out Middle Tennessee, 67-54, to continue their run. It's the Gaels' first win in the tournament since making a run to the Sweet 16 in 2010. Saint Mary's will play sixth-seeded Memphis from Auburn Hills, Michigan on Thursday.

The First Four continues on Wednesday night with two more games. Sixteen seeds clash at 6:40 p.m. Eastern as Northeastern Conference champion LIU-Brooklyn takes on Colonial Athletic Association champ James Madison. The winner moves on to play number-one seeded Indiana. In the nightcap, 13th-seeds Boise State and La Salle clash for the right to advance. The winner will meet fourth-seeded Kansas State in the next round.

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