UNC gets No. 1 seed in South, Duke No. 2 in East, Wake No. 4 in Midwest
Posted March 15, 2009
Updated March 16, 2009
North Carolina and Duke will play their NCAA first-round games in Greensboro, the NCAA announced Sunday night.
UNC, the No. 1 seed in the South, will play Raford on Thursday. That game will be played at approximately 2:50 p.m.
Duke, the No. 2 seed in the East, will play Binghamton, also Thursday. That game will be Thursday night at 9:40 p.m.
Tickets to the games remained available as of 9 p.m. Sunday.
The East Regional is in Boston and the South in Memphis.
The top four seeds in the tournament are Louisville (Midwest Regional), Pittsburgh (East) and Connecticut (West) in addition to UNC.
Carolina is the No. 3 overall seed, with Louisville the top seed in the field.
Wake Forest (24-6) is a No. 4 seed in the Midwest and will play Cleveland State (25-10) on Friday in Miami.
Maryland is a No. 10 seed in the West. Seven ACC teams made the field. The Big East and Big Ten also had seven teams, while the SEC only had three.
Arizona State, coached by former N.C. State coach Herb Sendek, is the No. 6 seed in the South Regional.
UNC coach Roy Williams said the Heels "are ecstatic to be in the tournament as a No. 1 seed. ...
"Playing in Greensboro is great for our fans and students, but now we have to play well no matter where or when we play. Every coach in the field thinks his draw is the toughest and I am no exception. However, we can't be concerned with what the other teams in the field are doing. We have to concern ourselves with our team and how we are playing."