UNC earns No. 1 seed, Duke gets No. 2; both will open in Greenville, SC

Posted March 12
Updated March 13

North Carolina, which fell in the semifinals of the ACC tournament to Duke, was given the No. 1 seed in the South Region and will take on No. 16 Texas Southern in Greenville, SC, to open NCAA Tournament play on Friday.

The Tar Heels (27-7, 14-4) were the outright winners of the ACC regular season. North Carolina is making its 48th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, second most all-time behind Kentucky. This will be the 16th time they have been a No. 1 seed. The UNC-Texas Southern game is scheduled to start at approximately 4 p.m. on TNT.

“I’m very pleased with what our team accomplished, because they don’t give those things [No. 1 seeds] away, you have to earn them," said UNC head coach Roy Williams. "I think we’re a top seed for the body of work during the course of the season, winning the ACC regular season by two full games and playing a very good schedule out of conference."

Duke (27-8, 11-7 ACC) will also play in Greenville Friday, but will play as the No. 2 seed in the East region. The ACC champions will play No. 15 Troy (22-14), the winners of the Sun Belt, in the first round at 7:20 p.m. (TBS).

Wake Forest (19-13, 9-9 ACC) earned the No. 11 seed in the South region and will open against Kansas State (20-13, 8-10 Big 12) in Dayton Tuesday at 9:10 p.m. (truTV). The winner will take on No. 6 Cincinnati (29-5, 16-2 AAC) in Sacramento Friday at 7:27 p.m. (truTV).

The Demon Deacons are making their 23rd appearance in the NCAA Tournament and their first since 2010.

North Carolina Central (25-8), winners of the MEAC Conference, will play UC Davis (22-12, 11-5 Big West) in Dayton Wednesday (6:40 p.m., truTV) with the winner advancing to play No. 1 Kansas (28-4, 16-2 Big 12) in Tulsa Friday at 6:50 p.m.). This is the second trip to the NCAA Tournament for NCCU after rwaching the field in 2014 as a No. 14 seed.

UNC Wilmington (29-5, 15-3 CAA) earned the No. 12 seed in the East region and will play No. 5 seed Virginia (22-10, 11-7 ACC) in Orlando Thursday at 12:40 p.m. (truTV).

In all, the ACC got a conference-best nine bids. The ACC got seven bids in each of 2007, 2009 and 2016.

Louisville joined Duke as a No. 2 seed and will play No. 15 Jacksonville State in Indianapolis Friday. Florida State will be the No. 3 seed in the West Region and will take on Florida Gulf Coast Thursday.

Miami earned the No. 8 seed in the Midwest and play No. 9 Michigan State. No. 5 seed Notre Dame and No. 12 Princeton will play in Buffalo on Thursday. Virginia Tech will also play Thursday in Buffalo. The Hokioes will be the No. 9 seed and play No. 8 Wisconsin.


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  • Michael Woods Mar 13, 11:21 a.m.
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    It is true they earned their 2 seed just like they earned their five seed 😳

  • Kim Albertson Mar 13, 10:12 a.m.
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    I agree with Jamie France. You talk all about how great UNC is and completely write off Duke as An afterthought. It takes guts and will to come in as a 5 seed and win the, they didn't "get" their number 2 seed, they earned it. SHAME ON YOU for your blatant bias.

  • Jamie France Mar 12, 10:11 p.m.
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    Wow, WRAL, your Pro UNC, ANTI-Duke bias is really showing today. "UNC earns" and "Duke gets." That's followed up with 2 lovely paragraphs about how great UNC is, and 2 sentences basically saying who Duke is playing, and what seed they are. You had more to say about NCCU than the team that just made history winning ACC Tourney as a 5 seed, with 4 games.

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