Texas Southern moves on to face Xavier

NCAA selection committee was right in scheduling HBCUs against each other Kendrick Marshall

NCAA selection committee was right in scheduling HBCUs against each other Kendrick Marshall

No. 16 seed Texas Southern (16-19) also became the first team with a losing record to win a tournament game. No 16-seed has ever toppled a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

The Tigers are 15-19 after opening the season 0-13. However, they now have some momentum as they've won eight straight games.

North Carolina Central (19-15) faces Texas Southern (15-19) at 5:40 p.m. The Eagles missed all 14 of their 3-point attempts. Donte Clark added 18 points and seven rebounds while 7-foot-2 center Trayvon Reed chipped in 10 points, eight rebounds and six blocked shots.

When they got to Southwest Athletic Conference play, though, they turned it on.

They've done it thanks to an efficient offense. Texas Southern is a five-point favorite, unchanged from the open.

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Up next is the second game of the night - Syracuse faces Arizona to see who moves on and who goes home. The game will be played in the West Region in Nashville, Tennessee.

The only problem here for the Tigers would be the defense, which ranks 315 nationally in adjusted defensive efficiency numbers, they allow 112.9 points per 100 possessions to opponents.

Texas Southern led by 10 at the half on Jefferson's 17 points. Texas Southern was the No. 1 scoring team in the SWAC this season and isn't afraid to fire from long range. "We actually made history today for the university, and we kind of knew that coming into this game". The first round game will likely be a different story as they take on Chris Mack and the Xavier Musketeers.

The Texas Southern Tigers are playing the NC Central Eagles in one of the First Four games of the NCAA Tournament on Wednesday.

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