Marquette will Play Friday in the NCAA Tournament

Marquette will Play Friday in the NCAA Tournament

The Golden Eagles are headed to Greenville as a 10 seed to take on the seven-seeded South Carolina Gamecocks on Friday. Their non-conference win over MI on November 23 lost a little significance later in the season, but wins over nationally-ranked Wisconsin and Purdue, coupled with a solid Big Ten Tournament run culminating in a championship win against Wisconsin, raised the Wolverines' RPI and benefited the Gamecocks down the stretch. They are 4-9 lifetime in the NCAA Tournament. And sure, it's tough to penalize a team for losing late in the conference tournament, but Duke had enough buzz heading into Sunday to put UNC's No. 1 seed hopes into question.

However, North Carolina very well could draw one of those 16 seeds forced to win a play-in game to join the rest of the field in Greenville. The Tar Heels, who will also play in Greenville, will play Texas Southern Friday.

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The Gamecocks were revealed as one of the 68 participants in the 2017 NCAA Tourney on Selection Sunday and were pegged as a 7 seed in the East Region. The victor of that East Regional opener will likely face No. 2 seed Duke, which opens against No. 15 seed Troy. They played in their first tournament in 1971 in what would kick off a stretch of four straight appearances.

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The Tar Heels return to the upstate for the second time this season.

Barring a historic surprise, SC will make the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2004.

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