Rams, Friars NCAA Tournament-Bound

URI taking on 10-seed Oklahoma, Providence College facing 7-seed Texas A&M in NCAA Tournament

The Friars will take on 7-seed Texas A&M on Friday in Charlotte. If they can defeated the Friars they'll play the victor of 2-Seed North Carolina and 15-Seed Lipscomb for a trip to the program's fourth Sweet 16. The Friars nearly knocked off Villanova in the Big East Tournament title game, while the Aggies fell to Alabama in the second round of the SEC Tournament.

This is Rhode Island's second consecutive trip to the tournament under A-10 Coach of the Year Dan Hurley and only the second time in the history of the program that URI has gone to consecutive NCAA tournaments.

Prediction: Providence, after an incredible run in the Big East Tournament, is one of the hottest teams in the country.

If the Aggies advance to the Second Round, things do not lighten up, as A&M would likely face 2-seed North Carolina. UNC had won three-straight games before being defeated by the Cavaliers.

Texas A&M round out the teams that will be representing the Lone Star State in the tournament.

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The Providence College Friars are headed to the Big East Finals after they overcame a 17 point deficit to defeat Xavier on Friday night at Madison Square Garden.

The Friars enter the NCAA Tournament with a 21-13 overall record and a RPI of 32.

As the NCAA Tournament bracket was unveiled, a record eight teams from the SEC made the Big Dance.

The Aggies (24-9) enter the 64-team tournament as a 4-seed in the Spokane Regional, as an at-large selection.

But while the SEC sent the second-most teams to the NCAA Tournament, the highest seed any team received was No. 3 Tennessee in the South Region.

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