UNC-Asheville defeated Arkansas-Little Rock on Tuesday and will therefore be Pitt’s first opponent in the NCAA Tournament. UNC-Asheville were down throughout the game, but a late outburst of scoring by Matt Dickey (who had 22 points, including 14 in the last eight and a half minutes in regulation) led UNC-Asheville to overtime, where it ultimately emerged victorious.
UNC-Asheville doesn’t have much of a prayer against Pitt, frankly – the Bulldogs were 11-7 in the lowly Big South conference. They played Ohio State, Georgetown and North Carolina this year and lost to all three, including a 96-49 blowout at the hands of the Buckeyes.
Clemson currently holds an eight-point lead on UAB late in the first half in the game that will decide who West Virginia’s first opponent will be.
Tomorrow’s action features Texas-San Antonio and Alabama State playing for the right to face Ohio State, and Virginia Commonwealth and USC vying for the right to face Georgetown. Action really gets underway on Thursday, however, when there will be 16 games, including Pitt (in Washington DC at 3:15 EST; truTV) and West Virginia (12:15 PM in Tampa; CBS)