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NC A&T goes to 6-0 in MEAC, holds off NC Central 51-48

Ronald Jackson scored 16 points, including a pair of clutch free throws in the final minute, as North Carolina A&T remained unbeaten in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play holding off North Carolina Central, 51-48 on Saturday.

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Best bets for Wednesday's First Four games

In Wednesday night's pair of First Four games, NC Central plays Texas Southern. and Arizona State meets Syracuse. Andrew Lange breaks down his best bets for the First Four action.

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Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

The NCAA tournament debut was a successful one, but UC Davis may have made it harder than it needed to be in the First Four at UD Arena. The Aggies came up with the clutch defensive stops and enough free throws to knock off North Carolina Central, but they turned the ball over 18 times to keep the game close. That won't cut it moving on to Friday -- where Midwest No. 1 seed Kansas is waiting.

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

UC Davis beats North Carolina Central 67-63 in NCAA First Four game in Dayton, Ohio. The ViewFromVegas is the Aggies did it as 3.5-point underdogs and +145 on the money line while the game stayed just under the betting total of 131 points. UC Davis moves into the 64-team NCAA field and will face Midwest No. 1 seed Kansas on Friday.

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

North Carolina Central made a great adjustment midway through the first half, dialing up the defensive intensity with a halfcourt trap that gave UC Davis all kinds of problems. But when the Aggies break that pressure, they are getting good shots -- trailing only by 3 points at halftime despite 9 turnovers and too many wasted possessions. That could bode well for UC Davis if it finds a solution at intermission in the First Four.

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

The second night of NCAA tournament First Four games are about to tip off in Dayton, Ohio. The ViewFromVegas is North Carolina Central is a 3.5-point favorite over UC-Davis in a No. 16 seed battle to earn a date with Kansas. In the nightcap, USC is down to a 2-point favorite over Providence in a No. 11 seed battle to face SMU.

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

The anthem has been sung, and North Carolina Central is ready for its return to the NCAA tournament at the First Four. Can Patrick Cole keep his impressive senior season rolling? Slowing down the guard, averaging nearly 20 points per game, will be the top priority for UC Davis.

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

A couple eager UC Davis players were the first on the court at the First Four -- but they only had a head start of about two minutes on North Carolina Central. Both teams are clearly ready to get started at UD Arena.

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

There will be two more teams leaving UD Arena with a victory and a chance to keep fighting in the NCAA tournament when the night is over. The First Four featured a pair of competitive games on Tuesday, and North Carolina Central and UC Davis will have the first shot to keep that streak alive this evening before Providence takes on USC.

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

A group of dedicated Dayton fans are the first folks in the parking lot on a chilly afternoon before the second day of the First Four. Tournament Fever is in full swing.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Wednesday's early First Four game pits North Carolina Central, in the NCAA Tournament for the second time, against UC Davis, making its first appearance. North Carolina Central hopes to extend the MEAC's perfect record in the First Four rounds: Hampton in 2015 and North Carolina A&T in 2013 won in this position.

ESPN Stats and Information  

ESPN's BPI heavily favors North Carolina Central over UC Davis, which is making its first NCAA tournament appearance, in Dayton on Wednesday night. The winner will play top-seeded Kansas on Friday.

ESPN Stats and Information  

According to ESPN's BPI, 13th-seeded Vermont is the most likely team seeded 13th or worse to advance to the Round of 32. The NC Central-UC Davis winner in Dayton has a 2 percent chance of becoming the first No. 16 seed to defeat a No. 1 seed in NCAA tournament history.

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How to bet Wednesday's First Four games

The NCAA tournament continues Wednesday night with UC-Davis-North Carolina Central and Providence-USC facing off in their First Four matchups. Our experts weigh in with best bets for both games.

Team Stats

Points Per Game71.8
Rebounds Per Game37.4
Assists Per Game15.5
Points Allowed66.044th

Tournament History

Final Fours0
Tournament Record0-2
Championship SeasonsNone
Tournament Appearances2