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UC Davis beats NC Central in First Four 67-63

Chima Moneke had 18 points and 12 rebounds as UC Davis won in its first NCAA Tournament appearance, beating North Carolina Central 67-63 in a First Four game on Wednesday night.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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North Carolina Central G Patrick Cole is one of four players in the nation averaging 15.0 PPG, 5.0 RPG and 5.0 APG. He is the only one of those players competing in this year's NCAA tournament. (L.G. Patterson/AP Photo)

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How important are Tuesday's and Wednesday's games? Since the First Four was introduced in 2011, one of the eight teams has advanced at least to the Round of 32 in each season. One even went from the First Four to the Final Four (VCU in 2011).

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North Carolina Central, back in the NCAA tournament for the second time in school history, faces UC Davis on Wednesday for the chance to play Kansas, the Midwest region's No. 1 seed.

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The four non-major participants in the First Four were all picked 4th or lower in their league's preseason coaches poll: Mount St. Mary's (4th in NEC), North Carolina Central (4th in MEAC), U.C Davis (5th in Big West) and New Orleans (9th in Southland).

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

NCAA First Four openers (Tuesday and Wednesday play-in games) from the South Point: New Orleans -1.5 vs. Mount St. Mary's, Kansas State -1 vs. Wake Forest, NC Central -2 vs. UC-Davis, USC -1 vs. Providence.

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Kansas, the No. 1 seed in the Midwest, will have a potentially challenging second-round matchup against Michigan State or Miami.

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North Carolina Central enters the NCAA tournament for the second time in school history after defeating Norfolk State in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament championship game on Saturday.

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Team Stats

Points Per Game74.8137th
Rebounds Per Game38.643rd
Assists Per Game14.1127th
Points Allowed63.520th

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