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UTSA to open NCAA Tournament play against Alabama State on Wednesday night

Courtesy: UTSA Athletics Communications
Release: 03/17/2011
Courtesy UTSA Athletics Communications
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INDIANAPOLIS — The UTSA men's basketball team learned its NCAA Tournament destination and opponent on Sunday evening and the Southland Conference Tournament Champion Roadrunners will square off against Alabama State, which won this weekend's Southwestern Athletic Conference Tournament. The two squads will play at 5:40 p.m. (CT) on Wednesday at UD Arena as part of the newly-created "First Four" games on the campus of the University of Dayton. The contest can be seen live on truTV [Time Warner Cable-San Antonio 46/139 (HD) · DIRECTV 246 · DISH Network 204 · AT&T U-Verse 164/165/1164 (HD) · GVTC 75].

UTSA, winners of five consecutive outings in the last 11 days, will bring a 19-13 overall record into its fourth "Big Dance" appearance in program history and first since 2004 (1988, '99 are the others). The No. 7 seed Roadrunners earned the Southland's automatic bid following their 75-72 championship game victory against top-seeded McNeese State on Saturday afternoon. Senior guard Devin Gibson was named the Tournament's Most Valuable Player and he was joined on the All-Tournament Team by freshman Jeromie Hill.

Meanwhile, the Hornets improved 17-17 on the year following their 65-48 win against Grambling on Saturday night. Alabama State, which finished fourth in the SWAC with an 11-7 ledger, is making its fourth all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Led by sixth-year head coach Lewis Jackson, the Hornets come into Wednesday's matchup hot, as they have been victorious 11 of their last 12 games.

Wednesday's winner will advance to Friday's second round in Cleveland where it will face the nation's overall No. 1 seed Ohio State (32-2), which swept the Big Ten Conference's Regular Season and Tournament Championships. That tilt will get underway 30 minutes after the conclusion of Villanova and George Mason, which is scheduled to tip off at 1:10 p.m. (CT) and both contests will be broadcast on TNT.

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