AP-NC--North Carolina Sports Digest, NC

March 16, 2018 - 1:30 pm

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BKC--NCAA-LIPSCOMB-NORTH CAROLINA

CHARLOTTE — North Carolina opens its pursuit of a repeat national championship when it faces Lipscomb on Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament's West Region. By Basketball Writer Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 650 words, AP photos. Game starts around 2:45 p.m.

BKC--NCAA-PROVIDENCE-TEXAS A&M

CHARLOTTE — No. 7 seed Texas A&M meets No. 10 seed Providence on Friday in the NCAA Tournament's West Region first round. By Basketball Writer Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 650 words, AP photos. Game starts at 12:15 p.m.

BKC--NCAA--KANSAS STATE-CREIGHTON

CHARLOTTE — Senior guard Marcus Foster leads eighth-seeded Creighton against his former team, No. 9 seed Kansas State, in a first-round game in the South region. By Sports Writer Steve Reed. UPCOMING. 650 words, AP photos. Game starts at 6:50 p.m. EDT.

BKC--NCAA--UMBC-VIRGINIA

CHARLOTTE — The Virginia Cavaliers, the No. 1 seed in the entire NCAA Tournament, will open up against 16th-seeded University of Maryland-Baltimore County in the first round. Virginia is a 21-point favorite. By Sports Writer Steve Reed. UPCOMING. 650 words, photos. Game starts approximately at 9:20 p.m. EDT.

BKC--NCAA-EAST REGION

PITTSBURGH — No. 1 Villanova Wildcats have been here before. They're in the second round as a favorite. But they've lost on the first weekend every year since 2009 but two - and each time they advanced they went to the Final Four. By Sports Writer Dan Gelston. UPCOMING. 750 words, AP photos by 7 p.m.

BKC--NC STATE-WRAPUP

CHARLOTTE — North Carolina State will aim to keep building on a surprisingly successful first season under Kevin Keatts. Keatts' first season ended with an NCAA Tournament bid after being picked to finish 12th in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Wolfpack will lose leading scorer Allerik Freeman and three other experienced players, but will get a boost from transfers Devon Daniels and C.J. Bryce next season. By Basketball Wriyter Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 450 words, AP photos by 3 p.m.

BKW--NCAA-ELON-NC STATE

RALEIGH — North Carolina State, the fourth-seeded host team, plays 13th-seeded Elon in the first round of the women's NCAA Tournament. By Sports Writer Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 600 words, AP photos from 3 p.m. start.

BKW--NCAA-NORTH CAROLINA A&T-SOUTH CAROLINA

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Defending champion South Carolina starts NCAA Tournament play against No. 15 seed North Carolina A&T. UPCOMING: 600 words, AP photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m.

BKW--NCAA-PRINCETON-MARYLAND

RALEIGH — Fifth-seeded Maryland takes on 12th-seeded Princeton in the first round of the women's NCAA Tournament. By Sports Writer Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 600 words, AP photos from 12:30 p.m. start.

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