Mount to play Heels in opening round of NCAAs

College Basketball

May 27, 2008

Mount St. Mary's, which won four straight games out of the loser's bracket to capture the Northeast Conference title and make the 64-team Division I college baseball tournament for the first time, will face host North Carolina, the NCAA runner-up each of the past two seasons, in the opening round beginning Friday.

Miami was selected as the top seed yesterday, while two-time defending champion Oregon State was left out of the field.

The Hurricanes (47-8), who won the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament for the first time, will host one of 16 four-team, double-elimination regionals that begin Friday.

Miami, making its 36th straight tournament appearance to extend its NCAA record, was ranked No. 1 in various polls for the majority of the season and opens up against Bethune-Cookman (36-20).

The other national seeds, in order, are: North Carolina (46-12), Arizona State (45-11), Florida State (48-10), Cal State Fullerton (37-19), Rice (42-13), LSU (43-16-1) and Georgia (35-21-1).

The winners of each regional will advance to the super regionals, played June 6-9. The eight winners of the super regionals will play in the College World Series, which starts June 14 in Omaha, Neb.

Oregon State (28-24) did not receive an at-large bid despite having five series wins against teams in the 64-team field. The ACC (Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami, North Carolina, North Carolina State and Virginia) had six teams selected.

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