Brackets have been announced and PC managed to avoid a first round play-in game by winning last night. Xavier did draw that fate and will take on NC State. The Friars are an 11 seed and will be playing the 6 seed North Carolina Tarheels. They are in the East region playing in San Antonio. Being in the East region is important because if you look WAY ahead, the Elite 8 in the East region will be played at Madison Square Garden. There are also potential matchups against Villanova or UConn down the line in that Elite 8. But obviously beating the 6 seeded Tarheels will be a massive undertaking. I’ll have a full review of UNC early in the week followed by a full game preview of this game on Wednesday or Thursday. Ed Cooley and the Friars are playing with house money at this point but that won’t change their motivation. This team is on a mission and they aren’t going to be happy just to have made the Big Dance, they want to make history.