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Prairie View, FDU open NCAA Tournament

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Prairie View A&M has turned the page since the calendar flipped to 2019, answering an 11-game losing skid by capping a scintillating 21-1 run, capped with its first tournament title in 21 years.

The Southwest Athletic Conference champion Panthers (22-12) aim to continue their good fortune on Tuesday when they battle Fairleigh Dickinson (20-13) in the NCAA Tournament West Region play-in game at Dayton, Ohio. The winner of the First Four contest advances to face No. 1 seed Gonzaga (30-3) on Thursday in Salt Lake City.

"We're going to use that as a tune-up game, to play another team outside of our conference and then hopefully be victorious to play Gonzaga," Prairie View A&M senior guard Gary Blackston told the Houston Chronicle. "We've won (21 of the last 22 games), we don't really have a losing feeling right now, and we just want to continue to win. We just want to show the nation how hard we play."

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1 Duke29-5
2 Virginia29-3
3 North Carolina27-6
4 Gonzaga30-3
5 Michigan State28-6
6 Tennessee29-5
7 Kentucky27-6
8 Michigan28-6
9 Texas Tech26-6
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1 Duke29-5
2 Kansas25-9
3 Virginia29-3
4 North Carolina27-6
5 Houston31-3
6 Michigan State28-6
7 Tennessee29-5
8 Gonzaga30-3
9 Kentucky27-6
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