Memphis named #1 seed in South Region of NCAA tournament - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis named #1 seed in South Region of NCAA tournament

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - As local officials hoped and expected, top-seeded  Memphis was picked today (Sunday) for a first-round NCAA Tournament game at North Little Rock. Another top choice, Texas, is also headed to Alltel Arena as a No. 2 seed.

The first and second round games in North Little Rock are scheduled for Friday and Sunday.

The Friday matchups are Memphis versus No. 16 seed Texas-Arlington and No. 8 seed Mississippi State versus No. 9 seed Oregon. Texas plays No. 15 seed Austin Peay and No. 7 seed Miami plays No. 10 seed St. Mary's of California.

North Little Rock is the westernmost site of cities having games on Friday and Sunday, and organizers said they expected to have at least one team from the West Coast. Oregon fits that projection, as does St. Mary's.

In addition to drawing a crowd from Memphis, the site is also close for fans from Texas and Southeastern Conference school Mississippi State. Austin Peay is in Clarksville, Tenn., and Texas-Arlington is in the Dallas area.

Oregon and St. Mary's, which is in Moraga, Calif., are the two schools that are a prohibitive distance from Little Rock.

Get ready for Friday's game...tune in to Go Tigers Go, an Action News 5 sports special, tomorrow night at 7:00pm on WMC-TV 5.

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