The NCAA bracket 2013 results have already started, with Liberty and North Carolina A&T battling in the first game of the tournament. Both teams were deemed #16 seeds with the winner of this game getting the lucky task of playing #1 seed Louisville to start off the Round of 64 later this week.
The ESPN.com website reported a game recap on Tuesday, March 19, in which the Aggies defeated the Flames by a score of 73-72 in Dayton, Ohio. Liberty had a chance to win the game at the buzzer with guard John Caleb Sanders driving from one end of the court to the other and attempting the last second layup. Unfortunately the shot was heavily contested and Sanders missed in traffic, dashing their dreams of the Big Dance later this week. NC A&T was led by Jeremy Underwood's 19 points off the bench. Meanwhile, Devon Marshall and John Caleb Sanders each had over 20 points for Liberty in a losing effort.
The Aggies led by as many as 10 in the second half, but the Flames managed to get it to within four, and then with 1:32 left Marshall hit a key 3-pointer to bring his team within 3 points of A&T. With 11.2 to go in the game, Marshall hit another shot to bring the Flames within 1 point. A missed free throw by Lamont Middleton of NC A&T left the window of opportunity open for the Flames, but the last second attempt was no good.
The Liberty vs. North Carolina A&T game was televised Tuesday evening on tru TV on Roanoke's Cox Cable, DISH Network, DirecTV and other local service providers. Two more first round games will be shown on tru TV on Wednesday night.
With the win in the First Round, the North Carolina A&T Aggies now move on to play the #1 overall seed Louisville. This game will be played on Thursday in Lexington, Kentucky at 6:50 p.m. EST on TBS, with live streaming coverage on March Madness Live apps for mobile devices.