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Holy Cross claims first NCAA win in 63 years

Robert Champion scored 19 points, including a key 3-pointer in the final minute, to help Holy Cross beat Southern University 59-55 Wednesday night for its first NCAA Tournament win since 1953.

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Holy Cross is the third of four winners in Dayton after grinding out a win over Southern. Next up: Michigan and Tulsa, and warmups are underway.


Holy Cross downs Southern in First Four

Robert Champion scored a game-high 18 points to lead the 15-19 Crusaders to a 59-55 victory. Holy Cross will play Oregon on Friday. Box score


Southern takes first lead of the night

The Jaguars are starting to solve the Crusaders' 1-3-1 zone, ripping off a 16-3 run to go up 29-28 early in the second half. Adrian Rodgers has a game-high nine points. Follow live

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Holy Cross slowing the game down with its zone defense and long offensive possessions, both of which appear to be frustrating Southern heading into halftime. The Crusaders are having some success from 3-point range that is making a difference, but with just a 5-point lead, the Jaguars are well within striking distance.

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Halftime: Holy Cross 27, Southern 22

The Crusaders, who shot 50 percent in the opening half and were +12 beyond the arc, took a five-point lead into the locker room. Follow live

Holy Cross grabs lead in First Four game

With their recently-installed 1-3-1 zone defense, the Crusaders have forced four early turnovers In Dayton to grab a 12-4 advantage. The winner of Holy Cross- Southern will play Oregon. Follow live

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Can Holy Cross keep its postseason run alive in the First Four against Southern? The Crusaders are going to need a big game from forward Malachi Alexander, fresh off averaging 21 points per game in the Patriot League tournament.

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Almost time to tip off the second night of the First Four. Southern has taken the court to get warm for the showdown with Holy Cross for the right to take on Oregon on Friday.

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

After storming to take the Patriot League's automatic bid despite a 14-19 record, Holy Cross is out quite early soaking in the moment and gearing up for Southern in the First Four.

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

University of Dayton Arena is quiet for now, but another big crowd is expected as the First Four wraps up tonight. Southern and Holy Cross will get the party started in a couple hours, followed by Michigan and Tulsa.

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First Four: HC (16) vs. Southern (16)

Holy Cross (14-19) -- just the fifth team to reach the NCAA tournament with at least 19 losses -- faces Southern, which led the SWAC in points per game (72.9) and 3-point percentage (35.3), on Wednesday night (6:40 p.m. ET) for the right to face West No. 1 seed Oregon. Preview

Whom would Oregon rather face?

Will the Ducks root for Holy Cross or Southern Wednesday night? Oregon might prefer the Jaguars if only to avoid preparing for Bill Carmody's 1-3-1 zone. Daily Word

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Is this the year that it finally happens?

The AP top 10 have lost a combined 80 games and the four No. 1 seeds have lost a combined 23 games, both of which are the most all time. Is this the year that a No. 16 seed finally beats a No. 1 seed? Beware of Dunk City?

Jaguars don't look like giant killers

No. 16 Southern has quick guards who force turnovers and drive to the basket, but the undersized Jaguars severely lack in shooting and rebounding. If they get past Holy Cross, our statistical model gives them a 1.5 percent chance of beating the top-seeded Ducks. Giant Killers (Insider)

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Where the First Four feeds

Eight teams are certainly worried about their games on Tuesday or Wednesday, but we can't help but look ahead. North Carolina, Arizona, Oregon and Notre Dame lie in wait for the winners of the play-in games.

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ESPN's Bracket Predictor

Need a hand filling out your tournament bracket? ESPN's Bracket Predictor breaks down each team's strengths and weaknesses, key stats and odds for winning its next matchup based on various models. Bracket Predictor (Insider)

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Oregon has challenges in West Region

No. 1 seed Oregon should have no trouble in the first round. But the Ducks could face the defending national champs in the Sweet 16. Complete bracket

The only tournament team in Baton Rouge

Southern (No. 16 seed, part of the First Four in the East) only went 8-5 in the SWAC, but the Jaguars are dancing while their purple and gold neighbors watch from home. Get to know all 68 teams

Tough path for Oregon in NCAA tournament (2:31)

How Southern made the NCAA tourney

After a bunch of tipped balls by the rim, Adrian Rodgers' tip was the winning bucket to give Southern a 54-53 win over Jackson State in the SWAC title game.

Team Stats

Points Per Game72.9183rd
Rebounds Per Game36.0185th
Assists Per Game10.9Tied-322nd
Points Allowed69.0105th

Tournament History

Final Fours0
Tournament Record1-9
Championship SeasonsNone
Tournament Appearances9