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2016 Schedule
15-20, 9th in Patriot
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Ranking all 78 NCAA tournament champions

Villanova captured its second national title when Kris Jenkins hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to beat North Carolina. Where do the 2016 Wildcats rank on the list of other NCAA tournament champs?

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Oregon takes care of business (2:16)

Chantel Jennings ESPN Staff Writer 

Oregon just out-athletic-ing Holy Cross right now. That's the toughest part about dealing with the Ducks -- players 1-5 are all incredibly athletic so even when their talent fails them (which isn't super often) they can't fall back on their leaping abilities, a quick first step, getting to where they need to be.

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First Round: Holy Cross (16) vs. Oregon (1)

Fresh off its First Four victory, the tourney's ultimate underdog (and only the fifth team to reach the Big Dance with at least 19 losses) faces long odds to take down the top-seeded Ducks (7:27 p.m. ET). Oregon, which comes in having won eight straight games, is the 10th team to earn a No. 1 seed after entering the season unranked in the AP poll. Preview

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How to bet Friday's NCAA tourney games

After an exciting start to the NCAA tourney on Thursday, Chalk's experts offer an in-depth game-by-game betting breakdown of all 16 games on Friday.

Chantel Jennings ESPN Staff Writer 

As FGCU keeps it close against UNC another 16 seed -- Holy Cross -- says that they're not paying attention to seedings. Haven't done much scout yet since they just got to Spokane at midnight PT.

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Coaching breakdown: Friday's matchups

Our three former coaches -- Seth Greenberg, Fran Fraschilla and Dan Dakich -- look at all the matchups, point out strengths and weaknesses and figure out what each team needs to do to advance.

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Will a 16 seed get the luck of the Irish? (0:40)
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Not the first dance for No. 16 seeds

Florida Gulf Coast and Hampton have enjoyed success in the NCAA tournament since the 2000's. You have to go back a bit further since Austin Peay and Holy Cross have made noise.

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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 

Did Holy Cross coach Bill Carmody pack for the weekend when he left for the First Four? "Not me. You don't want to jinx it. I'll be wearing this tomorrow."

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.

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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

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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.

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

Team Stats

Points Per Game55.5
Rebounds Per Game28.5
Assists Per Game10.0
Points Allowed73.0Tied-64th

Tournament History

Final Fours2
Tournament Record8-13
Championship Seasons1947
Tournament Appearances13