Gamecocks Head to the Big Dance

South Carolina's PJ Dozier drives down the baseline while defended by Vermont's Ernie Duncan during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

On Sunday night, the South Carolina men's basketball team was selected to participate in the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball tournament, earning a 7-seed in the East region. The Gamecocks will open against 10-seed Marquette in Greenville, South Carolina. The Gamecocks lost in the quarterfinals of the SEC tournament, but went into Selection Sunday with a 22-10 record.

The other first round matchups in the East region are:

(1)Villanova vs (16)Mt. St. Mary's/New Orleans

(8)Wisconsin vs (9)Virginia Tech

(5)Virginia vs (12)UNC-Wilmington

(4)Florida vs (13)East Tennessee State

(6)SMU vs (11)Providence/Southern California

(3)Baylor vs (14)New Mexico State

(2)Duke vs (15)Troy

Villanova is this year's top overall seed for the tournament.

Greenville, South Carolina is one of the hosting sites for the first and second rounds. Here is the tip-off schedule for Friday, March 17th:

Arkansas vs Seton Hall: 1:30 pm

UNC vs Texas Southern: Approximately 4:00 pm

Duke vs Troy: Approximately 7:20 pm

South Carolina vs Marquette: Approximately 9:45 pm (TBS)

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