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Spartans to take on Appalachian State in NCAA Tournament First Four

Norfolk State players celebrate after beating Morgan State in an NCAA college basketball game in the championship of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament at the Scope Arena on Saturday, March 13, 2021, in Norfolk, Va. (AP Photo/Mike Caudill)

On Saturday, the Spartans celebrated their second-ever MEAC title. On Sunday, they found out whom they will play in the 2021 NCAA Tournament.

NSU men’s basketball will face Appalachian State on Thursday in the First Four as the Spartans make their second-ever NCAA appearance in their Division I era. The exact time and location for the game between the No. 16 seeds out of the West Region will be announced at a later time.

All of this year’s NCAA Tournament games will be played in and around Indianapolis. The First Four games will be broadcast on either truTV or TBS.

The Spartans won the MEAC Championship over Morgan State, 71-63, on Saturday after also claiming a share of the Northern Division title during the regular season. NSU will make its first tournament appearance since 2012, when the No. 15 seed Spartans upset No. 2 seed Missouri in the NCAA Tournament.

The Appalachian State Mountaineers won the Sun Belt after winning four games in four days at the conference tournament in Pensacola, Florida. Appalachian State finished 17-11 overall this year, 7-8 in the Sun Belt, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the third time ever. The Mountaineers are making their first tournament appearance in 21 years.

The winner will move on to face No. 1 seed Gonzaga in the first round of the tournament. This will mark the first-ever meeting between NSU and Appalachian State.