Liberty to face Mississippi State in 1st round of NCAA Men's Basketball Tournment

The Liberty men’s basketball team will face Mississippi State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Flames will be in the South Region, where they will face the Bulldogs on Friday, March 22, at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.

The Flames will enter the NCAA Tournament as a No. 12 seed, the highest seeding in school history, while Mississippi State is a No. 5 seed. The winner of the Liberty vs. Mississippi State matchup will face the victor in the game No. 4 seed Virginia Tech vs. No. 13 seed Saint Louis game on Sunday.

Mississippi State comes into the NCAA Tournament with a 23-10 overall record. The Bulldogs finished the regular season with a 10-8 mark in the SEC, which was tied for sixth place with Ole Miss. Mississippi State lost to Tennessee 83-76 in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament.

This is the first time Liberty has been sent to the South Region in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. In 1994 and 2004, the Flames were in the East Region, while Liberty was a part of the “First Four” in 2013 in the Midwest Region.

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