NCAA Tournament 2011: UNC Asheville Over Arkansas-Little Rock In OT First Four Game

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NCAA Tournament 2011 Bracket Update: UNC Asheville Tops UALR In OT, Gets Pitt Next

UNC Asheville basketball is moving on to the first ("second") round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament, beating Arkansas-Little Rock by a 81-77 score to merit a Thursday afternoon meeting with the Pittsburgh Panthers. This game did not feel like March Madness for at least 39 minutes of clock time, but truTV got a competitive overtime matchup in its first college basketball broadcast. All right, truTV!

UALR's Solomon Bozeman and Gus Leeper, both starters, fouled out within the final minute with the Trojans up by three, making overtime a foreboding prospect. As foreboded, Asheville's Matt Dickey drilled a trey with 10 seconds left to tie it up, giving him 17 in the second half. Matt Mouzy missed the counterpunch, and away we went.

Asheville's defense stood tall in the extra frame, forcing four turnovers down the stretch. J.P. Primm hit five of six free throws in the closing minutes to give the Bulldogs a tourney victory. 

A slippery floor near Asheville's basket provided a measure of madness, but it was mostly just the angry kind.

For more on mid-major hoops, visit Mid Major Madness.

Updated 2011 NCAA Tournament Southeast region bracket and schedule:

No. 1 Pitt vs. No. 16 UNC Asheville, March 17 at 3:10 on truTV

No. 8 Butler vs. No. 9 Old Dominion, March 17 at 12:40 on truTV

No. 5 Kansas State vs. No. 12 Utah State, March 17 at 9:57 on truTV

No. 4 Wisconsin vs. Belmont, March 17 at 7:27 on TBS

No. 6 St. John's vs. No. 11 Gonzaga, March 17 at 9:45 on CBS

No. 3 BYU vs. No. 14 Wofford, March 17 at 7:15 on CBS

No. 7 UCLA vs. No. 10 Michigan State, March 17 at 9:20 on TBS

No. 2 Florida vs. No. 15 UCSB, March 17 at 6:50 on TBS

Need help picking your bracket? Check out SB Nation's full 2011 NCAA Tournament bracket predictions, picking every game of March Madness, or our region by region breakdowns for the East RegionWest RegionSoutheast Region, and Southwest Region.

Did your team miss the 2011 NCAA Tournament? We have you covered: check out the 2011 NIT bracket.

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Arkansas-Little Rock Vs. UNC Asheville Score: March Madness 2011's Opening Game Close At Half

Arkansas-Little Rock basketball came out playing like it wanted a piece of the Pittsburgh Panthers, dominating UNC Asheville for much of the 2011 NCAA Tournament first-four play-in game's opening half. But Asheville worked the score for the final few minutes of the half, playing from 11 down to only a 37-33 deficit at the half.

J.P. Primm's fantastic haircut and game-high eight points pulled the Bulldogs to a tie at one point, but UALR was able to salvage a little momentum on its way into the break. The Trojans are connecting on 55 percent of their attempts from the floor, but have turned the ball over seven times. Sun Belt title game hero Solomon Bozeman has seven points and three assists.

Was sort of hoping for a beatdown, so I could put together a joke about how this is the worst beatdown witnessed on truTV since ... and then I'd look up what they show on this channel, but that's not happening.

For more on mid-major hoops, visit Mid Major Madness.

Need help picking your bracket? Check out SB Nation's full 2011 NCAA Tournament bracket predictions, picking every game of March Madness, or our region by region breakdowns for the East RegionWest RegionSoutheast Region, and Southwest Region.

Did your team miss the 2011 NCAA Tournament? We have you covered: check out the 2011 NIT bracket.

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NCAA Bracket Preview, Predictions: UNC-Asheville vs. Arkansas-Little Rock

The NCAA Tournament's inaugural first-four play-in game pits Big South champions UNC-Asheville against Sun Belt winners Arkansas-Little Rock. You may remember UALR from Solomon Bozeman's game-winning three against North Texas that sent the Trojans to their first March Madness in decades, while Asheville's conference final win over Coastal Carolina was much more sedate.

Star Watch: Bozeman more than doubles the scoring output of any other Little Rock player. If you're not watching Bozeman, you're probably not even watching this game, but who could blame you? It's on truTV, and you have no idea what that is. Junior guard J.P. Primm leads Asheville with 4.6 assists and 14.4 points per game. 

Prediction: Asheville has been hot for a while now, winning six straight, while Little Rock went well over a month without a winning streak before tearing through the Sun Belt tourney. The Bulldogs have been slightly more consistent -- they'll move on to play Pitt.

More Reading: For more on all things mid-major, visit Mid Major Madness.

Need help picking your bracket? Check out SB Nation's full 2011 NCAA Tournament bracket predictions, picking every game of March Madness, or our region by region breakdowns for the East RegionWest RegionSoutheast Region, and Southwest Region.

Did your team miss the 2011 NCAA Tournament? We have you covered: check out the 2011 NIT bracket.

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