FILE - In this March 13, 2018, file photo, Radford's Randy Phillips
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First Four: St. John’s, Arizona State among teams headed to Dayton

North Carolina Central will play in First Four for third straight season

» RELATED: Ohio State headed to Tulsa for first round

Here’s a rundown of the games at UD Arena:

TUESDAY’S GAMES

No. 16 Fairleigh Dickinson (20-13) vs. No. 16 Prairie View A&M (22-12), 6:40 p.m.: FDU won the Northeast Conference tournament for the second time in four years, beating Saint Francis 85-76. Prairie View, which won the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament, will play in the NCAA tournament for the second time.

The winner of this West Region game will play No. 1 seed Gonzaga in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Thursday.

No. 11 Belmont (26-5) vs. No. 11 Temple (23-9), 30 minutes after conclusion of first game: Temple, an Atlantic 10 member until 2013, returns to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2016.

Belmont will make its eight NCAA tournament appearance and first since 2015. It had a 14-game winning streak snapped in the Ohio Valley Conference championship game with a 77-65 loss to Murray State.

The winner of this East Region game will play No. 6 seed Maryland on Thursday in Jacksonville, Fla.

» RELATED: Cincinnati wins AAC, draws 7 seed

WEDNESDAY’S GAMES

No. 16 North Carolina Central (18-15) vs. No. 16 North Dakota State (18-15), 6:40 p.m.: North Carolina Central will play in the First Four for the third straight season. It lost 64-46 to Texas Southern in 2018 and 67-63 to UC-Davis in 2017. The Eagles earned an automatic bid by winning the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament, beating Norfolk State 50-47 in the championship.

North Dakota State won the Summit League tournament. The Bison beat Nebraska Omaha 73-63.

The winner of this East Region game will play No. 1 seed Duke on Friday in Columbia, S.C.

No. 11 Arizona State (22-10) vs. No. 11 St. John’s (21-12), 30 minutes after conclusion of first game: These were the last two at-large teams selected, according to Seth Davis, of CBS. The Sun Devils lost in the First Four last season, 60-56 to Syracuse. St. John’s will play in the tournament for the first time since 2015.

The winner of this West Region game will play No. 6 seed Buffalo on Friday in Tulsa, Okla.

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