VCU earns eight seed in East Region, faces UCF in first round, with Duke looming

vcu men's basketballVCU earned an at-large berth to the 2019 NCAA Tournament, and the Rams (25-8), seeded eighth in the East Region, will meet ninth-seeded Central Florida (23-8) out of the American Athletic Conference, on Friday, March 22 at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, S.C.

Game times and television information will be released later Sunday night.

The Rams, the Atlantic 10 Conference regular season champions, will be making their 17th NCAA Tournament appearance in school history and the eighth in the past nine seasons. It will be VCU’s eighth selection as an at-large and the Rams’ eighth as a single-digit seed. The seed is the program’s highest since it was tabbed a seventh in the West Region in 2015.

Central Florida placed third in the American during the regular season with a 13-5 league mark. The Knights are led by senior guard B.J. Taylor (16.0 ppg) and 7-foot-6 senior center Tacko Fall (10.9 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 2.5 bpg).

This will be the first meeting between Central Florida and VCU. The winner will advance to face the winner of Friday’s contest between top-seeded Duke and either North Dakota State or North Carolina Central, which will meet in the First Four on Wednesday.

2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball tickets will be available to Ram Athletic Fund members and season ticket holders based on availability. Information was sent to these groups on the request process already. The deadline for Ram Athletic Fund members and season ticket holders to request tickets is Monday, March 18, 2019 at 10 a.m.

Notification will be sent to anyone requesting tickets by Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 10 a.m. if they were awarded tickets or not. If tickets remain after the allocation of tickets to Ram Athletic Fund members and season ticket holders, tickets will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 1 p.m.

For more information on the NCAA ticket process, please click here.

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