Winthrop’s Eagles, fresh off their Big South Conference TournamentChampionship, head to Norfolk, Va. on Saturday to play Old DominionUniversity in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Eagles, 15-3-3, are making their second NCAA appearance. They dropped a6-0 decision to North Carolina in 2002.
Old Dominion (13-5-1), which entered last week ranked No. 23 in the polls,dropped a 2-1 decision to Hofstra in the Colonial Athletic ConferenceTournament semifinals, but made the 48-team NCAA field as one of 26 at-largeentries.
Winthrop’s victory in the BSC Tournament gave the Eagles the league’sautomatic NCAA bid.
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The winner of Saturday’s game will advance to play at North Carolina on Nov.15. The Tar Heels were the tournament’s No. 14 overall seed and received afirst-round bye.