High Five

The Trojans were awarded with the 5th seed in the East region of the Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament Sunday afternoon. It was something of a surprise, considering they were projected anywhere from a 6th seed to an 8th seed by many projections. The seed is a testament to how strong the Pac-10 conference is as a whole and the Trojans' fantastic performance during the course of the year.

They'll take on Arkansas (12th seed, 21-13 season record) in Spokane, Washington in the opening round with the potential to meet either Texas (4th seed, 24–9) or New Mexico State (13th seed, 25-8) in the second round.

Also in the region, North Carolina (1st seed, 28-6) will take on Eastern Kentucky (16th seed, 21-11). Georgetown (2nd seed, 26-6) and Belmont (15th seed, 23-9) will square off. Washington State (3rd seed 25-7) drew Oral Roberts (14th seed 21-10). And Vanderbilt (6th seed, 23-8) will take on George Washington (11th seed 23-8).

The top four of North Carolina, Georgetown, Washington State and Texas looks to be the toughest of the four regions.

Other Pac-10 teams to receive bids were Arizona (8th seed in the Midwest), Oregon (3rd seed in the Midwest), Washington State (3rd seed in the East) and UCLA (2nd seed in the West).

Florida received the overall number one seed and will be playing in the Midwest region.

Ohio State and Kansas round out the rest of the one seeds.


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