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Aggies Host North Dakota In NCAA First Round

March 21, 2014
Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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Game 33 • Sunday, March 23, 2014 • 7 p.m. • NCAA First Round
[14] North Dakota (22-9, 15-5 Big Sky) at 
No. 15 AP / No. 14 Coaches’ [3] Texas A&M Aggies (24-8, 13-3 SEC)
College Station, Texas  Reed Arena (12,989)
Television: ESPN2 (Carter Blackburn, Rosalyn Gold-Onwude)
Radio: Texas A&M Sports Network (Mike Wright, Tap Bentz)
COLLEGE STATION- Texas A&M kicks off its ninth straight NCAA Tournament with North Dakota at 7 p.m. Sunday inside Reed Arena. The Aggies are looking for a win in the First Round for the eighth straight season.
The Aggies earned a 3-seed in the tournament for the seventh straight year, joining UConn, Stanford and Duke as the only programs on the top three lines every season during that timespan.
The game is televised on ESPN2, with Carter Blackburn and Rosalyn Gold-Onwude on the call. The game is regionally protected and shown in its entirety on ESPN2 in Texas and North Dakota or on ESPN Full Court on DirecTV and Dish Network for no extra charge. Fans outside of Texas can watch on ESPN3 or on ESPN Full Court, or tune into "whip-around" coverage on ESPN2, which will show the best action around the nation at that time.
In addition, Mike Wright and Tap Bentz will call the game on the Texas A&M Sports Network, which is on WTAW 1620 AM in Bryan-College Station.
North Dakota makes its first appearance in the Division I NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament after winning the Big Sky Tournament. The North Dakota squad is led by Big Sky Conference Player of the Year Madi Buck, who averaged 15.8 points and 7.2 rebounds this season. With 1,204 career points, Buck is the second North Dakota player to score over 1,000 Division I points.
The Aggies have gone 17-4 since Dec. 28, and have posted an 18-9 mark in the NCAA Tournament. Aggie seniors Karla Gilbert and Kristen Grant have gone 9-2 in the NCAA Tournament, the fourth-best mark of any current senior class. In addition, Gilbert and Grant are two of just 12 active players who have played in and won a National Championship Game.
The winner of this game faces the winner of the No. 18 Gonzaga/James Madison game at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday night inside Reed Arena. The winner of that game advances to the Lincoln Regional.
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