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NCAA Tournament: Iowa State to Face North Carolina Central in the East Region

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The 3rd seeded Cyclones will square off with the Eagles in San Antonio Friday.

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa State earned a 3-seed in this year's NCAA Tournament and will be placed in the East Region with their Second and Third round games taking place in San Antonio on Friday and Sunday.

The Cyclones' opponent will be the North Carolina Central Eagles from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.  NCC is making their first NCAA Tournament appearance and is 28-5 on the year with their last loss coming to Florida A&M on January 11th.  The Eagles other losses were to Cincinnati, IUPUI, Wichita State, and Maryland.

Awaiting the winner of the match up between the Cyclones and the Eagles will be the winner of the 6-11 match up between North Carolina and Providence.  North Carolina was one of the hottest teams in the country down the stretch and Providence earned their way into the tournament with a Big East tournament championship victory over Creighton.

The rest of the East region breaks down like this:

#1 Virginia vs #16 Coastal Carolina - Friday, Raleigh, NC

#8 Memphis vs #9 George Washington - Friday, Raleigh, NC

#5 Cincinnati vs #12 Harvard - Thursday, Spokane, WA

#4 Michigan State vs #13 Delaware - Thursday, Spokane, WA

#6 North Carolina vs #11 Providence - Friday, San Antonio, TX

#3 Iowa State vs #14 North Carolina Central - Friday, San Antonio, TX

#7 Connecticut vs #10 St Josephs - Thursday, Buffalo, NY

#2 Villanova  vs #15 Milwaukee - Thursday, Buffalo, NY

SB Nations's printable bracket can be found here and if you want the interactive experience just head on over to the March Madness main page to see all of the match ups.

We'll have more coverage for you tomorrow including information on WRNL's own bracket challenge.