NCAA Bracket 2012: Norfolk State To Play Missouri In First Game

Mar 10, 2012; Winston-Salem, NC, USA; Bethune-Cookman Wildcats guard Kevin Dukes (21) drives past Norfolk State Spartans center Kyle O'Quinn (10) during the second half of the final of the 2012 MEAC Tournament at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Norfolk State beat Bethune-Cookman 73-70. Mandatory Credit: Mark Dolejs-US PRESSWIRE

After landing a No. 15 seed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, the Norfolk State Spartans will be playing No. 2-seeded Missouri to kick things off in their first game.

After landing a No. 15 seed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, the Norfolk State Spartans will be playing No. 2-seeded Missouri to kick things off in their first game. Norfolk State earned an automatic berth to the big dance with a MEAC Tournament Championship Game win over Bethune-Cookman on Saturday. It is the Spartans first-ever NCAA Tournament berth. Norfolk State will now get a shot to pull off an improbable upset against the Tigers.

Missouri, a 30-win conference tournament champion, was in serious consideration for a No. 1 seed, but fell down a seed line on Selection Sunday. The Tigers outperformed expectations all season long, and will look to do so again in March as they try to outscore opponents on a possible run to the Final Four.

For more on this matchup and the impending March Madness season, check out SB Nation's college hoops hub. Stay tuned to SB Nation DC for more Greyhounds recaps, previews and news updates.

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