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Asheville Not Typical Loser

March 18, 2003|From Associated Press

DAYTON, Ohio — The math speaks for itself: North Carolina Asheville is playing in the NCAA tournament with a losing record, the only team among the 65 to do so.

Coach Eddie Biedenbach, however, doesn't want to hear any talk about losers and undeserving teams. He thinks his Bulldogs can play.

"We are one of 17 losing teams that have been in the NCAA tournament, but we have a schedule that includes Oklahoma, Kansas, Michigan State, Holy Cross, which is in the tournament, and East Tennessee State, which won its league," Biedenbach said. "Any mid-major is going to have a tough time with that schedule."

The Bulldogs, whose schedule is ranked the 17th toughest in the nation, take a 14-16 record into tonight's night's play-in game against Texas Southern (18-12). The winner gets a No. 16 seeding in the South Regional and faces top-seeded Texas on Friday in Birmingham, Ala.

Texas Southern made the NCAA field by winning the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament. This is its third trip to the NCAA tournament.

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