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The draw: The Spartans avoided the fate of being a No. 16 seed. Instead, they get a one-way ticket to the Midwest to take on a Missouri team less than pleased about not being a No. 1 seed. Norfolk State’s first appearance in the tournament will begin (and probably end) in Omaha, Neb., on Friday at approximately 4:40 p.m.

Number of note: 8

Consecutive NCAA tournament losses for MEAC teams since Florida A&M’s play-in game win in 2004. The league’s last round of 64 victory was Hampton’s upset of Iowa State in 2001.

Projection: No one should expect the Spartans to advance to the weekend, but they have some decent wins (Drexel, Long Island and Texas Christian) and lost their second meeting with Marquette by two points. Either way, the Spartans should have as much fun as anyone since it is their NCAA tournament debut.