Ark-Pine Bluff finally reaches its destination

DAYTON, OH - DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Arkansas-Pine Bluff opened its season by going just about everywhere - and losing. The Golden Lions are closing their season in the one place they've never been.

They'll play Winthrop in the opening game of the NCAA tournament on Tuesday night at the University of Dayton Arena.

The Golden Lions (17-15) opened with a brutal 11-game road stretch and lost all of them. They won the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament to get their first NCAA berth.

Big South champion Winthrop (19-13) has been a regular, reaching the NCAA tournament for the ninth time since 1999. The Eagles have one tournament win, over Notre Dame in 2007.

The winner plays Duke, the No. 1 seed in the South Regional, on Friday in Jacksonville, Fla.

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