For the eight teams slotted to tip off Friday in Raleigh's RBC Center, the better they are expected to do, the more luxurious the hotel.
That means North Carolina, the tournament's overall No. 1 seed, ended up unpacking its bags Thursday at the Embassy Suites in Cary after a 20-mile bus ride. The Tar Heels' underdog opponent, Mount St. Mary's, a No. 16 seed from Emmitsburg, Md., got more modest accommodations at the Holiday Inn Brownstone near N.C. State University.
The University of Maryland, Baltimore County is a No. 15 seed and also ended up at a Holiday Inn. Meanwhile, UMBC's first-round opponents, the No. 2 Georgetown Hoyas, will rest their heads at the Sheraton.
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