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Tuesday DBR: The Tournament Arrives

Two dreams die today, and a third is sentenced to Kentucky.

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March Madness Daily Guide

First Four Kick Off NCAA Tournament

The first two games of the NCAA Tournament are on tonight as 16 seeds Manhattan and Hampton play for the chance to play Kentucky. The second game of the night tips off at 8 p.m. Central and is between 11 seeds BYU and Ole Miss for a chance to play Xavier. I have mixed feelings about the First Four. On one hand, they allow the low seeds that don't have any hope of winning against a top seed the chance to record a tournament win. On the other hand, it seems like a pointless delay of the main event. But who are we to complain? More sports!

Lady Bears Claim No. 2 Seed in Oklahoma City

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Lady Bears are No. 2 seed in Oklahoma City Region and will host No. 15 seed Northwestern State Friday in Waco. <a href="">#SicEm</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Baylor Lady Bears (@BaylorWBB) <a href="">March 16, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Notre Dame is the top seed in this region, which means Baylor won't have to topple UCONN to make it to the Final Four. The bad news is that Notre Dame is still very, very good. There isn't as much parity in WBB as there is in MBB, but you can be sure that teams able to claim seeds 1-3 are excellent competition.

Waco will host two first round matchups on Friday: Northwestern (7) vs. Arkansas (10) at 11 a.m. and Baylor (2) vs. Northwestern State (15) at 1:30 p.m.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Kim Mulkey says Ken Starr needs to give Baylor students an attendance pass if they come to the game Friday at 1:30</p>&mdash; Sean Giggy (@sgiggy_kwtx) <a href="">March 16, 2015</a></blockquote>

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The students agree wholeheartedly.

Softball Hosts Houston in Televised Doubleheader

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>PREVIEW: No. 15 Baylor Plays Host to Houston in Televised DH Tuesday <a href="">#SicEm</a> <a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Baylor Softball (@BaylorSoftball) <a href="">March 16, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Baylor plays Houston twice today at Getterman Stadium. The first game will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest, and the second will be on FSSW+. Free Dr Pepper floats will be served at the stadium.

Baseball plays at Sam Houston State at 6:30 p.m. CDT.

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