Fla. Gulf Coast, Fairleigh Dickinson face off in First Four

FILE- In this March 8, 2016, file photo, Wagner's Corey Henson (0) defends Fairleigh Dickinson's Stephan Jiggetts (1) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the championship of the Northeast Conference tournament in New York. Fairleigh Dickinson is one of eight teams whose tournaments are starting a little bit before the first round of the college basketball NCAA Tournament officially opens Thursday, March 17. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) The ''Dunk City'' darlings from Florida Gulf Coast University are back in the NCAA Tournament.

The Eagles (20-13) return to the tournament for the first time since they became national sweethearts with an improbable Sweet Sixteen run as a No. 15 seed in 2013. Fairleigh Dickinson coach Greg Herenda says they make for a ''sexy'' opponent for his team in a First Four game Tuesday night in Dayton.

It's a different group making the trip for Florida Gulf Coast this time, of course, but Herenda says ''the name is out there.''

Fairleigh Dickinson has made the tournament for the first time since 2005 by winning the Northeast Conference.

The winner of Tuesday's game moves on to play North Carolina, the No. 1 seed in the East Regional.