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Xavier in familiar place vs. new foe in North Carolina State in NCAA Tournament First Four game

Xavier forward Isaiah Philmore (31) looks to shoot

Xavier forward Isaiah Philmore (31) looks to shoot under pressure from Dayton forward Devin Oliver (5) during the first half of a game, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, in Cincinnati. Credit: AP / David Kohl

DAYTON, Ohio -- Get on an interstate, drive less than an hour, play in an arena that's been a mainstay on your schedule. Seems like Xavier has a built-in advantage for its opening NCAA game.

Those slow-to-forget Dayton fans will try to negate it.

The Musketeers (21-12) play a First Four game against North Carolina State (21-13) on Tuesday night at the University of Dayton Arena, where Xavier has played many memorable games against the rival Flyers before moving into the Big East this season. Coach Chris Mack expects the Musketeers to get booed by the home crowd.

The teams have never played, but have one close tie. Semaj Christon, Xavier's leading scorer, was the roommate of T.J. Warren, the ACC's player of the year and top scorer, at Brewster Academy.

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