7 NCAA Tournament teams you’ve probably never heard of that have big hopes for March Madness

You’ll really impress your friends when you know where Fairleigh Dickinson is located.

7 NCAA Tournament teams you’ve probably never heard of that have big hopes for March Madness
UMBC players celebrate a teammate's basket against Virginia during the second half of a first-round game in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, March 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -NCAA March Madness officially begins Tuesday night when two play-in games tip off, and if you’ve looked at the matchups you may not even know some of the teams playing.

7 NCAA Tournament teams you’ve probably never heard of that have big hopes for March Madness

Here is a quick guide to seven teams in the tournament you may have never heard of and their mascots.

  • Record: 20-13
  • Conference: NEC (Northeast Conference)
  • Location: Teaneck, New Jersey
  • Enrollment: undergraduate: 8,585; graduate students: 3,527
  • Notable Alumni: Peggy Noonan, John Spencer, Stephanie Adams
  • Record 22-12
  • Conference: SWAC (Southwestern Athletic Conference)
  • Location: Prairie View, Texas
  • Enrollment: 9,000
  • Notable alumni: Mr. T, Loni Love, Ken Houston
  • Record 26-5
  • Conference: OVC (Ohio Valley Conference)
  • Location: Nashville, Tennessee
  • Enrollment: 8,300
  • Notable Alumni: Brad Paisley, Trisha Yearwood, Josh Turner
  • Record 28-6
  • Conference: ASUN (Atlantic Sun Conference)
  • Location: Lynchburg, Virginia
  • Enrollment: 15,000
  • Jerry Falwell Jr., Rashad Jennings, Shannon Bream, Seth Curry
  • Record: 23-11
  • Conference: Big South
  • Location: Boiling Springs, North Carolina
  • Enrollment: 2,207
  • Notable Alumni: Artis Gilmore, Ron Rash, Linda Combs
  • Record: 29-4
  • Conference: Southern
  • Location: Spartanburg, South Carolina
  • Enrollment: 1,592
  • Notable Alumni: Jerry Richardson, Wendi Nix, William Henry Willimon
  • Record: 17-15
  • Conference: MAAC (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference)
  • Location: New Rochelle, New York
  • Enrollment: 3,178
  • Notable Alumni: Don McLean, Robert Greifeld, Jeff Ruland

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