Quick-hit guide to NCAA Tournament play-in match

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The NCAA Tournament will begin with the ConfCarolinas champions Barton playing host to EIVA champions Princeton in the play-in match on Thursday. Check out the quick-hit guide about what to know for this NCAA Tournament match.


Princeton (17-12, 13-1 EIVA) vs. Barton (25-4, 14-2 ConfCarolinas)
Match vitals:
7 p.m. Thursday in Wilson, North Carolina
Follow live: Live stats, Live video
How they got here: Barton won the ConfCarolians regular season title and then defeated King in five games in the ConfCarolinas Tournament finals. Princeton won the EIVA regular season championship and then defeated Penn State in the EIVA Tournament finals.
Season series: First meeting this season.
Series history: Princeton leads 1-0 (last meeting in 2014)
NCAA Tournament titles: Princeton (none); Barton (none)
NCAA Tournament appearances: Princeton (1998); Barton (2017)
NCAA Tournament record: Princeton (0-1); Barton (0-1)
Stats to know: This will be the first NCAA Tournament meeting between two teams that have never won a NCAA Tournament match since the 1975 third-place match that featured Ohio State and Yale. It also will be the first time that a ConfCarolinas has played host to a NCAA Tournament match. Barton is attempting to become the first ConfCarolinas school to ever win a match in the NCAA Tournament since the conference started receiving an automatic berth in 2014. Princeton is trying to become the first EIVA school besides Penn State to win a NCAA Tournament match since 1985. In addition, Princeton has a chance to become the first team with 12 or more losses to win a NCAA Tournament match since UC Santa Barbara in 2011. The Tigers are 6-0 all-time against ConfCarolinas schools. Barton is 2-4 versus the EIVA in the last four seasons, including a home victory against Harvard in March.