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The Latest: What's ahead in the NCAA Tournament

FILE - In this March 11, 2017, file photo, Villanova's Josh Hart (3) drives past Creighton's Marcus Foster (0) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the final of the Big East men's tournament in New York. Villanova, the defending tournament champion, plays Mount St. Mary's in the first round this year. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

FILE - In this March 11, 2017, file photo, Villanova's Josh Hart (3) drives past Creighton's Marcus Foster (0) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the final of the Big East men's tournament in New York. Villanova, the defending tournament champion, plays Mount St. Mary's in the first round this year. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

The Latest on the NCAA Tournament (all times ET):

12:17 p.m.

The NCAA Tournament is underway. One of the day's biggest story lines is top-seeded Villanova starting its quest to become the first repeat national champion since Florida in 2007.

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The Wildcats (31-3) open tournament play in Buffalo against Mount St. Mary's (20-15) Thursday night.

Some of the most intriguing games on the tournament's opening day will include 12th-seeded Middle Tennessee State (30-4) against Minnesota (24-9). The Blue Raiders stunned Michigan State last year as a No. 15 seed.

Ivy League champions Princeton (23-6) opened the tournament against fifth-seeded Notre Dame, while 13th-seeded Winthrop faces Butler in early action.

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12:21 p.m.

The Princeton Tigers can boast one edge over the Fighting Irish in their first-round matchup.

The Tigers, seeded 12th in the West Region, beat Notre Dame in their last meeting.

It was an upset, in fact, as Princeton beat the then second-ranked Fighting Irish 76-62 on Jan. 3, 1977.

The schools have only met three times, with Notre Dame winning the other two meetings.

As it turns out, the West Region's other game being played in Buffalo have a connection.

On the same night in 1977, West Virginia defeated Bucknell 112-71 in the last time those two schools met.