Local players in the NCAA men's basketball tournament

Former Mount St. Joseph standout Eric Atkins, right, will play for Notre Dame against Xavier Friday night at 9:45 p.m. (File photo\Patuxent Publishing / March 14, 2012)

Four local players will be playing in the 68-team NCAA basketball tournament and one will be on in prime time in the first game on Tuesday night.

Lansdowne High graduate Brent Arrington is a freshman at Mississippi Valley State (21-12), which opens the tournament on Tuesday at 6:40 p.m. in the play-in game against Western Kentucky (15-18).

The winner earns the 16th seed in the South region and advances to Thursday's game at 6:40 p.m. against top-seeded Kentucky (32-2).

Arrington averaged 6.8 points per game for the Delta Devils, and scored 12 points in the 71-69 win over Texas Southern in the Southwest Athletic Conference championship game.


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His three three-pointers in that contest were the most since he made six treys in a 33-point outburst Nov. 20 in a 101-75 loss to the University of North Carolina, the top seed in the Midwest region.

Former Mount St. Joseph star Henry Sims is a starter for third-seeded Georgetown (23-8), which drew 14th-seeded Belmont (27-7) in the Midwest bracket March 16 at 3:10 p.m.

The 6-foot-10 center led the Hoyas in assists (3.5 per game) and was second in rebounding (6.2) and third in scoring (11.7).

Another St. Joe alum, sophomore Eric Atkins, will be the a starting point guard for Notre Dame (22-11) when the Irish open as the seventh seed in the South Region against 10th-seeded Xavier (21-12), March 16 at 9:45 p.m.

Atkins led the Irish in assists (4.9) and tied for the team lead in steals (1.3), while averaging 12.2 points a game.

Cardinal Gibbons product Dylon Cormier leads 15th-seeded Loyola University Maryland (24-8) against second-seeded Ohio State (27-7) in the East region Thursday at 9:45 p.m.

Cormier was the second-leading scorer for the Greyhounds (13.4 points per game) and led the squad in steals (1.6).

Loyola is making its first appearance in the NCAA tournament since losing to Arizona in the first round of the 1994 tournament, 81-55.