The Hampton University men's team celebrates in the closing seconds of their 82-61 win over Delaware State during an NCAA college basketball game in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament championship, Saturday, March 14, 2015 in Norfolk, Va. Hamp
Jason Hirschfeld
March 15, 2015

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) The challenge of pulling off one of the biggest upsets in NCAA Tournament history will fall to either Manhattan or Hampton.

The winner of a First Four matchup between the Jaspers and Pirates will get unbeaten and top-ranked Kentucky in Louisville on Thursday.

Manhattan (19-13) upset regular season MAAC champion Iona 79-69 to earn the league's automatic bid for the second year in a row. The Jaspers gave Louisville a scare last season before falling 71-64.

Hampton (16-17) lost its top scorer and rebounder, Dwight Meikle, in its MEAC tournament opener. But the Pirates rallied for their first title since 2011.

The Pirates famously beat Iowa State as a No. 15 seed in 2001.

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