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Most Fanatic Schools Advance to Sweet Sixteen® in NCAA® 6th Fan Contest™

Top 16 Schools win $10,000 and move on for chance to hold "National Bragging Rights"

INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association), CBS Sports and Turner Sports announced today the top 16 schools that have advanced to the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA 6th Fan Contest. The field in the online competition has narrowed to 16 schools for the contest's 2nd round. Fans of the Sweet Sixteen Division I men's basketball programs can cast votes on NCAA.com until February 23 to prove that their school belongs in the Elite Eight® of the most spirited, most dedicated, most passionate fans. NCAA 6th Fan is a national contest for fans to show their school pride and support online in an NCAA March Madness-style competition. 

The following schools have advanced to the Sweet Sixteen and are listed below in their seeded head-to-head match-ups (voting is open February 17-23):

1

North Dakota State University

vs.

16

University of Portland

2

Arkansas State University 

vs.

15

University of North Carolina, Greensboro 

3

South Dakota State University 

vs.

14

University of Arkansas, Little Rock

4

University of Texas, Pan American

vs.

13

University of Northern Iowa

5

University of Central Florida 

vs. 

12

Southern University, Baton Rouge 

6

Western Illinois University 

vs. 

11

University of New Mexico 

7

Bryant University 

vs. 

10

University of North Carolina, Asheville 

8

Brigham Young University 

vs. 

9

Western Carolina University

 

Each school in the 6th Fan's Sweet Sixteen is receiving $10,000 in general scholarship funds, with each having the flexibility to award the dollars to a randomly selected student or for deposit in the school's general scholarship fund. Following a week of Round 2 voting, schools that receive more votes than their head-to-head competitor will advance to the Elite 8, which will be announced February 24. On March 3, following another week of head-to-head voting match-ups, the schools advancing to the contest's Final Four® will be announced. The two finalists will be named March 10.

Clark Kellogg, CBS Sports College Basketball Analyst and 6th Fan spokesperson, will host a LIVE Google+ Hangout February 24 to field fan questions and share stories from his career covering college basketball. Clark has been offering his insights and promoting the contest since it launched January 7.  

Fans can vote for the remaining 16 schools in the contest at NCAA.com/6thFan as well as check out current voting in each head-to-head matchup. To prove which of the Sweet Sixteen fan base is most passionate, supporters are asked to vote daily on NCAA.com, or via Twitter using #6thFan and their school's unique hashtag. Fans also can connect their Facebook to the site to vote and register for a chance to win prizes.

"It is exciting to see the on-going engagement of our fans who continue to make this competition a success," said Dan Gavitt, the NCAA's vice president of men's basketball. "We invite all NCAA basketball fans both new and loyal to continue to vote and support their favorite schools as the field narrows."

The school generating the most votes in the final round of the 6th Fan contest that ends on March 16 (Selection Sunday) will win a $100,000 contribution to its general scholarship fund. One randomly selected participant who registers and votes on NCAA.com will win an all-expense paid trip to the 2015 Men's Final Four in Indianapolis April 4-6, 2015.  Additionally, iPad Airs will be awarded in each of the five rounds to randomly chosen individuals who vote via NCAA.com in each respective round. 

SOURCE NCAA

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