Bears Draw Spartans in NCAA Tournament

Texas Tech is set to take on SMU at 4 p.m. Thursday in San Marcos as part of the NIVC, which returned after a 22-year hiatus.

"More than anything else, (the NCAA Tournament) is about managing emotions and staying calm and doing what you do well", Hudson said.

WKU goes into the NCAA Tournament riding the confidence of a C-USA Tournament title it earned this month at home at E.A. Diddle Arena. Regarding the draw, I've learned to fear the worst and hope for a fair shake.

"I can't even put it into words".

"I am a fan of Salt Lake City and expect Utah to do a terrific job hosting".

"Our seniors have been providing us tremendous leadership", Launiere said. It comes down to the fact that this team loves each other and is playing hard for each other and having a blast.

The Husker players took the seeding in stride, but felt they had a strong case for a regional top spot. I think it was the loudest it's ever been.

Friday's matchup against the Hilltoppers will be the first meeting between the two programs. The No. 6 Wildcats earned the 4th overall seed in the tournament after a 26-3 season and an SEC championship.

The Conference USA Tournament champions and their supporters gathered Sunday at Buffalo Wild Wings on Scottsville Road to watch the NCAA Tournament Selection Show. This time, with a 23-6 overall record, a 13-3 mark in the Big 12, a ranking of 18 in the AVCA Top 25 and an RPI of 12, the Bears were locks to be among the participants.

Purdue has never lost in the first match of the NCAA Tournament and boasts a 20-11 record in the postseason under Shondell. The victor of the two matches in Provo feed into the Kentucky Regional for the Sweet 16. Nebraska is 102-31 (.767) in 35 previous NCAA Tournament appearances. "And I think it's a great accomplishment by our whole team to get that done". Ashley Evans was on the 2013 team that went to the Elite Eight but she wasn't active as she redshirted her freshman season.

The Big Ten has three teams seeded (No. 1 Penn State, No. 5 Nebraska, No. 7 Minnesota) and also got the Spartans, Wisconsin, Illinois, Purdue, and MI into the 64-team field - a total of eight selections.

In what has already been a memorable season for Texas Tech volleyball, the Red Raiders will get their first taste of postseason action since 2001 as they were selected to compete in the 2017 National Invitational Volleyball Championship.

  • Rogelio Becker