Gophers to host North Dakota in NCAA tournament

  • Gophers to host North Dakota in NCAA tournament

Gophers to host North Dakota in NCAA tournament

The regional winners will advance to the national semifinals and championship final co-hosted by the University of Missouri Kansas City, University of Kansas and Kansas City Sports Commission on December 14 and 16 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

The final four teams will meet December 14-16 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

Penn State, Florida, Stanford and Kentucky received the top 4 seeds, meaning they will host the regionals if they win this weekend.

"Last year doesn't dictate what we do this year, but we kind of kept it in the back of our minds", Anae said. "We're in the tournament with the top 64 teams in the country, so they are all going to be good teams, but just knowing and believing in ourselves knowing we can go the distance". "The crowd could certainly help us on Friday". The winners will play again on Friday night at 7 p.m.

Missouri players began laughing when they saw MU and Kansas will play each other in the first round at Wichita State, the host school and the No. 16 seed in the bracket. Nebraska is in Kentucky's region along with No. 12 national seed Baylor and No. 13 national seed BYU. "Hopefully we get to play here again.' The fact that we at least get one more is really exciting", Staiger said. It's not like they haven't played great opposition, great opponents.

"Anyone can beat anyone at this point", Raudsepp said. "It is what it is, but nothing surprises me anymore with the committee and the tournament". "We deserve to here, and we're going to make waves".

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. Besides Skinner's Kentucky team, two more former NU assistants guided their teams into the tournament.

The NIVC is in its first year of existence following a almost 22-year hiatus. The Cardinals will face Northern Iowa in the first round in Minneapolis. "Winning the ACC was awesome, so that was a huge hurdle", said Dani Busboom Kelly, UofL first year head coach. As soon as the TV analysts on Sunday's selection show brought up the Huskers, Staiger coolly remarked, "I want to play them". "It's really cool for them, and I'm really happy for them". Nebraska gets another chance to feed off the underdog label, which fueled the team's Big Ten title run.