March Madness Commute, Raiders Head to Seattle
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- The Middle Tennessee State Lady Raiders fly west to Seattle Thursday afternoon for their first matchup in the NCAA National Championship.
At a selection party held on campus Monday night, attended by hundreds of supporters, the Lady Raiders learned that they had been awarded a number 8 seed. Coach Insell wasn’t happy about that position, but isn’t looking back.
“We’ve had a great year at 29 and 4. There’s probably four other teams in the country that’s got a better record than us. So what we gotta do is go into Seattle and take care of business.”
The Raiders opening game will pit them against ninth ranked Oregon State on Sunday. The game will be held on neutral territory at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Coach Insell says he hates that the bulk of the teams very loyal fans won’t be able to attend.
“Right now we’re like the 15th or 16th top in the country in attendance. When you send us up there (Seattle) what you’re really doing is you’re taking them out of the equation and I didn’t like that.”
Sunday’s game will air on ESPN3 and of course can also be heard right here on WMOT. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. Central Time, with the pre-game beginning at 6:30 p.m.