12:21pm

Mon March 18, 2013
Sports

MTSU Faces St. Mary's in First NCAA Appearance in 24 Years

Credit goblueraiders.com

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BEASLEY)  --  Mid-State sports fans have even more reason to celebrate the start of March Madness.  Two local schools will play in the NCAA tournament.

For the first time in 24 years, the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders are returning to the NCAA. Middle Tennessee is set to face Saint Mary’s as an eleven seed Tuesday in Dayton, Ohio with a tip off time of 8:10 p.m.

As for the Belmont Bruins, they received an eleven seed set to play the Arizona Wildcats Thursday in Salt Lake City.

Belmont, the Ohio Valley Conference tournament winner, is 1-4 versus the Pac-12 Conference, including a 70-62 win last year over Stanford.

The MTSU Lady Raiders will learn Monday tonight who they’ll face off against in their NCAA matchup.