Wright State to face Tennessee in NCAA tournament

FAIRBORN, Ohio (WDTN) - FAIRBORN, Ohio (WDTN) - No. 14 seed Wright State will play No. 3 see Tennessee in the NCAA Tournament in Dallas at 12:40 p.m. ET Thursday (Tru TV).

Hundreds of people gathered in the Wright State University Student Union Sunday for the announcement.

"I'm okay with playing Tennessee," said Melissa O'Donnell, a longtime Raiders fan. "It's a lot better than some of the other ones. So I'm excited."

"Tennessee's going to be a tough team, but this team has heart, and they have the chance to do it," said Robert Borger, a sophomore at Wright State.

Borger said he feels optimistic about the Raiders' upcoming run in the tournament.

"This squad has worked really hard," he said. "They've put in the dedication and time. It's been 11 years, and it's time for them to come back into the tournament."

This is Wright State's first bid in the NCAA tournament since 2007 and their third time making the tournament overall.

The celebration on campus was something freshmen Anna Dunn and Lauren Shuman knew they couldn't miss.

"We both run for Wright State cross-country and track," Dunn said. "So it's really cool to see the sports get to get their name out just 'cause we know how it feels, and it's really awesome."

"Stuff like this doesn't happen all the time," said Tyler Mathes, another Wright State student.

Students we spoke with said it's a big opportunity for their school. And it's one they're happy to be on campus to see.

"This makes me proud to be a Raider 'cause I feel like we're overlooked sometimes, especially with some bigger-name schools in our area. But it's just great for the university."

"They can do it if they just believe," said Wright State senior Jasmine Jones.

The announcement comes just days before the First Four kicks off in Dayton. Two games will be played on Tuesday night and two on Wednesday night at the University of Dayton Arena.

Here is the lineup:

Tuesday March 13th
LIU Brooklyn vs. Radford

St. Bonaventure vs. UCLA

Wednesday March 14th
N.C. Central vs. Texas Southern

Arizona State vs. Syracuse

For a more detailed schedule of the games, click here.

For complete coverage of the tournament, stay tuned to WDTN.com.

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