On Monday night, the NCAA Selection Committee recognized the strong resume that UB Women’s Hoops put together this season, granting the Bulls an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. UB will head to Tallahassee, Florida on Saturday as a #11 seed to take on the #6 University of South Florida Bulls.
Dancing time!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/oMVt3Lsygw— UB Women's Hoops (@UBwomenshoops) March 12, 2018
USF comes into the tourney with an at-large bid as well after finishing second in the American Athletic Conference, posting a 26-7 overall, 13-3 conference mark. USF is currently ranked in the AP Top-25 at 19th in the nation.
The at-large bid is the first for UB and the first in a long time for the Mid-American Conference. The Bulls were one of the last four in this year’s edition of the tournament.
We’ll get more into the logistics of the matchup later, but this is definitely a winnable game for the Bulls. UB has the potential to do damage against USF’s leading scorer, who scores nearly 21 points per game. It’ll be a tough defensive matchup at guard that hopefully Stephanie Reid will be back for.
If UB finds a way to knock off the 6-seeded Bulls, they’ll likely face the #3 Florida State Seminoles in the round of 32—a team that hasn’t scored the ball well against strong competition. #1 UConn will be waiting in Albany if UB makes it that far.
Notably, Central Michigan — this year’s MAC Champions — also received an 11 seed and will face LSU. CMU had a fantastic reaction over the MAC getting two bids:
Our reaction to @UBwomenshoops selection! Great to have two teams from @MACSports in the big dance! pic.twitter.com/NsBwhLnuEA— Central Michigan WBB (@CMUWBBall) March 12, 2018
Congrats to UB Women’s Hoops, this is a game changer for a mid-major athletic department.