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Bucs to play Dukes in Women's NIT opener

By JOE AVENTO • Mar 13, 2018 at 1:40 AM

JOHNSON CITY — East Tennessee State will take on James Madison in the Women’s NIT, the postseason basketball tournament announced Monday night.

The Bucs will travel to Harrisonburg, Va., on Thursday. The 64-team field was announced after the NCAA bracket was released.

ETSU will take a 20-12 record into the matchup. Three of the Bucs’ losses were to Mercer (30-2), which is playing in the NCAA tournament. The Bears beat ETSU 68-53 in the Southern Conference tournament championship game.

The Bucs earned the WNIT bid by finishing second in the Southern Conference’s regular season.

James Madison (21-10) tied with Drexel for the Colonial Athletic Association regular-season title. Former Wise Central star Logan Reynolds plays for the Dukes.

ETSU’s last WNIT berth was 2015 when North Carolina State came to Brooks Gym and won 73-58.

Chattanooga, the Bucs’ SoCon rival, also made the field with an at-large bid. The Mocs earned a matchup at Alabama-Birmingham, also on Thursday.

Purdue and West Virginia lead the 64-team field.

WNIT ROUND 1

Wednesday, March 14

Southern at Alabama

Jacksonville at UCF

St. Joseph’s at Seton Hall

Thursday, March 15

Houston at South Dakota

Western Illinois at Colorado State

Cincinnati at Michigan State

Saint Mary’s at New Mexico

Texas State at Rice

Lamar at TCU

Missouri State at Louisiana Tech

Purdue at IUPUI

Middle Tennessee at Ball State

UT Martin at Indiana

Milwaukee at Northern Iowa

New Mexico State at Wyoming

Idaho at UC Davis

Saint Louis at Kansas State

UNLV at Utah

Bucknell at West Virginia

Radford at Penn State

ETSU at JMU

Marist at St. John’s

Duquesne at Miami (Ohio)

Bethune-Cookman at Georgia Tech

Chattanooga at UAB

Friday, March 16

Wright State at Toledo

Albany at Penn

Delaware at Georgetown

Harvard at Fordham

Robert Morris at Drexel

Stephen F. Austin at George Mason

Navy at Virginia Tech

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