MAC Attack! Buffalo, Central Michigan reach first Sweet 16

MAC Attack! Buffalo, Central Michigan reach first Sweet 16

NEW YORK (AP) – Buffalo and Central Michigan are crashing the ladies’s Candy 16.

The 2 11 seeds from the Mid-American Convention pulled off beautiful highway upsets of Florida State and Ohio State on Monday night time to advance to the regional semifinals for the primary time at school historical past.

It is the primary time a college from the MAC has superior this far since Bowling Inexperienced reached the regional semifinals in 2007.

Buffalo coach Felisha Legette-Jack mentioned she spoke on the cellphone with Central Michigan coach Sue Guevara after their sport was over. Buffalo was the primary workforce from the convention to earn an at-large berth in 22 years.

“Our aim was to let individuals know that the MAC was alive and effectively,” Legette-Jack mentioned.

They certain are.

“We’re excited to see success come from two groups within the MAC as a result of it is all the time been a one-bid league,” the Bulls’ Stephanie Reid mentioned. “For so long as I’ve been right here, for I do know so long as Coach (Legette-Jack) has been right here, for a very long time, it has been a one-bid league. They lastly opened as much as us and accepted us into the match at-large and now we’re displaying why.”

Each Buffalo and Central Michigan gained by double digits.

“This workforce is not going to fold,” Guevara mentioned. “This workforce may be very powerful, this workforce may be very centered. We all know what we needed to do and we went out and did it.”

Whereas making the Candy 16 is new for each these faculties, UConn is headed to its 25th consecutive regional semifinals.

Huskies coach Geno Auriemma wasn’t shocked to see just a few newcomers within the regionals.

“When you look across the nation, mid-major applications are higher than individuals suppose and so they’re top-of-the-line,” he mentioned. “Ladies’s basketball mid-majors do not get any respect. On the boys’s facet they do, however not on the ladies’s facet. So for this 12 months to have what’s occurring with the mid-majors (successful), I feel that is one of the best factor that is ever occurred. I imply, I am glad it did not occur extra. I feel it occurred simply sufficient occasions.”

The Huskies beat Quinnipiac to advance to the Albany Regional. All 4 No. 1 seeds superior to the Candy 16 for the ninth consecutive season.

Listed here are just a few different tidbits from the Candy 16:

CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN: The Atlantic Coast Convention and Pac-12 have 4 groups apiece within the regionals. The Southeastern Convention has three whereas the Massive 12 joins the MAC with two. The American has one.

LUCKY 11: Gonzaga was the final 11 seed to advance to the Candy 16, doing so in 2015. Three years earlier was the final time that two 11 seeds superior to the regional semifinals, when Kansas and the Zags each superior this far.

FAMILIAR TEAMS: Eleven of the 16 groups within the Candy 16 superior that far final season. The one different new groups in addition to the MAC squads are Texas A&M, Duke and N.C. State. The Wolfpack are again there for the primary time in 11 years.

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