The Wright State players had more to cheer about than just seeing their name pop up on the selection show Sunday night.
The Raiders should be happy about both the seed and site listed next to their name.
WSU earned a No. 14 seed and will play No. 3 Tennessee in a South Regional game at the American Airlines Center in Dallas at 12:40 p.m. Thursday.
While playing in Dallas may make it tougher for Wright State fans to get to, it’s a much better than option than facing the Volunteers in their own backyard in Nashville, which is one of the other first-round sites.
Even the Raiders don’t have a lot of their own fans at the game, they will have the supporters from Miami and Loyola-Chicago on the side of the underdog as the winner of those first two games will meet in the second round Saturday.
WSU also should be encouraged by earning a 14 seed rather than a 15.
While the difference may seem minimal on the surface, history suggests otherwise.
In the 33 years since the tournament expanded to 64 teams, only eight No. 15 seeds have one, although half of them have come since 2012.
But there have been nearly three times as many 14 seeds to score first-round upsets. It’s happened 21 times, and five of them have come in the last five years.
“I think it’s big,” Nagy said of the 14 seed, which equals the best in school history. “The farther up the line you can go, the better it is. They know what they’re doing when they seed.”
WSU was a 14 seed in 2007 when it lost to No. 3 Pittsburgh 79-58.
And the Raiders were a 16 seed in 1993 when they fell to No. 1 Indiana 97-54.
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