Raiders arrive in Emerald City for NCAA Tournament
Team practices at UW, sightsees in Seattle on FridayMarch 21, 2014 · @MTAthletics
SEATTLE - The No. 20/22 Middle Tennessee women's basketball team arrived Thursday evening at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. On Friday, the Blue Raiders practiced early in the day before exploring the Emerald City. The 8th seeded Raiders take on No. 9-seed Oregon State at 7 p.m. CT / 5 p.m. PT in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, March 23 inside Alaska Airlines Arena on the campus of the University of Washington.
Middle Tennessee assistant coach Alysha Clark returned to where she is currently spending her professional career. Clark has been a member of the Seattle Storm since the 2012 season. She recorded a public service announcement for the Storm early Friday morning. Clark, who completed her playing career at MT in 2010, is expected to meet Storm Head Coach Brian Agler and staff later this weekend.
BLUE RAIDERS POSSIBLE CINDERELLA?
NCAA.com cited several teams that could make a deep run into the NCAA Tournament. The Blue Raiders stingy defense along with Ebony Rowe are among the reason MT could advance to the NCAA Regionals next week. Click here to read the full article.
PRESIDENT OBAMA PICKS THE RAIDERS
ESPN unveiled President Barack Obama's full NCAA Women's Tournament bracket on Friday. The President predicted the Blue Raiders to successfully knock off No. 9-seed Oregon State. To see President Obama's full picks, click here.
SEATTLE'S SIGHTS AND SOUNDS
The Blue Raider basketball team toured Seattle on Friday evening. The team made the rounds to the Seattle Space Needle. Additionally, MT hit the pier areas visiting the Pike Place Market where they saw numerous local items, including the original Starbucks.
FOCUSING ON THE HARDWOOD
The Raiders got a taste of Alaska Airlines Arena on Friday with a visit to the University of Washington's practice gym inside the building. MT will practice again there on Saturday afternoon following the required NCAA Press Conference.
WATCH SUNDAY'S GAME
Fans that wish to watch Sunday's game can do so by tuning in to ESPN2. Those who are in the Middle Tennessee local market area will see the game in its entirety. Those in other locations will see the ESPN Whip Around coverage. However, if a fan is not located in the Nashville or Oregon markets, they will be able to watch the game online at ESPN3.com without any blackout restrictions. The ESPN Coverage map is located here.
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