It's Fresno State's first postseason appearance since the 2007 NIT, when the Bulldogs lost to Georgia in the first round. Head coach Rodney Terry said in a statement Sunday night, "We're excited about the opportunity to continue to play against a quality opponent who has had a great year competing in a highly competitive league."
Terry knows what he's talking about. The Miners went 23-10 this season and finished fifth in Conference USA at 12-4 in league, one game back a four-way tie for first place. The Bulldogs meanwhile come in winners of nine of their last 12 games. As of right now, Wednesday night's game will not be shown on television.
As for the Bulldog ladies, Saturday night's Mountain West tournament win ensured both of Fresno State's seniors would go out as conference tournament champions in each season as a Bulldog.
Raegan Pebley and company returned to campus Sunday afternoon with the Mountain West tournament trophy in hand, confirming what we already know: Fresno State will be going dancing for the seventh straight season. They won't know who they'll play in the first round, or even where, until Monday afternoon. But Fresno State's senior leadership knows it had a big hand in something special for the program.
The road to Nashville, Tennessee, will begin later this week. Fresno State learns its first round opponent and location Monday afternoon at 4 p.m. Pacific, during the NCAA Tournament Selection Show.