Bison headed to Dayton for play-in game, Jacks to face Texas in NIT

Summit League champion North Dakota State received a No. 16 seed in the 2019 NCAA Tournament and will face fellow No. 16 seed North Carolina Central in a play-in game Wednesday in Dayton, Ohio.
Summit League champion North Dakota State received a No. 16 seed in the 2019 NCAA Tournament and will face fellow No. 16 seed North Carolina Central in a play-in game Wednesday in Dayton, Ohio.

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Summit League tournament champion North Dakota State received a No. 16 seed in the 2019 NCAA Tournament and will face fellow No. 16 seed North Carolina Central in a play-in game Wednesday in Dayton, Ohio. The winner between the Bison, who captured the 2019 #SummitMBB Championship title as a No. 4 seed, or the Eagles, who won the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Championship as a No. 4 seed, will play No. 1 and top overall seed Duke in Columbia, S.C. 

The Bison (18-15) are making their third appearance in the NCAA Tournament in the last six seasons and were also the last Summit League team to record a victory in the Big Dance after upsetting No. 5 seed Oklahoma in 2014. NDSU defeated the Sooners 80-75 in overtime to advance to the West Region's second round. This is just the second time in league history that the Summit League champion will play in Dayton, Ohio. When the league was known as the Mid-Continent Conference, Oakland defeated Alabama A&M 79-69 during a play-in game in 2005.

This is the third straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament for the Eagles, who also played in a Dayton a season ago, falling 64-46 to Texas Southern during a 2018 play-in game. Tip time is set for 5:40 p.m. CT on Wednesday and TruTV will televise the matchup from Dayton Arena.

Summit League regular season champion South Dakota State (24-16) learned its National Invitational Tournament matchup as well Sunday evening and will play at No. 2 seed Texas in the opening round Tuesday at 8 p.m. CT on ESPN. The Jackrabbits earned a No. 7 seed and will be playing in the postseason event for the second time in program history. Their first appearance was a memorable one as No. 8 seed SDSU toppled No. 1 seed Colorado State 86-76. These two programs have never met on the hardwood and Texas is making its first NIT appearance since 1986.

The winner of Tuesday's game faces the winner of Xavier and Toledo in the NIT's second round. Location, date and time for that game is yet to be determined.

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2018-19 Basketball Media Day
October 19, 2018 2018-19 Basketball Media Day