13.3.17

WIN ENOUGH TO KEEP PLAYING.

The University of Toledo women's basketball team will be representing the Mid-American Conference in the NCAA Tournament.

Along the way, they spoiled Senior Night at Northern Illinois University.


But the youngsters got a sack race out of the event.


And Northern Illinois will be the host institution for the collegiate golf tournament to take place just off the Way of the Zephyrs in the latter half of May.  Thus a spectator gets a chance to sink a looooong putt on a slick surface to get a pass to the event.


The target is a standard miniature golf hole, with a model of the collegiate golf trophy above it.  I'd rather take my chances with a tatty piece of all-weather carpet and a windmill than with attempting this shot.

Then Toledo won a play-in game at home, and three games in Cleveland against higher-seeded teams, including a final game that Northern Illinois led after thirty minutes, to get into the Big Dance.

The Smart Types had Toledo in as a thirteen seed or so.  They will play as a ten seed to Creighton's seven.  Something about the body of work outside the conference plus that tournament run must have looked good.

Northern Illinois accomplished enough during the season and conference tournament to get an invitation to the National Invitational Tournament.  They open at Brookings, South Dakota, in South Dakota State's arena.  Four other Mid-American teams, season leader Central Michigan, runners-up Ohio and Ball State, and Kent State will also play.

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