Neither Alabama State nor Morehead State has been to the NCAA Tournament recently. But Alabama State’s five-year absence pales to that of Morehead State, which hasn’t made the field for a quarter century. The teams meet tonight at 7:30 (ESPN) in the opening round of the tournament in Dayton for the right to take on top-seeded Louisville Friday.
Morehead was defeated by Louisville in the second round of that appearance in 1984 after the Eagles had eliminated North Carolina A&T.
Morehead State (19-15) qualified for the tournament by winning the Ohio Valley Conference tournament, defeating Austin Peay, 67-65, in double overtime on Steve Peterson’s jump shot with 1.4 seconds left. Morehead is led by Leon Buchanan who averages 15.1 points per game.
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Louisville women’s coach Jeff Walz announced Monday that the University of Tennessee will be U of L’s opponent when the new Downtown Arena opens in November 2010. He also indicated the two schools will begin a three-game series next season.