Tennessee didn’t have to sweat out Selection Sunday.
The Volunteers, who earned a share of the SEC regular season title and reached the SEC Tournament Championship Game, were a lock to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2014.
The Vols, seeded No. 3 in the South Region, will face No. 14 Wright State in the opening round.
Here are 5 things to know about the Raiders.
How Wright State got here
Wright State, which finished second in the Horizon League regular season, secured the automatic bid by beating No. 8 seed Cleveland State in the conference tournament final. The Raiders perhaps caught a break when Cleveland State knocked off No. 1 seed Northern Kentucky in the quarterfinals.
What a moment.
Wright State celebrates its Horizon League championship with teammate Ryan Custer, who suffered a critical spinal cord injury last year. pic.twitter.com/o7z2K7cO87
— ESPN (@espn) March 7, 2018
NCAA Tournament history
This is the Raiders’ third appearance in the NCAA Tournament, and first since 2007. They are 0-2.
Wright State started the season 0-3, but closed the season on an 18-4 run thanks primarily to defense and controlling the pace. The Raiders held 24 opponents to 67 points or fewer.
Must stop: Loudon Love
Grant Benzinger, a senior guard, leads the Raiders in scoring (14.5), but freshman center Loudon Love is the Raiders’ most versatile player.
Love, nearly immovable in the post at 6-9, 275 pounds, is second on the team in scoring (12.9) and leads the Raiders in rebounds (9.8).
Did you know?
Horizon League teams have done damage in the NCAA Tournament. Most famously, Butler reached the NCAA Championship Game in back-to-back seasons in 2010 and 2011.