Southern University (20-12) plays in the shadow of SEC territory but for at least one day it will be on equal footing with the Power Five conference. The Lady Jaguars have drawn a no. 16 seed in the NCAA Tournament and will face no. 1 seed Mississippi State (30-2).
In a strange twist, ESPN accidentally revealed the brackets on television ahead of the 7 pm show that was scheduled. With the cat out of the bag, the network announced the pairings at 5 pm instead.
The Lady Bulldogs will host the first and second round games in the Portland Region, its game with Southern will be played on Friday.
Southern won the SWAC Tournament Championship against Jackson State after finishing the year as regular season champs.