For first time since 1985, both Nevada schools head to same Big Dance

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RENO (AP) - For the first time since 1985, Nevada and U-N-L-V
have made the same field of the N-C-Double A tournament.
Nevada of the Western Athletic Conference and U-N-L-V of the
Mountain West Conference both enter the first round of the
tournament Friday as Number Seven seeds against Number Ten seeds.
U-N-L-V opens in Chicago against the Atlantic Coast Conference's
Georgia Tech, while Nevada begins in New Orleans against the
Missouri Valley Conference's Creighton.
It will mark U-N-L-V's first N-C-Double A trip since 2000 and
15th overall, and Nevada's fourth straight tournament appearance
and sixth overall.
U-N-L-V coach Lon Kruger says he was surprised the Running
Rebels did not end up with a higher seed after winning nine of
their last 10 games. U-N-L-V earned the conference's automatic
tournament bid after defeating regular-season champion B-Y-U in the
tournament championship.
Fox says he does not think the Wolf Pack's loss to Utah State in
the tournament semifinals cost the team in the seeding process.
Nevada, the regular-season WAC champion, landed an at-large bid.
The Nevada-Creighton winner will play the Memphis-North Texas
winner, while the U-N-L-V--Georgia Tech winner will face the
Wisconsin-Texas A and M-Corpus Christi winner.

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