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DDN: Nagy optimistic going into league tourney

Scott Nagy

Excerpt from the Dayton Daily News

Wright State coach Scott Nagy doesn’t profess to know the complete history of the Horizon League tourney, but he’s aware that what his team is trying to accomplish would be unprecedented.

The Raiders will go into a first-round home game with Green Bay at 7 p.m. Tuesday as the seventh seed, and no team has ever won the title seeded that low.

UIC is the only sixth seed to win the tourney in its 43 years, pulling off three upsets to prevail in 2002 when the league had just nine members.

Another hurdle they’ll have to negotiate is missing out on a bye into the quarterfinals. The only champion that started in the first round and won four straight games was fifth-seeded Milwaukee in 2014.

But none of that matters to Nagy. He led the Raiders to the tourney title last season, and he sees a similar temperament in his squad this year.

“We’d like to be in a different spot, but there’s not a team we don’t think we can beat. Our players know that,” he said.