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Seven MAC women's basketball teams keep season alive by scoring bid to postseason

Ohio is headed to the big dance, while Akron, Ball State, Buffalo, Eastern Michigan, Toledo and Western Michigan all make the WNIT.

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If you think the mid-major hate is bad in men's basketball, then you should really see the atrocities that the NCAA Women's Selection Committee committed last night.

Ohio, the Mid-American Conference's regular season and tournament champion, grabbed a 14-seed and a date with Arizona State even though they had a school record 27 wins in 2014-15. But that's not even the worst: 30-0 Ivy League Champion Princeton came away with an 8-seed.

Really? Really.

But let's not fret too much about the Ivy League's problems when the MAC will send six teams to the WNIT. Ball State was the automatic qualifier as the conference's best team not to make the NC-two A's. The Cards will take on Middle Tennessee State, who is one of the WNIT's top seeds and was a bubble team going into last night's selection show.

Akron will battle with Kansas State, who finished at 18-13 and couldn't keep a hold of the good start they made in the early parts of the season. KSU was 12-1 outside Big 12 play, but the Wildcats only snatched six victories in conference play.

Cha Sweeney and Eastern Michigan will play Drake, who went 20-10 in the regular season and disappointed in the MVC tourney by losing their first game to Evansville.

Toledo will do battle with the Horizon League's runner-up Wright State, Western Michigan will play Arkansas State and the Buffalo women will play West Virginia, just like the men, only a tournament lower.

The MAC has no bids to the 16-team Women's Basketball Invitational.

Ohio takes on the third-seeded Sun Devils on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET.

The WNIT starts on Wednesday with five games taking place and one MAC team in action, which will be Western Michigan. Ball State, Akron and Buffalo play on Thursday, and Toledo and Eastern Michigan help finish off the first round on Friday.