The Women's National Invitational Tournament doesn't seed its teams when placed in the bracket.
If it did, Mississippi State women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer believes Southern Mississippi would have been one of the higher seeds of the event.
With a 27-6 overall record, the Golden Eagles have one of the better marks in the field and that has gotten Schaefer's attention.
"Quite frankly, they deserve to be in the Big Dance," Schaefer said. "They are probably the 65th team in the NCAA Tournament. They probably deserve an at-large. They've played well all year. They play a good schedule and (USM coach) Joy-Lee (McNelis) does a good job. They've got a bunch of good players."
The Bulldogs will see those players once again this season when MSU and Southern Miss meet in the second round of the WNIT tonight. The outing between in-state opponents tips at 7 p.m. inside Humphrey Coliseum.
One of the six losses handed to the Golden Eagles were by the Bulldogs last Dec. 14.
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