Monday, 18 March 2019 22:33

Bracket show gaffe reveals Maine's NCAA Tournament opponent hours early

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ORONO - When Maine women's basketball saw it's name flash onto the screen of the NCAA Tournament bracket reveal show it was excited, but not surprised. 

“Of course I was sleeping when it was leaked. I mean I woke up Blanca called me and I was like "what’s going on," and she’s like "you got to get here," and I was like "oh my gosh did I miss it," so I missed it,” guard Tanesha Sutton said.


The early wake up call came because ESPN moved up its bracket reveal show from 7 p.m. to 5 p.m. The last second change came after the worldwide leader mistakenly aired the brackets earlier in the day.


In a statement ESPN said, "“In working with the NCAA to prepare for tonight’s Women’s Selection Special we received the bracket, similar to years past. In the midst of our preparation, the bracket was mistakenly posted on ESPNU. We deeply regret the error and extend our apology to the NCAA and the women’s basketball community. We will conduct a thorough review of our process to ensure it doesn’t happen in the future."


“I called my parents to let them know the show would be at five and they were the ones that told me we’d be playing NC State so definitely unorthodox for sure,” guard Parise Rossignol said. 


Maine will play North Carolina State in the first round of the big dance in what will be a rematch from earlier this season. The Wolfpack dominated the Black Bears beating them by 42 points.


“I’m excited to see our kids get another chance at them I don’t think they got our best shot the first time around so we’ll see how we do,” head coach Amy Vachon said. 


The path to a second straight NCAA Tournament has been different for Maine it believes its second go around in the tourney will be different as well.


“It was just different for us it was special but this year I feel like we know what to expect so we can focus all our attention just on the game,” Rossignol said. 

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