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NCAA pairs Vanderbilt, MTSU for 1st game in years

By The Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) ' Turns out the NCAA tournament can bring rivals together. Just look at Vanderbilt and Middle Tennessee.

The schools are separated by about 40 miles but haven't played a game since 1992. Vandy plays in the Southeastern Conference and really doesn't need another tough game. Middle Tennessee from the Sun Belt is making its 15th NCAA trip.

Middle Tennessee coach Rick Insell said Saturday he has tried to schedule a game with the Commodores.

Vanderbilt's Melanie Balcomb simply says they get to play now.

No. 10-seeded Middle Tennessee (26-6) plays seventh-seeded Vanderbilt (22-9) on Sunday at Memorial Gym in the Fresno Region.

No. 2 Duke (24-5) will face No. 15 Samford (20-11) in the other game in Nashville. Insell would like to play Vanderbilt regularly but says conflicts have hurt scheduling.

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