(WIBW) - A year after missing the NCAA Tournament, the Kansas State women are ready to dance once again.
K-State is the No. 9 seed in the Albany, New York regional and will face the No. 8 seed in Michigan on Friday at 1 p.m. in Louisville. This game is scheduled to be televised on either ESPN2 or ESPN3.
The Wildcats won six of their last seven games to finish 21-11 and clinch their 16th NCAA Tournament appearance. KSU holds an all-time record of 13-15 in the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats advanced to the second round back in 2017.
Michigan is making its second-straight tournament appearance. The Wolverines have won 21 games as well.
The winner between Kansas State and Michigan will take on either top-seeded Louisville or the No. 16 seed in Robert Morris on Sunday.
Most of the women's basketball world found out the entire bracket much earlier than anticipated. It was leaked hours before the selection show, which airs on ESPN. ESPN released a statement addressing the mistake.
“In working with the NCAA to prepare for tonight’s Women’s Selection Special we received the bracket, similar to years past," ESPN's statement read. "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."
Even though many knew who was going where early, Kansas State players and coaches claim they still didn't know and had a genuine reaction when they found out their destination.