FAIRBORN, Ohio (AP) -- DaShaun Wood was shocked when new Wright State coach Brad Brownell stood before his team for the first time and said the Raiders were going to the NCAA tournament.
Today, Wood is celebrating the school's second-ever trip to the NCAA tournament. He scored 27 points and Will Graham hit four free throws in the last 12 seconds to lead the Raiders past Number 19 Butler 60-55 in the Horizon League tournament.
It shouldn't have been a surprise for Wright State. Brownell led UNC Wilmington to the NCAA tournament last season for the second time in his four years as a head coach.
The Raiders' only previous trip to the NCAA tournament in their 20 years in Division I came in 1993, when they were pounded 97-54 by Indiana in the first round after capturing the Mid-Continent Conference tournament title.