03/13/2012 06:18 pm ET Updated Mar 13, 2012

Mississippi Valley State vs. Western Kentucky LIVE: Winner Plays Kentucky In NCAA Tournament 2012

The 2012 NCAA Tournament tips off tonight with..

No. 16 Miss. Valley State


No. 16 Western Kentucky

6:40 PM ET
Dayton, OH

Western Kentucky, a team with a losing record that even struggled attract a large crowd with a dollar-ticket promotion, takes on a Mississippi Valley State squad that had a 17-game winning streak in the regular season for a chance to play Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament.

The Hilltoppers had a miserable start to the season, losing 11 of their first 16 games and even fired head coach Ken McDonald. But, with assistant Ray Harper taking the reins, Western Kentucky finished strong and went on to win the Sun Belt Tournament.

Mississippi Valley State, on the other hand, dominated the Southwestern Athletic Conference, won the conference tournament and even rank 51st in the nation in rebounding.

Will the team with a losing record move on to face Kentucky? Or will the Delta Devils end Western Kentucky's incredible run and enter the 64-team field?

Click HERE for Printable 2012 NCAA Tournament Bracket and stay tuned for in-depth coverage of March Madness throughout the tournament.

03/13/2012 9:07 PM EDT

WESTERN KENTUCKY WINS. WHAT A COMEBACK. 59-58 HILLTOPPERS after Burwell misses a 3-pointer from the baseline and Crosby taps it in.

03/13/2012 9:06 PM EDT


he missed the second.

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Crook makes the first. 59-56 WK.

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Burwell makes a quick layup and Joyner fouls Crook. 58-56 with 9.7 seconds left. Crook at the free throw line.

03/13/2012 9:05 PM EDT

Crook makes the second. Two possession game. No timeouts.

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Crook misses the first.

03/13/2012 9:04 PM EDT

Burwell takes a looong 3-pointer and the ball hits the back of the rim and misses. WK gets the rebound and gets fouled. 16.4 seconds left.

03/13/2012 9:04 PM EDT

Price drives through the lane on the inbounds play, makes the layup and DRAWS THE FOUL. WK takes the 2-point lead and Price is going to the free throw line. He makes it to extend the lead to three.

03/13/2012 9:03 PM EDT

Price gets the ball at the post but Crosby knocks it out of bounds.

03/13/2012 9:01 PM EDT

46.3 Seconds Left

Joyner gets the inbound pass, takes it right to the basket but gets BLOCKED. Western Kentucky gets the ball and Gordon puts up a shot, but it gets blocked and a jump ball is called. Possession goes to Western Kentucky. TIMEOUT WESTERN KENTUCKY.