By virtue of capturing the Colonial Athletic Association tournament and the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA tournament, Towson did not have to worry about its bubble bursting on Sunday night.
The Tigers (11-5) will tangle with Southern Conference champion High Point (10-6) in one of two play-in games on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Johnny Unitas Stadium.
Because Towson has one of the four lowest RPIs in the field, the team is forced to take part in the play-in game where it will meet a Panthers squad that has won four straight contests.
The Tigers are 1-1 against High Point, dropping a 9-7 decision on Feb. 8, 2013 and grabbing an 11-8 victory on Feb. 8, 2014. The winner of the Wednesday's game will take on No. 1 seed Notre Dame (10-2) on Saturday at 5 p.m.
Here are some instant reactions from Towson coach Shawn Nadelen:
How comforting was it to know that the program wasn't on the bubble for the NCAA tournament?
It helps. I've been in those situations before and you're holding your breath because you don't know until your name pops up. Winning and getting the automatic bid, we knew we were in. It was just a matter of where. We kind of expected to be where they put us and could move forward from there. So having that in your back pocket definitely allows you to watch the show with a little bit more comfort than being on the edge of your seat.
The winner gets the "reward" of taking on Notre Dame in the first round. How daunting is that task?
Obviously, we'll face that when we get there. We're just focusing on High Point. I can't say what that's going to be like. We've got to be able to get through High Point on Wednesday before we can go from there.
Is playing on Wednesday after winning two games in three days in the CAA tournament last weekend a hardship?
We had to travel up to Fairfield. So we had to travel along with playing two really tough games. UMass was a tough, physical game, which it always is with UMass, and we won, 9-8. So it's taxing physically, mentally and emotionally. But our guys are excited, and we're doing everything we can to put our bodies in the best position to operate at a high level. Obviously, we've got to put the prep work in to get familiar with High Point and figure out those guys as quickly as possible.