NCAA Tournament March Madness

#345 Ark Pine Bluff

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Projection: need to automatically qualify

Ark Pine Bluff's tourney hopes are hanging by a thread, and it's clear that their ticket can only be punched the hard way: by winning their conference tournament. This season showcased vulnerabilities, especially on defense, where they've had a rough time keeping opponents in check, including high-scoring affairs that didn't go their way against powerhouses like Connecticut and Gonzaga. They've also had a rough time within their own backyard, dropping games to conference foes like Alabama State and Jackson State. Streaky performances against teams around their level—like splitting the series against Texas Southern and Prairie View—highlight the inconsistency that's plagued them. To punch their ticket, it's all or nothing at the conference showdown. The Golden Lions must sharpen up, especially on defense, and carry the momentum from their wins into the tournament where every game is win or go home.

Date Opponent Ranking Outcome
11/13@Cent Arkansas336W85-83
11/18Incarnate Word347L100-81
11/24@Ball St266L92-74
12/12@South Florida72L104-86
1/6Alabama A&M331L63-62
1/8Alabama St320L83-72
1/13@TX Southern275W70-67
1/20Florida A&M342W99-97
1/27@Southern Univ286L80-66
2/3@MS Valley St362W83-77
2/5@Prairie View343L75-74
2/10Alcorn St289L68-56
2/12Jackson St306L76-63
2/17@Alabama St320W80-74
2/19@Alabama A&M331L75-67
2/24Prairie View343W72-59
2/26TX Southern275L77-70
3/2MS Valley St362W78-69
3/7@Jackson St306L89-84
3/9@Alcorn St289L104-95