NCAA Tournament March Madness

#256 CS Bakersfield

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Projection: need to automatically qualify

CS Bakersfield has had its ups and downs this season, with a few bright spots, including that razor-thin victory over Southern Utah and a couple of convincing wins against Cal Poly and CS Northridge. However, the Roadrunners' record doesn't tell the story of a team charging into March Madness with momentum. The losses to higher-tier competition like USC, California, and Gonzaga, while expected, didn't offer the signature win that could buff up their credentials. Furthermore, the splits with UC Riverside and the losses to teams like UC Santa Barbara and Long Beach State don't bolster their case. Their defense, which seems to be more capable, wasn't enough to overcome the offensive struggles seen throughout the season against quality opponents. Considering this, the team's pathway to the Big Dance likely hinges on a run through the conference tournament to grab that automatic bid, because as it stands, they've left too much on the table to be seriously considered for an at-large berth.

Date Opponent Ranking Outcome
11/6Southern Utah254W73-72
11/20(N)CS Sacramento305W75-71
11/22(N)Tarleton St112L59-40
12/9@South Dakota321L78-73
12/15@Fresno St208L61-58
12/19South Dakota321W96-76
12/28@UC San Diego125L76-64
12/30UC Irvine73L75-56
1/11@UC Santa Barbara214L66-64
1/13@UC Davis170L78-71
1/18UC Riverside210W80-56
1/20Cal Poly339W65-53
1/25@CS Northridge221W64-56
1/27@CS Fullerton245L68-50
2/1Long Beach St157W82-76
2/3UC Santa Barbara214L70-59
2/8@UC Riverside210L65-63
2/10CS Fullerton245W73-71
2/15CS Northridge221L76-71
2/17@UC Irvine73L77-71
2/22@Long Beach St157L79-66
2/24UC Davis170W75-56
2/29UC San Diego125W70-57
3/2@Cal Poly339W68-56
3/13(N)UC Riverside210L83-78