NCAA Tournament March Madness

#221 CS Northridge

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Projection: need to automatically qualify

CS Northridge's resume leaves them squarely in the territory of needing to snatch the Big West's automatic bid to have a shot at dancing this March. Despite some promising wins, their overall body of work isn't exceptional. They did manage to pull off a surprising win against UCLA, which is noteworthy, and earned solid victories over the likes of Hawaii and Long Beach State. However, losses against teams at the lower end of the Division I spectrum, such as Le Moyne and CS Bakersfield, hurt their case. Additionally, the Matadors' inconsistency, as evidenced by their inability to handle UC Irvine and UC Davis in crucial matchups, further indicates that their performance in the conference tournament will be pivotal. Their defense is a particular concern, having struggled in several games - a potential Achilles' heel in high-pressure, win-or-go-home situations. Their path forward is clear: win the Big West Tournament and earn that automatic bid, because an at-large invite is all but out of reach.

Date Opponent Ranking Outcome
11/14@Chicago St310W74-64
11/21Le Moyne311L80-70
11/24MS Valley St362W84-48
12/2@N Colorado205L75-71
12/11Utah Tech281W80-75
12/22Montana St204W82-70
12/28@Cal Poly339W83-73
12/30@Long Beach St157W84-68
1/11@UC Davis170L95-75
1/13CS Fullerton245W76-71
1/18UC Santa Barbara214L97-69
1/20@UC Riverside210L82-63
1/25CS Bakersfield256L64-56
1/27@UC Irvine73L77-72
2/1@UC San Diego125L83-62
2/3UC Riverside210W76-70
2/8Cal Poly339W78-65
2/10@UC Santa Barbara214W82-74
2/15@CS Bakersfield256W76-71
2/17Long Beach St157L87-73
2/22UC Davis170L66-65
2/24@CS Fullerton245W65-60
2/29UC Irvine73L89-64
3/2UC San Diego125L79-69
3/13(N)UC Santa Barbara214W87-84