NCAA Tournament March Madness

#196 Cal Baptist

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Projection: need to automatically qualify

While Cal Baptist has shown they can handle some of their mid-tier competition, the lack of consistency is a red flag. Their resume features some decent wins against teams like Tarleton State and SF Austin, but they have stumbled against rivals they should be handling, like Utah Tech and Seattle. The close loss to a higher-tier opponent like Grand Canyon demonstrates they can punch above their weight class on a good day, but their inability to regularly beat similarly ranked teams sends a clear message about their current state. Repeated losses to Utah Valley and a disappointing performance against Seattle in a neutral setting underscore that this team will likely need to secure their conference tournament title to punch their ticket to the Big Dance, given the ups and downs of their season.

Date Opponent Ranking Outcome
11/10Jackson St306W80-66
11/17Portland St249L66-63
11/18St Thomas MN173W66-62
11/19Cal Poly339W67-58
11/29@Southern Utah254W91-66
12/6Utah Tech281L72-69
12/16@UC Riverside210W70-69
12/27Chicago St310W74-62
12/30@New Mexico St260L66-61
1/4@Utah Valley174L65-58
1/11Tarleton St112W77-63
1/13Abilene Chr192W68-53
1/20Southern Utah254W83-76
1/27@SF Austin165W81-79
2/8UT Arlington116W64-63
2/10@Utah Tech281L85-78
2/15Utah Valley174L69-46
2/17@Grand Canyon45L79-76
2/22@Abilene Chr192L71-65
2/24@Tarleton St112L82-65
2/29SF Austin165L62-60
3/7@UT Arlington116L71-57
3/9Grand Canyon45L68-47
3/13@Utah Valley174W74-63