NCAA Tournament March Madness

#135 E Washington

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Projected seed: 15 (automatic qualifier)

Eastern Washington's tournament projection comes down to their status as a classic Big Sky contender: dominant within their lower-tier conference, but visibly struggling against higher competition. Although they've had a sturdy season against their customary rivals, their defeats against Utah, Mississippi, Cincinnati, and other stronger opposition highlight a gap in level of play. Defensive frailties, especially, could be worrisome in a tournament setting where they'd face offensively potent teams. Their hope hinges on securing the Big Sky tournament championship, which traditionally offers a 15-seed spot to its victor, as their non-conference losses and ho-hum metrics don't bode well for an at-large bid. A close look at their clashes with Weber State and their loss to Montana State illustrate that when tested, their vulnerabilities come to the foreā€”something they'll need to patch up if they indeed punch their ticket to the dance.

Date Opponent Ranking Outcome
11/6@Utah69L101-66
11/10@Mississippi58L75-64
11/12@Cincinnati64L85-73
11/17@Stanford133L95-70
11/27@Washington St43L82-72
11/29@USC116L106-78
12/9@Air Force290W73-68
12/18@Cal Poly342W62-53
12/21@Washington86L73-66
12/28Portland St249W91-57
12/30CS Sacramento314W87-61
1/3@South Dakota312W93-79
1/6N Dakota St275W91-83
1/13@Idaho310W79-58
1/18@Weber St146W80-78
1/20@Idaho St270W79-67
1/25N Colorado203W77-74
1/27Northern Arizona279W85-70
2/1@Montana St251L70-60
2/3@Montana151W78-65
2/5@Portland St249W90-77
2/10Idaho310W87-79
2/15Idaho St270W88-82
2/17Weber St146L90-84
2/22@Northern Arizona279L78-71
2/24@N Colorado203W85-76
2/29Montana151W89-79
3/2Montana St251W108-104
3/4@CS Sacramento31473%