NCAA Tournament March Madness

#216 Lamar

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Projection: need to automatically qualify

Without a doubt, Lamar's path to the Big Dance hinges on securing the automatic bid that comes with winning the Southland Conference Tournament. Despite a respectable overall season, what sticks out is the lack of signature wins against top-tier opponents, with losses in their matchups against higher-caliber teams like SMU and LSU, reducing their at-large bid prospects significantly. Conversely, a few blemishes on their record, including losses to lesser-ranked opponents such as Houston Christian and Incarnate Word, weigh down their resume. To solidify their chances, Lamar will need to lean on their offensive capabilities, show up big during the conference tournament, and most importantly, avoid upsets to lower-ranked teams, a vulnerability they've exhibited in-season. Their performance in key matchups, especially within conference play, will be the ultimate factor in punching their ticket to the NCAA tournament.

Date Opponent Ranking Outcome
11/14UT San Antonio277W90-82
11/26(N)Delaware St274W84-81
11/30@UT San Antonio277L86-83
12/3@Sam Houston St139L90-70
12/18Southern Miss229L82-79
1/6Northwestern LA325W90-70
1/8Incarnate Word347W75-59
1/13@Nicholls St233W78-76
1/15@McNeese St43L88-69
1/20@Houston Chr356L78-77
1/22TX A&M Commerce330W76-65
1/27SE Louisiana309W74-64
1/29New Orleans338W98-73
2/3@TAM C. Christi172L79-71
2/10Nicholls St233W75-56
2/12@Incarnate Word347L76-67
2/17@New Orleans338W94-72
2/19@SE Louisiana309W77-72
2/24TAM C. Christi172L75-61
2/26McNeese St43L58-56
3/2@Northwestern LA325W82-77
3/4@TX A&M Commerce330W70-53
3/6Houston Chr356W78-68
3/11(N)New Orleans338W71-57
3/12@McNeese St43L76-57