NCAA Tournament March Madness

#43 McNeese St

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Projected seed: 12 (automatic qualifier)

McNeese State's season has been a showcase of dominance within the Southland Conference and a commendable non-conference performance. The wins over VCU and UAB stand out as impressive feats, evidencing that this squad can hang with, and topple, more recognized mid-major programs; these are the kind of results that catch an eye or two come tournament seeding time. The narrow losses to Western Carolina and Louisiana Tech, while understandable, missed opportunities to further beef up their resume, but they don't drastically impact their overall body of work. What truly defines their season is consistent winning, with only a few hiccups against less challenging competition—something to watch, as consistency is key in the frenzy of March. Winning close games against teams like Louisiana and Lamar proves they can come through in the clutch, an invaluable trait when the pressure's on in the tourney. However, the loss against SE Louisiana is a blemish that stands out, probably preventing them from locking in a slightly higher seed. Overall, their resume reflects a team that can cause a stir in the first round or two, as long as they bring the same level of competition we've seen against their stronger opponents.

Date Opponent Ranking Outcome
11/18@W Carolina114L76-74
11/21(N)Texas St169W59-48
11/22@Louisiana Tech95L71-62
12/2TN Martin185W91-80
12/13Southern Miss229W67-48
1/6@TX A&M Commerce330W73-67
1/8@Northwestern LA325W68-59
1/13SE Louisiana309W74-65
1/20@Incarnate Word347W80-66
1/22@TAM C. Christi172W62-61
1/27New Orleans338W102-65
1/29Northwestern LA325W89-65
2/3@SE Louisiana309L77-74
2/5TX A&M Commerce330W77-51
2/10TAM C. Christi172W74-67
2/12@Houston Chr356W105-54
2/17@Nicholls St233W74-47
2/24Incarnate Word347W87-71
3/2Nicholls St233W83-62
3/4Houston Chr356W87-69
3/6@New Orleans338W81-57
3/13Nicholls St233W92-76