NCAA Tournament March Madness

#45 McNeese St

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Projected seed: 13 (automatic qualifier)

This McNeese State squad is an intriguing team, boasting a strong overall record with only a few stumbles along the way. Their resume features a credible road win against VCU and a convincing victory over Michigan, signaling they can compete with solid programs. However, losses to teams like Western Carolina and Southeastern Louisiana expose some inconsistency, and a closer look at their season reveals a schedule largely consisting of lower-tier competition. Considering the southland conference doesn't carry the weight of a major conference, these wins, though numerous, don't drastically elevate their profile. A lack of high-quality wins combined with a so-so defense metric potentially undermines their dark horse status. They'll likely need to rely on their conference tournament success to solidify an NCAA bid, as they are expected to do, but once in, could present a challenge to an overconfident higher-seed opponent in the early rounds.

Date Opponent Ranking Outcome
11/18@W Carolina112L76-74
11/21(N)Texas St189W59-48
11/22@Louisiana Tech81L71-62
12/2TN Martin180W91-80
12/13Southern Miss214W67-48
1/6@TX A&M Commerce326W73-67
1/8@Northwestern LA319W68-59
1/13SE Louisiana293W74-65
1/20@Incarnate Word340W80-66
1/22@TAM C. Christi155W62-61
1/27New Orleans344W102-65
1/29Northwestern LA319W89-65
2/3@SE Louisiana293L77-74
2/5TX A&M Commerce326W77-51
2/10TAM C. Christi155W74-67
2/12@Houston Chr353W105-54
2/17@Nicholls St272W74-47
2/24Incarnate Word340W87-71
3/2Nicholls St272W83-62
3/4Houston Chr35398%
3/6@New Orleans34493%