NCAA Tournament March Madness

#226 Merrimack

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Projection: need to automatically qualify

The Merrimack Warriors have put together a competitive season marked by resilience and a strong showing in the Northeast Conference, which culminates in their necessity to capture the conference title for an NCAA bid. While Merrimack's overall record is solid, especially within their conference, they've had some challenging non-conference outings. Key losses to Vermont and Ohio State early in the season, as well as to Alabama State, exhibit the team's struggles against higher competition, which likely anchors their tournament projection as a potential play-in candidate. However, victories against teams like Massachusetts Lowell and LIU Brooklyn show they can handle pressure and secure important wins. The Warriors' defense has been a high point, giving them an edge in tight games, but their offense must be more consistent to make noise in March. The outcome of the conference tournament will be critical for Merrimack, as their at-large resume isn't strong enough to warrant consideration without that automatic bid. A conference championship would not just secure their ticket to the dance but also provide a boost of confidence that could make them a tricky first-round matchup for any unsuspecting top seed.

Date Opponent Ranking Outcome
11/15@Ohio St48L76-52
11/22(N)NC A&T335W96-73
11/25(N)Alabama St320L66-60
12/2MA Lowell127W74-68
12/30@Boston Univ299L74-63
1/4F Dickinson328W60-56
1/6Sacred Heart307W82-58
1/13@Le Moyne311W66-62
1/15@Central Conn265L75-70
1/27@St Francis PA353W74-55
2/3Central Conn265W71-68
2/8@LIU Brooklyn344W82-79
2/10Le Moyne311W66-50
2/17LIU Brooklyn344W83-68
2/22St Francis PA353W71-60
2/29@F Dickinson328W74-55
3/2@Sacred Heart307L89-85
3/6LIU Brooklyn344W72-66
3/9Le Moyne311W61-51