NCAA Tournament March Madness

#183 N Kentucky

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Projection: need to automatically qualify

Northern Kentucky's run this season presents a mixed bag when under the microscope of tournament expectations. While they have shown resilience with noteworthy wins, the losses against higher-tier opponents highlight a need to prove they can compete on a larger scale. The defeat at the hands of a strong St. Mary's CA team showed the potential gap in execution between them and the elite bracket contenders, whereas the inconsistency displayed in games against conference rivals like Youngstown State and Wright State hint at a vulnerability that could be exposed in a high-stakes tournament setting. Success in the Horizon League Tournament is paramount for a squad with this profile to punch their ticket to the dance, as their overall body of work likely won't sway the committee in their favor for an at-large bid. The lack of marquee victories and setbacks against non-tournament caliber teams means they would need to secure their conference's automatic berth to find themselves in the conversation come Selection Sunday.

Date Opponent Ranking Outcome
11/22TAM C. Christi172W88-73
11/25LIU Brooklyn344W72-64
11/29Robert Morris316W77-59
12/6@Illinois St179L62-59
12/17@E Kentucky195W85-75
12/21@St Mary's CA39L92-56
1/4Youngstown St141W79-76
1/7@Cleveland St202L88-85
1/18WI Milwaukee231W90-72
1/20WI Green Bay223W74-52
1/28@Youngstown St141L82-52
2/4Wright St166L85-78
2/14@WI Green Bay223W58-57
2/17@WI Milwaukee231L73-72
2/22Cleveland St202W75-73
2/28@Robert Morris316W70-60
3/2@Wright St166L94-88
3/7@Wright St166W99-97
3/11(N)WI Milwaukee231L82-75