NCAA Tournament March Madness

#258 NC Central

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Projection: need to automatically qualify

NC Central's season has been a roller coaster with ups and downs against various levels of competition. Their track record against more robust teams like Kansas and Georgia displays the struggles they face when stepping up in class. Although there have been bright spots in conference play, including victories over teams like Norfolk State and Howard, inconsistency is a red flag, particularly with losses to lower-ranked opponents such as South Carolina State and Morgan State. To make noise in the NCAA tournament, it's all about peaking at the right time, but the mixed results against their conference peers indicate that they need to capture the conference tournament crown to punch their ticket to the big dance. Their defense hasn't been suffocating enough to stifle top-tier offenses, and offensive output has been unpredictable, which can be a dangerous combo in a do-or-die scenario. The best bet for this team is to tighten up both ends of the court and go on a run during the conference tournament where their fate is squarely in their own hands.

Date Opponent Ranking Outcome
11/26@Coastal Car315W70-58
12/2SC Upstate303L85-82
12/12@NC A&T335W67-62
1/8Norfolk St234W60-58
1/20@S Carolina St290L71-68
1/27@MD E Shore333W65-57
1/29@Delaware St274W69-66
2/3Coppin St354W77-46
2/5Morgan St324L79-72
2/19@Norfolk St234L80-74
2/24MD E Shore333W88-55
2/26Delaware St274W93-81
3/2@Coppin St354W83-58
3/4@Morgan St324L88-79
3/7S Carolina St290W79-68
3/13(N)MD E Shore333W87-81
3/15(N)Delaware St274L71-58