NCAA Tournament March Madness

#338 New Orleans

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Projection: need to automatically qualify

New Orleans has had a tough season that's seen them come up short in nearly all of their significant non-conference matchups, which would have been crucial for them to build a respectable resume. Losing to top-tier opponents like Loyola-Chicago and Ohio State might not ring alarm bells, but the inability to pull off wins against middle-of-the-pack teams in their own conference such as Southeastern Louisiana and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi exposes some fundamental weaknesses. Their defensive metrics are particularly worrisome, as the team has struggled to contain its opponents across the board, evidenced by heavy defeats against McNeese State and Northwestern State. These factors culminate in the necessity for New Orleans to secure the Southland Conference title to ensure a spot in the NCAA tournament, as their current resume lacks the sterling win that could sway the selection committee otherwise.

Date Opponent Ranking Outcome
11/20@Oklahoma St128L96-68
11/25(N)North Dakota250L71-69
11/26@Cent Arkansas336W79-74
12/9@San Jose St257L87-82
12/11@San Francisco89L85-72
12/21@Ohio St48L78-36
12/29@SF Austin165L80-51
1/6SE Louisiana309L73-68
1/8TX A&M Commerce330W88-85
1/13TAM C. Christi172W83-80
1/15@Nicholls St233L78-75
1/20Northwestern LA325L92-67
1/22@Houston Chr356L88-80
1/27@McNeese St43L102-65
2/3Incarnate Word347L82-80
2/5Houston Chr356W84-58
2/10@TX A&M Commerce330L89-83
2/12@Northwestern LA325L70-59
2/19Nicholls St233L89-77
2/24@SE Louisiana309L77-67
3/2@Incarnate Word347W87-80
3/4@TAM C. Christi172L73-60
3/6McNeese St43L81-57
3/10(N)SE Louisiana309W78-66