NCAA Tournament March Madness

#245 Norfolk St

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Projection: need to automatically qualify

Norfolk State has put together a solid season, especially within their conference. However, their overall resume is lacking the kind of marquee wins that would grant them a more favorable position come tournament time. Key victories over respectable mid-major competition like VCU are bright spots, showing that they can pull off upsets, which is exactly what they'll need to do in their conference tournament to punch their ticket. Their losses to Illinois State and Stony Brook, while not bad, don't help their cause, nor does the heavy defeat to Tennessee. With the remaining schedule against middle-of-the-pack MEAC competition, there isn't much room to bolster their position, but they also can't afford any slip-ups. The Spartans' success or failure in the upcoming conference tournament games will likely draw the line between making it as an automatic qualifier or watching from the sidelines. Their record is decent for their conference level, but when stacked against a national field, it's clear that a strong finish is essential to secure their spot in the dance.

Date Opponent Ranking Outcome
11/18(N)San Jose St254L77-53
11/25@Wichita St157L80-67
11/28William & Mary322W96-62
12/9@Illinois St163W64-58
12/13@Stony Brook172L84-78
12/21(N)S Dakota St156W84-65
1/6@S Carolina St279W79-72
1/8@NC Central239L60-58
1/27Coppin St355W68-58
1/29Morgan St329W83-73
2/3Delaware St285W65-64
2/5@MD E Shore341L69-60
2/17S Carolina St279W71-67
2/19NC Central239W80-74
2/24@Coppin St355W68-66
2/26@Morgan St329W85-82
3/2@Delaware St285L85-71
3/4MD E Shore34185%