NCAA Tournament March Madness

#287 Northern Arizona

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Projection: need to automatically qualify

The picture is pretty clear for a team like Northern Arizona. With no marquee wins and a series of tough losses, including blowouts against powerhouses like Connecticut and significant defeats at the hands of solid teams such as Grand Canyon and Northern Colorado, the team’s tournament prospects are on thin ice. Their mixed results within the Big Sky also don't help, particularly with losses against lower-tier teams within their conference, which raises questions about their consistency and ability to compete under pressure. Their case isn’t boosted by the defensive issues evident in high-scoring games lost and the inability to secure wins against stronger conference opponents such as Montana and Weber State. To punch a ticket to the dance, this team would need to make a convincing run through the Big Sky tournament and secure that automatic bid, as their current season does not present a strong enough at-large resume.

Date Opponent Ranking Outcome
11/12@Grand Canyon45L89-55
11/29@UC Santa Barbara214L70-59
12/6@Abilene Chr192W78-76
12/9@Incarnate Word347W76-75
12/16Southern Utah254W76-74
12/20@San Francisco89L91-51
12/30@N Colorado205L92-77
1/3@NE Omaha268L81-55
1/6North Dakota250W74-73
1/11@Montana St204L79-50
1/18Portland St249W84-65
1/20CS Sacramento305W70-61
1/27@E Washington143L85-70
2/1Weber St163L72-70
2/3Idaho St264L81-79
2/10Montana St204W76-71
2/15@CS Sacramento305W73-58
2/17@Portland St249L83-68
2/22E Washington143W78-71
2/29@Idaho St264W92-88
3/2@Weber St163L85-58
3/4N Colorado205L82-74
3/9(N)Idaho St264L68-60