NCAA Tournament March Madness

#290 S Carolina St

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Projection: need to automatically qualify

South Carolina State's portfolio doesn't pack the punch needed to waltz into the tournament without the dance ticket that comes from clinching their conference championship. The Bulldogs' performance in the non-conference slate highlighted the gulf between them and some higher-tier teams - heavy losses to groups like South Florida and Pittsburgh invigorated skeptics. Moreover, narrow escapes against teams near the bottom of the pack, and unfortunate stumbles in their conference outings - particularly the defeat to a struggling Delaware State in the conference tournament - further dent their chances. Let's not mince words; their resilience in snapping up wins in tight games is commendable, but when the selection committee peers over their record, they're unlikely to get a nod based on that strength of schedule and performance against higher-caliber opponents. The Bulldogs will need to clinch that automatic berth in future to punch their ticket to the Big Dance.

Date Opponent Ranking Outcome
11/9@South Florida72L96-52
11/13North Florida207W87-77
11/25@Missouri St134L92-74
12/2@Charleston So318L66-64
12/18@UNC Asheville156L79-75
12/31@Oklahoma St128L86-70
1/6Norfolk St234L79-72
1/20NC Central258W71-68
1/27@Delaware St274W66-64
1/29@MD E Shore333W63-53
2/3Morgan St324L72-70
2/5Coppin St354W77-65
2/10Chicago St310W78-55
2/17@Norfolk St234L71-67
2/24Delaware St274W69-62
2/26MD E Shore333W64-56
3/2@Morgan St324W72-61
3/4@Coppin St354W61-58
3/7@NC Central258L79-68
3/14(N)Delaware St274L71-58