NCAA Tournament March Madness

#165 SF Austin

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Projection: need to automatically qualify

Stephen F. Austin's NCAA tournament hopes hinge on an automatic bid, because their overall season doesn't do them any favors in terms of an at-large argument. The highlights of their campaign include a surprising win against Drake and solid efforts against in-conference rivals like Seattle and UT Arlington, showcasing their potential to upset higher-ranked teams when they hit their stride. However, losses to the likes of Tarleton State and Cal Baptist, coupled with an inability to consistently handle teams around their level like Louisiana Tech or Grand Canyon, speak volumes. The inconsistent nature of their offense and defense throughout the season adds to the uncertainty around their performance in pressure situations, which they will undoubtedly face in their quest for the conference title and the automatic tournament bid that comes with it. Their path forward requires not only winning their conference tournament but doing so with the kind of conviction and consistency they've lacked at key moments during the season.

Date Opponent Ranking Outcome
11/13@Northwestern LA325W96-70
11/19(N)Loy Marymount242W86-76
11/21(N)Utah St47L79-49
11/29Tarleton St112L68-66
12/2@Abilene Chr192W79-74
12/5Louisiana Tech95L56-49
12/19New Mexico St260W75-72
12/29New Orleans338W80-51
1/6UT Arlington116W92-73
1/11@Utah Tech281L75-70
1/13@Southern Utah254W84-82
1/25Grand Canyon45L53-51
1/27Cal Baptist196L81-79
2/1Utah Valley174W77-72
2/3@Tarleton St112L75-64
2/10@UT Arlington116L71-63
2/17Abilene Chr192L63-62
2/24@Utah Valley174L71-62
2/29@Cal Baptist196W62-60
3/2@Grand Canyon45L80-58
3/7Southern Utah254W87-60
3/9Utah Tech281W84-71
3/13Abilene Chr192W60-57
3/14(N)UT Arlington116L109-78