NCAA Tournament March Madness

#321 South Dakota

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Projection: need to automatically qualify

South Dakota's shot at dancing in March hinges entirely on an automatic bid from winning the Summit League tournament. Their season has been a rocky road with a blend of tight wins and some lopsided losses, especially noticeable during out-of-conference play such as the overwhelming defeat at UC Irvine and a close shave with South Dakota State at home. The defensive side of the ball has been a glaring weakness, leaving them vulnerable against teams with potent offenses. They've shown some sparkle in glimpses, notably in a redemption arc against Oral Roberts at home, but consistency hasn't been a strong suit. Their hopes of an at-large bid are hamstrung by that inconsistency and a lack of marquee wins, making their path forward clear: win the conference tournament or bust.

Date Opponent Ranking Outcome
11/26Air Force288L58-57
12/3@W Illinois243W70-68
12/9CS Bakersfield256W78-73
12/16@UC Irvine73L121-78
12/19@CS Bakersfield256L96-76
12/21@San Diego251L69-66
12/29@N Dakota St279W75-66
12/31NE Omaha268L67-51
1/3E Washington143L93-79
1/11@Oral Roberts291L84-66
1/18St Thomas MN173W74-73
1/20S Dakota St146L73-55
1/27@Missouri KC238L81-57
2/1North Dakota250L95-81
2/4@S Dakota St146L70-67
2/15@NE Omaha268L91-84
2/17@St Thomas MN173L83-80
2/22Missouri KC238L82-78
2/24Oral Roberts291W77-76
2/29N Dakota St279W88-68
3/2@North Dakota250L95-66
3/8(N)Oral Roberts291L77-62