NCAA Tournament March Madness

#229 Southern Miss

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Projection: need to automatically qualify

Southern Miss has had its ups and downs this season, creating a resume that lacks the consistent quality wins needed to punch their ticket to the Big Dance outside of winning their conference tournament. While the victory over UAB stands out as a high point, the lack of follow-up with similar caliber wins is noticeable. Losses to teams like Akron and Mississippi hurt Southern Miss's case, as these were opportunities to show they could hang with and beat tournament-level competition. Moreover, mixed results against Sun Belt Conference teams like Texas State and Louisiana show a team that can compete, but also one that struggles to maintain a level of play high enough to garner an at-large bid. The Eagles' performance in the upcoming Sun Belt tournament is crucial as their ticket will likely have to be an automatic one, earned by cutting down the nets as conference champions.

Date Opponent Ranking Outcome
11/19(N)Utah Valley174L67-65
11/20(N)CS Fullerton245L74-67
11/22S Dakota St146L65-54
11/25@WI Milwaukee231W90-84
12/9Northwestern LA325W83-74
12/13@McNeese St43L67-48
12/30@Ga Southern280L88-67
1/4Georgia St228W79-73
1/6James Madison51W81-71
1/17Arkansas St129W69-66
1/24@Coastal Car315W79-63
1/31@Arkansas St129L78-71
2/3@Texas St169L60-55
2/7Old Dominion296W78-73
2/10W Michigan297W86-54
2/17Texas St169W78-74
2/22South Alabama217L83-64
2/28@South Alabama217L73-70
3/7(N)Texas St169L75-59