NCAA Tournament March Madness

#194 Tulsa

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Projection: need to automatically qualify

Tulsa's resume doesn't quite scream "at-large bid" when you break it down. The standout win against a solid Loyola-Chicago team certainly catches the eye, but it lands in a sea of inconsistency. The Golden Hurricane have faced setbacks against lower-ranked teams like UT San Antonio and Arkansas Little Rock, which tarnishes their overall profile. Moreover, losses against conference heavyweights such as Memphis, SMU, and a hefty defeat to a high-flying Florida Atlantic don't help the cause. The defensive metrics, lingering towards the wrong end of the spectrum, raise flags about whether they can hold up against the pressure of NCAA tournament-caliber teams. Essentially, without a commanding presence or significant upsets in the American Athletic Conference Tournament, Tulsa's chances seem heavily reliant on clinching the conference title for an automatic ticket to the dance.

Date Opponent Ranking Outcome
11/6Cent Arkansas336W70-53
11/11Incarnate Word347W85-71
11/16Jackson St306W72-52
11/20S Carolina St290W90-70
11/25@Ark Little Rock209L84-82
12/2@Oral Roberts291L79-70
12/10(N)Oklahoma St128L72-57
12/16Missouri St134W73-72
12/19MS Valley St362W79-50
12/22New Mexico St260W65-59
1/7@East Carolina186L62-57
1/17UT San Antonio277W107-78
1/31Wichita St159W79-68
2/3@FL Atlantic31L102-70
2/7North Texas87L68-55
2/14@South Florida72L69-50
2/21@Wichita St159L79-63
2/28@UT San Antonio277L89-73
3/9South Florida72W76-70
3/14(N)East Carolina186L84-79