NCAA Tournament March Madness

#72 UC Irvine

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Projected seed: 13 (automatic qualifier)

UC Irvine's standing as a bracket contender is hard-earned with a collection of wins that demand respect, even if they haven't consistently dominated the most elite competition. Their marquee victory over a solid USC team stands out as a prime example of their potential to pull off an upset, showcasing their ability to step up in bigger games. They also held their own in a nail-biter against San Diego State, proving they can go toe-to-toe with tournament-caliber teams. Still, tough losses, like the one to UC Riverside, highlight the occasional inconsistency that can plague them. As they approach the end of season play, it's crucial for them to maintain their dominance within the Big West and capitalize on the opportunity to boost their case by avoiding potential pitfalls against lower-ranked conference foes. A robust performance in the conference tournament will be key to solidifying their spot and seeding in the Big Dance.

Date Opponent Ranking Outcome
11/7@San Jose St254L72-64
11/11New Mexico St256W91-74
12/2@Utah St42L79-69
12/9@San Diego St20L63-62
12/16South Dakota312W121-78
12/20@New Mexico37L78-65
12/28UC Riverside230W73-66
12/30@CS Bakersfield246W75-56
1/4CS Fullerton237W75-67
1/6UC Davis194W74-71
1/18UC San Diego122W76-65
1/20@UC Davis194L54-52
1/25@Long Beach St159W72-61
1/27CS Northridge228W77-72
2/1@Cal Poly342W73-59
2/8@UC Santa Barbara199W76-61
2/10@UC Riverside230L88-78
2/17CS Bakersfield246W77-71
2/22UC Santa Barbara199W81-69
2/24@UC San Diego122L92-88
2/29@CS Northridge228W89-64
3/2Long Beach St159W82-61
3/7Cal Poly34296%
3/9@CS Fullerton23773%