NCAA Tournament March Madness

#210 UC Riverside

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Projection: need to automatically qualify

UC Riverside's season has been a roller coaster, with more spills than thrills, leaving them in a precarious spot when it comes to hoping for an at-large bid. Their marquee matchups turned into missed chances, taking hard losses to high-caliber teams like North Carolina and others in the top tier of the rankings. Beating teams like UC Irvine and Long Beach State late in the season showed flashes of potential, but those victories are dimmed by the inconsistency that led to losses against squads like CS Bakersfield and CS Northridge. Their only ticket to the Big Dance is definitely winning their conference tournament; they've shown they have the potential to beat anyone in their league when they're on their game, but getting that automatic bid is essential because their resume doesn't stack up for an at-large berth.

Date Opponent Ranking Outcome
11/17@North Carolina5L77-52
11/21(N)WI Green Bay223W74-68
11/22@Montana St204L69-68
12/3North Dakota250W68-62
12/6@Washington St49L86-49
12/16Cal Baptist196L70-69
12/28@UC Irvine73L73-66
12/30UC Santa Barbara214W79-77
1/4UC Davis170L83-63
1/6@Long Beach St157L83-75
1/11Cal Poly339W71-56
1/18@CS Bakersfield256L80-56
1/20CS Northridge221W82-63
1/25@UC San Diego125L66-65
1/27Long Beach St157L65-53
2/3@CS Northridge221L76-70
2/8CS Bakersfield256W65-63
2/10UC Irvine73W88-78
2/15@CS Fullerton245W81-73
2/17@UC Davis170W67-61
2/22UC San Diego125L77-65
2/24@Cal Poly339W84-78
3/7CS Fullerton245W84-74
3/9@UC Santa Barbara214W81-64
3/13(N)CS Bakersfield256W83-78
3/14(N)Long Beach St157L86-67