NCAA Tournament March Madness

#214 UC Santa Barbara

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Projection: need to automatically qualify

UC Santa Barbara's season has been a rollercoaster, marred by inconsistency that has them sitting on shaky ground. They’ve shown some sparks of potential with wins against teams like Hawaii and Fresno State but have stumbled against other key opponents, typically those with stout defensive records or high-powered offenses. Major setbacks include losses to UC Irvine and UC San Diego, both of which are significant for their tournament resume due to their standing within the conference. Additionally, struggles away from home are notable, highlighted by the losses to UC Riverside and Long Beach State. The most glaring issue has been their performance against higher-ranked competition, as seen in the significant loss to New Mexico. To make noise in the NCAA tournament, they’d likely need to secure the conference title for an automatic bid, as their record lacks the heft of quality wins needed to receive an at-large invitation.

Date Opponent Ranking Outcome
11/9Portland St249L82-76
11/19Le Moyne311W96-72
11/27@Fresno St208W69-65
11/29Northern Arizona287W70-59
12/6@New Mexico23L84-61
12/16(N)Loy Marymount242W68-59
12/28@UC Davis170L76-62
12/30@UC Riverside210L79-77
1/4UC San Diego125L79-72
1/6@Cal Poly339W61-52
1/11CS Bakersfield256W66-64
1/13Long Beach St157W85-76
1/18@CS Northridge221W97-69
1/20CS Fullerton245L73-69
2/1UC Davis170L79-69
2/3@CS Bakersfield256W70-59
2/8UC Irvine73L76-61
2/10CS Northridge221L82-74
2/15@UC San Diego125L61-46
2/22@UC Irvine73L81-69
2/29Cal Poly339W83-75
3/2@CS Fullerton245L79-70
3/7@Long Beach St157W76-74
3/9UC Riverside210L81-64
3/13(N)CS Northridge221L87-84