NCAA Tournament March Madness

#174 Utah Valley

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Projection: need to automatically qualify

The resume for Utah Valley shows a mixed bag of results, with several key wins that suggest potential but also a handful of losses that raise questions. Beating teams like Sam Houston State and Seattle showcases this team's capabilities, as those victories indicate that they can compete against solid competition. However, the inconsistencies represented by losses to Utah Tech and UTRGV, particularly late in the season when teams should be hitting their stride, are red flags. Additionally, while they've squared off against higher-caliber competition in battles against the likes of Boise State, Oregon State, and Grand Canyon, those games ultimately ended in losses, highlighting a gap that needs bridging. To strengthen their case, performing well in pressure situations, particularly in conference play and the conference tournament where an automatic bid is on the line, becomes essential for a squad like this, where the at-large bid conversation is realistically off the table.

Date Opponent Ranking Outcome
11/9@Sam Houston St139W79-73
11/19(N)Southern Miss229W67-65
12/2@Utah Tech281L65-53
12/5Weber St163W70-54
12/9@Oregon St147L74-71
12/29@Boise St59L85-63
1/4Cal Baptist196W65-58
1/6Southern Utah254W80-62
1/11@UT Arlington116L83-69
1/18@Grand Canyon45L78-65
1/20Utah Tech281W84-71
2/1@SF Austin165L77-72
2/3Grand Canyon45L86-67
2/8Tarleton St112L72-61
2/10Abilene Chr192W74-45
2/15@Cal Baptist196W69-46
2/17@Southern Utah254W78-75
2/24SF Austin165W71-62
3/2UT Arlington116L78-65
3/7@Tarleton St112W63-60
3/9@Abilene Chr192W74-67
3/13Cal Baptist196L74-63