NCAA Tournament March Madness

#132 Youngstown St

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Projected seed: 15 (automatic qualifier)

Youngstown State appears to be the quintessential scrappy mid-major squad that needs a strong showing in their conference tournament to punch their ticket to the Big Dance. Their resume highlights a lack of signature wins; falling to stronger competition like Michigan and Dayton—even if competitively—shows a gap they need to bridge. On the flip side, their inability to consistently dispatch teams closer to their level, as evidenced by losses to Oakland and Green Bay, is concerning. To solidify their case, they would need to go on a tear during the Horizon League Tournament and capture the automatic bid. Defensive frailties, as seen in their higher-scoring affairs, could be their downfall or salvation depending on if they encounter a dance partner that allows them to outgun, rather than outmaneuver, on the court.

Date Opponent Ranking Outcome
11/6@Louisiana137L72-62
11/10@Michigan123L92-62
11/17Utah Tech277W75-68
11/24@Dayton22L77-69
11/29Cleveland St222W94-69
12/2@Robert Morris318W71-57
12/6@Ohio162W78-72
12/9@W Michigan297W72-68
12/21Navy328W75-65
12/31Oakland142L88-81
1/4@N Kentucky174L79-76
1/7IUPUI361W75-65
1/10PFW157W93-85
1/12Wright St160W81-71
1/17@Oakland142L70-67
1/20@Detroit360W105-64
1/25@IUPUI361W78-50
1/28N Kentucky174W82-52
2/1@Wright St160W88-77
2/4@PFW157L82-78
2/8WI Milwaukee258W97-85
2/10WI Green Bay207L84-83
2/14Robert Morris318W87-77
2/17@Cleveland St222L81-73
2/23@WI Milwaukee258W84-80
2/25@WI Green Bay207W71-59
2/28Detroit360W69-55