All of my time were wrong yesterday it seems… might have to start finding a new source for this data since it’s not accurate… Regardless it was a great day for South Dakota State fans. With Oakland falling to Fort Wayne it would seem they have a slightly easier semifinal tonight. Additionally with the loss of Middle Tennessee State to FIU it seems like they might be out of the field and if they are that would bump everyone else up a spot. At the very least they’ll now steal the bid of another bubble team which wouldn’t change South Dakota State’s situation since they’ll be behind every at-large team anyways.
At the same time Stony Brook was falling to Albany in what is an awful for situation for them… The #1 seed playing the #4 seed on the #4 seed’s home court. What? Anyways they might have been behind the Jackrabbits but now there’s no worrying about that.
Davidson did win and they’re another that South Dakota State would love to see lose but there’s another chance for that still, tonight vs. the College of Charleston. Tomorrow is the Horizon League Championship and Wednesday is the Patriot League Championship, hoping for upsets of the top seeds who will be playing at home in those games. Then Thursday and Friday starts off the second weekend of conference tournaments and the four conferences we’ll have our eyes on in particular.
Here’s a top 6 list of teams South Dakota State would love to see lose. These teams are ranked by their projected seed. Anyways right now Valparaiso is projected as the final #13 seed on average, would love to see the Jackrabbits in that situation.
1. Akron/Ohio – MAC
2. Louisiana Tech/Denver – WAC
3. Bucknell – Patriot
4. Stephen F. Austin – Southland
5. Valparaiso – Horizon
6. Davidson – Southern
How yesterday went:
Davidson – Beat Appalachian State 65-62 – Southern Conference Tournament Semifinals
Next up: College of Charleston 24-9 (14-4) on Monday in Southern Conference Tournament Final
Stony Brook – Lost to Albany 61-59 – America East Tournament Semifinals
Next up: Season over
Middle Tennessee State – Lost to FIU 61-57 – Sun Belt Tournament Semifinals
Next up: Season over, potential at-large bid still (unlikely)
Teams to root against tonight– 3/8:
All times CT
Root against… Davidson vs. College of Charleston 24-9 (14-4) – 6 PM – Southern Conference Tournament Final in Asheville, North Carolina – ESPN2
Summaries for each league:
Horizon – Tuesday, March 5th – Tuesday, March 12th at campus sites/Valparaiso – As the #1 seed, Valparaiso is hosting the final on Tuesday. They would possibly be ahead of South Dakota State. Wright State, their opponent in the final, would be a much safer team to have in the field.
Patriot – Wednesday, March 6th – Wednesday, March 13th at campus sites – Bucknell is the team to root against here as they probably slightly ahead of South Dakota State right now. They’ll face Lafayette in the conference title game on their home court on Wednesday, so it’s asking a lot of the 18-14 Leopards but it would sure be a help to South Dakota State.
Southern – Friday, March 8th – Monday, March 11th in Asheville, North Carolina – Davidson at 24-7, 17-1 in conference, is the top threat to finish ahead of South Dakota State. Take your pick of underdogs here, the rest would probably be behind South Dakota State. Davidson is in the semifinals on Sunday against Appalachian State.
MAC – Monday, March 11th – Saturday, March 16th in Cleveland, Ohio – Akron and Ohio both probably need to win the tournament to get in. Both could be ahead of South Dakota State so probably rooting against both of them. Ohio (#2) and Akron (#1) have byes until the semifinals on Friday, March 15th.
WAC – Tuesday, March 12th – Saturday, March 16th in Las Vegas, Nevada – At this point it looks like both Louisiana Tech and Denver need to win the WAC tournament to get it. It also looks like both have the potential to be seeded ahead of South Dakota State. With all that in mind, I’m rooting for the future Summit League member in Denver. Don’t hose me Pioneers by snubbing us for the Missouri Valley though… Both Louisiana Tech and Denver will play their first games on Thursday the 14th.
Southland – Wednesday, March 13th – Saturday, March 16th in Katy, Texas – Stephen F. Austin at 26-3 on the year would be a nice one to see fall. Oral Roberts at 18-13 and being a former Summit member would be a nice one to see win it. Stephen F. Austin opens tournament play on Friday in the semifinals.
Big Sky – Thursday, March 14th – Saturday, March 16th at campus site – This tournament will be held at Montana, the top seed. The top teams (Montana (#1) at 22-6 and Weber State (#2) at 23-5) both could be ahead of South Dakota State. North Dakota at #3 played a lot of Summit teams and would be clearly a #16 seed. So go UND. Weber State opens play on Thursday in the quarterfinals against Northern Arizona while Montana waits for a semifinal game against an opponent yet to be determined.