Maverick Maniac's Musings

March 8, 2013

Who to Root Against in Other Conference Tournaments–3/8/13

Filed under: Men's Basketball,The Summit League — Jon Green @ 10:00 am

South Dakota and Summit fans a like should be thrilled to see Louisiana Tech lost to New Mexico State last night. Their first conference loss hurts their resume and gives Denver a chance to tie them for the WAC regular season title when they matchup on Saturday in Denver. To have one of the WAC Co-Champions in the Summit next year would be nice and it would further hurt Louisiana Tech’s resume and (shaky) at-large chances.

The other three games didn’t provide any help, though the opponents were fairly weak and not much was expected. The attention moves from the West last night to the East tonight as Ivy League and Ohio Valley action today is relevant. Belmont takes on Tennessee State in the Ohio Valley semifinals. The Tennessee State Tigers could be an upset pick here as they beat Belmont in the last meeting, 80-69, on Valentine’s Day. Belmont won the first meeting 78-66 back in mid January.

In Ivy League action Princeton goes to Yale while Harvard hosts Columbia. If Harvard losses to go to 9-4 and Princeton wins to get to 10-2 we could see the title decided on Saturday. Harvard lost their previous meeting at Columbia 78-63 while Princeton did lose at Yale 65-69. Both could be interesting tonight.

How yesterday went:
Louisiana Tech – Lost to New Mexico State 78-60 in WAC regular season
Next up: @ Denver 20-8 (15-2) on Saturday

Denver (rooting for) – Beat UTA 84-55 in WAC regular season
Next up: vs. Louisiana Tech 26-4 (16-1) on Saturday

Stephen F. Austin – Beat Sam Houston State 57-42 in Southland regular season
Next up: vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi 6-22 (5-12) on Saturday

Montana – Beat Sacramento State 63-52 in Big Sky regular season
Next up: vs. Northern Arizona 11-19 (8-11) on Saturday

Weber State – Beat Portland State 80-52 in Big Sky regular season
Next up: vs. Eastern Washington 10-20 (7-12) on Saturday

Teams to root against tonight– 3/8:
Root against… Belmont vs. Tennessee State 18-13 (11-5) – 6 PM CT – OVC Tournament Semifinals in Nashville, Tennessee – ESPNU
Root against… Harvard vs. Columbia 12-14 (4-8) – 6 PM CT – Ivy League regular season
Root for… Princeton @ Yale 12-17 (6-6) – 6 PM CT – Ivy League regular season

Summaries for each league:
Horizon – Tuesday, March 5th – Tuesday, March 12th at campus sites/Valparaiso – As the #1 seed, Valparaiso is hosting the quarterfinals and semifinals on Friday and Saturday. The final on Tuesday will be at the highest seed left’s home court. Valparaiso would probably be ahead of South Dakota State as might Detroit (#2 seed). If any of the 3-6 seeds make a run that would be great. Both Detroit and Valparaiso will open play on Saturday in the semifinals vs. second round winners.

Patriot – Wednesday, March 6th – Wednesday, March 13th at campus sites – Bucknell is the team to root against here. They are in the semifinals already hosting Army on Saturday. Lehigh as the #3 seed knocked off Duke last year and if they could win the tournament could have star C.J. McCollum back for the NCAA tournament. Join me in rooting for the Mountain Hawks!

Ohio Valley – Wednesday, March 6th – Saturday March 9th in Nashville, Tennessee – Belmont might get in regardless of if they win this tournament, but Murray State beat South Dakota State and getting them in to the field might help the Jackrabbits resume as well. Belmont starts play on Friday in the semifinals vs. Tennessee State 18-13 (11-5).

Metro Atlantic – Friday, March 8th – Monday March 11th in Springfield, Massachusetts – Loyola (Maryland) might be the #3 seed but they are the only team in the conference with more than 18 wins. Best they lose… they’ll start play in the quarterfinals on Saturday against Manhattan 12-17 (9-9).

Southern – Friday, March 8th – Monday, March 11th in Asheville, North Carolina – Davidson at 23-7, 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. First game for Davidson is Saturday in the quarterfinals.

Sun Belt – Friday, March 8th – Monday, March 11th in Hot Springs, Arkansas – In this one Summit fans definitely want to see Middle Tennessee State knocked off and South Alabama losing as well would probably be good too. Neither will play until Saturday when they’ll take on first round winners.

Ivy – Friday, March 8th – Tuesday, March 12th – This isn’t actually a tournament; the top team from the regular season goes. Princeton is probably preferred to Harvard at this point. The Tigers are behind a game but will have a chance to make that up on the final day when they play at Pennsylvania 8-20 (5-6). In the meantime they play at Yale 12-17 (6-6) on Friday and at Brown 12-14 (6-6) on Saturday. Harvard hosts Columbia 12-14 (4-8) on Friday and Cornell 13-16 (5-7) on Saturday. They need to hope Princeton loses since they already have one more loss. If the two tie there would be a winner-take-all game at the Palestra.

America East – Saturday, March 9th – Saturday March 16th in Albany, New York and campus site – This tournament has the quarterfinals and semifinals in Albany before having the title game on the home court of the highest seed. Only Stony Brook is a threat to South Dakota State. They’ll start play with a quarterfinal game against Binghamton 3-26 (1-15) on Saturday.

MAC – Monday, March 11th – Saturday, March 16th in Cleveland, Ohio – Akron did have that win over North Dakota State so them winning would make the Summit look better, but they might not be in if they don’t win the tournament and would definitely be seeded over South Dakota State if they are. Ohio might be as well. So probably rooting against both of those two. Ohio and Akron are the top two teams in the league and have byes until the semifinals on March 15th. Akron does have a home game against Kent State 18-12 (8-7) on Saturday while Ohio plays a home game against Miami (Ohio) 8-20 (3-12) on Saturday as well. Obviously losses in either of those games would hurt their potential seeds.

WAC – Tuesday, March 12th – Saturday, March 16th in Las Vegas, Nevada – Louisiana Tech would be ahead of South Dakota State if they get in. They would have a shot at getting in regardless of results here, but might need to get a few more wins. Denver is also a darkhorse that could finish ahead of South Dakota State. They probably need to win this tournament to get in but as a member of the Summit next year I will be rooting for them to do just that, even if it means being seeded ahead of South Dakota State. Both Louisiana Tech and Denver will play their first games on Thursday the 14th. There is one last regulars season game though, and Louisiana Tech is at Denver on Saturday. Denver could take a share of the regular season title and perhaps force Louisiana Tech to win the conference tournament to get in.

Southland – Wednesday, March 13th – Saturday, March 16th in Katy, Texas – Stephen F. Austin at 25-3 on the year would be a nice one to see fall. Oral Roberts at 18-12 and being a former Summit member would be a nice one to see win it. Still a regular season game remaining with Stephen F. Austin hosting  Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 6-22 (5-12) on Saturday.

Big Sky – Thursday, March 14th – Saturday, March 16th at campus site – This tournament will be held at the site of the top seed. It’s not yet sure who that is. The top teams (Montana at 22-6 and Weber State at 23-5) 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. The #2 seed (whoever it is) will have to play in the quarterfinals on Thursday while the #1 seed can wait until Friday to tip off. Root for Montana to lose at home to Northern Arizona 11-19 (8-11) on Saturday to make them a less attractive seed. Weber State hosts Eastern Washington 10-20 (7-12) on Saturday and the same applies to them.

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  1. […] behind… Stephen F. Austin, Bucknell, Louisiana Tech, and Akron. If you weren’t convinced why it matters who you root against, perhaps you are now. It would seem that if some games go the right way down the stretch South […]

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