Maverick Maniac's Musings

March 12, 2013

Who to Root Against in Other Conference Tournaments–3/12/13

Filed under: Men's Basketball,The Summit League — Jon Green @ 2:55 pm

South Dakota State got their win on Monday to advance to the title game, so it’s definitely a successful day. The only other relevant game was Davidson playing in the Southern Conference Tournament Championship. The College of Charleston couldn’t do them any favors and lost that one so we’re down to only five teams likely ahead of South Dakota State that are left to qualify. That’s listed below. Since Denver is a future Summit member I’m rooting for them to qualify and two of the other four leagues to have upsets.

By tomorrow we’ll know if South Dakota State does end up with the Summit bid or if we’re switching to all North Dakota State talk all the time. I don’t think the seeding would be much different though it’s probably more like they are a #14 than South Dakota State. Tonight while the Summit League is deciding their participant the Horizon League will be doing the same. Let’s hope it’s Wright State since they’d be a step behind the Summit winner while Valparaiso might be ahead.

1. Akron/Ohio – MAC
2. Bucknell – Patriot
3. Louisiana Tech/Denver – WAC
4. Stephen F. Austin – Southland
5. Valparaiso – Horizon

How yesterday went:
Davidson – Beat College of Charleston 74-55 – Southern Conference Tournament Final
Next up: Qualified for NCAA Tournament

Teams to root against tonight– 3/8:
All times CT

Root against… Valparaiso vs. Wright State 21-11 (10-6) – 8 PM – Horizon League Tournament Final at Valparaiso – ESPN

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.

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.

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