Maverick Maniac's Musings

March 13, 2013

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

Filed under: Men's Basketball,The Summit League — Jon Green @ 10:30 am

Okay it’s officially South Dakota State in from the Summit League. We know they are thick in the battle for a #13 seed/#14 seed and hopefully can inch their way to the #13 seed. That might mean some help from around the country and we’re really only down to four leagues where some help might come. That’s because Valparaiso advanced to the NCAA Tournament today after beating Wright State. Remember that they were nearly out on Saturday until a late three at the buzzer sent them to the final. Now they are in and a real competitor for seeding with South Dakota State.

Tomorrow we’ll know if Bucknell is in or not. No guarantee they’d be ahead of South Dakota State but they probably are and it’s for sure that Lafayette wouldn’t be… so go Leopards!

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

How yesterday went:

Valparaiso – Beat Wright State 62-54 – Horizon League Tournament Final
Next up: Qualified for NCAA Tournament

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

Root against… Bucknell vs. Lafayette – 6:30 PM – Patriot League Tournament Final at Bucknell – CBS Sports Network

Summaries for each league:
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, Denver vs. Texas State and Louisiana Tech vs. UTSA.

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 probably are behind South Dakota State, but not by much. 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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