Maverick Maniac's Musings

March 14, 2013

Who to Root Against in Other Conference Tournaments–3/14/13

Filed under: Men's Basketball,The Summit League — Jon Green @ 2:23 pm

South Dakota State in it’s first day of knowing they were in didn’t get any help from Lafayette as Bucknell defeated the Leopards by eight to reach the tournament. This means that the Jackrabbits really have just a few leagues left where an upset could help them. The MAC, the WAC, and the Southland.

In the MAC anyone but Akron or Ohio would be a big boost for the Jackrabbits while in the Southland anyone but Stephen F. Austin would help out. In the WAC I’m rooting for Denver since they’ll bring some extra attention to the Summit League since they are joining next year, but if they can’t win it we definitely don’t want to see Louisiana Tech in the field.

South Dakota State is right on the edge between #13 and #14 seeds right now but with a couple of upsets in these leagues that #13 seed would be much more likely.

Today you can root for Denver against Texas State and against Louisiana Tech when they play UTSA. The only other relevant game is in Missoula, Montana where Weber State takes on Northern Arizona. While Montana and Weber State are probably still behind South Dakota State an upset certainly wouldn’t hurt. Tomorrow will be the semifinals in all four leagues we’re watching with the finals on Saturday.

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

How yesterday went:

Bucknell – Beat Lafayette 64-56 – Patriot League Tournament Final
Next up: Qualified for NCAA Tournament

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

Root against… Weber State vs. Northern Arizona – Big Sky Tournament Quarterfinal in Missoula, Montana.
Root for… Denver vs. Texas State – 4:30 PM – WAC Tournament Quarterfinal in Las Vegas, Nevada
Root against… Louisiana Tech vs. UTSA – 8 PM – WAC Tournament Quarterfinal in Las Vegas, Nevada

Summaries for each league:
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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