Maverick Maniac's Musings

March 15, 2013

Who to Root Against in Other Conference Tournaments–3/15/13 & 3/16/13

Filed under: Men's Basketball,The Summit League — Jon Green @ 11:32 am

I was all excited to write today of how Louisiana Tech’s loss and Denver’s loss yesterday was a big boost to South Dakota State’s seeding as they would be ahead of the WAC winner. Then I remembered New Mexico State…. 22-10 on the year with a RPI of 56, they are certainly a team that could be seeded ahead of South Dakota State. So we’re not done rooting against the WAC’s top teams… they need to go out too.

In the other game out West, Weber State had no problems with Northern Arizona. They are in the Big Sky though and it’s not likely that they would be ahead of South Dakota State anyways.

So we enter semifinal Friday and championship Saturday. I’ll be out of town overnight so this will have to be your update for most of the rest of the way. I might be able to throw a quick one up on Saturday evening before the WAC championship game, Southland Championship, and the Big Sky Championship. The MAC Championship game is a lot cause for me though, it’ll start before I’m home.

These are the top three teams to see knocked off this weekend… Two of these and I think South Dakota State is a #13. One and it’s likely. None and it might still be 50-50… but it’s definitely less likely.

1. Akron/Ohio – MAC
2. New Mexico State – WAC
3. Stephen F. Austin – Southland

How yesterday went:

Weber State – Beat Northern Arizona 84-58 – Big Sky Tournament Quarterfinal
Next up: North Dakota 16-15 (12-8) in Big Sky Tournament Semifinal on Friday in Missoula, Montana

Denver – Lost to Texas State 72-68 – WAC Tournament Quarterfinal
Next up: Regular season over, not going to be at-large team

Louisiana Tech – Lost to UTSA 73-67 – WAC Tournament Quarterfinal
Next up: Regular season over, not going to be at-large team

Teams to root against tonight– 3/15:
All times CT

Root against… Stephen F. Austin vs. Southeastern Louisiana – 5 PM – Southland Conference Tournament Semifinal in Katy, Texas – ESPN3
Root against… Akron vs. Kent State – 5:30 PM – MAC Tournament Semifinal in Cleveland, Ohio – ESPN3
Root against… Weber State vs. North Dakota – 6:30 PM – Big Sky Tournament Semifinal in Missoula, Montana
Root against… New Mexico State vs. Texas State – 8 PM – WAC Tournament Semifinal in Las Vegas, Nevada
Root against… Ohio vs. Western Michigan – 8 PM – MAC Tournament Semifinal in Cleveland, Ohio – ESPN3
Root against… Montana vs. Northern Colorado – 9:05 PM – Big Sky Tournament Semifinal at Montana

Teams to root against tomorrow– 3/16:
All times CT

Root against… Akron/Ohio vs. TBD – 5:30 PM – MAC Tournament Final in Cleveland, Ohio – ESPN2
Root against… Stephen F. Austin vs. TBD – 7:30 PM – Southland Conference Tournament Final in Katy, Texas – ESPN2
Root against… Weber State/Montana vs. TBD – 8 PM – Big Sky Tournament Final in Missoula, Montana – ESPNU
Root against… New Mexico State vs. TBD – 10 PM – WAC Tournament Final in Las Vegas, Nevada – ESPNU

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 faces Western Michigan 20-11 (10-6) while Akron takes on Kent State 20-12 (9-7) in the semifinals on Friday, March 15th.

WAC – Tuesday, March 12th – Saturday, March 16th in Las Vegas, Nevada – With both Denver and Louisiana Tech out I thought we might be done worrying about the WAC…. Instead enter New Mexico State who might have a good enough resume to jump the Jackrabbits as well. They take on Texas State 12-21 (5-13) on Friday in the semifinals. Only Texas-Arlington is left with a winning record 18-12 (11-7). Oh boy…

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. They opens tournament play on Friday in the semifinals against Southeastern Louisiana 13-17 (10-8). Thankfully Northwestern State at 21-8 (15-3) is on the other side of the bracket so they should get a good game in the final.

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 plays against North Dakota 16-15 (12-8) while Montana takes on Northern Colorado 13-17 (10-10) in the two semifinals. Clearly the chances of an upset here are not good, but it probably isn’t necessary.

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