Finally, the teams that don’t stand much of a chance at making the tournament. Valparaiso has the best chance to make it but they would have to win the conference tournament. At 20-6 (10-2 Horizon) they have a 1.5 game lead over second place Detroit who, if I remember correctly, knocked them off last year. They can do it and it sure would be fun to see them dancing. Evansville (14-12, 7-7 MVC), IUPUI (6-21, 1-10 Summit), IPFW (11-16, 4-9 Summit), and Ball State (10-13, 4-7 MAC) all won’t be dancing barring some miracle at their respective tournaments but with those records, especially IUPUI’s (sorry Jags) I just don’t see it happening. Unfortunately, we can’t have almost an entire 16 team region of just teams from Indiana but, as the Cubs’ fans say, there’s always next year.
The Colorado State Rams have finally jumped into the nationally rankings at #24. At 20-4 (7-2 Mountain West) the Rams are a half game behind conference leader #19 New Mexico. If they stay ranked, the Rams make the tournament as a 11+ seed. If they win the Mountain West they come in under 10. Well, at least that’s my guess.
Finally, the Denver Pioneers stand poised to make the tournament for the first time in history. They’ll have to win the WAC tournament to do so (won’t be easy) but it’s not impossible. At 16-8 (12-2) WAC the Pioneers are tied for second with New Mexico State (a 12 seed in the tournament last year) 1.5 games behind Louisiana Tech. They at a nice OT win on a buzzer beater last night at Utah State but no real wins or losses of note. So for the Pioneers, it’s win [the conference tourney] and you’re in, lose and you’re on the couch. If they were to win I could see them being a 12+ seed or maybe even a play-in.
Alright that raps this up. I hope all you have a great weekend. Be safe and come back next week for more posts. From all of us here at Those Sports Guys, thanks for reading and take it easy!