Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Southland conference tournament preview

This is part 25 of a 32-part series.

SE Louisiana 15-3
Nicholls St 15-3
Stephen F Austin 14-4
Sam Houston St 12-6
Lamar 11-7
New Orleans 11-7
Central Arkansas 10-8
Abilene Christian 8-10
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 8-10
McNeese St 8-10
Incarnate Word 2-16
Houston Baptist 2-16
Northwestern St 1-17

March 7-11, Katy TX.  Southland likes to chop off the dead weight, so only the top 8 teams go.  But they go even further, staggering the brackets and giving double byes to the top 2 seeds and single byes to the 3 and 4.  Protect those good teams! 

1) SE Louisiana vs. 4/5/8) Sam Houston St/New Orleans/TAMU-CC
2) Nicholls St vs. 3/6/7) Stephen F Austin/Lamar/Central Arkansas

The stakes:
This is the worst conference this year outside of the two HBCUs.  So, um, how does a visit to Dayton sound?  Possible, perhaps even probable, SELA or Nicholls could avoid it with upsets elsewhere filling in the slots in Dayton, but yeah, there's not much to see here.

Stephen F Austin went 21-6 and has an RPI of 129.  That says everything you need to know about all the SoS numbers in this conference.  SHSU and Lamar are above .500 in addition to the top 3, if you're scouting potential CIT opponents.

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