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Punching your ticket to Frisco: Battle for MBB Seeds 9-12
Plenty of attention is paid (rightfully so) to the conference’s top teams. Some of us, however, aren’t even sure our teams will make the field of 12 in Frisco.

This thread is for us.

Ground rules: stay .500 or better in conference play and avoid being mentioned by name in this thread!!

As the evening begins, six teams are below .500. Five have one win already (FIU, Charlotte, LATech, UTEP, Rice) while FAU is the only winless team at 0-3.

Usually 5 wins will get you top 12 in this league. Only one example where it didn’t under the current format. We might get a muddled Middle this year and it might take 6 wins to guarantee a spot... we’ll see.

Game on... and “Devil Take The Hindmost”
01-11-2018 09:53 PM
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It's rough down here at bottom - glad this is the first time since we have been in CUSA that we haven't finished in 1st or 2nd place
01-11-2018 10:05 PM
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Florida Atlantic is 1-3 in conference play after our win in El Paso tonight. Y'all better look out 'cause we're coming for that 12th seed. Game on, oatm. 03-thumbsup
01-11-2018 10:58 PM
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(01-11-2018 10:05 PM)winston70 Wrote:  It's rough down here at bottom - glad this is the first time since we have been in CUSA that we haven't finished in 1st or 2nd place

You guys got a brutal schedule to start. BRUTAL. I think La Tech will right the ship a good bit after they get out of this first stretch of games.
01-11-2018 11:00 PM
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It’s still early of course, but after last night’s UTEP and LATech losses, those two are sitting outside looking in at T-13th (1-4). I don’t think we want the west’s two largest fan bases missing the tourney! FAU is off the schneide and tied at 10th (1-3) with Charlotte and idle Rice. And new-to-the-Thread USM & UTSA both drop just under .500 (but just one game out of last) at 2-3 (T-8th)
Without mentioning names (stay at .500 or better & we don’t talk about you) it is notable that today there is one less Florida school under .500!
01-12-2018 08:12 PM
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(01-11-2018 11:00 PM)Hilltopper2K Wrote:  
(01-11-2018 10:05 PM)winston70 Wrote:  It's rough down here at bottom - glad this is the first time since we have been in CUSA that we haven't finished in 1st or 2nd place

You guys got a brutal schedule to start. BRUTAL. I think La Tech will right the ship a good bit after they get out of this first stretch of games.


LATech will be fine... and if they fix a few issues can still contend to win the tournament.
Pomeroy has LATech at #5 in CUSA.

One recent precedent is Rice Baseball, which (though historically elite) found itself tied for dead last midway through last spring’s conference campaign. Still recovered to (1) make and (2) win the tourney.
01-13-2018 08:59 AM
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La Tech will still likely finish in the 3-6 range with UAB, ODU, and Marshall. WKU and MTSU are the top 2. LT is in the next tier.

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(01-13-2018 09:50 AM)EverRespect Wrote:  La Tech will still likely finish in the 3-6 range with UAB, ODU, and Marshall. WKU and MTSU are the top 2. LT is in the next tier.

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Florida Atlantic is 2-3 in conference play after our win in San Antonio today.
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(01-13-2018 05:05 PM)thefaU Wrote:  Florida Atlantic is 2-3 in conference play after our win in San Antonio today.


Heck of a week for FAU sweeping two on the road & rocketing from dead last to T-7 with FIU (who missed an opportunity to match that sweep last night but did fall @UTEP).

With that win, the Miners match those two with 2 total wins but sit percentage points back in T-9 (2-4) along with UTSA & USM.
Three schools have just one win: Rice & Charlotte (T-12) and LATech(14th).
Technically, on the tiebreaker that leaves Tech & Charlotte sitting outside the Top 12.

I’ve said this before but I’ll repeat that no one expects LATech to hang around this neighborhood long, KenPom still has them #5. FIU still ranks ahead of only Rice and Charlotte in KenPom - can they and upstart FAU hold on to newfound midpack status?
01-14-2018 07:28 AM
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Okay, y'all can't mention us until Saturday. 03-thumbsup
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(01-18-2018 08:59 PM)thefaU Wrote:  Okay, y'all can't mention us until Saturday. 03-thumbsup


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Ahh the sweet Mendoza line. It beckons with sweet siren song to those teams in the 9/12 Battle. There is a way up, and out of this funk, and it goes through that beautiful break-even Point.

Yesterday we lost another of “our own” as one team’s fortune at reaching that line became Charlotte fate of remaining ‘out looking in’ with just one win on the ledger.
Joining Charlotte on the ‘outs’ was Rice, who missed an opportunity to drop USM into the basement. Instead, the Golden Eagles now lead the charge from down under at 3-4.
LATech righted the ship, sort of, to 2-5 with a narrow home win against another unnamed squad who fell back to join Charlotte’s conquerors at .500
FIU put up a good fight but settled for the home loss against one of the “haves”, and dropped to 2-4 and tied idle UTSA & UTEP. All three of those tied teams are on 2-game losing streaks since their last trip to Mendoza.

So just remember, if you get there (or, if you’re reading this from there)... enjoy it while it lasts. Cause it’s a fine, fine, line.
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(01-19-2018 07:50 AM)owl at the moon Wrote:  
(01-18-2018 08:59 PM)thefaU Wrote:  Okay, y'all can't mention us until Saturday. 03-thumbsup


Congrats & don’t be a stranger!


#WelcomeBack FAU!
You did call it...
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If the tourney started today... 4-way tie at seeds 7-8-9-10. I’m not going to figure THAT tiebreaker... but those four would play each other in first round..

3-4 teams include:
FAU (returning to the thread)
UNT (welcome to the thread!)
FIU (win over Charlotte)
UTSA (win over UTEP)

LaTech’s right behind tied in the win column by beating Rice.
On the bubble is #12 UTEP 2-5
Out-looking-in is T-13 Rice and Charlotte (1-6)
(Rice with the honors of “first one out” due to tiebreaker over Charlotte of course)

Lost one team to Mendoza Saturday as someone swept their homestand located in the non-northern portion of that hard-to-spell State. Rice and UNT offer their congrats.
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(01-20-2018 06:02 PM)owl at the moon Wrote:  #WelcomeBack FAU!
You did call it...

Looking forward to the Owl showdown in Houston on Saturday! 03-thumbsup
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We tuned up for FAU on Saturday by beating FIU tonight. Looking for a FL sweep this week by Rice!
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(01-23-2018 06:14 PM)thefaU Wrote:  
(01-20-2018 06:02 PM)owl at the moon Wrote:  #WelcomeBack FAU!
You did call it...

Looking forward to the Owl showdown in Houston on Saturday! 03-thumbsup

Me too! Gonna be all like #OwlCity
It should be an opportunity for FAU but Rice will meet the challenge.


(01-25-2018 11:17 PM)jhruzek Wrote:  We tuned up for FAU on Saturday by beating FIU tonight. Looking for a FL sweep this week by Rice!

We’ll have to play better than last night. Still too many turnovers but shot better from 3 & held on to win.
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Every time the announcers say "owls," take a drink. 04-wine
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WOW. What a shot. Great game, fellow owls.
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