Everyone makes the field, Top 4 get byes. I forgot how absurd this tournament is now. The C-USA is clearly “forward thinking” with their bracket format and the way they structured their last few weeks of the regular season. I’m just not sure that it makes things any better. Everything reeks of the influence of that lunatic Mark Adams, who’s basically the leading voice of mid-majors now, except that he’s not a smart person and he probably does more harm than good with his misguided arguments.
Anyway, the tournament is in Frisco, Texas and…well, they play two games at once in the same venue like it’s a fucking AAU tournament. I still don’t know how this helps anything. It’s a Mickey Mouse setup that only limits the amount of time that someone might tune in to watch their league.
The first two rounds are on Stadium and the last two are on CBS Sports Network.
Southern Miss +190
Old Dominion +315
Western Kentucky +445
Louisiana Tech +1200
North Texas +1200
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It hasn’t been the best year for Marshall, but they’re still the pick. People will remember their win over Wichita State last year and they’ll probably remember that Jon Elmore led them there. They play at a breakneck pace and the Herd are probably still the best team to rep the league in the Big Dance.
Western Kentucky might be the backup with their not-at-all-questionable five-star recruit Charles Bassey that they have leading the team.
I haven’t followed Marshall’s season close enough to know what the hell was going on there from late January to mid-February, but I do know that they’ve righted the ship and won five in a row. The defense is starting to come together, they still have Jon Elmore and CJ Burks in their backcourt, and they finally have something to play for.