10 March 2015

2015 Southland Tournament Predictions

There are 13 teams in the Southland Conference, but there are only eight competing in this week's Southland Tournament in Katy, Texas. How does that happen? There are three programs that are ineligible for postseason play due to the failure to meet the NCAA's Academic Performance Rating requirements in Central Arkansas, Houston Baptist and Lamar, and two programs are in transition from Division II to Division I in Abilene Christian and Incarnate Word.

What that doesn't change is that the defending tournament champion Stephen F. Austin, remains the overwhelming favorite in this tournament. Will the Lumberjacks advance to their second straight tournament or will someone pull the upset? Here are my 2015 Southland Tournament predictions.

All games held at the Merrell Center in Katy, Texas

First Round - Wednesday, March 11th
5 McNeese State vs. 8 SE Louisiana - SLC Digital, 6:00
Pick: McNeese State

6 Nicholls State vs. 7 New Orleans - SLC Digital, 8:30
Pick: New Orleans

Quarterfinals - Thursday, March 12th
4 Northwestern State vs. 5 McNeese State - SLC Digital, 6:00
Pick: Northwestern State

3 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi vs. 7 New Orleans - SLC Digital, 8:30
Pick: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

Semifinals - Friday, March 13th
1 Stephen F. Austin vs. 4 Northwestern State - ESPN3, 6:00
Pick: Stephen F. Austin

2 Sam Houston State vs. 3 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi - ESPN3, 8:30
Pick: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

Championship - Saturday, March 14th
1 Stephen F. Austin vs. 3 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi - ESPN2, 9:30
The Islanders were the lone team to defeat Stephen F. Austin this season in conference play when they won at home in January, will we see a similar result this go-around? I think the Jacks have something to prove and will have a little chip on their shoulder in this one and will return to the NCAA's.
Pick: Stephen F. Austin

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