McNeese State at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 8:00 PM Eastern, goislanders.com
Nicholls State currently holds a one game lead in the Southland standings over Southeastern Louisiana and can lock in a bye into the semifinals of the Southland Tournament with a win at Northwestern State tonight. However, our Under the Radar Game of the Day comes from the bottom half of the Southland standings, as the battle for the final few spots in the 8-team conference tournament field heats up. McNeese State and Abilene Christian enter play tonight tied for 8th place, and just a game ahead of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. A win by the Cowboys on the road tonight will eliminate the Islanders from contention and will leave us with a two team battle this weekend for the final spot. A win by the Islanders, however, could leave us locked in a three team race, with the chance that some multi-team tiebreakers may be needed on Saturday night to figure out who the final entrants into the field are.
McNeese State is currently 11-16 on the season. The Cowboys did knock off Houston Baptist last time out, behind 21 points from Jarren Greenwood and a double-double from Quatarrius Wilson. Corpus Christi, after starting the Southland season 5-5, have dropped 5 of their last 6 games and are now 9-17 overall. Their one win in that stretch was a road win at Abilene Christian, which may prove to be key in winning the tiebreakers if they get the win tonight. Joseph Kilgore led the way in that road win, scoring 24 points. The Islanders need to get back in stride if they want to keep their conference tournament hopes alive tonight and remain on our HoopsHD NCAA Tournament Survival Board.
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