Northwestern State Demons guard Demarcus Sharp

Nov 14, 2022; Fort Price, Texas, USA; Northwestern State Demons guard Demarcus Sharp (0) celebrates after the win towards the TCU Horned Frogs at Ed and Rae Schollmaier Enviornment. Necessary Credit score: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports activities

  • The Southland Convention Event can be performed March 5-8 on the Legacy Middle in Lake Charles, La.
  • The highest eight groups within the 10-team league certified, and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Northwestern State acquired double byes into the semifinals.
  • Learn beneath for the Southland Convention Event seeds, bracket and odds.

The Southland Convention match can be performed March 5-8 on the Legacy Middle in Lake Charles, La. after a 15-year run on the  Merrill Middle in Katy, Texas. The championship sport can be televised at 5 pm ET March 8 on ESPN2.

Listed below are the opening odds from FanDuel.

2023 Southland Convention Event Odds

Crew Odds
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders +125
Northwestern State Demons +175
Nicholls State Colonels +600
Southeastern Louisiana Lions +650
McNeese State Cowboys +3100
Texas A&M-Commerce Lions +5000
New Orleans Privateers +7500
Houston Christian Huskies +9500

Prime two regular-season finishers Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Northwestern State are the highest selections to win the Southland match. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi received the one assembly between the 2 this season, an 83-75 house victory Feb. 25 that each one however clinched the regular-season title.


Odds from FanDuel Sportsbook on March 3.

Within the Southland’s tiered match format, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Northwestern State acquired double-byes into the semifinals and third- and fourth-place finishers Northeastern Louisiana and Nicholls acquired byes into the quarterfinals. Eight of the league’s 10 groups certified. The match winner will obtain an automated berth within the NCAA Event in a league that won’t get an at-large bid.

Southland Event Schedule

No. 5 seed Texas A&M-Commerce will play No. 8 seed McNeese State and No. 6 seed Houston Christian will play No. 7 seed New Orleans in opening-round video games Sunday evening. Each can be televised by ESPN+. McNeese State, which received a tiebreaker with Incarnate Phrase to make the match area, performs its house sport on the Legacy Middle.

No. 4 seed Nicholls State will play the winner of the McNeese State-Texas A&M Commerce sport and No. 3 seed Northeastern Louisiana will play the winner of the New Orleans-Houston Christian sport within the  quarterfinals Monday evening, each video games once more on ESPN+.

No. 1 seed Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and No. 2 seed Northwestern State will play their first video games within the semifinals Tuesday evening. The Islanders’ sport can be televised on ESPN2 at 7:30 pm ET, and the Northwestern State sport can be on ESPN+ at roughly 10 pm. The championship sport is Wednesday at 5 pm ET on ESPN2.

2023 March Insanity Bracket: Groups, Seeds & Event Schedule

Defending Champs Again in Full

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi returned all 5 starters from a bunch that received the 2022 match because the fourth seed The Islanders beat No. 1 seed Nicholls State 71-64 within the semifinals and No. 2 seed Southeastern Louisiana 73-65 within the finals. The Islanders are 10-1 SU and 8-2-1 ATS since shedding three of their first 4 league video games.

Senior level guard Terrion Murdix, who’s averaging 13.7 factors and 5.6 assists this season, had 26 factors, 14 rebounds and two assists within the Islanders’ victories the 2022 match semifinals and finals. Guard Trey Tennyson (15.8 factors) and 6’5″ ahead Isaac Mushila (14.9 factors, 9.8 rebounds) are the opposite double-digit scorers.

Northwestern State Performs Up

The Demons performed essentially the most aggressive nonconference schedule and have the league’s greatest victory this season, a 64-63 win at TCU on Nov. 14, the Southland’s solely Quad 1 win. Senior guard 6’3″ Demarcus Sharp had 19 factors and the profitable basket when the Demons overcame a 12-point deficit to beat TCU. Sharp (18.7 factors) leads the Southland in scoring and has had video games of 40, 35 and 34 factors.

The remainder of the league was 0-14 towards the AP Prime 25. Northwestern State and Texas A&M-Commerce have the league’s solely Quad 2 wins.

2023 Southland Event Prediction

Northwestern State is 18-11-1 ATS this season, second-best within the league, though linemakers adjusted in the course of the Demons’ present 11-2 run, during which they’re 6-6-1 ATS. The Islanders are 15-12 ATS. No 3 seed Southeastern Louisiana cut up with the Islanders however misplaced each video games towards probably semifinal opponent Northwestern State.

The tiered bracket makes it simpler for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Northwestern to fulfill within the championship sport so quickly after their  regular-season assembly in Corpus Christi, since every wants just one victory for the rematch. That units up a pleasant revenge state of affairs for the Demons, who had been with one level with beneath 4 minutes remaining the primary time. Sharp had 40 factors in that one and Mushila had 28/8. The distinction was distance taking pictures — Corpus Christi was 8 of 18 from deep, Northwestern was 2 of 15.

  • Choose: Northwestern State +175


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