Last year, the Sun Belt conference provided us with Georgia State, who ended up pulling off a huge upset in the first round, beating Baylor on a late three point shot. This year, another team is looking one that could make some serious noise in the NCAA Tournament.
Arkansas-Little Rock has only made the NCAA Tournament once since 1990, getting a first round exit in 2011. They are currently one of the best mid-major teams in the country as they are wanting to get into the conversation for the tournament as they are standing at 23-3.
Head coach Chris Beard talked with the Associated Press about possibly being a team on the outside looking in.
“I don’t know about on the bubble and all that, but I know we’ve got to at least be a part of the conversation,” Beard said.
The team was 13-18 last season and they have had a huge turnaround this year. They own big road wins against San Diego State, DePaul, and Tulsa this year and Beard talked about his team’s competitive nature.
“I just remember thinking, ‘That’s (crap),'” Beard said. “Why would we ever go into a game not thinking we could win, or play to win? My deal is I just think we have a chance to win every single game. … As a competitor, I don’t understand how anyone could feel any different.”
The team plays on the road against Georgia Southern today, so they certainly want to keep their winning ways going as they look to make big noise in terms of a possible at-large bid.
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