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Northwestern State: 76
What It Means
With all the turbulence in the AP Top Five, there's been some speculation that this year's tournament could feature the first-ever victory by a No. 16 seed over a No. 1 seed.
Could Niagara be the team to spring that elusive upset?
The Purple Eagles are a 15th seed in Joe Lunardi's latest bracket, but the presumptive MAAC champion was a rung lower as recently as Feb. 15. Depending on how the teams around it fare, Niagara could end up back on the bottom line.
And if it does, watch out.
Leading scorer Antoine Mason returned from an ankle injury to drop 20 points on Northwestern State. His backcourt mate, Juan'ya Green, poured in 20 of his own. Together with Ameen Tanksley, they help form one of the America's better mid-major guard trios.
Of course, there's always the possibility that Niagara fails to win its conference tournament. And if so, look for conference rival Iona as a possible replacement 16th seed. The Gaels looked impressive in defeat on Saturday, losing by just one on the road at Indiana State.