To say Louisiana Tech must win the WAC tournament is not really true. It's just that, without the automatic bid, the Bulldogs will probably need some other bubble teams to lose. In other words, even if their name winds up being called on Selection Sunday, they should not feel too comfortable.
With two regular-season games remaining, Louisiana Tech is 5-2 against the top 100. Only one of those wins came away from home, and it was against a Utah State team that was missing two starters. Even so, the Aggies are barely in the top 100 right now at No. 95 in RPI, so that win, in addition to a home win over the Aggies, might not count as top-100 wins by Selection Sunday.
However, the Bulldogs will get two chances for top-100 road wins this year at Denver and at New Mexico State. If they win both of those, they can feel much more comfortable on Selection Sunday if they do not lock up the WAC's automatic bid.
But still, their strength of schedule ranks only No. 254. And they cannot blame that on playing in a mid-major conference because their non-conference schedule is not much better at No. 239.
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