Entering the final weekend of Big Sky Conference play, there are 16 different scenarios that remain for the seedings into the Big Sky Tournament (March 6-10). The top six teams in the eight-member league advance to the Big Sky Tournament with the winner receiving an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.
Entering their final game of the regular season on Sunday (Feb. 29) at Montana State, the Hornets (6-7 Big Sky) are currently in a six-way tie for second place in the conference standings with Montana, Weber State, Montana State, Northern Arizona and Idaho State. Portland State sits in last place with a 5-8 conference record while Eastern Washington has already wrapped up the Big Sky regular-season championship by virtue of its 11-2 record.
After breaking down the tiebreakers, Sacramento State still has a shot at the No. 2, 3, 4 or 6 seed in the conference tournament. The Nos. 3 and 4 seeds host a first-round tournament playoff game while the No. 2 seed receives a first-round bye. However, the Hornets still have a chance of not reaching the tournament altogether.
A LIST OF THE SCENARIOS:
- If Eastern Washington wins at Idaho State Saturday night, Sacramento State clinches a spot in the tournament.
- If Sacramento State defeats Montana State on Sunday, the Hornets are assured of no worse than a No. 4 seed.
- If Eastern Washington loses Saturday night and the Hornets lose on Sunday, Sacramento State will be eliminated from the tournament.
- If Sacramento State loses to Montana State, the Hornets can finish no better than sixth.
- The Hornets would get the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye if: Eastern Washington defeats Idaho State, Northern Arizona defeats Montana, Sacramento State defeats Montana State, and Portland State beats Weber State.
- Of the 16 scenarios remaining, one has the Hornets getting the No. 2 seed, three have the Hornets getting the No. 3 seed, four have the Hornets getting the No. 4 seed, four have the Hornets getting the No. 6 seed, and four have the Hornets out of the tournament completely.