USI’s women’s basketball team will have to win a play-in game on Sunday if it is going to participate in the GLVC Tournament at the Ford Center March 7-10. And they’ll have to win it on the road.
No matter how you slice it, the Eagles (17-8 overall, 9-8 GLVC) can’t be any higher than a No. 9 seed for the tournament, and they could end up as low as a No. 11. At the moment USI is 10th. At this point, the Eagles could be traveling to Missouri S&T, Quincy, Wisconsin-Parkside, Indianapolis, Missouri-St. Louis or William Jewell. They haven’t played S&T or William Jewell. As for the others, USI has beaten Missouri-St. Louis at the PAC, lost at Quincy, beat UIndy at the PAC and lost to the Greyhounds on the road, and lost both games to Parkside, which turned out to be the two worst defeats USI has suffered this season. The scenarios are complicated at the moment, so I won’t go into them. Just say that a win over Kentucky Wesleyan on Thursday night at home would help the Eagles.
But if you still want predictions, here are two from USI sports information assistant Dan McDonnell. He figures that a USI win on Thursday will get it a date at Indianapolis on Sunday. If USI loses, he thinks the Eagles will play at Parkside. Frankly, neither one sounds appealing to me, but going to Indy would be a shorter trip and the Eagles have beaten the Greyhounds once.
For the record, Lewis, Kentucky Wesleyan and Maryville have secured first-round byes so far.