Most of the time these teams are nondescript mid-majors that won their conference tournament and get the national stage all to themselves in Dayton for the play-in game. They then fade from memory when a North Carolina (or some such team0 destroys them in a 1 vs. 16 matchup.
Sometimes these teams even having losing records.
So, while I’m not sure any of these teams will have a losing record when it comes down to it, I do have a nominee for the most lame entrant to the NCAAs: The entire Big West conference. Yep, every team.
The team with the best overall record in the Big West is UC-Riverside at 15-10. With four games left in the regular season – three of which are against teams below them in the standings – the Highlanders could get to 19 wins before the conference tournament. That would be respectable. Problem is, they’re 6-6 in the league, so maybe they’re not good enough to do that.
Long Beach State and Cal State-Northridge lead the league at 8-4, but their overall records are 13-12 and 12-12, respectably. Blah.
Long Beach State recently lost its “Bracketbuster” game to Wisconsin-Green Bay, which is in second in the Horizon League. But the 49ers probably remain the conference favorite.
Aside: The LBSU baseball team goes by the unofficial mascot the “Dirtbags,” which is awesome, and has done so since 1989. It has turned out future MLB players like Evan Longoria, Troy Tulowitzki, Jered Weaver and Bobby Crosby.
But only three games separate Long Beach State from eighth place UC-Santa Barbara. So once the Big West tournament rolls around, literally anybody in the league could win it.
Ah, gotta love the smell of mediocrity in the morning.
On the other hand, it’s a very good conference for baseball. So it has that going for it.