The final stretch of basketball season is here and soon the madness that is March will be upon us.
Normally this final stretch of in-conference games is important when it comes to receiving a bid to the NCAA tournament.
Currently the Georgia Southern University women’s basketball team sits at a record of 7-15 overall, and 5-6 in the Southern Conference, which currently puts them seventh in the standings.
Every team that wins its conference tournament receives an automatic bid to the “Big Dance,” no matter the team’s record.
The Eagles are a surprising team in that they, in fact, play better away from home. Luckily for them, five of the final seven games will be on the road.
This is a make-or-break part of the schedule as a majority of the teams GSU will play are ahead of them in conference, which should be looked at as a good thing because they can make up ground on teams ahead of them.
Four of the five wins that GSU has this season in-conference are against teams that the Eagles will have another chance at.
Of the remaining three games, GSU has lost to the teams they will be playing by an average of 13 points, all of which were at home.
In conference, the Eagles are more competitive on the road, outscoring opponents by an average margin of 2.5 points compared to at home where they have been outscored by 7.4 points.
The Eagles have been a very streaky team and although the inconsistency poses a problem, the potential of them to get on a hot streak could result in a deep Southern Conference tournament run should the matchups be favorable.
I look at the last seven games of the season and see GSU come out with four wins and position themselves well for the SoCon tournament by going .500 in-conference for the first time in the Chris Vozab era as head coach.
The Eagles will begin the final stretch of the season at Elon University on Saturday at 4 p.m. The game will also be aired on ESPN3.