Even after a school-record in wins in 2015, Southeastern missed out on a bid after failing to win the Southland Conference tournament, which left a lot of Lions fans searching for answers. The reason they were given, not enough wins against higher-RPI teams and a weak strength of schedule.
After improving in both categories, not to mention a very impressive regular season coming up just short of winning another regular season conference title, Southeastern earned their first at-large bid in school history.
“It’s another step for our program,” says head coach Matt Riser. “We want to continue to take this thing to another level.”
They’ve steadily improved since Riser’s first year as head coach in 2014. It’s their second trip to the Baton Rouge regional in three years, and Riser says he reminded his team that it’s no easy feat.
“This wasn’t something just handed to you,” says Riser. “This wasn’t a favor handed out to you. This is something you earned. Now you’ve got to show the reason you’ve earned it. It’s because you’re a good club. You belong, and you’ve got a chance to go win this thing.”
Southeastern is the third seed in the Baton Rouge regional. They’re joined by Rice, Utah Valley and the host, LSU. The Lions first game is set for Friday evening at 7 p.m. against the Owls.
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