The 2012 Southland Conference Tournament draws to a close Saturday, with Lamar emerging as the favorite to win the conference following the upset win of McNeese State over favorite UT-Arlington. Since Lamar head coach Pat Knight's now-infamous sound bites regarding the play and behavior of his seniors, the team has won five straight.
The winner of the McNeese / Lamar final will earn an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament, and at the moment SB Nation's resident bracketologist Chris Dobbertean has the Cardinals as a sacrificial No. 16 seed, playing No. 1 seed Kansas in the first round. That positioning isn't likely to change if McNeese can carry through and make an amazing upset run for the Southland bid, considering the Cowboys (17-14) have a weaker record than Lamar (22-11).
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