March Madness Sun Belt: ULL Wins Friday, Faces Tourney Favorite Middle Tennessee

Middle 20 fans should root hard for Middle Tennessee, because they truly deserve a bid regardless as the 27th best team in www.kenpom.com behind the duo of Marcos Knight and Bruce Massey, two of the top 100 Low-Major players. However, South Alabama's Augustine Rubit is the top ranked player in teh conference and 15th overall. Championship in Hot Springs Arkansas on March 11.

1-seed Middle Tennessee plays Saturday at 7:30 ET against 8-seed Louisiana Lafayette, which beat Western Kentucky 74-60 Friday. ULL has the second best player the conference in Elfrid Payton, the 20th best player in the Low-Majors.

2-seed Arkansas State faces a surprise opponent in Troy, which came back to stun Florida Atlantic 81-79. 

Conf Rnk Low-Maj Rnk Elite 8 Players/Teams Sun Belt Ht LM Val Add
1 15 Rubit, Augustine South Alabama 6-07 9.68
2 20 Payton, Elfrid Louisiana Lafayette 6-03 9.17
3 27 Murphy, Tymell Florida International 6-05 8.86
4 40 Gantt, Greg Florida Atlantic 6-02 8.16
5 42 Knight, Marcos Middle Tennessee 6-02 7.95
6 90 Massey, Bruce Middle Tennessee 6-03 6.61
7 95 Peterson, Brandon Arkansas St. 6-08 6.54
8 98 Hale, Michael Texas San Antonio 5-09 6.48
1 27 Team Rank Middle Tennessee    
2 123 Team Rank Arkansas St.    
3 188 Team Rank Western Kentucky    
4 193 Team Rank South Alabama    
5 205 Team Rank Florida International    
6 216 Team Rank Arkansas Little Rock    
7 229 Team Rank Florida Atlantic    
8 232 Team Rank North Texas  

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