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|