LAS VEGAS — Texas State hopes Lady Luck, mixed with a little bit of Liberty, is on its side in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament.
All 10 teams from the WAC converged on The Orleans to find out who will earn the right to call themselves conference champion and represent the league in the Big Dance. Each team — from No. 1 Louisiana Tech to the seventh-seeded Bobcats to No. 10 Seattle University — has an equal chance at cutting down the nets Saturday night.
“You either put a run together, or your season is over and you go home,” Texas State head coach Doug Davalos said. “We’d like to be that team to represent the WAC.”
It would be easy to write off the Bobcats before they even step on the court tonight at 8 p.m. against the Redhawks in the first of two play-in games. Even if Texas State knocks off Seattle, Davalos’ bunch draws No. 2 Denver (and its 17-1 record since New Year’s Eve) in the second round.
Then again, pundits probably said the same thing about the Flames before they shocked everybody to win the Big South Tournament. Only two 20-loss teams in history punched a ticket to the NCAA Tournament — and Liberty is one of them (Oakland, in 2005, was the other).