Despite a 2-10 Southland Conference record, the University of Central Arkansas Bears still amazingly have an outside shot of gaining a Southland Conference basketball tournament berth.
Eight teams make the tournament field. The champs of each division gain automatic spots. Then, it's the next six teams with the best records.
But to gain a spot, UCA must do something it hasn't done in the last month or so — win.
The Bears are within two games of three teams vying for tournament berths and have games left against all three, two of them at home: Nicholls State (4-8, on the road Wednesday); Southeastern Louisiana (3-9, home Saturday); Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (3-9, on the road, March 3.
"We think we have two winnable games this week (Nicholls State and Southeastern Louisiana) and this team is not giving up and this coaching staff is not giving up," said UCA assistant coach Anthony Walker, who substituted for head coach Corliss Williamson, who had a meeting, at Monday's Bearbacker luncheon. "We are striving for consistency every day and holding these players accountable."