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Quickie summary then need to get the bald spot groomed at Mop City:

If FIU wins Thursday at Louisiana Tech, which is 10-18 overall and 3-11 in Conference USA, the Panthers are in the conference tournament.

Six of the eight spots in the Conference USA tournament have been filled. FIU sits seventh with a 7-7 conference record, one game ahead of 6-8s Marshall and Middle Tennessee State and two up on 5-9 Charlotte. Middle and Marshall close the season against each other. FIU's final match is at Charlotte, next Saturday.

So, an FIU win Thursday means the Panthers can't be caught by Charlotte and can only be caught by either Marshall or Middle, but not both because those two play each other.

A Panthers loss Thursday, while the kind of blown opportunity that calls into question if they deserve to be in the tournament, still could leave FIU in a great position. Marshall plays CUSA's best team, Western Kentucky. Middle plays North Texas, right now tied for the fourth seed. Charlotte plays FAU, the No. 6 team. If all three lose (not just a possibility, a probability), FIU's in the tournament.

If it comes down to tiebreakers, FIU has the head-to-head tiebreaker over Marshall. Middle has the head-to-head tiebreaker over FIU. Charlotte has it on Middle. Marshall and Charlotte met twice, splitting matches.






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