Monday, March 7, 2016

SWAC conference tournament preview

This is part 19 of a 32-part series that will take a look at every conference and conference tournament in the country.  We'll recap who's playing and what the stakes are for each team in the conference.

The standings:
Texas Southern 16-2 (17-13)
Alcorn St 13-5 (15-14)
Jackson St 12-6 (17-14)
Southern 11-7 (19-12)
Alabama St 9-9 (14-16)
Prairie View A&M 7-11 (7-23)
Mississippi Valley St 6-12 (6-26)
Alabama A&M 6-12 (10-17)
Arkansas-Pine Bluff 6-12 (8-24)
Grambling St 4-14 (7-23)

Tournament format:
Improvement for the league:  only Alcorn St is APR'd this year.  However, all 10 teams are going to Houston.  Tuesday March 8 to Saturday March 12.

The matchups:
1) Texas Southern vs. 8/9) Alabama A&M/Arkansas-Pine Bluff
4) Southern vs. 5) Alabama St
2) Alcorn St vs. 7/10) Mississippi Valley St/Grambling
3) Jackson St vs. 6) Prairie View A&M

The stakes:
Who cares, they're all going to Dayton no matter who wins.  There's actually two other teams over .500; the CIT can invite them at their own peril.  That's all I got here.  TSU doesn't have the resume like it had last year.

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