This is part 17 of a 32-part preview.
Prairie View A&M 12-6
Texas Southern 12-6
Arkansas-Pine Bluff 12-6
Jackson St 9-9
Alabama St 8-10
Alcorn St 7-11
Mississippi Valley St 4-14
Alabama A&M 3-15
Quarterfinals are March 6 at campus sites. The final 4 will then converge in Houston on March 9-10.
10 teams in the conference, but only 8 play. Two teams are ineligible for postseason - Grambling and Alabama A&M. In years past, all 10 teams would play the tournament anyways. This led to a couple occasions where an ineligible team played in the final, meaning there was no autobid on the line in the final. The SWAC has remedied that situation. Thank GOD.
1) Arkansas-Pine Bluff vs. 8) Mississippi Valley St
4) Southern vs. 5) Jackson St
3) Texas Southern vs. 6) Alabama St
2) Prairie View A&M vs. 7) Alcorn St
The SWAC is the worst conference. Everyone but Grambling is below .500 overall. Send the winner to Dayton. There's nothing else left to say.
I do believe UAPB holds a NIT auto-bid in its hands, as being the "champion" of record for this conference, since Grambling is ineligible.