Your winners of the SWAC, Alabama State won the regular season and held firm in the conference tournament by defeating Jackson State in the finals. The Hornets expectations may not be too high, as their coach is thinking Dayton is in their immediate future. ASU has been to the tourney twice this decade, losing in the first round in 2001 and 2004 to Michigan State and Duke.
But really, the most important componet to this squad is their Chief.. as in Chief Kickingstallionisms. He's a 7'1" beast who is part Navajo, part Norwegian and wins the best name in college basketball in a landslide.
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Location: Montgomery, Alabama
Record: 22-9 (16-2)
Leading scorers: Brandon Brooks (13.8 ppg); Andrew Hayes (13.6 ppg)
What to know:
- This team has a strength of schedule of 342 and only played 5 games against teams in the RPI top 100.
- They were tops in their conference in offensive and defensive field goal percentage (47 and 39.6 percent, respectivly)
- Brandon Brooks is their leading scorer, but also sixth in the country in assists.
- The Hornets only rank in the top 50 in the country in two relevant statistics offensive field goal percentage and blocks per gam (47 percent; 8.2)
Projected seed: Play in game. Maybe a 16 seed, but who's keeping track eh?