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NCAA Tournament Preview: Norfolk State Spartans

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The Basics

  • Record: 24-9 (13-3 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference)
  • Best Wins: Drexel, Long Island
  • Worst Losses: Elizabeth City State (SERIOUSLY), Morehead State, Coppin State, Delaware State
  • Admirable Losses: Marquette (twice)

Statistically Speaking (national ranking)

  • The good: 30.5 Def. 3P% (20th), 77.9" Average height (22nd), 45.4 Def. eFG% (32nd)
  • The bad: Strength of schedule (308th), 21.5 Off. TO% (246th), 31.4 3P% (282nd)
  • The interesting: Norfolk State's stellar 3P% and eFG% numbers on defense are ridiculously misleading. The MEAC ranked 32 out of 33 conferences in three-point accuracy (31.4%) during the year, and the Spartans' 28.9% number during conference play was only the fourth-lowest total in the league. The verdict? Nobody in the MEAC can shoot threes. Defense ain't got nuthin' to do wit' it.
What to Expect

Kentucky or Syracuse. And then a complete destruction. The MEAC is a breeding ground for 16-seeds, and it's a safe bet that Norfolk State will probably draw one of the two best squads in America (unless it lands in a play-in game first). Then again, this is the Spartans' first NCAA tournament in school history, so they're clearly just happy to be there. Take that, Northwestern.