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NCAA Tournament Cheat Sheet: Getting to know North Carolina A&T

Mar 16, 2013, 7:02 PM EDT

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Conference: Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

Coach: Cy Alexander

Record: 19-16

Rankings and Ratings:

– Kenpom: 228

– RPI: 224

– AP/USA Today: N/A

Seeding?: Our Dave Ommen had the then-unknown MEAC champs as locks for a 16 seed in Saturday’s bracket projection.

Names you need to know: Adrian Powell (12.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg), Lamont Middleton (12.4 ppg, 2.4 apg), Austin Witter (7.1 rpg, 2.9 bpg)

Stats you need to know: 0-9. That’s the Aggies’ record in the NCAA tournament.

Tendencies: A&T tends to be right smack in the middle of every measurable stat in the MEAC. It’s uncanny.

Big wins, bad losses: No big wins. Eight bad losses in conference play.

How’d they get here?: The Aggies beat the league’s N0. 2 seed, North Carolina Central, in the quarterfinals, but were spared a date with the Norfolk State Spartans – owners of a 16-0 league record – when Bethune-Cookman pulled off a huge upset the same night. The Aggies beat Morgan State in the final game to earn the auto-bid.

Outlook: It sounds mean to say so, but 0-10 seems likely.

How do I know you?: You probably don’t.

  1. baseballstars - Mar 16, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    First, congrats to the Aggies and their fans. I wish you well in the tournament, and if you are indeed a 16 seed, I hope you beat a 1 seed.

    That being said, I was very unhappy with the way the MEAC turned out. This year more than any year, the ceiling of college basketball’s best teams was at a low I can never recall before. A 1 seed was ripe for the picking, but the problem is that there were too many upsets in the smaller conference tourneys. So the floor of bad teams has lowered the floor of college basketball teams in the tournament more than the ceiling has been lowered.

    Who knows, maybe Liberty, NC A&T, and/or Southern will make history. I’ll be pulling for it to happen.

  2. baseballstars - Mar 16, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    ^Wow, poor grammar. Sorry, I’m watching the UFC and college basketball, so my attention is divided. What I meant to say was that the floor of teams getting into the tournament has lowered much more than the ceiling. If last year’s 16 seeds were playing this season, then they would have a much better chance of pulling off an upset against a 1 than the 16 seeds of this season.

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