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NCAA Tournament Cheat Sheet: Getting To Know: Southern

Mar 16, 2013, 7:11 PM EDT

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Conference: Southwestern Athletic Conference

Coach: Roman Banks

Record: 23-9

Rankings and Ratings:

- Kenpom: 162
– RPI: 49
– AP/USA Today: N/A

Seeding?: Our Dave Ommen had Southern as a No. 16 seed playing in one of the First Four in Saturday’s bracket projection.

Names you need to know: Malcolm Miller (16.1 ppg, 5.9 rpg), Derrick Beltran(16.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg), Javan Mitchell (9.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg)

Stats you need to know: Scoring defense for Southern is the key. Roman Banks is a discipline coach and under him the Jaguars hold teams to exactly 57 points per game after holding Prairie View A&M to 44 points in the SWAC title game. The Southern scoring defense is good for thirteenth in the nation. In Saturday’s win, Southern held Prairie View A&M’s Jourdan DeMuynck to 15 points after he went for 37 the night before against Jackson State

How’d they get here?: Southern made it to the field of 68 by only needing to win a pair of tournament games in order to clinch the automatic bid. Southern actually finished second in the SWAC, but because of postseason bans, Texas Southern was not in the tournament.

Outlook: Probably not good. Like previously stated, Southern is pegged for a No. 16 seed and even before the Jaguars play one of the four No. 1 seeds, they will likely need to play a game in Dayton at the First Four before.

How do I know you?: Like all No. 16 seeds, it’s been impossible to beat a No. 1 seed thus far. Also, it’s uncertain whether Southern will even get that chance as they are slated to play the MEAC winner in the First Four. However, this is a tremendous turnaround for the Jaguars. Two years after the program’s worst record, 4-26 and Southern is in the big dance.

Terrence is also the lead writer at NEHoopNews.com and can be followed on Twitter: @terrence_payne

  1. 4cornersfan - Mar 16, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    The Mountain West just finished its tournament, New Mexico (28-5, second behind Duke in RPI, and the MWC regular season champion) beat UNLV, shutting down a very good team in it’s own arena. UNM also beat a very good San Diego State team last night and beat an excellent Wyoming team last Wednesday to start on its tourney run. The MWC is first in the nation in RPI and will most likely 5 of its 8 teams will go to the NCAA Tournament. And yet not one word about New Mexico, the best defensive team in the country, or the MWC, the best conference in the country, in the last 3 days. Do you guys really follow college basketball or just get your stuff from the headlines in USA Today?

  2. baseballstars - Mar 17, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    Congrats, Southern. Hopefully you guys can pull of the near impossible.

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