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NCAA Basketball March Madness

2013 NCAA Tournament Profile: SWAC Champion Southern Jaguars

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Record: 23-9

RPI: 187

BPI: 167

Conference: Southwestern Athletic Conference

How They Qualified: SWAC Tournament Champions

 

The Southern University Jaguars do not hold a long or storied history of success in the world of college basketball. In fact, this will only be their eighth appearance in the NCAA Tournament, a postseason even in which they have only won a single game in.

The season started off poorly for Southern, as they lost five of their first six games. The course was then corrected in a 14 game winning streak. Southern played in a one-bid league — so making the big dance required they earned the automatic qualifier.

The team is coached by Roman Banks, who is in his second year on the job.

 

What You Need to Know:

Leading Scorer: Malcolm Miller (16.1 ppg)

Leading Rebounder: Brandon Moore (7.1 rpg)

Leading Passer: Jameel Grace (3.7 apg)

Bad Losses: TCU, Alcorn State

Good Wins: Texas A&MTexas Southern

 

Southern boasts two players who score over 16 points per game, Malcolm Miller and Derick Beltran. Both guards, those two will have to do all the heavy lifting offensively if the Jaguars have dreams of advancing in the dance.

The Jaguars played in a weak league and still managed to lose to some pretty poor teams along the way. Their outlook in the NCAA Tournament isn’t as bright as some other mid-majors out there. But who knows, stranger things have happened this time of the year.

The Southern University Jaguars are dancing!

 

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