Men's Basketball slated to finish second in SWAC
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – One season after claiming the league's postseason tournament and falling to 64-58 to Gonzaga in the NCAA Tournament, Southern men's basketball fell five votes shy of being selected to finish first in the conference.
Texas Southern University was picked to win the 2013-14 Southwestern Athletic Conference men's basketball title in a preseason poll of the league's head coaches and sports information directors.
The announcement was made by the SWAC during its annual media teleconference on Wednesday, October 16.
The Tigers, last year’s SWAC regular season champions, earned 171 points, including 10 first-place votes, while Southern was selected to finish second accumulating 167 points and nine first-place votes. Arkansas-Pine Bluff picked up 132 points for a predicted third-place finish followed by Prairie View with 118 points to tally fourth.
Rounding out the poll includes: Jackson State (99 points), Alabama A&M (95 points - two first-place vote), Alabama State (93 points), Alcorn State (70 points), Mississippi Valley State (65 points) and Grambling State (34 points).
Southern's non-conference schedule has received a considerable upgrade thanks to road games at Marquette, Flordia, Arizona and Baylor and home dates against Tulane and Arkansas-Little Rock.
The Jaguars will also be featured in five television broadcasts over two networks including ESPNU (Jan. 6 at Texas Southern; Feb. 17 vs. Mississippi Valley) and Cox Sports (Jan. 25 vs. Alabama A&M; Jan. 27 vs. Alabama State; March 8 vs. Texas Southern).