12 March 2013

2013 SWAC Tournament Predictions

You know what grinds my gears? This tournament is not being hosted in Dallas, it is being held in Garland. Yes, Garland is a suburb of Dallas, but again, the tournament is not being held in Dallas. Is it semantics? Of course, because it would have been such a big deal to put Garland, TX on the logo, right? My little rant aside, the SWAC Tournament should be interesting considering that two of the three teams that were above .500 this year overall, Texas Southern, who won the conference in the regular season, and Arkansas Pine-Bluff, are both ineligible due to sanctions. Therefore, it would be a huge upset if Southern did not win this tournament. But could it happen? Since I have stated that I am going to do predictions for every conference tournament, here are my predictions for the 2013 SWAC Tourney.

Quarterfinals - March 13/14
#6 Alabama A&M vs. #7 Grambling State (3/13; 9:00)
Pick: Alabama A&M

#3 Alcorn State vs. #6 Prairie View A&M (3/13; 9:00)
Pick: Alcorn State

#2 Jackson State vs. #5 Alabama State (3/13; 1:30)
Pick: Alabama State

Semifinals - March 15
#1 Southern vs. #6 Alabama A&M (9:00)
Pick: Southern

#3 Alcorn State vs. #5 Alabama State (1:30)
Pick: Alabama State

Final - March 16
#1 Southern vs. #5 Alabama State (ESPN2, 4:30)
The Tigers beat the Hornets by an average of 11 points this year. Expect something similar.
Pick: Southern

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