SWAC BASKETBALL: TODAY IS “D” DAY !!.WHO WILL ADVANCE TO THE FINALS!

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As many conference basketball tournaments are under way, there are several bubble teams needing to get a few more wins or even win their conference tournament just to go dancing. However, in the SWAC, there is only one way to get to the dance…..Win the tournament period! Action starts today as both men and women kick off start at 12 noon when Southern’s women take on PVAMU followed by Southern’s men taking on top seeded UAPB at 2:30. The evening session kicks off as Texas Southern’s women battle Grambling at 6 followed by TSU men taking on the number 2 seed PVAMU at 8:30 pm. 

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On the men side, Southern University has a great chance to redeem themselves as the Jaguars take on UAPB. Both teams split their regular season meeting winning at home with the Jaguars having the point spread on head to head match ups. UAPB’s Martaveous McKnight and Trent Steen pace the Lions attack. Both were MVP and 2nd team All SWAC respectively. UAPB are long and athletic and could cause a problem for the turnover prone Jaguars. Southern is paced by All SWAC Center Jared Sam, however Eddie Reese and Chris Thomas have double their output as of late to help Sam on offense. Southern leads the conference in rebounding and could make this one great game. 

Realsportsrealtalk prediction UAPB 66-61

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PVAMU and Texas Southern have been playing lights out this past week or so. Both teams are on a 3 game winning streak and both split the season series with home teams winning. However PVAMU holds the point differential to gain the number 2 seed. Coach Byron Smith has done a great job in getting the Panthers back on track and in the top 4 teams in the SWAC.  Zachary Hamilton and  Gary Blackston, lead a bevy of scorers for the Panthers as they can light it up behind the arc. Texas Southern is the scariest team in the tournament. The Tigers are the defending champs and would like it to again to earn a trip to the dance. However, Coach Mike Davis has had a tough year with internal issues and player suspensions that almost derailed the Tigers season. With players being reinstated, TSU looks like a winner.

Realsportsrealtalk prediction TSU 85-81 OT 

 

 

 

 

 

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SWAC Basketball: Grambling wins regular season trophy , others prepare for SWAC Tournament….

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The college basketball season has had its ups and downs. For those teams looking for a second chance at post season, it starts now as many conference tournaments are under way. On Tuesday, the SWAC Tournament begins as eight teams vie for the conference ticket to the big dance. Grambling State on the other hand wrapped up the regular season championship trophy will not be able to participate in the tournament due to APR issues. The G-MEN consolation will be another championship trophy added next to the football championship trophy in the trophy case. Alabama A&M didn’t qualify for the tournament as well. 

 

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Two of the hottest teams entering the tournament are both of the Texas schools, Texas Southern and PVAMU. The Tigers are the defending champions and have been playing great ball when all their pieces are in place. Coach Mike Davis has stabilize the team after on goings suspensions almost derailed the Tigers season. TSU coming off a sweep of Southern and Alcorn State looks like the team to beat in Houston. PVAMU , under Coach Byron Smith has shown glimpses of dominance as the Panthers have been on a tear as of late also completing a sweep of Alcorn State and Southern. Both teams are hosting first round games and could meet up again in the Semis on Friday night in Houston.

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UAPB snagged the first seed in the tournament after whipping Mississippi Valley in the season finale at home. The Lions must tame the Devils again on Tuesday as the match up in a first round tilt. Beating a team 3 times can be a tough task if the Lions want to advance on to Houston. 

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The match up of the tournament could be in Baton Rouge as Southern , who has struggled as of late host also another team that has struggled, Jackson State. Both teams split the regular season meeting with the visiting team winning.  Jackson State poses a serious problem for the Jaguars as the Tigers are physical and they do board. However, the Jaguars lead the conference in rebounding and Jared Sam has played lights out. The winner will advance to Houston hoping for a miracle. 

 

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SWAC MEN’S BASKETBALL: BIG WEEKEND PLANNED IN BATON ROUGE WITH TSU AND PVAMU COMING TO TOWN….GSU LOSING IT’S GRIP ON THE CROWN?…

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Today is a huge day in SWAC basketball as the men’s teams start jockeying for seeds in the SWAC Tournament to be held in Houston next weekend. However, what’s more importantly up for grabs is 4 home court seeds #1-4. UAPB, Southern, Texas Southern and PVAMU are all currently tied at 10-6 in second place. However, another loss for Grambling would mean that a regular season championship trophy would be on the line as well. Jackson State sitting at 9-7 is on the outside looking in.

SWAC W-L GB PCT W-L PCT STRK
Grambling 11-5 .688 15-14 .517 L2
Arkansas-Pine Bluff 11-6 .5 .647 11-20 .355 L1
Southern 10-6 1 .625 14-15 .483 L1
Prairie View A&M 10-6 1 .625 13-17 .433 W2
Texas Southern 10-6 1 .625 10-19 .345 W2
Jackson State 9-7 2 .563 12-17 .414 W2
Alcorn State 7-9 4 .438 11-18 .379 W1
Alabama State 7-9 4 .438 7-21 .250 L2
Mississippi Valley State 4-13 7.5 .235 4-26 .133 W1
Alabama A&M 2-14 9 .125 2-27 .069 L12

 

It starts tonight as Texas Southern visits Baton Rouge to take on Southern in a rematch from earlier this season. During that game TSU’S Demontrae Jefferson and Southern’s Chris Thomas were ejected for attempting to fight which included a one game suspension as well. Since then, TSU has struggled as of late with in house issues and Southern has won their last 6 out of 7 ball games. Picked to finish 1 and 2 in the SWAC Preseason Polls, things are starting to come together as the season end nears. With a chance to win a regular season championship and host a first round SWAC Tournament game, this game could be the main attraction on the docket tonight. TSU’s Derrick Bruce and Donte Clark have played lights out. TSU also gets back their 7 footer, Trayvon Reed just in time. Southern’s Jared Sam has put up great numbers to be in the mix for SWAC player of the year. Eddie Reese and Emmanuel Sheppard have increased their scoring out put to help Sam along the way.

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PVAMU is also looking to stay in the mix as the Panthers invade the Scalping Grounds to take on the Alcorn State Braves. PVAMU is coming off a sweep of both Alabama State and Alabama A&M. They are looking to do the same against the Braves, however, this Alcorn team has improves and dominated opponents at home. PVAMU will counter with Gary Blankston , Zachary Hamilton, and Dennis Jones to lead the way. Alcorn’s A.J Mosely has played lights out and will look to give the Panthers the blues at home.

Win streak snapped at 11 as GSU falls to UAPB

Grambling will look to rebound after being sweep at home by UAPB and MVSU. The Tigers hold a half a game lead over UAPB, Southern, TSU and PVAMU. The G-MEN must win on the road if the want to claim that regular season trophy. It starts tonight in Huntsville as the Tigers look to avenge an early season lost to the AAMU Bulldogs. It will be tough for Coach Donte Jackson Tiger who then must ravel to Montgomery to take on those Hornets of Alabama State on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers season will end in Montgomery regardless of what the outcome will be.

Jackson State is hoping for a miracle as they would also like to host a first round game. The Tigers must defeat a tough Alabama State team on the road if the plan on hosting. The Tigers struggled to defeat a tough MVSU team by 1 at home. So those Hornets may have something to say. Alabama State is looking for momentum heading into the tournament. Any win will do. 

Golden Lions miss opportunity to rise to top of the SWAC with 51-48 loss to Jackson State

UAPB will have an open date until Saturday win the upset minded MVSU Delta Devils come to town. With the outcomes from the Southern-TSU and PVAMU-Alcorn pending, the Lions are hoping for the best if the want that trophy also. MVSU will be the 8th seed so the Devils know what’s important to them, beat the Lions and carry momentum back on the road for the tournament.

 

  

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Men’s SWAC Basketball: UAPB steals one at GSU,….SU, PV, TSU locked in a log jam….

Win streak snapped at 11 as GSU falls to UAPB

The 2017-2018 SWAC Basketball season is nearly done as we head into the final week of the conference slate. UAPB ended Grambling’s 11 game win streak defeating the Tigers in Grambling 75-66. UAPB needed that win to stay a half of game up on Southern to remain in 2nd place, however still staying in the hunt for the number one seed in next’s month SWAC tournament. Travon Harper led Arkansas-Pine Bluff with 16 points, six rebounds, and two blocks, while Terrance Banyard registered 12 points, five rebounds, three blocks and one steal. 

Braves Knock Off Southern 89-85

Southern needed to win at Alcorn to stay in the hunt as well, however the Braves had other plans as they defeated the Jaguars 89-85 at home. Senior A.J. Mosby, the reigning SWAC Player of the Week winner, poured in a game-high 24 points to go along with his five assists and four rebounds to pace the Braves. Junior Dante Sterling also had a big night with 22 points. Southern was paced by  Jared Sam who recorded 23 points and seven rebounds. Eddie Reese and Jamar Sandifer scored 19 points apiece. With that lost, that puts the Jaguars in a tie for 3rd with PV and TSU haeding into the final weekend. The Jaguars host TSU on Thursday and PVAMU on Saturday to close out the 2017-2018 campaign. 

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PVAMU held on to defeat Alabama State 80-74 at home to complete a season sweep of the Hornets as well as stay in the hunt to host a SWAC quarterfinal game. PVAMU was paced by Dennis Jones led the Panthers in scoring with 23 points. Zachary Hamilton tallied 15 points and Gary Blackston registered 14 points. The Hornets were paced by Reginald Gee  with 17 points. 

Jackson State fought off a tough MVSU team to win 60-59 in Jackson. The Tigers were paced by Jeremiah Jefferson 18 points. Maurice Rivers added 17 points while Treshawn Bolden and Paris Collins each tallied double digit rebounding totals (11 and 10). MVSU was lead by Jordan Evans 20 points. 

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Texas Southern took out it’s frustrations on former assistant coach Donnie Marsh and his AAMU Bulldogs 106-71 thrashing in Houston. TSU was paced by Derrick Bruce 35 points.  Fellow teammate Demontrae Jefferson scored 28  followed by Donte Clark’s 21 points. 

 

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SWAC MEN’S BASKETBALL : ARE THE GRAMBLING STATE TIGERS FOR REAL

 

The 2017-2018 SWAC Men’s basketball season has started with tempting enthusiasm however as we reach the home stretch, there’s one major surprise team that no one picked to finish first not by a long shot. During the Preseason media and coaches picks, Texas Southern and Southern University were picked to finish 1 and 2 in the conference races. However, Coach Donte Jackson and his Grambling Tigers had other plans. Yes, Southern University has held on to their prediction as the Jags sit tied for second in the race with newcomer UAPB. However Texas Southern has faltered as of late with internal issues that has Mike Davis and his Tigers chasing their tails. TSU sits in 5th place tied with PVAMU. 

The Grambling Tigers , currently on an 11 game win streak which is the longest in school’s history sits alone up top on the SWAC standing with a 1.5 game lead over Southern. Coach Jackson, a translant from the NAIA ranks has gotten the Tigers to buy into his philosophy and the Tigers have been roaring since. Ivy Smith and Shirmane Thomas have been playing lights out averaging 16 and 10 points respectively. Role players like Anthony Gaston and Axel Mopolo lead a stable of balance scores as well for the GMEN. Coach Jackson’s squad has picked up the defense as of late causing turnovers with their variety of presses. Many Grambling faithful believe that this team is one of the best of all time.

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Paul Bryant, Grambling State Athletic Director has done a grand ole job in hiring his former pupil to lead the Tiger basketball program. Donte Jackson arrived in Grambling with high expectations , however the Tigers were dealt a major blow with NCAA APR stipulations that may put the hottest team in the SWAC on the shelf as the NCAA tournament tips off next month. But to Jackson playing for a regular season championship will be a great consolation prize.  Like , their counterparts on the football field, it would be a magical year for the Grambling State Athletic program to win both football and basketball championships in the same season. That there would be a great accomplishment for the entire Tiger community and family.

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With home games remaining against UAPB and MVSU followed by a road trip to Alabama to take on the Bulldogs and Hornets, two teams that swept the Tigers earlier this season in Grambling, the Tigers still have work to do. Are they for real. Can the GMEN add to their collection of SWAC Championships in another sport outside of football. Stay tuned. 

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2017 SWAC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: TIGERS ROAR AS THEY HOLD OFF FEISTY BRAVES 40-32….NEXT STOP IS ATLANTA!!

Tigers capture second consecutive SWAC Championship

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The 2017 version of the Grambling Tigers didn’t fold the tent this year like in the past. Coach Broderick Fobbs challenged his Tigers to remain hungry and humble, however when it came down to advancing to the 2017 Celebration Bowl, the G-MEN keep it together as the held off the Braves 40-32 to advance to the Celebration Bowl as the SWAC representative.  Alcorn State made it a game early on keeping pace with the Tigers, however the second quarter and third proved too much as the Tigers raced out to a 40-10 lead. Alcorn made a game of it as they scored 3 times to cut the deficit to 8 points with nearly a minute to go in the game. The G-MEN’S defense stood up and held on as time ticked off to seal the victory. QB DeVante Kincaid was sweet as ever he completed 14-of-24 passes for 223 yards with two touchdowns and rushed for 75 yards with two more scores on the ground as the Tigers rode their horse to victory. RB Martez Carter was held in check but did get to pay dirt with a 5 yard run of his own. WR Quintin Guice  caught 3 balls for 63 yards and 1 score. TE Jordan Jones continued his solid play as well scoring a 15 yards TD strike from Kincaid. Defensively, the G-MEN were paced by  De’Andre Hogues and T’Kev. Rockwell with 7 stops each. Percy Cargo added 6 stops for the Tigers. Alcorn State was paced by QB Lenooris Footman’s 307 yards passing with 1 score. RB DeLance Turner’s 134 yards rushing with 2 scores was tops in the Braves rushing attack.

Alcorn’s Ferocious Comeback Attempt Falls Just Short at SWAC Championship

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 With the victory, the Grambling Tigers turn their attention to former GSU Head Coach Rod Broadway and his North Carolina A&T Aggies in their much anticipated much in the Celebration Bowl to be held December 16 at the new Mercedes Benz Stadium in down town Atlanta, Georgia to be shown on national television via ABC-Network at noon to start the 2017-2018 College Bowl season. 

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Realsportsrealtalk Midweek Commentary: CAN ALCORN STATE THROW A WRENCH INTO THE ANTICIPATED BROADWAY/FOBBS BOWL MATCH UP?

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In society today, college athletics hinges it’s budget on anticipated match ups and outcomes. In speaking of the 2017 Celebration Bowl taking place in Atlanta, the media along with fans from MEAC Champion North Carolina A&T and SWAC contender Grambling State have their own opinions about who’s has the best HBCU Football program along with the best head coach in the business. North Carolina A&T head coach Rod Broadway, a former Grambling State head coach has turned the Aggies into perennial winners. Broadway is fresh off his 2017 MEAC coach of the year and he has also placed at least 10-12 Aggies on the All Conference teams just realed earlier this week. That speaks volumes for the Aggie program. However, Grambling State still has work to do in order for this dream match up to take place next weekend. The Alcorn State Braves stand in the way of the Tigers. Earlier this season, Coach Broderick Fobbs and his G-MEN made a statement destroying the Braves 41-14 in Grambling putting an end to who has the most dominate team in the SWAC. However, a rematch for the 3RD consecutive year is sure to be an eye opener for fans to see. Grambling is fresh off a tough hard fought come from behind victory over Southern 30-21 in the Bayou Classic. Alcorn State on the other hand had an open week to rest and prepare for the winner of that game and will look to return the favor to the Tigers Saturday in Houston. Coach Fred McNair and his Braves lost to a lowly Jackson State Tiger team 7-3 two weeks ago. However, the Braves had already punched their ticket to Houston. With this being the final installment of the SWAC Championship game, I do expect the Braves to come out better prepared for the Tigers. Braves QB Noah Johnson has played lights out passing for 782 yards and 4 scores. Johnson has also did damage rushing for 333 yards and 6 scores on the ground. Let’s not forget QB sensation Lenooris Footman who may be back after getting injured in the Grambling game earlier this season. Footman at 100% could pose a problem to the Tigers tired defense. RB DeLance Turner also can be an issue rushing for 1,221 yards and 8 scores. RB P.J Simmons 636 and 7 scores is a nice complement to Turner in the ground game. WR Norlando Veals 45 catches for 816 yards and 6 scores lead the Braves passing attack. Defensively, the Braves Leishaun Ealey and Brady Smith lead the Braves with 51 stops each. Alvin Wilson and S. Muhammad have 44 stops each. Three years ago, the Braves ruined the Tigers magical season defeating the Tigers 49-21 to advance to the first ever Celebration Bowl. This year, coach Fred McNair is looking for payback as his Braves are looking to surprise the favorites..G-MEN and throw a wrench into the FOBBS/BROADWAY match up. Can they do it?………………….realsportsrealtalk….

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