College Basketball Nation: Alabama State Hornets

ESPN.com's SWAC preview

October, 22, 2012
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Before we get to the Blue Ribbon team-by-team previews for the Southwestern Athletic Conference, here is Eamonn Brennan's quick wind sprint through the league:



Blue Ribbon breakdowns of all 10 teams in the SWAC:

Alabama A&M
Alabama State
Alcorn State
Arkansas Pine-Bluff
Grambling
Jackson State InsiderFree
Mississippi Valley State
Prairie View A&M
Southern
Texas Southern

ESPN.com's SWAC preview

November, 1, 2011
11/01/11
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Before we get to the Blue Ribbon team-by-team previews for the Southwestern Athletic Conference, here is Eamonn Brennan's quick wind sprint through the league:



Blue Ribbon breakdowns of all 10 teams in the SWAC:

Alabama A&M
Alabama State InsiderFree
Alcorn State
Arkansas Pine-Bluff
Grambling
Jackson State
Mississippi Valley State
Prairie View A&M
Southern
Texas Southern

More SWAC content:
  • New Faces, New Places: Diamond Leung on new Southern coach Roman Banks, who inherits a mess in Baton Rouge after the firing of a coach and the scandal-induced resignation of an AD.
  • John Stovall gives the lowdown on the incoming freshmen in the SWAC.

The numbers you need to know

March, 1, 2011
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An inside look at the numbers behind Monday’s top performances:

1. Ben Hansbrough and Tim Abromaitis both scored 30 points as Notre Dame topped Villanova 93-72. They are the first Irish teammates to score 30 in the same game since Chris Quinn and Colin Falls against Seton Hall in 2006. Hansbrough had 10 assists to go with his 30 points, just the fifth player this season to do that. The last Notre Dame player with 30 points and 10 assists in a game was Chris Thomas in 2002. Hansbrough also added five assists to become just the second player from a power conference with a 30-10-5 over the past 15 seasons. The other was Jonny Flynn in 67 minutes of action against UConn in 2009.

2. The Fighting Irish finished 20-of-32 from 3-point range, setting a school record and tying a Big East record for 3s in a game. It’s the first time a team has hit 20 3s against a D-I opponent since Cornell against Brown last March. The Irish’s 62.5 3-point FG percentage was also historic. Over the past 15 seasons, there have only been two instances of a team attempting 32 3s and having a better 3-point percentage. Factoring in the increased worth of a 3-pointer, the Irish had a 75.0 effective field goal percentage, the highest by a Big East team in conference play since Georgetown’s 76.1 last season against Seton Hall.

3. Texas shot just 33.8 percent from the field in a 75-70 loss to Kansas State. It was the Longhorns’ worst shooting performance at home since shooting 32.2 percent in a loss to Oklahoma in 2001. Tristan Thompson was the lone exception offensively for Texas, scoring 26 points on 9-for-14 shooting. However, the rest of the Longhorns combined to shoot 25.9 percent. Kansas State has won five in a row and finished February 7-1.

4. Northern Colorado secured at least a share of the Big Sky title with a 77-74 win at Northern Arizona. As has been the case a lot recently, the story in this one was Devon Beitzel. He had a game-high 28 points thanks to a perfect 16-for-16 effort from the line. He’s the fifth player this season to attempt at least 16 free throws without a miss. On the season, Beitzel ranks sixth in the nation with a 90.7 free throw percentage. Beitzel averaged 24.6 ppg in February, ninth-best in the nation.

5. Texas Southern’s smooth trip to the NCAA tournament just hit a bump. The Tigers entered Monday 14-1 in SWAC play, including eight straight wins. That streak ended Monday with a 60-48 loss to Alabama State. Having already clinched the SWAC regular-season title, this wouldn’t be notable were it not for Texas Southern’s awful shooting performance. The Tigers shot just 31.7 percent from the field. Former Texas Longhorn Harrison Smith provided 17 points off the bench, but he was the only Tiger with more than two field goals. Texas Southern’s starting lineup combined to go 3-for-21 (14.3 percent).

The numbers you need to know

January, 7, 2011
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An inside look at some of Thursday's top performances:

1. Arizona's Derrick Williams had a career-high 31 points (including 19 in the second half), as the Wildcats held off Cal 73-71. The sophomore broke his own school record by attempting 22 free throws, of which he made 16. Averaging 9.5 attempts per game, Williams gets to the line more than any other power conference player. In fact, Rice’s Arsalan Kazemi (9.7) is the only player in the nation who spends more time at the line. If Williams keeps up this rate, he’d be the first Pac-10 player since Leon Powe in 2005 to average nine or more free throw attempts per game. Just how important is his performance at the line? Williams is shooting 81.9 percent from the charity stripe in Arizona’s wins, but just 52.0 percent in losses.

2. Illinois set a school-record by shooting 70.5 percent from the field in its 88-63 win against Northwestern. It topped a 1985 game in which the Illini shot 69.1 percent. The Big Ten hasn’t seen a conference game like this since 2004, when Michigan State shot 73.3 percent against Ohio State in 2004. Thursday’s performance also marked the second-highest field goal percentage in a game this season behind SMU’s 72.3 percent against Lamar in November. The Illini hit 18 of their first 22 shots (81.8 pct) to take a 23-point halftime lead. Through three Big Ten games, Illinois is shooting 64.7 percent from the field and 63.6 percent from 3-point range.

3. Northern Arizona avoided an 0-3 start to its Big Sky schedule with an 82-80 overtime win against Idaho State. Cameron Jones was the hero with 31 of his career-high 37 points coming after halftime. However, the more interesting scoring line came from teammate Stallon Saldivar. The sophomore point guard handed out a career-high 13 assists, but didn’t score a single point. It’s the most assists in a scoreless game since Charlotte’s DiJuan Harris had 15 back in 2009. Saldivar also didn’t have a turnover in this one, giving him the most assists without a turnover in a game this season. While several players have matched his 13, the last player to put up more assists without a turnover was UTEP’s Filiberto Rivera with 18 in 2005. On the season, Saldivar has a 3.54 assist-to-turnover ratio, sixth-best in the nation.

4. Boise State needed four overtimes to top San Jose State 102-101, a game that resulted in a bevy of fun facts. It marked the Broncos' longest-ever game, and matched a record set in 1985 for SJSU. The Spartans scored more than 100 points for the first time since 1979, a stretch of 914 games. San Jose State’s Justin Graham played all 60 minutes and matched his career-high with 29 points. The Spartans played all of the extra frames without Adrian Oliver, the nation’s third-leading scorer. Boise State’s marathon man was Paul Noonan, who finished with 20 points and nine rebounds in 57 minutes. The Broncos missed six of 10 free throws in the final two minutes of regulation, but then hit 12 of 14 in the overtimes.

5. Imagine your starting lineup scoring only 15 points. Now imagine actually winning that game. That’s what happened in Alabama State’s 50-47 victory against Grambling State. The Hornets starters combined to shoot 4-for-18 from the field and 6-for-17 from the line. The 15 points from the starters is fewest in a win since last season when St. John’s beat Cincinnati despite just 13 points out of its starting lineup. Alabama State is the lowest-scoring team in the nation (52.9 ppg), and its starters only average 25.9 ppg, the fewest in the nation. At just 8.0 ppg, Kenderek Washington is the leading scorer for the Hornets, a team that made the NCAA tournament in 2009.

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