Arkansas-Pine Bluff punched its first ticket to Dayton the NCAA Tournament by topping Texas Southern 50-38 in the SWAC title game Saturday night. Tavaris Washington scored 14 points and tournament MVP Allen Smith added 11 for the champs,
The game, which a quick google news search proves was the least-covered conference title contest in the history of college basketball, was the lowest scoring conference championship game of the '10 postseason thus far. It also marked the least aesthetically-pleasing thing I've witnessed since the ill-conceived "Ladies of Antarctica" pageant in '97.
The Golden Lions have the worst overall record (17-15) and RPI (186) of all the teams that have secured automatic bids, all but assuring the continuance of the trend of a historically black college participating in the play-in game. The One Blogging Moment crystal ball (it's pretty legit) predicts that the Winthrop Eagles will be joining them in the home of the Pine Club.
Pine Bluff could make Tuesday night a lot more entertaining for all of us if they could somehow find a way to get assistant coaches Nick Van Exel and Vin Baker eligible for action. The OBM crystal ball says the outlook does not look promising.