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Welcome to the Dance, Hampton Pirates

Posted on: March 12, 2011 4:14 pm
Edited on: March 12, 2011 5:42 pm

Brandon TunnellYou may not remember the Hampton Pirates, but Iowa State fans do. The Pirates engineered one of the all-time great upsets in NCAA tournament history in 2001, upsetting Larry Eustachy's 2nd-seeded Cyclones 58-57.

With 68 teams getting in this year, a 15 seed might just be a warm memory, but that doesn't matter to fans of the HBCU located in Hampton, VA. The Pirates are going dancing again.

Hampton survived a 25-point explosion from Morgan State's DeWayne Jackson to claim the MEAC postseason title with a 60-55 win. Hampton's guard tandem of Brandon Tunnell (right) and Darion Pellum combined to score 32 points, including an excellent 12-14 from the free throw line, to hold onto the late lead. Danny Agbelese contributed 3 blocks in his role as defensive stopper.

Vital Statistics

Record: 24-8, 11-5
Team colors: Blue and white
We're thinking: 16 seed rating: 211
RPI: 163
Best win: Colorado State
Worst loss: Florida A&M (twice)
Notable stat: The Pirates are very good at denying the two-point bucket. Opponents average just 41 percent inside the arc against Hampton.
Most recent tournament history: 2006, lost to Monmouth in the preliminary round.

Posted by Eric Angevine

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