UAPB makes push for SWAC tourney
If the Southwestern Athletic Conference basketball tournaments started today, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff males’s and women’s teams would be on their way to the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
As it stands, the Golden Lions and Lady Lions, both of whom are withstanding six-game losing streaks, are far from having actually protected berths.
UAPB’s guys’s group (3-14, 2-6 SWAC) has one fewer loss than ninth-place Alabama State (2-7, 2-7 SWAC), the last group it beat, and 2 more wins than Mississippi Valley State (0-15, 0-7). The Golden Lions have nine games staying, however today’s video game – like their very first conference with the Hornets – could go a long method toward figuring out the top 8 that advance to the SWAC competition.
UAPB’s guys’s group beat Alabama State 91-82 on Jan. 9 behind Shaun Doss’ 31 points and Joshuwan Johnson’s 25, and was to host Alabama A&M 2 days later on, only for covid-19 concerns impacting the Bulldogs to force post ponement.
Today, the Lions will continue a four-game stretch of road video games by visiting Alabama State for a 4:30 p.m. tipoff in Montgomery and are set up to play A&M in Huntsville on Monday.
UAPB and Alabama State will tip off the women’s game at 2 p.m. today. Alabama State (7-1, 7-1) leads the conference, however UAPB (2-11, 1-6) has one more win than Meadow View A&M for eighth location.
The SWAC has announced a modification to its competition format. In current years, the higher-seeded team would host a first-round game, with the winning groups advancing to a neutral website, where the semifinals and finals would be held. Because of the pandemic, the conference chose to move the 2021 quarterfinals to this year’s tourney website, UAB’s Bartow Arena.
The tournaments are scheduled for March 10-13, and each game will be streamed live on ESPN3.com, with the exception of the men’s champion televised on ESPNU. A minimal number of general admission tickets will be readily available to the general public based upon covid-19 center capability requirements, the conference said in a news release. The number was not defined.
SWAC Commissioner Charles McClelland said moving the tournaments to one place “remains in the very best interest of the health and safety” of student-athletes and group team member.
” Hosting athletic occasions in the middle of a worldwide pandemic has without a doubt presented an extraordinary variety of special obstacles,” McClelland stated. “It has really been remarkable to witness how our student-athletes and groups have reacted and adapted to what is our brand-new regular. The sincere quantity of understanding and the versatility they have collectively displayed daily must be commended.
” The Southwestern Athletic Conference will remain steadfast and devoted to providing our student-athletes with the best possible environments to compete and we eagerly anticipate hosting an exciting slate of video games that will eventually end with the hoisting of 2 champion trophies for Male’s and Women’s Basketball.”
Bartow Arena was to host the last two rounds in 2015 but they were canceled due to the start of the pandemic. The Girl Lions lost at second-seeded Texas Southern in the preliminary, and the Golden Lions did not certify.
Today– At Dunn-Oliver Acadome, Montgomery, Ala.: females’s group (2-11, 1-6 SWAC) vs. Alabama State (7-1, 7-1), 2 p.m.; men’s team (3-14, 2-6) vs. Alabama State (2-7, 2-7), 4:30 p.m.
Monday– At T.M. Elmore Gymnasium, Huntsville, Ala.: ladies’s group vs. Alabama A&M (5-2, 3-1), 5 p.m.; males’s team vs. Alabama A&M (4-2, 2-2), 7:30 p.m.
Audio– KPBA-FM 99.3, uapblionsroar.com and UAPB athletics app (broadcast starts 15 minutes prior to tipoff).
Video– uapblionsroar.com and UAPB athletics app.