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Texas Southern is still the top team in the SWAC

NCAA Basketball: Texas Southern at Gonzaga James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Sundays are usually for football but in the world of Mid Majors, it’s #SWACSunday. Probably the league with the best bands in the nation are slowly getting closer to the non-conference slate. But before then, let’s talk about the brutality, shall we?

Texas Southern is making noise and Martaveous McKnight is still alive and breathing, which is enough brutality to scare defenses and the people who sign checks for “buy games.”

All jokes aside, it’s SWAC Sunday so here’s what’s going on with the South-Western Athletic Conference.

Weekly Rankings

Texas Southern (3-4)
Grambling State (3-4)
UAPB (2-5)
Alabama State (2-4)
Mississippi Valley State (2-6)
Prairie View A&M (1-6)
Alcorn State (2-6)
Southern (1-6)
Jackson State (1-7)
Alabama A&M (0-8)

What’s going on in the SWAC

Texas Southern is going on. Let’s start with that. Basketball fans on the east coast woke up on Tuesday morning to brutality as Texas Southern beat Oregon, on their own court. Trayvon Reed went perfect from the floor (9-9) and the free throw line (5-5). His 23 points pushed the Tigers to a five-point win in Oregon.

Martaveous McKnight was held to a season-low seven points by Cincinnati but still is top ten in the country in scoring. I’ll talk about that later. But overall, the Golden Lions have had a rough non-conference slate. Grambling leads the SWAC in scoring and is second in defense. The Tigers currently sit at a solid 3-4 record after a somewhat tough first few games. Reginald Gee and Jacoby Ross are leading Alabama State through a very testing stretch. Both players are averaging over 13 points so far. The Hornets had Iowa and Iowa State already and Boise State and Utah State are still left.

The Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils have only had one home game during the regular season. They traveled to Nebraska, Texas Tech, Utah, Utah State, Robert Morris, and Illinois. Despite the crazy travel schedule Jordan Evans and Dante Scott are averaging over 14 points each.

Losing by nine to Baylor, eight points to UNC Greensboro, and 11 to Georgia Tech is not bad at all for Prairie View. Gary Blackston is second in the SWAC with 17 points per game. He had a season-high 30 points against Santa Clara earlier this season.

Player of the Week: Martaveous McKnight

You know someone is that guy if he drops seven points is still one of the leading scorers in the country. My goodness, Martaveous McKnight, you are an absolute monster.

He dropped 41 points against Colorado State and 40 against Cal Baptist. He’s surely someone to look at this season; if you follow the SWAC or my content for this amazing site, you know that by now.

Games to Watch

Monday, December 03, 2018:

Texas Southern @ Georgia

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Prairie View A&M @ Louisiana Tech

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

UAPB @ Texas Tech

Saturday, December 08, 2018

Grambling @ Central Florida

Jackson State @ Pepperdine