On Thursday evening, we continued conference previews with the SWAC. Every week on Twitter, we will do two conferences from the Mid-Major Madness account (@mid_madness), speaking with media members and coaches from throughout the selected league.
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To open up the conversation, Busting Brackets’ Herbert Seward and us recapped what happened in the SWAC last season. Although Alcorn State came out victorious in the regular season, Texas Southern made it back to the big dance for the sixth time in the last eight tournaments. They would win their third First Four game in a row.
Soon after, Bethune-Cookman’s Athletic Director and head men’s basketball coach, Reggie Theus, hopped on to talk about his program. The two-time NBA all-star returns Joe French who tested the NBA Draft waters and just landed five-star recruit, Zion Harmon last week in the transfer portal.
“You start to think about “How does that happen? How does he end up at Bethune Cookman?”. People forget that being at an HBCU is popular now. People understand that you don’t have to be at a Power 5 to achieve your goals. You need to be at a place where you’re being nurtured, where you’re getting your academics and your degree. I tell people all the time the only important thing when recruiting, there three things. Relationships, style of play, and the coach,” said Theus on Harmon.
The Wildcats should be a favorite in the SWAC after finishing in ninth place last season.
Herbert and Nick then continued to talk about the teams in the league, previewing each one. To hear about your team, advance the recording to each time stamp.
1:04:50 Alabama A&M
11:10 Alabama State
1:06:50 Alcorn State
1:08:25 Florida A&M
6:45 Grambling State
14:45 Jackson State
16:55 Mississippi Valley State
9:00 Prairie View A&M
10:00 Texas Southern
1:11:40 POTY & Title Predictions
Along with the SWAC, Mid-Major Madness also previewed the American Athletic Conference last week. Stay tuned for that article in the coming days as Nick Lorensen interviews Tulane head coach Ron Hunter. Next week, we will preview the America East and Big South.