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Introducing Cinderella: Meet the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans

Texas St Ark Little Rock Basketball

Arkansas-Little Rock players gather around Jermaine Ruttley, bottom center, as they begin their celebration after an NCAA college basketball game against Texas State on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, in Little Rock, Ark. Little Rock won 73-68 to clinch the Sun Belt Conference title. (Stephen B. Thornton/Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)


Conference: Sun Belt

Coach: Chris Beard

Record: 29-4, 17-3

Ratings and Rankings

Kenpom: 56
RPI: 46
AP/USA Today: N/A

Seeding: Arkansas-Little Rock could be a dangerous No. 12 seed or move up a spot to a No. 11.

Names you need to know: Senior guard Josh Hagins leads the team in scoring at 13.1 points a contest while junior guard Marcus Johnson Jr. is at 12.7 points per game.

Stats you need to know: Arkansas-Little Rock is third in the NCAA in points allowed per game at 59.9 a contest. Part of this is the slow tempo the Trojans play, but they make the game manageable and play under their terms.

Big wins, bad losses: With 12 road wins on the season, the Trojans aren’t afraid to face bigger programs and take them down. Arkansas-Little Rock had road wins over San Diego State, Tulsa and DePaul during the non-conference portion of the season.

How’d they get here?: The Sun Belt requires the No. 1 seed to win two games, so the Trojans beat Louisiana-Lafayette in the semifinals and then beat Louisiana-Monroe in the title game.

Outlook: With road wins over bigger programs and a very tough defense, this could be a brutal No. 12 seed in the dreaded 5/12 matchup if the committee puts them there.

How do I know you?: Head coach Chris Beard was a 10-year assistant at Texas Tech under Bobby Knight.