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Introducing Cinderella: Meet the Hampton Pirates

Edward Joyner

Hampton head coach Edward Joyner watches his team during the second half of an NCAA tournament second round college basketball game against Kentucky in Louisville, Ky., Friday, March 20, 2015. Kentucky won the game 79-56. (AP Photo/David Stephenson)


Conference: MEAC

Coach: Edward Joyner

Record: 20-10, 13-3

Ratings and Rankings

Kenpom: 228
RPI: 165
AP/USA Today: N/A

Seeding: Hampton is destined for a No. 16 seed. They will end up in a play-in game in all likelihood.

Names you need to know: Hampton has a Big Two. Anyone that watched them play in the NCAA tournament will know the name Quinton Chievous, a 6-foot-5 guard that is averaging 17.2 points and 11.2 boards this season. But he’s actually the team’s second leading scorer this season, as Reginald Johnson Jr. turned into a guy that averages 18.4 points.

Stats you need to know: Hampton isn’t much of a threat from beyond the arc, which limits some of their half-court effectiveness, but they thrive in transition and when they are given a chance to get going downhill towards the rim.

Big wins, bad losses: Hampton has one win over a team in the RPI top 200: Louisiana-Monroe.

How’d they get here?: Hampton won the MEAC outright this season, getting to their second straight NCAA tournament after rolling through the conference tournament.

Outlook: The Pirates may end up winning another game in the tournament this season ... because they’ll likely open up in the play-in game.

How do I know you?: Last season, before Hampton played Kentucky in March, Joyner told the media he needed “jesus on speed dial” to land the upset: