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Introducing Cinderella: Meet the Southern Jaguars

Roman Banks, Christopher Hyder

Southern University coach Roman Banks, left, and player Christopher Hyder hold up the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament trophy after Southern defeated Jackson State 54-53 in an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, March 12, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)


Conference: SWAC

Coach: Roman Banks

Record: 22-12, 11-7

Ratings and Rankings

Kenpom: 226
RPI: 198
AP/USA Today: N/A

Seeding: Can you say First Four?

Names you need to know: Adrian Rogers (16.9 points, 5.2 boards) is the star of the Jaguars, but Trelun Banks is another guy that can carry this team when he’s needed.

Stats you need to know: Southern has the second-best offense in the SWAC (which isn’t saying much) and the second-best defense in the SWAC (again, not saying much).

Big wins, bad losses: Southern actually landed a couple of relatively big wins in non-conference play, picking off Mississippi State, Wyoming and Tulane in non-conference play.

How’d they get here?: Southern finished fourth in the SWAC this season, but they managed to make a run through the conference tournament, picking off No. 3 seed Jackson State in the title game after they beat regular season champ Texas Southern in the semifinals.

Outlook: Southern is headed for a play-in game, so while they could very well end up winning a game in the First Four, don’t bet on them knocking off a No. 1 seed.

How do I know you?: You probably don’t know the basketball team but you do know these guys: