Southern, Hampton Fall In Conference Tourney Upsets

Seventh seeded Coppin State upset Hampton in the MEAC quarterfinals on Wednesday. ( photo)

The Big Dance may be a week away, but March Madness has already hit the MEAC and SWAC Tournaments. Both tournaments experienced big upsets on Wednesday as the SWAC’s top seed and MEAC’s second seed both bowed out early.

Down in Houston, hometown team Prairie View A&M (10-22) handily disposed of Southern 64-46 at the Toyota Center. Trey Hagood scored a team-high 16 points, grabbed eight rebounds and picked up four steals in the win. Southern ends the season 19-13, and as one of four ineligible SWAC squads, would not have been able to go to the NCAA Tourney even if it would have won the conference title.

Over in Norfolk, it Coppin State held off a late rally attempt to upset Hampton 83-77. Taariq Cephas scored a team-high 24 points for the seventh-seeded Eagles, who ended second-seeded Hampton’s season at 18-12.

Other than those upsets, however, things went pretty much according to schedule. North Carolina Central flew past Howard 92-46, propelled by 30 points from Player of the Year Jeremy Ingram. Over in the SWAC, Texas Southern took care of business with a 79-54 win over Grambling State.

Here is how the MEAC Brackets look headed into Thursday’s Savannah State/Norfolk State and Morgan State/FAMU matchups.

Over in the SWAC, this is what we have heading into UAPB/Alabama A&M and Alabama State/Alcorn State.

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