Alabama State finished the 2009-10 season with a 16-15 record and came into the new season without their top two scorers from that season. The Hornets did return with promising young guard Tramaine Butler and senior big man Chris Duncan.
Alabama State finished the season with a .500 record, making them an unlikely contender in the 2011 March Madness college basketball tournament. However, they did turn things up at the end of the season. Since February 5, the Hornets turned around a horrible 6-16 start to finish with 11 wins in the final 12 games.
Those wins included a victory over three-seed Mississippi Valley State by 27 points on Feb. 7, league champion Texas Southern by 12 points on Feb. 28 and then beat second seed Jackson State by 10 points on March 3. The team will probably end up fighting for a spot in the First Four matchups but making it this far is a victory in itself.
Final Record: 17-17, 11-7 SWAC
Predicted Seed: 16 (First Four)
Alabama State: 73 Texas Southern: 48 (3/11/2011)
The finals of the SWAC tournament pitted Alabama State against a Grambling team with a losing record (12-21). However, the semifinal match pitted them against top seeded Texas Southern and came out of the game with a 73-66 win. The Hornets had five players score double figures, led by Ivory White’s 17 points.
Alabama State Player to Watch: Chris Duncan won the SWAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2010-11, serving as the leader of the team. He led the Hornets to the league leading defensive field goal percentage mark. However, the best player on the team is Tramayne Moorer, who led the team with 12.5 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.
- Chris Duncan
- Shareif Adamu
- Tramaine Butler
- Kenderek Washington
- Jeff Middlebrooks
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