Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Championship hopes, playoff aspirations and bragging rights on the line this weekend in Prairie View

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana -- Playoff and championship aspirations and just plain bragging rights — there is plenty riding on this weekend’s game between Southern and Prairie View A&M.

The Panthers come into Saturday’s game one game behind both Southern and Grambling in the SWAC West standings. A loss would eliminate Prairie View’s chances at a championship all together, since it would lose the head-to-head tiebreaker with Southern.

Thanks to an earlier loss to Grambling, Prairie View does not control its own destiny in the SWAC race. But even if things shake out to where Prairie View can not play in a conference title thanks to that Grambling loss, a win Saturday would put them in position for another goal.

“With us being a game back of both Southern and Grambling, we have to assume that for our chances to get to the SWAC championship, we have to win out,” Prairie View coach Willie Simmons said. “That’s something we’ve talked to our guys about. We’re taking that playoff mindset.

“We also have playoff aspirations as part of our goals as well. If we … win out and finish with an 8-3 record, 8-1 in conference play, if chips don’t fall our way where we don’t get to compete in the conference championship, our résumé is good enough … to warrant a playoff bid.”


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