Thursday, December 8, 2016

Strong start breeds strong finish

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania -- A good indication of which Div. I black college basketball teams will do well once conference play starts is how well they do in non conference play.

Given that metric, not many teams are going to be good this year.

On the NCAA Div. I level, only two HBCU teams – 7-1 Tennessee State out of the Ohio Valley Conference and 5-3 North Carolina Central out of the MEAC – can boast winning records so far.

The Tigers, under third-year head coach Dana Ford, have built their record with six wins on the road against mid-major competition. Their only blemish so far is an 83-59 loss at crosstown Nashville foe Vanderbilt of the SEC.

Ford, 32, the youngest Div. I head basketball coach, won the 2015 OVC Coach of the COYear award after leading the Tigers to a 20-11 record last year and a berth in the postseason Tournament. They return several of the key components in last year’s run.


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