Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Dear SWAC, be afraid of Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Arkansas-Pine Bluff, after a loss to Oregon last night, is now 0-11 on the season.

But they may be the best 0-11 team in the country.


As is the case with the low-major teams in college hoops, APB has traversed the country, playing major conference teams in their home arenas in exchange for a paycheck. That's a fair trade, right? Five figures a game to get beatdown on a nightly basis.

There is something different about this team, however. APB did not play in a tournament this season, and thus has played every game on the road, losing to UTEP, Arizona State, Michigan, Oklahoma State, Georgia Tech, Kansas State, Missouri, and Oregon, among others. As you might have guessed, that is the toughest non-conference schedule in the country (Ed. Note: That ranking does not factor in Monday's game).

Terrence Calvin is the Lions third leading scorer.
(photo credit: APB Athletics)

And through it all, APB has yet to lose a game by 20 points.

Think about that.

Through all their travels, all those major conference and NCAA Tournament teams, all those losses, the Lions have not lost a game by 20 points.

Pretty impressive.

So impressive, that Kenpom is actually predicting a 16-2 conference record for the Lions, and giving them a 17.3% chance of running the table in conference play, which kicks off January 4th against Mississippi Valley State.

Now wouldn't that be an impressive feat?

Winless in non-conference play, undefeated in the conference.

I think I have a new favorite team.

(h/t Mike Miller - not that Mike Miller - over at Beyond the Arc)

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