SWAC Tournament 2013 bracket: Postseason bans limit field to seven teams

Jim Cowsert-US PRESSWIRE

With three of the SWAC's 10 programs ineligible for postseason play, things could get crazy with an NCAA Tournament bid up for grabs.

The 2013 Southwestern Athletic Conference Tournament is set for March 12-16 at the Garland Special Events Center in Garland, Texas.

The field will be limited to just seven teams. Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Mississippi Valley State are out for academic progress issues, while Texas Southern received a two-year ban for a lack of institutional control across various athletics programs.

As for the seven teams in the field, Southern University is the top seed. Southern went 15-3 against SWAC foes this year and finished with an overall record of 21-9. They will be the only team to receive a bye in the first round.

Other than the championship game, the tournament will not be televised. ESPN2 will air the title matchup on Saturday, March 16.

Last year, Mississippi Valley State narrowly edged Texas State, 71-69, to cut the nets down.

Here is the full 2013 tournament schedule. All times are Eastern.

March 13/14 - Quarterfinals

Wednesday, March 13, 9:00 p.m.: No. 6 Alabama A&M vs. No. 7 Grambling State (Game 1)
Thursday, March 14, 1:30 p.m.: No. 2 Jackson State vs. No. 5 Alabama State (Game 3)
Thursday, March 14, 9 p.m.: No. 3 Alcorn State vs. No. 4 Prairie View A&M (Game 2)

Friday, March 15 - Semifinals

3:30 p.m.: Game 2 Winner vs. Game 3 Winner
9:00 p.m.: Southern vs. Game 1 Winner

Saturday, March 16 - Championship

4:30 p.m.: Semifinals Winners, ESPN2

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