Team preview: Jackson State
Blue Ribbon Yearbook previews the 2006-07 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.
(Information in this team report is as of October 1.)
Jackson State coach Tevester Anderson has a simple recipe for SWAC success -- one cup guards, add a half teaspoon of guards, and throw in a pinch of, you know, guards.
"This league is similar to the Ohio Valley Conference," said Anderson, who coached OVC stalwart Murray State for five years before arriving in Jackson. "These conferences are guard conferences. The team that has the most guards, the better guards, generally is there at the end. Southern had the best guards in the conference last year. They won."
Anderson's Jackson teams haven't been there at the end yet, and the league title has eluded him so far. For three seasons, the Tigers have bumped into semifinal obstacles -- like Southern, who put them out of last season's SWAC final four -- but his preferred blend (or "T-Ball," as he likes to call it) has resulted in a fair number of league wins. The Tigers haven't finished lower than fourth in the league on his watch, and they've always been up-tempo and exciting.