Team preview: Texas Southern

Blue Ribbon Yearbook previews the 2005-06 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.

Updated: October 20, 2005, 12:40 PM ET
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(Information in this team report is as of October 1.)

Texas Southern led the Southwestern Athletic Conference in field-goal percentage and field-goal percentage defense. The Tigers also led the league in rebounding margin. They finished the regular season by winning their final six games, including road wins at Alabama A&M and Alabama State.

In addition, coach Ronnie Courtney had a swingman who averaged a double-double in earning first-team All-SWAC honors. He had a guard who led the league in scoring and made the second team.

Great year in Houston, right?

Think again.

Despite all of the above, despite having one of the most talented teams in the league, despite being the hottest team in the league in late February and early March, Texas Southern wasn't left with much to celebrate at season's end.

Nothing, in fact.

Thanks to an unthinkable six-game losing streak in the middle of conference play and the forfeiture of three of those late season wins for using an ineligible player, the Tigers were left on the outside looking in when it came time for the postseason tournament in Birmingham.


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