Going into last night’s game against Mississippi Valley State, Arkansas-Pine Bluff was a big fat 0-11. However, as the oracle referred to in a rare blog post, that record comes with a big fat asterisk. Because of APB’s athletic budget, they have to play a ton of true road games, guarantee games, to raise some cash. As a result, they won’t play a home game, or anything other than a true road game because they didn’t play in a tournament, until January 16th.
APB hasn’t lost a game by 20 points this year, which might be a whooptee do stat, but when you note they’ve played at Arizona State, Michigan, Oklahoma State, Georgia Tech, Missouri and Kansas State, that is a very impressive mark.
Because the SWAC is so bad, and because APB has been better than they’ve looked, they are actually projected as having just under a 12% chance of going undefeated in their conference. Given that they have a ton of experience (17th most experienced team in the country in fact) I think they can do it.
Chalk one up last night. APB went to Mississippi Valley State and won 69-68 in OT. They shot almost the exact same from the field (50.9 eFG to 51 eFG), and neither team scored a point per possession, not shocking considering that APB was at 99.1 per 100 before the game, and MVS was at just 86.7 per 100.
Next up for APB: Alabama State. Woof. 2-0 in conference here we come.