NCAA Tournament Cheat Sheet: Getting to know Northwestern State

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Conference: Southland

Coach: Mike McConathy

Record: 23-8

Rankings and Ratings:

– Kenpom: 141
– RPI: 96
– AP/USA Today: N/A

Seeding?: Our Dave Ommen had Stephen F. Austin, the league’s No. 1 seed, as a 13 in Saturday’s bracket projection. Northwestern State, having pulled the upset, may drop a line or two.

Names you need to know: DeQuan Hicks (14.1 ppg, 5.9 rpg), James Hulbin (12.3 ppg, 5.9 rpg), Jalan West (10.4 ppg, 5.3 apg, 2.4 spg)

Stats you need to know: 73.3 is the Demons’ adjusted tempo. According to Kenpom.com, that makes them the fastest team in the nation.

How’d they get here?: The Demons won a close one over league-leading Stephen F. Austin, 68-66.

Outlook: Northwestern State’s tempo might earn them a first-round upset if they match up against the right team.

How do I know you?: Northwestern State upset a Steve Alford-coached Iowa team 64-63 in the 2006 tournament. You can bet he’ll not want to see them on New Mexico’s side of the bracket this year, either.

Eric is the editor of Storming the Floor. He tweets @stfhoops.