Southwestern Athletic favorite Texas Southern may even be up for its nonconference schedule, which features half a dozen big-time Division I schools, including Auburn and Wyoming. Five of the Tigers' top six are back, and a Tiger of a different stripe, versatile swingman Charles Price, a transfer from Grambling State, becomes eligible.
The BIG SOUTH, whose name would never pass a truth-in-advertising test, is in the habit of serving itself up to ACC neighbors looking for beatable quarry, so the conference may have to wait until 1992, when it will begin receiving an automatic bid, to finally show its face in the NCAA tournament. Radford's first-year coach, Oliver Purnell, a former Maryland assistant, inherits a team that should be the conference's strongest.
The MID-EASTERN has never won an NCAA tournament game, which is almost the same as saying that North Carolina A & T hasn't won one, what with the Aggies winning the last seven conference titles. This season someone else will be the champ—either Florida A & M or South Carolina State.