Davis, Texas Southern clinch NCAA tourney bid

After an 0-13 start to the season, the Texas Southern Tigers will play in another NCAA tournament for veteran coach Mike Davis.

The Tigers clinched their fourth automatic bid in five years Saturday with an 84-69 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff in the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship game.

Center Trayvon Reed, a 7-foot, 2-inch junior, dominated with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocked shots.

The Alabama native ran the floor well and hit 7 of 7 shots from the field.

Texas Southern will try to become the first team from the SWAC to win an NCAA game in eight years, according to the Associated Press.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff won in 2010, beating Winthrop in the opening round.

Conference / automatic qualifier

Ohio Valley — Murray State (26-5)

Missouri Valley – Loyola-Chicago (28-5)

Big Ten — Michigan (28-7)

Big South — Radford (22-12)

Atlantic Sun — Lipscomb (23-9)

Southern — UNC Greensboro (27-7)

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference — Iona (20-13)

West Coast Conference — Gonzaga (30-4)

Horizon — Wright State (25-9)

Northeast — LIU Brooklyn (18-16)

Colonial Athletic Association — Charleston (26-7)

Summit — South Dakota State (28-6)

Patriot League — Bucknell (25-9)

America East — Maryland-Baltimore County (24-10)

MEAC — North Carolina Central (19-15)

SWAC — Texas Southern (15-19)