The Hampton Pirates finished the 2009-10 season with a 14-win record but did look solid toward the end of the year, pulling off a six-game winning streak and making it to the MEAC semifinal game. Coming into 2010-11, the top two scorers from Hampton departed and the only returning star was junior guard Darrion Pellum (11.5 ppg). The March Madness college basketball tournament was the last thing on the Pirates minds.
Something strange happened as the 2010-11 season wore on. The Hampton Pirates returned to the 2011 March Madness tourney for the first time since 2006 after beating defending MEAC Champion Morgan State for the conference title. The Pirates won 24 games and beat three Top 150 RPI teams, a nice record for a mid-major.
The Hampton Pirates knows what it is like to win at the Big Dance, winning a first round match in 2001, but their first round opponent this year is the defending National Champions, Duke. Hampton is solid defensively, leading the MEAC in fewest points per 100 possessions, and has two solid stars in Darrion Pellum and Kwame Morgan on the offense but the tournament invite might be all this team has to hang their hats on.
Final Record: 24-8, 11-5 MEAC
Hampton: 77 Colorado State: 75 (1/1/2011)
Hampton beat three teams ranked in the RPI Top 150 and none were bigger than the 2-point New Year’s Day win over Colorado State. Kwame Morgan hit a 3 with only 0.8 seconds remaining in the game and finished with a career high 29 points as Hampton upset the Rams in the Hilltop Challenge.
Hampton Player to Watch: Darrion Pellum was the only star player returning for Hampton in 2010-11 but he found lots of help from a young group of rising stars surrounding him. However, Pellum was still the main event on the Hampton offense, averaging 17.7 points for the team.
- Darrion Pellum, G
- Kwame Morgan II, G
- Danny Agbelese, F
- Brandon Tunnell, G
- Charles Funches, F
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