The Southern Conference is one of the oldest and proudest leagues in college basketball. Once the stomping grounds of Duke and Carolina, events have conspired to unspin the most disappointing season in the SoCon's 85-year history: once unthinkable, it now looks like a possible play-in league. On a night when a 13-12 team clinched the North Division
, a player from the best team in the conference -- Georgia Southern (18-7, 9-3, 160 RPI) -- had the best mid-major performance in Hoops Nation. The 5'9" senior guard helped key 11-3 and 11-2 second-half runs to put away traditional league power Charleston and ice the Eagles' sixth straight win.It's not that SoCon hoops are bad - there's just not any one team that's clearly defined itself, and none of them really did the league proud in the 2005 part of the schedule (to wit: Mo-State 101, GSU 55
). The Eagles may yet make it to the Tournament, but if they have to fly to Dayton it would be a shame for the entire league.