Team preview: Samford

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Samford coach Jimmy Tillette didn't pay much attention when his Bulldogs were picked to finish at or near the bottom of the OVC in preseason polls and publications.

Early in the season, Tillette had his team where he wanted it -- 6-0 in the league -- and even midway through the season the Bulldogs were 8-2 with a shot at the regular-season title.

Samford, however, went 4-7 in the last 11 games.

"We were disappointed we didn't win the league," Tillette said. "We thought we could have done that if we'd played better down the stretch."