Grambling State‘s men basketball team had a season for the ages….just not in a positive way.
The team completed an 0-27 2012-13 regular season by losing Saturday’s night contest to Alabama State 74-62. The team lost every game by at least 10 points and was dead last in the nation in scoring average and scoring margin. They also ranked 340th (out of 345 Division I teams) or worse in points scored, scoring defense, field goal percentage and turnovers per game.
Grambling, who went 0-18 in the SWAC, can still make the NCAA tournament by winning the conference tournament which starts March 12 in Garland, Texas.
Only seven teams will participate in the tournament as Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Mississippi Valley State are on probation for low APR scores and cannot play in the postseason. Texas Southern is serving a two-year ban ”for lack of institutional control of its athletics program, allowing boosters’ involvement in recruiting, academic improprieties and exceeding scholarship limits.”
CBSSports.com has more on the futility of the team.
Under first-year coach Joseph Price, Grambling State will wind up last in every mainstream ranking system: RPI, KenPom, BPI, Sagarin. No. 347. That is their number, the lowest number in college basketball, lower than zero.