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Sad trombone: SWAC tournament-bound Grambling finishes regular season 0-27

Mar 4, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT


Grambling State is on the brink of submitting only the eighth winless season in Division I basketball history after an 0-27 regular season, in which they lost no game by fewer than double digits.

The misery isn’t over, however. They get one more shot at basketball redemption in the SWAC tournament, which they miraculously qualified for. I have no idea why the conference’s standards are so low, either.

Working with a fourth head coach in five seasons and a roster consisting of just eight scholarship players and seven walk-ons from the intramural program due to NCAA sanctions over APR scores, the Tigers went 0–27 during the regular season, capped by a 74–62 loss to Alabama State on Saturday.

How bad has this season been? Grambling is at the bottom of the national rankings according to the RPI, KenPom, BPI and Sagarin ratings.

Just two years ago Grambling came within one win of making the NCAA tournament after losing in the final of the SWAC tournament. Today they are getting their numbers crunched by basketball scientists to see if they may be the worst Division I basketball team of all time. This is what happens when you have four head coaches in five years. You turn into the Detroit Lions of whatever you’re doing.


  1. lewp - Mar 5, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    “You turn into the Detroit Lions of whatever you’re doing.” Classic.