Savannah State Tigers basketball

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Savannah State Tigers
2016–17 Savannah State Tigers basketball team
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University Savannah State University
Conference MEAC
Location Savannah, GA
Head coach Horace Broadnax[1] (12th year)
Arena Tiger Arena
(Capacity: 6,000)
Nickname Tigers
Colors Burnt Orange and Reflex Blue[2]
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Home jersey
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Team colours
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Away jersey
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Team colours
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Alternate jersey
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Team colours
Conference tournament champions
Conference regular season champions
1970, 1979, 1980, 1981, 2012

The Savannah State Tigers basketball team competes in the NCAA Division I as a member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and plays their home games in Tiger Arena on the university campus.

The school gained notoriety when they finished the 2004–2005 men's basketball season a winless 0–28, the first Division I team to do so since Prairie View A&M University in 1991–1992.[3][4][5] The Tigers were the 2011–12 MEAC regular season champions and received an automatic bid into the 2012 NIT, their first ever appearance in any Division I tournament as a Division I member. The team posted a 21–10 overall mark and lead the MEAC in scoring defense, only allowing 58.9 points per game and were second in the conference in scoring margin (+5.4).[6]

Head coach[edit]

Horace Broadnax became the men's head basketball coach in 2005.[1] In his sixth year as the head coach of the Tigers, the 2011–12 season, he was named the MEAC Coach of the Year as he guided the team to a 14–2 conference record and the school's first MEAC regular season title.[6]

Conference championships and NCAA playoffs[edit]

Prior to moving into the NCAA, the Tigers appeared in post season play in the NAIA collegiate level. The Tigers appeared in 3 NAIA National Men's Basketball National Tournaments in 1960, 1961, and 1962 with a total combined tournament record of 2–3.

Before moving to Division I the team won the SIAC conference championship in 1970, 1979, 1980, and 1981.[7][8]

The 1978–79 Tigers won an overtime game against Albany (NY) (Savannah State- 82; Albany – 81) in the first round of the NCAA Division III playoffs, but lost in the second round to Centre College (Centre – 82, Savannah State – 54).[9]

In the 1980 Division III playoffs the Tigers defeated UNC Greensboro in the first round (Savannah State – 61, UNC Greensboro – 58) before losing to Lane College in the regional championships (Lane – 87, Savannah State – 70).[9]

The 1980–81 Tigers won the SIAC Division III Championship and the NCAA South Regional Championship before finishing the season as the NCAA Division III South Quarterfinal runner-up.[8] During this run they defeated the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in the first round (Savannah State – 76, Rose-Hulman – 62), and Rhodes College in the regional championships (Savannah State – 76, Rhodes – 75) before losing an overtime game to Otterbein College in the quarterfinals (Otterbein – 67, Savannah State – 64).[9]

Team awards and NCAA records[edit]

Savannah State set the NCAA records for fewest points in a half (4 points) and the worst field goal percentage in a half (4.3 percent) in an 85–25 loss to Kansas State on 7 January 2008 (2008-01-07).[10] The Tigers completed the second half 1-for-23, breaking the shot-clock era record.[10]


NCAA Division III tournament results[edit]

The Tigers have appeared in the NCAA Division III Tournament three times. Their combined record is 4–2.

Year Round Opponent Result
1979 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
W 82–81
L 54–82
1980 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
UNC Greensboro
W 61–58
L 70–87
1981 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Elite Eight
Southwestern (TN)
W 76–62
W 76–75
L 64–67 OT

NAIA tournament results[edit]

The Tigers have appeared in the NAIA Tournament three times. Their combined record is 2–3.

Year Round Opponent Result
1960 First Round
Second Round
Texas State
W 85–71
L 88–101
1961 First Round Redland L 80–89
1962 First Round
Second Round
Pacific Lutheran
Northern Arizona
W 84–75
L 91–95

NIT results[edit]

The Tigers have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) one time. Their record is 0–1.

Year Round Opponent Result
2012 First Round Tennessee L 51–65

CIT results[edit]

The Tigers have appeared in the Postseason Tournament (CIT) two times. Their combined record is 0–2.

Year Round Opponent Result
2013 First Round East Carolina L 65–66
2016 First Round Texas–Arlington L 59–75

Season by season record[edit]

     Conference Regular Season Champions      Conference Tournament Champions      Conference Tournament and Regular Season Champions

Notable alumni[edit]

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
John Mathis 1967 former American Basketball Association forward for the New Jersey Americans[20]

Six Savannah State alumni became members of the Harlem Globetrotters:[21]

  • Tyrone "Hollywood" Brown
  • Harold "Bobo" Hubbard
  • Matt "Showbiz" Jackson
  • Mike Jordan
  • Kevin Sutlon
  • Vincent White


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  2. ^ "Savannah State University Athletics – 2016 Football Quick Facts". Retrieved 2016-09-05. 
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  11. ^ "Savannah State clinches top seed in 2012 tournament". Associated Press. 2012-03-02. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
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  14. ^ "Savannah State's Curtis Relieved of Coaching Duties". Retrieved 2007-11-22. 
  15. ^ a b c "Morris Brown Announced New Coaches". 1999-07-23. Retrieved 2007-11-22. 
  16. ^ a b c d e "John Williams To Take Over Women's Basketball Program at Winston-Salem State". 2002-04-24. Retrieved 2007-11-22. 
  17. ^ a b c "Savannah State names three head coaches". 2002-08-17. Retrieved 2007-11-22. 
  18. ^ a b c d e f g h "Russell Ellington: A Coach for Life". Retrieved 2008-09-04. 
  19. ^ "Past Tournament Champions". SIAC. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  20. ^ "NBA/ABA Players who attended Savannah State University". Retrieved 2008-02-06. 
  21. ^ "Harlem Globetrotters All-time Roster". Harlem Globetrotters. Retrieved 2007-10-05.