Savannah State Tigers basketball

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Savannah State Tigers
2017–18 Savannah State Tigers basketball team
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University Savannah State University
Head coach Horace Broadnax[1] (13th season)
Conference MEAC
Location Savannah, Georgia
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
NCAA Tournament appearances
1979*, 1980*, 1981*
* At the Division III level
Conference tournament champions
Conference regular season champions
1970, 1979, 1980, 1981, 2012, 2018

The Savannah State Tigers basketball team represents Savannah State University and competes in the NCAA Division I as a member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference since 2010.[3] The Tigers play their home games in Tiger Arena on the university's Savannah, Georgia campus. Since joining Division I, the Tigers have never qualified for the NCAA Tournament.

They are currently coached by Horace Broadnax who is in his 13th season as head coach of the Tigers.

On April 17, 2017, the school announced that it would return to Division II due to financial issues associated with competing in Division I.[4][5] On December 7, 2017, the school announced it would rejoin Division II's Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) following the 2018–19 academic year, pending NCAA approval.[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 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship in 1970, 1979, 1980, and 1981.[7][8]

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

In the 1980 Division III playoffs, the Tigers defeated UNC Greensboro in the first round (61–58) before losing to Lane College in the regional championships (87–70).[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 (76–62), and Rhodes College in the regional championships (76–75) before losing an overtime game to Otterbein College in the quarterfinals (67– 64).[9]

Division I[edit]

The school gained notoriety when they finished the 2004–05 season a winless 0–28, the first Division I team to do so since Prairie View A&M in 1991–92.[10][11][12]

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.[13]

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).[13]

The Tigers were ineligible for postseason play in the 2016–17 season due to APR violations.[14] The Tigers were initially ruled to be ineligible for postseason play for a second consecutive season in 2017–18 due to APR violations.[15] However, the NCAA granted the Tigers a waiver which would allow them to participate in postseason play.[16][17]

On April 17, 2017, the school announced that it would return to Division II due to financial issues associated with competing in Division I.[4][5] On December 7, 2017, the school announced it would rejoin Division II's SIAC, pending NCAA approval.[6]

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 January 7, 2009.[18] The Tigers completed the second half 1-for-23, breaking the shot-clock era record.[18]


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[28]

Six Savannah State alumni became members of the Harlem Globetrotters:[29]

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


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