It's official. Prairie View A&M is THE worst team in college basketball.
In a hotly contested finals matchup, the A&M Panthers squeaked past the Morgan State Bears 54-56, effectively losing every matchup in the tournament and claiming the distinction of 2006 March Misery champions and, of course, the most inept team in Division I men's basketball. Morgan State came on strong, with 62% free throw shooting and even taking a 31-42 pounding on the boards, but couldn't help but lose to a Panthers squad that couldn't even muster a single player in double figures.
On the heels of the never-ending debate over dominant black athletes, I'd like to point out the irony of the two worst teams in college hoops being historically black colleges. "That's impossible!" says amateur genealogist Jimmy the Greek. But based on the "athleticism" we've seen from these teams, this matchup was probably the basketball equivalent of Al Roker and Uncle Phil blind-folded in a steel cage match.
And,to top it off, Prairie View is on the NCAA's shit list to lose scholarships due to poor academics. Now, I'm not a recruiting scientist or anything, but bringing in players that can't pass the rock or the SATs seems to be a recipe for disaster on many, many levels.
Prairie View fittingly caps off a 5-24 season (that included an unprecedented 72-point loss to Texas, a game described by some as "anal rape-ketball") by going 0-4 and shooting 34% against four teams that had a combined record of 20-98. It's a sad statement when the Panther's women's coach could easily beat these guys in 21. Or Horse. Or Hot-Shot Basketball. Or Lakers vs. Celtics.