G-Men Leave Historically Black Mark on Tech's Previously-Proud Program

There goes the neighborhood. Are we sure UCLA's opening-season opponent wasn't the school having multiple prominent players imprisoned in China? Josh Pastner's coaching stint at Georgia Tech doesn't appear as if it will be much more than a "rambling" wreck, let alone returning to the Final Four. A 64-63 defeat at home against Grambling after barely beating Bethune-Cookman is not what "tipsy" (into wrong basket) Tech fans had in mind when previously-promising Pastner arrived on campus.

The embarrassing setback, leaving a historically black mark as it was the Tigers' first win against a NCAA DI opponent from outside the MEAC and SWAC in almost seven years, represented another power-conference member succumbing at home against a HBCU (Historically Black College or University). Keep in mind the G-Men averaged a grotesque 6 1/2 wins annually the previous 10 campaigns (including winless season in 2012-13).

Last year, Oregon State bowed to a HBCU opponent for the third time this decade. No HBCU institution ever has reached Sweet 16 of an NCAA Tournament, but following are additional HBCU road victories on a power league member's homecourt or neutral court during regular-season competition since South Carolina State stunned Miami (Fla.) and Penn State in 2004-05:

Season HBCU Winner on Road Power League Member Loser Competence of Power League School Incurring Defeat
2004-05 South Carolina State 60 Miami (Fla.) 50 Hurricanes won at NCAA playoff-bound Florida.
2004-05* South Carolina State 63 Penn State 43 Nittany Lions lost by three points against 20-game winner Ohio State in Big Ten Tournament.
2005-06 Bethune-Cookman 75 South Florida 68 Bulls beat NCAA playoff-bound Georgetown in regular-season finale.
2006-07 Jackson State 71 Rutgers 70 Scarlet Knights twice defeated Cincinnati.
2007-08 Tennessee State 60 Illinois 58 Illini beat Oklahoma State and Missouri in nonconference competition before bowing to TSU.
2008-09 Morgan State 79 DePaul 75 Blue Demons defeated Cincinnati (18-14) in Big East Tournament.
2008-09 Morgan State 66 Maryland 65 Terrapins participated in NCAA Tournament.
2009-10 Morgan State 97 Arkansas 94 Razorbacks prevailed at Ole Miss, a 24-game winner.
2010-11 Texas Southern 66 Oregon State 60 Beavers beat 30-game winner Arizona.
2011-12 Tennessee State 64 South Carolina 63 Gamecocks upended Clemson, Alabama and Georgia.
2012-13 Alabama A&M 59 Mississippi State 57 Bulldogs beat Marshall Henderson-led Ole Miss and twice defeated Frank Martin-coached South Carolina.
2012-13 Southern (La.) 53 Texas A&M 51 Aggies won at Kentucky in inaugural SEC season and also beat NCAA playoff-bound Mizzou.
2013-14 Coppin State 78 Oregon State 73 Beavers bow to second HBCU school under coach Craig Robinson in last four seasons before winning at Maryland.
2013-14 North Carolina Central 82 North Carolina State 72 Wolfpack suffered first-ever defeat against a MEAC member.
2013-14 Texas Southern 90 Temple 89 Owls defeated UAB on neutral court by 21 points before the Blazers beat North Carolina, which whipped three PS Top 5 teams (Louisville, Michigan State and Kentucky).
2014-15 Delaware State 72 Wake Forest 65 Demon Deacons defeated North Carolina State and Pittsburgh.
2015-16 Alabama State 85 Virginia Tech 82 Hokies defeated eventual NCAA regional #1 seed Virginia.
2015-16 Southern (La.) 76 Mississippi State 72 Bulldogs defeated Arkansas by 32 points.
2016-17 Delaware State 79 St. John's 72 Red Storm won on road against NCAA playoff-bound Syracuse and Providence.
2016-17 Savannah State 93 Oregon State 90 Beavers beat NCAA Tournament-bound Utah.

*Neutral court (Milwaukee).