Savannah State Tigers Basketball - Conference Championships and NCAA Playoffs

Conference Championships and NCAA Playoffs

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.

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).

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).

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. 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).

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