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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