Before tonight, there were two winless teams in college basketball. Now there is one.
A tip of the cap is owed to Alcorn State, which entered the night 0-24 and notched its first win of the season tonight, a no-doubt thrilling 55-54 win over Mississippi Valley State. It's not exactly an upset of the century-type win. After all, the Delta Devils (great nickname, by the way) have won just six games all season themselves. But for a team that by this point had a legitimate chance to go winless, a win is a win is, mercifully, a win. The Braves are off the schneid.
The same can not be said for downtrodden Bryant, who, yes, dropped to 0-26 tonight with a loss to Robert Morris. The Bulldogs actually led for much of the second half -- an impressive enough feat against a team with a good chance of making the NCAA tournament -- only to give up the lead at the 4:37 mark, never to regain it.
Bryant's ignominy has gotten plenty of attention lately. The Bulldogs scored 34 points in a loss to St. Francis Thursday night, earning them some sardonic Scott Van Pelt attention on that night's late edition of SportsCenter. (Van Pelt held up a card with the number of Bryant's wins. It said zero. Ouch.) It's entirely possible Bryant will lose its four remaining games, but if it does win, that win will likely come either at Wagner or at home against St. Francis. If it doesn't, Bryant will be the first team since everyone's favorite winless squad, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, to complete a winless season -- and only the seventh team to do it all-time. Suspense works both ways -- I'll certainly be watching.