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By Jack Williams


College Basketball: The Conference Bottom Dwellers

The Bottom Dwellers – The Short Pit! There are several teams sitting at the bottom of their conferences that has goose eggs this season. Meaning they are winless! Such as Tulane in the American, San Jose State of the Mountain West Conference, California in the PAC-12 Conference, Vanderbilt of the SEC, Portland of the West Coast Conference, and Chicago State of the WAC. All of them, winless.


Tulane Tulane was starting to get better last season, compared to the first season that Mike Dunleavy Sr. took over. They were 3-5 in coach Dunleavy’s first season there, finishing in 10th place. Then the next season Tulane won two (2) more games than they did the previous season. They finished the 2017-2018 season with a conference record of 5-13 -but still in 10th place. Fast forward to 2018-2019 and you will find this team winless in the American. I’m going to be honest with you. If Tulane finishes this season winless in the American, it can spell problems for coach Dunleavy’s future there.

San Jose State

San Jose State Second year coach Jean Prioleau has only one (1) conference win out of twenty-seven (27) conference games played since 2018. San Jose State is absolutely horrible in all categories of college basketball. San Jose State is dead last in the Mountain West Conference and 333rd in scoring defense. They are also dead last in the Mountain West and 330th in the nation in scoring. To Coach Prioleau’s defense, this team hasn’t ever had a winning season since joining the Mountain West in 1997.


California is another team that’s dwelling at the bottom of its conference. This team had one of the worst conference records in its team’s history last season. California ended the 2017-2018 season with a 2-16 record, a 12th place finish in the PAC-12. California may break that record this season. They are 0-11 as now and winless in a season where the PAC-12 is at its weakest. California is led by 2nd year head coach Wyking Jones, who took over the team after Cuonzo Martin left the team to take the job at Missouri. Coach Jones has never been a division 1 college head coach prior to coaching this team. California has the worst defense in the nation under Coach Jones! Their opponents are averaging 79.2 points game on them. Coach Jones will definitely be going on our Hot Seat Watch List this year.


When was the last time that Vanderbilt went winless in their conference? They’ve never gone winless in the SEC. For this reason we will be adding Vanderbilt on to our Hot Seat Watch List after this season.


Portland's Coach Porter is one of the good to great NBA players turned division 1 college basketball coach that we’d discussed in Episode 11. We’ve discussed that good to great NBA players don’t do well as division 1 head coaches. Coach Porter became head coach at Portland after the firing of longtime head coach Eric Reveno, who was fired after ten (10) seasons at Portland. Coach Porter is in his 3rd season at Portland and is winless with a 0-11 record in the West Coast Conference. Let’s hope that Coach Porter removes that goose egg from his record by the end of the season or else.

Chicago State

Chicago State Going winless isn’t anything new to this team. Chicago State is always at the bottom of their conference and is in a fight every year to prevent keep from going winless instead of fighting to make it into the tournament. Chicago State has won only two (2) out of the last forty-nine (49) conference games played. It is safe to say that this is the worst basketball program in division 1 college basketball.

Competitive Bottom Dwellers

Now most of the team’s that we’ve named above are winless in their conference. Now let’s look at a few teams who aren’t winless but yet sits at the bottom of their conferences. A few teams sitting at the bottom of their conferences are actually very competitive, believe it or not.

These teams are:

1. West Virginia Mountaineers 2-9 (Big 12 Conference)

2. Xavier Musketeers 3-8 (Big East Conference)

3. Evansville Purple Aces and Indiana State Sycamores 4-8 (Missouri Valley Conference)

4. Lafayette Leopards, Loyola (MD) Greyhounds, and Boston University Terriers 4-8 (Patriot League)

5. Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles, UT Martin Skyhawks, and SE Missouri St Southeast Missouri State 3-9 (Ohio Valley Conference)

The reason that most of these teams are at the bottom of their conferences in because their conferences are very competitive.