Fans of college basketball have taken to Twitter to express their anger after Associate of Christian College Athletic’s (ACCA) Champion Baptist Tigers lost to NCAA Division 1 Southern University Jaguars, 116-12 yesterday, Monday, December 30.
Champion Baptist, a private Baptist college located in Hot Springs, Arkansas, has a full-time undergraduate class of 250. Southern, on the other hand, is a NCAA Division 1 school, playing in the SWAC conference, with a full-time enrollment of just over 6,000 students.
On paper, the game was destined to be a blowout, but no one expected just how much of a blowout it would become. In fact, the game was so lopsided that Southern also set the record for the biggest lead before their opponent scored a point. Racking up 44 points of their own before Champion finally put one through the rim.
After it was all over, many fans of basketball took to Twitter to question why this game was even played.
Twitter user, @JPNets54, tweeted out: “College basketball needs a mercy rule, so Southern-Champion Baptist doesn’t happen again.”
Saint Katherine University’s Graduate Assistant Coach, John Der, whose team had a similar stretch of losses at NCAA Division 1 schools, Utah and San Diego State last week by 73 and 83 points, respectively, expressed his frustration with those making jokes at the losses:
“Yes, Champion Baptist lost by 104 points to Southern University. Yes, St. Katherine, lost by 83 to San Diego St. and by 73 to Utah. Yes, that is embarrassing. And, yes, its (sic) ok to joke and have a little fun with it. But don’t sit there and degrade these kids.”
Champion Baptist has played four Division 1 opponents this year, losing by an average margin of 70 points. Leading many sports analysts and college basketball fans to wonder what good, if any, comes out of these games?
Some argue that because Division 1 opponents pay these smaller schools a lot of money to blow them out in sports, that the paycheck these teams receive will ultimately go to help the schools and their athletics programs. While opponents argue that the money does not justify the effect these losses have on the kids playing.
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