Towards the tail end of a mortifying year in college athletics, things could only improve for Grambling's rock bottom athletic department. The golf program is still in shambles, but football won its first game in over a year on Nov. 2. They're still underfunded, however, basketball is where Grambling State's ineptitude truly lies. Last season, they became the eighth program to go winless for an entire season.

Monday night was a temporary reprieve from the dour realities of Grambling State basketball. Their last nonconference game at home was Nov. 19, 2011 when they were hung up on the flagpole during a 30-point loss to frequent NCAA tourney invitee Oakland (the one in Detroit). This foe's talent was on their eye level. It was NAIA school Central Baptist (Arkansas) and Grambling State barely squeaked out an 83-75 win over their visitors from a lower level of college hoops.

Before last night their final win was over Alabama A&M in the final game of the 2011-12 season. If anything, the close score against what should have been a vastly inferior opponent only further emphathizes that Grambling State doesn't have the resources to compete in Division I hoops or FCS football.