And so marks the end of Iowa's nonconference men's basketball schedule. This is the very definition of going out with a whimper.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff is the opponent. It's a team with an eight-game losing streak, a 2-8 record, and an 0-8 mark against Division I clubs. The Golden Lions did start the season with wins over Tuskegee and Morehouse.
It's a Southwestern Athletic Conference club that is opening the season with 15 games away from home, grabbing the paychecks for being a designated victim wherever it can. Already, the Golden Lions have journeyed to Oklahoma State, SMU, Texas A&M, Oregon State and Creighton, with nothing to show for it but beatings and cash.
The closest game any of those five were, by the way, was UAPB's 77-63 defeat at Oregon State. Five nights ago, Creighton crushed the Lions, 88-51.
As of Thursday, UAPB ranked 346th nationally in points per game, 349th in rebounds per game, and 330th in field goal percentage.
But let us sing the praises of Arkansas-Pine Bluff. For it was the Golden Lions who beat Winthrop in the play-in round of the 2010 NCAA tournament to snap the SWAC's 17-game losing streak in the NCAAs. That was a season that began with UAPB losing its first 11 games. Nothing matters in the SWAC except who wins the conference tourney. Through Wednesday night, the league's 10 teams had a combined record of 28-63.
UAPB's colors are black and gold. So are the Pittsburgh Steelers'. And the New Orleans Saints'. And Purdue's. And Southern Mississippi's. And Missouri's. And Vanderbilt's.
And now, Pine Bluff Mayor Debe Hollingsworth: