The college basketball week begins with a shocking road upset.

Texas Southern, who entered Monday 0-7, went into Gainesville and took down the No. 20 Florida Gators 69-54. It was a 20-point Texas Southern lead before the Gators trimmed the deficit in garbage time.

It was total domination by the Tigers for the game’s final 31 minutes, after the Gators held a six-point lead early in the first half. Texas Southern shot 54.4% from the field, compared to 38.2% shooting from Florida. And the Tigers doubled up the Gators on the boards, winning the rebound department 46-23.

Texas Southern was a 23.5-point underdog and entered the game ranked No. 273 in the NET.

They become the first SWAC team to beat a ranked SEC team (going back to 1936), with the SEC being 51-0 in such games entering this one.

And at 0-7, Texas Southern had the worst record that has beaten an AP-ranked team since 1980.

Now, Texas Southern was never as bad as your typical 0-7 team. They entered the game with KenPom’s No. 5 strength-of-schedule rating, having played this schedule: at Oregon, at Saint Mary’s, at Washington, at Air Force, at NC State, at BYU, at Louisiana Tech. And they lost by under double-digits in four of those games, while only losing by 20-plus once. So, with the average schedule, they would’ve probably won a few games by now.

Still, the No. 20 team in the country shouldn’t let a team like this come into their house and dominate. It’s a very bad loss for Florida that will serve as a rough blemish on their resume come March.

And on the other side, it’s a significant win for Johnny Jones and the Texas Southern program.

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