Northwest Missouri State Bearcats men's basketball

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Northwest Missouri State Bearcats men's basketball
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UniversityNorthwest Missouri State University
First season1914
All-time record1,494–976 (.605)
Head coachBen McCollum (13th season)
ConferenceThe MIAA
LocationMaryville, Missouri
ArenaBearcat Arena
(Capacity: 2,500)
NicknameBearcats
ColorsBearcat green and white[1]
   
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away


NCAA Tournament Champions
2017, 2019, 2021, 2022
NCAA Tournament Final Four
2017, 2019, 2021, 2022
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
2002, 2004, 2017, 2019, 2021, 2022
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
2002, 2004, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2021, 2022
NCAA Tournament Round of 32
2002, 2004, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2021, 2022
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1982, 1984, 1989, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
Conference tournament champions
1989, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2022
Conference regular season champions
1925, 1926, 1928, 1929, 1939, 1945, 1986, 1997, 2001, 2006, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022

The Northwest Missouri State Bearcats men's basketball team represents Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri, in the NCAA Division II men's basketball competition. The team is currently coached by Ben McCollum, who has been at the helm since 2009.[2] The Bearcats currently compete, and are one of two founding members remaining, of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA).[3] The basketball team plays its home games in the Bearcat Arena on campus.[4]

National championship games

The men's team in its first national championship appearance in 1932 lost to Henry's Clothiers in the Amateur Athletic Union title game at Convention Hall in Kansas City, Missouri 15–14 in a last second shot. The Bearcat team was coached by Hank Iba. The featured Bearcat players included Jack McCracken and Wilbur Stalcup.[5] At the time both corporate-sponsored teams and colleges competed in the same tournament.

The Bearcats played Fairmont State University in the national championship game on March 25, 2017, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, winning 71–61.[6]

The Bearcats won their second national championship when they played Point Loma Nazarene University in the national championship game on March 30, 2019, in Evansville, Indiana, winning 64-58.

Northwest was ranked #1 in 2020 going into the NCAA Division II men's tournament to defend its title but the tournament was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.[7]

The Bearcats won their third national championship when they played West Texas A&M in the national championship game on March 27, 2021, in Evansville, Indiana, winning 80-54.

Bearcat Arena

Bearcat Arena has a seating capacity of 2,500. The facility also houses the university's commencement ceremonies, as well professional concerts. Bearcat Arena, formerly known as Lamkin Gymnasium, was built in 1959 and underwent a $6 million renovation during the 1993–94 academic year with additions. The south side received a new face which included a fitness center and coaches' offices on the second floor.[8]

Year-by-year results

References

  1. ^ Northwest Missouri State Bearcats Athletics Graphic Standards (PDF). February 8, 2018. Retrieved May 21, 2018.
  2. ^ "Northwest Missouri State University – Staff Directory". Bearcatsports.com. 2015-01-05. Retrieved 2015-11-01.
  3. ^ "Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Conference History". Themiaa.com. Retrieved 2015-11-01.
  4. ^ "Northwest Missouri State University – Bearcat Arena". Bearcatsports.com. Retrieved 2015-11-01.
  5. ^ Henry Clothiers – hoopedia.nba.com – Retrieved September 12, 2009
  6. ^ MIAA Scoreboard (2017-03-25). "Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association – NWMSU Claims Men's Basketball National Title". Themiaa.com. Retrieved 2017-03-25.
  7. ^ "Division II tournament, MIAA spring sports canceled due to coronavirus".
  8. ^ "Northwest Missouri State University – Bearcat Arena". Bearcatsports.com. Retrieved 2016-08-22.