Bryant Bulldogs men's basketball

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Bryant Bulldogs
2014–15 Bryant Bulldogs men's basketball team
Bryant Bulldogs athletic logo
University Bryant University
Conference NEC
Location Smithfield, RI
Head coach Tim O'Shea (6th year)
Arena Chace Athletic Center
(Capacity: 2,770)
Nickname Bulldog
Colors

Black, Gold, and White

                  
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 runner up
2005*
NCAA Tournament Final Four
2005*
NCAA Tournament appearances
1978*, 1980*, 2004*, 2005*, 2006*, 2007*, 2008*
Conference tournament champions
1980, 1997, 2004, 2005
Conference regular season champions
1996, 2004
*at Division II level

The Bryant Bulldogs men's basketball team represents Bryant University in NCAA Division I men's basketball. The team currently competes in the Northeast Conference. They are currently led by head coach Tim O'Shea and play their home games at the Chace Athletic Center.

History[edit]

Bryant during a 1966 game vs. Salem State

Bryant University competed in the NAIA as an NAIA independent program from 1963 until 1976 as the Bryant College Indians before the college became a member of the NCAA at the Division II level in 1977. Bryants most successful season during the college's tenure in the NAIA came in the 1966–67 season when the team recorded an undefeated regular season, going 22–0 before losing the final two games of the 1966–67 season in the District 32 Tournament.[1] The 22–2 overall record was the team's best during the NAIA years.[1] The 22 wins set a team high win streak that still stands as a school record as of 2012.[1] And the 22 total wins was not eclipsed in the 2003–04 season.[1]

Within a few seasons of transitioning to NCAA Division II, the college became a charter member of the Northeast-10 Conference in 1980.[2]

Bryant went through about a 20-year period where there was hardly any success and most of the time no success.[citation needed] This was from 1980 season until the 2001 season.[citation needed] The change started when the university hired Max Good, former head coach at UNLV, as the new head coach at Bryant and to help turn around the basketball program.[citation needed] The team made the NCAA Men's Division II Basketball Championship in only his third season at the helm. The team reached the Division II national championship game for a first and only time in the 2005 tournament. Bryant faced Virginia Union University and finished second in NCAA DII with a 58–63 loss to Virginia Union.,[1] as well as an elite eight appearance, and two sweet sixteen appearances.[1] Max Good left after the 2008 season when he took a position at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California.[citation needed]

In 2008, Bryant began the transition to Division I with former Ohio University coach Tim O'Shea. The 2012–13 season marked the first year Bryant was eligible for the postseason, in which they qualified for the 2013 College Basketball Invitational.

Postseason[edit]

NCAA Division II Tournament results[edit]

The Bulldogs have appeared in seven NCAA Division II Tournaments. Their combined record is 10–9.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
1978 Regional Semifinals
Regional 3rd Place Game
Merrimack
Bridgeport
L 91–116
L 85–89
1980 Regional Semifinals
Regional 3rd Place Game
Springfield
Quinnipiac
L 78–91
L 97–102
2004 Regional Quarterfinals
Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
C.W. Post
New York Tech
UMass Lowell
W 65–63
W 64–60
L 62–63
2005 Regional Quarterfinals
Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship Game
Adelphi
Bloomfield
Bentley
Mount Olive
Tarleton State
Virginia Union
W 69–48
W 76–59
W 74–64
W 84–69
W 60–55
L 58–63
2006 Regional Quarterfinals UMass Lowell L 67–77
2007 Regional Quarterfinals
Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Adelphi
Saint Rose
Bentley
W 77–55
W 65–62
L 54–63
2008 Regional Quarterfinals
Regional Semifinals
C.W. Post
Bentley
W 63–56
L 41–60

NAIA Tournament results[edit]

The Bulldogs have appeared in one NAIA Tournament. Their record is 0–1.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
1975 First Round Winona State L 72–93

CBI results[edit]

The Bulldogs have appeared in one College Basketball Invitational (CBI). Their record is 0–1.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
2013 First Round Richmond L 71–76

Coaches[edit]

Bryant during a 2006 game vs. Syracuse University

Bryant University has had seven coaches during its history:

Head Coach Years Record Win %
Earl Shannon 1963–64 12–11 .522
Tom Duffy 1964–68 70–22 .761
Tom Foliard 1968–78 174–88 .664
Leon Drury 1978–89 126–182 .410
Ed Reilly 1989–01 109–209 .343
Max Good 2001–08 133–85 .607
Tim O'Shea 2008–present 39–111 .260
Totals 1963–2012 663–708 .484

Record Book[edit]

Year-by-year[edit]

Season Record Head Coach Playoff Appearance
1963–64 12–11 Earl Shannon
1964–65 16–8 Tom Duffy
1965–66 17–7 Tom Duffy
1966–67 22–0 Tom Duffy
1967–68 15–7 Tom Duffy
1968–69 21–5 Tom Foliard
1969–70 19–7 Tom Foliard
1970–71 11–14 Tom Foliard
1971–72 13–10 Tom Foliard
1972–73 20–6 Tom Foliard
1973–74 20–8 Tom Foliard
1974–75 21–8 Tom Foliard
1975–76 16–11 Tom Foliard
1976–77 13–13 Tom Foliard
1977–78 20–6 Tom Foliard Round of 32
1978–79 18–10 Leon Drury
1979–80 20–7 Leon Drury Round of 32
1980–81 18–10 Leon Drury
1981–82 14–12 Leon Drury
1982–83 12–16 Leon Drury
1983–84 6–21 Leon Drury
1984–85 11–17 Leon Drury
1985–86 11–21 Leon Drury
1986–87 5–22 Leon Drury
1987–88 7–23 Leon Drury
1988–89 4–23 Leon Drury
1989–90 3–24 Ed Reilly
1990–91 8–18 Ed Reilly
1991–92 3–22 Ed Reilly
1992–93 7–18 Ed Reilly
1993–94 15–14 Ed Reilly
1994–95 10–16 Ed Reilly
1995–96 13–14 Ed Reilly
1996–97 18–10 Ed Reilly
1997–98 7–19 Ed Reilly
1998–99 9–17 Ed Reilly
1999–00 8–19 Ed Reilly
2000–01 8–18 Ed Reilly
2001–02 7–19 Max Good
2002–03 17–14 Max Good
2003–04 23–10 Max Good Sweet Sixteen
2004–05 25–9 Max Good Championship Game
2005–06 21–10 Max Good Elite Eight
2006–07 21–11 Max Good Sweet Sixteen
2007–08 19–12 Max Good Sweet Sixteen
2008–09 8–21 Tim O'Shea *
2009–10 1–29 Tim O'Shea *
2010–11 9–21 Tim O'Shea *
2011–12 2–26 Tim O'Shea *
2012–13 19–12 Tim O'Shea CBI First Round
  • Note: From 2008–2012 Bryant was ineligible for NCAA post season play during transition to NCAA Division I.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "2006–07 BryantMen's Basketball Media Guide". Bryant University. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  2. ^ "The History of the Northeast-10 Conference". Northeast-10 Conference. Retrieved October 7, 2011. 

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