Bryant Bulldogs men's basketball
|Head coach||Tim O'Shea (6th year)|
|Arena||Chace Athletic Center
Black, Gold, and White
|NCAA Tournament runner up|
|NCAA Tournament Final Four|
|NCAA Tournament appearances|
|1978*, 1980*, 2004*, 2005*, 2006*, 2007*, 2008*|
|Conference tournament champions|
|1980, 1997, 2004, 2005|
|Conference regular season champions|
*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.
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. The 22–2 overall record was the team's best during the NAIA years. The 22 wins set a team high win streak that still stands as a school record as of 2012. And the 22 total wins was not eclipsed in the 2003–04 season.
Bryant went through about a 20-year period where there was hardly any success and most of the time no success. This was from 1980 season until the 2001 season. 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. 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., as well as an elite eight appearance, and two sweet sixteen appearances. Max Good left after the 2008 season when he took a position at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California.
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.
NCAA Division II Tournament results
The Bulldogs have appeared in seven NCAA Division II Tournaments. Their combined record is 10–9.
Regional 3rd Place Game
Regional 3rd Place Game
New York Tech
National Championship Game
|2006||Regional Quarterfinals||UMass Lowell||L 67–77|
NAIA Tournament results
The Bulldogs have appeared in one NAIA Tournament. Their record is 0–1.
|1975||First Round||Winona State||L 72–93|
The Bulldogs have appeared in one College Basketball Invitational (CBI). Their record is 0–1.
|2013||First Round||Richmond||L 71–76|
Bryant University has had seven coaches during its history:
|Head Coach||Years||Record||Win %|
|Season||Record||Head Coach||Playoff Appearance|
|1977–78||20–6||Tom Foliard||Round of 32|
|1979–80||20–7||Leon Drury||Round of 32|
|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|
|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.