FIU Panthers men's basketball

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FIU Panthers
2013–14 FIU Panthers men's basketball team
FIU Panthers athletic logo
University Florida International University
Conference C-USA
Location Miami, FL
Head coach Anthony Evans
Arena U.S. Century Bank Arena
(Capacity: 5,000)
Nickname Panthers
Colors

Blue and Gold

            
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
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Alternate jersey
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Team colours
Alternate
NCAA Tournament appearances
1995

The FIU Panthers men's basketball team represents Florida International University in Miami, Florida, United States. The school's team currently competes in Conference USA. They are currently led by head coach Anthony Evans and play their home games at the U.S. Century Bank Arena.

FIU at UCLA Pauley Pavilion, 2008

Richard Pitino era[edit]

On April 15, 2012, Richard Pitino left his position as the associate head coach at the University of Louisville to become the head coach at FIU. With only six players remaining from the previous season, and not all of them on scholarship, Pitino cobbled together a team and coached a high-pressure defense that finished eighth in the nation in steals. He was able to compile an 18-14 record (11-9 in the Sun Belt conference) in his only season as head coach. His FIU team set a record for the best conference record in school history. Additionally, FIU reached the Sun Belt Tournament Championship game as a four seed, before falling to Western Kentucky, 65-63.

On April 3, 2013, Richard Pitino was hired to become the next head coach at the University of Minnesota, replacing Tubby Smith.

Anthony Evans era[edit]

On April 15, 2013, Anthony Evans left his position as head coach at Norfolk State University to become the head coach at FIU.

NCAA Tournament appearances[edit]

FIU men's basketball team had its lone NCAA Tournament appearance in the 1995 tournament under then Head Coach Bob Weltlich. FIU won the TAAC Basketball Tournament and in doing so earned an automatic bid for the NCAA Tournament. FIU was seeded #16 and played the #1 seeded UCLA Bruins in the first round of the West Regional, which was played at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise. The Panthers lost the game to the Bruins by the score of 92–56, being the first tournament win in UCLA's successful run to the National Championship that year.

Media appearances[edit]

The "Sunblazers" men’s basketball team was also featured in a second season episode of Miami Vice entitled "The Fix".

Postseason[edit]

NCAA Tournament results[edit]

The Panthers have appeared in one NCAA Tournament. Their record is 0–1.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
1995 First Round UCLA L 56–92

Records[edit]

Team Honors[edit]

Trans America Athletic Conference Regular Season Champions (1): 1992–93
Trans America Athletic Conference Tournament Champions (1): 1995
NCAA Tournament Appearances (1): 1995

FIU basketball alumni in professional leagues[edit]

Raja Bell attended FIU for two seasons

FIU Panthers alumni to have gone on to the NBA and international professional basketball.

Name Years at FIU Team
Carlos Arroyo 1998–2001 Boston Celtics
Raja Bell 1999–2000 Utah Jazz
Clyde Corley 1982–1983 Dallas Mavericks

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