Idaho State Bengals men's basketball

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Idaho State Bengals
2013–14 Idaho State Bengals men's basketball team
Idaho State Bengals athletic logo
University Idaho State University
Conference Big Sky
Location Pocatello, ID
Head coach Bill Evans (2nd year)
Arena Reed Gym
Holt Arena
Nickname Bengals
Colors

Black and Orange

            
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1977
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1954, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1977
NCAA Tournament appearances
1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1974, 1977, 1987
Conference tournament champions
(Big Sky) 1977, 1987
Conference regular season champions
(RMAC) 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956,
1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961
(Big Sky) 1974, 1976, 1977    

The Idaho State Bengals men's basketball team represents Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho, United States. The school's team currently competes in the Big Sky Conference. They are currently led by head coach Bill Evans and play most of their home home games at Reed Gym, with some select home games at Holt Arena.

Postseason[edit]

NCAA Tournament results[edit]

The Bengals have appeared in eleven NCAA Tournaments and have a cumulative record of 8–13. The team came to national prominence as a member of Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) under head coach Steve Belko, who arrived in 1950 and stayed for six seasons, followed by John Grayson for the next three. Belko left for Oregon, Grayson for Washington.

In the sixth season under head coach Jim Killingsworth, Idaho State advanced to the Elite Eight in 1977. It was a 32-team field, and through 2014 it is the furthest any Big Sky team has advanced in the NCAA tourney. The Bengals won an opening round game at home at the Minidome and then upset UCLA by a point in the Sweet Sixteen in Provo, Utah. Both teams entered the game with records of 24–4. After the high-scoring loss to UNLV in the regional final, Killingsworth left for Oklahoma State.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
1953 First Round Seattle L 77–88
1954 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Regional 3rd Place Game
Seattle
USC
Colorado State
W 77–75 OT
L 59–73
W 62–57
1955 First Round Seattle L 63–80
1956 First Round Seattle L 66–68
1957 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Regional 3rd Place Game
Hardin-Simmons
San Francisco
BYU
W 68–57
L 51–66
L 54–65
1958 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Regional 3rd Place Game
Arizona State
California
San Francisco
W 72–68
L 43–54
L 51–57
  1959   First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Regional 3rd Place Game
New Mexico State
Saint Mary's
Utah
W 62–61
L 71–80
W 71–65
1960 First Round California L 44–71
1974 First Round New Mexico L 65–73
1977 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Long Beach State
UCLA
UNLV
W 83–72
W 76–75
L 90–107
1987 First Round UNLV L 70–95

NAIA Tournament results[edit]

The Bengals have appeared in the NAIA Tournament one time. Their record is 1–1.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
1938 First Round
Second Round
Manchester
New Mexico State
W 41–38
L 40–56

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