Tartu Ülikool Korvpallimeeskond

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Tartu Ülikool/Rock
Tartu Ülikool/Rock logo
Leagues Korvpalli Meistriliiga
Baltic Basketball League
EuroChallenge
Founded 1945
History 1945 – present
Arena

Sporthall of Tartu University

(capacity: 3000)
Location Tartu, Estonia
Team colors Black and White
         
President Estonia Andres Liinat
Head coach Estonia Gert Kullamäe
Championships 22 Estonian Championships
15 Estonian Cups
1 BBL Cup
1 USSR Championship
Website www.basket.ut.ee
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

Tartu Ülikool/Rock (University of Tartu/Rock) is an Estonian professional basketball club, based in Tartu, currently participating in the Korvpalli Meistriliiga, the Baltic Basketball League and the EuroChallenge. The basketball team belongs to The University of Tartu and plays their home games at the Tartu Ülikooli Spordihoone (Sporthall of Tartu University).[1] The TÜ/Rock is the most successful basketball club in Estonia with 22 national championships and 15 national cup wins.

History[edit]

Soviet Union era[edit]

TÜ ASK (Academic Sports Club of the University of Tartu) is the oldest basketball team still playing in Estonia. Although the origins of the team are uncertain at this moment, it is a fact that Tartu University's basketball team entered the Estonian League right after World War II in the 1947/48 season.[2] During the late 1940s and the 1950s the university's team was one of the dominants winning 8 domestic titles from 1948 to 1959. This period also includes the Soviet Union League title in 1949.[2] Notable players from that era were Ilmar Kullam, Heino Kruus and Jaak Lipso who all have won an Olympic medal and EuroBasket championship with the Soviet Union national basketball team.

During the 1960s teams from Tallinn dominated Estonian basketball and the Tartu team was unable to win any titles. A new rise started in the late 1960s with players like Anatoli Krikun (Olympic bronze 1968) and Aleksei Tammiste. Led by those two men the TRÜ team was virtually indomitable during the 1970s winning 7 domestic titles.

The 1980s were another low period for the Tartu team as there were not many good players in the team. The epicenter of Estonian basketball shifted back to Tallinn with teams like Tallinna Kalev and Harju KEK dominating the domestic league.

Independent Estonia[edit]

In the early 1990s after Estonia regained its independence Tartu struggled in the KML, but with the emerging of young talented players like Valmo Kriisa, Tarmo Kikerpill and Tanel Tein, Tartu fought its way back to the top of Estonian basketball winning the Estonian League in 2000.[2] It was the team's first title since 1978. In the new millennium Tartu Rock has been at the very top of domestic basketball winning several league titles and cups. In addition to that the team has reached the Final Fours of FIBA EuroCup (in 2007–08) and Baltic Basketball League (in 2008–09). In 2010 Rock also won the Baltic Basketball League Cup becoming the first team besides BC Žalgiris and BC Lietuvos Rytas to win a Baltic League trophy.[3]

2007–2008: EuroCup Final Four[edit]

Main article: EuroCup 2007-08

On the 4th of March in the year 2008 Tartu Ülikool/Rock made Estonian club basketball history by beating PBC Ural Great with games 2–1 in the FIBA EuroCup and advancing to the semifinals.[4] Tartu played in the same group with CSK VSS Samara, Lappeenrannan NMKY and PAOK BC winning five games and losing only one to Samara in Russia.[5] After beating Ural Great, Tartu lost to Barons LMT in the semi-finals with the score 82–88.[6] In the third-place game, Tartu was defeated by Proteas EKA AEL with the score 70–79.[7]

2008–2009: Baltic League Final Four[edit]

In the 2008–09 season Rock also became the first Estonian basketball team to reach the Baltic League Final Four. Rock defeated Estonian arch rival BC Kalev/Cramo in the quarterfinals with games 2–1. The last game went to overtime and Tartu won by a lucky three-pointer from veteran player Tanoka Beard at the last second making the final score 71–68.[8] This victory also ment that the Final Four would be held on the Tartu team's home court.[9] In the semifinals Rock lost to BC Žalgiris with the score 83–74. In the third place game Rock defeated ASK Riga 77–68 and won the bronze medal.[10][11]

Team name history[edit]

The University's basketball team has had several names in the history. The name changes were mostly due to sponsorship reasons. Here is the complete list.

Tartu Rock logo from 2001 to 2008.
University of Tartu logo was used in 2011–2012 season.
Years Name Full name (Estonian) Full name (English) Main sponsor
1947–1952 Tartu ÜSK Tartu Ülikooli Spordiklubi Sports Club of the University of Tartu
1952–1989 TRÜ Tartu Riiklik Ülikool Tartu State University
1989–1992 Tartu Ülikool Tartu Ülikool University of Tartu
1992–1993 Tartu KK Tartu Korvpalliklubi Tartu Basketball Club
1993–1994 Raidor Raidor Raidor Raidor AS
1994–1995 Tartu Gaas Tartu Gaas Tartu Gas Tartu Gaas
1995–1997 Tartu KK Tartu Korvpalliklubi Tartu Basketball Club
1997–1999 Tartu SK Polaris Tartu Spordiklubi Polaris Tartu Sports Club Polaris Polaris Security
1999–2001 Tartu Ülikool-Delta Tartu Ülikool-Delta Tartu University-Delta
2001–2011, 2012–present Tartu Ülikool/Rock Tartu Ülikool/Rock Tartu University/Rock Saku Brewery
2011–2012 Tartu Ülikool Tartu Ülikooli Korvpalliklubi University of Tartu Basketball Club

Accomplishments per season[edit]

Trophies and awards[edit]

Trophies[edit]

  • Estonian Championships: 22
    • 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1956, 1958, 1959, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2010
  • Estonian Cups: 15
    • 1950, 1952, 1956, 1958, 1974, 1976, 1979, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013
  • BBL Cup: 1
    • 2010
  • Soviet Union League Championship: 1
    • 1949

Individual awards[edit]

All-KML First Team


All-KML Defensive Team

Players[edit]

Roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team, as has been defined by FIBA. Players may hold more than one nationality.

TÜ/Rock roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
SF 5 Estonia Vene, Kent-Kaarel 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 90 kg (198 lb) 20 – (1994-02-21)February 21, 1994
G/F 6 Estonia Dorbek, Gert 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 94 kg (207 lb) 29 – (1985-06-10)June 10, 1985
PG 7 Estonia Kriisa, Valmo 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 90 kg (198 lb) 40 – (1974-05-18)May 18, 1974
F/C 8 Estonia Talts, Janar 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 107 kg (236 lb) 31 – (1983-04-07)April 7, 1983
PF 9 Estonia Eichfuss, Timo 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 105 kg (231 lb) 25 – (1988-11-19)November 19, 1988
SG 10 Estonia Sutt, Saimon 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 88 kg (194 lb) 19 – (1995-04-12)April 12, 1995
SF 11 Estonia Doronin, Marek (C) 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 96 kg (212 lb) 31 – (1983-01-09)January 9, 1983
PG 12 Lithuania Pečiukevičius, Augustas 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 94 kg (207 lb) 22 – (1991-12-02)December 2, 1991
SG 13 Estonia Meister, Kristen 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 90 kg (198 lb) 20 – (1993-09-09)September 9, 1993
F/C 14 Lithuania Dilys, Vilmantas 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 104 kg (229 lb) 26 – (1987-10-06)October 6, 1987
C 21 Estonia Toome, Joosep 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 29 – (1985-06-21)June 21, 1985
SF 22 Estonia Kurbas, Tanel 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 26 – (1988-05-08)May 8, 1988
PG 23 United States Simpson, Vincent 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 80 kg (176 lb) 25 – (1988-09-11)September 11, 1988
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Updated: 2013-11-27


Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Bench Bench Reserve
C Vilmantas Dilys Joosep Toome
PF Janar Talts Timo Eichfuss
SF Tanel Kurbas Marek Doronin Kent-Kaarel Vene
SG Gert Dorbek Kristen Meister Saimon Sutt
PG Augustas Pečiukevičius Vincent Simpson Valmo Kriisa

Squad Changes for the 2013–2014 Season[edit]

In[edit]

Out[edit]

Notable players[edit]

For a listing of past rosters, see Tartu Ülikool/Rock past rosters.
For a listing of past players, see Category:Tartu Ülikool/Rock players.

Head coaches[edit]

Name Period Trophies
Estonia Edgar Naarits 1946–1956 Estonian League 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952; Estonian Cup 1950, 1952; Soviet Union League 1948–49
Estonia Ernst Ehaveer 1956–1983 Estonian League 1956, 1958, 1959, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1977–78; Estonian Cup 1956, 1958, 1974, 1976, 1979
Estonia Arne Laos 1983–1992
Estonia Jüri Neissaar 1992–1997
Estonia Teet Laur 1997–2000 Estonian League 1999–00; Estonian Cup 2000
Estonia Jüri Neissaar 2000–2003 Estonian League 2000–01; Estonian Cup 2001, 2002
Estonia Tõnu Lust 2003–2005 Estonian League 2003–04; Estonian Cup 2004
Estonia Paavo Russak 2005–2006
Lithuania Algirdas Brazys 2006–2007 Estonian League 2006–07
Estonia Üllar Kerde 2007–2008 Estonian League 2007–08
Estonia Indrek Visnapuu[12] 2008–2012 Estonian League 2009–10; Estonian Cup 2009, 2010, 2011; BBL Cup 2010
Estonia Gert Kullamäe[13] 2012– Estonian Cup 2013

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tartu Ülikooli Akadeemiline Spordiklubi". sport.ut.ee Retrieved on 2014-03-19 (Estonian)
  2. ^ a b c "Eesti Korvpalliliit". basket.ee. Retrieved on 2009-01-22 (Estonian)
  3. ^ "BOOM!! Rock beats Rytas to win the BBL Cup". BBL Homepage (2010-09-25). Retrieved on 2011-02-24
  4. ^ "Tartu keep on rocking, reach Final Four". FIBA Europe (2008-03-04). Retrieved on 2009-01-22
  5. ^ "Team home on fibaeurope.com". FIBA Europe. Retrieved on 2011-02-24
  6. ^ "Barons fight back to book place in final". FIBA Europe (2008-04-18). Retrieved on 2011-02-24
  7. ^ "Proteas hold off Tartu for third place". FIBA Europe (2008-04-20). Retrieved on 2011-02-24
  8. ^ "Beard leads Rock to Final Four". SEB BBL Homepage (2009-04-01). Retrieved on 2009-04-25
  9. ^ "SEB BBL Final Four tournament will be hosted by Tartu". SEB BBL Homepage (2009-04-02). Retrieved on 2009-04-25
  10. ^ "It's Rytas against Zalgiris, as always". SEB BBL Homepage (2009-04-24). Retrieved on 2009-04-25
  11. ^ "Third place belongs to TÜ/Rock". SEB BBL Homepage (2009-04-25). Retrieved on 2009-04-25
  12. ^ a b "TÜ/Rock head coach Kerde resigns". SEB BBL Homepage (2008-12-21). Retrieved on 2008-12-21
  13. ^ a b "Indrek Visnapuu astus tagasi, peatreenerina jätkab Gert Kullamäe". Tartu Ülikooli korvpallimeeskond (2012-01-24). Retrieved on 2012-01-24 (Estonian)

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