UC Riverside Highlanders men's basketball

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UC Riverside Highlanders
2014–15 UC Riverside Highlanders men's basketball team
UC Riverside Highlanders athletic logo
University University of California, Riverside
Conference Big West
Location Riverside, CA
Head coach Dennis Cutts (2nd year)
Arena UC Riverside Student Recreation Center
(Capacity: 3,168)
Nickname Highlanders
Colors

Blue and Gold

            
NCAA Tournament runner up
*1995
NCAA Tournament Final Four
*1970, *1989, *1995
NCAA Tournament appearances
*1970, *1972, *1973, *1974, *1975, *1979, *1980, *1984, *1986, *1988, *1989, *1990, *1991, *1992, *1994, *1995, *1997
*at Division II level

The UC Riverside Highlanders men's basketball team represents the University of California, Riverside in Riverside, California, United States. The school's team currently competes in the Big West Conference. The squad is currently led by interim head coach Dennis Cutts, who replaced Jim Wooldridge when the latter stepped down as head coach to assume the role of interim Athletic Director at the school. The Highlanders play their home games at the UC Riverside Student Recreation Center. The program had its greatest success as a Division II program, making it to three Final Fours and the national title game in 1995.

Postseason[edit]

NCAA Division II Tournament results[edit]

The Highlanders have appeared in the NCAA Division II Tournament 17 times (known as the college division until 1974 but considered the same tournament). Their combined record is 29–18.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
1970 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Elite Eight
Final Four
National 3rd Place Game
Boise State
Puget Sound
Saint Joseph's (IN)
Philadelphia Textile
Buffalo State
W 83–71
W 83–71
W 82–77
L 63–79
W 94–83
1972 Regional Semifinals
Regional 3rd Place Game
Seattle Pacific
UC Irivine
L 63–68
W 94–75
1973 Regional Quarterfinals
Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Elite Eight
Somona State
Puget Sound
Cal State Bakersfield
Brockport State
W 70–68
W 71–51
W 61–54
L 70–79
1974 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Elite Eight
Chico State
Somona State
New Orleans
W 62–51
W 71–56
L 78–83
1975 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Elite Eight
UC Davis
Puget Sound
New Orleans
W 78–77
W 59–58
L 59–73
1979 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
San Diego
Puget Sound
W 62–48
L 52–77
1980 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Elite Eight
Puget Sound
Cal Poly SLO
North Alabama
W 65–61
W 62–53
L 69–76
1984 Regional Semifinals
Regional 3rd Place Game
San Francisco State
Chapman
L 57–65
W 74–71
1986 Regional Semifinals
Regional 3rd Place Game
Alaska-Anchorage
Cal Poly SLO
L 83–86
W 55–53
1988 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Saint Cloud State
Ferris State
W 78–71
L 64–80
1989 RegioRegional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Elite Eight
Final Four
National 3rd Place Game
Somona State
Cal State Bakersfield
Millersville
Southeast Missouri State
Jacksonville State
W 79–65
W 63–60
W 92–86
L 83–84 OT
W 90–81
1990 Regional Semifinals
Regional 3rd Place Game
Central Missouri State
Humboldt State
L 59–69
L 70–71
1991 Regional Semifinals
Regional 3rd Place Game
Cal State Bakersfield
Chico State
L 52–75
W 90–82
1992 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Grand Canyon
Cal State Bakersfield
W 74–61
L 70–72 OT
1994 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
San Francisco State
Cal State Bakersfield
W 78–61
L 62–75
1995 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship Game
UC Davis
Seattle Pacific
Morningside
Indiana (PA)
Southern Indiana
W 84–66
W 74–68
W 71–58
W 73–69
L 63–71
1997 Regional Quarterfinals Montana State-Billings L 86–97

Season-by-season results[edit]

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
John Masi (Big West Conference) (2001–2005)
2001–02 John Masi 8–18 5–13 9
2002–03 John Masi 6–18 5–13 9
2003–04 John Masi 9–19 7–11 T-5
2004–05 John Masi 9–19 4–14 9
Masi: 34–72 (.321) 21–51 (.292)


David Spencer (Big West Conference) (2005–2006)
2005–06 David Spencer 5–23 3–11 8
Spencer: 5–23 (.179) 3–11 (.214)


Vonn Webb (Big West Conference) (2006–2007)
2005–06 Vonn Webb 7–24 1–13 8
Webb: 7–24 (.226) 1–13 (.071)


Jim Wooldridge (Big West Conference) (2007–2014)
2007–08 Jim Wooldridge 9–21 4–12 7
2008–09 Jim Wooldridge 17–13 8–8 T-4
2009–10 Jim Wooldridge 12–17 5–11 T-9
2010–11 Jim Wooldridge 12–19 6–10 T-7
2011–12 Jim Wooldridge 14–17 7–9 5
2012–13 Jim Wooldridge 6–25 3–15 10
Wooldridge: 70–112 (.385) 33–65 (.337)


Dennis Cutts (Big West Conference) (2013–present)
2013–14 Dennis Cutts 10–21 5–11 8
2014–15 Dennis Cutts 0–0 0–0
Cutts: 10–21 (.323) 5–11 (.313)


Total: 126-252 (.333)

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

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