1996–97 UC Irvine Anteaters men's basketball team

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1996–97 UC Irvine Anteaters men's basketball
ConferenceBig West Conference
1996–97 record1–25 (1–15 Big West)
Head coachRod Baker (6th season)
Home arenaBren Events Center
Seasons
1996–97 Big West men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
East Division
Utah State 12 4   .750     20 9   .690
New Mexico State 12 4   .750     19 9   .679
Nevada 12 4   .750     21 10   .677
Boise State 9 7   .563     14 13   .519
Idaho 5 11   .313     13 17   .433
North Texas 5 11   .313     10 16   .385
West Division
Pacific 12 4   .750     24 6   .800
Long Beach State 9 7   .563     13 14   .481
UC Santa Barbara 7 9   .438     12 15   .444
Cal State Fullerton 6 10   .375     13 14   .481
Cal Poly 6 10   .375     14 16   .467
UC Irvine 1 15   .063     1 25   .038
† 1997 Big West Tournament winner
As of April 1, 1997[1]; Rankings from AP Poll

The 1996–97 UC Irvine Anteaters men's basketball team represented the University of California, Irvine during the 1996–97 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Anteaters were led by sixth year head coach Rod Baker and played at the Bren Events Center and were members of the Big West Conference. They finished with the worst record in school history and Rod Baker was dismissed as head coach at the end of the season.[2]

Previous season[edit]

The 1995–96 UC Irvine Anteaters men's basketball team finished the season with a record of 15–12, 11–7 in Big West play.

Roster[edit]

1996–97 UC Irvine Anteaters men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
C Dan Augulis 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Sr
C Andrew Carlson 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Fr
G Tony Dela Cruz 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 209 lb (95 kg) Fr
C Paul Foster 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Sr
G Juma Jackson 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Fr
F Brian Johnson 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Fr
G Jeremy Lee 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Fr
G Phil Negrete 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Fr
G Lamarr Parker 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
So
G Scott Phillips 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
So
G Damion Pugh 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Fr
C Boris Reznik 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
So
C Wendell Robinson 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Jr
Head coach

Rod Baker (College of the Holy Cross)

Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster

Schedule[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Regular Season
November 22, 1996*
at San Diego State L 88–100  0–1
Peterson Gym (1,598)
San Diego, CA
December 2, 1996*
at Washington State L 53–91  0–2
Beasley Coliseum (2,120)
Pullman, WA
December 4, 1996*
at Eastern Washington L 53–80  0–3
Reese Court (884)
Cheney, WA
December 7, 1996*
UNLV L 59–69  0–3
Bren Events Center (2,098)
Irvine, CA
December 15, 1996*
USC L 45–107  0–4
Bren Events Center (2,448)
Irvine, CA
December 21, 1996*
at Cal State Northridge L 53–77  0–5
Matadome (493)
Northridge, CA
December 23, 1996*
San Diego L 49–70  0–6
Bren Events Center (939)
Irvine, CA
December 28, 1996*
Utah L 50–77  0–7
Bren Events Center (2,022)
Irvine, CA
January 4, 1997*
at San Francisco L 44–77  0–8
War Memorial Gymnasium (3,212)
San Francisco, CA
January 9, 1997
Pacific L 52–63  0–9
(0–1)
Bren Events Center (981)
Irvine, CA
January 11, 1997
Long Beach State L 69–82  0–10
(0–2)
Bren Events Center (1,861)
Irvine, CA
January 16, 1997
at Cal Poly L 62–79  0–11
(0–3)
Mott Gym (3,097)
San Luis Obispo, CA
January 18, 1997
at UC Santa Barbara L 55–56  0–12
(0–4)
UC Santa Barbara Events Center (3,145)
Santa Barbara, CA
January 23, 1997
Nevada W 76–74 OT 1–12
(1–4)
Bren Events Center (854)
Irvine, CA
January 25, 1997
Cal State Fullerton L 57–89  1–13
(1–5)
Bren Events Center (3,228)
Irvine, CA
January 30, 1997
at Boise State L 46–67  1–14
(1–6)
BSU Pavilion (6,112)
Boise, ID
February 1, 1997
at Idaho L 40–57  1–15
(1–7)
Cowan Spectrum (4,038)
Moscow, ID
February 6, 1997
North Texas L 74–75 2OT 1–16
(1–8)
Bren Events Center (490)
Irvine, CA
February 8, 1997
New Mexico State L 47–81  1–17
(1–9)
Bren Events Center (1,015)
Irvine, CA
February 13, 1997
at Cal State Fullerton L 69–84  1–18
(1–10)
Titan Gym (739)
Fullerton, CA
February 15, 1997
at Utah State L 47–81  1–19
(1–11)
Smith Spectrum (7,511)
Logan, UT
February 20, 1997
at Long Beach State L 63–89  1–20
(1–12)
The Pyramid (3,660)
Long Beach, CA
February 22, 1997
at Pacific L 46–96  1–21
(1–13)
Alex G. Spanos Center (5,252)
Stockton, CA
February 25, 1997*
at Southern Utah L 65–76  1–22
Centrum Arena (3,004)
Cedar City, UT
February 27, 1997
UC Santa Barbara L 71–79 OT 1–22
(1–14)
Bren Events Center (1,293)
Irvine, CA
March 1, 1997
Cal Poly L 78–84  1–25
(1–15)
Bren Events Center (2,038)
Irvine, CA
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Pacific Time.

Source[3][4]

Awards & Honors[edit]

  • Brian Johnson
    • Big West All-Freshman Team
  • Juma Jackson
    • Big West All-Freshman Team
  • Andrew Carlson
    • Big West All-Freshman Team

Source: [5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Big West MBB Record Book
  2. ^ Foster, Chris (3 March 1997). "UCI's Baker Is Dismissed". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  3. ^ "UC Irvine Men's Basketball Record Book" (PDF). UC Irvine Sports. UC Irvine Athletics. Retrieved July 22, 2017.
  4. ^ "Final 1997 Cumulative Basketball Statistics Report" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved July 22, 2017.
  5. ^ "UC Irvine Honors" (PDF). UC Irvine Sports. UC Irvine Athletics. Retrieved September 24, 2017.