Central Arkansas Bears basketball

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This is about the men's basketball team at the University of Central Arkansas. The women's team is known as the Sugar Bears.
Central Arkansas Bears
2016–17 Central Arkansas Bears basketball team
Central Arkansas Athletics wordmark.svg
University University of Central Arkansas
Head coach Russ Pennell (3rd season)
Conference Southland
Location Conway, Arkansas
Arena Farris Center
(Capacity: 6,000)
Nickname Bears
Colors Purple and Gray[1]
NCAA Tournament appearances
*at the Division II level

The Central Arkansas Bears basketball team represents the University of Central Arkansas in NCAA Division I men's basketball competition. The school's team currently competes in the Southland Conference and plays its home games at the Farris Center located on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Arkansas. The current head coach is Russ Pennell, who was named as head coach on March 5, 2014, taking over for interim Clarence Finley. Finley had coached for the entire 2013–14 season.[2]

The school was formerly known as Arkansas State Teachers School and the State College of Arkansas. Prior to competition at the NCAA Division I level, the Bears also competed in the NAIA and NCAA Division II.

Postseason appearances[edit]

NCAA Division II Tournament results[edit]

The Bears have appeared in the NCAA Division II Tournament one time. Their record is 1–1.

Year Round Opponent Result
2005 Regional Quarterfinals
Regional Semifinals
West Georgia
W 74–71
L 69–73

NAIA Tournament[edit]

The Bears have appeared in 15 NAIA Tournaments. Their combined record is 13–16.

Year Round Opponent Result
1937 Quarterfinals
3rd Place Game
Saint Benedict's
W 34–33
L 33–40
L 38–46
1938 First Round Central State L 34–43
1940 First Round Kansas Wesleyan L 33–45
1942 First Round Pittsburg State L 34–37
1946 First Round Pepperdine L 37–63
1948 First Round Manhattan L 60–65
1959 First Round
Second Round
Fort Hays State
W 70–67
L 48–59
1961 First Round Westminster L 60–68
1974 First Round Hanover L 83–87
1975 First Round Alcorn State L 77–88
1980 First Round
Second Round
Alabama State
W 67–61
W 54–53
L 53–67
1990 First Round
Second Round
Paul Quinn
David Lipscomb
W 62–53
L 66–70
1991 First Round
Second Round
National Championship Game
Olivet Nazarene
Rio Grande
Athens State
Oklahoma City
W 75–66
W 99–67
W 95–64
W 66–60
L 74–77
1992 First Round
Second Round
National Championship Game
Spring Hill
BYU Hawaiʻi
Oklahoma City
W 77–70
W 87–83
W 74–62
W 72–65
L 73–82
1993 First Round Central Washington L 66–78


  1. ^ UCA Standards Guide (PDF). March 28, 2015. Retrieved April 2, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Former Arizona Wildcats coach Russ Pennell hired by Central Arkansas". ArizonaSports.com. March 5, 2014. Retrieved December 1, 2014.