Central Connecticut Blue Devils men's basketball

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Central Connecticut Blue Devils
2016–17 Central Connecticut Blue Devils men's basketball team
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University Central Connecticut State University
Head coach Donyell Marshall (1st season)
Conference Northeast
Location New Britain, CT
Arena William H. Detrick Gymnasium
(Capacity: 2,654)
Nickname Blue Devils
Colors Blue and White[1]
         
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
NCAA Tournament appearances
2000, 2002, 2007
Conference tournament champions
2000, 2002, 2007
Conference regular season champions
2000, 2002, 2007

The Central Connecticut Blue Devils men's basketball team is the men's basketball team that represent Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Connecticut, United States. The school's team currently competes in the Northeast Conference and were coached by Howie Dickenman from 1996 until his retirement in 2016. The team last played in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in 2007. On April 6, 2016, the school hired Donyell Marshall as the team's head coach.[2]

History[edit]

Mascot of the Central Connecticut State University athletic teams

2017-18 begins the 82nd season of Blue Devils basketball. Central's first year of competition was the 1934–35 season under coach Harrison J. Kaiser, after whom the athletic building is named. CCSU joined the NCAA Division I ranks in the 1986–87 season, marking 2017-18 as the 32nd season at the Division I level.

Classification[edit]

Years Classification National Tournaments Seasons
1986–87 to Present NCAA Division I 3 appearances 31
1965–66 to 1985–86 NCAA Division II 6 appearances 21
1934–35 to 1964–65 NAIB/NAIA 10 appearances 29

Home court[edit]

Years Venue Seasons
1964–65 to present Kaiser Hall – Detrick Gymnasium 52
1946–47 to 1963–64 Memorial Hall 18
1934–35 to 1945–46 Teachers Gymnasium 11

Conference affiliation[edit]

Years Conference Seasons
1997–98 to Present Northeast Conference 20
1994–95 to 1996–97 Mid-Continent Conference 3
1990–91 to 1991–92, 1993–94 East Coast Conference 3
1986–87 to 1989–90, 1992–93 Division I Independent 5
1972–73 to 1982–83, 1985–86 Division II Independent 12
1983–84 to 1984–85 New England Collegiate Conference 2
1967–68 to 1971–72 North-East Collegiate Basketball League 5
1934–35 to 1940–41, 1960–61 to 1966–67 Independent 13
1941–42 to 1959–60 New England Teachers/State College Conference 18

National Tournament appearances[edit]

NCAA Division I Tournament results[edit]

The Blue Devils have appeared in three NCAA Division I Tournaments. Their combined record is 0–3.

Year Seed Opponent Results Round Location
2007 #16 #1 Ohio State L, 78–57 Round of 64 Lexington, Ky.
2002 #14 #3 Pittsburgh L, 71–54 Round of 64 Pittsburgh, Pa.
2000 #15 #2 Iowa State L, 88–78 Round of 64 Minneapolis, Minn.

NCAA Division II Tournament results[edit]

The Blue Devils have appeared in six NCAA Division II Tournaments. Their combined record is 6–8.

Year Opponent Results Round Location
1984 American International W, 102–90 Regional Consolation New Britain, Conn.
South Dakota State L, 74–59 Regional First Round New Britain, Conn.
1983 Assumption L, 99–89 (OT) Regional Consolation New Britain, Conn.
American International L, 65–64 Regional First Round New Britain, Conn.
1971 Assumption L 105–77 Regional Finals New Britain, Conn.
Stonehill W, 111–99 Regional First Round New Britain, Conn.
1969 Assumption L, 98–77 New England Consolation Springfield, Mass.
Springfield L, 91–80 New England First Round Springfield, Mass.
1967 Long Island – Brooklyn L, 114–76 Regional Finals New Britain, Conn.
Buffalo State W, 90–73 Regional First Round New Britain, Conn.
1966 Kentucky Wesleyan L, 84–76 National Quarterfinals Evansville, Ind.
Assumption W, 96–87 Northeast Finals Worcester, Mass.
Philadelphia Textile W, 96–75 Eastern Second Round Syracuse, NY
Potsdam State W, 94–82 Eastern First Round Syracuse, NY

NAIA National Tournament results[edit]

The Blue Devils have appeared in 10 NAIB/NAIA National Tournaments at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Missouri. Their combined record is 1–10.

Year Opponent Results Round Tourney Ranking
1965 #9 Augsburg (Minn.) L, 87–103 First Round
1964 Saint Mary’s (Texas) L, 62–64 First Round #14
1963 Athens State (Ala.) L, 71–72 First Round #16
1962 #16 William Jewell (Mo.) L, 52–57 First Round
1961 #11 Southwest Texas State L, 59–70 First Round
1960 #6 Grambling L, 68–92 First Round
1959 #12 Westminster (Pa.) L, 76–79 First Round
1950 Westminster (Pa.) L, 62–70 First Round
1949 Indiana Central L, 59–72 First Round
1948 Xavier (Ohio) L, 39–57 Second Round
Montana W, 63–52 First Round

NCAA Division I Conference awards[edit]

Player of the Year[edit]

Northeast Conference

Defensive Player of the Year[edit]

Northeast Conference

East Coast Conference

  • 1991 – Patrick Sellers

Rookie of the Year[edit]

Northeast Conference

  • 2012 – Kyle Vinales
  • 2008 – Shemik Thompson

All-Conference First Team[edit]

Northeast Conference

Mid-Continent Conference

All-Conference Second Team[edit]

Northeast Conference

  • 2015 – Matt Mobley
  • 2009 – Ken Horton
  • 2002 – Damian Battles, Ricardo Scott
  • 2001 – John Tice
  • 2000 – Corsley Edwards, John Tice
  • 1999 – Rick Mickens, Charron Watson
  • 1998 – Rick Mickens

Mid-Continent Conference

  • 1997 – Sean Scott

All-Rookie Team[edit]

Northeast Conference

  • 2016 - Austin Nehls
  • 2014 - Matt Mobley
  • 2012 – Kyle Vinales
  • 2008 – Ken Horton, Shemik Thompson
  • 2004 – Obie Nwadike
  • 2003 – Justin Chiera
  • 2001 – Ron Robinson
  • 1999 – Corsley Edwards
  • 1998 – Marijus Kovaliukas

Mid-Continent Conference

Coach of the Year[edit]

Northeast Conference

Other awards[edit]

All-American Selections[edit]

First Team

Second Team

  • Richard Leonard – 1984 & 1983
  • Steve Ayers – 1982
  • Bill Reaves – 1971 & 1970

Third Team

  • Steve Ayers – 1981

Honorable Mention

  • Ken Horton – 2011

UPI Selection

  • Eugene Reily – 1966

All-New England selections[edit]

First Team

  • Rich Leonard – 1984
  • Steve Ayers – 1982
  • Bill Reaves – 1971
  • Howie Dickenman – 1969

Second Team

  • Corsley Edwards – 2002
  • Rick Mickens – 2000
  • Byran Heron – 1989
  • Ken Hightower – 1984
  • Rich Leonard – 1983
  • Steve Ayers – 1983
  • Billy Wendt – 1973
  • Howie Dickenman – 1968
  • Paul Zajac – 1967

Third Team

  • Greg Roberts – 1978
  • Jere Quinn – 1977
  • Robert Charbonneau – 1977

Blue Devils in the NBA[edit]

  • Corsley Edwards – 2002 NBA Draft – Round 2, Pick 29 / Sacramento Kings (10 games played)
  • Keith Closs – 1997 Free Agent / Los Angeles Clippers (130 games played)
  • Howie Dickenman – 1969 NBA Draft – Round 17, Pick 210 / Phoenix Suns[3] (did not play)

References[edit]

  1. ^ CCSU Identity Manual (PDF). May 1, 2011. Retrieved April 6, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Ex-UConn star Marshall to coach Cent. Conn. St.". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2016-04-06. 
  3. ^ 1969 NBA Draft on databaseBasketball.com

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