McNeese State Cowboys basketball

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McNeese State Cowboys
2016–17 McNeese State Cowboys basketball team
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University McNeese State University
Head coach Dave Simmons (12th season)
Conference Southland
Location Lake Charles, Louisiana
Arena Burton Coliseum
(Capacity: 8,500[1])
Nickname Cowboys
Colors Royal Blue and Gold[2]
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Home jersey
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Team colours
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Away jersey
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Team colours

NCAA Tournament appearances
1968*, 1989, 2002
*at Division II level

The McNeese State Cowboys basketball team represents McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States. The school's team currently competes in the Southland Conference. They are currently led by head coach Dave Simmons and play their home games at Burton Coliseum. Currently members of the NCAA Division I, they were national champions of the NAIA in 1956.

Postseason appearances[edit]

NCAA Division I Tournament[edit]

The Cowboys have appeared in two NCAA Division I Tournaments. Their combined record is 0–2.

Year Round Opponent Result
1989 First Round Illinois L 71–77
2002 First Round Mississippi State L 58–70

NCAA Division II Tournament[edit]

The Cowboys have appeared in one NCAA Division II Tournament. Their record is 0–2.

Year Round Opponent Result
1968 Regional Semifinals
Regional 3rd Place Game
Jackson State
L 78–95
L 71–75

NAIA Tournament[edit]

The Cowboys have appeared in one NAIA Tournament. Their record is 5–0. They were national champions in 1956, their only appearance in the tournament.

Year Round Opponent Result
1956 First Round
Second Round
National Championship Game
Georgetown (KY)
Central State (OH)
Tennessee State
Pittsburg State
Texas Southern
W 88–65
W 87–74
W 76–68
W 78–72
W 60–55


The Cowboys have appeared in three National Invitation Tournaments (NIT). Their combined record is 1–2.

Year Round Opponent Result
1986 First Round
Second Round
Louisiana Tech
W 86–75
L 61–77
2001 First Round UTEP L 74–84
2011 First Round Boston College L 64–82


The Cowboys have appeared in one Postseason Tournament (CIT). Their record is 0–1.

Year Round Opponent Result
2012 First Round Toledo L 63–76

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Facility Information". Burton Complex. Retrieved September 24, 2016. 
  2. ^ "McNeese State Athletics Style Guide". Retrieved April 1, 2016. 

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