Northern Arizona Lumberjacks men's basketball

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Northern Arizona Lumberjacks men's basketball
2016–17 Northern Arizona Lumberjacks men's basketball team
Northern Arizona Athletics wordmark.svg
University Northern Arizona University
Conference Big Sky
Location Flagstaff, AZ
Head coach Jack Murphy (5th year)
Arena Walkup Skydome
(Capacity: 16,230)
Nickname Lumberjacks
Colors Blue and Gold[1]
         
NCAA Tournament appearances
1998, 2000
Conference tournament champions
1998, 2000
Conference regular season champions
1986, 1997, 1998, 2006

The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks men's basketball[2] team represents Northern Arizona University, located in Flagstaff, Arizona, in NCAA Division I men's competition. The school's team has competed in the Big Sky Conference since 1970. The team's most recent appearance in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament was in 2000. The Lumberjacks are currently coached by Jack Murphy, hired in April 2012 after a disastrous season in which previous head coach Mike Adras resigned in December and the team lost its final 16 games.[3] All NAU Lumberjack basketball games are broadcast on Hits 106 in Flagstaff, Fun Oldies 1450 AM/100.9 in Prescott and Money Radio 1510AM in Phoenix, with commentary provided by the "Voice of the Lumberjacks" Mitch Strohman, Coach Dave Brown with the play-by-play and Dave Zorn, host of the NAU Halftime Report. All games can be also heard online at Hits106.com

Postseason[edit]

NCAA tournament results[edit]

The Lumberjacks have appeared in two NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 0–2.

Year Seed Round Opponent Result
1998 #15 L 62–65 #2 Cincinnati Ben Howland
2000 #15 L 56–61 #2 St. John's Mike Adras

NIT results[edit]

The Lumberjacks have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) three times. Their combined record is 0–3.

Year Round Opponent Result
1986 L 61–67 Louisiana Tech
1997 L 74–101 Arkansas Ben Howland
2006 L 53–58 Delaware State Mike Adras

CIT results[edit]

The Lumberjacks have appeared in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) two times. Their combined record is 4–2.

Year Round Opponent Result
2011 First Round Santa Clara L 63–68
2015 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Championship game
Grand Canyon
Sacramento State
Kent State
NJIT
Evansville
W 75–70
W 78–73
W 74–73 OT
W 68–61
L 65–71

NAIA tournament results[edit]

The Lumberjacks have appeared in the NAIA Tournament four times. Their combined record is 7–4.

Year Round Opponent Result
1946 First Round
Second Round
Rockhurst
Loyola (LA)
W 45–37
L 50–56 OT
1947 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
National 3rd Place Game
Youngstown State
Houston
Northeast Missouri State
Mankato State
Emporia State
W 49–45 OT
W 44–42
W 59–55
L 46–52
W 47–38
1954 First Round Rio Grande L 74–90
1962 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Buena Vista
Savannah State
Prairie View A&M
W 95–73
W 95–91
L 48–86

Notable players[edit]

  • Dan McClintock – former NBA center, had brief stint with the Denver Nuggets
  • Andre Spencer – former NBA Forward, played three years in the NBA. drafted by the Atlanta Hawks
  • Cameron Jones – selected 10th overall in 1st round by Ft. Wayne Mad Ants in NBA Development League Draft November 4, 2011

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "NAU Graphic Identity System" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-03-29. 
  2. ^ Northern Arizona uses "Lumberjacks" as its athletic nickname for both sexes. This contrasts with the other NCAA Division I school with that nickname, Stephen F. Austin State University—the latter school uses "Lumberjacks" only for men's teams and "Ladyjacks" for women's teams.
  3. ^ Associated Press (April 12, 2012). "N. Arizona hires Jack Murphy". ESPN.com. Retrieved April 13, 2012.