Northwest Missouri State Bearcats men's basketball
|Northwest Missouri State Bearcats men's basketball|
|University||Northwest Missouri State University|
|All-time record||1,424–972 (.594)|
|Head coach||Ben McCollum (7th season)|
|Conference||Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association|
|Colors||Bearcat Green and White
|NCAA Tournament champions|
|NCAA Tournament Final Four|
|NCAA Tournament Elite Eight|
|2002, 2004, 2017|
|NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen|
|2002, 2004, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017|
|NCAA Tournament Round of 32|
|2002, 2004, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017|
|NCAA Tournament Opening Round|
|1982, 1984, 1989, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017|
|Conference tournament champions|
|1989, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2016, 2017|
|Conference regular season champions|
|1925, 1926, 1928, 1929, 1939, 1945, 1986, 1997, 2001, 2006, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017|
The Northwest Missouri State Bearcats men's basketball team represents Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri, in the NCAA Division II men's basketball competition. The team is currently coached by Ben McCollum, who has been at the head of the helm since 2009. The Bearcats currently compete, and are one of two founding members remaining, of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA). The basketball team plays its home games in the Bearcat Arena on campus.
National championship games
The men's team in its first national championship appearance in 1932 lost to Henry's Clothiers in the Amateur Athletic Union title game at Convention Hall in Kansas City, Missouri 15–14 in a last second shot. The Bearcat team was coached by Hank Iba. The featured Bearcat players included Jack McCracken and Wilbur Stalcup. At the time both corporate-sponsored teams and colleges competed in the same tournament.
Bearcat Arena has a seating capacity of 2,500. The facility also houses the university's commencement ceremonies, as well professional concerts. Bearcat Arena, formerly known as Lamkin Gymnasium, was built in 1959 and underwent a $6 million renovation during the 1993–94 academic year with additions. The south side received a new face which included a fitness center and coaches' offices on the second floor.
|Northwest Missouri State men's basketball — year-by-year record|
|Carl Hanson (Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1914–1915)|
|George Palfreyman (Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1915–1918)|
|M. H. Sims (Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1918–1919)|
|1918–19||M. H. Sims||6–4|
|M. H. Sims:||6–4|
|Robert Rice (Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1919–1921)|
|Russell Sprong (Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1921–1922)|
|Eugene Maynor (Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1922–1923)|
|H. Frank Lawrence (Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1923–1929)|
|1923–24||H. Frank Lawrence||5–5|
|1924–25||H. Frank Lawrence||9–8|
|1925–26||H. Frank Lawrence||12–7|
|1926–27||H. Frank Lawrence||11–7|
|1927–28||H. Frank Lawrence||12–7|
|1928–29||H. Frank Lawrence||13–8|
|H. Frank Lawrence:||62–42|
|Henry Iba (Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1929–1933)|
|Wilbur Stalcup (Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1933–1943)|
|Ryland Milner (Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1943–1951)|
|H. D. Peterson (Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1951–1953)|
|1951–52||H. D. Peterson||9–10|
|1952–53||H. D. Peterson||7–13|
|H. D. Peterson:||16–23|
|Dale Kessinger (Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1953–1955)|
|Robert Gregory (Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1955–1959)|
|Marion Moss (Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1959–1964)|
|Dick Buckridge (Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1964–1972)|
|Bob Iglehart (Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1972–1977)|
|Larry Holley (Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1977–1980)|
|Lionel Sinn (Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1980–1989)|
|Steve Tappmeyer (Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association) (1989–2009)|
|2001–02||Steve Tappmeyer||29–3||NCAA Division II Elite 8|
|2003–04||Steve Tappmeyer||29–5||NCAA Division II Elite 8|
|Ben McCollum (Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association) (2009–present)|
|2013–14||Ben McCollum||24–9||16–3||NCAA Division II Sweet 16|
|2014–15||Ben McCollum||25–7||15–4||NCAA Division II Sweet 16|
|2015–16||Ben McCollum||27–6||19–3||NCAA Division II Sweet 16|
|2016–17||Ben McCollum||35–1||18–1||NCAA Division II National Championship|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
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- "Northwest Missouri State University – Bearcat Arena". Bearcatsports.com. Retrieved 2015-11-01.
- Henry Clothiers – hoopedia.nba.com – Retrieved September 12, 2009
- MIAA Scoreboard (2017-03-25). "Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association – NWMSU Claims Men's Basketball National Title". Themiaa.com. Retrieved 2017-03-25.
- "Northwest Missouri State University – Bearcat Arena". Bearcatsports.com. Retrieved 2016-08-22.