Sam Houston State Bearkats men's basketball

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Sam Houston State Bearkats
2016–17 Sam Houston State Bearkats men's basketball team
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University Sam Houston State University
Conference Southland
West Division
Location Huntsville, TX
Head coach Jason Hooten (7th year)
Arena Bernard Johnson Coliseum
(Capacity: 6,110)
Nickname Bearkats
Colors White and Orange[1]
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Home jersey
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Team colours
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Away jersey
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NCAA Tournament appearances
1986*, 2003, 2010
*at Division II level
Conference tournament champions
Southwest Conference: 2003 • 2010
Conference regular season champions
Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association: 1925
Lone Star Conference: 1934 • 1937 • 1948 • 1964 • 1971 • 1973 • 1975 • 1981 • 1986
Southland Conference: 2000 • 2003 • 2010

The Sam Houston State Bearkats men's basketball team represents Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, United States. The school's team currently competes in the Southland Conference. The Bearkats have played home games at Johnson Coliseum, a 5,529 seat indoor arena, since 1976, when it was then called University Coliseum.[2] They are currently led by head coach Jason Hooten.


Sam Houston State University has a prestigious history in regards to basketball. The Bearkats have fielded a basketball team since 1917, excluding the 1942-43 and 1943-44 basketball seasons. Basketball was not played these years because World War II had decimated male enrollment at Sam Houston State. Success began early as Sam Houston went 43-11 during its first five years, including an unblemished 24-0 record during its first three.

During the 21st Century, Sam Houston's men's basketball program boasts the second winning-est program in Texas Division I, only behind Texas. The Bearkats are also the winning-est program in the Southland Conference during the last decade.[3]

Postseason appearances[edit]

The Bearkats have seen post-season play in 28 of the last 40 seasons, including a run of 11 straight conference tournament appearances, two of which led to berths in the NCAA National Tournament.[4] Sam Houston claims one NAIA national title in 1973, where they finished #1 in the AP Small College Poll.[5]

NCAA Division I Tournament[edit]

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

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
2003 First Round Florida L 55–85
2010 First Round Baylor L 59–68

NCAA Division II Tournament[edit]

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

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
1986 Regional Semifinals
Regional 3rd Place Game
Delta State
Abilene Christian
L 59–61
L 60–76

NAIA Tournament[edit]

The Bearkats have appeared in one NAIA Tournament. Their record is 1–1.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
1973 First Round
Second Round
Xavier (LA)
W 88–62
L 60–67

CIT results[edit]

The Bearkats have appeared in the Postseason Tournament (CIT) three times. Their record is 2–3.

Year Round Opponent Result
2014 First Round
Second Round
Alabama State
San Diego
W 71–49
L 72–77
2015 First Round
Second Round
UNC Wilmington
W 87–71
L 70–71
2016 First Round Jackson State L 77–81OT


  1. ^ The SHSU Brand (PDF). Retrieved 2016-04-02. 
  2. ^ "Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum". Sam Houston State University. Retrieved 2013-05-14. 
  3. ^ "Sam Houston State Men's Basketball Notes" (PDF). Sam Houston State Athletics. Retrieved 2013-05-14. 
  4. ^ Sam Houston State Record Book: Year-By-Year (PDF). Sam Houston State Athletics. p. 2. 
  5. ^ "Sam Houston State National Championships". Sam Houston State Athletics. Retrieved 2013-05-14. 

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