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University of Tartu
University of Tartu logo
Leagues Korvpalli Meistriliiga
Basketball Champions League
Baltic Basketball League
Founded 1937
History Tartu EASK
(1937–1940)
University of Tartu
(1948–1992)
Raidor
(1992–1994)
Tartu Gaas
(1994–1995)
KK Tartu
(1995–1997)
SK Polaris
(1997–1999)
University of Tartu
(1999–present)
Arena University of Tartu Sports Hall
Arena Capacity 1,650
Location Tartu, Estonia
Team colors White, Black, Gold
              
President Andres Liinat
Head coach Gert Kullamäe
Championships 26 Estonian Championships
16 Estonian Cups
1 Soviet Championship
Website basket.ut.ee
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

BC Tartu, commonly known as University of Tartu (Estonian: Tartu Ülikool), is a professional basketball club based in Tartu, Estonia. They play in the Korvpalli Meistriliiga (KML) and internationally in the Basketball Champions League. The team was founded in 1937 as division of the University of Tartu Academic Sports Club. Their home arena is the University of Tartu Sports Hall.

University of Tartu have won a record 26 Estonian Championships, a record 16 Estonian Cups and 1 Soviet Championship.[1]

History[edit]

The team was founded in 1937 by Herbert Niiler as Tartu Estonian Academic Sports Club (Estonian: Tartu Eesti Akadeemiline Spordiklubi), or simply Tartu EASK. The team won the regional series and was promoted to the top-tier Estonian Championship.[2] Led by Estonia national basketball team players Oskar Erikson, Aleksander Illi, Heino Veskila and Ralf Viksten, the team won the 1938 Estonian Championship and managed to defend the title in the two following seasons. The club's success was cut short by the World War II and the Soviet occupation.[3][4]

University of Tartu returned to the Estonian Championship in 1948. On 28 August 1948, the team defeated Tartu Dünamo with a record score of 132–6, with Ilmar Kullam scoring 40 points.[5] Led by a generation of star players such as Kullam, Heino Kruus and Joann Lõssov, the team won five consecutive Estonian Championships from 1948 to 1952. In 1949, the team also won the Soviet Championship.[2]

The team, now coached by Ernst Ehaveer, won another Estonian Championship in 1956 with a team of players from different generations like the veteran Kullam and the young Mart Laga. In 1957, center Jaak Lipso joined the team and Tartu won two more championships in 1958 and 1959.[2] After Lipso's departure, the team struggled in the 1960s before acquiring Aleksei Tammiste in 1968. The team won the 1968–69 season by defeating Tallinna Kalev 82–80 in the final, fielding an unorthodox starting lineup of 4 guards and 1 forward.[2][6] Led by Tammiste and Anatoli Krikun, the team won eight Estonian Championships from 1969 to 1978. In 1983, Ehaveer ended his 27-season tenure as the head coach. Under Ehaveer, the team had won a total of 11 Estonian Championships and 5 Estonian Cups.[2] In the 1980s, the team entered into a period of decline, failing to finish above third place.

Tartu continued to struggle after the restoration of Estonia's independence in 1991. In the 1995–96 season, the team reached the KML Finals, but lost the series to Kalev 0–3. In 1997, University of Tartu hired Teet Laur as head coach. In 1998, the team signed Marek Doronin. University of Tartu finished the 1999–2000 regular season in third place, but reached the KML Finals in the playoffs and won their first title since 1978, defeating Tallinna Kalev in three games.[2] The team also made their debut in Europe, entering the 1999–2000 FIBA Saporta Cup, but failed to advance past the group stage with just one win in 10 games. In 2000, Jüri Neissaar returned to the team and replaced Laur as head coach. The team defended their KML title in the 2000–01 season, defeating Tallinna Ülikoolid-A. Le Coq in three games in the KML Finals.[2] Tanel Tein was named Most Valuable Player of the season, while Neissaar won the Coach of the Year.[7] The team failed to win their third consecutive KML title as Tartu lost the Finals series to Tallinna Kalev 2–3. Nevertheless, Tein was named MVP for the second year in a row.[8]

Tanel Tein was named MVP on the season in 2001, 2002 and 2006, Finals MVP in 2007 and Estonian Player of the Year in 2008.

In 2003, Tõnu Lust was hired as head coach. University of Tartu won the 2003–04 regular season and won the title, defeating EBS/Nybit in 4 games to 2 in the KML Finals.[2] Augenijus Vaškys was named MVP and Lust won the Coach of the Year award.[9] The team finished the 2004–05 regular season with a 12–4 record, but lost the 2005 KML Finals to Ehitustööriist 3 games to 4. After the season, Lust was replaced as head coach by the assistant coach Paavo Russak. The team reached the finals in the 2005–06 season, but were once again defeated by Kalev/Cramo (former Ehitustööriist) 3 games to 4, losing the deciding seventh game by a single point, 68–69. Despite the loss, Tein was named MVP of the season for the third time.[10] University of Tartu signed Gert Kullamäe, Martin Müürsepp and Giorgi Tsintsadze for the 2006–07 season, while Algirdas Brazys replaced Russak as head coach. The team won the regular season and reached the KML Finals in the playoffs, where they defeated Kalev/Cramo 4 games to 2. Tein was named the KML Finals MVP. Üllar Kerde was hired as the new head coach for the next season. University of Tartu competed in the 2007–08 FIBA EuroCup and made Estonian basketball history by reaching the Final Four, where they were defeated by Barons LMT 82–88 in the semifinals.[11] In the third place games, the team faced Proteas EKA AEL, but lost 70–79. University of Tartu defended their KML title in the 2007–08 season, defeating Kalev/Cramo in a four-game sweep in the KML Finals.[2] Brian Cusworth was named the KML Finals MVP, in addition to regular-season MVP, while Tein was named Estonian Player of the Year and Kerde won the Coach of the Year award.[12]

On 20 December 2008, Kerde was replaced by assistant coach Indrek Visnapuu. University of Tartu won the 2008–09 regular season and advanced to the finals in the playoffs. In the KML Finals, the team faced Kalev/Cramo once again and lost the series 2 games to 4. The team won the 2009–10 season, defeating Rakvere Tarvas 4 games to 2 in the Finals. Janar Talts was named KML Finals MVP.[13] On 25 January 2012, Visnapuu was replaced by assistant coach and former University of Tartu player Gert Kullamäe. The team won their next Estonian Championship in the 2014–15 season, defeating Kalev/Cramo 4 games to 1 in the 2015 KML Finals.[14] Tanel Kurbas was named the KML Finals MVP and Kullamäe won the Coach of the Year award. University of Tartu participated in the 2015–16 season of the newly established FIBA Europe Cup, reaching the round of 32. In Estonia, the team finished the 2015–16 regular season in second place. The team advanced to the 2016 KML Finals, but were defeated by Kalev/Cramo 4 games to 1.[15]

Sponsorship naming[edit]

University of Tartu has had several denominations through the years due to its sponsorship. From 2001–2016, the club was sponsored by Saku, an Estonian brewery company, which led to the team featuring Rock, one of Saku's brands, in their team name. As a result, the name Rock was used frequently to refer to the team.

  • Raidor: 1992–1994
  • Tartu Gaas: 1994–1995
  • KK Tartu: 1995–1997
  • SK Polaris: 1997–1999
  • University of Tartu-Delta: 1999–2001
  • University of Tartu/Rock: 2001–2016

Logos[edit]

Home arenas[edit]

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

University of Tartu roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
PG 0 United States Thomas, Mandell 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 84 kg (185 lb) 23 – (1993-07-27)27 July 1993
PG 4 Estonia Sokk, Tanel (C) 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 84 kg (185 lb) 31 – (1985-01-20)20 January 1985
SF 5 Estonia Vene, Kent-Kaarel 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 92 kg (203 lb) 22 – (1994-02-21)21 February 1994
SG 6 Estonia Dorbek, Gert 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 93 kg (205 lb) 31 – (1985-06-10)10 June 1985
PG 7 Estonia Kriisa, Kerr 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 15 – (2001-01-02)2 January 2001
PF 8 Estonia Talts, Janar 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 102 kg (225 lb) 33 – (1983-04-07)7 April 1983
PG 9 Estonia Rosenthal, Märt 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 17 – (1999-03-15)15 March 1999
SG 13 Estonia Meister, Kristen 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 85 kg (187 lb) 23 – (1993-09-09)9 September 1993
SG 14 Estonia Eelmäe, Hendrik 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 15 – (2000-10-26)26 October 2000
SF 21 Estonia Jõesaar, Janari 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 94 kg (207 lb) 22 – (1993-12-08)8 December 1993
PF 24 Estonia Tamm, Ivo Van 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 20 – (1996-06-23)23 June 1996
PG 28 Estonia Jürgenstein, Joonas Anton 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) 16 – (2000-08-24)24 August 2000
C 29 Lithuania Milka, Dominykas 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 105 kg (231 lb) 24 – (1992-08-01)1 August 1992
SG 30 Estonia Kivi, Robin 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 17 – (1999-03-17)17 March 1999
PF 55 Australia Jois, Venky 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 104 kg (229 lb) 23 – (1993-04-07)7 April 1993
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Updated: 20 September 2016


Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Dominykas Milka
PF Janar Talts Venky Jois Ivo Van Tamm
SF Janari Jõesaar Kent-Kaarel Vene
SG Gert Dorbek Kristen Meister Robin Kivi
PG Tanel Sokk Mandell Thomas Märt Rosenthal

Coaches[edit]

Season by season[edit]

Season Tier Division Pos. Postseason RS PO Estonian Cup Baltic Basketball League European competitions
1990–91 1 Korvpalli Meistriliiga 9 7–15
1991–92 1 Korvpalli Meistriliiga 8 7–22
1992–93 1 Korvpalli Meistriliiga 5 20–16
1993–94 1 Korvpalli Meistriliiga 4 Fourth place 15–13 0–4
1994–95 1 Korvpalli Meistriliiga 6 Fifth place 13–15 5–4
1995–96 1 Korvpalli Meistriliiga 3 Runner-up 19–17 6–3
1996–97 1 Korvpalli Meistriliiga 4 Third place 12–13 4–3
1997–98 1 Korvpalli Meistriliiga 5 Third place 10–15 3–6
1998–99 1 Korvpalli Meistriliiga 4 Fourth place 14–11 5–5
1999–00 1 Korvpalli Meistriliiga 3 Champion 20–10 9–2 Champion 2 FIBA Saporta Cup RS 1–9
2000–01 1 Korvpalli Meistriliiga 1 Champion 28–7 6–0 Champion
2001–02 1 Korvpalli Meistriliiga 1 Runner-up 23–7 5–5 Runner-up
2002–03 1 Korvpalli Meistriliiga 1 Third place 20–4 4–3 Champion 4 FIBA Europe Champions Cup QR 2–6
2003–04 1 Korvpalli Meistriliiga 1 Champion 18–6 6–3 Quarterfinalist 4 FIBA Europe Cup QR 2–4
2004–05 1 Korvpalli Meistriliiga 1 Runner-up 12–4 8–4 Champion Baltic Basketball League 10th 3–15 4 FIBA Europe Cup QR 2–6
2005–06 1 Korvpalli Meistriliiga 2 Runner-up 18–6 6–6 Runner-up Baltic Basketball League 14th 11–21
2006–07 1 Korvpalli Meistriliiga 1 Champion 33–3 9–3 Runner-up Baltic Basketball League 9th 14–12 4 FIBA EuroCup Challenge RS 3–3
2007–08 1 Korvpalli Meistriliiga 1 Champion 33–3 7–0 Runner-up Baltic Basketball League R16 5–15 3 FIBA EuroCup 4th 9–4
2008–09 1 Korvpalli Meistriliiga 1 Runner-up 26–2 5–4 Quarterfinalist Baltic Basketball League 3rd 11–12 3 FIBA EuroChallenge RS 2–4
2009–10 1 Korvpalli Meistriliiga 1 Champion 23–5 7–4 Champion Baltic Basketball League QF 10–11 3 FIBA EuroChallenge RS 1–5
2010–11 1 Korvpalli Meistriliiga 2 Runner-up 28–4 3–4 Champion Baltic Basketball League QF 14–10 3 FIBA EuroChallenge RS 2–4
2011–12 1 Korvpalli Meistriliiga 1 Runner-up 25–3 3–4 Champion Baltic Basketball League RS 6–14
2012–13 1 Korvpalli Meistriliiga 2 Runner-up 28–4 6–4 Quarterfinalist Baltic Basketball League QF 14–4 3 FIBA EuroChallenge RS 2–4
2013–14 1 Korvpalli Meistriliiga 1 Runner-up 30–2 6–4 Champion Baltic Basketball League 3rd 14–6 3 FIBA EuroChallenge QF 10–5
2014–15 1 Korvpalli Meistriliiga 1 Champion 26–6 10–3 Champion Baltic Basketball League 4th 4–1–3 3 FIBA EuroChallenge T16 6–6
2015–16 1 Korvpalli Meistriliiga 2 Runner-up 25–7 7–4 Runner-up Baltic Basketball League RU 7–1 3 FIBA Europe Cup L32 4–8
2016–17 1 Korvpalli Meistriliiga Baltic Basketball League 3 Champions League

Trophies and awards[edit]

Trophies[edit]

Estonian Championship

Estonian Cup

  • Winners (16): 1950, 1952, 1956, 1958, 1974, 1976, 1979, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014

Soviet Championship

  • Winners (1): 1949

BBL Cup

Individual awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kullaklubi". Basket.ut.ee. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Tartu korvpall timeline" (in Estonian). Postimees. 
  3. ^ "Heino Veskila". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "Veskila, Heino". ESBL. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Tartu ÜSK 132:6 Tartu Dünamo". Estonian Basketball Association. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  6. ^ "TRÜ 82:80 Tallinna Kalev". Estonian Basketball Association. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  7. ^ "Enden ainus kandidaat" (in Estonian). Postimees. 26 May 2001. 
  8. ^ "Selgunud on Eesti korvpallihooaja parimad" (in Estonian). Delfi. 31 May 2002. 
  9. ^ "Müürsepp Eesti parim" (in Estonian). Delfi. 8 June 2004. 
  10. ^ "Selgusid korvpallihooaja 2005/06 parimad" (in Estonian). Delfi. 1 June 2006. 
  11. ^ "Barons fight back to book place in final". FIBA Europe. Retrieved 24 February 2011. 
  12. ^ "Valiti korvpallihooaja parimad" (in Estonian). Delfi. 4 June 2008. 
  13. ^ "Rock krooniti Eesti meistriks! Talts finaalseeria MVP!" (in Estonian). Delfi. 14 May 2010. 
  14. ^ "Eesti meister 2015 on TÜ/ROCK!" (in Estonian). Estonian Basketball Association. 22 May 2015. 
  15. ^ "Kalev/Cramo kindlustas meistritiitli koguni 27-punktise võiduga!" (in Estonian). Delfi. 27 May 2016. 

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