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2017–18 Bryant Bulldogs men's basketball team

The 2017–2018 Bryant Bulldogs men's basketball team represented Bryant University during the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The team, led by 10th-year head coach Tim O'Shea, played their home games at the Chace Athletic Center in Smithfield, Rhode Island as members of the Northeast Conference. They finished the season 3–28, 2–16 in NEC play to finish in last place. They failed to qualify for the NEC Tournament.

2017–18 Bryant Bulldogs men's basketball
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ConferenceNortheast Conference
2017–18 record3–28 (2–16 NEC)
Head coachTim O'Shea (10th season)
Assistant coachHappy Dobbs
Assistant coachFrankie Dobbs
Assistant coachMike Allen
Home stadiumChace Athletic Center
Seasons
2017–18 Northeast Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Wagner 14 4   .778     23 10   .697
Saint Francis 12 6   .667     18 13   .581
Mount St. Mary's 12 6   .667     18 14   .563
LIU Brooklyn 10 8   .556     18 17   .514
St. Francis Brooklyn 10 8   .556     13 18   .419
Robert Morris 9 9   .500     16 17   .485
Fairleigh Dickinson 9 9   .500     13 18   .419
Central Connecticut 7 11   .389     14 18   .438
Sacred Heart 5 13   .278     10 21   .323
Bryant 2 16   .111     3 28   .097
2018 NEC Tournament winner

On February 12, 2018, Tim O'Shea announced that he would retire at the end of the season.[1] He finished at Bryant with a ten-year record of 96–210. On April 2, the school hired Iona assistant Jared Grasso as head coach.[2]

Previous seasonEdit

The Bulldogs finished the 2016–17 season 12–20, 9–9 in NEC play to finish tied for fifth place. They participated in the NEC Tournament, losing in the quarterfinals to Saint Francis (PA).

PreseasonEdit

In a poll of league coaches at the NEC media day, the Bulldogs were picked to finish in eighth place.[3]

RosterEdit

2017–18 Bryant Bulldogs men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
F/C 20 Gus Riley 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Sr Nelson, New Zealand
G/F 3 Bosko Kostur 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Sr Melbourne, Australia
G 1 Hunter Ware 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Sr Powder Springs, Georgia
G 10 Taylor McHugh 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Jr Centreville, Virginia
G 11 Adam Grant 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 170 lb (77 kg) So Franklin, Virginia
G 21 Tanner Johnson 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) So Lexington, Kentucky
G 0 Ikenna Ndugba 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 190 lb (86 kg) So Boston, Massachusetts
F 23 Malik Smith 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) So Cleveland, Ohio
F 54 Sabastian Townes 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 240 lb (109 kg) So Chesapeake, Virginia
G/F 2 Brandon Carroll 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 190 lb (86 kg) RS Fr Brewster, New York
F/C 13 Monty Urmilevicius 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 190 lb (86 kg) RS Fr Kaunas, Lithuania
C 24 Dren Dedushaj 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Fr Brooklyn, New York
F 4 Charles Dudley 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Fr Rancho Santa Fe, California
G/F 5 Ryan Layman 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Fr Wrentham, Massachusetts
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster

Schedule and resultsEdit

Date
time, TV
Opponent Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Non-conference regular season
November 10, 2017*
7:00 pm, SECN+
at Georgia L 54–79  0–1
Stegeman Coliseum (7,387)
Athens, GA
November 14, 2017*
7:00 pm, ACCN Extra
at NC State L 72–95  0–2
PNC Arena (10,472)
Raleigh, NC
November 18, 2017*
4:00 PM
Navy L 71–79  0–3
Chace Athletic Center (639)
Smithfield, RI
November 21, 2017*
7:00 pm, BTN Plus
at Rutgers L 54–83  0–4
Louis Brown Athletic Center (3,044)
Piscataway, NJ
November 24, 2017*
3:00 pm, ESPN3
at Hartford W 78–73  1–4
Chase Arena at Reich Family Pavilion (951)
Hartford, CT
November 26, 2017*
6:00 pm
Brown L 67–81  1–5
Chace Athletic Center (608)
Smithfield, RI
November 29, 2017*
8:00 pm, ESPN3
at Yale L 67–84  1–6
Payne Whitney Gymnasium (711)
New Haven, CT
December 2, 2017*
1:00 pm, ESPN3
at New Hampshire L 59–75  1–7
Lundholm Gym (369)
Durham, NH
December 6, 2017*
7:00 pm, ESPN3
at Albany
Gotham Classic
L 68–84  1–8
SEFCU Arena (2,012)
Albany, NY
December 9, 2017*
1:00 pm, ESPN3
at Memphis
Gotham Classic
L 72–90  1–9
FedExForum (4,373)
Memphis, TN
December 11, 2017*
7:00 pm, ESPNU
at Louisville
Gotham Classic
L 59–102  1–10
KFC Yum! Center (16,236)
Louisville, KY
December 17, 2017*
1:00 pm
Siena
Gotham Classic
L 68–87  1–11
Chace Athletic Center (406)
Smithfield, RI
December 22, 2017*
12:00 pm
at Dartmouth L 58–75  1–12
Leede Arena (647)
Hanover, NH
NEC regular season
December 29, 2018
3:00 pm
Robert Morris L 54–68  1–13
(0–1)
Chace Athletic Center (305)
Smithfield, RI
December 31, 2018
3:00 pm
Saint Francis (PA) L 82–86  1–14
(0–2)
Chace Athletic Center (416)
Smithfield, RI
January 4, 2018
7:00 pm
at Mount St. Mary's L 80–96  1–15
(0–3)
Knott Arena (1,348)
Emmitsburg, MD
January 6, 2018
1:00 pm
at Sacred Heart W 79–74  2–15
(1–3)
William H. Pitt Center (210)
Fairfield, CT
January 11, 2018
7:00 pm
Wagner L 62–71  2–16
(1–4)
Chace Athletic Center (609)
Smithfield, RI
January 13, 2018
3:30 pm
at Central Connecticut L 76–80  2–17
(1–5)
William H. Detrick Gymnasium 
New Britain, CT
January 18, 2018
7:00 pm
at LIU Brooklyn L 79–83  2–18
(1–6)
Steinberg Wellness Center (563)
Brooklyn, NY
January 20, 2018
4:00 pm
at St. Francis Brooklyn L 80–85  2–19
(1–7)
Generoso Pope Athletic Complex (503)
Brooklyn, NY
January 25, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPN3
Central Connecticut L 74–80  2–20
(1–8)
Chace Athletic Center 
Smithfield, RI
January 27, 2018
1:00 pm
Fairleigh Dickinson L 78–89  2–21
(1–9)
Chace Athletic Center (862)
Smithfield, RI
February 1, 2018
7:00 pm
St. Francis Brooklyn L 69–73  2–22
(1–10)
Chace Athletic Center (583)
Smithfield, RI
February 3, 2018
4:00 pm
LIU Brooklyn L 71–84  2–23
(1–11)
Chace Athletic Center (707)
Smithfield, RI
February 8, 2018
5:00 pm, CBSSN
at Wagner L 76–96  2–24
(1–12)
Spiro Sports Center (1,997)
Staten Island, NY
February 10, 2018
1:00 pm
Mount St. Mary's W 79–77  3–24
(2–12)
Chace Athletic Center (560)
Smithfield, RI
February 15, 2018
7:00 pm
at Robert Morris L 60–83  3–25
(2–13)
A. J. Palumbo Center (583)
Pittsburgh, PA
February 17, 2018
1:00 pm
at Saint Francis (PA) L 56–89  3–26
(2–14)
DeGol Arena (1,610)
Loretto, PA
February 22, 2018
7:00 pm
Sacred Heart L 84–94  3–27
(2–15)
Chace Athletic Center (646)
Smithfield, RI
February 24, 2018
4:30 pm
at Fairleigh Dickinson L 84–94  3–28
(2–16)
Rothman Center (646)
Hackensack, NJ
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time..

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Men's basketball head coach Tim O'Shea to announce retirement Monday afternoon" (Press release). Bryant Athletics. February 11, 2018. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
  2. ^ Journal, Special to the. "Bryant introduces Jared Grasso as new basketball coach". providencejournal.com. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  3. ^ "Northeast Conference - Spread The Red! Saint Francis U is the Unanimous Pick To Win the #NECMBB Title". www.northeastconference.org. Retrieved 2017-10-25.