Abilene Christian Wildcats men's basketball

The Abilene Christian Wildcats men's basketball team represents Abilene Christian University (ACU) in Abilene, Texas, United States. The Wildcats are one of four programs, all from Texas, that will leave the Southland Conference on July 1, 2021 to join the Western Athletic Conference (WAC).[2] Before this move, ACU's most recent conference change was in the 2013 offseason, when the Wildcats made the jump to NCAA Division I and rejoined the Southland Conference after a 40-year absence.[3] They are led by head coach Brette Tanner and play their home games at Moody Coliseum.

Abilene Christian Wildcats
2020–21 Abilene Christian Wildcats men's basketball team
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UniversityAbilene Christian University
Head coachBrette Tanner (1st season)
ConferenceWAC
LocationAbilene, Texas
ArenaMoody Coliseum
(Capacity: 4,600)
NicknameWildcats
Student sectionWildcat Reign
ColorsPurple and white[1]
   
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
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NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1966*
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1960*, 1964*, 1965*, 1966*, 1999*
NCAA Tournament Round of 32
1999*, 2021
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1959*, 1960*, 1962*, 1964*, 1965*, 1966*, 1986*, 1987*, 1999*, (at Division II level)
2019, 2021
Conference tournament champions
Lone Star: 1985, 1986, 1987
Southland Conference: 2019, 2021

In 2019, the Wildcats won the Southland Conference and earned their first Division I NCAA Tournament appearance. The Wildcats recorded their first tournament win in 2021, upsetting #3 seeded Texas 53–52.

PostseasonEdit

NCAA Division I Tournament resultsEdit

Abilene Christian has appeared in the NCAA Division I Tournament twice. Their record is 1–2.

Year Round Opponent Result
2019 First Round #2 Kentucky L 44–79
2021 First Round
Second Round
#3 Texas
#11 UCLA
W 53–52
L 47–67

NCAA Division II Tournament resultsEdit

The Wildcats have appeared in the NCAA Division II Tournament nine times. Their combined record is 9–11.

Year Round Opponent Result
1959 Regional Semifinals
Regional 3rd Place Game
Southwest Missouri State
Western Illinois
L 67–87
W 85–81 OT
1960 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Colorado College
Northeast Missouri State
W 109–65
L 76–79
1962 Regional Semifinals
Regional 3rd Place Game
Southeast Missouri State
Lamar Tech
L 55–57
L 74–83
1964 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Lamar Tech
Southeast Missouri State
W 73–71
L 87–90
1965 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Doane
Washington (MO)
W 91–50
L 66–69
1966 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Elite Eight
Jackson State
Southwest Missouri State
North Dakota
W 94–79
W 63–58
L 62–63
1986 Regional Semifinals
Regional 3rd Place Game
Southwest Missouri State
Sam Houston State
L 72–94
W 76–60
1987 Regional Semifinals
Regional 3rd Place Game
Delta State
West Texas State
L 71–88
L 63–67
1999 Regional Quarterfinals
Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
West Texas A&M
Pittsburg State
Truman State
W 102–96 3OT
W 79–59
L 69–76

CIT resultsEdit

The Wildcats have appeared in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) one time. Their record is 0–1.

Year Round Opponent Result
2018 First Round Drake L 73–80 OT

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Colors of Master Logo - Office of University Marketing". Archived from the original on March 9, 2017. Retrieved April 1, 2016.
  2. ^ "WAC Announces Expedited Entrance for Four Texas Institutions" (Press release). Western Athletic Conference. January 21, 2021. Retrieved January 25, 2021.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-09. Retrieved 2012-08-26.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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