American Eagles men's basketball
The American Eagles men's basketball team represents American University in Washington, D.C. in NCAA Division I competition. The school's team competes in the Patriot League and play their home games in Bender Arena. Their rivals include Boston University, Bucknell University, and Navy.
|Head coach||Mike Brennan (6th season)|
|Arena||Bender Arena |
|Colors||Blue, White, and Red|
|NCAA Tournament Appearances|
|2008, 2009, 2014|
|Conference Tournament Champions|
|2008, 2009, 2014|
|Conference Regular Season Champions|
|ECC: 1975, 1981, 1983, |
Patriot League: 2002, 2004 (co-champion), 2008, 2009
In 2008, the Eagles earned their first ever bid to the NCAA Division I Tournament by defeating Colgate in the final round of the Patriot League Tournament. The Eagles were seeded 15th against #2 Tennessee. American held tight against the Volunteers most of the game, but Tennessee pulled away to win 72–57.
In 2009, the Eagles would again earn entry to the NCAA Division I Tournament by defeating Holy Cross 73–57 to win the Patriot League Tournament for a second consecutive year. They were seeded 14th and faced off against #3 Villanova. The Eagles held a lead for most of the game and led by 10 points at halftime, but eventually lost 80–67 after a significant Wildcats comeback.
American earned the Patriot League's automatic berth to the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament with a 55–36 win over Boston University on Wed., March 12 at Agganis Arena in Boston, Mass in the Patriot League Tournament final.
In their first season under coach Mike Brennan, the second-seeded Eagles led from start to finish in the decisive victory while holding the top-seeded Terriers to the lowest point total in Patriot League Championship game history. American point guard Darius Gardner scored 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting and was named Tournament MVP.
The Eagle advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since winning their second of back-to-back titles in 2009. They played Wisconsin and lost 75–35
NCAA Division I tournament resultsEdit
The Eagles have appeared in the NCAA Division I Tournament three times. Their combined record is 0–3.
|2008||#15||First round||#2 Tennessee||L 57–72|
|2009||#14||First round||#3 Villanova||L 67–80|
|2014||#15||Second round||#2 Wisconsin||L 35–75|
NCAA Division II tournament resultsEdit
The Eagles have appeared in the NCAA Division II Tournament three times. Their combined record is 6–3.
North Carolina A&T
NAIA tournament resultsEdit
The Eagles have appeared in the NAIA Tournament two times. Their combined record is 0–2.
|1950||First Round||Pepperdine||L 50–54|
|1951||First Round||Baldwin–Wallace||L 66–67|
The Eagles have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) three times. Their combined record is 0–3.
|1973||First round||Louisville||L 84–97|
|1981||First round||Toledo||L 83–91|
|1982||First round||Bradley||L 65–76|
The Eagles have appeared in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) one time. Their record is 0–1.
|2012||First round||Buffalo||L 78–61|