The Appalachian State Mountaineers men's basketball team is the college basketball team at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. The Mountaineers compete in the Sun Belt Conference after having competed in the Southern Conference from 1972 to 2014. They are currently a Division I member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Appalachian State plays their home games at the George M. Holmes Convocation Center.
|Appalachian State Mountaineers|
|University||Appalachian State University|
|Head coach||Dustin Kerns (5th season)|
|Location||Boone, North Carolina|
|Arena||Holmes Center |
|Colors||Black and gold|
|NCAA tournament appearances|
|1979, 2000, 2021|
|1940, 1941, 1943, 1948, 1950|
|Conference tournament champions|
|1979, 2000, 2021|
|Conference regular season champions|
|1940, 1941, 1943, 1948, 1950, 1967, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2010|
|Conference division season champions|
|1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2010|
Notable past coaches include Buzz Peterson, Press Maravich, and Bobby Cremins. The Mountaineers have appeared in the NCAA tournament three times, 1979, 2000, and 2021. They also appeared in the National Invitation Tournament in 2007. The Mountaineers also reached the semifinals of the 2010 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.
Conference championships edit
Regular Season edit
|1939–1940||North State||19–3||Flucie Stewart|
|1940–1941||North State||22–3||Clyde Canipe|
|1942–1943||North State||16–5||Belus Smawley|
|1947–1948||North State||20–8||Francis Hoover|
|1949–1950||North State||21–9||Francis Hoover|
|1997–1998♦*||Southern||13–2 (North)||Buzz Peterson|
|1998–1999||Southern||13–3 (North)||Buzz Peterson|
|1999–2000^||Southern||13–3 (North)||Buzz Peterson|
|2002–2003♦||Southern||11–5 (North)||Houston Fancher|
|2006–2007||Southern||15–3 (North)||Houston Fancher|
|2007–2008♦||Southern||13–7 (North)||Houston Fancher|
|2009–2010||Southern||13–5 (North)||Buzz Peterson|
|♦ Denotes a tie for first place and conference co-champion|
|^ denotes conference tournament champion, and NCAA Tournament Bid|
|* The Southern Conference split into North and South divisions beginning with the 1994–95 season|
Conference Tournament Champions edit
|2020–2021||Sun Belt||7-8||Dustin Kerns|
Postseason results edit
NCAA tournament results edit
The Mountaineers have appeared in the NCAA tournament three times. Their combined record is 0–3.
|1979||6||Second Round||(3) LSU||L 57–71|
|2000||14||First Round||(3) Ohio State||L 61–87|
|2021||16||First Four||(16) Norfolk State||L 53–54|
National Invitation Tournament results edit
The Mountaineers have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament one time. Their record is 0–1.
|2007||First Round||Mississippi||L 59–73|
CollegeInsider.com results edit
The Mountaineers have appeared in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament one time. Their record is 2–1.
The Basketball Classic results edit
The Mountaineers have appeared in The Basketball Classic one time. Their record is 0–1.
|2022||First Round||USC Upstate||L 74–80|
NAIA tournament results edit
The Mountaineers have appeared in the NAIA Tournament five times. Their combined record is 5–5.
San Diego State
Santa Barbara State
Northwest Missouri State
|1948||First Round||Lawrence Tech||L 48–76|
|1950||First Round||Brooklyn||L 75–79|
Coaching history edit
|Coach||Years||Seasons||Record||Pct.||Conf. Record||Pct.||Conf. Titles||NIT App.||NCAA App.|
|G. P. Eggers||1944–45||1||6–13||.316||7–5||.583|
Appalachian's primary basketball rivals are the East Tennessee State Buccaneers and the Georgia Southern Eagles. Appalachian State is only 55 miles from Johnson City, TN. East Tennessee State has dominated the series over the past two decades, winning 14 games and losing 3. After being highly competitive in Division I-AA Southern Conference from the late 1990s to the late 2000s, Appalachian State and Georgia Southern have rekindled a rivalry series in the Sun Belt conference. Since the transition in 2014, the Mountaineers are 6–7 against the Eagles, winning each of the last four[when?] meetings.
Mountaineers in the NBA edit
One former Appalachian State player has played in the NBA.
|Belus Smawley||1947-1952||St. Louis Bombers, Syracuse Nationals, and Baltimore Bullets|
NBA draft edit
Five former Appalachian State players have been drafted into the NBA.
- "University Colors :: University Communications Toolbox :: Appalachian State University". Retrieved March 28, 2016.
- Appalachian Sports Information. "Holmes Convocation Center". GoASU. Retrieved 2008-10-08.
- Appalachian Sports Information (2007-03-11). "Mountaineers to Face Ole Miss in NIT". GoASU.
- "2022-23 MBB Record Book (PDF)" (PDF). App State Athletics. Retrieved 2022-11-08.