Cal Poly Mustangs men's basketball

The Cal Poly Mustangs men's basketball team represents California Polytechnic State University, located in San Luis Obispo, California. The school's team currently competes in the Big West Conference. The Cal Poly men's basketball team's first season was 1907 and its first season as a four-year institution was 1941–42.[2][3] The Mustangs are coached by Mike DeGeorge and play their home games at Robert A. Mott Athletics Center.

Cal Poly Mustangs
2023–24 Cal Poly Mustangs men's basketball team
UniversityCalifornia Polytechnic State University
Head coachMike DeGeorge (1st season)
ConferenceBig West
LocationSan Luis Obispo, California
ArenaMott Athletics Center
(Capacity: 3,032)
NicknameMustangs
ColorsPoly green, copper gold, and stadium gold[1]
     
Uniforms
Home jersey
Team colours
Home
Away jersey
Team colours
Away
Alternate jersey
Team colours
Alternate
NCAA tournament Final Four
1981*
NCAA tournament Elite Eight
1977*, 1981*
NCAA tournament Sweet Sixteen
1977*, 1980*, 1981*, 1982*
NCAA tournament appearances
1971*, 1974*, 1977*, 1980*, 1981*, 1982*, 1986*, 2014
*at Division II level
Conference tournament champions
Big West: 2014
Conference regular season champions
CCAA: 1955, 1956, 1972, 1974, 1977, 1980, 1981 (co), 1986, 1987 (co)
American West: 1996

The team began playing at the Division I level in 1994–95, and shortly thereafter won a regular-season conference title in the four-team American West Conference (since disbanded) with a 5–1 record in 1996. The 1995–96 championship season saw Cal Poly's Ben Larson average 3.45 steals per game, the third-most in NCAA history,[4] while winning the AWC Player of the Year award. The Mustangs then joined the Big West ahead of the 1996–97 school year.

In 2009, ESPN selected Ernie Wheeler (1972–86) as the top coach in school history, along with Derek Stockalper as the best player in program history (joined by Jim Schultz, Mike Wozniak, Mike LaRoche and Varnie Dennis as the network's then-all time starting five).[5] Wozniak became the all-time scoring leader in school history.[6] Just a year later, however, Chris Bjorklund broke Wozniak's career program record of 1,903 points, graduating in 2001 after scoring a still-standing total of 2,006.[7]

Cal Poly advanced to its first Division I NCAA Tournament in 2014 after a historic run in the Big West Conference tournament, becoming the first 7th seed to win the championship, as the Mustangs defeated CSUN, 61–59,[8] following a go-ahead 3-pointer made by Ridge Shipley[9] at the Honda Center.[10] Cal Poly earned the 16th seed and defeated Texas Southern[11] in the NCAA first round in Dayton. Cal Poly then advanced to the 2nd Round, where they were defeated by unbeaten top seed Wichita State 64–37.

Prior to the 2014 conference tournament championship-game victory, Cal Poly advanced to the Big West Championship Game on two other occasions: in 2003 (falling to Utah State[12]) and 2007 (to Long Beach State[13]).[14][15]

The Blue-Green rivalry

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The main rival of the Cal Poly Mustangs men's basketball team is the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos men's basketball team. The rivalry is a part of the larger Blue–Green Rivalry, which encompasses all sports from the two schools.

Postseason

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NCAA Division I Tournament results

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The Mustangs have appeared in one NCAA tournament. Their record is 1–1.

Year Seed Round Opponent Result
2014 #16 First Four
Second Round
#16 Texas Southern
#1 Wichita State
W 81–69
L 37–64

NCAA Division II Tournament results

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The Mustangs appeared in the NCAA Division II tournament seven times. Their combined record was 10–8, with the deepest run forged by the 1981 squad which advanced to the Final Four in Springfield, Mass.[16]

Year Round Opponent Result
1971 Regional semifinals
Regional 3rd-place game
Puget Sound
San Francisco State
L 69–81
W 70–68
1974 Regional semifinals
Regional 3rd-place game
Sonoma State
Cal State Chico
L 66–73
W 81–63
1977 Regional semifinals
Regional Finals
Elite Eight
Seattle Pacific
Puget Sound
North Alabama
W 73–58
W 67–54
L 64–67 OT
1980 Regional semifinals
Regional Finals
San Francisco State
UC Riverside
W 66–46
L 53–62
1981 Regional semifinals
Regional Finals
Elite Eight
Final Four
National 3rd-place game
Bloomsberg
Clarion
New Hampshire College
Florida Southern
Green Bay
W 71–43
W 84–61
W 77–73
L 51–54
W 62–61 2OT
1982 Regional semifinals
Regional Finals
Alaska–Anchorage
Cal State Bakersfield
W 66–60
L 55–58
1986 Regional semifinals
Regional 3rd-place game
Cal State East Bay
UC Riverside
L 65–67
L 53–55

CIT results

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

Year Round Opponent Result
2013 First round Weber state L 43–85

Season-by-season results

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Statistics overview
Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Unknown (Independent) (1921–1941)
1921–22 Unknown 4–1
1922–23 No Team
1923–24 Unknown 2–3
1924–25 Unknown 4–2
1925–26 Unknown 1–5
1926–27 Unknown 3–9
1927–28 Unknown 6–11
1928–29 No Team
1929–30 No Team
1930–31 No Team
1931–32 No Team
1932–33 Unknown 15–3
1933–34 Unknown 4–6
1934–35 Unknown 3–7
1935–36 Unknown 7–5
1936–37 Unknown 5–7
1937–38 No Team
1938–39 Unknown 8–8
1939–40 Unknown 7–8
1940–41 Unknown 6–13
Unknown: 75–88
Howie O'Daniels (Independent) (1941–1942)
1941–42 Howie O'Daniels 5–17
O'Daniels: 5–17
1942–43 No Team (WWII)
1943–44 No team (WWII)
1944–45 No team (WWII)
1945–46 No team (WWII)
Robert Mott (California Collegiate Athletic Association) (1946–1947)
1946–47 Robert Mott 4–14 0–10 6
Mott: 4–14
Ed Jorgensen (California Collegiate Athletic Association/Independent) (1947–1966)
1947–48 Ed Jorgensen 12–13 1–9 6
1948–49 Ed Jorgensen 12–12 2–8 6
1949–50 Ed Jorgensen 13–15 3–6 4
1950–51 Ed Jorgensen 22–9 6–4 3
1951–52 Ed Jorgensen 14–16 6–3 2
1952–53 Ed Jorgensen 21–6 6–4 3
1953–54 Ed Jorgensen 11–11 4–6 4
1954–55 Ed Jorgensen 13–13 5–3 1
1955–56 Ed Jorgensen 15–12 4–4 1
1956–57 Ed Jorgensen 12–11
1957–58 Ed Jorgensen 8–17
1958–59 Ed Jorgensen 16–9
1959–60 Ed Jorgensen 15–9
1960–61 Ed Jorgensen 13–10 5–5 4
1961–62 Ed Jorgensen 16–6 6–5 4
1962–63 Ed Jorgensen 11–13 4–8 5
1963–64 Ed Jorgensen 4–14 1–9 6
1964–65 Ed Jorgensen 8–17 1–9 6
1965–66 Ed Jorgensen 8–16 3–7 5
Jorgensen: 222–229
Stuart Chestnut (California Collegiate Athletic Association) (1966–1969)
1966–67 Stuart Chestnut 12–11 4–7 5
1967–68 Stuart Chestnut 10–12 5–9 5
1968–69 Stuart Chestnut 7–19 4–8 6
Chestnut: 29–42
Neale Stoner (California Collegiate Athletic Association) (1969–1972)
1969–70 Neale Stoner 13–13 2–6 5
1970–71 Neale Stoner 17–11 6–2 2 College Division West Third Place
1971–72 Neale Stoner 17–9 5–3 1T
Stoner: 47–33
Ernie Wheeler (California Collegiate Athletic Association) (1972–1986)
1972–73 Ernie Wheeler 13–13 4–5 4
1973–74 Ernie Wheeler 18–10 8–2 1 NCAA D-II West Third Place
1974–75 Ernie Wheeler 15–11 2–6 5
1975–76 Ernie Wheeler 14–14 2–8 6
1976–77 Ernie Wheeler 18–10 7–3 1 NCAA D-II Elite Eight
1977–78 Ernie Wheeler 17–10 7–3 2
1978–79 Ernie Wheeler 13–14 3–9 6
1979–80 Ernie Wheeler 22–7 9–3 1 NCAA D-II West Second Place
1980–81 Ernie Wheeler 24–8 10–3 1T NCAA D-II Final Four
1981–82 Ernie Wheeler 20–6 10–4 2 NCAA D-II West Second Place
1982–83 Ernie Wheeler 21–10 8–6 4
1983–84 Ernie Wheeler 20–8 8–6 4
1984–85 Ernie Wheeler 16–11 5–9 6
1985–86 Ernie Wheeler 23–6 12–2 1 NCAA D-II West Fourth Place
Wheeler: 254–124
Steve Beason (California Collegiate Athletic Association/American West Conference) (1986–1995)
1986–87 Steve Beason 19–10 10–4 1T
1987–88 Steve Beason 17–10 9–5 3
1988–89 Steve Beason 14–12 6–8 6
1989–90 Steve Beason 19–9 9–5 3
1990–91 Steve Beason 14–14 6–6 4
1991–92 Steve Beason 19–8 7–7 5T
1992–93 Steve Beason 9–17 3–11 8
1993–94 Steve Beason 9–16 3–9 7
1994–95 Steve Beason 1–26 0–6 4
Beason: 393–167
Jeff Schneider (American West Conference/Big West Conference) (1995–2001)
1995–96 Jeff Schneider 16–13 5–1 1
1996–97 Jeff Schneider 14–16 7–10 5 (West)
1997–98 Jeff Schneider 14–14 7–9 2 (West)
1998–99 Jeff Schneider 11–16 6–10 5 (West)
1999–00 Jeff Schneider 10–18 5–11 5 (West)
2000–01 Jeff Schneider 9–19 3–13 8
Schneider: 74–96
Kevin Bromley (Big West Conference) (2001–2009)
2001–02 Kevin Bromley 15–12 9–9 6T
2002–03 Kevin Bromley 16–14 10–8 4
2003–04 Kevin Bromley 11–16 6–12 8
2004–05 Kevin Bromley 5–22 3–15 10
2005–06 Kevin Bromley 10–19 7–7 3
2006–07 Kevin Bromley 19–11 9–5 2T
2007–08 Kevin Bromley 12–18 7–9 6
2008–09 Kevin Bromley 7–21 3–13 9
Bromley: 95–133
Joe Callero (Big West Conference) (2009–2019)
2009–10 Joe Callero 12–19 7–9 6
2010–11 Joe Callero 15–15 10–6 2
2011–12 Joe Callero 18–15 8–8 4
2012–13 Joe Callero 18–14 12–6 3 CIT First Round
2013–14 Joe Callero 14–20 6–10 7 NCAA Tournament Second Round
2014–15 Joe Callero 13–16 6–10 6
2015–16 Joe Callero 10–20 4–12 7
2016–17 Joe Callero 11–20 6–10 7
2017–18 Joe Callero 9–21 4–12 8
2018–19 Joe Callero 6–23 2–14 9
Callero: 126–183
John Smith (Big West Conference) (2019–2024)
2019–20 John Smith 7–23 4–12 9
2020–21 John Smith 4–20 1–15 10
2021–22 John Smith 7–21 3–12 10
2022–23 John Smith 8–25 1–18 11
2023–24 John Smith 4–28 0–20 11
Smith: 30–117
Total: 340–595

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

NBA players

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NBA Draft picks

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Year Round Overall Team Player
1978 10 199[23] PHX Lewis Cohen[24]

Other notable pro alumni

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References

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