Central Arkansas Bears basketball

For information on all University of Central Arkansas sports, see Central Arkansas Bears and Sugar Bears
For information about the Central Arkansas women's team, see Central Arkansas Sugar Bears basketball.

The Central Arkansas Bears basketball team represents the University of Central Arkansas (UCA) in NCAA Division I men's basketball competition. UCA currently plays in the ASUN Conference, which it joined in 2021 after 15 seasons as a member of the Southland Conference.[2] The Bears play home games at the Farris Center located on the UCA campus in Conway, Arkansas and are currently led by interim head coach Anthony Boone.

Central Arkansas Bears
2021–22 Central Arkansas Bears basketball team
Central Arkansas Athletics wordmark.svg
UniversityUniversity of Central Arkansas
Head coachAnthony Boone (1st season)
LocationConway, Arkansas
ArenaFarris Center
(Capacity: 6,000)
ColorsPurple and gray[1]
NCAA Tournament Appearances
*at the Division II level

The school was formerly known as Arkansas State Teachers School and the State College of Arkansas. Prior to competition at the NCAA Division I level, the Bears also competed in the NAIA and NCAA Division II.


NCAA Division II TournamentEdit

Year Round Opponent Result
2005 Regional Quarterfinals
Regional Semifinals
West Georgia
W 74–71
L 69–73

NAIA TournamentEdit

The Bears have appeared in 15 NAIA Tournaments. Their combined record is 13–16.

Year Round Opponent Result
1937 Quarterfinals
3rd Place Game
Saint Benedict's
Southwestern (KS)
W 34–33
L 33–40
L 38–46
1938 First Round Central State (OK) L 34–43
1940 First Round Kansas Wesleyan L 33–45
1942 First Round Pittsburg State L 34–37
1946 First Round Pepperdine L 37–63
1948 First Round Manhattan L 60–65
1959 First Round
Second Round
Fort Hays State
W 70–67
L 48–59
1961 First Round Westminster (PA) L 60–68
1974 First Round Hanover L 83–87
1975 First Round Alcorn State L 77–88
1980 First Round
Second Round
Alabama State
W 67–61
W 54–53
L 53–67
1990 First Round
Second Round
Paul Quinn
David Lipscomb
W 62–53
L 66–70
1991 First Round
Second Round
National Championship Game
Olivet Nazarene
Rio Grande
Athens State
Oklahoma City
W 75–66
W 99–67
W 95–64
W 66–60
L 74–77
1992 First Round
Second Round
National Championship Game
Charleston (WV)
Spring Hill
BYU Hawaiʻi
Oklahoma City
W 77–70
W 87–83
W 74–62
W 72–65
L 73–82
1993 First Round Central Washington L 66–78

CBI resultsEdit

The Bears have appeared in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) one time. Their record is 1–1.

Year Round Opponent Result
2018 First Round
Jacksonville State
W 92–90OT
L 59–80

Notable playersEdit


  1. ^ UCA Standards Guide (PDF). March 28, 2015. Retrieved April 2, 2016.
  2. ^ "ASUN Conference Announces Three New Institutions; Adds Football as 20th Sport" (Press release). ASUN Conference. January 29, 2021. Retrieved January 29, 2021.

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