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Idaho State Bengals men's basketball

The Idaho State Bengals men's basketball team represents Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho, United States. The school's team currently competes in the Big Sky Conference. They are currently led by head coach Bill Evans and play most of their home games at Holt Arena, with some select home games at Reed Gym.[2][3]

Idaho State Bengals
2018–19 Idaho State Bengals men's basketball team
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UniversityIdaho State University
Head coachRyan Looney (1st season)
ConferenceBig Sky
LocationPocatello, Idaho
ArenaHolt Arena
Reed Gym
NicknameBengals
ColorsOrange and Black[1]
         
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1977
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1954, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1977
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1974, 1977, 1987
Conference Tournament Champions
(Big Sky) 1977, 1987
Conference Regular Season Champions
(RMAC) 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956,
1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961
(Big Sky) 1974, 1976, 1977    

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PostseasonEdit

NCAA Tournament resultsEdit

The Bengals have appeared in eleven NCAA Tournaments and have a cumulative record of 8–13. The team came to national prominence as a member of Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) under head coach Steve Belko, who arrived in 1950 and stayed for six seasons, followed by John Grayson for the next three. Belko left for Oregon, Grayson for Washington.

In the sixth season under head coach Jim Killingsworth, Idaho State advanced to the Elite Eight in 1977. It was a 32-team field, and remains the furthest any Big Sky team has advanced in the NCAA tourney. The Bengals won an opening round game at home at the Minidome and then upset second-ranked UCLA by a point in the Sweet Sixteen in Provo, Utah.[4] Both teams entered the game with records of 24–4. After the high-scoring loss to fourth-ranked UNLV in the regional final, Killingsworth left for Oklahoma State.

Year Seed Round Opponent Result
1953 Round of 22 Seattle L 77–88
1954 Round of 24
Sweet Sixteen
Regional 3rd Place
Seattle
USC
Colorado State
W 77–75OT
L 59–73
W 62–57
1955 Round of 24 Seattle L 63–80
1956 Round of 25 Seattle L 66–68
1957 Round of 23
Sweet Sixteen
Regional 3rd Place
Hardin–Simmons
San Francisco
BYU
W 68–57
L 51–66
L 54–65
1958 Round of 24
Sweet Sixteen
Regional 3rd Place
Arizona State
California
San Francisco
W 72–68
L 43–54
L 51–57
  1959   Round of 23
Sweet Sixteen
Regional 3rd Place
New Mexico State
Saint Mary's
Utah
W 62–61
L 71–80
W 71–65
1960 Round of 25 California L 44–71
1974 Round of 32 New Mexico L 65–73
1977 Round of 32
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Long Beach State
#2 UCLA
#4 UNLV
W 83–72
W 76–75
L 90–107
1987 16 W Round of 64 (1) #1 UNLV L 70–95

NAIA Tournament resultsEdit

The Bengals have one NAIA Tournament appearance, with a record of 1–1.

Year Round Opponent Result
1938 First Round
Second Round
Manchester (IN)
New Mexico State
W 41–38
L 40–56

Idaho State Bengals in the NBA/ABAEdit

  • Ron Boone (SG), 1969–1981, 4 x All-Star, 1041 consecutive games
  • Jeff Cook (PF), 1980–1988

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Official Colors and Secondary Colors" (PDF). Idaho State University Identification Standards and Style Guide. Idaho State University. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  2. ^ "Holt Arena". Idaho State Bengals. Retrieved March 31, 2017.
  3. ^ "Reed Gym". Idaho State Bengals. Retrieved March 31, 2017.
  4. ^ Rushdi, Farid (April 7, 2013). "Sweet 16 ISU's lucky number for '77 season: Beating UCLA turned Bengals into Cinderella". Idaho State Journal. (Pocatello). Retrieved March 30, 2017.

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