Missouri State Bears basketball

The Missouri State Bears basketball team is the NCAA Division I men's basketball program of Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. The Bears compete in the Missouri Valley Conference. They are currently coached by Dana Ford, who was hired on March 21, 2018.[2] Missouri State plays its home games at the 11,000-seat JQH Arena. The Bears have been a Division I school since the 1982–83 season. Prior to 2005, the school was known as Southwest Missouri State. Prior to joining Division I, they were members of the NAIA, winning national championships in 1952 and 1953, and NCAA Division II, where they were the national runner-up four times (1959, 1967, 1969, 1974). They were also champions of the 2010 CollegeInsider.com Tournament.

Missouri State Bears
2020–21 Missouri State Bears basketball team
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UniversityMissouri State University
First season1908
Athletic directorKyle Moats
Head coachDana Ford (3rd season)
ConferenceMissouri Valley
LocationSpringfield, Missouri
ArenaJQH Arena
(Capacity: 11,000)
NicknameBears
Student sectionThe Cave
ColorsMaroon and white[1]
   
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
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NCAA Tournament Runner-up
Division II
1959, 1967, 1969, 1974
NCAA Tournament Final Four
Division II
1959, 1967, 1969, 1974
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
Division I
1999
NCAA Tournament Round of 32
Division I
1987, 1999
NCAA Tournament Appearances
Division II
1958, 1959, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1973, 1974, 1978

Division I
1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1999
Conference tournament champions
Mid-Continent Conference
1987, 1989
Missouri Valley Conference
1992
Conference regular season champions
Mid-Continent Conference
1987, 1988, 1989, 1990
Missouri Valley Conference
2011

Conference championshipsEdit

Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association (1912–1981) 19
1928, 1931, 1934, 1935, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1958, 1959, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1973, 1974, 1978

Mid-Continent Conference (1982–1990) 4
1987, 1988, 1989, 1990

Missouri Valley Conference (1990–present) 1
1992 (Tournament), 2011 (Regular Season)

Head coachesEdit

Coach Years Overall record
W.A. Daggett 1908–1910 11–9
Corliss Buchanan 1910–1911 13–8
No team 1911–1913
Arthur Briggs 1913–1918, 1919–1923 105–31
Paul Andrews 1918–1919 2–4
Chester Barnard 1923–1924 13–1
Donald Holwerda 1924–1925 9–6
Andrew McDonald 1925–1943, 1945–1950 301–166
No team 1943–1945
Bob Vanatta 1950–1953 73–11
Edwin Matthews 1953–1964 164–91
Bill Thomas 1964–1980 265–158
Bob Cleeland 1980–1983 39–46
Charlie Spoonhour 1983–1992 197–81
Mark Bernsen 1992–1995 48–37
Steve Alford 1995–1999 78–48
Barry Hinson 1999–2008 169–117
Cuonzo Martin 2008–2011 61–41
Paul Lusk 2011–2018 106–121
Dana Ford 2018–present 16–16
Head coaches 18

Retired numbersEdit

  • 22Winston Garland, 1985–1987
  • 32 – Daryel Garrison, 1971–1975; (Bears all-time leading scorer with 1,975 points)
  • 43 – Jerry Anderson, 1951–1955
  • 54 – Curtis Perry, 1966–1970
  • 32 – Danny Moore, 1996–1999

PostseasonEdit

NCAA Division I Tournament resultsEdit

The Bears have appeared in six NCAA Division I Tournaments, all as Southwest Missouri State. Their combined record is 3–6.

Year Seed Round Opponent Result
1987 No. 13 Round of 64
Round of 32
No. 4 Clemson
#5 Kansas
W 65–60
L 63–67
1988 No. 13 Round of 64 No. 4 UNLV L 50–54
1989 No. 14 Round of 64 No. 3 Seton Hall L 51–60
1990 No. 9 Round of 64 No. 8 North Carolina L 70–83
1992 No. 12 Round of 64 No. 5 Michigan State L 54–61
1999 No. 12 Round of 64
Round of 32
Sweet Sixteen
No. 5 Wisconsin
#4 Tennessee
#1 Duke
W 43–32
W 81–51
L 61–78

NCAA Division II Tournament resultsEdit

The Bears appeared in ten NCAA Division II Tournaments. Their combined record is 23–10.

Year Round Opponent Result
1958 Regional Quarterfinals
Regional Finals
Elite Eight
Centenary
Regis
South Dakota
W 74–69
W 73–65
L 58–63
1959 Regional Quarterfinals
Regional Finals
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship Game
Abilene Christian
Centenary
Hope
Cal State Los Angeles
Evansville
W 87–67
W 65–62
W 76–74
W 72–59
L 67–83
1966 Regional Semi-finals
Regional Finals
Arkansas State
Abilene Christian
W 72–71
L 58–63
1967 Regional Quarterfinals
Regional Finals
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship Game
Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Lincoln (MO)
Valparaiso
Illinois State
Winston-Salem State
W 83–80
W 87–77
W 86–72
W 93–76
L 74–77
1968 Regional Semi-finals
Regional Finals
Colorado State-Pueblo
Evansville
W 69–68
L 73–79
1969 Regional Quarterfinals
Regional Finals
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship Game
Saint Olaf
South Dakota State
Montclair State
Ashland
Kentucky Wesleyan
W 75–47
W 87–74
W 92–76
W 58–48
L 71–75
1970 Regional Semi-finals
Regional 3rd Place Game
South Dakota State
Cornell (IA)
L 71–82
W 76–65
1973 Regional Semi-finals
Regional 3rd Place Game
South Dakota State
Colorado State-Pueblo
L 74–85
W 76–62
1974 Regional Quarterfinals
Regional Finals
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship Game
North Dakota
Kentucky Wesleyan
Saint Joseph's (IN)
New Orleans
Morgan State
W 71–63
W 89–86
W 80–78
W 68–63
L 52–67
1978 Regional Semi-finals
Regional Finals
Columbus State
Lincoln (MO)
W 69–67
L 83–84

NAIA Tournament resultsEdit

The Bears appeared in six NAIA Tournaments. Their combined record is 15–4 and are two time NAIA national champions (1952, 1953).

Year Round Opponent Result
1939 First round East Texas State L 45–68
1943 First round Murray State L 44–72
1949 First round
Second Round
Portland
Beloit
W 59–56
L 47–66
1952 First round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semi-finals
National Championship Game
Chadron State
Indiana State
Morningside
Texas State
Murray State
W 87–66
W 82–64
W 87–74
W 70–67
W 73–64
1953 First round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semi-finals
National Championship Game
Gonzaga
Stetson
Nebraska Wesleyan
Indiana State
Hamline
W 95–74
W 98–71
W 78–74
W 84–78
W 79–71
1954 First round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semi-finals
National 3rd Place Game
East Tennessee State
Gustavus Adolphus
Texas State
Western Illinois
Arkansas Tech
W 77–72
W 66–57
W 65–59 OT
L 75–78
W 75–61

NIT resultsEdit

The Bears have appeared in nine National Invitation Tournaments (NIT). Their combined record is 10–9.[3]

Year Round Opponent Result
1986 First round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Pittsburgh
Marquette
Florida
W 59–52
W 83–69
L 53–54
1991 First round
Second Round
Coppin State
Southern Illinois
W 57–47
L 69–72
1993 First round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
St. Joseph's
Jackson State
UAB
W 56–34
W 70–52
L 52–61
1997 First round North Carolina State L 66–77
2000 First round
Second Round
SMU
Mississippi
W 77–64
L 48–70
2005 First round
Second Round
Rice
Davidson
W 105–82
L 76–86
2006 First round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Stanford
Houston
Louisville
W 76–67
W 60–59
L 56–74
2007 First round San Diego State L 70–74
2011 First round
Second Round
Murray State
Miami (FL)
W 89–76
L 72–81

CIT resultsEdit

The Bears have appeared in two CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournaments (CIT). Their combined record is 4–1 and were the 2010 Champions.

Year Round Opponent Result
2010 First round
Quarterfinals
Semi-finals
Finals
Middle Tennessee State
Louisiana Tech
Creighton
Pacific
W 87–79
W 69–40
W 67–61
W 78–65
2014 First round Murray State L 63–66

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Colors - Identity Standards - Missouri State University". February 5, 2015. Retrieved April 5, 2016.
  2. ^ Goodman, Jeff; Borzello, Jeff (March 21, 2018). "Missouri State hiring Dana Ford of Tennessee State". ESPN.com. Retrieved June 29, 2018.
  3. ^ NAIA Championship History Archived May 15, 2008(Date mismatch), at the Wayback Machine