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The Nicholls Colonels men's basketball team represents Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana in the sport of basketball.[2][3] The school's team currently competes in the Southland Conference.[4][5] Nicholls' first men's basketball team was fielded in 1958. The team plays its home games at 3,800-seat Stopher Gymnasium[6][7] and are coached by Austin Claunch.[8]

Nicholls Colonels men's basketball
2018–19 Nicholls Colonels men's basketball team
Nicholls State Colonels wordmark.svg
UniversityNicholls State University
Head coachAustin Claunch (1st season)
LocationThibodaux, Louisiana
ArenaStopher Gymnasium
(Capacity: 3,800)
ColorsRed and Gray[1]
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1976*, 1979*, 1995, 1998
*at Division II level
Conference Tournament Champions
1995, 1998
Conference Regular Season Champions
1976*, 1979*, 1995, 1998, 2018
*at Division II level


Conference championshipsEdit

Regular season [9]

Tournament [9]


NCAA Division I TournamentEdit

The Colonels have appeared in two NCAA Division I Tournaments in 1995 and 1998. Their combined record is 0–2.[9]

Year Round Opponent Result
1995 First Round Virginia L 72–96
1998 First Round Arizona L 60–99

NCAA Division II TournamentEdit

The Colonels have appeared in two NCAA Division II Tournaments. Their combined record is 4–2.[9]

Year Round Opponent Result
1976 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Elite Eight
Lincoln (MO)
Grambling State
W 97–79
W 90–89
L 78–107
1979 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Elite Eight
Southeast Missouri State
North Alabama
W 89–74
W 100–87
L 97–103

Conference affiliationsEdit

Years Conference Classification
1958–1965 Independent NCAA College Division
1965–1971 Gulf States Conference NCAA College Division
1971–1973 Gulf South Conference NCAA College Division
1973–1979 Gulf South Conference NCAA Division II
1979–1980 Independent NCAA Division II
*1980–1984 Independent NCAA Division I
1984–1987 Gulf Star Conference NCAA Division I
1987–1991 Independent NCAA Division I
1991–present Southland Conference NCAA Division I

* From 1982–84, Nicholls State was a provisional member of the TAAC. Men's basketball did not play any conference games.[9][10][11]


Shaver Gymnasium – Nicholls State men's basketball home from 1958–69

Stopher GymnasiumEdit

Stopher Gymnasium is a 3,800-seat multi-purpose arena in Thibodaux, Louisiana. The on-campus arena opened in 1970 and is home of the Nicholls Colonels men's basketball team.[9]

Shaver GymnasiumEdit

Shaver Gymnasium or Richard C. Shaver Gymnasium is a 750-seat on-campus arena that opened in 1958 and was the home of the Nicholls State Colonels men's basketball team from its opening until 1969.[12]

Head coachesEdit

Name Years
Morris Osburn 1958–1960
Jack Holley 1960–1962
Billy Key 1962–1963
Jim Mahoney 1963–1966
Don Landry 1966–1979
Jerry Sanders 1979–1981
Gordon C. Stauffer 1981–1990
Rickey Broussard 1990–2002
Ricky Blanton 2002–2004
J.P. Piper 2004–2016
Richie Riley 2016–2018
Austin Claunch 2018–present

Source: [9]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Nicholls Colors – Nicholls Branding Guide". Retrieved April 2, 2016.
  2. ^ "2018–19 Nicholls Men's Basketball Quick Facts" (PDF). Retrieved June 1, 2019.
  3. ^ "Nicholls State Colonels team page". Retrieved August 28, 2015.
  4. ^ "Nicholls State Colonels team page". Retrieved September 7, 2015.
  5. ^ "Nicholls State University". Retrieved September 7, 2015.
  6. ^ "Division I Teams By Arena Capacity". Retrieved December 27, 2014.
  7. ^ "David R. Stopher Gym". Retrieved December 27, 2014.
  8. ^ St. Germain, Brent (March 29, 2018). "Nicholls officially names Claunch new men's basketball coach". The Daily Comet. Thibodaux, LA. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g "Nicholls Colonels 2012-13 Media Guide" (PDF). Retrieved August 28, 2015.
  10. ^ "2008–09 Nicholls State men's basketball media guide" (PDF). Retrieved May 30, 2019.
  11. ^ "Nicholls State Colonels School History". Retrieved May 30, 2019.
  12. ^ ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia [The Complete History of the Men's Game]. New York, NY: Ballantine Books. p. 318. ISBN 0345513924. Retrieved May 29, 2019.

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