Pacific Tigers men's basketball

The Pacific Tigers men's basketball team represents the University of the Pacific, located in Stockton, California. The team is an NCAA Division I member, part of the West Coast Conference. They play their home games at the Alex G. Spanos Center and are led by head coach Dave Smart.

Pacific Tigers
2023–24 Pacific Tigers men's basketball team
UniversityUniversity of the Pacific
Head coachDave Smart (1st season)
ConferenceWest Coast Conference
LocationStockton, California
ArenaAlex G. Spanos Center
(Capacity: 6,150 (all seater) to 8,000)
NicknameTigers
ColorsBlack and orange[1]
   
Uniforms
Home jersey
Team colours
Home
Away jersey
Team colours
Away
Alternate jersey
Team colours
Alternate
NCAA tournament Elite Eight
1967
NCAA tournament Sweet Sixteen
1966, 1967, 1971
NCAA tournament round of 32
2004, 2005
NCAA tournament appearances
1966, 1967, 1971, 1979, 1997, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2013
Conference tournament champions
1979, 1997, 2004, 2006, 2013
Conference regular season champions
1933, 1936, 1947, 1966, 1967, 1971, 1979, 1997, 1998, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010

On July 15, 2013, Pacific left the Big West Conference to rejoin the West Coast Conference. It had been a charter member of the WCC since 1952, but left in 1971 to join the Pacific Coast Athletic Association, later renamed to the Big West Conference.

In late 2015, investigations into improper academic benefits being provided to basketball players began.[2] On December 11, the school placed head coach Ron Verlin and assistant coach Dwight Young on suspension.[3] On December 18, the school self imposed a postseason ban for 2016 and a reduction in scholarships due to the pending academic fraud investigations.[4] On March 3, 2016, the school revealed that Verlin and Young were no longer employed by the university.[5]

On March 15, 2016, Pacific hired 13-year NBA veteran and 1996 NBA Rookie of the Year Damon Stoudamire as head coach.[6]

Postseason

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NCAA Tournament Results

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The Tigers have appeared in nine NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 4–10.

 
1976 Pacific roster
Year Seed Round Opponent Result
1966 Sweet Sixteen
Regional third-place game
Utah
Houston
L 51–83
L 91–102
1967 Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Texas Western
UCLA
W 72–63
L 64–80
1971 Sweet Sixteen
Regional third-place game
Long Beach State
BYU
L 65–78
W 84–81
1979 6 Second round (3) Marquette L 48–73
1997 13 First round (4) Saint Joseph's L 65–75
2004 12 First round
Second round
(5) Providence
(4) Kansas
W 66–58
L 63–78
2005 8 First round
Second round
(9) Pittsburgh
(1) Washington
W 79–71
L 79–97
2006 13 First round (4) Boston College L 76–88 2OT
2013 15 Round of 64 (2) Miami (FL) L 48–79

NIT Results

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The Tigers have appeared in one National Invitation Tournament. Their record is 0–1.

Year Round Opponent Result
1998 First round Fresno State L 71–73

CIT Results

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The Tigers have appeared in three CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournaments. Their combined record is 8–3.

Year Round Opponent Result
2009 First round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Portland
Idaho
Bradley
W 82–76
W 69–59
L 49–59
2010 First round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Finals
Loyola Marymount
Northern Colorado
Appalachian State
Missouri State
W 86–76
W 63–59
W 64–56
L 65–78
2014 First round
Second round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Grand Canyon
Texas A&M–Corpus Christi
San Diego
Murray State
W 69–67
W 89–60
W 75–60
L 75–98

Notable players

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Keith Swagerty in the 1967 NCAA tournament.
 
John Gianelli during the 1970–71 season.

Retired numbers

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Pacific has retired five jersey numbers.

Pacific Tigers retired numbers
No. Player Pos. Career No. ret. Ref.
5 Dell Demps PG / SG 1988–1992 2019 [7]
23 John Gianelli C / PF 1969–1972 1973 [8]
32 Keith Swagerty F 1964–1967 1967 [8]
44 Ron Cornelius C 1977–1981 1982 [8]
55 Michael Olowokandi C 1995–1998 1998 [8]

West Coast Conference Player of the Year awardees

Big West Conference Player of the Year awardees

References

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  1. ^ Pacific Tigers Graphic Identity Sheet (PDF). October 18, 2017. Retrieved February 15, 2020.
  2. ^ "Pacific looking into ex-assistant's possible improper relationship". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 2016-03-16.
  3. ^ "Pacific Basketball Coaches Placed On Suspension - Pacific". www.pacifictigers.com. Retrieved 2016-03-16.
  4. ^ Wire, SI. "Pacific self-imposes postseason ban, penalties". www.si.com. Retrieved 2016-03-16.
  5. ^ "Suspended coach Verlin no longer at Pacific". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2016-03-16.
  6. ^ "Pacific hires 1996 NBA Rookie of the Year Damon Stoudamire as coach". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 2016-03-16.
  7. ^ PACIFIC ATHLETICS TO RETIRE DELL DEMPS’ NO. 5 at Joinpaf.org, 9 Jan 2019
  8. ^ a b c d RETIRED NUMBERS/JERSEYS at Pacifictigers.com
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