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Nicholls State Colonels Men's Basketball

Nicholls Colonels men's basketball
Nicholls State Colonels wordmark.svg
UniversityNicholls State University
Head coachAustin Claunch (2nd 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

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] and are coached by Austin Claunch.[7]


Conference championships

Regular season [8]

Tournament [8]


NCAA Division I Tournament

The Colonels have appeared in two NCAA Division I Tournaments in 1995 and 1998. Their combined record is 0-2.[8]

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

NCAA Division II Tournament

The Colonels have appeared in two NCAA Division II Tournaments. Their combined record is 4-2.[8]

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 affiliations

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.[8][9][10]


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

Stopher Gymnasium

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.[8]

Shaver Gymnasium

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.[11]

Head coaches

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: [8]

See also


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

External links

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