2017–18 Abilene Christian Wildcats men's basketball team

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2017–18 Abilene Christian Wildcats men's basketball
Abilene Christian Wildcats Wordmark.png
CIT, First round
Conference Southland Conference
2017–18 record 16–16 (8–10 Southland)
Head coach Joe Golding (7th season)
Assistant coach Brette Tanner
Assistant coach Ted Crass
Assistant coach Antonio Bostic
Home arena Moody Coliseum
Seasons
2017–18 Southland Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Southeastern Louisiana 15 3   .833     22 12   .647
Nicholls State 15 3   .833     21 11   .656
Stephen F. Austin 14 4   .778     28 7   .800
Sam Houston State 12 6   .667     21 15   .583
Lamar 11 7   .611     19 14   .576
New Orleans 11 7   .611     16 17   .485
Central Arkansas 10 8   .556     18 17   .514
Abilene Christian 8 10   .444     16 16   .500
Texas A&M–CC 8 10   .444     11 18   .379
McNeese State 8 10   .444     11 17   .393
Incarnate Word 2 16   .111     7 21   .250
Houston Baptist 2 16   .111     6 25   .194
Northwestern State 1 17   .056     4 25   .138
2018 Southland Tournament winner

The 2017–18 Abilene Christian Wildcats men's basketball team represented Abilene Christian University during the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Wildcats were led by seventh-year head coach Joe Golding and played their home games at the Moody Coliseum in Abilene, Texas as members of the Southland Conference. They finished the season 16–16, 8–10 in Southland play to finish in a three-way tie for eighth place, they failed to qualify for the Southland Tournament. They received an invitation to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament where they lost in the first round to Drake.

The season marked the Wildcats' first full season as a Division I school after a four-year transition period from Division II to Division I.

Previous season[edit]

The Wildcats finished the 2016–17 season 13–16, 7–11 in Southland play to finish in a five-way tie for eighth place.

The Wildcats, in their final year of a four-year transition from Division II to Division I, were not eligible for a postseason tournament including the Southland Tournament, but were considered a Division I team for scheduling purposes and a Division I RPI member.[1][2]

Roster[edit]

2017–18 Abilene Christian Wildcats men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
G 0 Jaylen Franklin 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Jr Jacksonville, Arkansas
G/F 1 Jaren Lewis 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Jr Orlando, Florida
G 2 B.J. Maxwell 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) RS So Austin, Texas
G 3 Tevin Foster 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Sr Lawton, Oklahoma
G 5 Payten Ricks 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) So Wichita, Kansas
G 10 Isaiah Tripp 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Sr Baltimore, Maryland
G 11 Drake Green 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Sr Houston, Texas
G 13 Paul Hiepler 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Fr Camarillo, California
G 14 Trey Lenox 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 220 lb (100 kg) So Hot Springs, Arkansas
F 15 Hayden Farquhar 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Jr Throckmorton, Texas
C 21 Jalone Friday 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) RS So Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
G 22 Chase Cobb 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) So Richmond, Texas
F 23 Hayden Howell 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Jr Midwest City, Oklahoma
C 34 Kolton Kohl 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 225 lb (102 kg) RS Fr San Angelo, Texas
G 42 Tobias Cameron 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Fr Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: January 26, 2018

Schedule and results[edit]

Date
time, TV
Opponent Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Non-conference regular season
Nov 10, 2017*
7:30 pm
Randall W 86–68  1–0
Moody Coliseum (1,117)
Abilene, TX
Nov 13, 2017*
7:00 pm
at Arkansas State L 69–83  1–1
First National Bank Arena (2,730)
Jonesboro, AR
Nov 16, 2017*
7:00 pm
Howard Payne W 112–62  2–1
Moody Coliseum (1,016)
Abilene, TX
Nov 20, 2017*
7:00 pm
Lipscomb L 75–67  2–2
Moody Coliseum (1,075)
Abilene, TX
Nov 25, 2017*
1:00 pm
at Campbell
Campbell Tournament
W 85–80  3–2
Gore Arena (1,083)
Buies Creek, NC
Nov 25, 2017*
4:00 pm
vs. USC Upstate
Campbell Tournament
L 78–88  3–3
Gore Arena (1,208)
Buies Creek, NC
Nov 26, 2017*
1:00 pm
vs. Bowling Green
Campbell Tournament
W 88–83  4–3
Gore Arena (450)
Buies Creek, NC
Dec 2, 2017*
4:00 pm
Schreiner W 71–43  5–3
Moody Coliseum (1,202)
Abilene, TX
Dec 6, 2017*
8:00 pm
at Air Force W 62–58  6–3
Clune Arena (1,602)
Colorado Springs, CO
Dec 9, 2017*
4:00 pm
Texas State W 72–68  7–3
Moody Coliseum (1,356)
Abilene, TX
Dec 17, 2017*
12:00 pm, ESPN3
at Lipscomb L 65–67  7–4
Allen Arena (1,205)
Nashville, TN
Dec 19, 2017*
7:00 pm
Arlington Baptist W 109–60  8–4
Moody Coliseum (1,219)
Abilene, TX
Dec 22, 2017*
2:00 pm, FSSW+
at No. 21 Texas Tech L 47–74  8–5
United Supermarkets Arena (7,907)
Lubbock, TX
Southland regular season
Dec 28, 2017
7:00 pm
at New Orleans L 74–77  8–6
(0–1)
Lakefront Arena (528)
New Orleans, LA
Dec 30, 2017
7:30 pm
Sam Houston State W 75–72  9–6
(1–1)
Moody Coliseum (1,125)
Abilene, TX
Jan 3, 2018
7:00 pm
McNeese State W 79–74  10–6
(2–1)
Moody Coliseum (1,183)
Abilene, TX
Jan 6, 2018
4:00 pm
Southeastern Louisiana L 70–72  10–7
(2–2)
Moody Coliseum (1,106)
Abilene, TX
Jan 10, 2018
7:00 pm
at Houston Baptist W 82–74  11–7
(3–2)
Sharp Gymnasium (576)
Houston, TX
Jan 13, 2018
3:00 pm
at Northwestern State W 69–58  12–7
(4–2)
Prather Coliseum (820)
Natchitoches, LA
Jan 17, 2018
7:00 pm, ELVN
Stephen F. Austin L 66–76  12–8
(4–3)
Moody Coliseum (1,972)
Abilene, TX
Jan 20, 2018
3:00 pm, ESPN3
at Central Arkansas W 80–63  13–8
(5–3)
Farris Center (1,317)
Conway, AR
Jan 24, 2018
7:00 pm
at Texas A&M–Corpus Christi L 66–80  13–9
(5–4)
American Bank Center (700)
Corpus Christi, TX
Jan 31, 2018
7:00 pm
Lamar W 74–69  14–9
(6–4)
Moody Coliseum (1,131)
Abilene, TX
Feb 3, 2018
6:15 pm, ESPN3
at Sam Houston State L 84–77  14–10
(6–5)
Bernard Johnson Coliseum (1,078)
Huntsville, TX
Feb 7, 2018
7:00 pm
Nicholls State L 65–69  14–11
(6–6)
Moody Coliseum (1,207)
Abilene, TX
Feb 10, 2018
4:00 pm
Incarnate Word W 80–69  15–11
(7–6)
Moody Coliseum (1,210)
Abilene, TX
Feb 17, 2018
5:00 pm
at Southeastern Louisiana L 54–68  15–12
(7–7)
University Center (1,011)
Hammond, LA
Feb 21, 2018
7:00 pm
Texas A&M–Corpus Christi
Postponed (inclement weather), Make-up Feb. 22[3]
  
Moody Coliseum 
Abilene, TX
Feb 22, 2018
7:00 pm
Texas A&M–Corpus Christi L 67–76  15–13
(7–8)
Moody Coliseum (1,221)
Abilene, TX
Feb 24, 2018
4:00 pm
Central Arkansas L 72–74  15–14
(7–9)
Moody Coliseum (1,450)
Abilene, TX
Feb 28, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPN3
at Stephen F. Austin L 56–76  15–15
(7–10)
William R. Johnson Coliseum (2,912)
Nacogdoches, TX
Mar 3, 2018
3:00 pm
at Incarnate Word W 69–59  16–15
(8–10)
McDermott Center (1,256)
San Antonio, TX
CIT
Mar 12, 2018*
1:00 pm, CBSSN
at Drake
First round – Lou Henson Classic
L 73–80 OT 16–16
Knapp Center (3,565)
Des Moines, IA
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Central Time.

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