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The Citadel Bulldogs
2017–18 The Citadel Bulldogs basketball team
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University The Citadel
First season 1900 (1900)
Athletic director Jim Senter
Head coach Duggar Baucom (3rd season)
Conference SoCon
Location Charleston, South Carolina
Arena McAlister Field House
(Capacity: 6,000)
Nickname Bulldogs
Student section McAlister Maniacs/Long Grey Line
Colors Citadel Blue 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
Away


Conference tournament champions
SIAA: 1927

The Citadel Bulldogs is the name of the College Basketball team that represents The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, United States. The program is classified in the NCAA's Division I, and the team competes in the Southern Conference South Division. Duggar Baucom is the head coach, having held the position since 2015.[2][3]

The team has never won a regular season or Southern Conference Men's Basketball Tournament championship or participated in the NCAA Tournament. They are one of only four (with Northwestern's first tournament bid in 2017) original Division 1 teams (since 1939) to have never made the NCAA tournament,[4][5] the team has made one postseason appearance, playing in the 2009 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament, falling in the first round to eventual champion Old Dominion.[6] In 1927 the Bulldogs claimed the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association Tournament title, defeating Mercer for their only conference championship.

Facilities[edit]

McAlister Field House

The Bulldogs play their home games at the on-campus McAlister Field House, a 6,000 seat arena formerly known as The Armory. The arena was heavily renovated in 1989. During the summer of 2011, The Citadel completed additional renovations to the Field House, building a new floor and revamping the Bulldogs locker room.[7] Since the 1989 renovations, the Bulldogs have played before full capacity on three occasions: Duke (1991), South Carolina (1997), and College of Charleston (1999).[8] Like all Citadel athletic teams, the Bulldogs utilize strength and conditioning, medical, and video spaces in Seignious Hall.

Notable Bulldogs[edit]

Honored Jerseys[edit]

The Citadel created the honored jersey in 2009, beginning with Les Robinson. Banners hang in McAlister Field House for each honored jersey. Since Robinson, four additional jerseys have been added. Pat Conroy's jersey was honored most recently, on February 3, 2018.[9][10]

Number Name Career Year honored
3 Jake Burrows 1938–1940 2012
22 Pat Conroy 1963–1967 2018
33 Art Musselman 1957–1960 2010
C Les Robinson 1974–1985 2009
33 Regan Truesdale 1982–1985 2011

Coaches[edit]

Below is a list of all coaches at The Citadel and their records through the 2014–15 season.[11]

Coach
Tenure
Overall
Conference
Wins
Losses
Wins
Losses
Not Available 1900–01 0 1 No Conference
J. G. Briggs 1912–13 2 3
Darl Buse 1913–14 6 1
Hans Kangeter 1914–16 9 4
Harvey O'Brien 1916–18 6 2
C. F. Myers 1918–25 52 27 7 9
Locke Brown 1925–26 10 6 4 1
Benny Blatt 1926–30 52 22 8 4
Johnny Douglas 1930–33 18 31 1 3
Charlie Willard 1933–35 13 16 0 0
Rock Norman 1935–40 45 32 16 14
Ben Parker 1939–41 6 16 4 13
Ben Clemons 1941–42, 43–44 4 5 2 8
Bo Sherman 1942–43 8 6 5 3
Ernest Wehman 1944–45 9 5 8 4
Eugene Clark 1945–46 8 10 2 6
Whitey Piro 1946–47 4 11 0 10
Bernard O'Neil 1947–52 28 71 9 47
Leo Zack 1952–54 5 33 1 18
Jim Browning 1954–55 1 18 0 10
Hank Witt 1955–56 2 19 0 10
Norm Sloan 1956–60 57 38 33 19
Mel Thompson 1960–67 67 97 35 46
Dick Campbell 1967–71 45 54 21 27
George Hill 1971–74 33 42 11 18
Les Robinson 1974–85 132 162 61 99
Randy Nesbit 1985–92 76 121 32 72
Pat Dennis 1992–2006 158 233 72 146
Ed Conroy 2006–10 49 76 29 47
Chuck Driesell 2010–2015 42 113 22 66
Duggar Baucom 2015–present 22 43 7 29

Rivalries[edit]

The primary Bulldog rivals, as in other sports, are VMI, Furman, and College of Charleston, the Citadel also has historical rivalries with other schools within the state. The Bulldogs records versus each rival are listed below, through the 2017–18 season.[12]

Records vs rivals[edit]

Opponent W L PCT Last win Streak
College of Charleston 39 55 .415 2009–10 L10
Furman 87 122 .437 2017–18 W1
VMI 57 53 .518 2017–18 W1

Records vs conference rivals[edit]

Excludes Furman and VMI, listed above
East Tennessee State, Mercer and VMI become SoCon members in basketball for the 2014 season.
Opponent W L PCT Last win Streak
Chattanooga 18 63 .222 2017–18 L1
East Tennessee State 17 43 .283 2017–18 W1
Mercer 5 16 .238 2017–18 L1
Samford 11 9 .550 2016–17 L2
UNC Greensboro 9 26 .257 2014–15 L9
Western Carolina 37 37 .500 2016–17 L2
Wofford 49 56 .467 2017–18 W1

Records vs in-state rivals[edit]

Division 1, non-SoCon only
Opponent W L PCT Last win Streak
Charleston Southern 19 17 .528 2008–09 L4
Clemson 23 59 .280 1978–79 L15
Coastal Carolina 4 6 .400 2001–02 L2
Presbyterian 48 24 .667 2016–17 W1
South Carolina 24 76 .240 1988–89 L13
South Carolina State 8 3 .727 2010–11 W1
USC Upstate 4 0 1.000 2016–17 W4
Winthrop 4 4 .500 1997–98 L2

Notable seasons[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brand Toolbox: Colors - The Citadel - Charleston, SC. Retrieved July 12, 2018. 
  2. ^ "Citadel names Duggar Baucom men's head basketball coach". The Citadel. March 30, 2015. Retrieved March 30, 2015. 
  3. ^ Kevin Bilodeau (March 30, 2015). "The Citadel names VMI's Duggar Baucom as basketball coach". Charleston, SC: WCSC-TV. Retrieved March 30, 2015. 
  4. ^ John Feinstein (February 29, 2016). "At The Citadel, hoping to outrun history, NCAA tournament drought". Washington Post. Retrieved February 27, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Schools that have never made the NCAA Tournament — the 2017 edition". The Sports Arsenal. February 26, 2017. Retrieved February 27, 2017. 
  6. ^ 2011-12 The Citadel Basketball Media Guide. The Citadel. p. 166. Archived from the original on March 9, 2014. Retrieved June 7, 2012. 
  7. ^ "The Citadel Basketball Locker Room Renovations". citadelsports.com. Retrieved June 7, 2012. 
  8. ^ 2011-12 Citadel Basketball Media Guide. Citadel Athletics. p. 20. Archived from the original on March 9, 2014. Retrieved May 7, 2016. 
  9. ^ Daren Stoltzfus (February 3, 2018). "Citadel honors Pat Conroy with jersey hung from rafters at McAlister Field House". WCIV. Retrieved March 9, 2018. 
  10. ^ "The Citadel to Honor Jake Burrows' Jersey No. 3 with a Banner in McAlister Field House". citadelsports.com. Retrieved January 17, 2012. 
  11. ^ 2011-12 The Citadel Basketball Media Guide. The Citadel. p. 99. Archived from the original on March 9, 2014. Retrieved June 25, 2012. 
  12. ^ 2017-18 The Citadel Basketball Fact Book (PDF). The Citadel. pp. 114–134. Retrieved March 6, 2018.