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Men’s college basketball at the University of the Pacific dates all the way back to 1910-11, but there were only five games played that season.

Pacific has never been a real threat to win a National Championship, but it has had some periods of success throughout the program’s history.

Pacific was a charter member of the West Coast Conference but actually left that league at one point. Since coming back to the West Coast Conference, things have not gone as well for the Pacific Tigers.

The University of the Pacific is located in Stockton, California, giving the coaches access to some high-level prep recruits. The 2015-16 season was a difficult time for the men’s basketball program, and it was a time that came with self-imposed bans.

Pacific cannot compete with other top basketball programs in the WCC, but it has a proud basketball tradition. There have been some former Pacific players that went on to the NBA, including Michael Olowokandi.

After a terrific career at Pacific, Olowokandi was the first overall selection by the Los Angeles Clippers during the 1998 NBA Draft.

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Team History

Pacific’s men’s college basketball program is more than 100 years old. When the West Coast Conference was formed back in 1952, Pacific was a charter member of that league.

The University of the Pacific left the WCC back in 1971 to join the Pacific Coast Athletic Association. That league was later renamed the Big West Conference, but the Pacific Tigers rejoined the West Coast Conference in 2013.

Pacific has reached the NCAA Tournament nine times in program history, and the Tigers were able to advance to the Elite Eight back in 1967. The Tigers have racked up 13 conference championships in program history, although there hasn’t been much success over the past decade.

2022 Key Stats

The Pacific Tigers have gone just 5-10 through their first 15 games this season, and a quick look at the stats tells the story. Pacific is scoring 65.3 points per game this season while allowing over 67 points per game to their opponents.

This season, Guard Alphonso Anderson has been the best player for the Pacific basketball team, leading the way with 10.4 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. Anderson is just one of three players scoring in double figures this year, with Luke Avdalovic and Jeremiah Bailey being the other two.

The Tigers are shooting 33 percent from the three-point line this season, but just 42 percent from the floor overall. A lack of size has been a significant issue for the Tigers this year, creating some serious challenges.

Championships Won by the Team

Pacific advanced to the Elite Eight back in 1967, but that is the furthest that the program has ever gone. The Tigers have competed in other postseason tournaments as well but have come up a bit short in those events.

Pacific advanced to the CIT Championship Game in 2010 before suffering a loss to Missouri State. The Tigers have made just one appearance in the NIT, but suffered a loss in the first round.

There have been five conference tournament titles for Pacific, with the most recent title coming back in 2013. Pacific also won conference tournament titles in 1979, 1997, 2004, and 2006.

Important Team Events

The NCAA Tournament is always the biggest event for any college basketball program, but that isn’t always a realistic goal for the Pacific Tigers. This school just hasn’t gotten the talent needed to compete with other teams in the West Coast Conference.

Even if Pacific has a disappointing regular season, the Tigers still have a chance to make the NCAA Tournament every season. Winning the West Coast Conference will give the Pacific Tigers an automatic entry into March Madness, and this event is extremely important.

The Pacific Tigers also compete in some regular season tournaments in some years, which would classify as important events. Don’t expect to see Pacific as a real threat to win the NCAA title any time soon, but there are still some big games on the schedule for the Tigers.

Top Players

There have been five players in the history of Pacific basketball that have had their numbers retired by the program. Michael Olowokandi is the most recent player to receive that honor, and he also went on to have a strong career in the NBA.

Ron Cornelius is the all-time leading scorer at Pacific after racking up more than 2,000 career points. Cornelius starred at the University of the Pacific from 1977-1981 and played on some strong teams.

The other three players to have their jersey retired at Pacific are Dell Demps, John Gianelli, and Keith Swagerty.

Top Coaches

There have been 21 permanent head coaches in the history of the Pacific Tigers basketball program, but just four coaches stuck around long enough to win at least 100 games.

Bob Thomason is the all-time winningest head coach in the history of Pacific as he guided the Tigers to 437 victories from 1988-2013. Some of the most successful teams in Pacific history all played under the guidance of Thomason.

Dick Edwards was another coach that had a ton of success while at Pacific as he racked up 168 wins from 1963-72. Edwards guided the Tigers to three conference titles during his reign and took his team to the NCAA Tournament three different times.

Stan Morrison and Chris Kjeldsen are the two other coaches at Pacific who reached at least 100 career victories.

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Pacific Tigers FAQs

Where is the University of the Pacific located?

Stockton, California

Has Pacific ever won an NCAA Tournament championship?

No

What conference does the Pacific Tigers compete in?

West Coast Conference

Who is the all-time winningest head coach at Pacific?

Bob Thomason; 437 wins

Who is the all-time leading scorer for the Pacific Tigers?

Ron Cornelius; 2,05 career points

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