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McNeese State Cowboys
2021–22 McNeese State Cowboys basketball team
UniversityMcNeese State University
Head coachJohn Aiken (1st season)
LocationLake Charles, Louisiana
ArenaThe Legacy Center
(Capacity: 4,200)
ColorsRoyal blue and gold[1]
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Home jersey
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Team colours
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Away jersey
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Team colours

NCAA Tournament Appearances
1968*, 1989, 2002
*at Division II level
Conference tournament champions
1989, 2002
Conference regular season champions
1975, 1978, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2011

The McNeese State Cowboys basketball team represents McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States. The school's team currently competes in the Southland Conference.

They are led by head coach John Aiken and play their home games at The Legacy Center. Currently members of the NCAA Division I, they were national champions of the NAIA in 1956.

Postseason appearances

NCAA Division I Tournament

The Cowboys have appeared in two NCAA Division I Tournaments. Their combined record is 0–2.

Year Round Opponent Result
1989 First Round Illinois L 71–77
2002 First Round Mississippi State L 58–70

NCAA Division II Tournament

The Cowboys have appeared in one NCAA Division II Tournament. Their record is 0–2.

Year Round Opponent Result
1968 Regional Semifinals
Regional 3rd Place Game
Jackson State
L 78–95
L 71–75

NAIA Tournament

The Cowboys have appeared in one NAIA Tournament. Their record is 5–0. They were national champions in 1956, their only appearance in the tournament.

Year Round Opponent Result
1956 First Round
Second Round
National Championship Game
Georgetown (KY)
Central State (OH)
Tennessee State
Pittsburg State
Texas Southern
W 88–65
W 87–74
W 76–68
W 78–72
W 60–55


The Cowboys have appeared in three National Invitation Tournaments (NIT). Their combined record is 1–3.

Year Round Opponent Result
1986 First Round
Second Round
Louisiana Tech
W 86–75
L 61–77
2001 First Round UTEP L 74–84
2011 First Round Boston College L 64–82


The Cowboys have appeared in one Postseason Tournament (CIT). Their record is 0–1.

Year Round Opponent Result
2012 First Round Toledo L 63–76

Retired numbers

Number Player Years
4 Joe Dumars 1981–1985
25 Stan Kernan 1957–1961
33 Bill Reigel 1954–1956
34 Frank Glenn 1955–1958

See also


  1. ^ "McNeese State Athletics Style Guide". Retrieved April 1, 2016.