Now that I have covered a few things regarding the Lion Women’s Basketball team, it is time for us to look at our Men’s Program. Let’s get to it.
- First, whenever you think of Lion Basketball, you think of one word….tradition. The banners that hang inside University Fieldhouse tell the story of a program that has been a top tier Lone Star Conference program since 1931. The Lions have won the Conference over 20 times in some form or fashion whether it be, regular season, tournament, or division. Aside from a 1955 NAIA national title, the 1953 and 1978 Lions went to the NAIA Final Four, and the 1954, 1958, 1977, and 1997 teams went to the Elite 8, while the 2005 team went to the Sweet Sixteen in 2005. This program is every bit as tradition rich as the Lion football program is.
- The Lions very rarely lose at home, and the Fieldhouse is a tough place to play for just about anyone. Much of it has to do with the old school look, which I completely love, but it creates the ultimate 6th man, and also the fan environment is pretty hard to beat especially for Division II. A great game at the Fieldhouse is always great to watch and the students always show up.
- Jarret von Rosenberg is the current coach and is in his 4th season is 7-1 as I write this, as the Lions have defeated Midwestern State on the road. In his first two seasons, von Rosenberg went 45-17 with two trips to the NCAA National Tournament and made it to the round of 32 both of those years. In his third year, the Lions went 18-12 and won the LSC North Division but did not qualify for the Big Dance. During the 20-21 season, there was a setback at 7-7 and some were wondering what had gone wrong, but one thing is for sure, with the way things have started this year, and given the past history, this team expects to be fighting for conference championships and NCAA playoff births.
- The LSC is a tough conference for Men’s Basketball. West Texas A&M is the cream of the crop and the Lions have not fared well against the Buffs the past 4 seasons. In fact, the Lions are only 1-8 against them during that time. In order to win the LSC and win the South Central Region, this team HAS TO learn to beat West Texas A&M. It is that simple.
- One thing I have noticed that are rough trends in the past few seasons are this. One, this program seems to be a strong second half team. They are behind at the half a lot, but when they catch up, they either win it in the end or go to overtime and finish the job. That is a double edged sword because many times those rallies have come up short, which ties into the second trend. This team loses to teams they have no business losing to, and it happens at least 3-4 times a year and a lot of it has to do with the slow first half starts. I have no doubt that they take their opponents seriously, but slow starts can kill the best of basketball programs.
Jarrett von Rosenberg-
77-37 overall record (68% winning percentage) as of 12/16/2021.
Eighth Overall in Program History for Wins.
NCAA Round of 32 Appearances in 2018 and 2019.
LSC North Division Champions in 2020.