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Brette Tanner named 17th head coach of ACU men’s basketball

Abilene Christian University athletics director Allen Ward announced Wednesday that longtime Wildcat associate men’s basketball head coach Brette Tanner has accepted an offer to be the 17th head coach in program history. “I’m humbled and honored to be the next head coach of Abilene Christian basketball, and to continue leading this program,” said Tanner, who … Continued
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UCLA coaching legend John Wooden had an affinity for ACU

Abilene Christian University and UCLA have never played a collegiate basketball game against each other. That will change today at 4:15 p.m. when the No. 14-seed Wildcats and No. 11-seed Bruins meet in the second round of the NCAA Tournament’s East Regional in Indianapolis. They have a unique connection in their legendary former head coach … Continued

Joe Pleasant, whose two late free throws and stolen pass sealed ACU’s upset win over Texas, leaps with joy while leading teammates off Unity Court at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis during the NCAA Tournament.

Trending topic: Wildcats’ win draws flurry of attention

Just after the clock struck midnight Sunday, the rest of the sports world was discovering what Wildcat fans already knew: The Abilene Christian University men’s basketball team meant business and its defense could keep up with some of the nation’s best teams – and then some. No. 14-seed Abilene Christian’s upset of No. 3-seed University … Continued

ACU-Texas showdowns have made other sports history, too

It won’t necessarily be a bad thing should the pace of tonight’s NCAA Tournament basketball game hit the gas and “turn into a track meet” between Abilene Christian University and The University of Texas at Austin. After all, that’s how the Wildcats and Longhorns have known each other best for more than 80 years. While … Continued

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At NCAA Tournament, typical days are anything but ordinary

If a normal day exists at an NCAA Tournament transformed by COVID-19 health protocols, it took the Wildcats a few days before experiencing one. Upon arrival in downtown Indianapolis on Sunday for their second consecutive appearance in March Madness, the NCAA required the team to pass two COVID-19 tests before it could meet together and … Continued

Wildcats enjoy big stage of March Madness in equally big venue

For many college basketball teams, no one would blame them if their first arrival at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis this week played out a little like the famous scene from the movie Hoosiers. In the classic 1986 sports movie, small-town high school basketball players enter with wide eyes and in awe of the large … Continued

Big Dance during pandemic requires extra choreography

In a year dominated by the pandemic, March Madness doesn’t only refer to the exciting on-court action of the NCAA Tournament. It also represents the immense coordination and safety considerations in place to make this year’s Big Dance a reality. Everything is done with health protocols in mind. That starts with hosting the entire men’s … Continued

Wildcat men making second straight trip to March Madness

On Saturday night, Abilene Christian University will become the first Southland Conference men’s basketball team to play in consecutive NCAA Tournaments since Stephen F. Austin won the league postseason title and advanced in 2014, 2015 and 2016. The Lumberjacks also went in 2018. But 2021 is by no means a postseason anomaly in Wildcat hoops … Continued

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Kolton Kohl, Joe Golding win NABC awards

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Abilene Christian University’s head coach and standout center were honored today by the The National Association of Basketball Coaches on their annual All-District 22 team. Joe Golding was named NABC Co-Coach of the Year and senior Kolton Kohl received first-team honors for their standout seasons. The Wildcats are in Indianapolis this … Continued

ACU joins four other universities in historic move to WAC

Abilene Christian University expects to begin intercollegiate competition in the Western Athletic Conference in 2021, joining four other NCAA Division I institutions making a milestone move to the WAC, it was announced today in a press conference at the NRG Center. ACU will transition from the Southland Conference – a league it co-founded in 1973 … Continued