1975–76 Idaho Vandals men’s basketball team

The 1975–76 Idaho Vandals men’s basketball team represented the University of Idaho during the 1975–76 NCAA Division I men’s basketball season. Members of the Big Sky Conference, the Vandals were led by second-year head coach Jim Jarvis and played their home games on campus at the Memorial Gymnasium and Kibbie Dome in Moscow, Idaho.[1][2] They were 7–19 overall and 3–11 in conference play.[3][4]

American college basketball season
1975–76Idaho Vandals men’s basketball
Conference Big Sky Conference
1975–76 record 7–19 (3–11 Big Sky)
Head coach
Home arena Kibbie Dome
Memorial Gymnasium
Seasons

1975–76 Big Sky men’s basketball standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   PCT W   L   PCT
Weber State 9 5   .643 21 11   .656
Boise State 9 5   .643 18 11   .621
Idaho State 9 5   .643 16 11   .593
Northern Arizona 8 6   .571 15 12   .556
Montana 7 7   .500 13 12   .520
Montana State 6 8   .429 9 16   .360
Gonzaga 5 9   .357 13 13   .500
Idaho 3 11   .214 7 19   .269
Conference tournament winner

The Vandals played their first game in the Kibbie Dome on Wednesday, January 21, against Palouse rivalWashington State of the Pac-8. It was commemorated with a visit by Vandal great Gus Johnson, who played in the preliminary alumni game.[5][6][7] The evening easily set a school attendance record for basketball at 6,449,[8] which stood for five years.[9]

No Vandals were named to the all-conference team; senior guard Steve Weist and senior forward Ervin Brown were honorable mention.[10][11][12] It was the fourth selection for Weist.

The conference tournament debuted this season; through 1983, it was hosted by the regular season champion and only the top four teams participated. Idaho first qualified for the tourney in 1980, then hosted and won the nexttwo.

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  1. “Vandals open at Salt Lake”. Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). November 28, 1975. p. 1B.
  2. “Vandals vs. Spartans: Nuess among missing”. Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). December 1, 1975. p. 1B.
  3. “College hoop standings”. Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). March 2, 1976. p. 16.
  4. “College cage standings”. Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). March 1, 1976. p. 3B.
  5. Emerson, Paul (January 21, 1976). “Dome opener”. Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 1B.
  6. Barrows, Bob (January 20, 1976). “Idaho cage great Gus Johnson returns to Palouse”. Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 1B.
  7. Spotleson, Bruce (January 22, 1976). “WSU also captures alumni game 74-63”. Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 1B.
  8. Emerson, Paul (January 22, 1976). “Crowd of 6,449 sees Cougar romp in dome”. Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 1B.
  9. Missildine, Harry (January 9, 1981). “Vandals pass first Sky test”. Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. 25.
  10. “Trio tops Big Sky all-star team”. Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. March 3, 1976. p. 2B.
  11. “Watts gets ‘Sky honor for 3rd year”. Deseret News. (Salt Lake City, Utah). UPI. March 2, 1976. p. B6.
  12. “Gonzaga’s Jim Grady 2nd-team Sky choice”. Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. March 2, 1976. p. 20.

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