FIU Panthers men's basketball

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FIU Panthers
2020–21 FIU Panthers men's basketball team
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UniversityFlorida International University
Head coachJeremy Ballard (3rd season)
LocationUniversity Park, Florida
ArenaOcean Bank Convocation Center
(Capacity: 5,000)
ColorsBlue 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
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Alternate jersey
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Team colours
NCAA Tournament Appearances
Conference Tournament Champions
TAAC/A-Sun: 1995
Conference Regular Season Champions
TAAC/A-Sun: 1993

The FIU Panthers men's basketball team represents Florida International University in Miami, Florida. The school's team currently competes in Conference USA. They are led by head coach Jeremy Ballard and play their home games at the Ocean Bank Convocation Center.

FIU at UCLA Pauley Pavilion, 2008

Richard Pitino era

On April 15, 2012, Richard Pitino left his position as the associate head coach at the University of Louisville to become the head coach at FIU. With only six players remaining from the previous season, and not all of them on scholarship, Pitino cobbled together a team and coached a high-pressure defense that finished eighth in the nation in steals. He was able to compile an 18-14 record (11-9 in the Sun Belt conference) in his only season as head coach. His FIU team set a record for the best conference record in school history. Additionally, FIU reached the Sun Belt Tournament Championship game as a four seed, before falling to Western Kentucky, 65-63.

On April 3, 2013, Richard Pitino was hired to become the next head coach at the University of Minnesota, replacing Tubby Smith.

Anthony Evans era

On April 15, 2013, Anthony Evans left his position as head coach at Norfolk State University to become the head coach at FIU.

On April 2, 2018, FIU fired Evans after 5 seasons, in which the Panthers finished 65-94 with no postseason tournament appearances.[2]

Jeremy Ballard era

On April 20, 2018, VCU associate head coach Jeremy Ballard was hired by the Panthers for the head coaching job.[3]

NCAA Tournament appearances

FIU men's basketball team had its lone NCAA Tournament appearance in the 1995 tournament under then Head Coach Bob Weltlich, who had already announced his resignation following the season. FIU won the TAAC Basketball Tournament and in doing so earned an automatic bid for the NCAA Tournament. FIU was seeded #16 and played the #1 seeded UCLA Bruins in the first round of the West Regional, which was played at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise. The Panthers lost the game to the Bruins by the score of 92–56, being the first tournament win in UCLA's successful run to the National Championship that year. Weltlich notably said during the post-game interview, "If anyone knows of any openings out there, my number is...".

Media appearances

The "Sunblazers" men’s basketball team was also featured in a second-season episode of Miami Vice entitled "The Fix".


NCAA Tournament results

The Panthers have appeared in one NCAA Tournament. Their record is 0–1.

Year Round Opponent Result
1995 First Round UCLA L 56–92

CIT Results

The Panthers have appeared in the Postseason Tournament (CIT) one time. Their record is 1-1.

Year Round Opponent Result
2019 First Round
Second Round
Texas State
Green Bay
W 87-81
L 68-98


Team Honors

NCAA Tournament Appearances (1): 1995

Trans America Athletic Conference Tournament Champions (1): 1995
Trans America Athletic Conference Regular Season Champions (1): 1992–93

FIU basketball alumni in professional leagues

Raja Bell attended FIU for two seasons

FIU Panthers alumni to have gone on to the NBA and international professional basketball.

Name Years at FIU Team
Carlos Arroyo 1998–2001 Boston Celtics
Raja Bell 1999–2000 Utah Jazz
Clyde Corley 1982–1983 Dallas Mavericks


  1. ^ "Logo & Colors - Brand Florida International University". Retrieved March 12, 2017.
  2. ^ "FIU parts ways with coach Evans". April 2, 2018. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  3. ^ Epps Jr., Wayne (April 20, 2018). "VCU associate head coach Jeremy Ballard headed to Florida International". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved April 20, 2018.

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