The Sam Houston State Bearkats men's basketball team represents Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, United States. The school's team currently competes in the Southland Conference. The Bearkats have played home games at Johnson Coliseum, a 5,529 seat indoor arena, since 1976, when it was then called University Coliseum. They are currently led by head coach Jason Hooten.
Sam Houston State University has a prestigious history in regards to basketball. The Bearkats have fielded a basketball team since 1917, excluding the 1942-43 and 1943-44 basketball seasons. Basketball was not played these years because World War II had decimated male enrollment at Sam Houston State. Success began early as Sam Houston went 43-11 during its first five years, including an unblemished 24-0 record during its first three.
During the 21st Century, Sam Houston's men's basketball program boasts the second winning-est program in Texas Division I, only behind Texas. The Bearkats are also the winning-est program in the Southland Conference during the last decade.
Bernard Johnson Coliseum is a 6,110-seat multi-purpose arena in Huntsville, Texas. It was built in 1976 and is home to the Bearkats men's and women's basketball teams and the Bearkats women's volleyball team. It hosted the Southland Conference men's basketball tournament in 2003. It was also home to XWO Reborn, a professional wrestling organization that promoted shows throughout south Texas.