POCATELLO, Idaho — Ryan Looney is expected to be named the next men's basketball coach at Idaho State University, according to an Idaho State Journal report that cited multiple sources.

Looney was the head coach for Point Loma Nazarene University an NCAA Division II program in San Diego the previous three seasons. He led his team to the national title game this past season. Looney was a Minnesota State Moorhead assistant coach from 2002-2004.

Former North Dakota State head men's basketball coach Saul Phillips, who was the head coach at Ohio University last season, was one of the three finalists for the job. Nevada assistant coach Gus Argenal was also a finalist.

Matt Norlander of CBS Sports first reported the hire.

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Phillips coached the Bison from 2007-2014, lead the program to two NCAA Division I tournament appearances. He then took the head job at Ohio where he was recently fired after five seasons.

Phillips posted a 134-83 record in his seven seasons with the Bison. In 2013-14 the Bison went 26-6, including an upset victory against Oklahoma in the NCAA tournament.