Whether schools are simply filling out a roster with a backup or chasing a pot of gold at the end of a Larry Bird rainbow, they seem to be looking under every rock for a transfer. Bird left a potential powerhouse at Indiana but never played for the Hoosiers before becoming national player of the year with Indiana State.
How many All-Americans actually played varsity basketball for two different four-year schools? The average is about one every two years. Duke and Kansas, two of the five schools with the most All-Americans in history, could have their first transfer in that category this season - Duke guard Seth Curry (Liberty) and KU center Jeff Withey (Arizona). If voters are really paying attention, there could be a third transfer A-A as guard Marshall Henderson is spearheading Ole Miss' resurgence after attending Utah, Texas Tech and a junior college in Texas.
In an era when transfers have almost become an obsession for various reasons, there was a modest uptick in the ratio with seven All-Americans in this category in a six-year span from 2000 through 2005. Curry, Henderson and/or Withey could join the following alphabetical list of All-Americans who began their collegiate career at another four-year school:
|Transfer All-American||Pos.||Original School||All-American School|
|Courtney Alexander||G||Virginia 96-97||Fresno State 99-00|
|Elgin Baylor||F||College of Idaho 55||Seattle 57-58|
|Vince Boryla||F-C||Notre Dame 45-46||Denver 49|
|Michael Bradley||F-C||Kentucky 98-99||Villanova 01|
|Charley Brown||G||Indiana 56||Seattle 58-59|
|Art Bunte||C-F||Utah 52-53||Colorado 55-56|
|Frank Burgess||G||Arkansas-Pine Bluff 54||Gonzaga 59-61|
|Reggie Carter||G||Hawaii 76||St. John's 78-80|
|Dan Dickau||G||Washington 98-99||Gonzaga 01-02|
|Toney Douglas||G||Auburn 05||Florida State 07-09|
|Larry Fogle||F||Southwestern Louisiana 73||Canisius 74-75|
|Ricky Frazier||G-F||St. Louis 78||Missouri 80-82|
|Eric "Hank" Gathers||F-C||Southern California 86||Loyola Marymount 88-90|
|Gerald Glass||F||Delta State (Miss.) 86-87||Mississippi 89-90|
|Joey Graham||F||Central Florida 01-02||Oklahoma State 04-05|
|*Harvey Grant||F||Clemson 85||Oklahoma 87-88|
|*Ed Gray||G||Tennessee 94||California 96-97|
|Al Green||G||North Carolina State 76-77||Louisiana State 79|
|Ben Hansbrough||G||Mississippi State 07-08||Notre Dame 10-11|
|William "Red" Holzman||G||Baltimore 39||City College of New York 41-42|
|Wesley Johnson||F||Iowa State 07-08||Syracuse 10|
|Greg "Bo" Kimble||F-G||Southern California 86||Loyola Marymount 88-90|
|Jim Krivacs||G||Auburn 75||Texas 77-79|
|John Lucas III||G||Baylor 02-03||Oklahoma State 04|
|Kyle Macy||G||Purdue 76||Kentucky 78-80|
|Billy McCaffrey||G||Duke 90-91||Vanderbilt 93-94|
|Bob McCurdy||F-C||Virginia 72||Richmond 74-75|
|Mark McNamara||C||Santa Clara 78-79||California 81-82|
|Chris Mills||F||Kentucky 89||Arizona 91-93|
|James "Scoonie" Penn||G||Boston College 96-97||Ohio State 99-00|
|Lawrence Roberts||F-C||Baylor 02-03||Mississippi State 04-05|
|Carlos Rogers||C||UALR 91||Tennessee State 93-94|
|Marshall Rogers||G||Kansas 73||Pan American 75-76|
|Clifford Rozier||C-F||North Carolina 91||Louisville 93-94|
|Kevin Stacom||G||Holy Cross 71||Providence 73-74|
|Dan Swartz||C||Kentucky 52||Morehead State 54-56|
|B.J. Tyler||G||DePaul 90||Texas 92-94|
|Bill Uhl||C||Ohio State 52||Dayton 54-56|
|Win Wilfong||F||Missouri 52-53||Memphis State 56-57|
|Leon Wood||G||Arizona 80||Cal State Fullerton 82-84|
|Andre Woolridge||G||Nebraska 93||Iowa 95-97|
*Attended junior college between four-year school stints.
NOTE: Burgess was an Air Force veteran.
In the aftermath of Nerlen Noel's season-ending knee injury, Big Blue Nation isn't in the best of spirits while waiting for next year's latest best-of-all-time recruiting class. Even when Noel was in the lineup, Kentucky's current crew of blueblood recruits seemed incapable of defeating an opponent worthy of national postseason competition. Off the court, loyalists were blue after Dan Hall, a frontcourt backup from a historic recruiting class as a freshman for UK's 1975 NCAA Tournament runner-up, died at age 58.
Alarmingly, he apparently is the third ex-Wildcat to commit suicide in the last 2 1/2 years, joining Jim Dinwiddie, who was 63 at the time of his death last year, and former All-American Melvin Turpin, who took his life at the age of 49 in the summer of 2010. Hall, one of three 6-10 players (joining Mike Phillips and Rick Robey) on the first nationally-acclaimed recruiting class after freshmen became eligible, subsequently transferred to Marshall, where he averaged 10.4 ppg and 5.6 rpg in 1976-77 and 1977-78.
In a freak set of circumstances at the 1975 Final Four, another young player from a marquee program who went on to thrive elsewhere was UCLA's Gavin Smith. Police have been probing Smith's mysterious disappearance last May. Smith, a 57-year-old movie executive for Fox, was driving a black 2000 four-door Mercedes E Class when he vanished at night.
Smith, whose son (Evan) played for Southern California, didn't participate at either the 1974 or 1975 Final Four before transferring from the Bruins' bench to becoming one of the NCAA's top scorers. Most media outlets focus on Smith's connection to UCLA but he actually made a hoop name for himself playing with Hawaii, where he finished 16th in the nation in scoring in 1976-77 by setting a Rainbows' single-season record 23.4 points per game).
When Penn center Matt White was murdered by his wife, it continued a disturbing blend of Alfred Hitchcock and the Twilight Zone regarding a striking number of Final Four players from the mid- to late-1970s who died prematurely. Hall and White are among the following Final Four players from that era who died before their time:
Danny Knight, the leading scorer and rebounder for Kansas' 1974 Final Four team, was 24 when he died in June 1977, three weeks after sustaining injuries in a fall down the steps at his home. Knight had been suffering headaches for some time and doctors attributed his death to an aneurysm in the brain.
Guard Chad Kinch, the third-leading scorer for UNC Charlotte's 1977 Final Four team as a freshman, died at his parents' home in Cartaret, N.J., from complications caused by AIDS. He passed away on April 3, 1994, the day between the Final Four semifinals and final in Charlotte. The host school happened to be UNC Charlotte. It was the second time Kinch's parents lost a son. Sixteen years earlier, Ray Kinch, a Rutgers football player, was killed in a house fire.
Forward Glen Gondrezick, the leading rebounder and third-leading scorer for UNLV's 1977 third-place club, died in late April 2009 at the age of 53 due to complications stemming from a heart transplant he received the previous September.
Center Lewis Brown, the third-leading rebounder and sixth-leading scorer for UNLV's 1977 national third-place team, spent more than 10 years homeless on the streets of Santa Monica, Calif., before passing away in mid-September 2011 at the age of 56. According to the New York Times, family members said he used cocaine with the Rebels. "Drugs were his downfall," said his sister.
Murray State transfer Larry Moffett, the second-leading rebounder for UNLV's 1977 national third-place team, passed away in early May 2011 in Shreveport, La., at the age of 56. He previously was a cab driver in Las Vegas.
Orlando Woolridge, a backup freshman in 1978 when Notre Dame made its lone Final Four appearance before he became a scoring specialist in 13 NBA seasons, died at the end of May 2012 at the age of 52 because of a chronic heart condition.
Matt White, the second-leading rebounder and third-leading scorer for Penn's 1979 national fourth-place squad, was fatally stabbed in mid-February 2013 by his wife, who told police she had caught him looking at child pornography. White, who was 53, is the Quakers' all-time leader in field-goal shooting (59.1%).
No NCAA Division I men's team has compiled an undefeated record since Indiana in 1975-76. Michigan was the last remaining unbeaten team this season until the Wolverines bowed at Ohio State, 56-53. The Buckeyes know how UM feels because they were the last team to lose only two years ago before succumbing at Wisconsin, 71-67.
Falling behind by 21 points in the first half, Michigan appeared headed to become the fifth final undefeated squad since Oregon State in 1980-81 to lose by 20 or more points in its initial reversal (highest margin of defeat in that span of 29 by Connecticut in 1994-95). But the Wolverines recovered and nearly took the lead prior to a three-pointer rimming out in the closing seconds, becoming the 10th final unbeaten squad in the last 17 years to lose by fewer than five points.
Historical odds come into play now and are against Michigan winning the NCAA title because only three final undefeated teams in the previous 34 years (Duke '92, UConn '99 and Florida '06) went on to capture the national crown. Only 1/3 of the first 36 teams since IU '76 in this category reached the Final Four - including none in the previous four years.
Michigan matched Clemson six years ago for the earliest every club sustained a loss in this span. Clemson, losing nine of 11 games upon incurring its initial setback in 2006-07, is the only school in the last-of-the-unbeaten category to fail to participate in the NCAA playoffs. The Tigers finished runner-up in the NIT.
Last year, Murray State became the 10th of these 36 last-remaining-standing teams to suffer their first defeat at home. With a tip of the hat to @d1scourse for triggering digging deep into season-by-season files, following are vital facts on final unbeaten teams since the Hoosiers in 1975-76:
|Season||Last Unbeaten (Wins)||First Defeat||Date||Score||Final Record/Postseason|
|2012-13||Michigan (16)||at Ohio State||1-13-13||56-53||To be determined|
|2011-12||Murray State (23)*||Tennessee State||2-9-12||72-68||31-2/Second Round|
|2010-11||Ohio State (24)||at Wisconsin||2-12-11||71-67||34-3/Regional Semifinal|
|2009-10||Kentucky (19)||at South Carolina||1-26-10||68-62||35-3/Regional Final|
|2008-09||Wake Forest (16)||Virginia Tech||1-21-09||78-71||24-7/First Round|
|2007-08||Memphis (26)||Tennessee||2-23-08||66-62||38-2/National Runner-up|
|2006-07||Clemson (17)*||at Maryland||1-13-07||92-87||25-11/NIT Runner-up|
|2005-06||Florida (17)*||at Tennessee||1-21-06||80-76||33-6/NCAA Champion|
|2004-05||Illinois (29)*||at Ohio State||3-6-05||65-64||37-2/NCAA Runner-up|
|2003-04||Saint Joseph's (27)*||vs. Xavier||3-11-04||87-67||30-2/Regional Final|
|2002-03||Duke (12)||at Maryland||1-18-03||87-72||26-7/Regional Semifinal|
|2001-02||Duke (12)||at Florida State||1-6-02||77-76||31-4/Regional Semifinal|
|2000-01||Stanford (20)||UCLA||2-3-01||79-73||31-3/Regional Final|
|1999-00||Syracuse (19)||Seton Hall||2-7-00||69-67||26-6/Regional Semifinal|
|1998-99||Connecticut (19)||Syracuse||2-1-99||59-42||34-2/NCAA Champion|
|1997-98||Utah (18)||at New Mexico||2-1-98||77-74||30-4/NCAA Runner-up|
|1996-97||Kansas (22)||at Missouri (2OT)||2-4-97||96-94||34-2/Regional Semifinal|
|1995-96||Massachusetts (26)*||George Washington||2-24-96||86-76||35-2/NCAA Semifinal|
|1994-95||Connecticut (15)||at Kansas||1-28-95||88-59||28-5/Regional Final|
|1993-94||UCLA (14)||at California||1-30-94||85-70||21-7/First Round|
|1992-93||Virginia (11)||at North Carolina||1-20-93||80-58||21-10/Regional Semifinal|
|1991-92||Duke (17)||at North Carolina||2-5-92||75-73||34-2/NCAA Champion|
|1991-92||Oklahoma State (20)||at Nebraska||2-5-92||85-69||28-8/Regional Semifinal|
|1990-91||UNLV (34)||vs. Duke||3-30-91||79-77||34-1/NCAA Semifinal|
|1989-90||Georgetown (14)||at Connecticut||1-20-90||70-65||24-7/Second Round|
|1988-89||Illinois (17)||at Minnesota||1-26-89||69-62||31-5/NCAA Semifinal|
|1987-88||Brigham Young (17)*||at UAB||2-6-88||102-83||26-6/Sweet 16|
|1986-87||DePaul (16)||at Georgetown||1-25-87||74-71||28-3/Regional Semifinal|
|1985-86||Memphis State (20)||at Virginia Tech||2-1-86||76-72||28-6/Second Round|
|1984-85||Georgetown (18)||St. John's||1-26-85||66-65||35-3/NCAA Runner-up|
|1983-84||North Carolina (21)||vs. Arkansas||2-12-84||65-64||28-3/Regional Semifinal|
|1982-83||UNLV (24)||at Cal State Fullerton||2-24-83||86-78||28-3/Second Round|
|1981-82||Missouri (19)||Nebraska||2-6-82||67-51||27-4/Regional Semifinal|
|1980-81||Oregon State (26)*||Arizona State||3-7-81||87-67||26-2/Second Round|
|1979-80||DePaul (26)*||at Notre Dame (2OT)||2-27-80||76-74||26-2/Second Round|
|1978-79||Indiana State (33)*||vs. Michigan State||3-26-79||75-64||33-1/NCAA Runner-up|
|1977-78||Kentucky (14)||at Alabama||1-23-78||78-62||30-2/NCAA Champion|
|1976-77||San Francisco (29)||at Notre Dame||3-5-77||93-82||29-2/First Round|
*All-time top winning streaks.
NOTES: Indiana State lost in NCAA Tournament championship game at Salt Lake City. . . . North Carolina lost in Pine Bluff, Ark. . . . Saint Joseph's lost in Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament quarterfinals at Dayton. . . . UNLV lost to Duke in 1991 NCAA Tournament national semifinals in Indianapolis.
Hall of Famer Mike Krzyzewski has defeated five #1 opponents while coaching Duke. But there is a price to pay for the Blue Devils spending more weeks ranked No. 1 during Coach K's tenure than unranked. After striking out at North Carolina State, Duke is tied with North Carolina for school with the most defeats as nation's top-ranked team (30). Kentucky is right behind the ACC rivals with 29.
An individual all-time high 26 (only eight outside ACC competition) of the 30 such setbacks have been with Krzyzewski as the Blue Devils' bench boss. Marquee mentors ranking behind him for most losses coaching the nation's top-ranked team are Dean Smith (18 with North Carolina), Roy Williams (17/11 with Kansas and six with North Carolina) and Adolph Rupp (15 with Kentucky).
Duke lost as the nation's top-ranked team seven straight seasons from 1997-98 through 2003-04. Five of the Blue Devils' seven such losses from late-November 1998 to the 2002 NCAA playoffs were by margins of fewer than four points. Following is a chronological list of the 26 K's for Krzyzewski when ranked No. 1 in the country:
|Season||Date||Score||Team Defeating #1 Duke||Opponent's Coach|
|1985-86||3-31-86||72-69||Louisville at Dallas in NCAA Tournament final||Denny Crum|
|1988-89||1-18-89||91-71||North Carolina||Dean Smith|
|1988-89||1-21-89||75-71||at Wake Forest||Bob Staak|
|1991-92||2-5-92||75-73||at North Carolina||Dean Smith|
|1991-92||2-23-92||72-68||at Wake Forest||Dave Odom|
|1992-93||1-10-93||80-79||at Georgia Tech||Bobby Cremins|
|1993-94||2-3-94||89-78||at North Carolina||Dean Smith|
|1997-98||12-13-97||81-73||at Michigan||Brian Ellerbe|
|1997-98||2-5-98||97-73||at North Carolina||Bill Guthridge|
|1997-98||3-8-98||83-68||North Carolina at Greensboro in ACC Tournament final||Bill Guthridge|
|1998-99||11-28-98||77-75||Cincinnati at Anchorage in Great Alaska Shootout final||Bob Huggins|
|1998-99||3-29-99||77-74||Connecticut at St. Petersburg in NCAA Tournament final||Jim Calhoun|
|1999-00||3-24-00||87-78||Florida at Syracuse in NCAA Tournament East Regional semifinals||Billy Donovan|
|2000-01||12-21-00||84-83||Stanford at Oakland||Mike Montgomery|
|2001-02||1-6-02||77-76||at Florida State||Steve Robinson|
|2001-02||2-17-02||87-73||at Maryland||Gary Williams|
|2001-02||3-21-02||74-73||Indiana at Kentucky in NCAA Tournament South Regional semifinals||Mike Davis|
|2002-03||1-18-03||87-72||at Maryland||Gary Williams|
|2003-04||2-15-04||78-74||at North Carolina State||Herb Sendek|
|2005-06||1-21-06||87-84||at Georgetown||John Thompson III|
|2005-06||3-1-06||79-74||at Florida State||Leonard Hamilton|
|2005-06||3-4-06||83-76||North Carolina||Roy Williams|
|2008-09||1-28-09||70-68||at Wake Forest||Dino Gaudio|
|2010-11||1-12-11||66-61||at Florida State||Leonard Hamilton|
|2010-11||2-26-11||64-60||at Virginia Tech||Seth Greenberg|
|2012-13||1-12-13||84-76||at North Carolina State||Mark Gottfried|
Weber State, despite losing NBA rookie sensation Damian Lillard, gives every indication of finishing among the top three in the Big Sky Conference standings for the seventh time in as many seasons under coach Randy Rahe. The Wildcats' leader in scoring and assists is swingman Davion Berry, a small-college transfer who averaged 18.3 ppg and 4.1 rpg with Monterey Bay (Calif.) while twice earning All-CCAA honors. He played for the same AAU program as Lillard, the nation's leading scorer in 2011-12.
A striking number of standout major-college players started their careers playing for a four-year small college before transferring. Of course, the most prominent player in this category is all-time great Elgin Baylor. After leaving College of Idaho, Baylor became an NCAA unanimous first-team All-American with Seattle in 1957-58.
More than 30 different players became NCAA Division I conference all-league selections in the 1980s and 1990s after starting their careers with a small four-year college. If Berry earns first-team acclaim in the Big sky, he will join the following chronological list of first-team all-conference selections since the NCAA playoffs expanded to at least 64 teams in 1985 who started their college careers playing for non-Division I four-year schools:
|Season||First-Team Selection||Pos.||Division I School||Conference||Four-Year Small College|
|1984-85||Curtis High||G||Nevada-Reno||Big Sky||Tennessee-Martin|
|1984-85||Jim McCaffrey||G||Holy Cross||Metro Atlantic||St. Michael's (Vt.)|
|1984-85||Bob McCann||C||Morehead State||Ohio Valley||Upsala (N.J.)|
|1985-86||Oscar Jones||G||Delaware||East Coast||Winston-Salem State (N.C.)|
|1985-86||Jim McCaffrey||G||Holy Cross||Metro Atlantic||St. Michael's (Vt.)|
|1985-86||Bob McCann||C||Morehead State||Ohio Valley||Upsala (N.J.)|
|1985-86||Jerry Stroman||F||Utah||Western Athletic||Benedict (S.C.)|
|1986-87||Marchell Henry||F||East Carolina||Colonial Athletic||St. Andrews (N.C.)|
|1986-87||Avery Johnson||G||Southern (La.)||SWAC||Cameron (Okla.)|
|1986-87||Bob McCann*||C||Morehead State||Ohio Valley||Upsala (N.J.)|
|1986-87||Ron Simpson||F||Rider||East Coast||Adelphi (N.Y.)|
|1987-88||Avery Johnson*||G||Southern (La.)||SWAC||Cameron (Okla.)|
|1987-88||Larry Jones*||F||Boston University||ECAC North Atlantic||C.W. Post (N.Y.)|
|1988-89||Gerald Glass||F||Mississippi||SEC||Delta State (Miss.)|
|1989-90||Gerald Glass||F||Mississippi||SEC||Delta State (Miss.)|
|1990-91||Marcus Kennedy*||F-C||Eastern Michigan||Mid-American||Ferris State (Mich.)|
|1990-91||Tony Walker||F||Saint Peter's||Metro Atlantic||Kean College (N.J.)|
|1992-93||Leon McGee||G||Western Michigan||Mid-American||Michigan Tech|
|1993-94||Tucker Neale*||G||Colgate||Patriot League||Ashland (Ohio)|
|1994-95||Tucker Neale||G||Colgate||Patriot League||Ashland (Ohio)|
|1995-96||Johnny Taylor||F||UT-Chattanooga||Southern||Knoxville (Tenn.)|
|1996-97||Johnny Taylor*||F||UT-Chattanooga||Southern||Knoxville (Tenn.)|
|1996-97||Raymond Tutt||G||UC Santa Barbara||Big West||Azusa Pacific (Calif.)|
|1997-98||Andrew Betts||C||Long Beach State||Big West||C.W. Post (N.Y.)|
|1997-98||Chad Townsend||G||Murray State||Ohio Valley||St. Edward's (Tex.)|
|1999-00||Matt Gladieux||G||Coastal Carolina||Big South||Bellarmine (Ky.)|
|2000-01||Demond Stewart*||G||Niagara||Metro Atlantic||Mercyhurst (Pa.)|
|2001-02||Justin Rowe||C||Maine||America East||Clearwater Christian (Fla.)|
|2003-04||Miah Davis*||G||Pacific||Big West||Cal State Stanislaus|
|2004-05||Yemi Nicholson*||C||Denver||Sun Belt||Fort Lewis (Colo.)|
*Nine of these players were named conference MVP.
NOTE: Tennessee-Martin subsequently moved up to the DI level.
Will former junior college guard Pierre Jackson of Baylor live up to the preseason projection of him becoming Big 12 Conference Player of the Year? Jucos such as Jackson weren't looked at so condescendingly by many four-year universities because of an improved image after the advent of stiffer academic requirements for Division I freshman eligibility. But amid more rigid scholastic standards for both high school and J.C. prospects, the jucos might go back to being deemed the rogues of recruiting.
Mid-major schools figure to be hit hardest by any reduction in the flow of juco talent but power leagues have often filled in holes from the J.C. ranks. The misconceptions regarding junior college basketball aren't helped when network TV pulls a snafu such as in the early 1990s when it was mistakenly inferred that Kentucky guard Dale Brown was the first instance of the Wildcats recruiting a junior college player.
Actually, legendary coach Adolph Rupp, a Kansas native, regularly attended the NJCAA Tournament at Hutchinson, Kan., in the 1950s and recruited four tournament MVPs or leading scorers. Two of the four didn't play much for Kentucky or transferred, but the other two - Bob Burrow (Lon Morris) and Sid Cohen (Kilgore) - proved to be pivotal players for the Wildcats and were selected in the NBA draft. Burrow, an NCAA consensus second-team All-American in 1956, still holds the school record for rebound average in a career (16.1 rpg). Guard Adrian Smith, a key member of Kentucky's 1958 NCAA champion, was also a junior college recruit. Ditto Doug Pendygraft, who joined UK after setting an NJCAA record with 63 points in a national tournament game for Lindsey Wilson.
John Wooden's first center with UCLA was Carl Kraushaar, a transfer from Compton (CA) Community College who led the Bruins in scoring in 1948-49 and was an All-PCC selection the next season. Often overlooked amid UCLA's amazing run of nine NCAA Tournament titles in a 10-year span from 1964 through 1973 was the impact of junior college products. The Bruins had six J.C. recruits, including 1970 Final Four Most Outstanding Player Sidney Wicks, who were part of multiple NCAA championships.
The Big Ten Conference has never had an abundance of junior college players, but J.C. transfer Dick Garmaker (Hibbing) scored 37 points for Minnesota in his first league game in 1954 before becoming an NCAA consensus All-American the next year.
Burrow (1954) and Garmaker (1952) are two of five players - including Furman's Darrell Floyd (1951), Tulsa's Paul Pressey (1980) and St. John's Walter Berry (1984) - who were named NJCAA Tournament MVP before becoming NCAA All-Americans. Berry also participated in the NCAA Final Four.
Five of the top six scorers for Oklahoma's 2002 Final Four team were former junior college players. Former Sooners coach Kelvin Sampson is fond of the realistic view junior college recruits offer a roster.
"A lot of their egos are broken down already," Sampson said. "They've been through a lot on and off the court. High school kids sometimes have egos that you have to work through. Their bubble hasn't burst yet. A high school kid sometimes gets faced with, `I thought I was better than this.' Also, juco kids only have two years left. They're hungry."
Jackson (Southern Idaho) might become the first player since Arizona's Jason Terry in 1998-99 to lead a power six conference in both scoring and assists the same year. Another "hungry" juco jewel this season is fellow guard Marshall Henderson (South Plains, TX), who is making a name for himself by sparking Ole Miss to the Rebels' best SEC start since national postseason competition commenced in the late 1930s. Either or both of them could join the following alphabetical list of J.C. recruits who became MVP in a power six league:
|Player of Year||Pos.||School||Conference||Season||Junior College(s)|
|Tony Allen||G||Oklahoma State||Big 12||2003-04||Butler County (KS)/Wabash Valley (IL)|
|Walter Berry||F-C||St. John's||Big East||1985-86||San Jacinto (TX)|
|Lester Conner||G||Oregon State||Pacific-10||1981-82||Los Medanos (CA)/Chabot (CA)|
|Jae Crowder||F||Marquette||Big East||2011-12||South Georgia Tech/Howard County (TX)|
|Ed Gray||G||California||Pacific-10||1996-97||Southern Idaho|
|Bobby Jackson||G||Minnesota||Big Ten||1996-97||Western Nebraska|
|Cliff Meely||F-C||Colorado||Big Eight||1970-71||Northeastern (CO)|
|Chris Porter||F||Auburn||Southeastern||1998-99||Chipola (FL)|
|Willie Smith||G||Missouri||Big Eight||1975-76||Seminole (OK)|
|Marcus Thornton||G||Louisiana State||Southeastern||2008-09||Kilgore (TX)|
|Jamaal Tinsley||G||Iowa State||Big 12||2000-01||Mount San Jacinto (CA)|
|Sam Williams||F||Iowa||Big Ten||1967-68||Burlington (IA)|
An abundance of conference realigning leaves the most ardent fan incapable of acknowledging more than half of the nearly 60 schools switching leagues this season and the next two years. If you need some help getting your bearings amid the tumult, following are some links to answers for lingering questions as league competition begins in earnest:
Who are the current deans of coaches in NCAA Division I conferences?
Where does Gonzaga's Mark Few rank all-time among the most dominant coaches in conference competition?
Where is the most comprehensive list detailing conference membership changes over the years?
What list of elite players will Lehigh's C.J. McCollum not join by becoming a three-time Patriot League MVP after suffering a broken foot?
What is likely ahead in new digs from a historical perspective for latest members of power conferences?
What other schools have matched or exceeded Kansas for capturing consecutive regular-season league championships?
Which high-profile schools might not be properly prepared for rigors of conference competition because of woeful non-league slates?
Will Oral Roberts become the fifth school in the last 30 years to win a league regular-season title in its inaugural campaign after leaving an existing conference?
How many schools went full circle by rejoining a conference after previously leaving the league?
Will Bucknell's Mike Muscala join a distinguished list of players who led a league three straight seasons for conference regular-season titlist?
What is the frequency in recent years for players leading a league in scoring with the lowest mark in conference history?
Who are prime individual candidates to pace a conference in both scoring and assists?
Which schools such as Maryland were the first to abandon an intact conference?
How many schools before Denver were a league member for only one campaign?
Which schools like Louisville have been members of at least five conferences in the last 45 years?
Retiring Pacific coach Bob Thomason boasts what league distinction regarding his background?
How many active coaches such as Southern Illinois newcomer Barry Hinson have been bench boss of two different schools in the same league?
When you hit big bullies, they usually take their ball and go home. Why do so few power conference members play at in-state mid-major schools or even oppose them on a neutral court during the regular season? Why can't more big-name universities be like Villanova with its longstanding tradition of competing in the Philly Big 5?
Non-league schedules would be significantly more entertaining if skittish power league members weren't so condescending. Instead of meeting natural rival Davids, check out the following results thus far this century. They are a sobering reminder for Goliaths venturing away from Philistine, you plus Jay Bilas regarding the reasons why haughty "big boys" frequently stay home and pick on out-of-state patsies to pad their records:
Brown 69, Providence 68
Butler 88, Indiana 86 (OT)
Coastal Carolina 69, Clemson 46
Florida Gulf Coast 63, Miami (Fla.) 51
Green Bay 49, Marquette 47
La Salle 82, Penn State 57
La Salle 77, Villanova 74 (OT)
Middle Tennessee 56, Vanderbilt 52
Old Dominion 63, Virginia 61
Cal Poly 42, Southern California 36
Colorado State 65, Colorado 64
Creighton 76, Nebraska 66
Drake 74, Iowa Stae 65
Holy Cross 86, Boston College 64
Northern Iowa 80, Iowa 60
Saint Joseph's 65, Penn State 47
Saint Joseph's 74, Villanova 58
Southern Mississippi 86, Mississippi 82
Temple 78, Villanova 67
Xavier 76, Cincinnati 53
Central Florida 57, Florida 54
Central Florida 84, Miami (Fla.) 78
Central Florida 65, South Florida 59
Florida Atlantic 50, South Florida 42
Fordham 84, St. John's 81
Furman 91, South Carolina 75
Kennesaw State 80, Georgia Tech 63
Marshall 75, West Virginia 71
UNC Wilmington 81, Wake Forest 69
North Texas 92, Texas Tech 83 (OT)
Northern Iowa 60, Iowa State 54
Princeton 78, Rutgers 73 (OT)
Colorado State 77, Colorado 62
Creighton 67, Nebraska 61
Green Bay 88, Wisconsin 84 (OT)
Long Beach State 79, UCLA 68
Northern Iowa 67, Iowa 50
Portland State 88, Oregon 81
Rhode Island 86, Providence 82
Temple 45, Penn State 42
Temple 75, Villanova 65
Tulsa 86, Oklahoma State 65
Wofford 68, South Carolina 61
Xavier 83, Cincinnati 79 (2OT)
College of Charleston 82, South Carolina 80 (OT)
Davidson 72, North Carolina State 67
Drake 60, Iowa 43
Lamar 85, Texas Tech 79
Southern Mississippi 78, Mississippi 59
Texas-El Paso 96, Texas Tech 78
Western Kentucky 68, Louisville 54
Charlotte 63, Wake Forest 59
Creighton 74, Nebraska 62
Drake 79, Iowa State 44
East Carolina 75, North Carolina State 69
Old Dominion 72, Virginia Tech 69
Rhode Island 77, Providence 60
Richmond 52, Virginia Tech 49
Saint Joseph's 79, Penn State 67
Sam Houston State 56, Texas Tech 54
Tulane 68, Louisiana State 63
Xavier 64, Cincinnati 59
Bradley 78, DePaul 58
Butler 60, Indiana 55
Butler 71, Notre Dame 69
Drake 75, Iowa 59
Gonzaga 97, Washington 77
Indiana State 89, Purdue 70
Northern Iowa 70, Iowa State 57
Ohio University 79, Cincinnati 66
UC Davis 64, Stanford 58
Colorado State 83, Colorado 82
Creighton 70, Nebraska 44
Evansville 75, Purdue 69
George Washington 78, Maryland 70
Gonzaga 67, Washington State 53
Indiana State 72, Indiana 67
Marshall 58, West Virginia 52
Northern Iowa 67, Iowa 63 (OT)
Old Dominion 58, Virginia Tech 55
Portland 80, Oregon 72
Rhode Island 77, Providence 69
Xavier 73, Cincinnati 71 (OT)
Bradley 63, DePaul 53
George Washington 101, Maryland 92
Gonzaga 99, Washington 87
Marshall 59, West Virginia 55
Northern Iowa 99, Iowa State 82
Santa Clara 86, Stanford 76
Temple 53, Villanova 52
Virginia Military 72, Virginia Tech 68
Creighton 61, Nebraska 54
Gonzaga 95, Washington State 58
Illinois-Chicago 90, Northwestern 71
Northern Iowa 77, Iowa 66
North Texas 73, Baylor 69
Rhode Island 89, Providence 79
Temple 67, Penn State 56
Xavier 71, Cincinnati 69
Dayton 75, Cincinnati 69
Florida Atlantic 74, Miami (Fla.) 73
Gonzaga 95, Washington 89 (OT)
Holy Cross 71, Boston College 70
Penn 62, Penn State 37
Penn 72, Villanova 58
Saint Joseph's 92, Villanova 75
William & Mary 60, Virginia Tech 52
Butler 66, Indiana 64
Creighton 76, Nebraska 70
Drake 72, Iowa State 58
Fresno State 65, Southern California 58
Georgia State 83, Georgia 78
Gonzaga 67, Washington State 44
Marshall 81, West Virginia 79 (OT)
Northern Iowa 78, Iowa 76
Old Dominion 55, Virginia Tech 46
Penn 75, Villanova 74
Pepperdine 78, Southern California 77
Portland 79, Oregon 78
Rice 75, Baylor 60
Temple 75, Penn State 63
Temple 63, Villanova 57
Texas-Pan American 72, Baylor 66
UC Irvine 56, California 52
Duquesne 71, Pittsburgh 70
Fordham 68, St. John's 67
Gonzaga 86, Washington 74
Indiana State 59, Indiana 58
Oakland 97, Michigan 90
Wichita State 76, Kansas State 66
Colorado State 79, Colorado 57
Creighton 89, Nebraska 72
Drake 48, Iowa State 44
George Washington 74, Maryland 69
Gonzaga 76, Washington 66
Gonzaga 73, Washington State 63
Long Beach State 76, Southern California 66
North Texas 91, Texas A&M 88
Saint Louis 75, Missouri 72
Temple 69, Villanova 66
Xavier 66, Cincinnati 64
The NFL Injury Report is distributed in mid-week although it isn't nearly as important to genuine hoop fans as this NFL Basketball Report. Six ex-college hoopsters will participate in the NFL playoffs, including ageless wonders London Fletcher (15-year linebacker led Washington Redskins in tackles) and Tony Gonzalez (16-year tight end paced Atlanta Falcons in pass receptions).
Gonzalez, who excelled in 1997 NCAA playoffs with California before becoming the first tight end with 100 touchdowns, went on to secure his first NFL playoff victory. But perhaps culturally most important was Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron hooking up with Erin Heatherton, a Victoria's Secret model who had been dating actor Leo DiCaprio. The NFL featured the following versatile players who previously were college hoopsters:
|Player||Pos.||NFL Team||College(s)||Summary of 2012 NFL Regular Season|
|Connor Barwin||OLB||Houston Texans||Cincinnati||44 tackles (35 solo/9 assists) in fourth season but only three sacks (after 11 1/2 in 2011)|
|Demetress Bell||LOT||Philadelphia Eagles||Northwestern State||newcomer this season after signing 5-year deal following 30 starts with Buffalo Bills the previous three seasons|
|Jordan Cameron||TE||Cleveland Browns||Brigham Young/Southern California||second-stringer had 20 pass receptions for 226 yards (long of 28) and one TD in second campaign|
|Demar Dotson||RT||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Southern Mississippi||6-9 lineman was a starter in fourth season|
|London Fletcher||ILB||Washington Redskins||Saint Francis, PA/John Carroll, OH||team-high 139 tackles (78 solo/61 assists) plus one fumble recovery, three sacks and five interceptions in 15th season|
|Antonio Gates||TE||San Diego Chargers||Kent State||49 pass receptions for 538 yards (long of 34) and team-high seven touchdown catches in 10th year|
|Tony Gonzalez||TE||Atlanta Falcons||California||team-high 93 pass receptions for 930 yards (long of 25) and eight touchdowns in 16th campaign|
|Jimmy Graham||TE||New Orleans Saints||Miami (Fla.)||third-year pro had team-high 85 pass receptions for 982 yards (long of 46) and nine touchdowns|
|Todd Heap||TE||Arizona Cardinals||Arizona State||long-time Baltimore Raven had eight receptions for 94 yards (long of 28) in 12th season amid questions about why he didn't return from a knee injury|
|Vincent Jackson||WR||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Northern Colorado||league leader in yards per catch (19.2) posted team highs of 72 receptions, 1,384 yards (long of 95) and eight touchdowns in eighth campaign|
|Evan Moore||TE||Seattle Seahawks||Stanford||first season in NW for third-stringer (1 catch for six yards) after three years with the Cleveland Browns, including four touchdowns in 2011|
|Julius Peppers||RDE||Chicago Bears||North Carolina||six-time Pro Bowler had 39 tackles (32 solo/7 assists) and team-high 11.5 sacks in 11th season (ranks fourth among active players in sacks)|
|Joe Reitz||LOG||Indianapolis Colts||Western Michigan||starter last two years has been hampered by concussions after stint on practice squad|
|Julius Thomas||TE||Denver Broncos||Portland State||second-year backup appeared in four contests and failed to get a start similar to rookie debut game last season|
|Kendall Wright||WR||Tennessee Titans||Baylor||rookie had team-high 64 pass receptions (for 626 yards and team-high four touchdowns/long of 38 yards)|
With Auld Lang Syne chords playing in the background, the final day of the calendar year offered another time to say goodbye acknowledging the passing away in 2012 of a striking number of college basketball movers and shakers. Following is an alphabetical list of the deceased who didn't drop the ball:
- Murray Arnold, 74, coached DI schools Tennessee-Chattanooga, Western Kentucky and Stetson. He guided UTC and WKU to the NCAA playoffs in the 1980s.
- Gene Bartow, 81, coached Valparaiso, Memphis State, Illinois and UCLA before starting UAB's program. He directed Memphis and UCLA to the Final Four in a four-year span from 1973 through 1976.
- Bob Boozer, 75, was the leading scorer and rebounder for Kansas State's 1958 Final Four team. He was an NCAA unanimous first-team All-American in 1959 and consensus first-team All-American in 1958.
- Pete Brennan, 75, was the leading rebounder and second-leading scorer for North Carolina's undefeated 1957 NCAA Tournament champion (32-0 record). He became an NCAA consensus second-team All-American the next season.
- Joe Curran, 89, coached Canisius in the 1950s. The Griffs' four-overtime 79-77 upset of North Carolina State in 1956 is one of the biggest upsets in NCAA playoff history.
- Jim Dinwiddie, 63, averaged 3.8 ppg and shot 52.5% from the floor from 1968-69 through 1970-71 for Kentucky under coach Adolph Rupp. In an apparent suicide (gunshot wound), Dinwiddie was found in bedroom above his law office in a former hotel building he owned.
- LeRoy Ellis Sr., 72, was an All-American center for St. John's as a senior in 1962. He helped power St. John's to national postseason competition all three of his varsity seasons, including an NIT runner-up finish in 1962.
- Dick Harter, 81, won nearly 60% of his games decided by fewer than six points while coaching Penn, Oregon and Penn State. His 1971 Penn squad lost the East Regional final against Villanova.
- Kenny Heitz, 65, was a regular for UCLA's three consecutive NCAA titlists in the late 1960s when all-time great Lew Alcindor manned the middle for the Bruins.
- Art Heyman, 71, was the leading scorer and rebounder for Duke's national third-place team in the 1963 NCAA Tournament when he earned acclaim as Final Four Most Outstanding Player. Named national player of the year as a senior by AP, UPI and USBWA.
- Andrew "Fuzzy" Levane, 92, was the third-leading scorer for St. John's in 1941-42 and 1942-43 under legendary coach Joe Lapchick.
- Rick Majerus, 64, coached Marquette, Ball State, Utah and Saint Louis. Received Wooden Award as national coach of the year in 1998 when his Utah squad became the only Final Four team ever to feature three Academic All-Americans among its regulars.
- Slater "Dugie" Martin, 86, was the second-leading scorer for Texas' national third-place team in 1947 NCAA Tournament (26-2 record). He became an All-SWC first-team selection the next two seasons and scored a school single-game record 49 points as a senior against TCU (subsequently tied).
- Neil Reed, 36, is the former Indiana player who coach Bob Knight was caught on tape choking during a practice in 1997. Reed transferred to Southern Mississippi, where he led the Golden Eagles in scoring in 1998-99 with 18.1 points per game.
- Peter Sauer, 35, was captain and third-leading rebounder for Stanford's 1998 Final Four squad.
- Dwayne Schintzius, 43, was the center for Florida's first three NCAA playoff teams in the late 1980s.
- Charlie Spoonhour, 72, coached Southwest Missouri State, St. Louis and UNLV. In 1994, he guided SLU to its first NCAA tourney in 37 years.
- Jack Twyman, 78, was an All-American for Cincinnati as a senior in 1955. He led the Bearcats in scoring and rebounding his last three seasons.
- Lou Watson, 88, was an All-Big Ten Conference first-team selection for Indiana as a senior in 1949-50. He coached his alma mater for five seasons as Bob Knight's predecessor.
- Jerome Whitehead, 56, was the second-leading rebounder and third-leading scorer for Marquette's 1977 NCAA championship club. Whitehead became an All-American the next season when he averaged 14 ppg and 8.3 rpg.
- Orlando Woolridge, 52, was a backup freshman frontcourter for Notre Dame's lone Final Four team in 1978.
31 - LSU's Pete Maravich, despite having 13 regular-season games remaining in 1970, passed Cincinnati's Oscar Robertson with 4:43 left against Mississippi to become the NCAA's career scoring leader. . . . Gerhard "Jerry" Varn (51 points vs. Piedmont in 1953) set The Citadel's single-game scoring record. . . . Holy Cross' Jim McCaffrey (46 vs. Iona in 1985) set MAAC scoring record in league competition and Kansas State's Denis Clemente (44 vs. Texas in 2009) tied Big 12 Conference scoring record in league competition. . . . Loyola Marymount outgunned U.S. International (181-150 in 1989) in the highest-scoring game in major-college history. . . . Manhattan's Bruce Seals established an NCAA single-game record with 27 three-point field-goal attempts (making nine vs. Canisius in 2000). . . . Canisius' Darren Fenn (22 vs. Manhattan in 2000), George Mason's Kenny Sanders (22 vs. American in 1989), Loyola Marymount's Hank Gathers (29 vs. U.S. International in 1989), Princeton's Carl Belz (29 vs. Rutgers in 1959) and St. Bonaventure's Bob Lanier (23 vs. Niagara in 1970) set school single-game rebounding records against a DI opponent.
30 - Maryland-Eastern Shore's Tee Trotter (42 points at Howard in overtime in 2003), Mississippi's Johnny Neumann (63 at Louisiana State in 1971), New Orleans' Ledell Eackles (45 at Florida International in 1988), Seattle's Elgin Baylor (60 vs. Portland in 1958), Tennessee Tech's Kevin Murphy (50 vs. SIU-Edwardsville in 2012) and Western Kentucky's Clem Haskins(55 vs. Middle Tennessee State in 1965) set school Division I single-game scoring records. Haskins' output is also an Ohio Valley Conference record in league competition. . . . Rick Barry (51 vs. Oklahoma City in 1965) set Miami's single-game scoring record against a major-college opponent. . . . William & Mary ended West Virginia's Southern Conference-record 44-game winning streak in 1960. . . . UC Irvine's Kevin Magee (25 vs. Long Beach State in 1982), Miami's Rick Barry (29 vs. Oklahoma City in 1965) and Oklahoma State's Andy Hopson (27 vs. Missouri in 1973) set school single-game rebounding records.
29 - Arkansas State's Jeff Clifton (43 points vs. Arkansas-Little Rock in 1994), Jacksonville's Ernie Fleming (59 vs. St. Peter's in 1972), Seton Hall's Nick Werkman (52 vs. Scranton in 1964), Utah Valley's Ryan Toolson (63 at Chicago State in quadruple overtime in 2009), Vermont's Eddie Benton (54 vs. Drexel in 1994) and Wagner's Terrance Bailey (49 vs. Brooklyn in triple overtime in 1986) set school Division I single-game scoring records. Benton's output is also an America East Conference record in league competition. . . . Columbia's Jack Molinas (31 vs. Brown in 1953), North Carolina State's Ronnie Shavlik (35 vs. Villanova in 1955) and Penn State's Jesse Arnelle (27 vs. Temple in 1955) set school single-game rebounding records.
28 - Syracuse's Sherman Douglas tied an NCAA single-game record with 22 assists against Providence in 1989. . . . Jim Loscutoff of Oregon (32 vs. Brigham Young in 1955), Maurice Stokes of Saint Francis, PA (39 vs. John Carroll, OH, in 1955) and Willie Naulls of UCLA (28 vs. Arizona State in 1956) set school single-game rebounding records. . . . Barney Cable (28 vs. Marquette in 1956) set Bradley's single-game rebounding record against a major-college opponent.
27 - Georgia Southern's Johnny Mills (44 points vs. Samford in 1973), Indiana's Jimmy Rayl (56 vs. Minnesota in 1962) and James Madison's Steve Stiepler (51 vs. Robert Morris in 1979) set school Division I single-game scoring records. . . . Visiting New Mexico State overcame a 28-0 deficit to defeat Bradley in 1977. . . . Perennial cellar dweller Northwestern upset Magic Johnson and NCAA champion-to-be Michigan State by 18 points in 1979. . . . Centenary's Robert Parish (33 vs. Southern Mississippi in 1973) and Florida's Neal Walk (31 vs. Alabama in 1968) set school single-game rebounding records.
26 - Gonzaga's Frank Burgess (52 points vs. UC Davis in 1961) and Youngstown State's Tilman Bevely (55 vs. Tennessee Tech in 1987) set school Division I single-game scoring records. Bevely's output also tied Ohio Valley Conference record in league competition. . . . Arizona and Northern Arizona combined for an NCAA-record 130 free-throw attempts in 1953. . . . Herb Neff (36 vs. Georgia Tech in 1952) set Tennessee's single-game rebounding record.
25 - Connell "C.J." Wilkerson (41 points at North Carolina A&T in 2011) set North Carolina Central's single-game scoring record against a Division I opponent. . . . Southern's Avery Johnson tied an NCAA single-game record with 22 assists against Texas Southern in 1988. . . . Brigham Young's school-record 44-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Utah (79-75 in 2003). . . . East Carolina's Erroyl Bing (24 vs. South Florida in 2003), Kansas State's David Hall (27 vs. Oklahoma in 1971), Lamar's Steve Wade (27 vs. Oral Roberts in 1972), Oral Roberts' Eddie Woods (30 vs. Lamar in 1972) and Seton Hall's Nick Werkman (32 vs. Boston College in 1963) set school single-game rebounding records against a Division I opponent.
24 - Appalachian State's Stan Davis (56 points at Carson-Newman, Tenn., in 1974), Chattanooga's Oliver Morton (50 vs. Pikeville, Ky., in 2001), IUPUI's Odell Bradley (41 vs. Oral Roberts in triple overtime in 2004), Loyola of New Orleans' Ty Marioneaux (53 vs. Virginia Commonwealth in 1970), Oakland's Travis Bader (47 vs. IUPUI in 2013), Texas-Arlington's Steven Barber (43 at Texas-San Antonio in 2002) and West Texas State's Simmie Hill (42 in 1968) set school Division I single-game scoring records. . . . San Diego State's Ben Wardrop set an NCAA record for shortest playing time before being disqualified by fouling out in only 1:11 at Colorado State in 2004. . . . Notre Dame's school-record 45-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Connecticut (69-61 in 2009).
23 - Eastern Illinois' Jay Taylor (47 points vs. Chicago State in 1989), East Tennessee State's Mike Milholland (44 vs. Austin Peay in 1965), Nicholls State's Anatoly Bose (46 at Northwestern State in double overtime in 2010), South Florida's Dominique Jones (46 at Providence in overtime in 2010) and Tennessee State's Anthony Mason (44 at Eastern Kentucky in 1988) set school Division I single-game scoring records. . . . Jacksonville's James Ray (45 vs. South Florida in 1980) set Sun Belt Conference single-game scoring record in league competition. . . . Northeastern's Steve Carney (23 vs. Hartford in 1988) and Ohio University's Howard Joliff (28 vs. Kent State in 1960) set school single-game rebounding records against a DI opponent.
22 - Lee Campbell (20 vs. Cleveland State in 1990) tied his own Missouri State single-game record for most rebounds against a Division I opponent.
21 - Howard's Ron Williamson (52 points vs. North Carolina A&T in 2003) and Saint Joseph's Jack Egan (47 at Gettysburg, Pa., in 1961) set school single-game scoring records. . . . Kansas' school-record 69-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Texas (74-63 in 2011) and DePaul's school-record 36-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Dayton (67-63 in 1985). . . . Terry Rutherford (21 vs. Marshall in 1978) set Western Carolina's single-game rebounding record against a Division I opponent.
20 - Austin Peay's James "Fly" Williams (51 points vs. Tennessee Tech in 1973), Fordham's Ken Charles (46 vs. St. Peter's in 1973), Memphis State's Larry Finch (48 vs. St. Joseph's, Ind., in 1973) and Oklahoma City's Gary Gray (55 at West Texas State in 1967) set school Division I single-game scoring records. . . . Houston ended UCLA's 47-game winning streak (71-69 in Astrodome in 1968), Minnesota's school-record 40-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Nebraska (22-21 in 1905) and West Virginia's school-record 39-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by St. Bonaventure (64-63 in 1983). . . . Visiting Texas-El Paso snapped Memphis' NCAA-record 52-game winning streak in regular-season conference competition (C-USA/72-67 in 2010). . . . Cliff Robinson (28 vs. Portland State in 1978) and David Bluthenthal (28 vs. Arizona State in 2000) set and tied Southern California's single-game rebounding record vs. a DI opponent.
19 - Charleston Southern's Ben Hinson (43 points vs. Edward Waters, Fla., in 1985) and New Hampshire's Brad Cirino (39 at Maine in four overtimes in 1996) set school Division I single-game scoring records. . . . Jim Ashmore (45 vs. Mississippi in 1957) set Mississippi State's single-game scoring record against a DI opponent. . . . Notre Dame came from behind in the closing minutes to end visiting UCLA's NCAA-record 88-game winning streak in 1974. . . . George Mason's Andre Smith set an NCAA single-game record by sinking all 10 of his shots from beyond the three-point arc against James Madison in 2008. . . . Ron deVries (24 vs. Pacific in 1974) set Illinois State's single-game rebounding record against a DI opponent.
18 - Stan Mayhew (45 points vs. Utah State in 1977) set Weber State's single-game scoring record. . . . A weekly ritual began when the Associated Press announced results of its first weekly basketball poll in 1949 (SLU was initial #1). . . . Indiana State's Jim Cruse (25 vs. Drake in 1997) and North Texas' Ken Williams (29 vs. Lamar in 1978) set school single-game rebounding records.
17 - New Mexico State's John Williamson (48 points at California in 1972) and UNC Wilmington's Brian Rowsom (39 at East Carolina in 1987) set school single-game scoring records. . . . Virginia Military's school-record 35-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Appalachian State (73-58 in 1979). . . . Steve Steipler (22 vs. Charleston Southern in 1977) set James Madison's single-game rebounding record.
16 - Columbia's school-record 34-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Penn (66-64 in 1952).
15 - Coppin State's school-record 42-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by North Carolina A&T (76-70 in 1997), Murray State's school-record 47-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Southeast Missouri State (84-78 in 2000) and Virginia's school-record 34-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by North Carolina (101-95 in 1983). . . . Bob Reiter (27 vs. Kansas State in 1955) set Missouri's single-game rebounding record.
14 - Syracuse's Bill Smith (47 points vs. Lafayette in 1971) and Virginia Commonwealth's Chris Cheeks (42 vs. Old Dominion in overtime in 1989) set school Division I single-game scoring records. . . . Arizona's Damon Stoudamire (45 at Stanford in 1995) and Louisville's Butch Beard (41 at Bradley in 1967) set school single-game scoring records against a DI opponent.
13 - Bowling Green's Jim Darrow (52 points vs. Toledo in overtime in 1960), Cal Poly's Shanta Cotright (43 vs. George Mason in 1996), Charleston Southern's Dwyane Jackson (43 at Virginia Military in 2007), Kentucky's Jodie Meeks (54 at Tennessee in 2009), Sacramento State's Loren Leath (41 at Northern Colorado in 2009), Southeastern Louisiana's Sam Bowie (39 at Central Florida in 1996), Southeast Missouri State's Daimon Gonner (37 at Tennessee State in double overtime in 2005) and UAB's Andy Kennedy (41 vs. Saint Louis in 1991) set school Division I single-game scoring records. . . . Marquette's school-record 81-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Notre Dame (71-69 in 1973). . . . Doug Hess (27 vs. Marshall in 1971) set Toledo's single-game rebounding record against a DI opponent.
12 - Bucknell's Al Leslie (45 points vs. American in 1980) set the East Coast Conference single-game scoring record. . . . Mike Olliver (50 at Portland State in 1980) set Lamar's single-game scoring record against a Division I opponent. . . . Iowa State's school-record 39-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Oklahoma State (69-66 in 2002) and Michigan State's school-record 53-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Wisconsin (64-63 in 2002). . . . Monmouth's Karl Towns (23 vs. Morgan State in 1985) and Robert Morris' Mike Morton (20 vs. Baltimore in 1980) set school single-game rebounding records.
11 - Don Scaife (43 points at Samford in 1975) set Arkansas State's Division I single-game scoring record. . . . Texas Tech's school-record 35-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Colorado (80-78 in 1997). . . . Alcorn State's Larry Smith (21 vs. Mississippi Valley State in 1979), UC Santa Barbara's Eric McArthur (28 vs. New Mexico State in 1990) and Dartmouth's Rudy LaRusso (32 vs. Columbia in 1958) set school single-game rebounding records against a DI opponent.
10 - Connecticut's Bill Corley (51 points vs. New Hampshire in 1968), John Conforti of St. Francis, N.Y. (45 vs. Wagner in 1970), Washington's Bob Houbregs (49 vs. Idaho in 1953) and Winthrop's Melvin Branham (45 at Charleston Southern in 1994) set school single-game scoring records. . . . Navy's David Robinson (45 at James Madison in 1987) set CAA scoring record in league competition. . . . Saint Joseph's and Xavier combined to have an NCAA-record eight players foul out in 1976. . . . Western Kentucky's school-record 67-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Xavier (82-80 in overtime in 1955). . . . Ed Diddle made his Western Kentucky head coaching debut in 1923 with a 103-7 decision over the Adairville Independents en route to a school-record 759 victories. . . . Kentucky's Adolph Rupp became the coach to compile 500 victories the fastest with a 92-59 win over DePaul in 1955 (584 games in 23rd season). . . . Louisiana-Lafayette's Roy Ebron (28 vs. Northwestern State in 1972) and Vanderbilt's Clyde Lee (28 vs. Mississippi in 1966) set school single-game rebounding records.
9 - Cincinnati sophomore Oscar Robertson (56 points) personally outscored Seton Hall in a 118-54 rout of the Pirates at Madison Square Garden in 1958. . . . Alabama's Jerry Harper (28 vs. Mississippi State in 1956), Texas-Arlington's Albert Culton (24 vs. Northeastern in 1981), Villanova's Howard Porter (30 vs. St. Peter's in 1971) and Virginia Tech's Chris Smith (36 vs. Washington & Lee in 1959) set school single-game rebounding records against a major-college opponent.
8 - Eddie House (61 points at California in double overtime in 2000) set Arizona State's and tied the Pac-12 Conference single-game scoring record. . . . Michael Hicks (47 points at Cal Poly in overtime in 2001) set Texas A&M-Corpus Christi's single-game scoring record. . . . Georgia Tech snapped Kentucky's NCAA-record 129-game homecourt winning streak and SEC-record 51-game winning streak in 1955. . . . Nelson Richardson (26 vs. Manhattan in 1977) set Siena's single-game rebounding record.
7 - UC Riverside's Rickey Porter (40 points at Pacific in 2006), Campbell's Clarence Grier (39 vs. Virginia Wesleyan in 1987), Michigan's Rudy Tomjanovich (48 vs. Indiana in overtime in 1969) and Southwest Texas State's Lynwood Wade (42 vs. Sam Houston State in double overtime in 1993) set school Division I single-game scoring records. . . . Odell Johnson (40 vs. Pepperdine in 1956) set Saint Mary's single-game scoring record against a major-college opponent. . . . North Carolina hit an NCAA-record 94.1% of its second-half field-goal attempts (16 of 17 vs. Virginia in 1978). . . . Niagara's Gary Bossert set an NCAA single-game record by hitting 11 consecutive three-point field-goal attempts vs. Siena in 1987. . . . Long Beach State ended UNLV's Big West Conference-record 40-game winning streak (101-94 in 1993), Pacific's school-record 45-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Long Beach State (91-85 in 1973), Tennessee's school-record 37-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Gonzaga (89-79 in overtime) and UNLV's school-record 72-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by New Mexico (102-98 in 1978). . . . Alex Ellis (31 vs. Kent State in 1957) set Niagara's single-game rebounding record.
6 - Drexel's John Rankin (44 points vs. Rider in 1988), Pepperdine's William "Bird" Averitt (57 vs. Nevada-Reno in 1973) and Xavier's Steve Thomas (50 vs. Detroit in 1964) set school single-game scoring records. Averitt's output is also a West Coast Conference record in league competition. . . . Ernie Losch (41 vs. Utah State in 1973) set Tulane's single-game scoring record against a Division I opponent. . . . Bob Mortell (24 vs. Virginia Military in 1960) set Virginia's single-game rebounding record against a DI opponent.
5 - Eastern Washington's Rodney Stuckey (45 points at Northern Arizona in 2006), Michigan State's Terry Furlow (50 vs. Iowa in 1976), Stephen F. Austin State's Scott Dimak (40 at Texas Southern in 1989) and West Virginia's Hot Rod Hundley (54 vs. Furman in 1957) set school Division I single-game scoring records. . . . Derrick Dial (45 vs. Marshall in 1998) set Eastern Michigan's single-game scoring record against a DI opponent. . . . In 1991, Loyola Marymount's output was the highest in NCAA history by a team in a single game and Kevin Bradshaw's 72-point outburst for U.S. International was the most ever for a player against a major-college opponent. . . . Fairfield's Darren Phillip (25 vs. Marist in 2000), Texas-San Antonio's Lennell Moore (25 vs. Centenary in 1987) and Tulane's Mel Payton (31 vs. Mississippi State in 1951) set school single-game rebounding records against a DI opponent.
4 - Ball State's Chris Williams (48 points at Akron in overtime in 2003), Jacksonville State's Trenton Marshall (37 at Southeast Missouri State in 2010), Lamar's Mike James (52 vs. Louisiana College in 2011), Loyola Marymount's Bo Kimble (54 at St. Joseph's in 1990) and Texas-El Paso's Jim Barnes (51 vs. Western New Mexico in 1964) set school single-game scoring records. . . . In 2003, Butler's Darnell Archey established an NCAA Division I standard by converting his 74th of 85 consecutive free throws. . . . Illinois' school-record 31-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Iowa (60-59 in 1986). . . . Delaware's Jack Waddington (31 vs. Rutgers in 1956), Middle Tennessee State's Mike Milholland (32 vs. Austin Peay State in 1965), Nebraska's Bill Johnson (26 vs. Iowa State in 1954), Nevada's Pete Padgett (30 vs. Loyola Marymount in 1973) and Valparaiso's Chris Ensminger (24 vs. Northeastern Illinois in 1996) set school single-game rebounding records.
3 - Jamal Barney (41 points at Canisius in 2009) set Division I single-game scoring record for Loyola (Md.). . . . Wake Forest snapped North Carolina State's school-record 36-game winning streak (83-78 in 1975). . . . Brigham Young's school-record 53-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Wake Forest (94-87 in 2009). . . . DePaul's Ken Warzynski (28 vs. Harvard in 1970), Long Beach State's Michael Zeno (22 vs. Loyola Marymount in 1983) and Wisconsin's Paul Morrow (30 vs. Purdue in 1953) set school single-game rebounding records against a major-college opponent.
2 - Georgia State's Chris Collier (49 points vs. Butler in 1991), Quinnipiac's Rob Monroe (41 vs. Longwood in double overtime in 2005) and Wofford's Ian Chadwick (40 at Georgia Southern in 2001) set school Division I single-game scoring records. . . . Mississippi State's school-record 35-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Auburn (64-48 in 1960). . . . Steve Hamilton (38 vs. Florida State in 1957) set Morehead State's single-game rebounding record.
1 - Hank Luisetti (50 points vs. Duquesne at Cleveland in 1938) set Stanford's single-game scoring record. . . . Seton Hall's school-record 46-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by William & Mary (57-55 in 1954). . . . Penn opposed Yale in 1927 in debut game at the legendary Palestra in Philadelphia. . . . Bailey Howell (34 vs. Louisiana State in 1957) set Mississippi State's single-game rebounding record.
The most ardent college hoops observer probably didn't realize that Akron zips along as one of only seven Division I schools posting at least 22 victories each of the previous seven seasons. Ohio State is the nation's only school to win at least 24 contests each of the last seven campaigns. Akron, which reached the Mid-American Conference Tournament final the last six years, is joined on this list by the following more recognizable institutions with a look at their best and worst seasons during these streaks:
|School||Years||Coach(es)||Best Record (Season)||Worst Record (Season)|
|Kansas||23||Roy Williams and Bill Self||34-2 (1996-97)||23-10 (1998-99)|
|Duke||16||Mike Krzyzewski||37-2 (1998-99)||22-11 (2006-07)|
|Gonzaga||15||Dan Monson and Mark Few||28-3 (2003-04)||23-11 (2006-07)|
|Memphis||11||John Calipari and Josh Pastner||38-2 (2007-08)||22-16 (2004-05)|
|Akron||7||Keith Dambrot||26-7 (2006-07)||23-13 (2008-09 and 2010-11)|
|Ohio State||7||Thad Matta||34-3 (2010-11)||24-13 (2007-08)|
|Pittsburgh||7||Jamie Dixon||31-5 (2008-09)||22-17 (2011-12)|
Creighton's Doug McDermott is the odds-on favorite to become the 18th national player of the year from a mid-major school never to be a member of a power conference. But he could become only the third non-senior in this group, joining Massachusetts' Marcus Camby (1996) and Gonzaga's Adam Morrison (2006).
McDermott would be the fourth individual named national player of the year from the Missouri Valley Conference, joining Cincinnati's Oscar Robertson (1958 through 1960), Indiana State's Larry Bird (1979) and Bradley's Hersey Hawkins (1988). Following is a chronological list of national POYs from a mid-level schools that never has been a member of a power league:
|1955||Tom Gola||La Salle||Sr.||24.2 ppg, 19.9 rpg||UPI||The Explorers (26-5 record) finish runner-up to Bill Russell-led San Francisco in the NCAA Tournament.|
|1956||Bill Russell||San Francisco||Sr.||20.6 ppg, 21 rpg, 51.3 FG%||UPI||The Dons (29-0) capture the NCAA championship after winning all 14 of their conference games by more than 10 points.|
|1957||Chet Forte||Columbia||Sr.||28.9 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 85.2 FT%||UPI||The Lions (18-6) do not appear in postseason competition after finishing in a tie for third place in the Ivy League. One of their non-conference victories was against Syracuse, which later made its initial NCAA playoff appearance.|
|1965||Bill Bradley||Princeton||Sr.||30.5 ppg, 11.8 rpg, 53.3 FG%, 88.6 FT%||AP, UPI, USBWA||The Tigers (23-6) finish in third place in the NCAA Tournament after winning the Ivy League title with a 13-1 mark.|
|1968||Elvin Hayes||Houston||Sr.||36.8 ppg, 18.9 rpg, 54.9 FG%||AP, UPI, USBWA||The independent Cougars (31-2) finish in fourth place in the NCAA Tournament after entering the playoffs with an unbeaten record.|
|1979||Larry Bird||Indiana State||Sr.||28.6 ppg, 14.9 rpg, 5.5 apg, 53.2 FG%, 83.1 FT%||AP, UPI, NABC, USBWA, Naismith, Wooden||The Sycamores (33-1), NCAA Tournament runner-up, become the first Missouri Valley school to go undefeated in league competition (16-0) since Oklahoma A&M went 10-0 in 1948.|
|1980||Michael Brooks||La Salle||Sr.||24.1 ppg, 11.5 rpg, 52.4 FG%||NABC||The Explorers (22-9) lose in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Mideast Regional after winning the East Coast Conference Tournament following a third-place finish in the ECC's Eastern Section.|
|1981||Danny Ainge||Brigham Young||Sr.||24.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 51.8 FG%, 82.4 FT%||NABC, Wooden||The Cougars (25-7) lose the NCAA Tournament East Regional final after finishing in third place in the WAC with a 12-4 league record.|
|1987||David Robinson||Navy||Sr.||28.2 ppg, 11.8 rpg, 4.5 bpg, 59.1 FG%||AP, UPI, NABC, USBWA, Naismith, Wooden||The Midshipmen (26-6) lose in the first round of the NCAA Tournament East Regional after winning the Colonial Athletic Association with a 13-1 mark.|
|1988||Hersey Hawkins||Bradley||Sr.||36.3 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 2.6 spg, 52.4 FG%, 84.8 FT%||AP, UPI, USBWA||The Braves (26-5) lose in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Southeast Regional after winning the Missouri Valley title with a 12-2 league record.|
|1990||Lionel Simmons||La Salle||Sr.||26.5 ppg, 11.1 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.9 spg, 2 bpg, 51.3 FG%||AP, UPI, NABC, USBWA, Naismith, Wooden||The Explorers (30-2) lose in the second round of the NCAA Tournament East Regional after compiling the best record in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (16-0 in South Division).|
|1991||Larry Johnson||UNLV||Sr.||22.7 ppg, 10.9 rpg, 3 apg, 66.2 FG%, 81.8 FT%||NABC, USBWA, Naismith, Wooden||The Rebels (34-1) lose in the NCAA Tournament national semifinals after going undefeated (18-0) in the Big West Conference.|
|1996||Marcus Camby||Massachusetts||Jr.||20.5 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 3.9 bpg||AP, NABC, Naismith, UPI, USBWA, Wooden||The Minutemen (35-2) won 26 consecutive games in one stretch before reaching the Final Four for the first time in school history. Camby copped the honor despite missing four games after mysteriously collapsing before a contest in mid-January. He is the only individual to win a national player of the award despite missing so many contests.|
|2003||David West||Xavier||Sr.||20.1 ppg, 11.8 rpg, 51.3 FG%, 82 FT%||AP, USBWA||Three-time Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Year is the only player in league history to collect more than 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. Led the Atlantic 10 in rebounding all four seasons.|
|2004||Jameer Nelson||St. Joseph's||Sr.||20.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 5.3 apg, 3 spg, 39 3FG%||Naismith, USBWA, Wooden||Marked the first time ever that the consensus national player of the year won the Pomeroy Award as the best player in the country shorter than six feet tall.|
|2006||Adam Morrison||Gonzaga||Jr.||28.2 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 43.2 3FG%||shared Naismith and Wooden||Nation's leading scorer set school single-season marks for points, field goals made and free throw made.|
|2011||Jimmer Fredette||Brigham Young||Sr.||28.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 4.3 apg, 1.3 spg, 89.4 FT%, 39.6 3FG%||AP, NABC, Naismith, USBWA, Wooden||Fredette had fifteen 30-point outings and four 40-point efforts, including a school-record 52 vs. New Mexico, en route to surpassing Danny Ainge as the school's all-time scoring leader.|
Holiday festivities can go awry between Christmas and New Year's Eve. Just ask top-ranked Virginia, which lost at tiny Chaminade in 1982, and NCAA champion-to-be Michigan, which bowed to Alaska-Anchorage on a neutral court in 1988.
Amid the celebrations, a Christmas holiday week absolutely can not go by without the time-honored tradition of making a list and checking it twice. The wish list, focusing on the good and naughty, doesn't change much from the previous month at Thanksgiving but does have a little different perspective. Following is a healthy serving of food-for-thought wishes presented to hoop observers:
Wish that a striking number of mid-major players earn deserved All-American acclaim this season.
Wish Indiana's Cody Zeller and Duke's Seth Curry join their brothers as the 10th and 11th set of All-American siblings.
Wish Missouri's Flip Pressey joins his father (Paul) as the ninth set of father-son All-Americans.
Wish ex-college hoopster Tony Gonzalez (Atlanta Falcons tight end) wins his first NFL playoff game.
Wish the Pac-12 Conference undergoes a prompt renaissance after struggling just a year ago.
Wish Colorado State's Larry Eustachy, who overcame personal problems, becomes the first coach in history to win at least 24 games in a single season with five different DI schools.
Wish special seasons for standout seniors because they didn't abandon college hoops early and give the sport at least some modicum of veteran leadership.
Wish the best for the Ivy League and Patriot League, which seem like the last bastions replete with textbook student-athletes. Five Ivy League institutions - Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard and Yale - can still hold their heads high despite each of them posting all-time losing records. The Ivy League deserves extra kudos for not conducting the money-grubbing gimmick otherwise known as a postseason conference tournament.
Wish proper acclaim for pristine playmakers who show again and again that "pass" is not a dirty four-letter word amid the obsession with individualistic one-on-one moves by self-absorbed one-and-done scholars.
Wish Gonzaga coach Mark Few, who has assembled a "mid-major" powerhouse, reaches his first Final Four.
Wish many highlights for entertaining little big men (players 5-10 or shorter) who inspire us with their self-confidence and mental toughness in the Land of the Giants.
Wish junior college players and foreigners could overcome perceptions in some misguided quarters that they are the rogues of recruiting.
Wish a 100% recovery for Rashawn King, a freshman who overcame cancer to secure clearance to play for North Carolina Central.
Wish patience for the numerous promising first-year coaches assuming control of programs this season. They need to remember the fortitude exhibited by many of the biggest names in coaching who rebounded from embarrassing defeats in their first season as a head coach. An active luminary who lost multiple games to non-Division I colleges in his initial campaign before ascending to stardom as the all-time winningest coach is Duke's Mike Krzyzewski (lost to SUNY-Buffalo, Scranton and King's College in 1975-76 while coaching Army).
Wish Division I schools will soon find their bearings amid the chaotic restructuring of conferences forsaking tradition although the quest for megaleagues could be delusional because they're vying for television revenue that might not exist as network sports divisions operate at ample deficits.
Wish more accuracy for recruiting services incapable of discerning that Creighton's Doug McDermott should have been a Top 100 recruit coming out of high school in 2010. Ditto to announcers who infect the sport by spreading this virus without ever seeing any of the players enough to properly evaluate them.
Wish marquee coaches wouldn't serve up assistants as sacrificial lambs when the heat of an investigation of their program intensifies.
Wish wisdom for anyone who incessantly castigates the majority of undergraduates declaring early for the NBA draft. Before accepting the party line that many of the players are making monumental mistakes by forgoing their remaining college eligibility, remember that more than half of the NBA's All-Pro selections in the last quarter century or so left college early or never attended a university.
Wish a heart for any school not promptly granting a recruit seeking to enroll elsewhere a release from its letter-of-intent when he wants to attend another institution for legitimate reasons.
Wish jaws wired shut for "Me Generation" showmen who've failed to comprehend that their respective teams don't benefit on the court from a trash-talking Harlem Globetrotter routine.
Wish self-absorbed players will finally see the light and spend less time getting tattoos and practicing macho dunks and more on team beneficial free throws. It all hinges on dedication. There is a reason they're supposed to be "free" throws instead of Shaq-like "foul" shots.
Wish high-profile coaches would show more allegiance rather than taking off for greener pastures despite having multiple years remaining on their contract.
Wish network analysts would refrain from serving as apologists for the coaching community. When their familiar spiels echo throughout hoopdom, they become nothing more than the big mouths that bore.
Wish marquee schools will vow to stop forsaking entertaining non-conference games with natural rivals while scheduling a half-dozen or more meaningless "rout-a-matics" at home. Two or three gimmes are enough.
Wish a generous dose of ethics to defrauding coaches who manipulate junior colleges and high schools into giving phony grades. Ditto coaches who steer prize high school prospects to third parties toying with standardized test results.
Wish authenticity for those "fatherly-advice" coaches who don't mandate that any player with pro potential take multiple financial literacy courses. Did they notice in recent years that products from Alabama, Georgia Tech, Georgetown, Kentucky and Syracuse filed for bankruptcy after combining for more than half a billion dollars in salaries over their NBA careers? What kind of classes are taken in college anyway if a staggering 60% of NBA players file for bankruptcy five years after retirement?
Wish overzealous fans will stop flogging freshmen for not living up to their high school press clippings right away. The impatient onlookers need to get a grip on themselves.
Wish many of the excessive number of small schools thinking they can compete at the Division I level would return to DII or DIII. There are far too many examples of dreamy-eyed small schools that believe competing with the big boys will get them national recognition, make big bucks from the NCAA Tournament and put the institutions on the map. They don't know how unrealistic that goal is until most of the hyphenated and directional schools barnstorm the country during their non-conference schedules in college basketball versions of Bataan Death Marches.
Wish ESPN would cease giving forums to individuals who either lie to NCAA investigators as a coach or practice reprehensible race-baiting with the intellectually-bankrupt "Uncle Tom" bomb.
Big things can come in small packages. What San Diego's Christopher Anderson (5-7), Richmond's Kendall Anthony (5-7) and Bowling Green's Jordon Crawford (5-6) may lack in height, they compensate for with heart. Brimming with self-confidence and mental toughness, they defy the odds to excel in a big man's game.
Anderson was the Toreros' leader in assists and steals and runner-up in scoring last season as a freshman. Anthony was the Spiders' second-leading scorer with 13 ppg as a freshman last year. Crawford is the Falcons' leading scorer as a senior after pacing them in assists the previous two campaigns.
The nation's premier little big men are the principal reason why their clubs are credible and capable of keeping up with more highly-regarded teams in their respective conferences. If Anderson, Anthony and Crawford continue their present performances, they could rank among the following alphabetical list of top players in NCAA history shorter than 5-8:
|Mighty Mite||School||Ht.||Career Summary|
|Ken Alessi||West Virginia||5-7||The Mountaineers' second-leading scorer in 1950-51 (10.1 ppg) behind All-American Mark Workman.|
|Martin Badoian||Brown||5-7||Three-year letterman was captain as a senior in 1951-52 when he averaged 13.9 ppg.|
|Mike Belich||Pittsburgh||5-7||Led the Panthers in scoring as a senior in 1950-51 with 15.9 ppg.|
|Eric Bell||Stephen F. Austin||5-6||Ranked 30th in the nation in assists with 5.7 per game as a sophomore in 2007-08.|
|Arnold Bernard||Southwest Missouri State||5-5||J.C. transfer was an All-Mid-Continent Conference second-team selection in 1989-90. The next season, earned the same status in the Missouri Valley when he led the league in assists (7.6 apg) and steals (2.4 spg).|
|Tyrone Bogues||Wake Forest||5-3||All-ACC first-team selection as a senior averaged 8.3 ppg, 6.6 apg and 2.3 spg from 1983-84 through 1986-87.|
|Jermaine Bolden||Morgan State||5-7||Led the MEAC in assists with 4.9 per game in 2008-09.|
|Jimmy Boothe||Xavier||5-7||Led the Musketeers' 1956 NIT team in scoring with 16.5 ppg.|
|Earl Boykins||Eastern Michigan||5-6||Two-time All-MAC first-team selection finished second in the nation in scoring in 1997-98 with 25.7 ppg, including 45 points vs. Western Michigan (tying school single-game record against a Division I opponent). MVP in the league's postseason tournament as a senior.|
|DeAndre Bray||Jacksonville State||5-6||Posted an OVC-leading 5.2 apg as a sophomore in 2006-07 and ranked 11th in the nation as a junior in 2007-08 (6.4 apg). Assists average fell off to 4.9 per game as a senior in 2008-09.|
|Greg Brown||New Mexico||5-7||WAC Player of the Year as a senior in 1993-94 when he averaged 19.3 ppg and 4.4 apg.|
|Alex Bynum||Brown||5-7||Averaged 8.3 ppg from 1980-81 through 1983-84.|
|Alton Byrd||Columbia||5-7||Three-time All-Ivy League first-team selection averaged 8.1 apg as a sophomore in 1976-77 en route to becoming the Lions' all-time leader in assists. Led the conference in assists as a sophomore and senior.|
|Joe Campbell||Purdue||5-7||Eventual PGA golfer averaged 7.7 ppg in three seasons of varsity basketball. He was the Boilermakers' third-leading scorer (11.9 ppg) and leading free-throw shooter (73.6%) as a senior in 1956-57.|
|Pete Carril||Lafayette||5-6||The 1952 graduate averaged 11.5 ppg in his career with the Leopards before becoming a longtime coach for Princeton.|
|Taurence Chisholm||Delaware||5-6||Blue Hens all-time leader in assists with 877 ranked among the top 12 in the nation all four years, including a runner-up finish as a sophomore. All-ECC second-team selection as a senior in 1987-88.|
|Jackie Crawford||Southwest Missouri State||5-7||J.C. transfer was an All-Missouri Valley Conference first-team selection and MVC Tournament MVP in 1991-92 (12 ppg, 4.5 apg, 83.5 FT%).|
|Johnny Dee||Notre Dame||5-7||Second-leading scorer (12.6 ppg) for the 15-5 Irish in 1944-45 before it went 17-4 the next year when he averaged 5.8 ppg.|
|Jeremiah Dominguez||Portland State||5-6||Big Sky Conference MVP in 2007-08 and league tournament MVP the next season. Leading scorer for PSU's all-time two winningest DI teams those years.|
|Gene Duffy||Notre Dame||5-7||Averaged 6.6 ppg for the Irish's 1958 Mideast Regional runner-up. Contributed 6.8 ppg as team captain the next season.|
|Andy Dulik||Navy||5-7||Averaged 10.3 ppg from 1954-55 through 1956-57, finishing among the Midshipmen's top three scorers as a sophomore and junior.|
|Haywood Eaddy||Loyola Marymount||5-5||J.C. transfer led the WCC in steals (2.1 spg) in 1997-98 and in free-throw shooting (89.8%) and assists (5.6 apg) in 1998-99.|
|Don Ferguson||Iowa State||5-7||Averaged 5.1 ppg in 1948-49 and 8.9 ppg in 1949-50.|
|Chico Fletcher||Arkansas State||5-6||Three-time all-league selection led the Sun Belt Conference in assists four consecutive seasons from 1996-97 through 1999-2000.|
|Robert Flynn||Dayton||5-7||Member of 1951 NIT runner-up averaged a career-high 7.8 ppg as a sophomore in 1948-49.|
|Louis Ford||Howard||5-6||Contributed 14 assists and 10 steals in a game against Maryland-Eastern Shore when he averaged a team-high 14.1 ppg in an abbreviated junior campaign in 2004-05 before averaging 9.2 ppg and team-high 4.8 apg as a senior in 2005-06. Led the MEAC in assists as a sophomore (5 apg) and in steals as a senior (2.6 spg).|
|Tony Freeman||Indiana/Illinois-Chicago||5-7||Honorable mention All-Mid-Continent Conference in 1988-89 after playing for the Hoosiers in 1986-87.|
|Maurice "Kojak" Fuller||Southern (La.)||5-7||Averaged 10.5 ppg and 3.7 apg as a sophomore in 1995-96.|
|Jack Goldsmith||Long Island||5-7||Led the Blackbirds in scoring in 1945-46 when they posted their 13th of 18 consecutive winning records through 1950-51.|
|Tyquawn Goode||Fairfield||5-5||Averaged 5.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.7 apg and 1.5 spg from 2001-02 through 2004-05. MAAC Defensive Player of the Year as a junior led the Stags in assists all four seasons.|
|Marques Green||St. Bonaventure||5-7||Averaged 15.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 5.9 apg and 2.9 spg while shooting 83.5% from the free-throw line from 2000-01 through 2003-04. He finished seventh in school career scoring when his career ended while ranking first in assists and steals. All-Atlantic 10 Conference first-team selection as a junior when he led the league in scoring (21.3 ppg), assists (8 apg), steals (2.6 spg) and free-throw shooting (87.9%) before earning second-team acclaim as a senior. He paced the A10 in steals his last three seasons.|
|George Harrington||Harvard||5-7||All-Ivy League second-team selection as a senior in 1958-59 when he averaged a team-high 14.6 ppg after averaging 11.4 ppg the previous two seasons.|
|Jason Harrison||Mississippi||5-5||Started every game as a senior for the Rebels' 2002 NCAA playoff team after serving as their "sixth-man" most of his first three seasons. Finished his career third on Ole Miss' all-time list for three-pointers (163), third in assists (427), third in steals (172) and fifth in free-throw shooting (82%).|
|Dick Hickox||Miami (Fla.)||5-6||Averaged 19.4 ppg from 1958-59 through 1960-61, leading the Hurricanes in scoring all three seasons.|
|Jermaine "Squirt" Hicks||Weber State/Chicago State||5-6||Co-Newcomer of the Year in the Mid-Continent Conference in 1997-98. Scored 40 points at Fresno State the next season when he was an all-league second-team selection.|
|David Holston||Chicago State||5-7||Scored school DI record with 43 points against St. Bonaventure in 2006-07 season opener. Mid-Continent Conference second-team selection as a freshman in 2005-06 (13.4 ppg, 2.8 apg, 85.7 FT%). Ranked 10th in the nation in scoring as a junior in 2007-08 (23.1 ppg) when he led the country in three-point field goals per game (4.6). Became school's all-time leading Division I scorer in 2008-09 when he averaged 25.9 ppg (4th in nation).|
|Shawn Hood||Cleveland State||5-7||Leader in assists and steals in 1983-84 and 1984-85 for the Vikings.|
|Rod Hutchings||Northern Arizona||5-7||Shot 93.3% from the free-throw line as a senior in 2000-01 to finish his four-year career at 84%. Also contributed 285 assists.|
|Keith "Mister" Jennings||East Tennessee State||5-7||All-American and Southern Conference Player of the Year as a senior. Two-time Southern Conference Tournament MVP averaged 15.7 ppg and 7.7 apg while shooting 86.1% from the free-throw line from 1987-88 through 1990-91. Paced the league twice in free-throw shooting, three times in steals and all four seasons in assists.|
|Aaron Johnson||UAB||5-7||Averaged 5.2 ppg and team-high 4.1 apg as a freshman in 2007-08. Named an All-Conference USA third-team selection as junior in 2009-10 before becoming league MVP as a senior when he led the nation with 7.7 apg.|
|Omar Johnson||Texas-San Antonio||5-7||Averaged 12.6 ppg, 4.2 apg and 1.9 spg in 2008-09 and 11.3 ppg, 2.2 rpg and 3.4 apg in 2009-10.|
|Casey Jones||Northeast Louisiana||5-7||Led the Indians in assists as a senior in 1990-91 with 5.8 per game, finishing his career with 3.8 apg.|
|Charles Katsiaficas||New Hampshire||5-7||Averaged 7.8 ppg in 1947-48 and 12.1 ppg in 1948-49.|
|Darryl "Pee Wee" Lenard||Georgia/St. Louis||5-7||Led the Midwestern City Conference in steals with 1.8 per game in 1983-84.|
|Drew Lavender||Oklahoma/Xavier||5-6||Paced the Sooners' 2004 NIT team in assists and steals before finishing team runner-up in the same two categories for their 2005 NCAA playoff squad before transferring. Led the Atlantic 10 Conference in assists with 4.8 per game in 2006-07.|
|Sherry Marshall||Columbia||5-7||All-Ivy League first-team selection as a sophomore in 1947-48 when he averaged 8.2 ppg and shot 75.9% from the free-throw line. All-conference second-team pick as a freshman, junior and senior.|
|Kellen McCoy||Weber State||5-6||J.C. transfer was named Big Sky Conference Player of the Year in 2008-09 (team highs of 14.1 ppg and 1.3 spg) after averaging 8.8 ppg and 2.9 rpg the previous year.|
|Shandue McNeil||St. Bonaventure||5-7||Averaged 9.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 5.4 apg and 2.5 spg from 1993-94 through 1996-97. Led the Atlantic 10 Conference in assists and steals as a sophomore (all-league second-team choice) and in assists as a senior.|
|Bob Michel||New Hampshire||5-6||Averaged 9.1 ppg from 1953-54 through 1955-56.|
|Wendell "Cookie" Miller||Nebraska||5-7||Averaged 6.1 ppg plus team highs of 3.6 apg and 1.9 spg as a freshman in 2007-08 before posting similar figures the next season as a sophomore.|
|Mark Morse||Tulsa||5-7||All-Missouri Valley Conference first-team selection in 1991-92 (14.9 ppg, 5.1 apg, 2.2 spg) and 1992-93 (17.4 ppg, 4.6 apg, 2.2 spg). J.C. recruit was MVC Newcomer of the Year in 1991-92.|
|Johnny Nunziato||Boston University||5-5||Led the Terriers in scoring with 15.4 ppg as a senior in 1953-54 after averaging 6.6 ppg the previous season.|
|Billy Pappas||New Hampshire||5-6||Two-time All-Yankee Conference first-team selection averaged 18.9 ppg from 1952-53 through 1954-55.|
|Ronell Peters||Texas-Arlington||5-6||UTA's all-time leader in assists led the SLC in that category in 1983-84 (7 apg). He also paced the SLC in steals in 1983-84 (2 spg) and 1985-86 (2.4 spg).|
|Otto Petty||Florida State||5-7||The Seminoles' all-time leader in assists with 602 from 1970-71 through 1972-73. Averaged 6.4 ppg for FSU's 1972 NCAA Tournament runner-up. Contributed 7.6 ppg in 1970-71 and 8.2 ppg in 1972-73.|
|Bernie Pina||Rhode Island||5-6||Letterman from 1951-52 through 1953-54 averaged a career-high 8.5 ppg as a senior.|
|Tajuan Porter||Oregon||5-6||Career averages of 14.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg and 2.1 apg while shooting 87% from the free-throw line and 38.5% from beyond the arc from 2006-07 through 2009-10. Averaged 31 points in his first three games as a freshman, including 38 with 10 three-pointers against Portland State. Pacific-10 Conference MVP in 2007.|
|Shawnta Rogers||George Washington||5-4||Leading scorer for Atlantic 10 Conference Western Division champion in 1998-99 (20.7 ppg) when he was named the league's MVP while also topping the A10 in assists (6.8 apg) and steals (3.6 spg). Three-time all-league selection twice paced the conference in free-throw shooting.|
|Chuck Rolles||Cornell||5-6||Two-time All-Ivy League first-team selection averaged 23 ppg as a senior in 1955-56 after averaging 16 ppg as a junior.|
|Jim Ross||Washington State||5-7||Averaged 9.2 ppg and 2.8 rpg from 1956-57 thorugh 1958-59. Led the Cougars in free-throw percentage as a junior.|
|Gene Sosnick||Pacific||5-6||All-California Basketball Association first-team selection as a senior in 1952-53 when he averaged 17.6 ppg.|
|Javan Steadham||Delaware State||5-7||Averaged 8.1 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 2.1 apg as a sophomore in 1995-96 after contributing 4 ppg as a freshman. Averaged 9.7 ppg and team-high 4.8 apg in 1996-97.|
|Frank Sylvester||Bradley||5-4||Averaged 5.9 ppg from 1968-69 through 1970-71. Led the Braves in assists as a junior and senior.|
|Raymond Taylor||Florida Atlantic/Florida International||5-6||Averaged 11.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 4.8 apg and 1.4 for FAU from 2009-10 through 2011-12 before transferring to FIU.|
|Jim Thacker||Idaho||5-7||Two-time All-Big Sky Conference selection averaged team-high 16.7 ppg in 1967-68 and 14.6 ppg and 5.3 rpg in 1968-69.|
|Joe Tocci||Penn State||5-7||Averaged 7.5 ppg as senior co-captain in 1949-50 after contributing 6.3 ppg the previous season.|
|Monte Towe||North Carolina State||5-7||All-ACC first-team selection as a junior averaged 11.1 ppg and 4.1 apg from 1972-73 through 1974-75.|
|Benny Valentine||Eastern Washington||5-7||All-Big Sky Conference second-team selection as a junior in 2008-09 (team highs of 15.1 ppg, 3.1 apg, 1.5 spg and 55 three-pointers). Contributed 8.2 ppg and 2.7 apg the next season.|
|Spud Webb||North Carolina State||5-7||J.C. transfer averaged 10.4 ppg and 5.7 apg in 1983-84 and 1984-85. Led the ACC in assists as a junior (6 apg).|
|Willie Worsley||Texas Western||5-6||Averaged 8 ppg as a sophomore for the Miners' 1966 NCAA Tournament champion. Contributed 12.2 ppg in 1966-67 before sharing the backcourt with Tiny Archibald and scoring 14.4 ppg in 1967-68.|
When Florida International (coached by son Richard Pitino) played at Louisville (coached by father Rick Pitino), you knew the outcome in advance but it deserved acknowledgment if only because father-son coaching duels are rare events in NCAA annals. In fact, the only father-son tandem to oppose each other more than once at the NCAA Division I level were Ed Diddle Sr. (Western Kentucky) and Ed Diddle Jr. (Middle Tennessee State) when they were Ohio Valley Conference rivals.
The Diddle duo combined for 815 victories in their college coaching careers but eight other family combinations boast more triumphs. The Suttons (father Eddie and sons Scott and Sean) are atop this list and will cross the 1,100-win plateau this season.
Fathers know best insofar as dads won 15 of the first 17 family-feud games. Following is a chronological list of the first six coaching matchups involving fathers and sons of Division I schools (father listed first):
Ed Diddle Sr., Western Kentucky (11) vs.
Ed Diddle Jr., Middle Tennessee State (1)
Jan. 30, 1957 (Western Kentucky, 79-72)
March 2, 1957 (Western Kentucky, 86-82)
Jan. 23, 1958 (Western Kentucky, 69-67)
Feb. 18, 1958 (Middle Tennessee State, 81-75)
Jan. 19, 1959 (Western Kentucky, 89-65)
Feb. 28, 1959 (Western Kentucky, 110-85)
Feb. 6, 1960 (Western Kentucky, 109-89)
Feb. 27, 1960 (Western Kentucky, 109-80)
Dec. 1, 1960 (Western Kentucky, 70-67)
Feb. 27, 1961 (Western Kentucky, 84-73)
Jan. 20, 1962 (Western Kentucky, 89-69)
Feb. 13, 1962 (Western Kentucky, 87-81)
Ray Meyer, DePaul (1) vs.
Tom Meyer, Illinois-Chicago Circle (0)
Dec. 1, 1981 (DePaul, 78-53)
Butch van Breda Kolff, Hofstra (0) vs.
Jan van Breda Kolff, Cornell (1)
Jan. 12, 1993 (Cornell, 70-56)
Hugh Durham, Georgia (1) vs.
Doug Durham, Georgia Southern (0)
Nov. 28, 1994 (Georgia, 87-57)
Nolan Richardson Jr., Arkansas (1) vs.
Nolan Richardson III, Tennessee State (0)
Nov. 17, 2000 (Arkansas, 90-68)
Rick Pitino, Louisville (1) vs.
Richard Pitino, Florida International (0)
Dec. 19, 2012 (Louisville, 79-55)
NOTE: NAIA affiliate Quincy College (coached by father Sherrill Hanks) lost at Samford (coached by son Mike Hanks), 99-92 in overtime, on December 21, 1982.
Indiana's 88-86 overtime loss to Butler marked the first time since the 1993 Midwest Regional final (83-77 against Kansas) that the Hoosiers took a tumble as the nation's #1 team. IU coach Tom Crean was serving in a similar capacity for Marquette in 2003 when his squad knocked off #1 Kentucky in the Midwest Regional final (83-69).
Duke succeeded the Hoosiers atop the poll but Crean has a long way to go to match Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski's 25 defeats as the nation's #1 club. It might give ESPN's Jailin' Rose heartburn but Coach K's "Dynasty in Durham" has reached the top spot in 16 different campaigns since 1985-86, including seven straight seasons from 1997-98 through 2003-04. Duke has spent 1 1/2 times longer under Krzyzewski ranked #1 in the nation than unranked.
Butler is the first mid-major school to upend a top-ranked squad during the regular season since Rick Majerus-coached Utah nipped visiting Alabama, 51-49, in 2002-03. The previous mid-major to win away from home against a #1 team during the regular season was Temple in 1999-2000 when the Owls prevailed at Cincinnati, 77-69.
Butler is 4-1 vs. Indiana in their last five games played in Indy, beating Crean's three predecessors - Bob Knight (75-71 in 1993-94 after losing to Hoosiers by 42 points the previous season; IU went on to reach Sweet 16), Mike Davis (66-64 in 2001-02 before Hoosiers finished national runner-up) and Kelvin Sampson (60-55 in 2006-07 before IU beat Gonzaga in NCAA playoffs).
Overcoming a significant free-throw attempts disparity (38-16), Butler's victory also marked the 20th time a top-ranked team lost in overtime. There is a clear and present danger for pole sitters such as Indiana racing to the head of the pack. Following is a chronological look at the numerous times when nationally top-ranked teams were knocked off their lofty perch since AP national rankings were introduced in the late 1940s:
|Season||Date||Ranked No. 1||Score||Upsetting Team||Opponent's Coach|
|1948-49||1-20-49||St. Louis||29-27 in OT||at Oklahoma A&M||Hank Iba|
|1948-49||3-14-49||Kentucky||67-56||Loyola (Ill.) at New York in NIT quarterfinals||Tom Haggerty|
|1949-50||1-3-50||St. John's||54-52||CCNY at Madison Square Garden||Nat Holman|
|1949-50||3-4-50||Holy Cross||61-54||at Columbia||Gordon Ridings|
|1949-50||3-28-50||Bradley||71-68||CCNY at New York in NCAA Tournament final||Nat Holman|
|1950-51||12-29-50||Kentucky||43-42||St. Louis at New Orleans||Eddie Hickey|
|1950-51||1-11-51||Bradley||68-59||at St. John's||Frank McGuire|
|1950-51||1-20-51||Oklahoma A&M||44-40||at Oklahoma||Bruce Drake|
|1950-51||3-3-51||Kentucky||61-57||Vanderbilt at Louisville in SEC Tournament final||Bob Polk|
|1950-51||3-24-51||Oklahoma A&M||68-44||Kansas State at Kansas City in NCAA Tournament West Regional finals||Jack Gardner|
|1951-52||12-13-51||Kentucky||61-57||at Minnesota||Ozzie Cowles|
|1951-52||12-17-51||St. John's||81-40||at Kentucky||Adolph Rupp|
|1951-52||12-29-51||Kentucky||61-60||St. Louis at New Orleans||Eddie Hickey|
|1951-52||1-26-52||Illinois||69-65||at DePaul||Ray Meyer|
|1951-52||3-22-52||Kentucky||64-57||St. John's at Raleigh in NCAA Tournament East Regional finals||Frank McGuire|
|1952-53||12-23-52||Illinois||77-73||at Minnesota||Ozzie Cowles|
|1952-53||1-17-53||La Salle||68-62||at DePaul||Ray Meyer|
|1952-53||1-17-53||Kansas State||80-66||at Kansas||Phog Allen|
|1952-53||3-1-53||Seton Hall||71-65||at Dayton||Tom Blackburn|
|1952-53||3-2-53||Seton Hall||73-67||at Louisville||Peck Hickman|
|1952-53||3-7-53||Indiana||65-63||at Minnesota||Ozzie Cowles|
|1953-54||12-22-53||Indiana||67-51||Oregon State at Eugene, OR||Slats Gill|
|1953-54||2-13-54||Indiana||100-90 in OT||at Northwestern||Waldo Fisher|
|1953-54||2-26-54||Duquesne||66-52||at Cincinnati||George Smith|
|1953-54||2-27-54||Duquesne||64-54||at Dayton||Tom Blackburn|
|1953-54||3-12-54||Indiana||65-64||Notre Dame at Iowa City in NCAA Tournament East Regional semifinals||John Jordan|
|1954-55||12-18-54||La Salle||79-69||Utah||Jack Gardner|
|1954-55||1-8-55||Kentucky||59-58||Georgia Tech||Whack Hyder|
|1954-55||1-31-55||Kentucky||65-59||at Georgia Tech||Whack Hyder|
|1955-56||San Francisco went undefeated and was ranked #1 the entire season.|
|1956-57||1-14-57||Kansas||39-37||at Iowa State||Bill Strannigan|
|1957-58||12-21-57||North Carolina||75-64||West Virginia at Kentucky||Fred Schaus|
|1957-58||1-2-58||Kansas||52-50 in OT||Oklahoma State||Hank Iba|
|1957-58||1-27-58||West Virginia||72-68||at Duke||Harold Bradley|
|1957-58||2-3-58||Kansas||79-75 in 2OT||Kansas State||Tex Winter|
|1957-58||3-3-58||Kansas State||55-48||at Nebraska||Jerry Bush|
|1957-58||3-8-58||Kansas State||61-44||Kansas||Dick Harp|
|1957-58||3-11-58||West Virginia||89-84||Manhattan at New York in NCAA Tournament East Regional first round||Ken Norton|
|1958-59||12-30-58||Cincinnati||69-60||at North Carolina State||Everett Case|
|1958-59||1-6-59||Kentucky||75-66||at Vanderbilt||Bob Polk|
|1958-59||1-14-59||North Carolina State||72-68||North Carolina||Frank McGuire|
|1958-59||2-9-59||Kentucky||66-58||at Mississippi State||Babe McCarthy|
|1958-59||2-21-59||North Carolina||69-51||at Maryland||Bud Millikan|
|1958-59||3-14-59||Kansas State||85-75||Cincinnati at Kansas in NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional final||George Smith|
|1959-60||1-16-60||Cincinnati||91-90||at Bradley||Chuck Orsborn|
|1959-60||3-18-60||Cincinnati||77-69||California at San Francisco in NCAA Tournament national semifinals||Pete Newell|
|1959-60||3-19-60||California||75-55||Ohio State at San Francisco in NCAA Tournament final||Fred Taylor|
|1960-61||3-25-61||Ohio State||70-65||Cincinnati at Kansas City in NCAA Tournament final||Ed Jucker|
|1961-62||3-3-62||Ohio State||86-67||at Wisconsin||John Erickson|
|1961-62||3-24-62||Ohio State||71-59||Cincinnati at Louisville in NCAA Tournament final||Ed Jucker|
|1962-63||12-31-62||Kentucky||87-63||at St. Louis||John Benington|
|1962-63||1-5-63||Kentucky||86-85 in 2OT||Georgia Tech||Whack Hyder|
|1962-63||2-16-63||Cincinnati||65-64||at Wichita State||Ralph Miller|
|1962-63||3-23-63||Cincinnati||60-58||Loyola (Ill.) at Louisville in NCAA Tournament final||George Ireland|
|1963-64||12-27-63||Loyola (Ill.)||69-58||Georgetown at Philadelphia in Quaker City Tournament||Tom O'Keefe|
|1964-65||12-12-64||Michigan||74-73||at Nebraska||Joe Cipriano|
|1964-65||12-14-64||Wichita State||87-85||Michigan at Detroit||Dave Strack|
|1964-65||1-2-65||Michigan||75-74||at St. John's||Joe Lapchick|
|1964-65||1-29-65||UCLA||87-82||Iowa at Chicago||Ralph Miller|
|1964-65||3-8-65||Michigan||93-85||at Ohio State||Fred Taylor|
|1964-65||3-20-65||Michigan||91-80||UCLA at Portland in NCAA Tournament final||John Wooden|
|1965-66||12-10-65||UCLA||82-66||at Duke||Vic Bubas|
|1965-66||12-11-65||UCLA||94-75||Duke at Charlotte||Vic Bubas|
|1965-66||2-7-66||Duke||94-90||at West Virginia||Bucky Waters|
|1965-66||3-5-66||Kentucky||69-62||at Tennessee||Ray Mears|
|1965-66||3-19-66||Kentucky||72-65||Texas-El Paso at Maryland in NCAA Tournament final||Don Haskins|
|1966-67||UCLA went undefeated and was ranked #1 the entire season.|
|1967-68||1-20-68||UCLA||71-69||at Houston in Astrodome||Guy Lewis|
|1967-68||3-22-68||Houston||101-69||at UCLA in NCAA Tournament national semifinals||John Wooden|
|1967-68||3-23-68||Houston||89-85||Ohio State at Los Angeles in NCAA Tournament national third-place game||Fred Taylor|
|1968-69||3-8-69||UCLA||46-44||Southern California||Bob Boyd|
|1969-70||2-21-70||UCLA||78-65||at Oregon||Steve Belko|
|1969-70||3-6-70||UCLA||87-86||Southern California||Bob Boyd|
|1969-70||3-14-70||Kentucky||106-100||Jacksonville at Ohio State in NCAA Tournament Mideast Regional final||Joe Williams|
|1970-71||1-23-71||UCLA||89-82||at Notre Dame||Johnny Dee|
|1971-72||UCLA went undefeated and was ranked #1 the entire season.|
|1972-73||UCLA went undefeated and was ranked #1 the entire season.|
|1973-74||1-19-74||UCLA||71-70||at Notre Dame||Digger Phelps|
|1973-74||1-26-74||Notre Dame||94-75||at UCLA||John Wooden|
|1973-74||2-15-74||UCLA||61-57||at Oregon State||Ralph Miller|
|1973-74||2-16-74||UCLA||56-51||at Oregon||Dick Harter|
|1974-75||1-3-75||North Carolina State||83-78||Wake Forest at Greensboro in Big Four Tournament||Carl Tacy|
|1974-75||3-22-75||Indiana||92-90||Kentucky at Dayton in NCAA Tournament Mideast Regional final||Joe B. Hall|
|1975-76||Indiana went undefeated and was ranked #1 the entire season.|
|1976-77||12-29-76||Michigan||82-81 in 2OT||at Providence||Dave Gavitt|
|1976-77||3-5-77||San Francisco||93-82||at Notre Dame||Digger Phelps|
|1976-77||3-19-77||Michigan||75-68||UNC Charlotte at Kentucky in NCAA Tournament Mideast Regional final||Lee Rose|
|1977-78||1-23-78||Kentucky||78-62||at Alabama||C.M. Newton|
|1977-78||2-11-78||Kentucky||95-94 in OT||at Louisiana State||Dale Brown|
|1977-78||2-17-78||Arkansas||84-75||at Houston||Guy Lewis|
|1977-78||2-26-78||Marquette||65-59||at Notre Dame||Digger Phelps|
|1978-79||12-29-78||Duke||90-84 in OT||Ohio State at New York in ECAC Holiday Festival||Eldon Miller|
|1978-79||12-30-78||Duke||69-66||at St. John's in ECAC Holiday Festival||Lou Carnesecca|
|1978-79||1-13-79||Michigan State||52-50||at Purdue||Lee Rose|
|1978-79||1-27-79||Notre Dame||67-66||at Maryland||Lefty Driesell|
|1978-79||2-11-79||Notre Dame||56-52||UCLA||Gary Cunningham|
|1978-79||2-22-79||UCLA||69-68||at Washington||Marv Harshman|
|1978-79||3-26-79||Indiana State||75-64||Michigan State at Salt Lake City in NCAA Tournament final||Jud Heathcote|
|1979-80||12-15-79||Indiana||69-58||at Kentucky||Joe B. Hall|
|1979-80||1-9-80||Duke||87-82 in OT||at Clemson||Bill C. Foster|
|1979-80||2-27-80||DePaul||76-74||at Notre Dame||Digger Phelps|
|1979-80||3-9-80||DePaul||77-71||UCLA at Arizona State in NCAA Tournament West Regional second round||Larry Brown|
|1980-81||12-27-80||Kentucky||67-61||Notre Dame at Louisville||Digger Phelps|
|1980-81||1-10-81||DePaul||63-62||Old Dominion||Paul Webb|
|1980-81||2-22-81||Virginia||57-56||Notre Dame at Chicago||Digger Phelps|
|1980-81||3-7-81||Oregon State||87-67||Arizona State||Ned Wulk|
|1980-81||3-14-81||DePaul||49-48||St. Joseph's at Dayton in NCAA Tournament Mideast Regional second round||Jim Lynam|
|1981-82||1-21-82||North Carolina||55-48||Wake Forest||Carl Tacy|
|1981-82||2-27-82||Virginia||47-46||at Maryland||Lefty Driesell|
|1982-83||12-24-82||Virginia||77-72||at Chaminade (Hawaii)||Merv Lopes|
|1982-83||1-8-83||Indiana||70-67||at Ohio State||Eldon Miller|
|1982-83||1-10-83||Memphis State||69-56||at Virginia Tech||Charlie Moir|
|1982-83||2-13-83||North Carolina||56-53||Villanova||Rollie Massimino|
|1982-83||2-24-83||UNLV||86-78||at Cal State Fullerton||George McQuarn|
|1982-83||2-27-83||UNLV||87-78||at West Virginia||Gale Catlett|
|1982-83||4-4-83||Houston||54-52||North Carolina State at Albuquerque in NCAA Tournament final||Jim Valvano|
|1983-84||1-13-84||Kentucky||82-63||at Auburn||Sonny Smith|
|1983-84||1-17-84||Kentucky||69-57||at Florida||Norm Sloan|
|1983-84||2-12-84||North Carolina||65-64||at Arkansas (in Pine Bluff)||Eddie Sutton|
|1983-84||3-10-84||North Carolina||77-75||Duke at Greensboro in ACC Tournament semifinals||Mike Krzyzewski|
|1983-84||3-22-84||North Carolina||72-68||Indiana at Atlanta in NCAA Tournament East Regional semifinals||Bob Knight|
|1984-85||1-26-85||Georgetown||66-65||St. John's||Lou Carnesecca|
|1984-85||1-28-85||Georgetown||63-63||at Syracuse||Jim Boeheim|
|1984-85||2-27-85||St. John's||85-69||Georgetown||John Thompson Jr.|
|1984-85||4-1-85||Georgetown||66-64||Villanova at Kentucky in NCAA Tournament final||Rollie Massimino|
|1985-86||1-30-86||North Carolina||86-73||at Virginia||Terry Holland|
|1985-86||2-20-86||North Carolina||77-72 in OT||Maryland||Lefty Driesell|
|1985-86||2-23-86||North Carolina||76-65||at North Carolina State||Jim Valvano|
|1985-86||3-31-86||Duke||72-69||Louisville at Dallas in NCAA Tournament final||Denny Crum|
|1986-87||12-1-86||North Carolina||89-84||at UCLA||Walt Hazzard|
|1986-87||1-17-87||UNLV||89-88||at Oklahoma||Billy Tubbs|
|1986-87||1-24-87||Iowa||80-76||Ohio State||Gary Williams|
|1986-87||2-1-87||North Carolina||60-58||at Notre Dame||Digger Phelps|
|1986-87||3-28-87||UNLV||97-93||Indiana at New Orleans in NCAA Tournament national semifinals||Bob Knight|
|1987-88||12-5-87||North Carolina||78-76||at Vanderbilt||C.M. Newton|
|1987-88||1-2-88||Arizona||61-59||at New Mexico||Gary Colson|
|1987-88||3-26-88||Temple||63-53||Duke at East Rutherford, NJ, in NCAA Tournament East Regional final||Mike Krzyzewski|
|1988-89||1-18-89||Duke||91-71||North Carolina||Dean Smith|
|1988-89||1-21-89||Duke||75-71||at Wake Forest||Bob Staak|
|1988-89||1-26-89||Illinois||69-62||at Minnesota||Clem Haskins|
|1988-89||2-4-89||Oklahoma||77-73||at Oklahoma State||Leonard Hamilton|
|1988-89||2-12-89||Arizona||82-80||at Oklahoma||Billy Tubbs|
|1988-89||2-25-89||Oklahoma||97-84||at Missouri||Norm Stewart|
|1988-89||3-23-89||Arizona||68-67||UNLV at Boise, ID, in NCAA Tournament West Regional semifinals||Jerry Tarkanian|
|1989-90||1-20-90||Kansas||98-87||at Missouri||Norm Stewart|
|1989-90||2-8-90||Missouri||65-58||at Kansas State||Lon Kruger|
|1989-90||2-25-90||Missouri||107-90||at Oklahoma||Billy Tubbs|
|1989-90||2-27-90||Kansas||100-78||at Oklahoma||Billy Tubbs|
|1989-90||3-17-90||Oklahoma||79-77||North Carolina at Texas in NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional second round||Dean Smith|
|1990-91||3-30-91||UNLV||79-77||Duke at Indianapolis in NCAA Tournament national semifinals||Mike Krzyzewski|
|1991-92||2-5-92||Duke||75-73||at North Carolina||Dean Smith|
|1991-92||2-23-92||Duke||72-68||at Wake Forest||Dave Odom|
|1992-93||12-5-92||Michigan||79-68||at Duke||Mike Krzyzewski|
|1992-93||12-5-92||Indiana||74-69||Kansas at Indianapolis||Roy Williams|
|1992-93||1-10-93||Duke||80-79||at Georgia Tech||Bobby Cremins|
|1992-93||1-13-93||Kentucky||101-86||at Vanderbilt||Eddie Fogler|
|1992-93||1-25-93||Kansas||64-49||Long Beach State||Seth Greenberg|
|1992-93||2-23-93||Indiana||81-77 in OT||at Ohio State||Randy Ayers|
|1992-93||3-14-93||North Carolina||77-75||Georgia Tech at Charlotte in ACC Tournament final||Bobby Cremins|
|1992-93||3-27-93||Indiana||83-77||Kansas at St. Louis in NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional final||Roy Williams|
|1993-94||11-24-93||North Carolina||91-86 in OT||Massachusetts at New York||John Calipari|
|1993-94||12-4-93||Kentucky||96-84||Indiana at Indianapolis||Bob Knight|
|1993-94||1-8-94||Arkansas||66-64||at Alabama||David Hobbs|
|1993-94||1-12-94||North Carolina||89-69||at Georgia Tech||Bobby Cremins|
|1993-94||1-17-94||Kansas||68-64||Kansas State||Dana Altman|
|1993-94||1-30-94||UCLA||85-70||at California||Todd Bozeman|
|1993-94||2-3-94||Duke||89-78||at North Carolina||Dean Smith|
|1993-94||2-12-94||North Carolina||96-89||Georgia Tech||Bobby Cremins|
|1993-94||3-12-94||Arkansas||90-78||Kentucky at Memphis in SEC Tournament semifinals||Rick Pitino|
|1993-94||3-20-94||North Carolina||75-72||Boston College at Landover, MD, in NCAA Tournament East Regional second round||Jim O'Brien|
|1994-95||11-25-94||Arkansas||104-80||Massachusetts at Springfield, MA, in Tip-Off Classic||John Calipari|
|1994-95||12-3-94||Massachusetts||81-75||Kansas at Anaheim||Roy Williams|
|1994-95||1-4-95||North Carolina||80-70||at North Carolina State||Les Robinson|
|1994-95||2-4-95||Massachusetts||78-75||at George Washington||Mike Jarvis|
|1994-95||2-7-95||North Carolina||86-73||at Maryland||Gary Williams|
|1994-95||2-20-95||Kansas||76-73||at Oklahoma||Kelvin Sampson|
|1995-96||11-28-95||Kentucky||92-82||Massachusetts at Auburn Hills, MI||John Calipari|
|1995-96||12-22-95||Kansas||74-66 in OT||Temple at East Rutherford, NJ||John Chaney|
|1995-96||2-24-96||Massachusetts||86-76||George Washington||Mike Jarvis|
|1995-96||3-10-96||Kentucky||84-73||Mississippi State at New Orleans in SEC Tournament final||Richard Williams|
|1995-96||3-30-96||Massachusetts||81-74||Kentucky at East Rutherford, NJ, in NCAA Tournament national semifinals||Rick Pitino|
|1996-97||2-4-97||Kansas||96-94 in 2OT||at Missouri||Norm Stewart|
|1996-97||3-21-97||Kansas||85-82||Arizona at Birmingham, AL, in NCAA Tournament Southeast Regional semifinals||Lute Olson|
|1997-98||11-26-97||Arizona||95-87||Duke at Hawaii in Maui Invitational||Mike Krzyzewski|
|1997-98||12-13-97||Duke||81-73||at Michigan||Brian Ellerbe|
|1997-98||1-14-98||North Carolina||89-83 in OT||at Maryland||Gary Williams|
|1997-98||2-5-98||Duke||97-73||at North Carolina||Bill Guthridge|
|1997-98||2-21-98||North Carolina||86-72||North Carolina State||Herb Sendek|
|1997-98||3-8-98||Duke||83-68||North Carolina at Greensboro in ACC Tournament final||Bill Guthridge|
|1997-98||3-28-98||North Carolina||65-59||Utah at San Antonio in NCAA Tournament national semifinals||Rick Majerus|
|1998-99||11-28-98||Duke||77-75||Cincinnati at Anchorage in Great Alaska Shootout final||Bob Huggins|
|1998-99||3-29-99||Duke||77-74||Connecticut at St. Petersburg in NCAA Tournament final||Jim Calhoun|
|1999-2000||11-11-99||Connecticut||70-68||Iowa at New York||Steve Alford|
|1999-2000||12-18-99||Cincinnati||66-64||at Xavier||Skip Prosser|
|1999-2000||3-4-00||Stanford||94-93 in OT||UCLA||Steve Lavin|
|1999-2000||3-9-00||Cincinnati||68-58||Saint Louis at Memphis in C-USA Tournament quarterfinals||Lorenzo Romar|
|1999-2000||3-24-00||Duke||87-78||Florida at Syracuse in NCAA Tournament East Regional semifinals||Billy Donovan|
|2000-01||11-25-00||Arizona||72-69||Purdue at Indianapolis||Gene Keady|
|2000-01||12-21-00||Duke||84-83||Stanford at Oakland||Mike Montgomery|
|2000-01||1-7-01||Michigan State||59-58||at Indiana||Mike Davis|
|2000-01||2-18-01||North Carolina||75-65||at Clemson||Larry Shyatt|
|2000-01||3-24-01||Stanford||87-73||Maryland at Anaheim in NCAA Tournament West Regional final||Gary Williams|
|2001-02||1-6-02||Duke||77-76||at Florida State||Steve Robinson|
|2001-02||1-12-02||Kansas||87-77||at UCLA||Steve Lavin|
|2001-02||2-17-02||Duke||87-73||at Maryland||Gary Williams|
|2001-02||3-10-02||Kansas||64-55||Oklahoma at Kansas City in Big 12 Conference Tournament final||Kelvin Sampson|
|2001-02||3-21-02||Duke||74-73||Indiana at Kentucky in NCAA Tournament South Regional semifinals||Mike Davis|
|2002-03||12-21-02||Arizona||66-65||at Louisiana State||John Brady|
|2002-03||12-30-02||Alabama||51-49||at Utah||Rick Majerus|
|2002-03||1-18-03||Duke||87-72||at Maryland||Gary Williams|
|2002-03||2-4-03||Florida||70-55||at Kentucky||Tubby Smith|
|2002-03||3-13-03||Arizona||96-89 in OT||UCLA at Los Angeles in Pacific-10 Tournament quarterfinals||Steve Lavin|
|2002-03||3-29-03||Kentucky||83-69||Marquette at Minneapolis in NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional final||Tom Crean|
|2003-04||11-26-03||Connecticut||77-61||Georgia Tech at New York||Paul Hewitt|
|2003-04||12-6-03||Kansas||64-58||Stanford at Anaheim||Mike Montgomery|
|2003-04||12-10-03||Florida||69-68 in OT||Maryland||Gary Williams|
|2003-04||12-13-03||Florida||73-65||at Louisville||Rick Pitino|
|2003-04||1-17-04||Connecticut||86-83||at North Carolina||Roy Williams|
|2003-04||2-15-04||Duke||78-74||at North Carolina State||Herb Sendek|
|2003-04||3-6-04||Stanford||75-62||at Washington||Lorenzo Romar|
|2003-04||3-11-04||St. Joseph's||87-67||Xavier at Dayton in Atlantic 10 Tournament quarterfinals||Thad Matta|
|2003-04||3-20-04||Stanford||70-67||Alabama at Seattle in NCAA Tournament West Regional second round||Mark Gottfried|
|2004-05||12-1-04||Wake Forest||91-73||at Illinois||Bruce Weber|
|2004-05||4-4-05||Illinois||75-70||North Carolina at St. Louis in NCAA Tournament final||Roy Williams|
|2005-06||1-21-06||Duke||87-84||at Georgetown||John Thompson III|
|2005-06||2-13-06||Connecticut||69-64||at Villanova||Jay Wright|
|2005-06||3-1-06||Duke||79-74||at Florida State||Leonard Hamilton|
|2005-06||3-4-06||Duke||83-76||North Carolina||Roy Williams|
|2005-06||3-9-06||Connecticut||86-84 in OT||Syracuse in Big East Conference Tournament quarterfinals||Jim Boeheim|
|2006-07||11-26-06||Florida||82-80 in OT||Kansas at Las Vegas||Bill Self|
|2006-07||1-6-07||UCLA||68-66||at Oregon||Ernie Kent|
|2006-07||1-13-07||North Carolina||94-88||at Virginia Tech||Seth Greenberg|
|2006-07||2-17-07||Florida||83-70||at Vanderbilt||Kevin Stallings|
|2006-07||2-20-07||Wisconsin||64-55||at Michigan State||Tom Izzo|
|2006-07||2-25-07||Wisconsin||49-48||at Ohio State||Thad Matta|
|2006-07||4-2-07||Ohio State||84-75||Florida at Atlanta in NCAA Tournament final||Billy Donovan|
|2007-08||1-19-08||North Carolina||82-80||Maryland||Gary Williams|
|2007-08||2-26-08||Tennessee||72-69||at Vanderbilt||Kevin Stallings|
|2007-08||4-5-08||North Carolina||84-66||Kansas at San Antonio in NCAA Tournament national semifinals||Bill Self|
|2008-09||1-4-09||North Carolina||85-78||Boston College||Al Skinner|
|2008-09||1-17-09||Pittsburgh||69-63||at Louisville||Rick Pitino|
|2008-09||1-21-09||Wake Forest||78-71||Virginia Tech||Seth Greenberg|
|2008-09||1-28-09||Duke||70-68||at Wake Forest||Dino Gaudio|
|2008-09||2-24-09||Pittsburgh||81-73||at Providence||Keno Davis|
|2008-09||3-7-09||Connecticut||70-60||at Pittsburgh||Jamie Dixon|
|2008-09||3-14-09||North Carolina||73-70||Florida State at Atlanta in ACC Tournament semifinals||Leonard Hamilton|
|2008-09||3-29-09||Louisville||64-52||Michigan State at Indianapolis in NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional final||Tom Izzo|
|2009-10||1-10-10||Kansas||76-68||at Tennessee||Bruce Pearl|
|2009-10||1-18-10||Texas||71-62||at Kansas State||Frank Martin|
|2009-10||1-26-10||Kentucky||68-62||at South Carolina||Darrin Horn|
|2009-10||2-27-10||Kansas||85-77||at Oklahoma State||Travis Ford|
|2009-10||3-6-10||Syracuse||78-68||at Louisville||Rick Pitino|
|2010-11||1-12-11||Duke||66-61||at Florida State||Leonard Hamilton|
|2010-11||2-12-11||Ohio State||71-67||at Wisconsin||Bo Ryan|
|2010-11||2-14-11||Kansas||84-68||at Kansas State||Frank Martin|
|2010-11||2-26-11||Duke||64-60||at Virginia Tech||Seth Greenberg|
|2010-11||3-25-11||Ohio State||62-60||Kentucky at Newark, NJ, in NCAA Tournament East Regional semifinals||John Calipari|
|2011-12||11-26-11||North Carolina||90-80||at UNLV||Dave Rice|
|2011-12||12-10-11||Kentucky||73-72||at Indiana||Tom Crean|
|2011-12||1-21-12||Syracuse||67-58||at Notre Dame||Mike Brey|
|2012-13||12-15-12||Indiana||88-86 in OT||Butler on neutral court in Indianapolis||Brad Stevens|
Jim Boeheim became only the third major-college men's coach to reach the 900-win plateau (second if you don't count Bob Knight's three forfeit victories in Big Ten Conference competition). The most illuminating item about Boeheim after passing Adolph Rupp (Kentucky) last season to rank fourth among the nation's all-time winningest coaches is that the bespectacled "Baron of Upstate New York" has a stunning streak of nothing but winning records in 36 seasons with Syracuse. His worst worksheet was 16-13 in 1981-82 when the NIT-bound Orange dropped four of its last five outings.
Rupp never had a losing record in 41 campaigns but did post one breakeven mark with UK (13-13 in 1966-67). When assessing this topic, keep in mind the following mentors among the all-time biggest winners each had multiple non-winning seasons: Phog Allen (four non-winning records), Jim Calhoun (six), Lefty Driesell (four), Lou Henson (eight), Hank Iba (eight), Bob Knight (two), Mike Krzyzewski (four), Lute Olson (three), Dean Smith (two) and Eddie Sutton (two).
Has any bench boss come close to Boeheim in getting the most out of an underappreciated cast of players? On seven occasions, he has guided the Orange to the Top 20 in a final AP poll after they were not ranked that high in the preseason. Boeheim achieved the feat in his initial campaign (1976-77) and six times thereafter - 1983-84, 1995-96, 2000-01, 2002-03, 2008-09 and 2009-10.
No coach, active or retired, is anywhere close to Boeheim in total victories coaching his alma mater. Boeheim doesn't generate the headlines of other elite mentors as a tactician titan. But he entered this season with the best record among active coaches in close contests (196-118 mark in games decided by fewer than six points, 62.4%). He is atop the following list of five major-college coaches in history with winning marks every year in college careers spanning more than 20 years.
Coach Seasons Closest to Non-Winning Record Jim Boeheim 36 16-13 (Syracuse in 1981-82) *Jerry Tarkanian 31 16-12 (UNLV in 1980-81) and 19-15 (Fresno State in 2001-02) John Wooden 29 14-12 (UCLA in 1959-60) Lou Carnesecca 24 17-12 (St. John's in 1987-88) Peck Hickman 23 13-12 (Louisville in 1957-58)
*Tarkanian also compiled seven more winning records in as many seasons for two community colleges in California, where he won five consecutive state championships after notching a 14-13 mark in 1961-62 at Riverside City College to begin his coaching odyssey.
Do we need an Amber Alert for Adrian Dantley, Tom Gola, Jim McDaniels, Cazzie Russell, etc., etc., etc.? How could anyone forget the footprint (size-22) Bob Lanier left on the game? The NCAA, exhibiting all the expertise of voters claiming they can't provide identification, unveiled some stunning error-prone lists of top NCAA Tournament moments, players and teams over the last 75 years. Were relatives of Shelvin Mack and Keith Smart on the nominating panel for such amateurish choices? The NCAA, apparently incapable of discerning what comprises a "moment" rather than an entire game, should go back to focusing on vital task of shedding Indian nicknames from as many schools as possible.
An NCAA probe needs to be conducted regarding who spiked the beverage at the governing body's Christimas party (holiday gathering for the pc crowd). The most glaring omission among impact players failing to receive a "present" is Bob Pettit, who averaged 30.5 points in six outings with LSU in 1953 and 1954. Pettit is perhaps the most consistent big scorer in NCAA playoff annals with a single-digit differential between his high game (36 points) and low contest (27). Pettit is shunned in favor of a well-known player such as Clyde Drexler, who scored more than 17 points in only one of 11 NCAA playoff games for Houston from 1981 through 1983.
Prior to the state of Pennsylvania filing an antitrust lawsuit over harsh sanctions, NCAA president Mark Emmert ran off like a scared rabbit when Penn State Hall of Famer Franco Harris confronted him about the Nittany Lion penalties for a football documentary. Emmert and his NCAA staff also need to find a hiding place for some of their views regarding the history of the NCAA basketball tourney.
For instance, it is delusional for the NCAA to shun numerous luminaries in favor of Tom Thacker, a nice versatile player for Cincinnati teams participating in three consecutive NCAA championship contests. But Thacker committed a toxic total of 13 turnovers (with only four assists) in two Final Four games in 1963 after scoring only two points in 1962 national semifinals and shooting a paltry 8-of-28 from the floor at 1961 Final Four. If you seek a mite higher level of authoritative perspective on the most magical moments and premier players in playoff history, check out the following links:
"It would be hard to pick a team over the 1968 team," Wooden said. "I will say it would be the most difficult team to prepare for and play against offensively and defensively. It created so many problems. It had such great balance.
"We had the big center (Lew Alcindor before he changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), who is the most valuable player of all time. Mike Warren was a three-year starter who may have been the most intelligent floor leader ever, going eight complete games once without a turnover. Lucius Allen was a very physical, talented individual who was extremely quick. Lynn Shackleford was a great shooter out of the corner who didn't allow defenses to sag on Jabbar. Mike Lynn didn't have power, but he had as fine a pair of hands around the boards as I have ever seen."
The roster for UCLA's 1968 national champion included six players with double-digit season scoring averages, but senior forward Edgar Lacey dropped off the team with an 11.9-point average following a dispute with Wooden after a highly-publicized mid-season defeat against Houston before 52,693 fans at the Astrodome. Lacey, assigned to defend Cougars star Elvin Hayes early in the game, was annoyed with Wooden for singling him out following Hayes' 29-point first-half outburst. Lacey, the leading rebounder for the Bruins' 1965 NCAA titlist when he was an All-Tournament team selection, missed the 1966-67 campaign because of a fractured left kneecap. Houston, entering the tourney undefeated, lost in the national semifinals against UCLA (101-69) when Hayes, averaging 37.6 points per game entering the Final Four, was restricted to 10 as the Bruins neutralized him by employing a "diamond-and-one" defense with Lynn Shackelford assigned to cover Hayes.
Any lineup blessed with Alcindor's inside artistry will be one of the greatest. The following all-time Top 20 team rankings assembled by CollegeHoopedia.com claim UCLA supplied five of the six best squads in history:
1. UCLA '68 (29-1 record)
Coach: John Wooden (20th of 27 seasons with Bruins).
Key Players: C Lew Alcindor (26.2 ppg, 16.5 rpg, 61.3 FG%); G Lucius Allen (15.1 ppg, 6 rpg); G Mike Warren (12.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg); F Lynn Shackelford (10.7 ppg, 5 rpg, 84.8 FT%); F Mike Lynn (10.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg); G Ken Heitz (5.3 ppg); F Jim Nielsen (4.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg); G Bill Sweek (3.6 ppg).
Only Defeat: At Houston (2-point margin).
Summary: UCLA almost lost its season opener on the road when Purdue, Wooden's alma mater, opened its new arena. But the Bruins "Sweeked" past the Boilermakers, 73-71, on backup guard Bill Sweek's 24-footer in the closing seconds after future All-American guard Rick Mount missed the front end of a one-and-one free-throw opportunity.
2. UCLA '67 (30-0)
Coach: John Wooden (19th of 27 seasons with Bruins).
Key Players: C Lew Alcindor (29 ppg, 15.5 rpg, 66.7 FG%); G Lucius Allen (15.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg); G Mike Warren (12.7 ppg, 4.5 rpg); F Lynn Shackelford (11.4 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 82.1 FT%); F-G Ken Heitz (6.1 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 50.6 FG%); G Bill Sweek (4.7 ppg, 2.8 rpg); F-C Jim Nielsen (4.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 51.9 FG%); G Don Saffer (2.9 ppg).
Summary: Lew Alcindor scored 56 points in his varsity debut against Southern California. Alcindor's opening-game outburst was topped just once all season--by his school-record 61 against Washington State. He finished his sophomore season ranked among the top seven in the country in field-goal shooting (first at 66.7%), scoring (second at 29 points per game) and rebounding (seventh at 15.5 per game). His scoring average is still the highest in Pac-12 Conference history. The Bruins, starting four sophomores and one junior, won the national championship by a record average of 23.75 points. They won 26 of their 30 games by at least 15 points with the only contest in doubt being a 40-35 overtime triumph at Southern California in mid-season.
3. UCLA '69 (29-1)
Coach: John Wooden (21st of 27 seasons with Bruins).
Key Players: C Lew Alcindor (24 ppg, 14.7 rpg, 63.5 FG%); F Curtis Rowe (12.9 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 50.2 FG%); G John Vallely (11 ppg, 3.3 rpg); F Sidney Wicks (7.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg); F Lynn Shackelford (7 ppg, 4 rpg); G Ken Heitz (6.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg); G Bill Sweek (6.3 ppg, 50.6 FG%); C Steve Patterson (5 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 52.7 FG%).
Only Defeat: At Southern California (2).
Summary: Southern California ended UCLA's 41-game winning streak, 46-44. It was one of only two defeats for the Bruins during Lew Alcindor's three-year varsity career with both of the setbacks by two points. Alcindor, climaxing a streak when he became the only individual to earn three consecutive Final Four Most Outstanding Player awards, collected 37 points and 20 rebounds in his final college game, a victory against Purdue (92-72).
4. UCLA '72 (30-0)
Coach: John Wooden (24th of 27 seasons with Bruins).
Key Players: C Bill Walton (21.1 ppg, 15.5 rpg, 64 FG%); G Henry Bibby (15.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 80.6 FT%); F Keith Wilkes (13.5 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 53.1 FG%); F Larry Farmer (10.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg); G Greg Lee (8.7 ppg, 82.4 FT%); F Larry Hollyfield (7.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 51.4 FG%); C Swen Nater (6.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 53.5 FG%); G Tommy Curtis (4.1 ppg); G Andy Hill (2.7 ppg); F Vince Carson (2.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg).
Summary: UCLA won the national championship by an average of 18 points. Although the Bill Walton-led Bruins trailed Florida State by a season-high seven points in the first half and the final margin of the championship game was just five (81-76), the outcome never seemed in doubt. Excluding a six-point triumph at Oregon State, they won every other game by at least 13 points. Walton joined Oscar Robertson (Cincinnati '58) as the only players in history to be named national player of the year in their first season of varsity competition. UCLA set an NCAA single-season record for highest average scoring margin (30.3). Incredibly, the Bruins' average halftime margin (17.4) was greater than any other team over an entire game excluding North Carolina's 17.7.
5. Indiana '76 (32-0)
Coach: Bob Knight (5th of 29 seasons with Hoosiers).
Key Players: F Scott May (23.5 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 52.7 FG%); C Kent Benson (17.3 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 57.8 FG%); F Tom Abernethy (10 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 56.1 FG%); G Quinn Buckner (8.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2 spg); G-F Bobby Wilkerson (7.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 5.3 apg); G Wayne Radford (4.7 ppg, 56.3 FG%); G Jim Crews (3.3 ppg, 85.7 FT%); G Jim Wisman (2.5 ppg); F Rich Valavicius (2.4 ppg).
Summary: Indiana tied North Carolina '57 for the all-time record for victories by an undefeated team (32-0). The Hoosiers' schedule was one of the most difficult of any NCAA kingpin. In 14 games outside the rigorous Big Ten, their opponents combined to win more than three-fourths of their games excluding the contests with Indiana. IU's Scott May and Kent Benson combined for 40.8 points and 16.5 rebounds per game for team winning national championship by an average of 13.2 points. The Hoosiers kept a perfect record intact despite trailing in the second half of three of their five tournament games, including Mideast Regional contests against Alabama and Marquette accounting for two of the 11 contests they won by single-digit margins. The closest result was a two- point triumph at Ohio State in their Big Ten Conference opener.
6. UCLA '73 (30-0)
Coach: John Wooden (25th of 27 seasons with Bruins).
Key Players: C Bill Walton (20.4 ppg, 16.9 rpg, 5.6 apg, 65 FG%); F Keith Wilkes (14.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 52.5 FG%); F Larry Farmer (12.2 ppg, 5 rpg, 51.1 FG%); G Larry Hollyfield (10.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg); G Tommy Curtis (6.4 ppg, 51.2 FG%); F Dave Meyers (4.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg); G Greg Lee (4.6 ppg); C Swen Nater (3.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg); G-F Pete Trgovich (3.1 ppg).
Summary: UCLA, spearheaded by center Bill Walton, became the first major college in history to compile back-to-back perfect-record seasons. "Walton might have been a better all-around player (than Lew Alcindor)," Wooden said. "If you were grading a player for every fundamental skill, Walton would rank the highest of any center who ever played." UCLA won the national championship by an average of 16 points. Walton, aided by Greg Lee's tourney-high 14 assists, erupted for a championship game-record 44 points in an 87-66 triumph over Memphis State in the final. It was UCLA's fifth title-game victory in seven years over a Final Four newcomer. Walton had been outscored by fellow center Steve Downing, 26-14, in a 70-59 victory against Indiana in the national semifinals. The Bruins won 26 of their 30 games by a double-digit margin with the closest results being six-point victories against league rivals Oregon State and Stanford.
7. North Carolina State '74 (30-1)
Coach: Norman Sloan (8th of 14 seasons with Wolfpack).
Key Players: F David Thompson (26 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 54.7 FG%); C Tom Burleson (18.1 ppg, 12.2 rpg, 51.6 FG%); G Monte Towe (12.8 ppg, 51.7 FG%, 3.8 apg, 81.1 FT%); G Moe Rivers (12.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg); F Phil Spence (6 ppg, 6.3 rpg); F Tim Stoddard (5.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg); F Steve Nuce (4.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg); F Greg Hawkins (2.8 ppg); G Mark Moeller (2.7 ppg, 91.3 FT%).
Only Defeat: UCLA at St. Louis (18).
Summary: North Carolina State, unbeaten in 27 games the previous season when it was ineligible to participate in the national tournament because of an NCAA probation, defeated Marquette in the championship game (76-64). The final in N.C. State's home state at Greensboro was anticlimatic after the Wolfpack avenged an 18-point loss to UCLA earlier in the season on a neutral court (St. Louis) by ending the Bruins' 38-game playoff winning streak (80-77 in double overtime). N.C. State erased an 11-point deficit midway through the second half and a seven-point deficit in the second extra session behind David Thompson's 28 points and 10 rebounds to halt UCLA's string of seven consecutive NCAA championships. Thompson became the only undergraduate non-center to average more than 23 points per game for a national champion (26 ppg). N.C. State traveled a thorny path during the season to the NCAA title, defeating nine teams that, at the time, were ranked among the nation's top five.
8. Indiana '75 (31-1)
Coach: Bob Knight (4th of 29 seasons with Hoosiers).
Key Players: F Steve Green (16.6 ppg, 58.2 FG%); F Scott May (16.3 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 51 FG%); C Kent Benson (15 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 54.1 FG%); G Quinn Buckner (11.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg); F Tom Abernethy (4.2 ppg, 3 rpg, 52.6 FG%).
Only Defeat: Kentucky in Mideast Regional final (2).
Summary: Indiana's Bob Knight had one of the all-time greatest coaching staffs. His four assistants all eventually became head coaches for at least two different major colleges - Dave Bliss, Bob Donewald, Mike Krzyzewski and Bob Weltlich. The Hoosiers, undefeated entering the tourney (29-0), lost the Mideast Regional final against Kentucky (92-90) despite Kent Benson's 33 points and tourney-high 23 rebounds. Knight said he made a mistake by playing an offensive player (John Laskowski) substantially more minutes (33 to 3) than defensive standout Tom Abernethy. Kentucky guards Jimmy Dan Conner and Mike Flynn combined to outscore Indiana counterparts Quinn Buckner and Bobby Wilkerson, 39-22. It was IU's only setback in a 68-game stretch from March 15, 1974, until December 1, 1976.
9. Georgetown '84 (34-3)
Coach: John Thompson (12th of 27 seasons with Hoyas).
Key Players: C Patrick Ewing (16.4 ppg, 10 rpg, 3.6 bpg, 65.8 FG%); G-F David Wingate (11.2 ppg, 3.6 rpg); G Michael Jackson (10.1 ppg, 4.4 apg, 50.9 FG%); G-F Reggie Williams (9.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg); F Bill Martin (8.9 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 50.9 FG%); F Michael Graham (4.9 ppg, 4 rpg, 56.1 FG%); G Horace Broadnax (4.8 ppg, 85.3 FG%); G Gene Smith (3.7 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.9 spg, 51.1 FG%); G Fred Brown (3.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg); C-F Ralph Dalton (2.8 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 56.9 FG%).
Only Defeats: At DePaul (2), Villanova (2 in 2OT), and St. John's (4).
Summary: Georgetown became the first Eastern school in 30 years to win an NCAA title. Ewing, the Hoyas' leading scorer on the season, tied the all-time low scoring total for a Final Four Most Outstanding Player with 18 points in two games (fifth on the team), but he was the key component in Georgetown's suffocating defense. The Hoyas led the nation in field-goal percentage defense (39.5 percent) and exhibited their tenacity in the national semifinals when they harassed Kentucky into shooting a dismal 9.1 percent in the second half (3 of 33) en route to a 53-40 victory. Georgetown's Michael Jackson, a 6-1 guard averaging 1.4 rebounds per game entering the Final Four, retrieved 10 missed shots against Kentucky's formidable frontline to help the Hoyas overcome a seven-point halftime deficit in the national semifinals.
10. North Carolina '82 (32-2)
Coach: Dean Smith (21st of 36 seasons with Tar Heels).
Key Players: F James Worthy (15.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 57.3 FG%); C Sam Perkins (14.3 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.7 bpg, 57.8 FG%); G Michael Jordan (13.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 53.4 FG%); F Matt Doherty (9.3 ppg, 3 rpg, 51.9 FG%); G Jimmy Black (7.6 ppg, 6.3 apg, 1.7 spg, 51.3 FG%); G Jim Braddock (1.9 ppg, 83.3 FT%); F Chris Brust (1.7 ppg, 62.2 FG%); G Buzz Peterson (1.2 ppg).
Only Defeats: Wake Forest (7) and at Virginia (16).
Summary: Freshman guard Michael Jordan swished a 16-foot jumper from the left side with 16 seconds remaining to provide the title contest's final points as North Carolina edged Georgetown, 63-62. Georgetown guard Fred Brown's errant pass directly to Tar Heels forward James Worthy prevented the Hoyas from attempting a potential game-winning shot in the closing seconds. Worthy, the Final Four Most Outstanding Player, hit 20 of 27 field-goal attempts in two Final Four games. He scored a career-high 28 points in the championship game. Jordan's heroics came after an inauspicious playoff debut when he collected six points, one rebound, no assists and no steals in 37 minutes of a 52-50 opening-round victory against James Madison in the East Regional.
11. Kentucky '54 (25-0)
Coach: Adolph Rupp (23rd of 41 seasons with Wildcats).
Key Players: F-C Cliff Hagan (24 ppg, 13.5 rpg); G Frank Ramsey (19.6 ppg, 8.8 rpg); F Lou Tsioropoulos (14.5 ppg, 9.6 rpg); F-G Billy Evans (8.4 ppg, 7.2 rpg); G Gayle Rose (6.7 ppg); F-C Phil Grawemeyer (5.9 ppg, 6.1 rpg); G Linville Puckett (5.1 ppg, 2.2 rpg).
Summary: After a one-year schedule boycott, UK's undefeated squad (25-0) declined a bid to the NCAA playoffs because its three fifth-year (postgraduate) stars - Cliff Hagan, Frank Ramsey and Lou Tsioropoulos - were ineligible. The Wildcats defeated national champion-to-be La Salle by 13 points in the UK Invitation Tournament final on their way to being ranked 1st by AP and 2nd by UPI. They had just two games tighter than a 12-point decision (77-71 over Xavier and 63-56 over LSU). Sandwiched between those two contests were 16 victories by an average margin of 33.7 points. Kentucky, coached by Adolph Rupp, finished among the top 10 in team offense and won at least 25 games for the eighth consecutive season in which it participated (barred from playing in 1952-53 as the result of an NCAA ruling regarding improper payments to players). Hagan and Ramsey combined for 43.6 points per game and either one or both of them led the Wildcats in scoring in each of their 25 contests.
12. UNLV '91 (34-1)
Coach: Jerry Tarkanian (18th of 19 seasons with Rebels).
Key Players: F Larry Johnson (22.7 ppg, 10.9 rpg, 3 apg, 2.1 spg, 66.2 FG%, 81.8 FT%); G Anderson Hunt (17.2 ppg, 2.9 apg, 39.9 3FG%); F Stacey Augmon (16.5 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 3.6 apg, 2.2 spg, 58.7 FG%); G Greg Anthony (11.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 8.9 apg, 2.4 spg, 39.5 3FG%); C George Ackles (8.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.2 bpg, 53.9 FG%); F Evric Gray (6.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 42.9 3FG%); C Elmore Spencer (6.4 ppg, 4 rpg, 2.5 bpg, 52.2 FG%).
Only Defeat: Duke in NCAA Tournament national semifinals (2).
Summary: Defending champion UNLV, the first team to enter the NCAA Tournament undefeated since Indiana State in 1979, was upset by Duke in the national semifinals. Still, the Rebels will go down as one of the greatest teams in history if only because they're the only squad to have at least four teammates score a minimum of 1,500 points - Stacey Augmon (2,011), Greg Anthony (1,738), Anderson Hunt (1,632) and Larry Johnson (1,617). They accounted for four of the six-man All-Big West Conference first-team picks.
13. San Francisco '56 (29-0)
Coach: Phil Woolpert (6th of nine seasons with Dons).
Key Players: C Bill Russell (20.6 ppg, 21 rpg, 51.3 FG%); G K.C. Jones (9.8 ppg, 5.2 rpg); G Hal Perry (9.1 ppg, 2 rpg); F Carl Boldt (8.6 ppg, 5 rpg); F Mike Farmer (8.4 ppg, 7.8 rpg); G Gene Brown (7.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg); F Mike Preaseau (4.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg); G Warren Baxter (2.2 ppg).
Summary: USF won the national championship by an average of 14 points after winning all but two of its regular-season games by double-digit margins. Bill Russell became the only player to grab more than 41 rebounds at a Final Four (50) and more than 21 in a championship game (Final Four-record 27 against Iowa). K.C. Jones was ineligible for the playoffs because he had played one game two years earlier before an appendectomy ended his season, but USF still became the first undefeated champion in NCAA history (29-0/coached by Phil Woolpert).
14. Ohio State '60 (25-3)
Coach: Fred Taylor (2nd of 18 seasons with Buckeyes).
Key Players: C Jerry Lucas (26.3 ppg, 16.4 rpg, 63.7 FG%); G Larry Siegfried (13.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg); G Mel Nowell (13.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg); F John Havlicek (12.2 ppg, 7.3 rpg); F Joe Roberts (11 ppg, 6.9 rpg); F Richard Furry (5.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg); F-G Bob Knight (3.7 ppg, 2 rpg); C Howard Nourse (3.1 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 51.1 FG%); G Gary Gearhart (2.6 ppg); G Richie Hoyt (2.5 ppg).
Only Defeats: At Utah (5), at Kentucky (3), and at Indiana (16).
Summary: Sophomore Jerry Lucas had the largest-ever margin over the national runner-up in field-goal shooting. Lucas hit 63.7% of his shots compared to 57.6% for Cincinnati's Paul Hogue. The Buckeyes became the only NCAA titlist to win all of their tournament games by more than 15 points. Lucas and OSU's four other starters - sophomores John Havlicek and Mel Nowell, senior Joe Roberts and junior Larry Siegfried - were all high school centers. They each scored in double figures in the NCAA final before eventually playing at least two seasons in the NBA or ABA or both.
15. Duke '92 (34-2)
Coach: Mike Krzyzewski (12th of first 33 seasons with Blue Devils).
Key Players: C Christian Laettner (21.5 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 2.1 spg, 57.5 FG%, 81.5 FT%, 55.7 3FG%); G Thomas Hill (14.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 53.4 FG%, 40.7 3FG%); F-G Grant Hill (14 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 4.1 apg, 61.1 FG%); G Bobby Hurley (13.2 ppg, 7.6 apg, 42.1 3FG%); F Brian Davis (11.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg); F Antonio Lang (6.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 56.2 FG%); C Cherokee Parks (5 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 57.1 FG%); G Marty Clark (2.9 ppg, 54.1 FG%); C Erik Meek (2.5 ppg, 57.9 FG%).
Only Defeats: At North Carolina (2) and Wake Forest (4).
Summary: Christian Laettner hit a dramatic decisive last-second shot against Kentucky in overtime after receiving a long inbounds pass in the East Regional final. The game is acknowledged as one of the most suspenseful in NCAA history. Laettner became the NCAA Tournament's all-time leading scorer and teammate Bobby Hurley became the tourney's all-time leader in assists as the Blue Devils became the first school since UCLA (1967-73) to repeat as national champion. Hurley took up the slack with 26 points when Laettner was limited to eight points in an 81-78 decision over Indiana in the national semifinals. Laettner closed out his college career with a game-high 19 points in the championship game against Michigan, which became the only school ever to lead an NCAA final at halftime and end up losing the game by at least 20 points. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski did the unthinkable and temporarily passed UCLA legend John Wooden (47-10, .8246) for the top spot in all-time NCAA playoff winning percentage (minimum of 20 games). Hurley was selected Final Four Most Outstanding Player although dissenters believed that Duke teammate Grant Hill deserved the honor instead. In the two Final Four games, Hill had more field goals than Hurley (14 to 10), outshot him from the floor (61% to 41.7), blocked more shots (5 to 0), outrebounded him (16 to 3) and accumulated just as many assists (11 each). Moreover, Hurley's 3 of 12 field-goal shooting in the final against Michigan was the worst marksmanship from the floor for a Final Four Most Outstanding Player in a championship game since Elgin Baylor of runner-up Seattle went 9 of 32 against Kentucky in 1958. It was the second consecutive year for the Final Four Most Outstanding Player to come from Duke and manage just three baskets and shoot less than 50 percent from the floor in the title game. In 1991, Laettner hit 3 of 8 field-goal attempts against Kansas. Duke became the 18th NCAA Tournament champion to win at least two playoff games by fewer than six points when the Blue Devils edged Kentucky (104-103 in overtime) and Indiana (81-78 in national semifinals).
16. Houston '83 (31-3)
Coach: Guy Lewis (27th of 30 seasons with Cougars).
Key Players: F-G Michael Young (17.3 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 51.3 FG%); F Clyde Drexler (15.9 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 53.6 FG%); C Hakeem Olajuwon (13.9 ppg, 11.4 rpg, 61.1 FG%); F Larry Micheaux 13.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 58.8 FG%); F-G Benny Anders (5.9 ppg); G Alvin Franklin (4.8 ppg); G David Rose (3.5 ppg); G Reid Gettys (3.4 ppg, 54.8 FG%).
Only Defeats: At Syracuse (5), Virginia at Tokyo (9) and North Carolina State in NCAA Tournament final (2). Summary: Hakeem Olajuwon, who collected 41 points and 40 rebounds (tourney-high 22 vs. Louisville and 18 vs. N.C. State) for national runner-up Houston in two Final Four games, is the only Final Four Most Outstanding Player since 1972 not to play for the championship team. Swingman Clyde Drexler set a SWC record with 11 steals against Syracuse.
17. UCLA '64 (30-0)
Coach: John Wooden (16th of 27 seasons with Bruins).
Key Players: G Gail Goodrich (21.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg); G Walt Hazzard (18.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg); F Jack Hirsch (14 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 52.8 FG%); F Keith Erickson (10.7 ppg, 9.1 rpg); C Fred Slaughter (7.9 ppg, 8.1 rpg); F-G Kenny Washington (6.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg); C Doug McIntosh (3.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 51.9 FG%).
Summary: Undefeated UCLA won its first of 10 NCAA titles in 12 years, a stretch of dominance that many believe ranks among the greatest achievements in the history of competitive sports. The Bruins entered the season without a Final Four victory despite finishing in a final Top 20 wire-service poll eight times in the previous 14 years under coach John Wooden. Gail Goodrich, a 6-1 junior, became the shortest undergraduate to average more than 20 points per game for an NCAA titlist (21.5 ppg).
18. San Francisco '55 (28-1)
Coach: Phil Woolpert (5th of nine seasons with Dons).
Key Players: C Bill Russell (21.4 ppg, 20.5 rpg, 54.1 FG%); F Jerry Mullen (13.6 ppg, 7.1 rpg); G K.C. Jones (10.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg); G Hal Perry (6.9 ppg); F Stan Buchanan (5.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg); F Bob Wiebusch (3.6 ppg, 2.1 rpg).
Only Defeat: At UCLA (7).
Summary: Any time the ball neared USF's goal, Bill Russell was there to guide the ball through the net, grab the rebound and score or pass to a teammate. The first of San Francisco's back-to-back champions survived a scare in a West Regional and won by one point at Oregon State (57-56). The Beavers would have avenged a 26-point defeat earlier in the season against the Dons if they hadn't missed a last-second shot. A 60-34 verdict over Oregon State was the first of USF's 60 consecutive victories, the longest winning streak in major-college history until UCLA won 88 games in a row from 1971-74.
19. North Carolina '57 (32-0)
Coach: Frank McGuire (5th of nine seasons with Tar Heels).
Key Players: F Lennie Rosenbluth (28 ppg, 8.8 rpg); F Pete Brennan (14.7 ppg, 10.4 rpg); G Tommy Kearns (12.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg); C Joe Quigg (10.3 ppg, 8.6 rpg); G Bob Cunningham (7.2 ppg, 6.7 rpg).
Summary: An NCAA championship game frequently misconstrued as an enormous upset was Carolina's 54-53 triple-overtime victory against Wilt Chamberlain-led Kansas. After all, the Tar Heels were undefeated (32-0), winning 22 games by at least nine points, and their top three scorers wound up playing in the NBA albeit briefly - forwards Lennie Rosenbluth and Pete Brennan and guard Tommy Kearns. Rosenbluth was the team's leading scorer in 27 of its 32 contests, although the Heels won the NCAA final after he fouled out with 1:45 remaining in regulation.
20. Kentucky '49 (32-2)
Coach: Adolph Rupp (19th of 41 seasons with Wildcats).
Key Players: C Alex Groza (20.5 ppg); G Ralph Beard (10.9 ppg); F-C Wallace Jones (9.7 ppg); G-F Cliff Barker (7.3 ppg); F-G Dale Barnstable (6.1 ppg); F Jim Line (5.7 ppg, 84.3 FT%); F-G Walt Hirsch (4.6 ppg).
Only Defeats: Neutral courts vs. St. Louis (2-point margin) and Loyola of Chicago (11).
Summary: Despite returning seven of his top eight scorers from an NCAA titlist, UK coach Adolph Rupp experimented with the Wildcats' lineup until he achieved the chemistry he sought. Cliff Barker was moved from forward to guard and forward Dale Barnstable also played some guard. After an early-season defeat to St. Louis on a last-second tip-in, Kentucky won all of its games until bowing in the NIT to eventual finalist Loyola of Chicago. A couple of years later, Alex Groza, Ralph Beard and Barnstable admitted in sworn testimony that they accepted $1,500 in bribes to throw the NIT game against Loyola. There was also testimony that bribes from gamblers were accepted to shave points in other contests. Each received a suspended sentence in return for cooperating with federal officials and were banned by the NBA. Groza is the only player to appear at a minimum of two Final Fours and be the game-high scorer in every Final Four contest in which he competed.
At least three Heisman Trophy winners in three straight decades - 1940s, 1950s and 1960s - are among the football players who also competed in college basketball. But Florida State's Charlie Ward (1993) is the only multi-sport athlete in the last 50 years to achieve the feat.
Three such recipients in a 10-year span from 1947 through 1956 were from Notre Dame. Following is an alphabetical list of Heisman Trophy winners who played varsity basketball at some point in their college careers:
|Heisman Winner||Year||School||FB Pos.|
|Terry Baker||1962||Oregon State||QB|
|Paul Hornung||1956||Notre Dame||QB|
|Johnny Lattner||1953||Notre Dame||HB|
|Johnny Lujack||1947||Notre Dame||QB|
|Doak Walker||1948||Southern Methodist||HB|
|Charlie Ward||1993||Florida State||QB|
Contentment is often elusive. There was more "green" in the newer contracts, but the grass isn't always greener when coaches departed their old stomping grounds for the brighter lights at other Division I schools. Just ask the following mentors for whom things don't look as bright as they previously did:
According to Wikipedia, V was an American science fiction TV series running two seasons on ABC, chronicling the arrival on Earth of a technologically advanced alien species ostensibly coming in peace, but actually boasting sinister motives. According to CollegeHoopedia, ABC also has an annual V rerun on ESPN. The intent isn't sinister but, if you value the whole truth, there is some soapboxing fiction involved.
Veering off-course, the Nationwide Leader violates the time-honored vow of telling the entire story. It's vexing that ESPN's parade of glorification pitchmen, including staffers and it-takes-a-village coaches, incessantly laud former commentator Jim Valvano by chapter and verse. A "Jimmy V Week" culminates with an early-season two-night classic to enhance cancer research fundraising for a foundation named after an individual who joins John Calipari (UMass/Memphis) and Jerry Tarkanian (Long Beach State/UNLV) as the only coaches to have multiple schools under their watch forced to vacate NCAA playoff participation.
Anyone with a visible pulse supports the vision of finding a cure for cancer, but a classic lack-of-proper-perspective stemming from the cult-of-personality dynamic is ESPN's vivid hero worship of the vibrant Valvano. He isn't a bloodthirsty villain but there are a variety of vigorous reasons for not carrying ESPN's water supporting his canonization. After running afoul of NCAA investigators at Iona, a private attorney retained by North Carolina State was convinced that the institution could successfully sue Valvano for failing to ensure the academic progress of his players.
ESPN seems as if it will "never give up" a vintage and valiant voyage portraying V as the most virtuous coach in history. The sanitized version is in the network's veins. Voicing valid opposition to this mythical narrative leaves someone open to vilification as vapid and/or venomous. But the network's depiction of V is as real as fake girlfriend of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o.
Irish idealist Dick Vitale spearheads promoting the V Foundation, which has raised an impressive $100 million-plus, and his visceral reaction probably is that any dissent makes Valvano the victim of a vicious vendetta. There is no doubt Vitale means well and has his heart in the proper place. But as verbose Vitale is wont to do, he has a tendency to vehemently go overboard with his voluminous embellishment.
In an affront to valuable numbers that never lie, there are times when ESPN sycophants shamelessly enhance Valvano's credentials as a "Survive and Advance" tactician, perpetuating a falsehood he was a late-game strategical genius. You can't take a vacation from the veracity of cold hard facts that Valvano ranks in the lower third of coaches among those with at least 150 close contests (decided by fewer than six points).
There is no reason to be vague and treat big boys with velvet gloves. ESPN could virtually avoid any vanishing credibility in this instance by incorporating recently-deceased Rick Majerus in the foundation equation. After all, the 24-year veteran college head coach was also a vocal ESPN analyst. Call it the V & M Foundation and add heart disease to the venture's research grants.
A tearjerker ESPY speech notwithstanding, it's a cancer of priorities and ESPN simply sullies its reputation with insufferable verbal voodoo vouching that Valvano was something he wasn't beyond a good coach who never had a season with fewer than four defeats in conference competition. Amid narcissism and extensive self-promotion, an "inspirational" story exists because a complicit sports media wants the maximum tear-inducement there like some fairytale. Forget the vulgar academic progress of Valvano's players at N.C. State (735 average SAT score in mid-1980s). But a network shouldn't be an outside-the-lines enabler seemingly accountable to no one while selling only a partial story. They have an obligation to tell the whole story; not vacillate and be on verge of failing their constituency in regard to vainly providing a genuine role model.
As for venerable Majerus, there won't be a movie made about his self-effacing humor, eating habits and fact none of his NCAA playoff teams with three different schools ever had to vacate NCAA play. In a stark scholastic contrast, his 1998 Utah squad provided the vanguard of Final Four achievements - only team ever to feature three Academic All-Americans among its versatile regulars. For the record, Majerus ranks among the top third of coaches in games decided by fewer than six points.
ESPN's abundant coverage seemed to revel in cancer frontman Lance Armstrong's arrogant stumblin' and bumblin' "one big lie" rather than taking his bike-ride fall in a valley as time for self-reflection. The view from this vantage point is that defend-the-brand revisionist history is unacceptable. But a final verdict persists about a greater-good higher calling. As many folks as possible should make a vital donation to the V Foundation. Just envision V as Victory (over cancer) or as Vitale (for his long-term heavy lifting in the project). Are you buyin' what ESPN is sellin' verbatim - accepting it hook, line and sinker? Very odd this vociferous emphasis on V.
31 - Loyola of Chicago's school-record 41-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by St. Louis (90-57 in 1964).
30 - Austin Peay's James "Fly" Williams (51 points vs. Georgia Southern in final of 1972 Claxton Fruitcake Classic), Florida International's Carlos Arroyo (39 at North Texas in overtime in 2000), Fordham's Charlie Yelverton (46 vs. Rochester in 1970), Hawaii's Trevor Ruffin (42 vs. Louisville in 1993), Penn's Ernie Beck (47 vs. Duke in 1952 Dixie Classic at Raleigh, N.C.), St. Joseph's Tony Costner (47 vs. Alaska-Anchorage in 1983 Cable Car Classic at San Francisco) and Utah State's Wayne Estes (52 vs. Boston College in overtime at 1964 Rainbow Classic in Hawaii) set school single-game scoring records. . . . Duke overcame a 29-point halftime deficit to defeat Tulane in consolation game of 1950 Dixie Classic at Raleigh, N.C. . . . Stanford ended Long Island's school-record 43-game winning streak (45-31 in 1936). . . . Hawaii's Bob Nash (30 vs. Arizona State in 1971), Idaho State's Ed Wilson (26 vs. Arkansas in 1967), La Salle's Tom Gola (31 vs. Brigham Young in 1953), Michigan State's Johnny Green (29 vs. Washington in 1957), St. John's LeRoy Ellis Sr. (30 vs. NYU in 1961), South Alabama's Leon Williams (28 vs. Texas-Arlington in 1972) and Western Kentucky's Tom Marshall (29 vs. Louisville in 1953) set school single-game rebounding records against a major-college opponent.
29 - Ron Carter (42 points vs. Long Beach State in 1977 at Toledo) set Virginia Military's single-game scoring record against a Division I opponent. . . . Chattanooga's Vincent Robinson (20 vs. Tennessee State in 1989), Colorado's Burdette Haldorson (31 vs. Oklahoma in 1952), Louisiana-Monroe's Calvin Natt (31 vs. Georgia Southern in 1976), Ohio State's Frank Howard (32 vs. Brigham Young in 1956), San Diego State's Michael Cage (26 vs. La Salle in 1980), Texas A&M's Steve Niles (21 vs. Furman in 1969) and Utah's Billy McGill (24 vs. UCLA in 1961) set school single-game rebounding records against a major-college opponent.
28 - IPFW's Terry Collins (36 points at UC Irvine in 2002), Oklahoma's Wayman Tisdale (61 vs. Texas-San Antonio in All-College Tournament at Oklahoma City in 1983) and Texas A&M's Bennie Lenox (53 vs. Wyoming in 1963 All-College Tournament at Oklahoma City) set school single-game scoring records. . . . NCAA champion-to-be Michigan lost on a neutral court at Salt Lake City to non-Division I opponent Alaska-Anchorage in 1988. . . . Providence's school-record 55-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by St. John's (91-79 in 1974). . . . Detroit's Bill Ebben (38 vs. Brigham Young in 1955), Gonzaga's Paul Cathey (28 vs. UNLV in 1977), Illinois' Skip Thoren (24 vs. UCLA in 1963), Michigan State's Horace Walker (29 vs. Butler in 1959), Niagara's Alex Ellis (31 vs. Villanova in 1956), UAB's Cameron Moore (24 vs. George Washington in 2011) and Washington State's Jim McKean (27 vs. West Virginia in 1966) set school single-game rebounding records against a major-college opponent.
27 - Gene Harris (46 points vs. Holy Cross in 1961 Quaker City Classic at Philadelphia) set Penn State's single-game scoring record.
23 - Scott Fisher (39 points at Montana State in 1985) set UC Santa Barbara's school single-game scoring record. . . . Bob Portman (46 vs. Weber State in 1968) set Creighton's single-game scoring record against a major-college opponent. . . . Top-ranked Virginia and national player of the year Ralph Sampson lost at tiny NAIA school (Chaminade) in 1982 in perhaps the biggest upset in college basketball history.
22 - Centenary's Robert Parish (50 points at Lamar in 1972), Central Michigan's Tommie Johnson (53 at Wright State in 1987), Georgia Tech's Kenny Anderson (50 vs. Loyola Marymount in 1990), Jackson State's Trey Johnson (49 at Texas-El Paso in 2006), San Jose State's Adrian Oliver (42 vs. Puget Sound in 2010) and Western Illinois' Darrell Richardson (36 at Hawaii-Hilo in 1989) set school Division I single-game scoring records. . . . Nick Galis (48 vs. Santa Clara in 1978 Cable Car Classic at San Francisco) set Seton Hall's single-game scoring record against a Division I opponent. . . . Louisiana State All-American Pete Maravich set an NCAA single-game record for most successful free throws by converting 30 foul shots at Oregon State in 1969. . . . Oklahoma's school-record 51-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Duke (90-85 in 1990). . . . Rich Kelley (27 vs. Kentucky in 1973) set Stanford's single-game rebounding record.
21 - Idaho's Orlando Lightfoot (50 points at Gonzaga in 1993), Ohio's Dave Jamerson (60 vs. Charleston, W. Va., in 1989), Pacific's Bill Stricker (44 vs. Portland in 1968) and Pittsburgh's Don Hennon (45 vs. Duke in double overtime in 1957) set school single-game scoring records. . . . Visiting Cincinnati outlasted Bradley in seven overtimes in 1981 in the longest game in NCAA history. . . . Texas Christian hit an NCAA-record 56 free throws in 1999 in 70 attempts against Eastern Michigan. . . . West Virginia ended North Carolina's school-record 37-game winning streak (75-64 in 1957 at Kentucky), Houston's school-record 59-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Illinois (97-84 in 1968) and Oklahoma State's school-record 49-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Southern California (28-25 in 1940).
20 - Fresno State's Charles Bailey (45 points at North Texas State in double overtime in 1973), Georgia's Ronnie Hogue (46 vs. Louisiana State in 1971) and Maryland's Ernest Graham (44 vs. North Carolina State in 1978) set school single-game scoring records. . . . John Connors (23 vs. Iona in 1956) set St. Bonaventure's single-game rebounding record against a major-college opponent.
19 - Iowa State's Lafester Rhodes (54 points vs. Iowa in overtime in 1987), Norfolk State's Tony Murphy (43 vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at UNLV in 2006) and UNC Asheville's Ricky Chatman (41 vs. James Madison in overtime in 1987) set school Division I single-game scoring records. . . . Kevin Thomas (46 vs. Tennessee in 1955 Carousel Invitational at Charlotte) set Boston University's single-game scoring record against a DI opponent. . . . Auburn's Rex Frederick (27 vs. SMU in 1957), Lehigh's Greg Falkenbach (25 vs. Drexel in 1970) and New Mexico State's Sam Lacey (27 vs. Hardin-Simmons in 1969) set school single-game rebounding records against a major-college opponent.
18 - Warren Isaac (50 points vs. Bates in 1964) set Iona's Division I single-game scoring record. . . . Penn's school-record 34-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Temple (57-52 in 1971). . . . Adolph Rupp made his Kentucky head coaching debut in 1930 with a 67-19 decision over Georgetown (Ky.) en route to a school-record 876 victories. . . . Hec Edmundson made his Washington debut in 1920 with a 30-14 decision over Varsity/Alumni en route to becoming the Huskies' all-time winningest coach. . . . Alabama's Harry Hammonds (28 vs. Massachusetts in 1966), Brigham Young's Scott Warner (27 vs. Texas Tech in 1969), Cleveland State's Dave Kyle (24 vs. Ohio University in 1976) and Hofstra's John Irving (28 vs. Long Island in 1975) set school single-game rebounding records against a major-college opponent.
17 - Furman senior swingman Darrell Floyd set a Southern Conference single-game record with 62 points vs. The Citadel in 1955. . . . Oklahoma's Mookie Blaylock tied his NCAA single-game record with 13 steals vs. Loyola Marymount in 1988. . . . Cincinnati's LaZelle Durden set the Great Midwest Conference single-game scoring record with 45 points at Wyoming in 1994. . . . Illinois ended visiting San Francisco's school-record 60-game winning streak (62-33 in 1957). . . . Denver's Dick Brott (29 vs. Southern California in 1956) and Furman's Bob Thomas (35 vs. The Citadel in 1955) set school single-game rebounding records against a major-college opponent.
16 - Cal State Fullerton's Bobby Brown (47 points vs. Bethune-Cookman in 2006), Creighton's Bob Portman (51 vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1967), Murray State's Marcus Brown (45 vs. Washington, Mo., in 1995) and North Carolina's Bob Lewis (49 vs. Florida State in 1965) set school single-game scoring records. . . . In 2000, Illinois guard Cory Bradford set an NCAA record by hitting a three-point field goal in his 74th of 88 consecutive games. . . . St. Joseph's school-record 34-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Fairfield (82-68 in 1966) and Texas-El Paso's school-record 31-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Indiana (69-66 in 1989). . . . Florida State's Dave Cowens (31 vs. LSU in 1967), Mercer's Scott Farley (22 vs. Alabama in 1995), SMU's Ira Terrell (26 vs. New Mexico State in 1975) and UTEP's Jim Barnes (27 vs. Centenary in 1963) set school single-game rebounding records against a major-college opponent.
15 - UC Irvine's Kevin Magee (46 points vs. Loyola Marymount in 1981) and Providence's Marvin Barnes (52 vs. Austin Peay in 1973) set school Division I single-game scoring records. . . . Tennessee topped Temple, 11-6, in 1973 in the lowest-scoring game since 1938. . . . La Salle's Michael Brooks set the East Coast Conference single-game scoring record with 51 points at Brigham Young in 1979. . . . Jack Friel made his Washington State debut in 1928 with a 62-18 decision over Lewis-Clark State en route to becoming the Cougars' all-time winningest coach. . . . Cal State Fullerton's Kerry Davis (27 vs. Central Michigan in 1975), Colgate's Dick Osborn (26 vs. Yale in 1951), Texas A&M's Vernon Smith and Rynn Wright (21 vs. UNLV in 1978) and Utah State's Wayne Estes (28 vs. Regis in 1962) set school single-game rebounding records against DI opponents.
14 - Marshall's Keith Veney set an NCAA single-game record for three-pointers (making 15 of 25 shots from beyond the arc vs. Morehead State in 1996).
13 - St. Peter's Rich Rinaldi (54 points vs. St. Francis, N.Y., in 1971), Southern Mississippi's Jerome Arnold (41 vs. Missouri-Kansas City in 1978), Toledo's Clarke "Pinky" Pittenger (49 at Bluffton, Ohio, in 1918) and Tulsa's Willie Biles (48 vs. St. Cloud, Minn., in 1973) set school Division I single-game scoring records. . . . Phog Allen made his Kansas head coaching debut in 1907 with a 66-22 decision over Ottawa (Kan.) en route to a school-record 590 victories with the Jayhawks. . . . Bradley's Barney Cable (28 vs. Canisius in 1955), Eastern Kentucky's Garfield Smith (33 vs. Marshall in 1967) and UALR's Rashad Jones-Jennings (30 vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff in 2005) set school single-game rebounding records against a DI opponent.
12 - Alabama's Mike Nordholz (50 points vs. Southern Mississippi at 1966 Birmingham Classic), North Dakota State's Ben Woodside (60 vs. Stephen F. Austin in 2008), Radford's Doug Day (43 at Central Connecticut State in 1990), Southern's Tim Roberts (56 vs. Faith Baptist, La., in 1994) and Texas Christian's Lee Nailon (53 vs. Mississippi Valley State in first round of 1997 TCU Tournament) set school Division I single-game scoring records. . . . Oklahoma's Mookie Blaylock set an NCAA single-game record with 13 steals vs. Centenary in 1987. . . . Henry "Hank" Iba made his Oklahoma A&M head coaching debut in 1934 with a 24-17 decision over Wichita en route to a school-record 655 victories with the Cowboys. . . . Kent State's Leroy Thompson (31 vs. Case Western in 1948) and Weber State's Willie Sojourner (25 vs. West Texas State in 1969) set school single-game rebounding records.
11 - North Carolina A&T's Joe Binion (41 points vs. Livingstone, N.C., in final of 1982 Miller Aggie Classic) and Virginia's Barry Parkhill (51 vs. Baldwin-Wallace, Ohio, in 1971) set school Division I single-game scoring records. . . . Louisville's Clifford Rozier set an NCAA single-game record by hitting all 15 of his field-goal attempts against Eastern Kentucky in 1993. . . . Ohio State's school-record 50-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Davidson (95-73 in 1963). . . . Marvin Barnes (28 vs. Fairfield in 1972) set Providence's single-game rebounding record against a DI opponent.
10 - Duke's Danny Ferry (58 points at Miami, Fla., in 1988) and Long Beach State's Ed Ratleff (45 vs. St. Mary's in 1970) set school single-game scoring records. . . . Troy State (28 of 74) and George Mason (16 of 34) combined to set NCAA single-game three-point field-goal records in 1994 for shots made and attempted beyond the arc with Troy State's figures establishing marks for one team. . . . Tulane's school-record 42-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Arkansas (42-41 in 1949). . . . Bucknell's Hal Danzig (29 vs. Lehigh in 1958), Kentucky's Bob Burrow (34 vs. Temple in 1955) and Louisville's Charlie Tyra (38 vs. Canisius in 1955) set school single-game rebounding records.
9 - Tony Bolds (41 points vs. Alcorn State in opening round of 1983 Great Busch Shootout at Southern Illinois) set Mercer's Division I single-game scoring record. . . . Utah's school-record 54-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Weber State (79-77 in 2000). . . . Butler's Jeff Blue (23 vs. Michigan in 1961), College of Charleston's Thaddeous Delaney (21 vs. Charleston Southern in 1995), Dayton's Garry Roggenburk's (32 vs. Miami Ohio in 1959), Iowa State's Bill Cain (26 vs. Minnesota in 1969), Lafayette's Ron Moyer (33 vs. Gettysburg in 1970) and Towson's Junior Hairston (21 vs. Niagara in 2007) set school single-game rebounding records against Division I opponents.
8 - Davidson's Fred Hetzel (53 points vs. Furman in 1964), Morgan State's James McCoy (38 vs. Georgia State in semifinals of 1989 Godfather's Pizza Classic at Chattanooga, Tenn.), Rutgers' Bob Lloyd (51 at Delaware in 1965) and Wright State's Bill Edwards (45 vs. Morehead State in 1992) set school Division I single-game scoring records. . . . Missouri's school-record 34-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Arkansas (95-82 in 1990). . . . Colgate's Jack Nichols (26 vs. Cornell in 1956) and Missouri State's Lee Campbell (20 vs. Southern Utah State in 1989) set school single-game rebounding records against DI opponents.
7 - Niagara's Calvin Murphy (68 points vs. Syracuse in 1968) and St. Mary's Jim Moore (43 vs. Sacramento State in 1964) set school Division I single-game scoring records. . . . Forest Arnold (46 points vs. Hardin-Simmons in 1955) set Memphis State's single-game scoring record against a major-college opponent. . . . Cincinnati's school-record 86-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Kansas (51-47 in 1963), Jacksonville's school-record 35-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Florida State (90-83 in 1971) and Tulsa's school-record 36-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Oklahoma State (93-75 in 1982). . . . Benny Becton (29 vs. Maine in 1962) set Vermont's single-game rebounding record.
6 - American's Russell "Boo" Bowers (45 points at Harvard in 1980), Old Dominion's Alex Loughton (45 vs. Charlotte in double overtime in 2003), Rice's Doug McKendrick (47 vs. Georgia Tech in 1965) and Texas-San Antonio's Roderic Hall (52 vs. Maine in consolation game of 1997 Southwest Missouri Tournament at Springfield, Mo.) set school Division I single-game scoring records. . . . Kent State's Doug Grayson set an NCAA single-game record by hitting 16 consecutive field-goal attempts vs. North Carolina in 1967. . . . Indiana's school-record 35-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Kentucky (66-51 in 1976). . . . Bob Presley (27 vs. St. Mary's in 1967) set California's single-game rebounding record.
5 - North Carolina State's David Thompson (57 points vs. Buffalo State in 1974), Rider's Ron Simpson (48 at St. Francis, N.Y., in double overtime in 1987) and Washington State's Brian Quinnett (45 vs. Loyola Marymount in 1986 Amana Hawkeye Classic at Iowa City) set school Division I single-game scoring records. . . . Charlotte's school-record 60-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Appalachian State (71-64 in 1977). . . . Dale Brown made his LSU head coaching debut in 1972 with a 94-81 triumph against Memphis State en route to a school-record 448 victories. . . . Shelby Metcalf made his Texas A&M head coaching debut in 1963 with a 61-58 triumph against Houston en route to a school-record 438 victories. . . . Gene Estes (24 vs. Texas Western in 1960) set Tulsa's single-game rebounding record against a major-college opponent.
4 - Mississippi State's Bailey Howell (47 points vs. Union, Tenn., in 1958) and Northwestern State's Billy Reynolds (42 at Lamar in 1976) set school Division I single-game scoring records. . . . Brown's Ed Tooley shot an NCAA-record 36 free throws in a single game in 1954. . . . Long Beach State's school-record 75-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by San Francisco (94-84 in overtime in 1974). . . . Lou Carnesecca made his St. John's debut in 1965 with a 64-62 triumph at Georgetown in overtime en route to a school-record 526 victories. . . . Bob Knight made his Army head coaching debut in 1965 with a 70-49 setback at Princeton before becoming Indiana's all-time winningest coach and compiling 899 victories. . . . UCLA's season-opening defeat by 27 points (110-83 at Illinois in 1964) was worst-ever for team to go on and capture NCAA championship. . . . Marv Branstrom (28 vs. Arizona State in 1958) set San Jose State's single-game rebounding record.
3 - Kansas' Wilt Chamberlain (52 points vs. Northwestern in 1956) and Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Von McDade (50 at Illinois in double overtime in 1990) set school single-game scoring records. Chamberlain also grabbed 31 rebounds in his varsity debut and Lew Alcindor collected 56 points and 21 rebounds vs. Southern California in his varsity debut with UCLA in 1966. . . . John Wooden made his UCLA head coaching debut in 1948 with a 43-37 decision over UC Santa Barbara en route to a school-record 620 victories with the Bruins. . . . Lefty Driesell made his Davidson head coaching debut in 1960 with a 65-59 decision over Wake Forest en route to 786 victories with four schools. . . . Everett Case made his North Carolina State debut in 1946 with a 63-28 decision over the Cherry Point Marines en route to a school-record 377 victories with the Wolfpack. . . . Arizona State's Mark Landsberger (27 vs. San Diego State in 1976), Jacksonville's Artis Gilmore (34 vs. St. Peter's in 1970) and UMKC's Tony Berg (23 vs. Baylor in 1996) set school single-game rebounding records.
2 - Northern Arizona's Cory Schwab (43 points at Cal Poly in overtime in 2000), Southwest Missouri State's Ben Kandlbinder (36 vs. Stephen F. Austin State in 1995) and Wisconsin's Christian Steinmetz (50 at Sparta's Company C in 1904) set school Division I single-game scoring records. . . . Dean Smith made his North Carolina head coaching debut in 1961 with an 80-46 decision over Virginia en route to a school-record 879 victories. . . . Norm Stewart made his Missouri head coaching debut in 1967 with a 74-58 triumph at Arkansas en route to a school-record 634 victories with the Tigers. . . . Don Haskins made his Texas Western head coaching debut in 1961 with a 66-59 triumph at Iowa State en route to a school-record 719 victories. . . . Terry Holland made his Virginia coaching debut in 1974 with a 77-69 triumph against Washington & Lee (Va.) en route to a school-record 326 victories.
1 - Belmont's Josh Goodwin (39 points at East Tennessee State in overtime in 2005), Eastern Kentucky's Jack Adams (49 vs. Union in 1955), Louisville's Wes Unseld (45 vs. Georgetown, Ky., College in 1967) and NYU's Jim Signorile (50 vs. Herbert Lehman, N.Y., in 1969) set school Division I single-game scoring records. . . . Ronnie Shavlik (55 points vs. William & Mary in 1954 set North Carolina State's single-game scoring record against a major-college opponent. . . . Denny Crum made his Louisville head coaching debut in 1971 with a 70-69 defeat at Florida before amassing a school-record 675 victories. . . . Eddie Sutton made his Creighton head coaching debut in 1969 with an 84-62 decision over Wisconsin-Oshkosh en route to 802 victories with five schools. . . . Jerry Tarkanian made his UNLV head coaching debut in 1973 with an 82-76 defeat against Texas Tech before notching a school-record 509 victories with the Rebels. . . . Ralph Miller made his Wichita head coaching debut in 1951 with a 62-55 defeat at Colorado before registering 657 victories with three schools. . . . Guy Lewis made his Houston head coaching debut in 1956 with a 97-78 defeat at Kansas State before compiling a school-record 592 victories. . . . Al McGuire made his Marquette debut in 1964 with a 69-49 triumph over St. Thomas (Minn.) en route to becoming the Warriors' all-time winningest coach. . . . Bob Knight made his Indiana debut in 1971 with an 84-77 triumph over Ball State en route to becoming the Hoosiers' all-time winningest coach. . . . Digger Phelps made his Notre Dame debut in 1971 with a 101-83 defeat against Michigan before compiling a school-record 393 victories. . . . Frank McGuire made his South Carolina debut in 1964 with a 76-59 triumph against Erskine (S.C.) en route to a school-record 283 victories. . . . Bob Nichols made his Toledo coaching debut in 1965 with a 108-77 triumph against Baldwin-Wallace (Ohio) en route to a school-record 375 victories. . . . Lynn Howden (24 vs. Florida State in 1970) set Texas' single-game rebounding record against a major-college opponent.
A total of 48 NCAA Division I schools have lost to DII Alaska-Anchorage after the Seawolves upended UC Riverside and Loyola Marymount this season. Over the years, Alaska-Anchorage upended the following current/future members from the six power conferences - Auburn, California, Houston, Miami, Michigan, Missouri, Notre Dame, Penn State, SMU, Tennessee, Texas, TCU, Texas Tech, Wake Forest and Washington.
Michigan's 1989 NCAA Tournament champion lost on a neutral court (Utah) to Anchorage, 70-66, during the Wolverines' pre-Big Ten Conference competition slate. The Seawolves dropped six of their last 12 games that season against Chaminade, Metro State (twice), Eastern Montana, Puget Sound and Alaska-Fairbanks to finish with a 21-9 record before Michigan earned an NCAA crown maneuvering through the DI playoffs under interim coach Steve Fisher.
Chaminade knocked off Texas coach Rick Barnes this year for the second time after he previously lost there while guiding Providence. Barnes is one of numerous respected major-college mentors who lost to non-DI institutions.
UAA defeated at least one major university 10 consecutive campaigns from 1985-86 through 1994-95. If sizing up small-school successes over the big boys is your hot button, CollegeHoopedia.com has assembled "one-of-a-kind" details on the striking number of "David vs. Goliath" small-college victories over major universities.
The NFL Injury Report is distributed in mid-week although it isn't nearly as important to genuine hoop fans as this NFL Basketball Report. The recent ex-hoopster headliner is 15-year linebacker London Fletcher, the Washington Redskins' leading tackler who secured his second interception this season last weekend.
Another ageless wonder is Tony Gonzalez, who excelled in the 1997 NCAA playoffs with California before becoming the first tight end with 100 touchdowns. He has notched at least 70 receptions in 10 consecutive seasons and holds the longest active streak with a reception in 191 consecutive contests. Aspiring to secure his first NFL playoff victory, Gonzalez leads the Atlanta Falcons in pass receptions as have fellow ex-college hoopsters Jimmy Graham (New Orleans Saints; runner-up after missing a game), Vincent Jackson (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and Kendall Wright (Tennessee Titans). Jackson paces the NFL in yards per catch (20.4).
Regal receiver Terrell Owens (1995 NCAA playoffs with Chattanooga) didn't have a chance to test the patience of replacement officials early this season because he is no longer on an NFL roster and revered quarterback Donovan McNabb (Syracuse) also exited. But the league still boasts the following versatile players who previously were college hoopsters:
|Player||Pos.||NFL Team||College(s)||Summary of 2012 NFL Regular Season|
|Connor Barwin||OLB||Houston Texans||Cincinnati||30 tackles (26 solo/4 assists) in fourth season but only two sacks (after 11 1/2 last year)|
|Demetress Bell||LOT||Philadelphia Eagles||Northwestern State||newcomer after signing 5-year deal in off-season following 30 starts with Buffalo Bills the previous three seasons|
|Jordan Cameron||TE||Cleveland Browns||Brigham Young/Southern California||second-stringer has 14 pass receptions for 152 yards (long of 23) and one TD in second campaign|
|Demar Dotson||RT||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Southern Mississippi||6-9 lineman is a starter in fourth season|
|London Fletcher||ILB||Washington Redskins||Saint Francis, PA/John Carroll, OH||team-high 88 tackles (55 solo/33 assists) plus one fumble recovery, one sack and two interceptions in 15th season|
|Antonio Gates||TE||San Diego Chargers||Kent State||32 pass receptions for 368 yards (long of 33) and team-high four touchdown catches in 10th year|
|Tony Gonzalez||TE||Atlanta Falcons||California||team-high 73 pass receptions for 770 yards (long of 25) and team-high seven touchdowns in 16th campaign|
|Jimmy Graham||TE||New Orleans Saints||Miami, FL||third-year pro has 59 pass receptions for 654 yards (long of 46) and team-high eight touchdowns|
|Todd Heap||TE||Arizona Cardinals||Arizona State||long-time Baltimore Raven has eight receptions for 94 yards (long of 28) in 12th season amid questions about why he hasn't returned from a knee injury|
|Vincent Jackson||WR||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Northern Colorado||team highs of 47 receptions, 959 yards (long of 95) and seven touchdowns in eighth campaign|
|Evan Moore||TE||Seattle Seahawks||Stanford||first season in NW for third-stringer after three years with the Cleveland Browns, including four touchdowns in 2011|
|Julius Peppers||RDE||Chicago Bears||North Carolina||six-time Pro Bowler has 21 tackles (17 solo/four assists) and team-high six sacks in 11th season (ranks fourth among active players with 105.5 sacks)|
|Julius Thomas||TE||Denver Broncos||Portland State||second-year backup hopes to get a start similar to rookie debut game last season|
|Kendall Wright||WR||Tennessee Titans||Baylor||rookie has team-high 48 pass receptions (for 438 yards and team-high four touchdowns/long of 35 yards)|