If your RPI (Ratings Percentage Index) isn't satisfactory, then it's time to R.I.P. (Rest in Peace). That certainly was the case for Harvard, the Rip Van Winkle of college basketball, until the Crimson woke up and secured its first NCAA playoff victory last year. It was only two years ago when Harvard secured its first NCAA berth since losing two games in 1946.
Harvard, which has supplied more U.S. presidents (seven) than NBA players (three), frequently is ranked #1 in U.S. News College Compass among the nation's best colleges. Amid all of the bubble bullspit, the Crimson became the first team earning a berth in the 2014 NCAA Tournament by capturing the Ivy League regular-season championship prior to winning an opening-round NCAA tourney game for the second year in a row.
Stanford and Wisconsin, a pair of relatively recent Final Four schools, tied with Brown for the longest dry spell in NCAA Tournament history for prior playoff participants before Harvard ended its long drought. Following are the 16 schools - with Iowa State, Saint Louis and Wisconsin joining Harvard in this year's event - participating in the tourney at least once before enduring playoff appearance droughts of at least 34 years (length of dry spells denoted in parentheses):
School Years Failing to Appear Years Without a Tourney Victory Harvard 1947 through 2011 (65) Won first game in 2013 Brown 1940 through 1985 (46) Never won a playoff game Stanford 1943 through 1988 (46) 1943 through 1994 (52) Wisconsin 1948 through 1993 (46) 1948 through 1993 (46) Air Force 1963 through 2003 (41) Never won a playoff game Lafayette 1958 through 1998 (41) Never won a playoff game Iowa State 1945 through 1984 (40) 1945 through 1985 (41) Washington State 1942 through 1979 (38) 1942 through 1982 (41) Baylor 1951 through 1987 (37) 1951 through 2009 (59) Canisius 1958 through 1994 (37) Hasn't won since 1957 Miami (FL) 1961 through 1997 (37) Won first game in 1999 Drake 1972 through 2007 (36) Hasn't won since 1971 Saint Louis 1958 through 1993 (36) 1953 through 1994 (42) Butler 1963 through 1996 (34) 1963 through 2000 (38) Manhattan 1959 through 1992 (34) 1959 through 1994 (36) Montana State 1952 through 1985 (34) Never won a playoff game
NOTES: Tulsa didn't win an NCAA playoff game from 1956 through 1993 (38 years). . . . Holy Cross (last victory in 1953) and Rice (1954) haven't won an NCAA Tournament game for extended periods. . . . Miami (Fla.) did not field a formal team from 1971-72 through 1984-85.
"When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle." - Irish statesman and philosopher Edmund Burke
President Barack H. Obama, after seemingly rudderless responses involving Iran and Syria, faced heightened foreign-policy scrutiny amid Russia's Ukrainian incursion. Has Russia's naked aggression occupying Crimea caused Obama Administration personnel to soil their pants or are they too busy with "let's-move" jogging around the White House? Did Secretary of State John Kerry, the self-proclaimed Vietnam War hero, throw his medals at invading troops to exhibit the U.S.'s verve? Does Samantha Power, America's ambassador to the U.N., command more respect from Comrade Russians with her dynamic demeanor or sharing comedy film-festival clips?
After being caught flat-footed by Putin, perhaps the hoopster-in-chief will devote more time on Ukraine than his "Audacity of Hype" NCAA bracket prep if we inject a basketball factor in the equation. CollegeHoopedia.com's treasure chest of information definitely has limited options regarding thwarting Russia flexing its bare chest via military action. Thus we'll exhibit our solidarity with the fertile-farmland nation seeking to retain its freedom by citing, via the following alphabetical list, the breadbasket's across-the-globe basketball contributions at U.S. universities:
|Ukrainian Player||Pos.||U.S. College||Playing Career Summary|
|Volodymyr Gerun||F||Portland||Averaged 3.5 ppg and 2.1 rpg in 2013-14 with the Pilots after transferring from West Virginia.|
|Denis Ikovlev||F||Nevada||J.C. recruit averaged 4.8 ppg and 2.7 rpg in 2005-06 and 2006-07.|
|Alexander Kireev||F-C||George Washington||Started two games as a freshman in 2002-03 and 13 as a sophomore in 2003-04 before averaging 2.2 ppg as a junior in 2004-05 and 2.4 ppg as a senior in 2005-06.|
|Vladyslav Kondratyev||F||Bryant||Member of Northeast Conference All-Rookie Team (averaged career-high 8.9 ppg in 2009-10) finished four-year career with 5.7 ppg and 3.4 rpg.|
|Oleg Kovalov||F||IPFW||J.C. recruit averaged 3.5 ppg in 2009-10 and 2010-11.|
|Oleksiy "Alex" Len||C||Maryland||Averaged 9.7 ppg, 7 rpg and 2.1 bpg in 2011-12 and 2012-13 before declaring early for the NBA draft and becoming the fifth pick overall.|
|Kyryal Natyazhko||C||Arizona||Averaged 1.7 ppg and 2 rpg from 2009-10 through 2011-12.|
|Vitaly Potapenko||C-F||Wright State||Two-time All-Midwestern Collegiate Conference choice averaged 20.2 ppg and 6.8 rpg in 1994-95 and 1995-96. He led the Raiders in scoring and rebounding both seasons before leaving early for NBA and becoming a first-round draft choice (12th pick overall).|
|Roman Rubchenko||F-C||Louisiana State||Averaged 10.5 ppg and 6.4 rpg in his final two of four seasons with the Tigers from 1992-93 through 1995-96. Scored a career-high 29 points against Dayton as a senior.|
|Vladimir Ryzhov||F-G||Texas A&M-Corpus Christi||Averaged 4.4 ppg in 1999-00.|
Regal regular-season records persuade pollsters, arm alumni with arrogance and impress Division I committee members dispensing seeds in the NCAA Tournament. But Wichita State learned anew they don't guarantee postseason success because the "Road to the Final Four" is filled with potholes.
Over the first 37 seasons since the last undefeated team (Indiana '76), 21 schools entered the NCAA playoffs undefeated or with one setback. None of the squads in this group went on to win the national title. Only nine of these teams - Indiana State '79, UNLV '87, Temple '88, UNLV '91, Massachusetts '96, Duke '99, St. Joseph's '04, Illinois '05 and Memphis '08 - reached a regional final. Of the 19 entrants in this category since seeding was introduced, only four weren't accorded a #1 seed - Alcorn State '80, La Salle '90, Texas Tech '96 and Princeton '98. Wichita State joins the following chronological list of 22 schools entering the NCAA tourney either unbeaten or with only one setback since IU went undefeated in 1975-76:
Will 6-10 Jordan Heath rank high among major-college big men who began their college careers playing for a four-year small college before transferring? Heath joined his brother with Canisius after being named to the NCCAA All-Tournament team in 2010-11 when averaging 14.7 ppg, 7.2 rpg and 2.8 bpg for Roberts Wesleyan (NY).
Teammate Billy Baron generates most of the headlines but Heath, ranking among the MAAC leaders in rebounding, FG% and blocked shots the past two seasons, might be the key as to whether the Griffs achieve anything in the postseason. Heath has DI career highs of 28 points vs. Saint Peter's plus 13 rebounds and 9 rejections vs. Rider.
Former NBA centers Tom Boswell and Billy Paultz are in this unique category. Following is an alphabetical list of previous DI centers who started their careers at a small four-year college:
|Transfer Center||Small College||Division I School||Career Summary|
|Henry Akin||William Carey (MS)||Morehead State 64-65||Two-time All-Ohio Valley Conference selection averaged more than 11 rebounds each of his two seasons with the Eagles.|
|Scott Barnes||Eastern Montana 81-82||Fresno State 84-85||Averaged 9.7 ppg and 4.8 rpg for Eastern Montana before averaging 11.7 ppg and 6.6 rpg for Fresno State. Barnes was an All-PCAA second-team selection as a senior when he led the Bulldogs in rebounding (7.4 rpg). Grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds against Karl Malone-led Louisiana Tech when FSU bowed to the Bulldogs in first round of 1984 NCAA playoffs.|
|Andrew Betts||C.W. Post (NY) 95-96||Long Beach State 98||Averaged 13.8 ppg and 10.4 rpg while shooting 52.6% from the floor in two years with C.W. Post. All-Big West Conference first-team selection in his only season with the 49ers averaged 18.7 ppg, 10.1 rpg and 1.7 bpg.|
|Don Boldebuck||Nebraska Wesleyan 52-53||Houston 55-56||Averaged more than 20 ppg for Nebraska Wesleyan before averaging 23 ppg and 17 rpg in leading Houston in scoring and rebounding both of his seasons with the Cougars. He paced them in scoring in both of their NCAA playoff games in 1956.|
|Tom Boswell||South Carolina State 72-73||South Carolina 75||Two-time All-MEAC selection (averaged more than 17 points and 11 rebounds each season with SCSU) outscored teammates Mike Dunleavy Sr. and Alex English to lead the Gamecocks' NIT squad in scoring average with 16.5 ppg. Boswell became a first-round draft choice of the Boston Celtics as an undergraduate.|
|John Bunch||Lincoln (PA) 03-04||Monmouth 06-07||Led Division III in blocked shots as a freshman and sophomore, including two games when he rejected an NCAA record 18 shots. Member of Monmouth's 2006 NCAA Tournament team before leading the Northeast Conference in blocked shots with 3.3 per game as a senior in 2006-07.|
|Pete Cornell||Puget Sound (WA) 95||Loyola Marymount 97-98||Averaged 4.5 ppg and 3.5 rpg as a sophomore and 8 ppg and 5.3 rpg as a junior with LMU before graduating early.|
|Jack Eskridge||Graceland (IA) 42-43||Kansas 47-48||After his college career was interrupted by a stint in the U.S. Marines during World War II, he set a Kansas school mark with 30 points in one half against Nebraska. Following a couple of years in the NBA, he returned to KU and served as an assistant coach during the Wilt Chamberlain era.|
|Tyler Field||UC San Diego 98||San Diego 00-01||Division III Freshman of the Year when he averaged 24.2 ppg and 14.3 rpg and shot 65% from the floor. Averaged 8.6 ppg and 6.6 rpg in two years with the Toreros. Led the WCC in field-goal shooting as a sophomore (60.6%) in 1999-00.|
|Willie "Hutch" Jones||Buffalo State 78||Vanderbilt 80-82||Paced the Commodores in scoring (15.8 ppg) and rebounding (6.4 rpg) as a senior. Led Vandy in field-goal shooting all three seasons to finish his DI career at 60.5%. Averaqed 7.1 ppg and 7 rpg as a freshman with Buffalo State.|
|Marcus Kennedy||Ferris State (MI) 87-89||Eastern Michigan 91||Mid-American Conference Player of the Year when he paced the league in scoring (20 ppg) and field-goal percentage (68.2 FG%). Led winningest team in school history in scoring in NCAA playoff victories against Mississippi State and Penn State. Averaged 17.1 ppg and 8 rpg while shooting 60.7% from the floor with Ferris State, leading the team in scoring and rebounding as a sophomore and junior.|
|Matt Massey||Nova Southeastern (FL) 08||Southern Utah 10-11||Averaged 7.1 ppg and 4.9 rpg for Nova. Averaged 8.8 ppg and 3.8 rpg in his first two seasons with the Thunderbirds.|
|Tony Massop||Sacramento State 87||Kansas State 89-90||Averaged 10.3 ppg and 8 rpg as a sophomore for Sacramento State. Averaged 5.9 ppg and 5.6 rpg as a junior and 8.1 ppg and 6.6 rpg as a senior for a pair of NCAA tourney teams. He was the Wildcats' leading rebounder in 1989-90.|
|Bob McCann||Upsala (NJ) 83||Morehead State 85-87||Averaged 9.9 ppg and 8 rpg for Upsala. Three-time All-OVC first-team choice paced Morehead in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots all three seasons. He averaged 17.5 ppg and 10.5 rpg in his career with the Eagles.|
|Bret Mundt||Bethel (TN) 85-86||Memphis State 88-89||Averaged 5.1 ppg and 3.6 rpg in 1987-88 and 6.2 ppg and 4.2 rpg in 1988-89 for a pair of NCAA tourney teams. Scored 13 points when the Tigers lost against Purdue in 1988 Midwest Regional.|
|Nick Neumann||Binghamton (NY) 99||Florida Atlantic 01-03||Averaged 5.9 ppg and 4.4 rpg with Binghamton. Grabbed 13 rebounds in a game against Campbell in his first season with FAU. Averaged 6.8 ppg and 5.9 rpg as a senior.|
|Yemi Nicholson||Fort Lewis (CO) 02||Denver 04-06||Played in only one game for Fort Lewis. Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year as a junior when he averaged 18.1 ppg, 8.4 rpg and 3 bpg for Denver's all-time winningest team at the DI level. Averaged 15.7 ppg, 8.1 rpg and 2.4 bpg in three-year career with the Pioneers.|
|Ime Oduok||Pacific Christian (CA) 92||Loyola Marymount 94-96||Two-time All-WCC selection averaged 11.5 ppg and 8.5 rpg while shooting 59% from the floor during his LMU career. The Eket, Nigeria native grabbed 22 rebounds against Buffalo as a sophomore.|
|Billy Paultz||Cameron (OK) 67||St. John's 69-70||Averaged 9.5 ppg and 5 rpg with Cameron before transferring back to the East Coast. Participated in the 1969 NCAA playoffs with the Redmen before averaging 15.8 ppg and 13.4 rpg for 1970 NIT runner-up.|
|Justin Rowe||Clearwater (FL) Christian 99-00||Maine 02-03||Finished among the top four in the nation in blocked shots with more than four per game as a junior and senior. All-America East Conference first-team selection in 2001-02 when he led the league in field-goal shooting (59.4%). Averaged 11.5 ppg, 8.6 rpg and 4.1 bpg with the Black Bears.|
|Dwayne Scholten||Seattle Pacific 83-84||Washington State 86-87||Led the Pacific-10 Conference with 9.2 rpg as a senior when he also contributed 11.5 ppg. Missed half of junior year because of a broken foot. Averaged 12 ppg and team-high 10.3 rpg as a sophomore with Seattle Pacific after contributing a modest 4.6 ppg and 4.6 rpg as a freshman.|
|Bill Sherwood||Oglethorpe (GA) 84-85||Oregon State 87-88||Averaged 7.7 ppg in 1986-87 and 14.7 ppg in 1987-88 for the Beavers. Outscored teammate Gary Payton with 17 points in OSU's 70-61 loss against Louisville in 1988 Southeast Regional. Averaged a modest 7.7 ppg and 3.9 rpg in two seasons with Oglethorpe.|
|Bill Simonovich||Hamline (MN) 52||Minnesota 54-56||Averaged 15.3 ppg and a team-high 10.9 rpg for Minnesota as a junior in 1954-55.|
|Anthony Smith||Clark (GA) 83||Western Kentucky 88-89||Led WKU in rebounding as a sophomore (10.4 rpg) and junior (10.1 rpg) before he was dismissed from the team. Averaged more than 11 ppg each season with the Hilltoppers. Averaged 1.5 ppg and 1.4 rpg as a freshman with Clark before joining the military. Served in the U.S. Army and played against WKU while with the Ft. Hood Tankers team before joining the Hilltoppers.|
|Scott Snider||Pacific Lutheran (WA) 92-93||Gonzaga 95-96||Led Pacific Lutheran in scoring as a freshman with 11.9 ppg before averaging 14 ppg and 5.6 rpg as a sophomore. Paced the WCC in field-goal shooting (62.9%) as a senior when he averaged 10.4 ppg and 7.4 rpg after averaging 5.2 ppg and 4.2 rpg the previous year for the Zags' first NCAA Tournament team.|
|Adam Sonn||Lipscomb (TN) 99||Belmont 01-03||Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Year as a senior. Two-time all-league first-team selection averaged 16.1 ppg, 10.7 rpg and 3 apg with the Bruins. Runner-up for Freshman of the Year in the TranSouth Conference when he was named to the All-Newcomer team after averaging 12 ppg and 6 rpg.|
However remote the prospect, Kentucky fans can hold out hope for a prompt turnaround because it has been achieved before. In coach Al McGuire's 1977 swan song, Marquette succeeded in the postseason despite losing an NCAA-champion high five home games, including its last three, to register the school's worst record in 10 years. But even if UK goes on to capture the SEC Tournament title and NCAA playoff championship this year under coach John Calipari, a smug media flopped more than equally-overbearing Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State) with its preseason group-think fawning over the Wildcats. Where was a "smidgeon" of bold enterprising analysis amid the diaper-dandy drivel and blue 40-0 T-shirts implying the 'Cats could go unbeaten?
Reflecting back on their pap, an insufferable groupie-like media desperate to be deemed "cool" was as unglued in the preseason as much as a dejected Calipari when ejected in second half of a loss at lowly South Carolina in the mediocre SEC. Sans point guard Ryan Harrow to sacrifice as a scapegoat, coach Cal is groping for a mature excuse comparable to fully explaining how two of his previous outposts (Massachusetts and Memphis) had their NCAA playoff participation vacated under his stewardship. There is simply no good explanation for possibly becoming the first preseason top-ranked team to finish out of the final Top 20 and first school ranked among preseason Top 5 in back-to-back seasons to finish out of both final polls. If all of UK's freshmen choose to return to college and finally focus on honing their less-than-professional skills, what will Calipari's ethical explanation be to the sizable number of undergraduate players who need to be cast adrift to make room on roster for the next greatest-of-all-time recruiting class? Will coach Cal consult again with cigar-loving President Clinton to possibly learn more about providing initiative to teenagers, interns, whatever?
Incredibly, Lindy's Yearbook was criticized last fall by Bluegrass bloviators for selecting UK (#2) and Louisville (#7) so low. Similarly, Doug Gottlieb, the lone cbssports.com "insider" failing to anoint UK as preseason #1, triggered one of the many websites needing Big Blue Nation drool buckets to claim it "understood the skepticism with ranking a team of freshmen first in a preseason poll, but when nearly everyone else in your profession believe the Wildcats are America's best team, doesn't it seem a little crazy to put them way down at No. 7 (randomly drawing teams from a hat)?" Well, how about way down out of the Top 20 after an over-hyped frosh class failed to live up to billing, enabling the "droolers" to shift their skill and moonlight helping support log rides at amusement parks across the country? No, what's big-time crazy is that, just like their respective websites, the preseason UK narrative from the slobbering stenographers all read virtually the same.
Discerning an equivalency to Ronan Farrow on training wheels, let's revisit the following widespread predictable preseason pundit plaudits replete with amateurish and snobbish historical perspectives on what comprises the "best":
Associated Press - "To say a ninth national championship is this season's goal is an understatement considering Kentucky has social media and blogs suggesting an unbeaten season is possible."
Athlon Sports - "On paper, it is the best of Calipari's five straight national-best recruiting classes. In theory, it is the greatest haul of all-time. Frontcourt is as impressive a collection of talent as you'll see. If competition fuels a team that is among the most talented the sport has ever seen, who knows what might happen? Calipari isn't shying away from 40-0 talk."
C.J. Moore, Bleacher Report - "Calipari turned the most frustrating team he's ever coached (NIT first-round defeat at Robert Morris) into the most admired by signing what could go down as the greatest recruiting class of all-time. From the NIT to the top. From flawed to flaunted."
Chris Dortch, Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook - "Top to bottom I'm not sure any team in history is as talented."
Jeff Borzello and Gary Parrish, cbssports.com - "Calipari brought in arguably the best recruiting class in the history of the sport. What Calipari is enrolling is literally the best collection of prospects anybody has ever enrolled. Ever. In history. That is not hyperbole. How could anybody not rank Kentucky No. 1? The question isn't whether UK is capable of winning it all as much as it's if UK has a chance at completing a season without losing at all."
Andy Katz, Jason King and Myron Medcalf, ESPN - "Kentucky's epic recruiting class make the Wildcats the preseason No. 1. A lot of folks have been asking if Calipari's latest batch of one-and-dones can win a national championship. My answer: How could they not? I don't understand any arguments against that (Kentucky as No. 1 team in America)."
Rob Dauster, NBC Sports (CollegeBasketballTalk) - "Kentucky is so ridiculously talented. Have we ever seen a recruiting class as strong as the one coach Cal landed this season? Have we ever seen a team amass quite the amount of talent Kentucky has amassed this year? NBA teams might as well get a six-month lease on an apartment in Lexington for the season. Kentucky is much closer to being the Kentucky of 2012 than the Kentucky of 2013."
Mike DeCourcy, Sporting News - "What the Wildcats really needed in order for their overwhelming influx of young talent - the No. 1 prospect in the 2013 class at four of the five positions - to help the team confidently challenge for an NCAA championship was physical maturity in the frontcourt along with at least a hint of veteran leadership. And they've got that now."
Luke Winn, Sports Illustrated - "The Wildcats will take aim at the Fab Five's legacy. Julius Randle, a LeBron-like freight train headed to the rim, could very well be national player of the year."
Eric Prisbell and Nicole Auerbach, USA Today - "Calipari's successful formula has been to rely heavily on freshmen, and this season should be no different. Getting ahead of ourselves? Perhaps. But some folks are going further, predicting an undefeated season or something close to that. Let's look at the "five" teams most likely to put an end to any talk of a perfect season."
Jeff Eisenberg, Yahoo Sports - "Unprecedented recruiting class might give Calipari his best chance yet to chase perfection."
We don't expect the national press to be perfect but if you don't believe there has been a dramatic dumbing down of America, then you've never seen man-on-the street segments on Jay Leno's Jaywalking, Jimmy Kimmel making fun of the news or Watters' World on Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor. Unfit for much presidential "R-S-P-E-C-T" (even with Aretha singing in the background), the extent to which the ignorance stems from peer-pressure media shortcomings contaminating the scene is debatable. For those who believe the quality of play on the court is not as good as it was several decades ago, the same premise could also apply to press coverage. This is not exactly the golden age of sports media. Where is the next Dick "Hoops" Weiss or budding John Feinsteins and Alexander Wolffs of the digital/publishing world?
There are ample reasons why the majority of Americans fail to have confidence in a misguided mass media reporting the news fully, accurately and fairly. It only takes a few minutes assessing Twitter incest and the flock of fake followers to reveal much of the follow-the-pack pathetic press doing little more than kissing butts like a pack of puppies in a municipality without a dog catcher. A "climate change" hoopdom needs is a whole new set of "experts." Based on their across-the-board Kentucky preseason prognosis reminiscent of Pravda, the shameless sports scribes should be kicked in their cans because they don't care to budget a fair share of basketballs for the job and are as derelict in their duties as U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Dem.-Nevada) failing again to offer a budget while calling American citizens liars for citing Obamacare deficiencies and domestic terrorists if they don't bow down and worship his colossal failures. If you like your (health-care) plan, then you can keep your plan (if counselors keep "doing the Lord's work" luring "knuckleheads" according to the First Lady)! If you like your (preseason hoops) previews, then you can keep your error-prone analysis (if "knucklehead" readers fail to do enough work to move off their butt and find more incisive impartial observations)!
We can't get any Keystone pipeline leadership, but our entitlement society can at least look forward to POTUS' postseason prognostication expertise via name-dropping ESPN manufacturing news. The "Audacity-of-Hype" Oval Office NCAA bracket selections will be as authoritative as the media's preseason kissing of the championship ring in coach Cal's back pocket. Outmaneuvered by "Peacemaker" Putin, shouldn't the West Wing be a mite more selective in how it spends its precious "FUNNYORDIE.COM" time? If so, the selfie-taking/Bush-league-blaming hoopster-in-chief wouldn't exhibit a Sgt. Schultz "I-know-nothing" routine while chronically pleading ignorance about less vital matters such as the Benghazi terrorist attack, IRS targeting of conservatives, Fast and Furious gun-running, health-care exchange ineptitude, NSA spying on allies, Justice Department snooping on national media, etc. But we can count on the know-it-all left-leaning fourth-rate estate to be there holding the powerful accountable, providing as many candid answers as I-R-Mess public servant Loser Lerner pleading the Fifth while grazing at the public trough on her six-figure retirement.
Naturally, parental pride displayed from coast to coast during Senior Night or Day last week and this week doesn't necessarily need to stem from athletics. Amid proper priorities, your child didn't have to be the best but he had to try his level best.
A parent knows life goes on after the anticipation of a senior salute. But how can a mom and dad express appreciation for all of the memories shared together?
Adding sports as a factor makes the lessons-learned equation more complex. Culminating at bittersweet senior celebration, it takes a significant amount of resilience to endure withdrawal from all of the devotion and emotion, last-second decisive shots, motivational talks coping with occasional slump, chance to dance in postseason competition, title dream dashed in close contest, team awards banquet, etc., etc., etc.
Who would have thought the first time he picked up a ball that he would make such a difference and stand so tall? Reflecting on all they've experienced, the parent is fortunate to still have a pulse whether their offspring is a walk-on or team standout.
Rather than promoting me-myself-and-I ideals stemming from the "one-and-done" crowd likely attending more games than classes this semester, fans should ignore much of the lame-stream media by paying sufficient deference to steadfast individuals investing four years of emotion and devotion at a single school such as staying-power seniors Keith Appling (Michigan State), Cameron Bairstow (New Mexico), James Bell (Villanova), Ben Brust (Wisconsin), Bryce Cotton (Providence), Aaron Craft (Ohio State), Dwayne Evans (Saint Louis), C.J. Fair (Syracuse), Joe Harris (Virginia), Justin Jackson (Cincinnati), Cory Jefferson (Baylor), Sean Kilpatrick (Cincinnati), Roy Devyn Marble (Iowa), Doug McDermott (Creighton), Shabazz Napier (Connecticut), Jake Odum (Indiana State), Adreian Payne (Michigan State), Casey Prather (Florida), Russ Smith (Louisville), Chaz Williams (Massachusetts), Kendall Williams (New Mexico) and Patric Young (Florida).
It's easy enough to substitute girl for boy in the following poem portraying a parent trying to come to terms with an impending spread-their-wings departure; whether it be from high school to college or from college to the "real world." These reflections might be therapeutic if you went through a similar range of emotions amid whatever success your own flesh and blood enjoyed along the way.
Lord, there's a little thing I need to know
Where in the world did my little boy go?
Packed and ready to depart might seem totally wrong
But it's a calling taking him where he does belong
Perplexed from time to time but one thing I know today
I'm a proud parent beyond words; what more can I say
Kids go through stages but not with this sort of speed
It was only yesterday he was unable to read
Wasn't it just months ago he went from crawl to walk
Hard-headed as a mule; certainly knew how to balk
Took one day at a time raising him the very best we could
Now inspires those around him just like we believed he would
High achiever turning a corner in his life
He has got what it takes to cope with any strife
Can't carry a tune but set school shooting star records
Now, the game-of-life clock dwindles from minutes to seconds
So angels above please watch over him daily
Although some of his antics may drive you crazy
He represents everything that I value the most
For that very reason, I'm offering a toast
But if he feels sorry for himself and about to give up
Do not hesitate to give him a gentle kick in the rump
Remembering what I did wrong but at least a couple things right
Always said you could do it; just try with all your might
I just yearn to see all of his grandest plans come true
God, it's my turn to have a great commission for You
Be with him, bless him and give him nothing but success
Aid his climb up that mountain; settle for nothing less
Guide his steps in the dark and rain
Pick up the pieces and ease any pain
Time to share our best with the remainder of the world
It is much like having a family flag unfurled
How can a once infant son make grown man cry
Groping for right words trying to say goodbye
To me, he'll always be a pure and spotless lamb
Cradled in our arms or holding his little hand
If I was Elton John, I'd tell everyone this is "Your Poem"
Simply sing how wonderful life was with you in our home
My soul swells with pride at any mention of you
How long gone are you going to be; wish I knew
Sure don't believe it is at all out of line
To seek to rebound for you just one more time
Although you're going to be many miles away
I will see you in my heart each and every day
So go down that windy path; don't you dare look back
You've found faith; it will keep you on the right track
He's headed for real world and all it offers
But first, here are your final marching orders
Always do the very best you possibly can
Refuse to lose even when you don't understand
There's no telling the goals you will be able to reach
By giving proper respect to instructors who teach
Aspire each and every day you wake
Not to waste a single breath you take
Might as well let all of your ability show
Because those gifts turn to dust whenever you "go"
Don't bury your talents in the ground
Lend helping hand to those you're around
I'll never forget the times when you were all you could be
Rose to the occasion and sent playoff game to OT
Cherish all the moments - the hugs and tears
For all your passion play through these years
My little guy is bound far beyond a Final Four
Poised for more success; prosperity at his door
All things are possible; he has found out
How much I love him is what I'm thinking about
Wherever you go, you'll be best from beginning to end
To that most truthful statement, I say Amen and Amen
After Senior Night, I'll stroll into your off-limits room
Try to keep my composure when it seems like doom and gloom
You will always be on my mind
But nothing like gut-wrenching time
When I ask the Lord a big thing I need to know
Where in His big world will His maturing man go?
Existing single-game rebounding records for San Francisco (Bill Russell) and Santa Clara (Ken Sears) were set on the same day in West Coast Conference competition in 1955. In another oddity, Yale's single-game scoring and rebounding marks against a major-college opponent were established in the same game against Harvard in 1956. Following is a day-by-day calendar citing memorable moments in March college basketball history:
1 - Kentucky's Cliff Hagan (42 points vs. Georgia in 1952 semifinals) set SEC Tournament single-game scoring record. . . . New Hampshire's Matt Alosa (39 vs. Hartford in opening round of 1996 North Atlantic Conference Tournament at Newark, DE), Saint Louis' Anthony Bonner (45 at Loyola of Chicago in overtime in 1990), Southern Illinois' Dick Garrett (46 vs. Centenary in 1968) and Southern Utah's Davor Marcelic (43 at Cal State Northridge in 1991) set school Division I single-game scoring records. . . . In 1952, Penn State and Pittsburgh combined for only nine field-goal attempts (fewest in a game since 1938). . . . North Carolina State ended South Carolina's school-record 32-game winning streak (43-24 in 1934) and Southern Methodist's school-record 44-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Texas A&M (43-42 in 1958). . . . Tom Heinsohn (42 vs. Boston College in 1956) set Holy Cross' single-game rebounding record. . . . Chris Collier (23 vs. Centenary in 1990) set Georgia State's single-game rebounding record against a DI opponent.
2 - San Francisco's Tim Owens (45 points vs. Loyola Marymount in 1991 quarterfinals) set WCC Tournament single-game scoring record. . . . Colgate's Jonathan Stone (52 vs. Brooklyn in 1992), Eastern Michigan's Gary Tyson (47 vs. Wheaton, IL, in 1974), McNeese State's Michael Cutright (51 at Stephen F. Austin in double overtime in 1989), New Mexico's Marvin Johnson (50 vs. Colorado State in 1978) and Southern Methodist's Gene Phillips (51 at Texas in 1971) set school Division I single-game scoring records. Johnson's output is also a Western Athletic Conference record in league competition. . . . Oklahoma tied an NCAA single-game record by converting all 34 of its free-throw attempts (against Iowa State in 2013). . . . Penn State's school-record 45-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Penn (85-79 in 1955).
3 - Jacksonville's Dee Brown (41 points vs. Old Dominion in 1990 quarterfinals) set Sun Belt Conference Tournament single-game scoring record and Monmouth's Rahsaan Johnson (40 vs. St. Francis, NY, in 2000 quarterfinals) set Northeast Conference Tournament single-game scoring record. . . . Drake's Philip "Red" Murrell (51 vs. Houston in overtime in 1958), Lafayette's Bobby Mantz (47 vs. Wilkes College, PA, in 1958), Maine's Jim Stephenson (54 vs. Colby in 1969), Robert Morris' Gene Nabors (38 vs. St. Francis, PA, in 2000 Northeast Conference Tournament quarterfinals at Trenton, NJ), St. John's Bob Zawoluk (65 vs. St. Peter's in 1950), Santa Clara's Carlos "Bud" Ogden (55 at Pepperdine in 1967), Temple's Bill Mlkvy (73 at Wilkes College, PA, in 1951), Tulsa's Willie Biles (48 vs. Wichita State in 1973) and UNLV's Trevor Diggs (49 vs. Wyoming in 2001) set school single-game scoring records. Diggs' output is also a Mountain West Conference record in league competition. . . . Florida State's Al Thornton (45 vs. Miami in 2007), Iona's Sean Green (43 vs. Siena in 1991) and Tennessee-Martin's Lester Hudson (42 vs. Tennessee Tech in 2009) set school single-game scoring records against a Division I opponent. . . . Kentucky's Adolph Rupp became the coach to compile 800 victories the fastest with a 90-86 win at Auburn in 1969 (974 games in 37th season). . . . Army's Todd Mattson (24 vs. Holy Cross in 1990), Iowa's Chuck Darling (30 vs. Wisconsin in 1952) and Minnesota's Larry Mikan (28 vs. Michigan in 1970) set school single-game rebounding records.
4 - Marshall's Skip Henderson (55 points vs. The Citadel in 1988 Southern Conference Tournament quarterfinals at Asheville, NC) and Montana State's Tom Storm (44 vs. Portland State in 1967) set school single-game scoring records. Henderson's output is also a Southern Conference Tournament single-game record. . . . William & Mary's Quinn McDowell (35 vs. James Madison in 2011 quarterfinals) set CAA Tournament single-game scoring record and Army's Mark Lueking (43 vs. Bucknell in 1995 quarterfinals) tied Patriot League Tournament single-game scoring record. . . . Villanova's school-record 72-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by St. Francis, PA (70-64 in 1958). . . . San Francisco's Bill Russell (35 vs. Loyola Marymount in 1955) and Santa Clara's Ken Sears (30 vs. Pacific in 1955) set school single-game rebounding records. . . . Collis Jones (25 vs. Western Michigan in 1971) set Notre Dame's single-game rebounding record against a Division I opponent. . . . One of the most tragic moments in college basketball history occurred in semifinals of 1990 West Coast Conference Tournament at Loyola Marymount when Hank Gathers, the league's all-time scoring leader and a two-time tourney MVP, collapsed and died on his home court during the Lions' game with Portland.
5 - Bradley's Hersey Hawkins (41 points vs. Indiana State in 1988 Missouri Valley quarterfinals), Holy Cross' Rob Feaster (43 vs. Navy in 1994 Patriot League semifinals) and Texas Tech's Rick Bullock (44 vs. Arkansas in 1976 SWC semifinals) set conference tournament single-game scoring records. Radford's Kenny Thomas (35 vs. UNC Asheville in 2009 semifinals) tied Big South Conference Tournament single-game scoring record. . . . Cal State Northridge's Mike O'Quinn (39 vs. Eastern Washington in overtime in 1998 Big Sky Tournament quarterfinals at Northern Arizona), Cornell's George Farley (47 at Princeton in 1960), Michigan's Cazzie Russell (48 vs. Northwestern in 1966), Minnesota's Eric Magdanz (42 at Michigan in 1962) and Wichita State's Antoine Carr (47 vs. Southern Illinois in 1983) set school Division I single-game scoring records. . . . Carnegie Tech's Melvin Cratsley set Eastern Intercollegiate Conference single-game scoring record with 34 points vs. West Virginia in 1938. . . . Boston University's Kevin Thomas (34 vs. Boston College in 1958), Pacific's Keith Swagerty (39 vs. UC Santa Barbara in 1965) and Saint Louis' Jerry Koch (38 vs. Bradley in 1954) set school single-game rebounding records. . . . Baylor's Jerome Lambert (26 vs. Southern Methodist in 1994) and Wyoming's Leon Clark (24 vs. Arizona in 1966) set school single-game rebounding records against a DI opponent.
6 - Texas Christian's Mike Jones (44 points vs. Fresno State in 1997 quarterfinals) set WAC Tournament single-game scoring record. . . . Duquesne's Ron Guziak (50 vs. St. Francis, PA, at Altoona in 1968), Fairfield's George Groom (41 vs. Assumption in 1972), Minnesota's Ollie Shannon (42 vs. Wisconsin in 1971), Missouri's Joe Scott (46 vs. Nebraska in 1961) and Sam Houston State's Senecca Wall (45 vs. Texas-Arlington in double overtime in 2001 Southland Conference Tournament quarterfinals) set school Division I single-game scoring records.
7 - North Carolina's Len Rosenbluth (45 points vs. Clemson in 1957 quarterfinals) set ACC Tournament single-game scoring record. . . . Houston Baptist's Reggie Gibbs (43 vs. Georgia Southern in 1989 TAAC Tournament quarterfinals), Lehigh's Daren Queenan (49 vs. Bucknell in double overtime in 1987 ECC Tournament semifinals at Towson State), Notre Dame's Austin Carr (61 vs. Ohio University in first round of 1970 NCAA Tournament Mideast Regional) and Rhode Island's Tom Garrick (50 vs. Rutgers in 1988 Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament quarterfinals at West Virginia) set school Division I single-game scoring records. Carr's output is also an NCAA playoff single-game record and outputs by Garrick and Gibbs are single-game records in respective league tourneys. . . . Oklahoma State center Arlen Clark established an NCAA standard for most successful free throws in a game without a miss when he converted all 24 of his foul shots against Colorado in 1959. . . . In 1928, Butler beat Notre Dame, 21-13, in inaugural game at Hinkle Fieldhouse, which was the largest basketball arena in the U.S. and retained that distinction until 1950.
8 - Wright State's Bill Edwards (38 points vs. Illinois-Chicago in 1993 final) set Summit League Tournament single-game scoring record and Kentucky's Melvin Turpin (42 vs. Georgia in 1984 quarterfinals) tied SEC Tournament single-game scoring record. . . . Harvard's Brady Merchant (45 vs. Brown in 2003), Miami of Ohio's Ron Harper (45 vs. Ball State in 1985 Mid-American Conference Tournament semifinals) and Vanderbilt's Tom Hagan (44 at Mississippi State in 1969) set school single-game scoring records. Harper's output is also a MAC Tournament single-game scoring record. . . . Brown's Gerry Alaimo (26 vs. Rhode Island in 1958) and Georgia's Bob Lienhard (29 vs. Louisiana State in 1969) set school single-game rebounding records against a Division I opponent.
9 - Greg Ballard (43 points at Oral Roberts in 1977 NIT first round) set Oregon's single-game scoring record. . . . Marcus Mann (28 vs. Jackson State in 1996) set Mississippi Valley State's single-game rebounding record against a Division I opponent.
10 - North Texas State's Kenneth Lyons (47 points vs. Louisiana Tech in 1983 Southland quarterfinals), Northwestern's Michael Thompson (35 vs. Minnesota in 2011 Big Ten opening round) and Washington State's Klay Thompson (43 vs. Washington in 2011 Pac-12 quarterfinals) set single-game scoring records in their respective conference tournaments. Lyons' output is also a school single-game scoring record. . . . Paul Williams (45 at Southern California in 1983) set Arizona State's single-game scoring record. . . . John Lee (41 vs. Harvard in 1956) set Yale's single-game scoring record against a Division I opponent. . . . Lamar's school-record 80-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Louisiana Tech (68-65 in 1984 SLC Tournament). . . . Ed Robinson (32 vs. Harvard in 1956) set Yale's single-game rebounding record.
11 - Connecticut's Donyell Marshall (42 points vs. St. John's in 1994 Big East quarterfinals), Texas Tech's Mike Singletary (43 vs. Texas A&M in 2009 Big 12 opening round) and Cal State Fullerton's Josh Akognon (37 vs. UC Riverside in 2009 Big West opening round) set single-game scoring records in their respective conference tournaments. . . . Brigham Young's Jimmer Fredette (52 vs. New Mexico in 2011 Mountain West Tournament semifinals at Las Vegas), Montana's Anthony Johnson (42 at Weber State in 2010 Big Sky Tournament final) and Nebraska's Eric Piatkowski (42 vs. Oklahoma in 1994 Big Eight Tournament quarterfinals at Kansas City) set school single-game scoring records. Outputs for Fredette, Johnson and Piatkowski are also single-game scoring records in their respective conference tourneys. . . . Indiana (95) and Michigan (57) combined for an NCAA single-game record of 152 rebounds in 1961. . . . Walt Bellamy (33 vs. Michigan in 1961) set Indiana's single-game rebounding record.
12 - Bradley's Bob Carney (23 against Colorado in 1954 regional semifinals) set NCAA Tournament single-game record by converting 23 free-throw attempts. . . . Texas-El Paso's Stefon Jackson (38 points vs. Houston in 2009 quarterfinals) set Conference USA Tournament single-game scoring record. . . . DePaul's George Mikan (53 vs. Rhode Island State in 1945 NIT semifinals), Fairleigh Dickinson's Elijah Allen (43 vs. Connecticut in 1998 NCAA Tournament first round) and Navy's David Robinson (50 vs. Michigan in first round of 1987 NCAA Tournament East Regional) set school Division I single-game scoring records. . . . Syracuse outlasted Connecticut, 127-117, in six overtimes in 2009 Big East Conference Tournament quarterfinals in longest postseason game in NCAA history.
13 - Vermont's Taylor Coppenrath (43 points vs. Maine in 2004 final) set America East Conference Tournament single-game scoring record.
14 - Louisville's Russ Smith (42 points vs. Houston in 2014 semifinals) set American Athletic Conference Tournament single-game scoring record.
15 - Andrew Goudelock (39 points vs. Dayton in 2011 NIT first round) set College of Charleston's single-game scoring record against a Division I opponent.
16 - Kentucky's Kenny Walker (11-of-11 vs. Western Kentucky in 1986 second round) became only player in NCAA Tournament history to make all of more than 10 field-goal attempts in a single playoff game. . . . Temple's Fred Cohen (34 vs. Connecticut in 1956 NCAA Tournament East Regional semifinals) set a school and NCAA Tournament single-game rebounding record. . . . Nate Thurmond (31 vs. Mississippi State in 1963 Mideast Regional third-place game) set Bowling Green's single-game rebounding record against a Division I opponent.
17 - Texas' Travis Mays (23-of-27 vs. Georgia in 1990 first round) tied NCAA Tournament single-game record for most free-throws made. . . . Maurice Stokes (43 points vs. Dayton in 1955 NIT semifinals) set Saint Francis (PA) single-game scoring record against a Division I opponent. . . . In 1939, Villanova defeated Brown, 42-30, in the first NCAA Tournament game ever played. . . . Al Inniss (37 vs. Lafayette in 1956 NIT first round) set St. Francis (NY) single-game rebounding record.
18 - Loyola Marymount's Jeff Fryer (11 three-pointers vs. Michigan in 1990 second round) became only player in NCAA playoff history to make more than 10 three-point field-goals in a single playoff game.
19 - Louisiana State's Shaquille O'Neal (11 rejections vs. Brigham Young in 1992 first round) set NCAA Tournament single-game record for most blocked shots.
20 - Michigan State's Adrien Payne (17-for-17 from free-throw line vs. Delaware in 2014 opener) set NCAA Tournament single-game record for most successful foul shots without a miss.
21 - UNC Wilmington's John Goldsberry became only player in NCAA Tournament history to make as many as eight three-pointers without a miss in single playoff game (against Maryland in 2003 first round).
22 - The only time in major-college history two undefeated major colleges met in a national postseason tournament was the 1939 NIT final between Loyola of Chicago and Long Island University (LIU won, 44-32). . . . University of Chicago ended Penn's school-record 31-game winning streak (28-24 in 1920) and LIU ended Seton Hall's school-record 41-game winning streak (49-26 in 1941 NIT semifinals).
23 - Hal Lear (48 points vs. Southern Methodist in 1956 NCAA Tournament third-place game) set Temple's single-game scoring record against a Division I opponent.
24 - Askia Jones (62 points vs. Fresno State in 1994 NIT quarterfinals) set Kansas State's single-game scoring record.
28 - UNLV's Mark Wade (18 vs. Indiana in 1987 national semifinals) set NCAA Tournament single-game record for most assists.
30 - Princeton's Bill Bradley (58 points vs. Wichita State in 1965 NCAA Tournament national third-place game) and Siena's Doremus Bennerman (51 vs. Kansas State in 1994 NIT third-place game at Madison Square Garden) set school single-game scoring records.
Unless you're clairvoyant, there is no reason to get exorcised about a coach departing for another apparently better situation. For instance, there was considerable angst among Gonzaga loyalists after a 28-7 record in 1998-99 when Dan Monson left the Zags for Minnesota. Although successor Mark Few boasted no prior DI head coaching experience, all he did the past 15 seasons was become one of the most successful mentors in NCAA history.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Mark Turgeon was hailed with Wichita State before plying his trade in a couple of power conferences. But after what has transpired the past three campaigns, would Shocker fans prefer having Turgeon at their helm rather than Gregg Marshall? It is doubtful that any of the following schools would want a do-over after a successful bench boss abandoned ship seeking greener pastures in a power alliance:
|School||Success Summary of Current Coach||Predecessor's Subsequent Struggles|
|Colorado||Tad Boyle won more than 20 games each of first four seasons.||Jeff Bzdelik compiled a losing record with Wake Forest.|
|Creighton||Greg McDermott won more than 25 games each of last three seasons whether in MVC or Big East.||Dana Altman posted two losing league records with Oregon.|
|Iona||Tim Cluess compiled four consecutive 20-win campaigns.||Kevin Willard compiled losing Big East Conference record each of first four seasons with Seton Hall.|
|Kansas State||Bruce Weber tied KU for Big 12 regular-season title last season and appears bound for an NCAA playoff berth this year.||A powerful magnifying glass is needed to discern any significant progress South Carolina has made in a mediocre SEC under Frank Martin.|
|Miami (Fla.)||Jim Larranaga notched a school all-time best 29-7 worksheet last season.||Frank Haith's dismal postseason record is expected to continue with this year's disappointing Mizzou squad.|
|Massachusetts||Derek Kellogg won more than 20 games each of last three seasons.||Travis Ford registered one NCAA playoff win in first five years with Oklahoma State before Pokes' turmoil this season.|
|Virginia Commonwealth||Shaka Smart won at least 27 games each of previous four seasons.||Anthony Grant notched no NCAA Tournament triumph in first five seasons with Alabama.|
|Wichita State||Gregg Marshall averaged more than 30 victories annually over the last three seasons.||Mark Turgeon has a minimum of 13 defeats and no NCAA playoff appearances in first three years with Maryland after stint at Texas A&M.|
An old adage portends that "the apple doesn't fall far from the tree." You know the father-son deal whether they boasted big-man credentials enabling them to dominate in the post or were adept as a playmaker driving to the post! A challenging dynamic exists when playing for the same school where your dad was a standout. Whether or not it's a fair sampling (majority of dads are better), comparing the following father-son duos might provide a window depicting when the quality of play was superior.
The Marble Collection (Roy and Roy Devyn) is posting headlines at Iowa although the Hoskets from Ohio State (Wilmer Clemens and Bill) decades ago are the only father-son combination to become All-Big Ten Conference first-team selections. Next season, the next Big Ten family affair for the same school making the most impact probably will be at Purdue (son Kendall Stephens following in footsteps of father Everette).
Marques Johnson was the third-leading scorer and fourth-leading rebounder for UCLA's 1975 NCAA champion and son Kris was a backup freshman for the Bruins' 1995 titlist. They are the only father-son duo to capture NCAA crowns for the same institution, propelling them atop the list of father-son combos. At any rate, there is something in the family DNA for the following all-time father-son tandems making the most impact for same major university factoring in how long they attended school:
|Rank||Family||School||Father's College Career Summary||Son's College Career Summary|
|1.||Johnson||UCLA||Marques, the national player of the year as a senior, averaged 14.4 ppg and 7.8 rpg from 1973-74 through 1976-77.||Kris averaged 11.6 ppg and 3.7 rpg from 1994-95 through 1997-98.|
|2.||Marble||Iowa||Roy, a three-time All-Big Ten Conference selection and the Hawkeyes' all-time leading scorer (2,116 points), averaged 15.8 ppg and 5 rpg from 1985-86 through 1988-89.||Roy Devyn averaged 12 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.7 apg and 1.3 spg from 2010-11 through 2013-14, ranking among the school's all-time top seven in points, rebounds, assists and steals.|
|3.||Burtt||Iona||Steve Sr., a two-time MAAC MVP, became the school's all-time leading scorer with 2,534 points by finishing among nation's top 17 scorers each of his last three seasons from 1981-82 through 1983-84.||Steve Jr., a three-time All-MAAC selection, is school runner-up with 2,034 points from 2002-03 through 2005-06, finishing seventh in country in scoring as a senior.|
|4.||Paxson||Dayton||James, a starter for two NIT runner-up teams, averaged 10.9 ppg and 7.6 rpg in three seasons in mid-1950s.||Jim, an All-American as a senior, averaged 18 ppg and 4.5 rpg from 1975-76 through 1978-79.|
|5.||Perry||Holy Cross||Ronnie Sr. averaged 13.6 ppg from 1951-52 through 1953-54.||Ronnie Jr., a three-time All-American, averaged 23.2 ppg and 3.9 apg while shooting 88.5% at free-throw line from 1976-77 through 1979-80.|
|6.||Hosket||Ohio State||Wilmer Clemens was named to third five on College Humor Magazine A-A in 1932-33 when he was fourth-leading scorer in Big Ten (8 ppg) as member of league co-champion.||Bill, a member of the U.S. Olympic squad after appearing in Final Four as a senior, averaged 19.5 ppg and 12.3 rpg in three seasons from 1965-66 through 1967-68.|
|7.||Haws||Brigham Young||Marty, an All-WAC first-team selection as a senior when leading the Cougars in scoring with 18.5 ppg, averaged 10.9 ppg and 4.1 apg from 1986-87 through 1989-90.||Tyler averaged 18.6 ppg and 4.3 rpg in his first three seasons, ranking among the nation's top seven scorers as a sophomore and junior.|
|8.||Rautins||Syracuse||Leo, who led the Orangemen in rebounds and assists as a senior when he was an All-Big East Conference third-team selection, averaged 12.1 ppg, 6.3 rpg and 5 apg from 1980-81 through 1982-83 after transferring from Minnesota.||Andy, an All-Big East second-team selection as a senior, averaged 8.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.7 apg and 1.4 spg from 2005-06 through 2009-10.|
|9.||Brewer||Arkansas||Ron, an All-American as a senior for a 1978 Final Four team, averaged 15.8 ppg and 3.3 rpg after one season at JC level.||Ronnie, a two-time All-SEC selection, averaged 15.7 ppg and 5 rpg from 2003-04 through 2005-06 before declaring early for NBA draft.|
|10.||Robinzine||DePaul||William Sr. averaged 15.3 ppg in 1954-55 and 1955-56.||William Jr. averaged 16.6 ppg and 11.4 rpg from 1972-73 through 1974-75, including team highs of 19.4 ppg and 13.5 rpg as a senior.|
|11.||Young||Houston||Michael, an All-American as a senior, was top scorer for back-to-back Final Four teams featuring Akeem Olajuwon (1983 and 1984), averaging 18.6 ppg over final two years.||Joseph averaged 14.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 2.4 apg in 2011-12 and 2012-13 with UH before transferring to Oregon.|
|12.||Warren||North Carolina State||Tony Sr. averaged 9.3 ppg and 4.3 rpg from 1976-77 through 1978-79 under coach Norm Sloan, leading Wolfpack in field-goal percentage as junior.||Tony "T.J." Jr. was an All-American and ACC Player of the Year as sophomore in 2013-14 before declaring early for NBA draft.|
|13.||Price||Oklahoma||Dennis averaged 10.9 ppg from 1957-58 through 1959-60.||Brent averaged 18 ppg and 5.8 apg for the Sooners in 1990-91 and 1991-92 after transferring from South Carolina.|
|14.||Hummer||Princeton||Edward, a Final Four teammate of All-American Bill Bradley before becoming an All-Ivy League second-team selection, averaged 10.2 ppg and 7 rpg from 1964-65 through 1966-67.||Ian, a three-time All-Ivy League selection, averaged 13.2 ppg and 5.9 rpg from 2009-10 through 2012-13.|
|15.||Cox||San Francisco||Chubby, setting stage for first father-son tandem to both be two-time all-conference selection for same school in same league, averaged team-high 5.4 apg in each of his final two seasons in 1976-77 and 1977-78.||John averaged 15.8 ppg and 4.2 rpg from 2001-02 through 2004-05, leading the WCC in scoring as a senior.|
|16.||Evans||Oklahoma||Eddie averaged 11.9 ppg from 1960-61 through 1962-63, including a team-high 16.4 ppg as a senior.||Terry averaged 11.1 ppg and 5.3 apg from 1989-90 through 1992-93, setting school records in assists (628) and three-point field goals (259).|
|17.||Raivio||Portland||Rick, a three-time All-WCAC selection who led the Pilots in FG% all four seasons, finished as their all-time leading rebounder (910/9.4 rpg) while averaging 17.2 ppg before becoming 1980 fifth-round draft choice by L.A. Lakers.||Nik, a J.C. recruit, was an All-WCC selection as a junior in 2008-09 when he averaged 16 ppg and 6.5 rpg before heading overseas to play professionally after concluding his college career with 14.3 ppg and 5.3 rpg.|
|18.||Temple||Louisiana State||Collis Jr., the first African-American varsity player in LSU history in 1971-72, averaged 10.1 ppg and 8.1 rpg in three seasons, ranking second in SEC in rebounding (11.1 rpg) and seventh in field-goal shooting (54.9%) as a senior.||Collis III averaged 10.2 ppg from 1999-00 through 2002-03, including career-high 14.3 ppg as sophomore when he scored 30 points in regular-season finale at Tennessee. Garrett was defensive whiz for 2006 Final Four club before becoming an All-SEC second-team pick as senior in 2008-09.|
|19.||Ainge||Brigham Young||Danny, a three-time All-American who averaged 20.9 ppg, was named national player of the year as a senior in 1980-81.||Austin posted career highs of 9.5 ppg and 4.1 apg as a sophomore in 2004-05 en route to career marks of 6.6 ppg and 3.5 apg.|
|20.||Guokas||St. Joseph's||Matt Sr. was tallest player and an original member of the famed "Mighty Mites" who asserted themselves in the Philly Big Five by winning 54 of 71 games in the late 1930s.||Matt Jr. averaged 15.4 ppg and 4.6 rpg for the Hawks in 1964-65 and 1965-66 after transferring from Miami (Fla.).|
|21.||Komives||Bowling Green||Howard averaged 25.8 ppg from 1961-62 through 1963-64, leading nation in scoring as senior All-American with 36.7 ppg.||Shane averaged 10.6 ppg from 1992-93 through 1995-96, including career-high 14.3 ppg as a sophomore.|
|22.||Ellis||San Francisco||Joe, a three-time All-WCAC first-team selection from 1963-64 through 1965-66, averaged 13.5 ppg and 8.9 rpg.||Kevin averaged 9.1 ppg and 3 rpg his final two seasons in 1988-89 and 1989-90.|
|23.||Springer||Iona||Gary Sr., a three-time All-MAAC selection, averaged 15.4 ppg and 8.4 rpg from 1980-81 through 1983-84.||Gary Jr., an All-MAAC third-team selection as a senior in 2008-09, averaged 7.6 ppg and 5.2 rpg.|
|24.||Becker||Arizona State||Art, a two-time All-WAC selection, averaged 15.7 ppg and 9 rpg from 1961-62 through 1963-64, ranks among school career leaders in rebound average, FG% (52.4) and FT% (79.7). Teammate of Joe Caldwell had two games with more than 20 points and 20 rebounds as a junior when leading team with 11.2 rpg.||Mark averaged 8.8 ppg and 4.8 rpg from 1986-87 through 1989-90, leading team in rebounding as a sophomore with 5.5 per game.|
|25.||Henry||Kansas||Carl, an OCU transfer, averaged 17.1 ppg and 6.4 rpg in 1982-83 and 1983-84 as a two-time All-Big Eight Conference selection.||Xavier, an All-Big 12 Conference Rookie Team choice, averaged 13.4 ppg and 4.4 rpg as freshman in 2009-10 before leaving school early for NBA draft.|
|26.||Frederick||South Carolina||Zam Sr. led nation in scoring as a senior in 1980-81 with 28.9 ppg to finish career with 13.7 ppg.||Zam II, an All-SEC second-team selection as a senior, averaged 15.1 ppg with the Gamecocks in 2007-08 and 2008-09 after transferring from Georgia Tech.|
|27.||Payne||Iowa||Tom was leading the Hawkeyes in scoring and rebounding at end of first semester of junior season (1956-57) when declared academically ineligible.||Michael averaged 9.6 ppg and 7.3 rpg from 1981-82 through 1984-85, pacing team in rebounding his first two seasons.|
|28.||Howard||Brigham Young||Orin was a multi-sport Hall of Famer for the school in the 1920s.||Doug, a second-team All-WAC selection as a junior in 1968-69 (15.4 ppg, 4 rpg, 85.3 FT%) and senior in 1969-70 (18.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 85.3 FT%) led Cougars in scoring his last two years.|
|29.||Butler||Richmond||Jeff, a transfer from Robert Morris (Pa.) when it was a junior college, led UR in scoring and rebounding in 1975-76 and 1976-77, averaging 15.2 ppg and 9.6 rpg.||Ryan, a starter much of stint from 2006-07 through 2009-10, finished his career fifth in total steals and three-pointers, averaging 6.6 ppg and 2.8 rpg.|
|30.||Ewing||Georgetown||Patrick Sr., the national player of the year as a senior, averaged 15.3 ppg and 9.2 rpg from 1981-82 through 1984-85.||Patrick Jr. averaged 5.1 ppg and 3.1 rpg with the Hoyas in 2006-07 and 2007-08 after transferring from Indiana.|
|31.||Valentine||Michigan State||Carlton was the Spartans' leading scorer and rebounder as a senior in 1987-88, finishing his career with 8.5 ppg and 4.1 rpg.||Denzel averaged 6.2 ppg and 5 rpg for NCAA playoff teams in 2012-13 and 2013-14.|
|32.||Stockton||Gonzaga||John, MVP of the WCAC as a senior, averaged 12.5 ppg and 5.2 apg from 1980-81 through 1983-84.||David averaged 4.6 ppg and 2.9 apg for four NCAA playoff teams from 2010-11 through 2013-14.|
|33.||Mimlitz||St. Louis||Jack, a two-time All-Missouri Valley Conference selection, averaged 14.2 ppg from 1955-56 through 1957-58.||Ted averaged 7 ppg for SLU in 1985-86 and 1986-87 after transferring from Missouri.|
|34.||Morningstar||Kansas||Roger, runner-up in scoring for a Final Four squad, averaged 11.7 ppg and 4.8 rpg in 1973-74 and 1974-75 after transferring from a junior college.||Brady averaged 5.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg and 2.6 apg from 2006-07 through 2010-11.|
|35.||Shepherd||Butler||Bill Sr. averaged 5.9 ppg in 1947-48 and 6.6 ppg in 1948-49.||Billy Jr., who scored 49 points in a game at Arizona as a junior, averaged 24.1 ppg from 1969-70 through 1971-72 (career-low senior mark of 19.3 ppg while contributing team-high 5.8 apg).|
|36.||Fife||Michigan||Dan averaged 12.6 ppg and 4.9 rpg from 1968-69 through 1970-71.||Dugan, a backup on the last Fab Five Final Four team, averaged 4.6 ppg and 2 rpg from 1992-93 through 1995-96.|
|37.||Suttle||Pepperdine||Dane Sr., co-MVP of the WCAC as a senior, averaged 16.2 ppg from 1979-80 through 1982-83 before playing briefly in NBA.||Dane Jr. averaged 5.6 ppg from 2009-10 through 2011-12.|
|38.||Rose||Houston||Lynden, a J.C. recruit who became co-captain of 1982 Final Four squad, averaged 7.5 ppg and 3.3 apg.||L.J. averaged 8.1 ppg and 5.1 apg as a UH sophomore in 2013-14 after transferring from Baylor.|
|39.||Wilkins||Illinois State||Jeff averaged 16.4 ppg and 9.8 rpg from 1974-75 through 1976-77, leading team in scoring, rebounding and FG% as a senior before becoming an NBA second-round draft choice.||John, a J.C. transfer, averaged 7.1 ppg and 3.8 rpg from 2010-11 through 2012-13.|
|40.||Whitehead||Louisville||Eddie averaged 5.8 ppg and 5.2 rpg from 1963-64 through 1965-66, finishing runner-up in rebounding behind All-American Wes Unseld as a senior.||Luke averaged 9.1 ppg and 3.8 rpg from 2000-01 through 2003-04, including NCAA playoff squads his final two seasons (leading rebounder and runner-up in scoring as senior).|
|41.||Mills||Kentucky||Terry averaged 6.7 ppg for three NCAA Tournament teams from 1968-69 through 1970-71.||Cameron, who averaged 4.3 ppg from 1994-95 through 1996-97, led UK in three-point FG% as a junior when he averaged 11.8 ppg in the NCAA playoffs.|
|42.||Sutton||Oklahoma State||Eddie averaged 6.6 ppg and 2.6 rpg while shooting 82.1% from free-throw line in the late 1950s.||Sean, pacing the Pokes in assists and three-point shooting both seasons, averaged 11 ppg, 2.5 rpg and 4.4 apg in 1990-91 and 1991-92 for two NCAA playoff teams after transferring from UK.|
|43.||Melchionni||Duke||Gary averaged 10.4 ppg and 2.7 rpg from 1970-71 through 1972-73.||Lee averaged 4.5 ppg and 2.2 rpg while shooting 35.9% from beyond the arc from 2002-03 through 2005-06.|
|44.||Altenberger||Illinois||Bill averaged 7.7 ppg from 1954-55 through 1956-57.||Doug averaged 9.6 ppg from 1982-83 through 1986-87, including 13.6 ppg as a senior when he was an All-Big Ten third-team selection.|
|45.||McElwain||Stanford||Les played in early 1930s.||Mal averaged 10.9 ppg and 6.3 rpg as a three-year starting forward in late 1960s.|
|46.||Urzetta||St. Bonaventure||Sam, who led the nation in FT% as a sophomore and senior, averaged 6.2 ppg from 1946-47 through 1949-50.||Nick averaged 8.7 ppg in late 1970s.|
|47.||Vopicka||Illinois||James was second-leading scorer in 1935-36 and a starter on 1936-37 club tying for Big Ten title.||Jim averaged 5.7 ppg in 1963-64 and 3.8 ppg in 1964-65.|
|48.||Christensen||Brigham Young||Harold, a member of 1951 NIT championship team, averaged 7.8 ppg and 4.4 rpg before he was chosen by the Minneapolis Lakers in 1953 NBA draft.||Todd averaged 5.8 ppg in 1995-96, 1998-99 and 1999-00.|
|49.||Parkinson||Purdue||Bruce, an All-Big Ten first-team selection as a junior, averaged 10.9 ppg and 4.3 rpg from 1972-73 through 1976-77.||Austin averaged 2.2 ppg and 3.2 apg from 2000-01 through 2003-04.|
|T50.||Hall||Vanderbilt||Jerry Don averaged 6.3 ppg and 1.7 rpg from 1960-61 through 1962-63.||Dan, who led Vandy in rebounding as a sophomore, averaged 7.1 ppg and 4.7 rpg in 1989-90 and from 1991-92 through 1993-94.|
|T50.||Craig||Brigham Young||Robert, a member of 1951 NIT titlist, averaged 3.5 ppg in 1949-50 and 1950-51.||Steve, a teammate of All-American Danny Ainge, averaged 7.2 ppg and 2.5 rpg in 1975-76 and from 1978-79 through 1980-81.|
Wichita State, the last unbeaten team this season (only squad ever to win as many as 35 games until bowing against Kentucky in second round of NCAA Tournament), should have known all good things must come to an end. No NCAA Division I men's team has compiled an undefeated record since Indiana in 1975-76. Historical odds came into play and were against the Shockers winning the NCAA title because only three final undefeated teams in the previous 36 years (Duke '92, UConn '99 and Florida '06) went on to capture the national crown. Only 1/3 of the first 37 teams (two in 1991-92) since IU '76 in this category reached the Final Four.
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, shaky down the stretch in the regular season akin to POTUS facing off against Putin, finished runner-up in the NIT.
Two years ago, Murray State became the 10th of these 37 last-remaining-standing teams to suffer their first defeat at home. Following are vital facts on final unbeaten teams since the Hoosiers in 1975-76 (in reverse order):
|Season||Last Unbeaten (Wins)||First Defeat||Date||Score||Final Record/Postseason|
|2013-14||Wichita State (35)*||Kentucky||3-23-14||78-76||35-1/Second Round|
|2012-13||Michigan (16)||at Ohio State||1-13-13||56-53||31-8/NCAA Runner-up|
|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 against Duke in 1991 NCAA Tournament national semifinals in Indianapolis. . . . Wichita State lost against Kentucky in 2014 NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional Second Round in St. Louis.
A weekly ritual began on January 18, 1949, when the Associated Press announced the results of the first weekly basketball poll. Cliff Clavin might be the only individual knowing St. Louis was ranked atop the initial poll. The Billikens, who have never been a member of a power league, placed third in the final rankings. They returned to the Top 10 recently for the first time in nearly 50 years (early in 1964-65 when Wichita State was briefly atop the national poll).
We've traversed from one mid-level school all the way to a couple more - (Gonzaga) last year and possibly Wichita State this season. After the Zags won the 2013 WCC Tournament, they became the ninth mid-major school entering the NCAA playoffs ranked #1 before being shocked by the Shockers in the second round of the tourney. This year, WSU could be bound to become No. 10 in this category if it remains unbeaten through the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.
The term "mid-major" annoys some loyalists. But following is a chronological list assessing what happened to nationally top-ranked teams that haven't been members of one of the generally-accepted power conferences since AP national rankings were introduced in the late 1940s:
|Season||Date(s)||Mid-Major Ranked #1||Score||Team(s) Upsetting #1||Final AP Ranking (Record)|
|1948-49||1-20-49||St. Louis||29-27 in OT||at Oklahoma A&M||3rd (22-4)|
|1949-50||3-4-50||Holy Cross||61-54||at Columbia||4th (27-4)|
|1949-50||3-28-50||Bradley||71-68||CCNY at New York in NCAA Tournament final||1st (32-5)|
|1950-51||1-11-51||Bradley||68-59||at St. John's||6th (32-6)|
|1952-53||1-17-53||La Salle||68-62||at DePaul||6th (25-3)|
|1953-54||2-26/27-54||Duquesne||66-52 & 64-54||at Cincinnati and Dayton||5th (26-3)|
|1954-55||12-18-54||La Salle||79-69||Utah||3rd (26-5)|
|1955-56||San Francisco (29-0) was ranked #1 entire season.|
|1963-64||12-27-63||Loyola (Ill.)||69-58||Georgetown at Philadelphia in Quaker City Tournament||8th (22-6)|
|1964-65||12-14-64||Wichita State||87-85||Michigan at Detroit||unranked (21-9)|
|1967-68||3-22/23-68||Houston||101-69 & 89-85||UCLA and Ohio State at Final Four in Los Angeles||1st (31-2)|
|1978-79||3-26-79||Indiana State||75-64||Michigan State at Salt Lake City in NCAA Tournament final||1st (33-1)|
|1982-83||1-10-83||Memphis State||69-56||at Virginia Tech||17th (23-8)|
|1982-83||2-24/27-83||UNLV||86-78 & 87-78||at Cal State Fullerton and West Virginia||6th (28-3)|
|1982-83||4-4-83||Houston||54-52||North Carolina State at Albuquerque in NCAA Tournament final||1st (31-3)|
|1986-87||1-17-87||UNLV||89-88||at Oklahoma||1st (37-2)|
|1986-87||3-28-87||UNLV||97-93||Indiana at New Orleans in NCAA Tournament national semifinals||1st (37-2)|
|1987-88||3-26-88||Temple||63-53||Duke at East Rutherford, NJ, in NCAA Tournament East Regional final||1st (32-2)|
|1990-91||3-30-91||UNLV||79-77||Duke at Indianapolis in NCAA Tournament national semifinals||1st (34-1)|
|1994-95||12-3-94||Massachusetts||81-75||Kansas at Anaheim||7th (29-5)|
|1994-95||2-4-95||Massachusetts||78-75||at George Washington||7th (29-5)|
|1995-96||2-24-96||Massachusetts||86-76||George Washington||1st (35-2)|
|1995-96||3-30-96||Massachusetts||81-74||Kentucky at East Rutherford, NJ, in NCAA Tournament national semifinals||1st (35-2)|
|2003-04||3-11-04||St. Joseph's||87-67||Xavier at Dayton in Atlantic 10 Tournament quarterfinals||5th (30-2)|
|2012-13||3-23-13||Gonzaga||76-70||Wichita State at Salt Lake City in NCAA Tournament second round||1st (30-2)|
Will there be an ex-cuse? Boston College (8-24), despite posting the season's biggest upset with a win at Syracuse, has the dubious distinction of finishing a season with the worst mark for a team knocking off the nation's top-ranked club. Two separate Nebraska teams in an eight-year span from 1958 through 1965 finished with an overall losing record despite knocking off a nationally top-ranked club during the same season. BC, the only school in this losing-record group to beat a top-ranked foe on the road, joined the following chronological list of 10 opponents finishing a campaign with a sub-.500 mark despite upending a #1 team:
Northwestern (9-13 record in 1953-54; tied for fifth place in Big Ten; defeated Indiana, 100-90, on 2-13-54 for second of five straight conference victories after the Wildcats lost eight of their previous nine outings)
Nebraska (10-13 record in 1957-58; tied for fourth place in Big Seven; defeated Kansas State, 55-48, on 3-3-58 for the Huskers' fourth straight league victory after dropping eight of their first nine)
Clemson (12-19 record in 2000-01; ninth-place/last-place finish in ACC; defeated North Carolina, 75-65, on 2-18-01 to snap an eight-game losing streak in league competition for the Tigers before they subsequently lost four more in a row)
South Carolina (15-16 record in 2009-10; fifth-place finish in Eastern Division of SEC; defeated Kentucky, 68-62, on 1-26-10 to snap a three-game losing streak in league competition for the Gamecocks)
"Good habits formed at youth make all the difference." - Aristotle
Andrew Rowsey isn't a card-carrying member of the freshman watch list the national media regularly drools on. But Rowsey, adhering to Aristotle's admonition about forming good habits, is on a short list of yearlings who had an early explosion, tying UNC Asheville's DI single-game scoring record with 41 points at Radford.
The Big South Conference boasted a comparable high-scoring freshman in 2008-09 when Liberty's Seth Curry contributed 102 three-pointers to finish with an average of 20.2 ppg before he transferred to Duke. Rowsey, hitting more than 40% of his shots from beyond the arc, is on pace to challenge Curry's freshman total for treys. Many power league members are in dire need of outside marksmen. Could Rowsey, despite scoring only two points at Duke in non-league competition, be the next Curry moving up to a major university after proving himself at the mid-major level?
One of the single-game scoring marks for an NCAA Division I school set by a freshman goes back nearly 100 years and another came courtesy of a current coach in the ACC (Virginia's Tony Bennett). Following is a chronological list Virginia native Rowsey joined of the modest number of 10 different freshmen who established existing school single-game scoring records at the DI level (Austin Peay's Fly Williams tied his own mark):
|School||Frosh Record Holder||HG||Opponent||Date|
|Toledo||Clarke "Pinky" Pittenger||49||Bluffton (Ohio)||12-13-18|
|Austin Peay||James "Fly" Williams||51||Georgia Southern||12-30-72|
|Austin Peay||James "Fly" Williams||51||Tennessee Tech||1-20-73|
|Green Bay||Tony Bennett||44||Cleveland State||2-11-89|
|Mississippi Valley State||Alphonso Ford||51||Texas Southern||2-19-90|
|Lipscomb||Jeff Dancy||38||Tennessee State||1-14-02|
|Albany||Jamar Wilson||39||New Hampshire||2-16-03|
|Eastern Washington||Rodney Stuckey||45||Northern Arizona||1-5-06|
|Kennesaw State||Andre Morgan||35||North Florida||2-3-06|
|UNC Asheville||Andrew Rowsey||41||Radford||2-13-14|
"The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience." - Eleanor Roosevelt
What can Brown do for SMU or what will Brown do to SMU? That was the question when the Mustangs hired coaching fossil Larry Brown. After returning to the national polls for the first time in 29 years, his short stewardship has already generated more national publicity than Southern Methodist basketball enjoyed collectively since 1988, which was Brown's last year as a college coach and the Mustangs' final year to post an NCAA playoff victory.
Brown, unafraid to taste experience to the utmost, is probably comfortable with nomadic SMU because the Mustangs joined their third different league since the SWC disbanded in 1996. If Brown guides SMU to the NCAA playoffs for the first time since 1993, it will be the equivalent of him directing UCLA to an NCAA runner-up finish in his debut season with the Bruins in 1980. If he can win an NCAA Tournament game with the Mustangs, it will be the equivalent of him capturing a national title in his swan song with Kansas in 1988. After all, SMU was a total of 55 games under .500 over the 24 seasons prior to Brown's arrival.
Only a splendid tactician can be the lone individual ever to win NCAA and NBA titles. And Brown, who coached nearly half of the franchises regularly in recent NBA playoffs, has capitalized on his shot at turning things around quickly for the Mustangs because the American Athletic Conference is a shell of the old Big East after Pittsburgh, Syracuse and West Virginia departed for other premier leagues.
Brown, one of six men to be hired by an NBA team after winning an NCAA championship, is the only one in this category to compile a winning NBA playoff record. Three other coaches directed teams to the NCAA Final Four and the NBA championship series - Jack Ramsay (St. Joseph's 1961 and Portland Trail Blazers 1977), Fred Schaus (West Virginia 1959 and the Los Angeles Lakers 1962), 1963, 1965, 1966) and Butch van Breda Kolff (Princeton 1965 and the Lakers 1968, 1969). Neither Ramsay (8-11) nor Schaus (6-7) finished their collegiate coaching careers with winning NCAA playoff records, however.
Only Phil Jackson and Pat Riley coached in and won more NBA playoff games than Brown. Brad Stevens, after leaving Butler for the Boston Celtics, is discerning that it's a star-crossed crossing over from college to the NBA. Just compare Brown's pro credentials to the losing NBA coaching records of the last two NCAA titlists - Kentucky's John Calipari and Louisville's Rick Pitino. Following is an alphabetical list summarizing the NBA careers of Brown and 14 additional individuals who aligned with NBA franchises as head coaches after marshaling a college team to the Final Four:
|Coach||NCAA Final Four Team(s)||NBA Years||Regular-Season||Playoff Record|
|Larry Brown||UCLA '80/Kansas '86 & '88||27||1,098-904||100-93|
|John Calipari||Massachusetts '96/Memphis '08/Kentucky '11 & '12||3||72-112||0-3|
|P.J. Carlesimo||Seton Hall '89||8||204-296||3-9|
|*Bob Feerick||Santa Clara '52||2||63-74||0-2|
|Ed Jucker||Cincinnati '61, '62 & '63||2||80-84||0-0|
|Doggie Julian||Holy Cross '47 & '48||2||47-81||0-0|
|Frank McGuire||St. John's '52/North Carolina '57||1||49-31||6-6|
|Mike Montgomery||Stanford '98||2||68-96||0-0|
|Harold Olsen||Ohio State '39, '44, '45 & '46||3||95-63||7-11|
|Rick Pitino||PC '87/Kentucky '93, '96 & '97/Louisville '05 & '12||6||192-220||6-7|
|Jack Ramsay||St. Joseph's '61||21||864-783||44-58|
|Fred Schaus||West Virginia '59||7||315-245||23-38|
|Jerry Tarkanian||UNLV '77, '87, '90 & '91||1||9-11||0-0|
|Butch van Breda Kolff||Princeton '65||9||266-253||21-12|
|Tex Winter||Kansas State '58 & '64||2||51-78||0-0|
NOTES: Jucker (Rollins), Julian (Dartmouth), McGuire (South Carolina), Olsen (Northwestern), Pitino (Kentucky and Louisville), Schaus (Purdue), Tarkanian (Fresno State), van Breda Kolff (Lafayette and Hofstra) and Winter (Northwestern and Long Beach State) returned to college as head coaches after their stints in the NBA. . . . Ken Loeffler was coach of the St. Louis Bombers and Providence Steamrollers for three seasons (1946-47 through 1948-49) before directing La Salle to back-to-back Final Fours (1954 champion and 1955 runner-up). . . . Phil Woolpert, coach of San Francisco's back-to-back NCAA champions (1955 and 1956), coached the San Francisco Saints for one season in the old American Basketball League.
"Some kids need those two years to prepare them to come to a four-year school. We should not look down on those kids." - Western Kentucky/Minnesota coach Clem Haskins, an All-American for WKU
It wasn't long ago when only a splinter group of maverick coaches were sufficiently bold to liberally dot their rosters with junior college players stereotyped as discipline problems, academic risks or simply unsuitable to go directly from high school to major college programs. "Jucoland" was labeled by misguided observers as little more than basketball rehabilitation where free-lance players enjoyed free rein to make Great Plains arenas their own personal H-O-R-S-E stables
But a glance at NBA rosters over the years and the backgrounds of many of the nation's prominent Division I coaches suggests there probably never should have been a stigma attached to the J.C. ranks. Observers seldom hear college or NBA commentators credit a J.C. beginning, but many premier NBA players competed for a two-year school at some point in their college careers - Tiny Archibald, Mookie Blaylock, Ron Boone, Ron Brewer, Fred Brown, Mack Calvin, Sam Cassell, Michael Cooper, Mel Daniels, Steve Francis, Artis Gilmore, Harvey Grant, Spencer Haywood, Lionel Hollins, Avery Johnson, Dennis Johnson, Gus Johnson, Larry Johnson, Vinnie Johnson, Freddie Lewis, Jim Loscutoff, Shawn Marion, Bob McAdoo, Nate McMillan, Ricky Pierce, Mitch Richmond, Dennis Rodman, Latrell Sprewell, John Starks, Jamaal Tinsley, Nick Van Exel, Ben Wallace and Gerald Wilkins.
Denny Crum, Lute Olson, Nolan Richardson and Jerry Tarkanian are former juco coaches who eventually guided teams to NCAA Tournament titles. Forward Cleanthony Early (Wichita State/Missouri Valley) should become the latest junior college recruit (Sullivan County, NY) to join the following alphabetical list of more than 80 players who were MVP/Player of the Year in an NCAA Division I conference:
"If we all did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves." - Thomas Edison
When California edged visiting Arizona at the buzzer, it was the fifth time coach Mike Montgomery defeated the nation's top-ranked team. Montgomery twice beat the Wildcats among four #1 opponents he knocked off while coaching Pac-12 Conference rival Stanford (Arizona in 1987-88 and 2002-03, Duke in 2000-01 and Kansas in 2003-04). Montgomery wasn't like Edison by inventing the upset but he is one of three coaches to upend at two different outposts the same opponent when it was atop the national polls.
Ralph Miller (Wichita State/beat #! Cincinnati; Iowa/beat UCLA, and Oregon State/beat UCLA) is the only coach to defeat three #1 clubs while bench boss of three different schools. Joining Montgomery and Miller on the following list of coaches who defeated a nationally top-ranked team with at least two different schools are:
- Tom Crean (Marquette/beat #1 Kentucky; Indiana/beat Kentucky and Michigan)
- Jack Gardner (Kansas State/Oklahoma A&M; Utah/La Salle)
- Mark Gottfried (Alabama/Stanford; North Carolina State/Duke)
- Seth Greenberg (Long Beach State/Kansas; Virginia Tech/North Carolina, Wake Forest and Duke)
- Thad Matta (Xavier/St. Joseph's; Ohio State/Wisconsin)
- Frank McGuire (St. John's/Bradley and Kentucky; North Carolina/North Carolina State)
- Lute Olson (Iowa/Indiana; Arizona/Kansas and Stanford twice)
- Rick Pitino (Kentucky/Arkansas and Massachusetts; Louisville/Florida, Pittsburgh and Syracuse)
- Lee Rose (UNC Charlotte/Michigan; Purdue/Michigan State)
- Gary Williams (Ohio State/Iowa; Maryland/North Carolina three times, Stanford, Duke twice and Florida)
- Roy Williams (Kansas/Indiana twice and Massachusetts; North Carolina/Connecticut, Illinois, Duke and Michigan State)
"Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally." - Abraham Lincoln
Black History Month has arrived again, and accompanying it are an assortment of facts and opinions celebrating contributions blacks have made to the American landscape. It took more than 100 years after emancipator Abraham Lincoln to make a nationwide transition, but nowhere is that emphasis more evident than in the athletic world.
Letting freedom ring, every sports fan acknowledges the cultural significance of Jackie Robinson. A movie ("42") debuted last spring regarding Robinson beginning his major league baseball career, but it is easy to forget there was a time when the now 75% black National Basketball Association was 100% white. It's also easy to forget how Robinson was instrumental in college basketball's "civil rights" movement.
Before Robinson arrived on the scene in the National League, however, there was Columbia's George Gregory, who became the first African-American to gain college All-American honors in 1930-31. In an era of low scoring, he was the team's second-leading scorer with a 9.2-point average. But he was proudest of his defense, and a statistic that is no longer kept: "goals against." In 10 games, Gregory held rival centers to only eight baskets. "That's less than one goal a game," he told the New York Times. "I think they should have kept that statistical category. Nowadays, one guy scores 40 points but his man scores 45. So what good is it?
"It's funny, but even though I was the only black playing for Columbia, and there was only one other black playing in the Ivy League - Baskerville of Harvard - I really didn't encounter too much trouble from opponents. Oh, I got into a couple of fights. And one time a guy called me 'Nigger,' and a white teammate said, 'Next time, you hit him high and I'll hit him low.' And we did, and my teammate, a Polish guy named Remy Tys, said to that other player, 'That's how we take care of nigger callers.'"
But Gregory said the worst racial incident he encountered was at his own school. "After our last game in my junior year, the team voted me captain for the next season. Well, there was a hell of a battle when this came out. Columbia didn't want a black captain, or a Jewish captain, either, I learned. The dean was against it, and the athletic director was against it, and even the coach was against it.
"The coach told me, 'Get yourself together, Gregory, or I'll take your scholarship away.' They were worried that if we played a school in the South and met the other captain before the game, the guy would refuse to come out and it would embarrass the school. But the campus was split 50-50 on whether to have a black captain for its basketball team.
"The fight went on for three or four weeks. The school insisted that the team vote again. We did, and I won again. One of my teammates said, `You forced the school to enter the 20th Century.'"
Harrison "Honey" Fitch, Connecticut's first black player, was center stage during a racial incident delaying a game at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy for several hours in late January 1934. Coast Guard officials entered a protest against Fitch, arguing that because half of the Academy's student body was from southern states, they had a tradition "that no Negro players be permitted to engage in contests at the Academy." Eventually, UConn's coach kept Fitch on the bench the entire contest and never explained why.
The first black to appear in the NBA didn't occur until a couple of decades after Gregory graduated and Fitch transferred to American International. UCLA's first basketball All-American Don Barksdale, one of the first seven African-Americans to play in the NBA, was the first black U.S. Olympic basketball player (1948) as well as the first black to play in an NBA All-Star Game (as a rookie in 1952).
Inspired by the black labor movement in the 1930s, Barksdale said, "I made up my mind that if I wanted to do something, I was going to try to do it all the way, no matter the obstacles."
As a 28-year-old rookie with the Baltimore Bullets, he was paid $20,850 (one of the NBA's top salaries) to play and host a postgame radio show, but that notoriety also put extra pressure on him. Forced to play excessive minutes during the preseason, he sustained ankle injuries that plagued him the remainder of his four-year NBA career (11 ppg and 8 rpg).
Why play so many minutes? "It's Baltimore, which is considered the South," said Barksdale, who wound up back in the Bay Area as a well-known jazz disc jockey. "So the South finally signed a black man, and he's going to play whether he could walk or crawl."
Chuck Cooper, who attended Duquesne on the GI Bill, was the first black player drafted by an NBA franchise. "I don't give a damn if he's striped or plaid or polka-dot," were the history-making words of Boston Celtics Owner Walter Brown when he selected Cooper, who averaged 6.7 points and 5.9 rebounds per game in six pro seasons. In Cooper's freshman campaign, Duquesne was awarded a forfeit after refusing to yield to Tennessee's refusal to compete against the Dukes if Cooper participated in a game just before Christmas.
In the 1955-56 season, the Hazleton (Pa.) Hawks of the Eastern League became the first professional league franchise to boast an all-black starting lineup - Jesse Arnelle, Tom Hemans, Fletcher Johnson, Floyd Lane and Sherman White. Arnelle (Penn State) and White (Long Island) were former major-college All-Americans.
As for the multi-talented Robinson, UCLA's initial all-conference basketball player in the 1940s was a forward who compiled the highest scoring average in the Pacific Coast Conference both of his seasons with the Bruins (12.3 points per league game in 1939-40 and 11.1 ppg in 1940-41) after transferring from Pasadena (Calif.) City College. Continuing his scoring exploits, the six-time National League All-Star who spurred #42 uniforms throughout MLB was the leading scorer for the Los Angeles Red Devils' barnstorming team in 1946-47.
Seven-time All-Star outfielder Larry Doby, the first black in the American League, was also a college basketball player who helped pave the way for minorities. He competed on the hardwood for Virginia Union during World War II after originally committing to LIU. The four-month lead Robinson had in integrating the majors casts a huge shadow over Doby, who was the first black to lead his league in homers (32 in 1952), first to hit a World Series homer and first to win a World Series title.
With less than 10% of current MLB rosters comprised of African-Americans, Robinson clearly had much more of a longstanding impact on basketball than baseball. All of the trailblazers didn't capitalize on a Methodist faith like Robinson, but they did boast a temperament unlike Oklahoma State's fan-pushing All-American guard Marcus Smart. In deference to "firsts" and the number 42, following is a ranking of the 42 best players to break the color barrier at the varsity level of a major university (*indicates junior college recruit):
|Rank||First Black Player||School||First Varsity Season||Summary of College Career|
|1.||Elvin Hayes||Houston||1965-66||Three-time All-American averaged 31 ppg and 17.2 rpg in three seasons. The Hall of Famer led the Cougars in scoring and rebounding each year before becoming first pick overall in 1968 NBA draft.|
|2.||Hal Greer||Marshall||1955-56||The first African-American to play intercollegiate athletics in the state of West Virginia averaged 19.4 ppg and 10.8 rpg in three seasons. Naismith Memorial Hall of Famer led the Thundering Herd in rebounding as a junior (13.8 rpg) and senior (11.7 rpg) before becoming a 10-time NBA All-Star.|
|3.||Charlie Scott||North Carolina||1967-68||Averaged 22.1 ppg and 7.1 rpg in three seasons. He was a consensus second-team All-American choice his last two years.|
|4.||Clem Haskins||Western Kentucky||1964-65||Three-time OVC Player of the Year was a consensus first-team All-American as a senior. Averaged 22.1 ppg and 10.6 rpg in three varsity seasons. First-round NBA draft pick (3rd overall) in 1967.|
|5.||K.C. Jones||San Francisco||1951-52||Shut-down defender Jones, a member of the 1955 NCAA champion and 1956 Olympic champion, averaged 8.8 ppg in five seasons (played only one game in 1953-54 before undergoing an appendectomy).|
|6.||Walter Dukes||Seton Hall||1950-51||Averaged 19.9 ppg and 18.9 rpg in three seasons. Consensus first-team All-American as a senior when he averaged 26.1 ppg and 22.2 rpg to lead the Dukes to a 31-2 record and NIT title. Played two full seasons with the Harlem Globetrotters before signing with the New York Knicks, who picked him in 1953 NBA draft.|
|7.||Don Chaney||Houston||1965-66||Defensive whiz Chaney, an All-American as a senior, averaged 12.6 ppg in three seasons and was a member of Final Four teams in 1967 and 1968.|
|8.||John Austin||Boston College||1963-64||Two-time All-American averaged 27 ppg in his Eagles' career. Ranked among the nation's leading scorers in 1964 (8th), 1965 (7th) and 1966 (22nd). Scored 40 points in a 1965 NIT contest. He was a fourth-round choice by the Boston Celtics in 1966 NBA draft.|
|9.||Mike Maloy||Davidson||1967-68||Three-time All-American averaged 19.3 ppg and 12.4 rpg in his career. Southern Conference Player of the Year as a junior and senior. He was the leading scorer (24.6 ppg) and rebounder (14.3 rpg) for the winningest team in school history (27-3 in 1968-69). Selected by the Pittsburgh Condors in the first five rounds of 1970 ABA draft.|
|10.||Cleo Littleton||Wichita||1951-52||Averaged 19 ppg and 7.7 rpg in four seasons, leading the Shockers in scoring each year. School's career scoring leader (2,164 points) is the only four-time first-team All-Missouri Valley Conference choice. He was selected by the Fort Wayne Pistons in 1955 NBA draft.|
|11.||Wendell Hudson||Alabama||1970-71||Averaged 19.2 ppg and 12 rpg in his career, finishing as Bama's fourth-leading scorer and second-leading rebounder. The two-time All-SEC first-team selection was a Helms All-American choice as a senior in 1972-73 before being selected in the second round of NBA draft by the Chicago Bulls.|
|12.||Bob Gibson||Creighton||1954-55||Future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher was the school's first player to average at least 20 ppg in his career (20.2). Led the Bluejays in scoring (22 ppg) and rebounding (7.6 rpg) as a junior. Gibson, who said he couldn't eat or stay with the rest of the Bluejays' team on his first trip to Tulsa, went on to play with the Harlem Globetrotters.|
|13.||Bill Garrett||Indiana||1948-49||First impact African-American player in Big Ten Conference averaged 12 ppg while leading the Hoosiers in scoring each of his three varsity seasons. Paced them in rebounding as a senior (8.5 rpg) when he was an all-league first-team selection. Selected by the Boston Celtics in second round of 1951 NBA draft.|
|14.||Earl Robinson||California||1955-56||Three-time All-PCC second-team selection averaged at least 10 ppg each of three varsity seasons as 6-1 guard under HOF coach Pete Newell. Robinson averaged 15.5 points in four NCAA Tournament games his last two years, leading the Bears in scoring in two of the playoff contests.|
|15.||Tom Payne||Kentucky||1970-71||Led the Wildcats in rebounding (10.1 rpg) and was their second-leading scorer (16.9 ppg) in his only varsity season before turning pro. The All-SEC first-team selection had a 39-point, 19-rebound performance against Louisiana State before leaving school early and becoming an NBA first-round draft choice by the Atlanta Hawks.|
|16.||Ron "Fritz" Williams||West Virginia||1965-66||Southern Conference player of the year as a senior led Mountaineers in scoring and assists all three varsity seasons on his way to finishing with averages of 20.1 ppg and 6 apg. Williams, a two-time all-league first-team selection, was a first-round pick in 1968 NBA draft (9th overall).|
|17.||James Cash||Texas Christian||1966-67||SWC's initial African-American player averaged 13.9 ppg and 11.6 rpg in three seasons. Two-time all-league second-team selection led the Horned Frogs in scoring (16.3 ppg) and rebounding (11.6 rpg) as a senior. Cash had six games with at least 20 rebounds.|
|18.||John Savage||North Texas||1961-62||Detroit product averaged 19.2 ppg in leading the Eagles in scoring all three of his varsity seasons with them. Three-time All-MVC selection was fifth-round choice by the Los Angeles Lakers in 1964 NBA draft.|
|19.||Willie Allen||Miami (Fla.)||1968-69||Averaged 17.2 ppg and 12.2 rpg in three seasons. Led Hurricanes in scoring (19.9 ppg) and rebounding (17.2 rpg) as senior. Fourth-round choice of the Baltimore Bullets in 1971 NBA draft played briefly for ABA's The Floridans during 1971-72 season.|
|20.||Jerry Jenkins||Mississippi State||1972-73||All-SEC selection as a junior and senior when he was the Bulldogs' leading scorer each year, averaging 19.3 ppg and 7 rpg in three seasons.|
|21.||Stew Johnson||Murray State||1963-64||Averaged 16.8 ppg and 12.9 rpg in three seasons en route to finishing his career as the school's all-time fourth-leading scorer (1,275 points) and second-leading rebounder (981). He was a third-round choice of New York Knicks in 1966 NBA draft before becoming a three-time ABA All-Star.|
|22.||Gene Knolle*||Texas Tech||1969-70||Two-time All-SWC first-team selection averaged 21.5 ppg and 8.4 rpg in two seasons before becoming a seventh-round choice by the Portland Trail Blazers in 1971 NBA draft.|
|23.||Joe Bertrand||Notre Dame||1951-52||Averaged 14.6 ppg in three seasons, including 16.5 as a senior when the Irish finished year ranked sixth in final AP poll. He was a 10th-round choice in 1954 NBA draft by the Milwaukee Hawks.|
|24.||Hadie Redd||Arizona||1953-54||Led the Wildcats in scoring (13.2 ppg and 13.6) and rebounding (7 rpg and 9.4) in both of his varsity seasons.|
|25.||Almer Lee*||Arkansas||1969-70||He was the Hogs' leading scorer in 1969-70 (17 ppg) and 1970-71 (19.2 ppg as All-SWC second-team selection).|
|26.||John "Jackie" Moore||La Salle||1951-52||Averaged 10.3 ppg and 12.1 rpg in two seasons. Second-leading rebounder both years for the Explorers behind All-American Tom Gola. Played three seasons in the NBA as first black player for Philadelphia Warriors.|
|27.||Greg Lowery*||Texas Tech||1969-70||Averaged 19.7 ppg in his three-year career. First-team All-SWC as a sophomore and senior and second-team choice as junior en route to finishing as school's career scoring leader (1,476 points).|
|28.||Henry Harris||Auburn||1969-70||Averaged 11.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg and 2.5 apg in three-year varsity career. Standout defensive player was captain as a senior. He was an eighth-round choice by the Houston Rockets in 1972 NBA draft.|
|29.||Tommy Bowman||Baylor||1967-68||Two-time All-SWC first-team selection led the Bears in scoring (13.5 ppg) and rebounding (9.4 rpg) in his first varsity season.|
|30.||Ronnie Hogue||Georgia||1970-71||Finished three-year varsity career as the second-leading scorer in school history (17.8 ppg). Hogue was an All-SEC second-team choice with 20.5 ppg as a junior, when he set the school single-game scoring record with 46 points against LSU. He was a seventh-round choice of the Capital Bullets in 1973 NBA draft.|
|31.||Coolidge Ball||Mississippi||1971-72||Two-time All-SEC second-team selection (sophomore and junior years) averaged 14.1 ppg and 9.9 rpg in three seasons. He led the Rebels in scoring (16.8 ppg) and was second in rebounding (10.3 rpg) as a sophomore.|
|32.||Carl Head*||West Virginia||1965-66||Averaged 17.1 ppg and 7.9 rpg in two seasons. Paced the team in field-goal shooting as a junior (53.5%) and in scoring as a senior (20.5 ppg).|
|33.||Perry Wallace||Vanderbilt||1967-68||Averaged 12.9 ppg and 11.5 rpg in three varsity seasons. He was the Commodores' leading rebounder as a junior (10.2 rpg) and leading scorer as a senior (13.4 ppg). Fifth-round choice by the Philadelphia 76ers in 1970 NBA draft.|
|34.||Don Eaddy||Michigan||1951-52||The Wolverines' top scorer in Big Ten Conference competition as a sophomore (13.8 ppg) averaged 11.4 ppg in four seasons. Eaddy was an infielder who played briefly with the Chicago Cubs in 1959.|
|35.||Garfield Smith||Eastern Kentucky||1965-66||Averaged 14.5 ppg and 13.2 rpg in three seasons. He was an All-Ohio Valley Conference choice as a senior when he finished second in the nation in rebounding (19.7 rpg). Third-round choice by the Boston Celtics in 1968 NBA draft.|
|36.||Tommy Woods||East Tennessee State||1964-65||Two-time All-Ohio Valley Conference choice averaged 15.3 ppg and 16.2 rpg in three seasons. He grabbed 38 rebounds in a game against Middle Tennessee en route to finishing third in the nation in rebounding as a sophomore (19.6 rpg).|
|37.||Willie Brown||Middle Tennessee State||1966-67||All-Ohio Valley Conference choice as junior and senior averaged 20.3 ppg and 7.4 rpg in three seasons en route to finishing his career as the school's all-time scoring leader (1,524 points). He was a 10th-round choice by the Milwaukee Bucks in 1969 NBA draft.|
|38.||Julius Pegues||Pittsburgh||1955-56||Spent one year at a Detroit technical school before enrolling at Pitt. Averaged 13.6 ppg in three seasons, finishing as the school's second-leading scorer (17.6 ppg) as a senior behind All-American Don Hennon. Pegues, who scored a game-high 31 points in an 82-77 loss to Miami of Ohio as a senior in 1958 NCAA Tournament, was a fifth-round choice by the St. Louis Hawks in NBA draft.|
|39.||Sebron "Ed" Tucker*||Stanford||1950-51||Averaged 15.8 ppg in two seasons, leading the team in scoring both years. Paced the PCC in scoring as a junior (16.5 ppg) before becoming an all-league South Division first-team pick as a senior.|
|40.||Collis Temple||Louisiana State||1971-72||Averaged 10.1 ppg and 8.1 rpg in three seasons. Ranked second in the SEC in rebounding (11.1 rpg) and seventh in field-goal shooting (54.9%) as a senior. He was a sixth-round choice by the Phoenix Suns in 1974 NBA draft.|
|41.||Charlie White*||Oregon State||1964-65||Led the Beavers in rebounding (7 rpg) and was their second-leading scorer (9.6 ppg) as a junior. The next year as a first five pick on the All-Pacific-8 team, he was OSU's captain and second-leading scorer (11.7 ppg) and rebounder (6.6 rpg), pacing the team in field-goal shooting (49.4%) and free-throw shooting (81.4%).|
|42.||Ruben Triplett*||Southern Methodist||1971-72||Averaged 14.9 ppg and 9 rpg in two seasons. Named All-SWC as a junior when he led the Mustangs in scoring (18.2 ppg) and rebounding (10.8 rpg). Scored a career-high 33 points at Oklahoma City.|
42 MOST OVERLOOKED PIONEERS
|First Black Player||School||First Varsity Season||Summary of College Career|
|Al Abram||Missouri||1956-57||Averaged 11 ppg over four seasons. He led the Tigers in scoring (16.1 ppg), rebounding (8.9 rpg) and field-goal shooting (45%) in 1958-59.|
|Bunk Adams||Ohio University||1958-59||Averaged 16.4 ppg and 11.8 rpg in three seasons, including a team-high 12.8 rpg as a senior. He led the team in scoring as a sophomore (14.4 ppg) and junior (16.4) and was second as a senior (18.2) en route to finishing as OU's career leader in points (1,196). All-MAC first-team selection as a junior and senior after earning second-team status as a sophomore. Adams was the school's first NBA draft choice (16th round by Baltimore in 1965).|
|Don Barnette||Miami (Ohio)||1953-54||All-MAC first-team selection as a senior averaged 11.6 ppg and 5.2 rpg during three-year career. Played for the Harlem Globetrotters in the late 1950s and early 1960s.|
|Charlie Brown*||Texas-El Paso||1956-57||Air Force veteran, a three-time All-Border Conference choice, led the league in scoring as a sophomore (23.4 ppg). He averaged 17.5 ppg in three varsity seasons, leading the Miners in scoring each year.|
|Earl Brown||Lafayette||1971-72||Grabbed 21 rebounds in a game against Lehigh as a sophomore before averaging 11 ppg and 10.6 rpg as a junior and 13.7 ppg and 12.1 rpg as a senior. Ninth-round NBA draft choice by the New York Knicks in 1974.|
|Mario Brown*||Texas A&M||1971-72||Averaged 13 ppg and 4.3 apg in two seasons, leading the team in assists both years.|
|Harvey Carter||Bucknell||1970-71||Led the Bison in scoring and rebounding all three varsity seasons (14.1 ppg and 11.5 rpg as a sophomore, 14.8 ppg and 12.4 rpg as a junior and 14.2 ppg and 9.8 rpg as a senior).|
|Larry Chanay||Montana State||1956-57||Four-year Air Force veteran finished his four-year college career as the school's all-time leading scorer (2,034 points). He led the Bobcats in scoring all four seasons. Chanay was a 14th-round choice by the Cincinnati Royals in 1960 NBA draft.|
|John Codwell||Michigan||1951-52||The Wolverines' second-leading scorer as a junior (10.5 ppg) averaged 6.4 ppg in three seasons.|
|Vince Colbert*||East Carolina||1966-67||Averaged 14.3 ppg and 7.3 rpg in two seasons. He led ECU in rebounding as a junior (7.1 rpg).|
|Robert Cox||Loyola Marymount||1953-54||Averaged 16.9 ppg and 11.1 rpg in two seasons while leading the Lions in both categories each year.|
|John Crawford||Iowa State||1955-56||Averaged 13.4 ppg and 9.7 rpg in three seasons. He led the Cyclones in rebounding all three years and paced them in scoring as a senior (14.1 ppg).|
|L.M. Ellis||Austin Peay State||1963-64||The first OVC black player averaged 9.3 ppg and 10.5 rpg as a junior and 6.7 ppg and 6.1 rpg as a senior after transferring from Drake to his hometown school.|
|Ed Fleming||Niagara||1951-52||Averaged 15 ppg and 8.7 rpg in four seasons to finish No. 1 on the school's all-time scoring list (1,682). All-time top rebounder (975) was selected by the Rochester Royals in 1955 NBA draft.|
|Larry Fry||Mississippi State||1972-73||Averaged 13.8 ppg and 8.1 rpg in three seasons.|
|Julian Hammond*||Tulsa||1964-65||Averaged 12.2 ppg and 7.6 rpg in two seasons. Led the Golden Hurricane in scoring (16.4 ppg) and rebounding (7.6 rpg) as a senior when he was an All-MVC first-team selection and paced the nation in field-goal shooting (65.9%). He was a ninth-round choice by the Los Angeles Lakers in 1966 NBA draft.|
|Charlie Hoxie||Niagara||1951-52||Averaged 11.7 ppg and 8.4 rpg in four seasons to finish his career as the school's third-leading scorer (1,274). Second-leading rebounder (916) was selected by the Milwaukee Hawks in 1955 NBA draft before playing with the Harlem Globetrotters.|
|Eddie Jackson||Oklahoma City||1962-63||Center averaged 12.3 ppg and 10 rpg in three-year OCU career after transferring from Oklahoma. He led the Chiefs in rebounding as a sophomore and junior. Selected in the sixth round by the San Francisco Warriors in 1965 NBA draft.|
|Leroy Jackson||Santa Clara||1960-61||Averaged 10.1 ppg and 8.3 rpg in three seasons, leading the team in rebounding all three years. Named to second five on All-WCAC team as a senior when he averaged 11.9 ppg and 10.9 rpg.|
|Curt Jimerson*||Wyoming||1960-61||Forward averaged 14.6 ppg in two seasons, including a team-high 17.5 ppg as a senior when he was an All-Mountain States Conference first-team selection.|
|Junius Kellogg||Manhattan||1950-51||Averaged 12.1 ppg in three-year career, leading the Jaspers in scoring as a sophomore and junior. Former Army sergeant refused bribe and exposed a major point-shaving scandal.|
|Charlie Lipscomb||Virginia Tech||1969-70||Averaged 11.4 ppg and 9.4 rpg in three varsity seasons. He led the team in rebounding (10.4 rpg) and was its second-leading scorer (12.1 ppg) as a sophomore.|
|Jesse Marshall*||Centenary||1968-69||Led the Gents in scoring (16 ppg) and rebounding (9.6 rpg) as a senior after being their second-leading scorer (15.9 ppg) and leading rebounder (10.2 rpg) as a junior.|
|Shellie McMillon||Bradley||1955-56||Member of 1957 NIT champion averaged 14.1 ppg and 9.3 rpg in three varsity seasons, including a team-high 16.4 ppg in 1957-58. McMillon, who scored 42 points against Detroit, was an All-Missouri Valley Conference second-team choice as a senior before becoming a sixth-round NBA draft choice by the Detroit Pistons.|
|Eugene Oliver*||South Alabama||1972-73||Averaged 17.9 ppg and 5.1 rpg in two seasons, leading the team in scoring both years and setting a school single-game record with 46 points against Southern Mississippi.|
|Charley Parnell||Delaware||1966-67||First-team All-East Coast Conference choice led the Blue Hens in scoring with 18.5 ppg.|
|Garland Pinkston||George Washington||1967-68||Second-leading scorer (12.5 ppg) and rebounder (7.3 rpg) in his only varsity season for GWU.|
|Art Polk||Middle Tennessee State||1966-67||MTSU's second-leading rebounder as a junior and senior averaged 12.3 ppg and 9.2 rpg in three seasons.|
|Charley Powell||Loyola (New Orleans)||1966-67||Averaged 21.5 ppg in three-year career, finishing 13th in the nation with 26 ppg as a junior.|
|Larry Robinson*||Tennessee||1971-72||Averaged 10.9 ppg and 8.8 rpg in two seasons. Led the Volunteers in rebounding and field-goal shooting both years. He was a 16th-round choice by the Philadelphia 76ers in 1973 NBA draft.|
|Ron Satterthwaite||William & Mary||1973-74||Averaged 13.2 ppg in four seasons. He led the Tribe in scoring as a sophomore and junior, averaging 17 ppg during that span. Guard was an All-Southern Conference first-team selection as a sophomore and second-team choice as a junior.|
|Oscar Scott*||The Citadel||1971-72||Three-year Army veteran averaged 11.8 ppg and 7 rpg in two seasons. He led the Bulldogs in rebounding as a senior.|
|Dwight Smith||Western Kentucky||1964-65||Three-time All-OVC guard averaged 14.6 ppg and 10.9 rpg in his college career. Led the Hilltoppers in rebounding as a sophomore (11.3 rpg) and as a senior (11.9 rpg). Smith was a third-round choice of the Los Angeles Lakers (23rd overall).|
|Sam Smith||Louisville||1963-64||Third-round choice of the Cincinnati Royals in 1967 NBA draft averaged 9.2 ppg and team-high 11 rpg in his only varsity season with the Cardinals before transferring to Kentucky Wesleyan.|
|Sam Stith||St. Bonaventure||1957-58||Averaged 14.8 ppg and 4.1 rpg in three-year career. After All-American brother Tom Stith arrived the next season, they combined to average 52 ppg in 1959-60, an NCAA single-season record for brothers on the same team.|
|Harold Sylvester||Tulane||1968-69||Averaged 12.5 ppg and 9.1 rpg in three varsity seasons. He led the Green Wave in rebounding as a sophomore and was its second-leading rebounder and scorer as a junior and senior.|
|John Thomas||Pacific||1954-55||Averaged 15.1 ppg and 11.3 rpg in three years while leading the team in scoring and rebounding each campaign. Finished his career as the school's all-time scoring leader (1,178 points). He set UOP single-season records for points (480) and rebounds (326) in 1955-56.|
|Liscio Thomas*||Furman||1969-70||Averaged 17 ppg and 9.9 rpg in two seasons. He led the Paladins in scoring as a junior (17.7 ppg) and was the second-leading scorer and rebounder for 1971 Southern Conference champion.|
|Solly Walker||St. John's||1951-52||First African-American ever to play in game at Kentucky averaged 7.8 ppg and 6.8 rpg in three seasons. Member of 1952 NCAA runner-up and 1953 NIT runner-up. Led the team in scoring (14 ppg) and rebounding (12.2 rpg) as a senior. Selected by the New York Knicks in 1954 NBA draft.|
|John Edgar Wideman||Penn||1960-61||Two-time All-Ivy League second-team swingman led the Quakers in scoring as a junior (13.2 ppg in 1961-62) and a senior (13.8 ppg in 1962-63). The Pittsburgh native also paced them in rebounding as a junior (7.6 rpg).|
|Willie Williams*||Florida State||1968-69||Averaged 12.5 ppg and 10.3 rpg in two seasons and led the nation in field-goal shooting as a senior (63.6%).|
|Ed "Skip" Young||Florida State||1968-69||Averaged 11.7 ppg in three seasons, including 15 ppg as a sophomore, before becoming a seventh-round choice by the Boston Celtics in 1971 NBA draft.|
Louisiana State's Pete Maravich, the NCAA's career scoring leader, wasn't the only prolific point producer in the Pelican State from the guard position. In February 1972, Southwestern Louisiana junior Dwight "Bo" Lamar erupted for 51 points in each of back-to-back Southland Conference road games at Louisiana Tech and Lamar during USL's inaugural season at the major-college level. This month also featured a third still-existing single-game scoring record by an individual opponent when "Bo Knows (Scoring)" Lamar exploded for 62 points at Northeast Louisiana the previous campaign en route to becoming the only player in NCAA history to lead the nation in scoring average at both the college and university divisions.
Existing single-game scoring standards for Bradley (Hersey Hawkins) and Detroit (Archie Tullos) were set in the same February contest in 1988. As for regal rebounding records, Alabama's Jerry Harper retrieved 28 missed shots in back-to-back SEC contests two days apart in February 1956. Following is a day-by-day calendar citing memorable moments in February college basketball history:
1 - Arkansas State's Don Scaife (43 points vs. Northeast Louisiana in 1975), Coppin State's Fred Warrick (40 at Howard in 1999) and Tulane's Jim Kerwin (45 vs. Southeastern Louisiana in 1961) set school Division I single-game scoring records. . . . North Carolina State's school-record 38-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Maryland (98-97 in 1975). . . . Rudy Tomjanovich (30 vs. Loyola of Chicago in 1969) set Michigan's single-game rebounding record.
2 - Brown's Harry Platt (48 points vs. Northeastern in 1938), Central Arkansas' Nate Bowie (39 at Nicholls State in double overtime in 2008) and Delaware State's Tom Davis (50 vs. Brooklyn in 1989) set school single-game scoring records at the Division I level. . . . Clarence Grier (38 vs. Radford in 1987) set Campbell's single-game scoring record against a DI opponent. . . . Oakland's Travis Bader set an NCAA Division I record for most career three-pointers, surpassing the previous mark of 457 established by Duke All-American J.J. Redick. . . . Arizona's Bob Elliott (25 vs. Arizona State in 1974), Long Island's Carey Scurry (26 vs. Marist in 1983) and Wagner's Nigel Wyatte (21 vs. Quinnipiac in 2004) set school single-game rebounding records against a DI opponent.
3 - Buffalo's Mike Martinho (44 points vs. Rochester in 1998), Dayton's Donald Smith (52 at Loyola of Chicago in 1973), Grambling State's Brion Rush (53 vs. Southern in overtime in 2006), Portland State's Freeman Williams (81 vs. Rocky Mountain in 1978) and Wyoming's Joe Capua (51 vs. Montana in 1956) set school single-game scoring records. . . . Walt Lysaght (35 vs. North Carolina in 1953) set Richmond's single-game rebounding record.
4 - La Salle's Kareem Townes (52 points vs. Loyola of Chicago in 1995), Monmouth's Rahsaan Johnson (43 vs. St. Francis, NY, in 2001), Rhode Island's Tom Harrington (50 vs. Brandeis in 1959), South Carolina's John Roche (56 vs. Furman in 1971) and Western Michigan's Gene Ford (46 vs. Loyola of Chicago in 1969) set school Division I single-game scoring records. . . . Dan Cramer (50 vs. Southern Mississippi in 1974) set Denver's single-game scoring record against a DI opponent. . . . Illinois' school-record 33-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Penn State (66-65 in 2006). . . . Alabama's Jerry Harper (28 vs. Georgia Tech in 1956), Fordham's Ed Conlin (36 vs. Colgate in 1953), Georgia Tech's Eric Crake (27 vs. Georgia in 1953), South Carolina's Lee Collins (33 vs. The Citadel in 1956) and Wake Forest's Dickie Hemric (36 vs. Clemson in 1955) set school single-game rebounding records against a DI opponent.
5 - Akron's Joe Jakubick (47 points vs. Murray State in 1983), East Tennessee State's Tom Chilton (52 vs. Austin Peay in 1961), Kent State's Dan Potopsky (49 vs. Western Michigan in 1955), Marquette's Mike Moran (44 vs. Creighton in 1958), Prairie View A&M's Paul Queen (46 vs. Alabama State in 1994) and Troy State's Detric Golden (45 at Jacksonville in 2000) set school Division I single-game scoring records. . . . Kenny Davis (25 vs. Arizona State in 1977) tied Arizona's single-game rebounding record against a DI opponent.
6 - Ernie McCray (46 points vs. Los Angeles State in 1960) set Arizona's single-game scoring record. . . . Southern Mississippi's John White (41 at Virginia Tech in double overtime in 1988) and Tulane's Calvin Grosscup (41 vs. Mississippi State in 1956) set school single-game scoring records against a major-college opponent. . . . Virginia Tech sophomore guard Bimbo Coles set Metro Conference single-game record with 51 points in a 141-133 double overtime victory vs. visiting Southern Mississippi in 1988. . . . Bradley's school-record 46-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Drake (86-76 in 1961). . . . Alabama's Jerry Harper (28 vs. Vanderbilt in 1956), American University's Kermit Washington (34 vs. Georgetown in 1971), West Virginia's Jerry West (31 vs. George Washington in 1960) and Wichita State's Terry Benton (29 vs. North Texas State in 1971) set school single-game rebounding records against a DI opponent.
7 - Dartmouth's Jim Barton (48 points at Brown in overtime in 1987), Louisiana State's Pete Maravich (69 at Alabama in 1970) and South Dakota State's Nate Wolters (53 at IPFW in 2013) set school single-game scoring records. Maravich's output is also a SEC record in league competition. . . . Phil Hicks (41 at Samford in 1974) set Tulane's single-game scoring record against a Division I opponent. . . . In 1976, Purdue (25) and Wisconsin (22) combined to convert all 47 of their free-throw attempts, an NCAA record for two teams in a single game. . . . Duquesne's Dick Ricketts (28 vs. Villanova in 1955) and Southern's Jervaughn Scales (32 vs. Grambling in 1994) set school single-game rebounding records against a DI opponent.
8 - Cincinnati's Oscar Robertson (62 points vs. North Texas State in 1960) and UNC Charlotte's George Jackson (44 at Samford in 1975) set school single-game scoring records. Robertson's output is also a Missouri Valley Conference record in league competition. . . . Buzz Wilkinson (45 vs. North Carolina in 1954) set Virginia's single-game scoring record against a major-college opponent. . . . Iowa State's Melvin Ejim (48 vs. TCU in 2014) set Big 12 Conference single-game scoring mark in league competition. . . . Kentucky established an NCAA single-game record by grabbing 108 rebounds against Mississippi in 1964. . . . Niagara's school-record 51-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Syracuse (60-55 in 1950). . . . Boston College's Terry Driscoll (31 vs. Fordham in 1969), Davidson's Fred Hetzel (27 vs. Furman in 1964), Eastern Michigan's Kareem Carpenter (27 vs. Western Michigan in 1995), Harvard's Bob Canty (31 vs. Boston College in 1955), Marquette's Pat Smith (28 vs. Loyola of Chicago in 1967), Oklahoma City's Willie Watson (32 vs. Denver in 1969) and Seattle's John Tresvant (40 vs. Montana in 1963) set school single-game rebounding records. . . . Gene Estes (24 vs. Oklahoma City in 1961) set Tulsa's single-game rebounding record against a major-college opponent.
9 - UALR's Carl Brown (46 points at Centenary in overtime in 1989), Butler's Darrin Fitzgerald (54 vs. Detroit in 1987), Canisius' Larry Fogle (55 vs. St. Peter's in 1974), Clemson's J.O. Erwin (58 vs. Butler Guards at Greenville in 1912), Colorado State's Bill Green (48 vs. Denver in 1963), Hofstra's Demetrius Dudley (44 vs. Central Connecticut State in 1993), Loyola of Chicago's Alfredrick Hughes (47 vs. Detroit in 1985) and Virginia Military's Jason Conley (42 at Western Carolina in overtime in 2002) set school Division I single-game scoring records. Brown's output is also an Atlantic Sun Conference record in league competition. . . . DePaul's Tom Kleinschmidt set the Great Midwest Conference single-game scoring record in league play with 37 points against UAB in 1994. . . . Charleston Southern's Tony Fairley set an NCAA single-game record with 22 assists against Armstrong State in 1987. . . . Dartmouth ended Penn's Ivy League-record 48-game winning streak in 1996 and Duke's school-record 46-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Maryland (98-87 in 2000). . . . Southern Mississippi's Wendell Ladner (32 vs. Pan American in 1970) and Syracuse's Frank Reddout (34 vs. Temple in 1952) set school single-game rebounding records. . . . Canisius' Larry Fogle (22 vs. St. Peter's in 1974) and Idaho's Gus Johnson (31 vs. Oregon in 1963) set school single-game rebounding records against a major-college opponent.
10 - Massachusetts' Billy Tindall (41 points vs. Vermont in 1968), Morehead State's Brett Roberts (53 vs. Middle Tennessee State in 1992), Northeast Louisiana's Calvin Natt (39 vs. Northwestern State in 1977), Ohio State's Gary Bradds (49 vs. Illinois in 1964) and Larry Lewis of Saint Francis, PA (46 vs. St. Vincent, PA, in 1969) set school Division I single-game scoring records. . . . Detroit's school-record 39-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Wisconsin-Green Bay (65-61 in 2002), Oral Roberts' school-record 52-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Marshall (106-103 in 1973) and Virginia Commonwealth's school-record 33-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Virginia Tech (71-63 in 1978). . . . Georgetown's Charlie Adrion (29 vs. George Washington in 1968), Houston's Elvin Hayes (37 vs. Centenary in 1968) and Rider's Jason Thompson (24 vs. Siena in 2008) set school single-game rebounding records.
11 - East Carolina's Oliver Mack (47 points vs. South Carolina-Aiken in 1978), Florida State's Ron King (46 at Georgia Southern in 1971), Hartford's Vin Baker (44 vs. Lamar in overtime in 1992), Southern California's John Block (45 vs. Washington in 1966) and Wisconsin-Green Bay's Tony Bennett (44 at Cleveland State in 1989) set school Division I single-game scoring records. . . . Mal Graham (46 at Holy Cross in 1967) set New York University's single-game scoring record against a DI opponent. . . . Morehead State (53) and Cincinnati (35) combined for an NCAA single-game record of 88 successful free throws in 1956. . . . Weber State's school-record 44-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Idaho (68-67 in 1967). . . . Andrew Nicholson (23 vs. Duquesne in 2012) tied St. Bonaventure's single-game rebounding record against a DI opponent.
12 - Marist's Izett Buchanan (51 points at Long Island University in 1994), Northern Iowa's Cam Johnson (40 at Drake in 1994) and Villanova's Paul Arizin (85 vs. Philadelphia NAMC in 1949) set school single-game scoring records. . . . Chris Rivers (40 vs. Canisius in 2001) set Fairfield's single-game scoring record against a Division I opponent. . . . Wake Forest's Len Chappell (50 vs. Virginia in 1962) set ACC single-game scoring record in league competition. . . . Gonzaga's school-record 50-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Santa Clara (84-73 in 2007). . . . Drake's Ken Harris (26 vs. Tulsa in 1977) and Navy's David Robinson (25 vs. Fairfield in 1986) set school single-game rebounding records.
13 - Boise State's Ron Austin (42 points vs. Montana in 1971), Colorado's Cliff Meely (47 vs. Oklahoma in 1971), Furman's Frank Selvy (NCAA-record 100 vs. Newberry, S.C., in 1954), Portland's Matt Houle (43 vs. San Francisco in 1993) and San Francisco's Keith Jackson (47 at Loyola Marymount in 1988) set school single-game scoring records. . . . Alabama's Bob Andrews (46 vs. Tulane in 1965), East Carolina's Gus Hill (43 at Navy in 1988), UNC Asheville's Andrew Rousey (41 at Radford in 2014), San Jose State's Olivier Saint-Jean (37 at Air Force in 1997) and Virginia's Buzz Wilkinson (45 vs. Georgetown in 1954) set school single-game scoring records against a Division I opponent. . . . In 1985, Connecticut became the first school to be ranked No. 1 in the men's and women's national polls at the same time. . . . Syracuse's school-record 57-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Georgetown (52-50 in 1980). . . . Kentucky's Bill Spivey (34 vs. Xavier in 1951), New Mexico's Tom King (26 vs. Wyoming in 1960), Northwestern's Jim Pitts (29 vs. Indiana in 1965) and Western Michigan's Frank Ayers (25 vs. Loyola of Chicago in 1973) set school single-game rebounding records. . . . Dan Roundfield (25 vs. Bowling Green State in 1974) set Central Michigan's single-game rebounding record against a DI opponent.
14 - Auburn's John Mengelt (60 points vs. Alabama in 1970), Central Connecticut State's Kyle Vinales (42 at Wagner in 2013), Coppin State's Larry Stewart (40 vs. South Carolina State in 1991), Mount St. Mary's Sam Prescott (44 vs. Bryant in 2013), South Alabama's Eugene Oliver (46 at Southern Mississippi in 1974), Southwestern Louisiana's Bo Lamar (51 at Louisiana Tech in 1972) and Tennessee's Tony White (51 vs. Auburn in 1987) set school Division I single-game scoring records. Lamar's output also set a Southland Conference record in league competition. . . . Villanova's Larry Hennessy (45 vs. Boston College in 1953) and Virginia's Buzz Wilkinson (45 vs. Clemson in 1955) set school single-game scoring records against a DI opponent. . . . William & Mary's Bill Chambers, standing a mere 6-4, grabbed an NCAA-record 51 rebounds against Virginia on Valentine's Day in 1953. . . . Miami of Ohio's Wayne Embry (34 vs. Eastern Kentucky in 1957), Texas Tech's Jim Reed (27 vs. Texas in 1956) and West Virginia's Mack Isner (31 vs. Virginia Tech) set school single-game rebounding records against a major-college opponent. . . . Massachusetts' school-record 33-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by George Washington (80-78 in 1995). . . . Kentucky's Adolph Rupp became the coach to compile 600 victories the fastest with a 71-52 win over Notre Dame at Chicago in 1959 (705 games in 27th season).
15 - Coastal Carolina's Tony Dunkin (43 points vs. UNC Asheville in 1993), Columbia's Leonard "Buck" Jenkins (47 at Harvard in 1991), Maryland-Baltimore County's Derell Thompson (43 at Towson State in 1992), Southwest Missouri State's Danny Moore (36 at Creighton in 1997) and Wake Forest's Charlie Davis (51 vs. American University in 1969) set school Division I single-game scoring records. . . . Rasaun Young (39 vs. Northeastern Illinois in 1997) set Buffalo's single-game scoring record against a DI opponent. . . . Visiting Kentucky erased a 31-point, second-half deficit at LSU in 1994. . . . Princeton's Bill Bradley (51 points vs. Harvard in 1964) set Ivy League scoring record in conference competition. . . . Oregon State ended UCLA's Pacific-8 Conference-record 50-game winning streak (61-57 in 1974). . . . Utah State set an NCAA record for most consecutive points against a DI opponent with a 37-point run at Idaho bridging the first and second halves in 2006. . . . Kentucky's Adolph Rupp became the coach to compile 400 victories the fastest with a 90-50 win over Mississippi in 1950 (477 games in 20th season). . . . Kansas' Wilt Chamberlain (36 vs. Iowa State in 1958), Oregon State's Swede Halbrook (36 vs. Idaho in 1955) and Rice's Joe Durrenberger (30 vs. Baylor in 1955) set school single-game rebounding records. . . . Paul Millsap (29 vs. San Jose State in 2006) set Louisiana Tech's single-game rebounding record against a DI opponent.
16 - Illinois' Dave Downey (53 points at Indiana in 1963), Tennessee Tech's Jimmy Hagan (48 vs. East Tennessee State in 1959) and Texas-Pan American's Marshall Rogers (58 vs. Texas Lutheran in 1976) set school single-game scoring records. . . . Wichita State ended Cincinnati's school-record 37-game winning streak (65-64 in 1963) and South Carolina's school-record 34-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Notre Dame (72-68 in 1974). . . . Cincinnati's Connie Dierking (33 vs. Loyola New Orleans in 1957), Miami of Ohio's Wayne Embry (34 vs. Kent State in 1957), NYU's Cal Ramsey (34 vs. Boston College in 1957) and Texas Christian's Goo Kennedy (28 vs. Arkansas in 1971) set school single-game rebounding records. . . . Jim Barnes (27 vs. Hardin-Simmons in 1963) set Texas-El Paso's single-game rebounding record against a major-college opponent.
17 - George Washington's Joe Holup (49 points vs. Furman in 1956), Holy Cross' Jack Foley (56 vs. Connecticut in 1962) and Southwestern Louisiana's Bo Lamar (51 at Lamar in 1972) set school Division I single-game scoring records. Lamar's output tied his own Southland Conference record in league competition. . . . Antoine Gillespie (45 at Hawaii in 1994) set Texas-El Paso's single-game scoring record against a DI opponent. . . . Dartmouth's school-record 38-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Army (44-36 in 1940). . . . Fresno State's Larry Abney (35 vs. Southern Methodist in 2000), Loyola of Chicago's LaRue Martin (34 vs. Valparaiso in 1971) and Toledo's Ned Miklovic (27 vs. Ohio University in 1958) set school single-game rebounding records against a DI opponent. Abney's total is the highest among all schools at the DI level since 1973.
18 - Evansville's Scott Haffner (65 points vs. Dayton in 1989) and Samford's Jonathan Pixley (39 vs. Mercer in 1995) set school Division I single-game scoring records. Haffner's output is also a Horizon League record in conference competition. . . . Gonzaga's Adam Morrison (44 at Loyola Marymount in 2006) and Portland State's Freeman Williams (50 at UNLV in 1978) set school single-game scoring records against a DI opponent. . . . Gonzaga and Loyola Marymount each scored 86 points after intermission in 1989 to set an NCAA record for most points in a half by both teams (172). . . . Louisiana State's school-record 42-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Mississippi (23-22 in 1921). . . . Florida's Jim Zinn (31 vs. Mississippi in 1957), New Orleans' Ervin Johnson (27 vs. Lamar in 1993), Penn's Barton Leach (32 vs. Harvard in 1955), Southern Illinois' Joe C. Meriweather (27 vs. Indiana State in 1974) and Xavier's Bob Pelkington (31 vs. St. Francis, PA, in 1964) set school single-game rebounding records.
19 - Delaware's Liston Houston (52 points vs. Lebanon Valley, PA, in 1910), Liberty's Matt Hildebrand (41 vs. Charleston Southern in 1994), Marquette's Tony Smith (44 at Wisconsin in 1990), Mississippi Valley State's Alphonso Ford (51 vs. Texas Southern in overtime in 1990), Northeastern's Reggie Lewis (41 vs. Siena in 1986), Oral Roberts' Anthony Roberts (66 vs. North Carolina A&T in 1977), Stetson's Mel Daniels (48 vs. UNC Wilmington in 1977) and Texas Tech's Dub Malaise (50 at Texas in 1966) set school Division I single-game scoring records. . . . Bobby Mantz (44 vs. Lehigh in 1958) set Lafayette's single-game scoring record against a DI opponent. . . . Holy Cross' Rob Feaster (46 vs. Navy in overtime in 1994) set Patriot League scoring record in conference competition. . . . Creighton's Paul Silas (38 vs. Centenary in 1962), Northern Illinois' Jim Bradley (31 vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1973) and Purdue's Carl McNulty (27 vs. Minnesota in 1951) set school single-game rebounding records. . . . Cedric "Cornbread" Maxwell (24 vs. Seton Hall in 1977) set Charlotte's single-game rebounding record against a DI opponent.
20 - Baylor's Vinnie Johnson (50 points vs. Texas Christian in 1979), Idaho State's Willie Humes (53 at Montana State in 1971), Illinois State's Robert "Bubbles" Hawkins (58 vs. Northern Illinois in 1974), San Diego State's Anthony Watson (54 vs. U.S. International in 1986) and South Carolina State's Jackie Robinson (40 at Morgan State in 1993) set school Division I single-game scoring records. Humes' output is also a Big Sky Conference record in league competition. . . . Delaware State's Tom Davis (47 vs. Florida A&M in 1989) set MEAC scoring record in league competition at DI level. . . . Art Stephenson (28 vs. Brown in 1968) set Rhode Island's single-game rebounding record.
21 - Boston College's John Austin (49 points vs. Georgetown in 1964), Rutgers' Eric Riggins (51 vs. Penn State in double overtime in 1987) and Virginia Tech's Allan Bristow (52 vs. George Washington in 1973) set school single-game scoring records. Riggins' output is also an Atlantic 10 Conference record in league competition. . . . Earl Boykins (45 vs. Western Michigan in 1998) set Eastern Michigan's single-game scoring record against a Division I opponent. . . . LSU's Pete Maravich (64) and Kentucky's Dan Issel (51) each scored more than 50 points in the same game in 1970. . . . UCLA's 98-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Oregon (65-45 in 1976). . . . Clemson's Tommy Smith (30 vs. Georgia in 1955) and North Carolina's Rusty Clark (30 vs. Maryland in 1968) set school single-game rebounding records.
22 - Bradley's Hersey Hawkins (63 points at Detroit in 1988), California's Ed Gray (48 at Washington State in 1997), Detroit's Archie Tullos (49 vs. Bradley in 1988), Manhattan's Bob Mealy (51 vs. CCNY in 1960), Missouri-Kansas City's Michael Watson (Summit League-record 54 at Oral Roberts in double overtime in 2003), Oklahoma State's Bob Kurland (58 vs. St. Louis in 1946) and Oregon State's Gary Payton (58 vs. Southern California in overtime in 1990) set school single-game scoring records. . . . Appalachian State's Junior Braswell (43 at Davidson in 1997), High Point's Nick Barbour (44 vs. Campbell in 2012), Long Island's Antawn Dobie (53 vs. St. Francis, NY, in 2003) and Mississppi State's Bailey Howell (45 vs. Louisiana State in 1958) set school single-game scoring records against a Division I opponent. Dobie's output is also a Northeast Conference record in league competition. . . . Nebraska stunned Wilt Chamberlain-led Kansas, 43-41, in 1958 to avenge a 56-point defeat four games earlier. . . . Memphis' school-record 47-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Tennessee (66-62 in 2008). . . . Massachusetts' Julius Erving (32 vs. Syracuse in 1971) and Mississippi's Ivan Richmann (25 vs. Tulane in 1958) set school single-game rebounding records. . . . Hakim Shahid (25 vs. Jacksonville in 1990) set South Florida's single-game rebounding record against a DI opponent.
23 - Boston University's Jim Hayes (47 points vs. Springfield in 1970), Illinois-Chicago's Cedrick Banks (39 vs. Wright State in 2005), Indiana's Jimmy Rayl (56 vs. Michigan State in 1963), Louisiana Tech's Mike McConathy (47 vs. Lamar in 1976), Miami's Rick Barry (59 vs. Rollins, Fla., in 1965), Providence's Marshon Brooks (52 vs. Notre Dame in 2011) and Texas Southern's Harry "Machine Gun" Kelly (60 vs. Jarvis Christian, Tex., in 1983) set school Division I single-game scoring records. Brooks' output is also a Big East Conference record in league competition. . . . Los Angeles State's Raymond Lewis set Pacific Coast Athletic Association (now Big West) single-game scoring record with 53 points vs. Long Beach State in double overtime in 1973. . . . Kentucky's Adolph Rupp became the coach to compile 700 victories the fastest with a 99-79 win over Auburn at Montgomery in 1964 (836 games in 32nd season). . . . Jimmie Baker (26 vs. San Francisco in 1973) set UNLV's single-game rebounding record before transferring to Hawaii.
24 - Alcorn State's DeCarlos Anderson (41 points vs. Southern in 1996), Florida A&M's Jerome James (38 at Delaware State in overtime in 1997), Houston's Elvin Hayes (62 vs. Valparaiso in 1968), Iowa's John Johnson (49 vs. Northwestern in 1970), Northwestern's Rich Falk (49 vs. Iowa in 1964), St. Bonaventure's Bob Lanier (51 vs. Seton Hall in 1969) and Utah's Billy McGill (60 at Brigham Young in 1962) set school Division I single-game scoring records. . . . East Tennessee State's Tom Chilton (47 vs. Western Kentucky in 1961) and Ohio University's Dave Jamerson (52 at Kent State in 1990) set school single-game scoring records against a DI opponent. . . . Washington & Lee's Jay Handlan had an NCAA-record 71 field-goal attempts vs. Furman in 1951. . . . Alabama A&M's Mickell Gladness set an NCAA single-game record with 16 blocked shots against Texas Southern in 2007. . . . Temple's school-record 33-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by West Virginia (64-61 in 1987). . . . Ed Corell (30 vs. Oregon in 1962) set Washington's single-game rebounding record.
25 - Austin Peay's Bubba Wells (43 points vs. Morehead State in 1997 quarterfinals) set Ohio Valley Conference Tournament single-game scoring record and Liberty's Jamaal Bennett (35 vs. UNC Asheville in 1999 quarterfinals) did likewise in Big South Conference Tournament. . . . Alabama A&M's Desmond Cambridge (50 at Texas Southern in 2002), Central Florida's Jermaine Taylor (45 vs. Rice in 2009), Cleveland State's Frank Edwards (49 at Xavier in 1981), Indiana State's Larry Bird (49 vs. Wichita State in 1979), Texas' Raymond Downs (49 at Baylor in 1956) and William & Mary's Jeff Cohen (49 vs. Richmond in 1961) set school Division I single-game scoring records. . . . Lew Alcindor (61 vs. Washington State in 1967) set UCLA and Pac-12 Conference single-game scoring record. . . . Jim Christy (44 at Maryland in 1964) set Georgetown's single-game scoring record against a DI opponent. . . . Southwestern Louisiana's Sydney Grider set the American South Conference single-game scoring record with 40 points vs. visiting Louisiana Tech in 1989. . . . St. Bonaventure's 99-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Niagara (87-77 in 1961). . . . Appalachian State's Tony Searcy (23 vs. The Citadel in 1978), Memphis' Ronnie Robinson (28 vs. Tulsa in 1971) and Northern Iowa's Jason Reese (21 vs. Illinois-Chicago in 1989) set school single-game rebounding records against a DI opponent.
26 - Denver's Matt Teahan (61 points vs. Nebraska Wesleyan in 1979), Florida Atlantic's Earnest Crumbley (39 vs. Campbell in 2004), Richmond's Bob McCurdy (53 vs. Appalachian State in double overtime in 1975), San Diego's Mike Whitmarsh (37 at Loyola Marymount in 1983), Texas' Slater Martin (49 vs. Texas Christian in 1949), Western Illinois' Joe Dykstra (37 vs. Eastern Illinois in 1983) and Yale's Tony Lavelli (52 vs. Williams, Mass., in 1949) set school Division I single-game scoring records. . . . Kansas' Isaac "Bud" Stallworth set Big Eight Conference single-game record with 50 points vs. Missouri in 1972. . . . New Mexico's school-record 41-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Brigham Young (83-62 in 1998). . . . Cornell's George Farley (26 vs. Brown in 1960), Old Dominion's Clifton Jones (23 vs. UNC Wilmington in 2001), Rutgers' George "Swede" Sundstrom (30 vs. Army in 1954) and Saint Joseph's Cliff Anderson (32 vs. La Salle in 1967) set school single-game rebounding records against a DI opponent.
27 - Bowling Green's Jim Darrow (52 points vs. Marshall in 1960), George Mason's Carlos Yates (42 vs. Navy in 1985), Georgetown's Jim Barry (46 at Fairleigh Dickinson in 1965), San Diego's Marty Munn (37 vs. Loyola Marymount in 1988), Texas State's J.B. Conley (42 at Northwestern State in 2010) and Towson's Devin Boyd (46 at Maryland-Baltimore County in double overtime in 1993) set school Division I single-game scoring records. Darrow's output is also a Mid-American Conference record and Boyd's output is a Big South Conference record in league competition. . . . Houston's Robert McKiver (52 vs. Southern Mississippi in 2008) set C-USA scoring record in league competition. . . . Connecticut's Toby Kimball (34 vs. New Hampshire in 1965), Maryland's Len Elmore (26 vs. Wake Forest in 1974) and Tulsa's Michael Ruffin (24 vs. Texas Christian in 1997) set school single-game rebounding records against a DI opponent.
28 - Xavier's Byron Larkin (45 points vs. Loyola of Chicago in 1986 semifinals) set Horizon League Tournament single-game scoring record. . . . Air Force's Bob Beckel (50 vs. Arizona in 1959), Army's Kevin Houston (53 vs. Fordham in overtime of MAAC Tournament opener in 1987), Long Island's Sherman White (63 vs. John Marshall in 1950), Northern Illinois' Paul Dawkins (47 at Western Michigan in overtime in 1979) and Purdue's Rick Mount (61 vs. Iowa in 1970) set school Division I single-game scoring records. Houston's output is also a MAAC Tournament single-game record and Mount's output is a Big Ten Conference record in league competition. . . . The first basketball game telecast occurred when W2XBS carried a doubleheader from Madison Square Garden in 1940 (Pittsburgh vs. Fordham and NYU vs. Georgetown). . . . Ron Weilert (21 vs. Tulane in 1970) set Air Force single-game rebounding record against a DI opponent.
29 - Tony Miller (54 vs. Chicago State in 1972) set Florida's single-game scoring record. . . . Pittsburgh's school-record 40-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Syracuse (49-46 in 2004). . . . Bernie Janicki (31 vs. North Carolina in 1952) set Duke's single-game rebounding record.
"It is better to be looked over than overlooked." - Mae West
It doesn't seem possible, but Billy Donovan (Florida) never has been anointed as national coach of the year by a major award despite capturing back-to-back NCAA titles in 2006 and 2007. Arizona, Syracuse and Wichita State probably need to start losing a few games to enhance Donovan's prospects for being placed on a pedestal this season.
Maryland named its court after Gary Williams, the school's all-time winningest coach who guided the Terrapins to the 2002 NCAA title during a span when he became the only mentor ever to defeat the nation's top-ranked team in four straight seasons (2000-01 through 2003-04). Surprisingly, Williams never was courted as national coach of the year by one of the major awards, joining Donovan and other NCAA championship coaches such as Denny Crum, Joe B. Hall, Don Haskins, Rollie Massimino and Jim Valvano "shorted" by this dubious distinction.
Other than Donovan, the most overlooked active coaches never to be named national COY by a major award are Rick Barnes (Texas), Lon Kruger (Oklahoma) and Bo Ryan (Wisconsin). Does this blemish exist because of envious fellow coaches or the media in dire need of brain scans? Following is an alphabetical list of high-profile retired coaches who never received one of the five major national coach of the year awards since 1955 despite their significant achievements:
Dave Bliss - Compiled a total of 14 20-win seasons with three different schools.
Dale Brown - Led LSU to 15 consecutive postseason tournaments (1979 through 1993) en route to becoming the second-winningest coach in SEC history at the time (behind Adolph Rupp) in both overall and SEC games.
Denny Crum - Won 15 regular-season conference championships in the Missouri Valley and Metro in his first 23 seasons with Louisville; only coach to twice win conference and NCAA tournaments in the same year (1980 and 1986).
Don DeVoe - Compiled a total of 12 20-win seasons with three different schools.
Don Donoher - One of first 10 coaches to take his first three teams to the NCAA playoffs guided his first seven Dayton clubs to national postseason competition; posted double digits in victories all 25 seasons.
Lefty Driesell - One of only three different coaches to guide four different schools to the NCAA playoffs; captured conference tournament titles in four different leagues; only coach to win more than 100 games for four different schools en route to total of 786 victories; had 14 final Top 20 rankings.
Jack Gardner - Only coach to direct two different schools to the Final Four at least twice apiece.
Pete Gillen - Remarkable run with Xavier (winning five Midwestern Collegiate Conference Tournament titles in six-year span from 1986 through 1991) before posting 20-win seasons with Providence in the Big East and Virginia in the ACC.
Don Haskins - Captured four Western Athletic Conference Tournament championships with Texas-El Paso in a seven-year span from 1984 through 1990 while winning more than 20 games each of those seasons; compiled a total of 17 20-win campaigns.
Harry Litwack - Finished third with Temple in three consecutive national postseason tournaments (1956 and 1958 in NCAA and 1957 in NIT). Posted only one losing record in 21 seasons with the Owls through 1973.
Rollie Massimino - Averaged more than 20 victories annually in the 1980s; participated in 14 consecutive national postseason tournaments with Villanova and UNLV before coaching at small-school level in Florida.
Joe Mullaney - Reached the 20-win plateau nine straight seasons from 1958-59 through 1966-67, directing Providence to the NIT semifinals four times in the first five years of that stretch; won more than two-thirds of his games with the Friars decided by fewer than five points.
Tom Penders - Won at least 20 games with three different schools (Rhode Island, Texas and George Washington) a total of 10 times in a 13-year span from 1987 through 1999 before winning more than 20 games three times in six seasons with Houston.
Fred Schaus - Won Southern Conference Tournament championships each of his six seasons with West Virginia from 1955 through 1960 before posting winning records in Big Ten competition all six years with Purdue.
Billy Tubbs - Directed Oklahoma to 12 consecutive 20-win seasons, a Big Eight Conference best; took the Sooners to national postseason play his last 13 years with them before moving on to TCU and Lamar.
"Well done is better than well said." - Benjamin Franklin
Some people talk a good game while others actually play a good game. With each of the 40 exclamation marks in this headline representing 100 points and rebounds, there is no doubt about which side of the fence the premium players in the 4,000 Club are on. Atop the well-done list in this distinguished group is recently-deceased Tom Gola, a terrific scorer/rebounder for La Salle ranking 11th among premier players in history by CollegeHoopedia.com. The Explorers supplied the top two and three of the first 13 major-college players amassing at least 4,000 career points and rebounds. Creighton's Doug McDermott, two inches taller than the 6-6 Gola, joined Gola in early March in the group of seven white players among the 14 individuals on the following list:
|Tom Gola||La Salle||1951-52 through 1954-55||2,462||2,201||4,663|
|Lionel Simmons||La Salle||1986-87 through 1989-90||3,217||1,429||4,646|
|Elvin Hayes||Houston||1965-66 through 1967-68||2,884||1,602||4,486|
|Dickie Hemric||Wake Forest||1951-52 through 1954-55||2,587||1,802||4,389|
|Oscar Robertson||Cincinnati||1957-58 through 1959-60||2,973||1,338||4,311|
|Joe Holup||George Washington||1952-53 through 1955-56||2,226||2,030||4,256|
|Doug McDermott||Creighton||2010-11 through 2013-14||3,150||1,088||4,238|
|Pete Maravich||Louisiana State||1967-68 through 1969-70||3,667||528||4,195|
|Harry Kelly||Texas Southern||1979-80 through 1982-83||3,066||1,085||4,151|
|Danny Manning||Kansas||1984-85 through 1987-88||2,951||1,187||4,138|
|Larry Bird||Indiana State||1976-77 through 1978-79||2,850||1,247||4,097|
|Tyler Hansbrough||North Carolina||2005-06 through 2008-09||2,872||1,219||4,091|
|Elgin Baylor||College of Idaho/Seattle||1955-56 through 1957-58||2,500||1,559||4,059|
|Michael Brooks||La Salle||1976-77 through 1979-80||2,628||1,372||4,000|
"The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools." - Confucius
UCLA's Steve Alford, an All-American for Indiana in 1986 and 1987, is the only active coach to have been an A-A player before coaching an A-A (New Mexico's Darington Hobson in 2010). Indiana native John Wooden is the only All-American player to eventually coach All-Americans for two different universities (Indiana State and UCLA) with neither of them being his alma mater (Purdue). If sophomore point guard Kyle Anderson continues to excel with the Bruins (leading them in rebounding and assists plus runner-up in scoring), Alford could join Wooden in this distinguished category.
Confucius would say the Hoosier State has sharpened a lot of basketball tools. Indiana's Branch McCracken, the only one of 41 All-Americans who became major-college mentors to compile a higher winning percentage as a coach than as a player, produced 14 A-As with his alma mater. Recently-deceased Tom Gola is among the following alphabetical list of 15 major-college All-Americans who went on to coach at least one major-college A-A:
"I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders." - Jewish Proverb
Brigham Young's Tyler Haws erupted for 48 points but they weren't enough to prevent a 114-110 triple-overtime setback at Portland. He fell four points shy of tying Jimmer Fredette's single-game school scoring mark (52 vs. New Mexico in 2011 Mountain West Conference Tournament semifinals). The result had to be disappointing for Haws, but there have been other prominent players requiring even "broader shoulders" in defeat. Haws, a son of Marty Haws (All-WAC first-team selection in 1989-90 when pacing BYU in scoring with 18.5 ppg), fell significantly short of joining the following list of NCAA Division I players scoring at least 60 points in a losing performance:
|Big Scorer in Losing Effort||DI School||Points||Defeat||Winning Opponent||Date|
|Kevin Bradshaw||U.S. International||72||186-140||Loyola Marymount||1-5-91|
|Pete Maravich||Louisiana State||69||106-104||Alabama||2-7-70|
|Pete Maravich||Louisiana State||66||110-94||Tulane||2-10-69|
|Anthony Roberts||Oral Roberts||65||90-89||Oregon||3-9-77|
|Pete Maravich||Louisiana State||64||121-105||Kentucky||2-21-70|
|Ben Woodside||North Dakota State||60||112-111 (3ot)||Stephen F. Austin||12-12-08|
College basketball fans shouldn't be assessed an unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty if the NFL isn't their favorite sport, but they should rush to hold on because following is more super stuff to digest while bombarded by enough notes, quotes and anecdotes to have one seeking a sedative when assessing Super Bowl XLVIII. A super story this year if there had been a tight game could have been tight end Julius Thomas, a former college hoopster with Portland State. Thomas was an obscure player for the Denver Broncos until exploding on the scene this season as their runner-up in touchdowns with 12 and contributing a team-high eight pass receptions in an AFC title-game victory against the New England Patriots.
Thomas, an All-Big Sky Conference hoopster, flashed potential as the next game-changing tight end when he caught more touchdown passes in the opening quarter of the NFL season-opening game than he had receptions in his first two understudy seasons. A 74-yard TD strike to Thomas at San Diego in mid-season illustrated that QB Peyton Manning intends to capitalize on Thomas' athleticism the same way he did ex-hoopster Marcus Pollard (Bradley) with the Indianapolis Colts. Pollard, a J.C. transfer who was the Braves' leading rebounder in 1992-93, caught at least three touchdown passes each of Manning's first seven NFL seasons from 1998 through 2004.
For what it's worth hoop-wise, did you know former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue was a 6-5 forward who averaged 11.4 points and nine rebounds per game for Georgetown in three varsity seasons from 1959-60 through 1961-62? He led the Hoyas in rebounding as a sophomore (8.9 rpg) and junior (8.2 rpg) and was their second-leading rebounder as a senior captain. Well-rounded trivia buffs should also know that Tagliabue's predecessor, Pete Rozelle, was the basketball publicist for 1949 NIT champion San Francisco before orchestrating events leading to the Super Bowl becoming a national phenomenon.
The Super Bowl's link to college basketball is much more extensive than these commissioners. Actually, there are a striking number of ex-college hoopsters who participated in the Super Bowl as players prior to Thomas. In fact, the inaugural Super Bowl in 1967 featured several former four-year college varsity basketball players for schools currently classified at the NCAA Division I level: Bobby Bell, Reg Carolan, Len Dawson, Otis Taylor and Fuzzy Thurston.
In deference to Super Bowl XLVIII, folllowing are 48 questions to tackle about versatile players such as Bell, Carolan, Dawson, Taylor and Thurston in this distinctive two-way athlete category that should surprise you with some of the marquee names. If you get them all correct before peeking at answers at the end of this gridiron quiz, then you are sufficiently omnipotent to know what happened to Ray Lewis' ditched cream suit in Atlanta.
1. Name the three-time Pro Bowl quarterback with the Cincinnati Bengals who appeared in the Super Bowl following the 1981 season after finishing his career as the fifth-leading scorer in his college's history. The high school teammate of Kentucky All-American and All-Pro Dan Issel led Augustana (Ill.) in field-goal accuracy and free-throw shooting as a freshman and sophomore.
2. Name the linebacker who was one of only two first-year players on the Miami Dolphins' undefeated team in 1972 and was still with the franchise the next season when the Dolphins repeated as Super Bowl champions for a 32-2 two-year mark, the best ever in the NFL. He played briefly for Louisville's varsity basketball squad before Cardinals football coach Lee Corso persuaded him to concentrate on the gridiron.
3. Name the nine-time All-Pro linebacker who was with the Kansas City Chiefs for their Super Bowl IV winner after becoming the first African American to play basketball for Minnesota when he appeared in three games in the 1960-61 season.
4. Name the two-time Pro Bowl defensive end who appeared in Super Bowl III with the Baltimore Colts vs. the New York Jets after becoming a first-team selection as a basketball center for South Dakota in the All-North Central Conference when he averaged 7.8 points per game in 1952-53 and 11 points in 1953-54.
5. Name the first black starting quarterback in the NFL who was later converted to wide receiver and caught two passes to help the undefeated Miami Dolphins beat Minnesota in Super Bowl VIII after averaging 9.5 ppg and 3.6 rpg in 14 basketball games for Nebraska-Omaha in 1964-65.
6. Name the four-time Pro Bowl wide receiver who caught five passes for 83 yards in Super Bowl XV for the Philadelphia Eagles after he was the top rebounder for two seasons with Southern (La.). He established an NFL record for most consecutive games with a pass reception (127).
7. Name the 1963 Pro Bowl selection who participated in Super Bowl I as a defensive end with the Kansas City Chiefs after the 6-6, 235-pounder played three varsity seasons with Idaho's basketball team, averaging four points and 4.7 rebounds per game.
8. Name the 1994 first-round draft choice who was a defensive end on the Dallas Cowboys' last Super Bowl team after playing nine games during the 1992-93 season for Arizona State's hoop squad that was decimated with injuries.
9. Name the Pro Bowl selection who appeared in Super Bowl XXXI with the New England Patriots after the 6-5, 245-pounder played basketball one season for Livingstone (N.C.). He held the NFL single-season record for most receptions by a tight end with 96 in 1994.
10. Name the four-year starter who set school career records for total offense, passing yards and rushing yards by a quarterback plus rushing touchdowns by a QB. Most Outstanding Player in the 2002 Peach Bowl as a quarterback was activated for the Super Bowl as a rookie with the Oakland Raiders before succeeding all-time great Tim Brown as a starting wide receiver. He was North Carolina's leader in assists during 2000-01 when he directed the Tar Heels to a basketball No. 1 ranking and an 18-game winning streak.
11. Name the Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs who was MVP in Super Bowl IV after playing in two basketball games as a 6-0, 180-pound guard for Purdue in the 1956-57 campaign.
12. Name the defensive left end on Miami's undefeated team in 1972 who played in four Super Bowls with the Dolphins after the 6-6, 220-pound basketball center finished his four-season career at Central College as the Pella, Iowa-based school's all-time leading scorer (15.5 ppg) and rebounder (12.4 rpg). He grabbed a school-record 29 rebounds in a game his senior season (1970-71).
13. Name the Hall of Fame tight end who played in two Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys, catching a TD pass to cap the scoring in Super Bowl VI, before coaching the Super Bowl-winning Chicago Bears following the 1985 season after the 6-2, 205-pound forward averaged 2.8 points and 2.6 rebounds per game in two seasons with the Pittsburgh Panthers.
14. Name the defensive back for the Baltimore Colts' Super Bowl V champion who led the NFL in kickoff return average (35.4) in 1970 after playing basketball for Maryland-Eastern Shore.
15. Name the prominent ex-NFL coach who was a defensive back for the Pittsburgh Steelers' Super Bowl XIII champion after averaging 2.6 ppg in 16 basketball contests with the Minnesota Gophers in 1973-74 under coach Bill Musselman.
16. Name the starting middle linebacker for a team in two of three Super Bowls in one stretch who started two games at point guard for St. Francis (Pa.) as a freshman in 1993-94 when he averaged three points per game. After transferring back home to Cleveland, the 5-10 dynamo collected 109 points and 52 rebounds in 27 games for John Carroll before quitting basketball midway through the 1995-96 campaign to concentrate on football.
17. Name the five-time Pro Bowl defensive back with the Dallas Cowboys who played in two Super Bowls after finishing his three-year varsity career as Utah State's all-time leading scorer and rebounder. The 6-4 forward scored 46 points in a game against New Mexico en route to leading the Aggies in scoring with 21.2 points per game in 1959-60 (34th in the nation), 20.3 in 1960-61 (57th) and 25.6 in 1961-62 (13th).
18. Name the Hall of Fame quarterback who played in three Super Bowls with the Miami Dolphins after he was a 6-1, 185-pound sophomore guard in 1964-65 when scoring 22 points in 16 games in his only varsity basketball season for Purdue.
19. Name the 12-year veteran safety who played in Super Bowl IV with the Minnesota Vikings after averaging four points and 3.5 rebounds per game in 10 contests for Wisconsin's basketball team in 1958-59.
20. Name the wide receiver who caught a 34-yard touchdown pass from Roger Staubach for the Dallas Cowboys' final touchdown in a 21-17 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl X after he averaged 12.4 points and 7.3 rebounds per game in three varsity seasons (1972-73 through 1974-75) for Austin Peay. It was the only pass reception in his NFL career. The 6-4, 215-pound forward averaged seven points and seven rebounds per game in four NCAA Tournament contests in 1973 and 1974 as a teammate of folk hero James "Fly" Williams.
21. Name the third-round draft choice of the Miami Dolphins in 1998 who backed up MVP Ray Lewis as a linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV after being a member of Cincinnati's basketball team for the first month of 1997-98 campaign.
22. Name the three-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman who appeared in three Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys after the 6-8, 230-pound backup post player averaged 1.7 points and 2.6 rebounds for Tennessee State in his freshman and sophomore seasons (1969-70 and 1970-71).
24. Name the two-time Pro Bowl cornerback who participated in Super Bowl XVII with the Washington Redskins after the 6-4, 190-pound forward averaged 13.4 points and 6.6 rebounds per game for San Diego State in 1969-70 and 1970-71. He was the Aztecs' second-leading scorer (15.2 ppg) and rebounder (7.6 rpg) as a junior.
25. Name the 10-time Pro Bowl defensive back who competed in four Super Bowls after collecting nine assists, four points and three rebounds in six games for Southern California's basketball squad as a junior in 1979-80.
26. Name the 11-year defensive lineman who played in Super Bowl XIII for the Minnesota Vikings after averaging 12.3 ppg with Michigan Tech in 1962-63.
27. Name the Minnesota Vikings defensive back who let former Prairie View basketball player Otis Taylor (Kansas City Chiefs) elude him for a long touchdown in Super Bowl IV after being a basketball teammate of Utah State legend Wayne Estes in 1964-65.
28. Name the NFL Hall of Fame tight end who caught a 75-yard touchdown pass from Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas in Super Bowl V after collecting 28 points and 28 rebounds in six basketball games with Syracuse in 1960-61.
29. Name the defensive end who scored six touchdowns in his 14-year NFL career and started for the New York Giants in their Super Bowl victory following the 1986 season after the 6-5, 225-pound forward-center averaged just over 10 points and 10 rebounds per game for Oregon's freshman squad in 1971-72. He played briefly for the Ducks' varsity basketball team the next season.
30. Name the tight end who played in four Super Bowls with the Buffalo Bills after he was the starting center for Jacksonville State's 1985 NCAA Division II championship team. He led the Gulf South Conference in rebounding each of his first three seasons and finished runner-up in that category as a senior.
31. Name the defensive lineman in Super Bowl XI for the Oakland Raiders who played basketball in the 1975 NAIA Tournament for Morningside (Iowa).
32. Name the quarterback who set an NFL record with 24 consecutive completions over a two-game span in 2004 before guiding the Philadelphia Eagles to the Super Bowl the next year. He collected a career-high 10 points and six rebounds and made two clinching free throws with 2.7 seconds remaining in a 77-74 victory over Georgetown in 1997 before Syracuse appeared in the NIT. He scored two points in two 1996 NCAA Tournament games for the Orangemen's national runner-up.
33. Name the tight end who played in four Super Bowls with the Buffalo Bills, catching a TD pass in Super Bowl XXVI, after the 6-8, 235-pound center for the basketball squad at Wabash (Ind.) averaged 19.2 ppg and 11.4 rpg in four varsity seasons. He set NCAA Division III field-goal shooting records for a single season (75.3% in 1981-82 as a senior) and career (72.4). He collected 45 points and 13 rebounds in the 1982 championship game, scoring a Division III Tournament record 129 points in five games and earning tourney outstanding player honors.
34. Name the Pro Bowl offensive tackle who appeared in three consecutive Super Bowls with the Miami Dolphins after leading Lamar in rebounding as a senior with 12.6 per game in 1968-69.
35. Name the valuable addition to the Super Bowl-bound Philadelphia Eagles in 2004 setting an NFL single-game record with 20 receptions for the San Francisco 49ers against the Chicago Bears in 2000. He collected 57 points and 49 rebounds in 38 games (four starts) for UT-Chattanooga's basketball squad in three seasons from 1993-94 through 1995-96.
36. Name the 14-year running back who played in five Super Bowls, catching more passes (five) than anyone in Super Bowls X and XII, after the guard-forward averaged 8.7 points and 6 rebounds per game as a senior in 1966-67 to finish his three-year Illinois varsity career with 5.2 ppg and 3.6 rpg.
37. Name the 2002 NFL defensive rookie of the year for the Carolina Panthers who appeared in the Super Bowl the next season after being a member of North Carolina's 2000 Final Four squad. He started both NCAA Tournament games for the Tar Heels in 2001, including his first double-double (10 rebounds and career-high 21 points against Penn State).
38. Name the wide receiver who made a two-point conversion on a run for the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XIV and threw a flea flicker touchdown pass in Super Bowl XX after collecting 16 points and 11 assists in 11 games for Indiana's 1999 NCAA Tournament team, including two points in each of the Hoosiers' playoff contests (against George Washington and St. John's).
39. Name the four-time Pro Bowl wide receiver who scored the first touchdown at XXXI Super Bowl for the Green Bay Packers after he was a 6-1, 185-pound backup guard in basketball for Michigan State in two seasons (1985-86 and 1987-88).
40. Name the Hall of Fame offensive tackle who participated in two Super Bowls (XI and XV) with the Oakland Raiders after he was a two-year basketball letterman as a 6-5, 265-pound center for Maryland State College (now called Maryland-Eastern Shore).
41. Name an offensive tackle for the Super Bowl XVII champion Washington Redskins after the strike-shortened 1982 campaign who averaged 2.9 ppg and 3.7 rpg while shooting 50.5% from the floor with Columbia in 1968-69 and 1969-70.
42. Name the Hall of Fame quarterback who guided the Dallas Cowboys to four Super Bowls after averaging 9.3 points per game for the 1961-62 Navy plebe (freshman) basketball team. The 6-2, 190-pound forward scored five points in four games for the Midshipmen varsity squad the next season. He was MVP in Super Bowl VI.
43. Name the defensive back for the Baltimore Colts who appeared in two Super Bowls (III and V) after playing basketball for Maryland-Eastern Shore.
44. Name the wide receiver who played in two Super Bowls with the Kansas City Chiefs, catching 10 passes for 128 yards and a touchdown, after he was a backup small forward in the Prairie View A&M era following the school's glory years with pro basketball standout Zelmo Beaty.
45. Name the offensive guard with the Green Bay Packers who participated in the first two Super Bowls after originally enrolling at Valparaiso on a basketball scholarship. He averaged 1.5 points per game in eight contests as a freshman with Valpo in 1951-52 before concentrating on football.
46. Name the Pro Bowl punter who appeared in two Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys after averaging 14.5 points and 8.3 rebounds as a sophomore, 17.3 points and eight rebounds as a junior and 22.1 points and 8.7 rebounds as a senior for Tennessee. The 6-4, 210-pound forward scored 50 points against LSU as a senior on his way to becoming SEC player of the year in 1967.
47. Name the defensive end for the Denver Broncos' back-to-back Super Bowl champions (XXXII and XXXIII) who registered one steal while playing in one minute of one Big Eight Conference basketball game for Colorado in 1989-90.
48. Name the offensive tackle who was an NFL All-Pro six straight seasons in the 1970s and played in the Super Bowl five times that decade with the Dallas Cowboys after earning All-SIAC basketball recognition for Fort Valley State (Ga.).
ANSWERS TO 48 SUPER BOWL TRIVIA QUESTIONS
1. Ken Anderson; 2. Larry Ball; 3. Bobby Bell; 4. Ordell Braase; 5. Marlin Briscoe; 6. Harold Carmichael; 7. Reg Carolan; 8. Shante Carver; 9. Ben Coates; 10. Ronald Curry; 11. Len Dawson; 12. Vern Den Herder; 13. Mike Ditka; 14. Jim Duncan; 15. Tony Dungy; 16. London Fletcher; 17. Cornell Green; 18. Bob Griese; 19. Dale Hackbart; 20. Percy Howard; 21. Brad Jackson; 22. Ed "Too Tall" Jones; 23. Billy Kilmer; 24. Joe Lavender; 25. Ronnie Lott; 26. Bob Lurtsema; 27. Earsell Mackbee; 28. John Mackey; 29. George Martin; 30. Keith McKeller; 31. Herb McMath; 32. Donovan McNabb; 33. Pete Metzelaars; 34. Wayne Moore; 35. Terrell Owens; 36. Preston Pearson; 37. Julius Peppers; 38. Antwaan Randle El; 39. Andre Rison; 40. Art Shell; 41. George Starke; 42. Roger Staubach; 43. Charlie Stukes; 44. Otis Taylor; 45. Fuzzy Thurston; 46. Ron Widby; 47. Alfred Williams; 48. Rayfield Wright.
"It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled." - Mark Twain
Anyone with a functioning brain knows high school player ratings are so much unadulterated bull-spit reminiscent of Sochi accommodations. All of the so-called recruiting analysts/experts and slobbering announcers with drool buckets giving credence to the charade are doing a disservice to the fans and impressionable teenagers. Why can't the player pimps simply wait until the athletes compete in an actual game on a college court before rendering judgment on their ability at the next level?
There should be a teen-protective law regarding player ratings forcing them to be written on toilet paper so they can be flushed down the toilet. Conducting a live press conference on a Signing Day Special announcing a teenager's college intentions is obscene. Keep-it-pithy Mark Twain would have been nauseated watching adults hold their collective breath to see if a pimple-faced kid dons cap of their alma mater.
What good are the prep player rankings anyway if the brainiacs can't pinpoint a prospect who will be an NCAA consensus first-team All-American three successive seasons? In 2010, Creighton's Doug McDermott wasn't listed among the consensus Top 100 recruits. It's not as if no one saw him in Ames, Iowa, because his H.S. teammate, Harrison Barnes (North Carolina), ranked as the nation's premier prepster.
But previously-shunned McDermott, who rarely dunks to shine the spotlight on himself and spends more time practicing his free throws than getting tattoos, emerged as a consistent standout. McDermott isn't infallible, scoring a meager five points against UAB last season and only seven versus George Washington this campaign. But even if he averaged five points per game, that would be a higher mark than the career averages posted by the following alphabetical list of frontcourters in the same class mistakenly rated higher than him coming out of high school: Evan Anderson (Wisconsin/0.6 points per game), Demarco Cox (Mississippi/3.1), Keith Davis (Texas A&M/1.1), Carson Desrosiers (Wake Forest & Providence/4.3), Josh Hairston (Duke/2.2), James Johnson (Virginia & San Diego State/1.4), Nate Lubick (Georgetown/4.9) and Melvin Tabb (Wake Forest & Kent State/3.3).
Seemingly incapable of calculating the difference between street ball and team ball, the recruiting gurus can't seem to assess backcourters any better. For instance, Michigan's Trey Burke, designated national POY last season over McDermott, wasn't listed among the Top 100 in 2011. Again, it wasn't as if he was an unknown commodity insofar as Burke was a prep teammate of eventual Ohio State All-American Jared Sullinger. It would take all week to read the list of players ranked ahead of Burke, McDermott and fellow consensus 2012-13 first-team All-Americans Victor Oladipo (Indiana), Kelly Olynyk (Gonzaga) and Otto Porter Jr. (Georgetown) when they left high school.
Elsewhere, guard Jeremy Lamb averaged 14.1 ppg in two seasons with 2011 NCAA champion Connecticut before leaving school early and becoming an NBA lottery pick (12th overall). But Lamb's scoring average is more than twice as high as those compiled by the following alphabetical list of guards in the same 2010 class incorrectly rated ahead of him entering college: Rion Brown (Miami/7), Gary Franklin (California & Baylor/4.5), Crandall Head (Illinois & Southern Methodist/1.1), Jamail Jones (Marquette & Florida Gulf Coast/3.3), Jelan Kendrick (Memphis, Mississippi & UNLV/6.1 ppg), Mychal Parker (Maryland/3.4), Stacey Poole Jr. (Kentucky & Georgia Tech/1.9) and Jordan Sibert (Ohio State & Dayton/5.1).
Obesely-overrated Josh Smith was a consensus Top 20 player coming out of H.S. while McDermott was virtually ignored. Smith was declared academically ineligible at Georgetown after flopping with UCLA while McDermott, schooling opponents and media flunkeys, closed in on becoming only the eighth player in DI history cracking the 3,000-point plateau. What are the recruiting-wizard credentials of the chattering class who couldn't see any possible distinction between them? Never underestimate how gullible some observers can be if they don't let mistake-ridden recruit regaling go in one ear and out the other until authentic evidence exists.
"Nothing in the affairs of men is worthy of great anxiety." - Plato
The sky is falling! The sky is falling! Self-righteous Chicken Little fans, high pot-smokers galore and willfully dense media members, sounding like end-of-the-world doom-and-gloomers from the whiny race-baiting Blame America Administration, can get on your nerves because of their lack of historical perspective.
Recent slumps for Baylor, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa State, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Oregon and Wisconsin were disconcerting to their fans but they shouldn't be on suicide watch. Plenty of premier programs recover from dry-spell reversals, even against inferior opponents, to return to elite status.
A comparable little slump happened to Kansas last year before the Jayhawks eventually posted their fourth straight 30-win campaign. KU fans should have remembered that Wilt Chamberlain's final season in 1958 included one of the most amazing turnarounds in NCAA history. Nebraska, in the midst of 15 consecutive losing seasons, was clobbered at Kansas by 56 points (102-46) before upsetting the Jayhawks (43-41) four games later in Omaha. In the Cornhuskers' next outing, they defeated top-ranked Kansas State (55-48), an opponent overwhelming them by a total of 46 points in two previous matchups. Nebraska never has won an NCAA Tournament game, making the Cornhuskers treasure the moment even more when they defeated NCAA champion-to-be Kansas in the regular season in 1988.
Cincinnati, compiling just one winning record in Metro Conference competition (8-6 in 1985) in 12 years from 1978 through 1989, is the only school to register a losing record in a season it won a road game against a conference rival that later became NCAA champion. The 12-16 Bearcats, notching a 5-7 Metro mark, won at Louisville (84-82) midway through the 1985-86 campaign when guard Roger McClendon poured in 24 of his 35 points in the second half. The Cardinals recovered from their only home-court loss that year and the embarrassment of squandering a 13-point, second-half lead against Cincinnati to wind up capturing the NCAA title.
Michigan State dominated the 1979 NCAA Tournament, handing each of its five playoff opponents, a quintet averaging 25.6 victories, their worst defeat of the year - Lamar (31-point margin), LSU (16), Notre Dame (12), Penn (34) and Indiana State (11). Consequently, most observers don't recall the glaring defect of the Magic Johnson-led Spartans earlier that season when they were defeated by four Big Ten Conference second-division teams (including three finishing the year at least four games below .500 in league competition). One of Michigan State's setbacks was by 18 points against perennial cellar dweller Northwestern, which had 35 consecutive losing league records from 1969 through 2003.
Florida '98 is the only school at least four games below .500 in league play to win on the road against a conference opponent (Kentucky) that wound up capturing the NCAA Tournament crown later that season. The Gators went on to become the only school to capture back-to-back NCAA titles despite losing a league game each year to an opponent with a conference mark at least four games below .500 (2006 and 2007).
Plato's quote about anxiety takes on a special meaning for hoop fans examining the following chronological list of 11 schools at least four games under .500 in conference competition defeating a league rival ending the season as NCAA titlist (including four of them in an eight-year span from 2003 through 2010):
|Second-Division Team||Season||Overall (Losing League Record)||Upset Against Eventual NCAA Champion|
|Oregon State||1938-39||13-11 (6-10 in PCC)||Beavers defeated Oregon, 50-31|
|Oregon||1958-59||9-16 (3-13 in PCC)||Ducks defeated California, 59-57|
|Illinois||1978-79||19-11 (7-11 in Big Ten)||Illini defeated Michigan State, 57-55|
|Northwestern||1978-79||6-21 (2-16 in Big Ten)||Wildcats defeated Michigan State, 83-65|
|Wisconsin||1978-79||12-15 (6-12 in Big Ten)||Badgers defeated Michigan State, 83-81|
|Nebraska||1987-88||13-18 (4-10 in Big Eight)||Cornhuskers defeated Kansas, 70-68|
|Florida||1997-98||14-15 (6-10 in SEC)||Gators won at Kentucky, 86-78|
|Rutgers||2002-03||12-16 (4-12 in Big East)||Scarlet Knights defeated Syracuse, 68-65|
|South Carolina||2005-06||23-15 (6-10 in SEC)||Gamecocks defeated Florida, 68-62|
|Louisiana State||2006-07||17-15 (5-11 in SEC)||Tigers defeated Florida, 66-56|
|North Carolina State||2009-10||20-16 (5-11 in ACC)||Wolfpack defeated Duke, 88-74.|