NFL Basketball Report: Week 13 Update on Active Players Who Were College Hoopsters

The NFL Injury Report is distributed in mid-week although it isn't nearly as important to genuine hoop fans as this NFL Basketball Report. The recent ex-hoopster headliner is 15-year linebacker London Fletcher, the Washington Redskins' leading tackler who secured his second interception this season last weekend.

Another ageless wonder is Tony Gonzalez, who excelled in the 1997 NCAA playoffs with California before becoming the first tight end with 100 touchdowns. He has notched at least 70 receptions in 10 consecutive seasons and holds the longest active streak with a reception in 191 consecutive contests. Aspiring to secure his first NFL playoff victory, Gonzalez leads the Atlanta Falcons in pass receptions as have fellow ex-college hoopsters Jimmy Graham (New Orleans Saints; runner-up after missing a game), Vincent Jackson (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and Kendall Wright (Tennessee Titans). Jackson paces the NFL in yards per catch (20.4).

Regal receiver Terrell Owens (1995 NCAA playoffs with Chattanooga) didn't have a chance to test the patience of replacement officials early this season because he is no longer on an NFL roster and revered quarterback Donovan McNabb (Syracuse) also exited. But the league still boasts the following versatile players who previously were college hoopsters:

Player Pos. NFL Team College(s) Summary of 2012 NFL Regular Season
Connor Barwin OLB Houston Texans Cincinnati 30 tackles (26 solo/4 assists) in fourth season but only two sacks (after 11 1/2 last year)
Demetress Bell LOT Philadelphia Eagles Northwestern State newcomer after signing 5-year deal in off-season following 30 starts with Buffalo Bills the previous three seasons
Jordan Cameron TE Cleveland Browns Brigham Young/Southern California second-stringer has 14 pass receptions for 152 yards (long of 23) and one TD in second campaign
Demar Dotson RT Tampa Bay Buccaneers Southern Mississippi 6-9 lineman is a starter in fourth season
London Fletcher ILB Washington Redskins Saint Francis, PA/John Carroll, OH team-high 88 tackles (55 solo/33 assists) plus one fumble recovery, one sack and two interceptions in 15th season
Antonio Gates TE San Diego Chargers Kent State 32 pass receptions for 368 yards (long of 33) and team-high four touchdown catches in 10th year
Tony Gonzalez TE Atlanta Falcons California team-high 73 pass receptions for 770 yards (long of 25) and team-high seven touchdowns in 16th campaign
Jimmy Graham TE New Orleans Saints Miami, FL third-year pro has 59 pass receptions for 654 yards (long of 46) and team-high eight touchdowns
Todd Heap TE Arizona Cardinals Arizona State long-time Baltimore Raven has eight receptions for 94 yards (long of 28) in 12th season amid questions about why he hasn't returned from a knee injury
Vincent Jackson WR Tampa Bay Buccaneers Northern Colorado team highs of 47 receptions, 959 yards (long of 95) and seven touchdowns in eighth campaign
Evan Moore TE Seattle Seahawks Stanford first season in NW for third-stringer after three years with the Cleveland Browns, including four touchdowns in 2011
Julius Peppers RDE Chicago Bears North Carolina six-time Pro Bowler has 21 tackles (17 solo/four assists) and team-high six sacks in 11th season (ranks fourth among active players with 105.5 sacks)
Julius Thomas TE Denver Broncos Portland State second-year backup hopes to get a start similar to rookie debut game last season
Kendall Wright WR Tennessee Titans Baylor rookie has team-high 48 pass receptions (for 438 yards and team-high four touchdowns/long of 35 yards)

Membership Drive: Louisville Among Vagabond Schools Making Friends in Many Places

An announcement about Louisville joining the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2014-15 means the Cardinals will have been members of five different leagues in 41 years. But there are other schools - including UL's fellow MVC/Metro/Great Midwest/C-USA members Cincinnati, Memphis and Saint Louis - with similar wanderlust.

Amid nearly 60 schools becoming new league members this year and the next two seasons, Memphis was slated to revive its rivalry with Louisville in the Big East but The Ville preferred to chill with new friends in the ACC. Resembling upwardly-mobile divorcees seeking the perfect spouse, New Mexico State is expected to become the 11th school to join the following list of most nomadic institutions:

Nomadic School Duration for Five Leagues Conference Affiliations
Texas Christian five different leagues in 18 years from 1996 to 2013 73-year stint in SWC through 1996, WAC 1997-2001, Conference USA 2002-05, Mountain West 2006-12 and Big 12 2013
Towson five in 21 years from 1982 to 2002 Northeast 1982, East Coast 1983-92, Big South 1993-95, America East 1996-2001 and CAA 2002-13
Saint Louis five in 23 years from 1974 to 1996 and six in 33 from 1974 to 2006 Missouri Valley 1938-74, Metro 1976-82, Midwestern Collegiate 1983-91, Great Midwest 1992-95, Conference USA 1996-2005 and Atlantic 10 2006-13
Louisiana Tech five in 28 years from 1987 to 2014 Southland 1972-87, American South 1988-91, Sun Belt 1992-2001, WAC 2002-13 and C-USA 2014
Nevada five in 34 years from 1979 to 2013 WCAC 1970-79, Big Sky 1980-92, Big West 1993-2000, WAC 2001-12 and Mountain West 2013
Texas-Pan American five in 35 years from 1980 to 2014 TAAC 1980, American South 1988-91, Sun Belt 1992-98, Great West 2009-13 and Western Athletic 2014
Cincinnati five in 37 years from 1970 to 2006 Missouri Valley 1958-70, Metro 1976-91, Great Midwest 1992-95, Conference USA 1996-2005 and Big East 2006-13
North Texas five in 40 years from 1975 to 2014 Missouri Valley 1958-75, Southland 1983-96, Big West 1997-2000, Sun Belt 2001-13 and C-USA 2014
Louisville five in 41 years from 1975 to 2015 Missouri Valley (1965-75), Metro (1976-95), Conference USA (1996-2005), Big East 2006-14 and ACC 2015
Memphis five in 42 years from 1973 to 2014 Missouri Valley 1968-73, Metro 1976-91, Great Midwest 1992-95, Conference USA 1996-2013) and Big East 2014

We Hardly Knew Thee: Denver is 4th WAC Member Joining List of One-and-Done

The once-proud Western Athletic Conference was scrambling to remain solvent in the aftermath of four quicky- divorce members. Denver, Texas-Arlington, Texas-San Antonio and Texas State are bound elsewhere next season after a one-year stint. The WAC defectors are among the following alphabetical list of current Division I schools affiliating with a league only one year:

School One-Year League Membership Next Conference Tenure
Butler 2013 in Atlantic 10 Big East from 2014
Central Florida 1992 in Sun Belt TAAC/Atlantic Sun 1994-2005
Denver 2013 in Western Athletic Summit League from 2014
Duquesne 1993 in Midwestern Collegiate Atlantic 10 returned in 1994
Rhode Island 1980 in ECAC North Atlantic 10 since 1981
Texas-Arlington 2013 in Western Athletic Sun Belt from 2014
Texas-Pan American 1980 in Trans America American South 1988-91
Texas-San Antonio 2013 in Western Athletic Conference USA from 2014
Texas State 2013 in Western Athletic Sun Belt from 2014
Towson State 1982 in Northeast East Coast 1983-92
Troy State 1994 in East Coast Mid-Continent 1995-97

Schedule Maker: Looking At Non-League Games That Should Be Played

After 105 years steeped in history amid off-the-chart contempt, the rivalry between Kansas and Missouri expired for the foreseeable future after Mizzou departed the Big 12 Conference for the SEC. Their border war series was as energetic and entertaining as you'll find anywhere and should have been continued. The feud stacked right up there with the more nationally-acclaimed "Clash of the Titans" between Indiana and Kentucky - which also ended because of colossal coaching egos.

By any measure, it was shortsighted of KU/Mizzou and IU/UK to let their rivalries end. Regretably, the schedule neglect doesn't end there. Notre Dame is finally meeting Purdue this year but it's obscene that fans aren't able to enjoy the following potentially great natural non-league matchups between in-state power league members: Cincinnati/Ohio State, DePaul vs. Illinois and Northwestern, Georgetown/Maryland and Penn State vs. Pittsburgh and Villanova.

Misguided Memphis mentor Josh Pastner didn't see the benefit in continuing the Tigers' series with Tennessee. He'd rather just sit at home and beat up on out-of-state fodder such as East Carolina, Harvard, Loyola (Md.), North Florida, Oral Roberts and Samford. Do you think there is any connection between that mindset and Pastner going winless in his first 11 assignments against opponents ranked in the Top 25?

Maryland, rather than coping with an exit fee lawsuit from the ACC, should face litigation from Terrapin fans because of a woeful non-league home schedule. To their credit, the Terps were wlling to play what turned out to be an entertaining game against George Mason. A similar view regarding what's best for the fans, players and game in general also applies to power league members opposing other quality nearby mid-major schools. For instance, Michigan deserves kudos for opposing all three in-state MAC schools while Michigan State should be criticized for avoiding them amid picking on a passel of patsies.

Rather than insomnia-curing mismatches, how much more interest would there be in Wichita State opposing Kansas and Kansas State, Akron and Dayton against Cincinnati and Ohio State, Tulsa against Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, VCU against Virginia and Virginia Tech, Illinois State against DePaul and Illinois, plus Belmont against Tennessee and Vanderbilt? What about sizing up the All-American credentials of guards Isiah Canaan (Murray State) against Kentucky and Louisville, D.J. Cooper (Ohio University) against Cincinnati and Ohio State, Matthew Dellavedova (Saint Mary's) against California and Stanford plus C.J. McCollum (Lehigh) against Penn State and Villanova?

The hoop haughtiness of power schools denying fans stimulating non-league games isn't a new phenomenon. For instance, LSU avoided potentially attractive in-state assignments for decades by never opposing McNeese State's Joe Dumars, Tulane's Jerald Honeycutt, New Orleans' Ervin Johnson, Louisiana Tech's Karl Malone, Northeast Louisiana's Calvin Natt, Centenary's Robert Parish and Southwestern Louisiana's Andrew Toney.

Don't we deserve to see national players of the year such as Indiana State's Larry Bird (never opposed Indiana), Navy's David Robinson (Georgetown and Maryland) and Bradley's Hersey Hawkins (Illinois) strut their stuff in regular-season contests against nearby prominent programs? The Terrapins only met "The Admiral" when they were forced to in the second round of 1985 Southeast Regional when Robinson contributed game-high figures in scoring, rebounding and blocks.

In a form of "gaming," a striking number of power league schools appear as if they want to celebrate Black History month in advance during their non-conference slates by overdosing on scheduling outmatched opponents from the MEAC and SWAC. Arkansas, Cincinnati, Michigan State, Missouri and Pittsburgh are among the HBCU adjunct members this season.

If Boston College doesn't discern the value in opposing UMass, it serves the Eagles right to lose to Bryant, which averaged almost 25 defeats the previous four seasons. With respect to Gonzaga, the Zags have the upper hand over Pac-12 member Washington. Even if an observer detests government involvement, perhaps state legislatures should step in where they can and force power league members to get off their high horse and play the following potentially entertaining intra-state games against quality mid-level opponents:

Power Six Member Shunned In-State Mid-Major Opponents Out-of-State Non-League Weak Sisters on 2012-13 Schedule
Alabama South Alabama and UAB Charleston Southern, Lamar, Mercer, Oakland, Tulane and West Alabama
Arkansas Arkansas State and UALR Alabama A&M, Alcorn State, Delaware State, Florida A&M, Longwood, Northwestern State and Sam Houston State
Auburn South Alabama and UAB Furman, Grambling State, IPFW, Tennessee Tech and Winthrop
Boston College Boston University and Massachusetts Bryant, Florida International, New Hampshire, St. Francis (N.Y.)
California Saint Mary's, San Francisco, San Jose State and Santa Clara CSU Bakersfield, UC Santa Barbara, Pacific, Pepperdine and Prairie View A&M
Cincinnati Cleveland State, Dayton and MAC schools Campbell, Maryland-Eastern-Shore, Mississippi Valley State, North Carolina A&T, Tennessee-Martin and UALR
DePaul Bradley and Illinois State Austin Peay, UC Riverside, Fairfield, Gardner-Webb, Maryland-Baltimore County and Milwaukee
Georgetown George Washington Duquesne, Liberty, Longwood and Western Carolina
Illinois Bradley, Illinois State, Loyola of Chicago and Southern Illinois Colgate, Eastern Kentucky, Gardner-Webb, Norfolk State, St. Francis (N.Y.) and Western Carolina
Indiana Evansville, Indiana State and Valparaiso Bryant, Central Connecticut State, Coppin State, Florida Atlantic, Jacksonville, Mount St. Mary's, North Dakota State and Sam Houston State
Kansas Wichita State American, Belmont, Chattanooga, San Jose State, Southeast Missouri State
Kansas State Wichita State Alabama-Huntsville, Lamar, North Dakota, North Florida, USC Upstate, South Dakota, Texas Southern and UMKC
Kentucky Murray State and Western Kentucky Eastern Michigan, Lafayette, Lipscomb, Long Island, Portland and Samford
Louisiana State Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana Tech and Tulane Bethune-Cookman, UC Santa Barbara, Chattanooga, Houston Baptist, Mississippi Valley State
Louisville Murray State FIU, Illinois State, Manhattan, Miami (Ohio), Samford and UMKC
Maryland American, George Washington and Loyola (Md.) Delaware State, Georgia Southern, IUPUI, Lafayette, Long Island, Monmouth, Morehead State, South Carolina State and Stony Brook
Memphis Belmont, Chattanooga and Middle Tennessee East Carolina, Harvard, Loyola (Md.), North Florida, Ohio, Oral Roberts, Samford
Michigan State Detroit and MAC members Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Boise State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Loyola of Chicago, Nicholls State, Texas Southern and Tuskegee
Mississippi Southern Mississippi Coastal Carolina, East Tennessee State, Fordham, Lipscomb, McNeese State and UALR
Mississippi State Southern Mississippi Alabama A&M, Central Arkansas, Florida Atlantic, New Orleans and Texas-San Antonio
Missouri Missouri State and Saint Louis Alcorn State, Appalachian State, Bucknell, Nicholls State, South Carolina State, SIU-Edwardsville and Tennessee State
Notre Dame Butler and Indiana State Brown, Chicago State, Kennesaw State, Monmouth, Niagara and Saint Francis (Pa.)
Ohio State Akron, Cleveland State, Dayton, Ohio and Xavier Albany, Chicago State, UNC Asheville, Northern Kentucky, Savannah State, UMKC and Winthrop
Oklahoma Tulsa Louisiana-Monroe, Northwestern State, Ohio, Stephen F. Austin and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
Oklahoma State Oral Roberts and Tulsa UC Davis, Central Arkansas, Missouri State, Portland State, Tennessee Tech and Texas-Arlington
Penn State Drexel and Lehigh Army, Delaware State and New Hampshire
Pittsburgh Duquesne and Robert Morris Bethune-Cookman, Delaware State, Detroit, Fordham, Howard, Kennesaw State, Mount St. Mary's, North Florida and Oakland
Purdue Butler, Evansville, Indiana State and Valparaiso Bucknell, Hofstra, Lamar, UNC Wilmington and William & Mary
St. John's Iona, Long Island, Manhattan and Stony Brook Detroit, Florida Gulf Coast, Holy Cross, NJIT and UNC Asheville
Stanford Saint Mary's, San Jose State and Santa Clara Alcorn State, Belmont, UC Davis, Cal State Fullerton, Denver, Lafayette and Seattle
Syracuse Buffalo, Niagara, St. Bonaventure and Siena Alcorn State, Central Connecticut State, Detroit, Eastern Michigan, Monmouth, Princeton and Wagner
Tennessee Austin Peay, Belmont, Chattanooga and Middle Tennessee Kennesaw State, Oakland, Presbyterian and Western Carolina
Texas Houston, Southern Methodist, Texas A&M and Texas-El Paso Coppin State and Fresno State
Utah Utah State and Utah Valley Boise State, Cal State Northridge, Central Michigan, College of Idaho, Idaho State, Sacramento State, Williamette and Wright State
Vanderbilt Austin Peay, Belmont, Chattanooga and Memphis Alabama A&M, Cornell, Nicholls State and William & Mary
Villanova Bucknell, Drexel and Lehigh Columbia, Delaware, District of Columbia, Marshall and NJIT
Virginia James Madison, Richmond and VCU Delaware, Fairfield, Green Bay, Lamar, Mississippi Valley State, Morgan State, North Texas, Seattle and Wofford
Virginia Tech George Mason, James Madison, Old Dominion, Richmond and VCU Appalachian State, East Tennessee State, Georgia Southern, Mississippi Valley State and Rhode Island
Washington Gonzaga Albany, Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton, Jackson State, Loyola (Md.), Nevada and Northern Illinois

Job Security: Several Dozen DI Coaches Are Looking Over Their Shoulders

Amid a struggling economy, a significant number of folks are going from one suicide watch (after presidential election) to another (possibility of no Twinkies and Ding Dongs stemming from Hostess' demise). The pressure is also on numerous NCAA Division I coaches striving to turn around their programs.

Mike Brown, dismissed by the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers in the early going, isn't the only coach who will face an early pink slip. An average of nearly 50 DI schools, a half dozen or so by mid-season, annually made head coaching changes since the mid-1990s. The majority of the dominoes normally start to fall during postseason conference tournaments. Following is an alphabetical list of more than 40 active coaches who probably are looking over their shoulders:

Coach School Reason on Shaky Ground
Frankie Allen Maryland-Eastern Shore Could be fifth time in as many seasons with more than 20 defeats.
Bobby Braswell Cal State Northridge Needs to avoid fourth consecutive season with at least 18 defeats.
Ben Braun Rice Appears as if headed for fifth season in as many years with at least 16 defeats.
Matt Brown Missouri-Kansas City Averaged 20 defeats annually over first five seasons with the Kangaroos.
Mitch Buonaguro Siena Could spell doom if lose as many as 17 games for third time in as many seasons.
Robert Burke Mount St. Mary's Difficult to see much longevity if suffer more than 20 defeats for third time in as many seasons.
Jeff Bzdelik Wake Forest Deacons haven't lost as many as 18 games three straight seasons since the late 1960s.
Scott Cherry High Point Needs to notch first winning record in four seasons.
Paul Cormier Dartmouth Prospects aren't good if lose more than 20 games for third consecutive campaign.
Ron Cottrell Houston Baptist Could be bound for fifth straight 20-loss season.
Doug Davalos Texas State Incurred at least 16 defeats each of first six seasons.
Johnny Dawkins Stanford Needs to reach NCAA playoffs for first time in fifth season.
Tracy Dildy Chicago State Can't lose more than 25 games for third time in as many years.
Chuck Driesell The Citadel Can't lose more than 20 games for third time in as many seasons.
John Dunne Saint Peter's Can't lose 24 or more games for fourth time in seven seasons.
Lennox Forrester SIU-Edwardsville Averaged 20 defeats annually over previous four seasons.
John Gallagher Hartford Can't reach 20-loss plateau for third time in as many seasons.
Mike Gillian Longwood Only one winning record in first nine seasons.
James Green Jacksonville State Fifth losing record in as many seasons likely will spell doom.
Bill Grier San Diego Averaged 20 defeats annually over previous three seasons.
Bill Herrion New Hampshire Could be headed for seventh losing record in as many seasons.
Brad Huse Montana State Only one winning record in first six seasons.
George Ivory Arkansas-Pine Bluff Averaged 20 defeats annually his first four seasons.
Jason James Tennessee-Martin More than 20 defeats in each of first three seasons.
Brian Katz Cal State Sacramento Could be bound for fifth season in as many years with at least 18 defeats.
Ryan Marks Texas-Pan American More than 20 defeats each of first three seasons with the Broncs.
Chuck Martin Marist Averaged nearly 25 defeats annually over first four seasons.
Fang Mitchell Coppin State Trouble looms if he has losing MEAC record over last seven seasons.
Howard Moore Illinois-Chicago Shaky footing if lose at least 22 games for third time in as many years.
George Nessman San Jose State Averaged 20 defeats annually over first seven seasons.
Dickey Nutt Southeast Missouri State Averaged 20 defeats annually over his first three years.
Kevin O'Neill Southern California Only one winning league record in his last 10 DI seasons.
Louis Orr Bowling Green Only one winning MAC mark in his first five seasons.
Tim O'Shea Bryant Averaged nearly 25 defeats in first four seasons.
Mark Phelps Drake Four non-winning records in MVC competition in as many seasons.
J.P. Piper Nicholls State Only one winning record in first eight seasons.
Keith Richard Louisiana-Monroe Can't afford to lose as many as 24 games for third time in as many seasons.
Craig Robinson Oregon State Can't finish with losing league record for fifth time in as many years.
Herb Sendek Arizona State Can't keep losing close contests and finish at least six games below .500 in league play for third year in a row.
Zach Spiker Army Doesn't want fourth losing record in as many seasons.
Greg Vetrone Fairleigh Dickinson Could be bound for fourth season with more than 20 defeats in as many years.
Ted Woodward Maine Only one winning record in first eight seasons.
Jim Wooldridge UC Riverside No winning Big West Conference mark in first five seasons.

Bigger Not Always Better: Small-College Notebook Describes Unique History

In a caste-like era separating the haves from the have-nots, imperial universities are seeking megaconferences and, perhaps in the near future, an even more restrictive upper division. But the elitist institutions won't be able to exclude humble small schools from making a big impact on college basketball. In the aftermath of a focus on small colleges when Grinnell's Jack Taylor erupted for 138 points in a single game, following is a chronological notebook with items detailing what will always be appealling about the little guy:

Basketball was a new demonstration sport at the 1904 Summer Olympics in St. Louis, which also was part of the World's Fair the same year. Hiram College (Ohio), Wheaton College (Illinois) and the University of Latter Day Saints (known today as Brigham Young) were the three college teams invited to compete in what was officially called the "Olympic Collegiate Basketball Championship." Hiram finished the round-robin tournament 2-0 and was declared the champion and awarded the first Olympic gold medal in basketball.

College of Charleston (S.C.) went winless 10 seasons from 1913-14 through 1923-24 (0-56 record; did not compete in 1918-19). . . . Paul Davis, after leaving Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College (now Oklahoma State), guided North Dakota State (18-0 in 1916) and North Dakota (16-0 in 1920) to undefeated seasons in a five-year span. He was also the football coach for these schools. . . . Indiana State's coach for five seasons from 1918-19 through 1922-23 after playing for the institution (known as Indiana State Normal School at the time) was Birch E. Bayh Sr. His son with the same name is a former U.S. Senator from Indiana from 1963 to 1981 and candidate for the Democratic nomination for president in the 1976 election. His grandson, Birch E. "Evan" Bayh III, is a former Indiana Governor and U.S. Senator (from 1999 to 2011). . . . Peru (Neb.) State Teachers won 55 consecutive games over a five-year span from 1921-26. . . . Earl Kinzie, a member of McPherson's 1928 Kansas Conference championship team that placed third in the national AAU Tournament in Kansas City, became a doctor and practiced family medicine in Texas for 50 years. He delivered more than 2,000 babies, including standout running back Earl Campbell.

Stanford All-American Hank Lusetti is usually credited with introducing the jump shot but fans of Glenn Roberts from Emory & Henry (Va.) beg to differ. Roberts led the nation in scoring in 1933 and 1935 en route to tallying 2,013 career points. . . . Westminster (Pa.), playing in the first-ever collegiate basketball doubleheader at Madison Square Garden on December 29, 1934, upset St. John's, 37-33. . . . Tarleton (Tex.), coached by W.J. Wisdom, posted 86 straight victories from 1934 to 1937 en route to winning 112 of 113 games in a seven-year span. . . . Amos Alonzo Stagg Jr., the son of a legend who had the longest coaching career in the history of football (71 years), guided the basketball squad at Susquehanna (Pa.) for 16 seasons from 1935-36 through 1950-51. . . . Carleton (Minn.) forward Wayne Sparks, a "Little All-American" in 1936-37, died in a bomber crash in World War II. . . . Drury's Eugene "Peaches" Westover (class of '38), a four-time All-MCAU forward, was killed January 1, 1945, during WWII at the Battle of the Bulge. . . . Western Kentucky was the only school to defeat Murray State in a 79-game span from January 3, 1936 through March 10, 1938. . . . The leading scorer for champion Central Missouri State in the first NAIA tourney in 1937 (when it was known as the National Intercollegiate Tournament) was eventual major leaguer Chuck Workman, an outfielder-third baseman who finished second in the National League in home runs in 1945 with 25 for the Boston Braves. . . . Louisville lost a school-record 19 consecutive contests in the midst of a six-year stretch from 1936-37 through 1941-42 when the Cardinals were 57 games below the .500 mark. Louisville was a long way from becoming a major-college power in 1944 when Peck Hickman was hired as coach for $200 per month. The Cardinals won a total of 29 games over the previous seven seasons. In that span, they lost at least three times to Alfred Holbrook (three defeats), Berea (four), Centre (seven), Georgetown College (nine), Hanover (nine), Oakland City (three) and Transylvania (six). . . . Ulyss "Useless" Brock, a 6-0, 135-pound forward, scored 83 points (22 field goals and 39 free throws) for Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) in a 101-21 verdict over Bethel in February, 1940. . . . UC Santa Barbara reached the 1941 NAIA Tournament semifinals although All-CCAA first-team center Lowell Steward, the league's first black player, couldn't compete because Missouri was a Jim Crow state at the time. Steward would later fly 143 combat missions in Europe as a P-51 pilot for the famed Tuskegee Airmen. . . . George Barr, regarded as probably the finest player in Northland (Wis.) history when he competed in the early 1940s, entered the Army Air Corps as a senior during World War II, earning his diploma in absentia. Barr volunteered for the Jimmy Doolittle raids over Tokyo in 1942. His plane was forced down on mainland China after the raid and the crew imprisoned. Barr was a prisoner of the Japanese for 3 1/2 years with most of the time spent in solitary confinement. Teammate Duane Borst served as a First Lieutenant with the Ninth Air Force B-26 Marauder Group in France, flying 43 missions over Germany.

Football legend Eddie Robinson won more than 70 percent of his games as Grambling's basketball coach from 1942-56. . . . York (Neb.) College, boasting an enrollment of 50, upset Akron, 52-49, in the first round of the 1943 NAIA Tournament before losing to North Texas, 51-49, in the second round. Brothers Jim and Wayne Kaeding scored 78 of York's 101 points in the two contests. . . . North Carolina College's Rocky Roberson scored 58 points in a game against Shaw (N.C.) during the 1942-43 season for what was believed to be a college record at the time. . . . More than 100 current NCAA Division I schools previously competed in the NAIA Tournament. Thirteen of the 17 different colleges to win NAIA titles from 1941 through 1963 are currently classified as NCAA Division I institutions. One of the 13 universities is Southeast Missouri State, which captured the 1943 crown after losing its first four games of the season. . . . Mississippi College defeated Mississippi State three times by double-digit margins in 1944-45. . . . Howie Schultz, a star for Hamline (Minn.) in the early 1940s, replaced Jackie Robinson at first base in Robinson's first regular-season game for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. . . . CIAA champion West Virginia State was the nation's only undefeated college team in 1947-48, finishing with a 23-0 record. The squad, coached by Mark Cardwell, included future NBA players Bob Wilson and Earl Lloyd. . . . UCLA legend John Wooden was in his final season as coach of Indiana State when the Sycamores lost to Louisville in the 1948 NAIA final. Curtis Walker, Indiana State's 12th man, was the first African American to play in the NAIA Tournament. The all-tourney first five included Beloit's Johnny Orr, who went on to become a longtime major-college coach. Two years later, Indiana State won the NAIA title. . . . Tennessee State, coached by Henry A. Kean, was the nation's only undefeated team in 1948-49 with a 24-0 record. The Tigers' leading scorers, Clarence Wilson and Joshua Grider, were both eventually longtime standouts with the Harlem Globetrotters. . . . Hamline (Minn.), the 1949 NAIA champion, had two players - center Vern Mikkelsen and forward Hal Haskins - on Converse's first three five-man All-American teams. In 1950, scribes named Haskins winner of the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association's Gold Star Award as the outstanding visitng player in New York. In what might be the most impressive honor ever received by a small-college player, he virtually doubled the vote total of runner-up Chuck Cooper of Duquesne. North Carolina State's Sam Ranzino finished third, UCLA's George Stanich placed fourth and Holy Cross' Bob Cousy was fifth. The first five winners of the award were Penn's Howie Dallmar, DePaul's George Mikan, Kentucky's Ralph Beard, St. Louis' Ed Macauley and Denver's Vince Boryla. Haskins was among seven Hamline players who started their professional careers in an eight-year span from 1946 through 1953 under coach Joe Hutton Sr.

Morris Harvey's George King became the first college player to average 30 or more points per game in a seson when he led the nation's small-college players with a 31.2-point average in 1949-50. King went on to become a prominent major-college coach. . . . Sewanee (Tenn.) played 58 games in 10 weeks during the summer of 1951 while touring Africa and Europe with Goose Tatum, Marques Haynes and the Harlem Globetrotters. This reportedly was the first international trip for any college basketball team. . . . Florida A&M won the 1952 SIAC Tournament final against host Alabama State, 71-67, despite having just four players on the court the final 13-plus minutes (including two overtimes) because of players fouling out. . . . The first predominantly black college to take the floor in an integrated national collegiate tournament was Tennessee State (then Tennessee A&I) in 1953. Hall of Famer John McLendon coached Tennessee State to three consecutive national titles (1957-59). Oddly, the '53 Tennessee State team defeated McLendon-coached North Carolina College for the opportunity to go to Kansas City. . . . Seven years earlier, McLendon led North Carolina College to a 64-56 triple-overtime victory over Virginia Union in the final of the first Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Tournament. The CIAA Tournament blossomed into one of the premier postseason events in the country, including major-college tourneys. . . . Alderson-Broaddus College's Joe Miller (3,666) and Carl Hartman (3,373) became the only pair of 3,000-point scorers in college history to be teammates (1954 and 1955). . . . Southwest Missouri, winning the 1953 NAIA crown to become the first school to capture back-to-back titles with a 32-team format, played the last 3 1/2 minutes of its semifinal game with only four players on the court after encoutering foul problems. The principal reason Southwest Missouri was shorthanded stemmed from two squad members being in spring training on their way to playing 12 seasons of major league baseball - infielder Jerry Lumpe and first baseman/outfielder Norm Siebern.

Tom Hart of Middlebury (Vt.) became the greatest rebounder in collegiate history. He still holds the record for most rebounds per game in a single season (29.5 rpg as a junior in 1954-55) and in a career (27.6 rpg). His coach was former baseball major leaguer Tony Lupien. The 6-4 Hart had two 46-rebound games in 1955 and grabbed 45 in a contest the next year as a senior. In track meets, Hart routinely entered six events and often scored over half his team's points, specializing in the high jump and pole valult. . . . West Virginia Tech averaged more than 100 points per game four consecutive seasons from 1954-55 through 1957-58. . . . Bill Reigel, playing for his third college in six seasons, led the nation's small-college players with a 33.9-point average when he paced McNeese State to the 1956 NAIA Tournament title. Reigel had averaged 18 points per game for the Duquesne freshman team in 1950-51 and 16.3 points per game for the Duke varsity in 1952-53 before entering military service. He later coached McNeese for three seasons from 1971-72 through 1973-74. . . . One of McNeese's three defeats in its championship season was at Lamar, 61-60, after the Cowboys had clobbered the Cardinals (12-12) by a total of 84 points in two early-season contests. . . . Long-time Buffalo Bills coach Marv Levy directed the basketball squad from Coe (Iowa) in the 1956 NAIA Tournament. . . . Lee Pfund, the coach for 1957 NCAA Division II champion Wheaton (Ill.), compiled a 3-2 pitching record for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1945. The all-time winningest coach for Wheaton had three sons (John, Kerry and Randy) each score more than 1,150 points for the school. Randy went on to become coach of the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers before becoming vice-president of the Miami Heat. NBA coach Donn Nelson, who gained a reputation as an authority on foreign basketball talent, collected 1,460 points and 538 rebounds for Wheaton in the mid-1980s. . . . Western Illinois missed an opportunity to become the nation's only undefeated college team in 1957-58 when it lost to Tennessee State, 85-73, in the NAIA Tournament championship game. Western had defeated Tennessee State, 79-76, earlier in the season. It was one of three consecutive NAIA titles won by Tennessee State, which boasted future pros Dick Barnett, John Barnhill and Ben Warley. . . . Davis & Elkins' Paul Wilcox, 6-6, is the only player to lead the NAIA in scoring (22.6 ppg) and rebounding (22.3 rpg) in the same season (1958-59). . . . In 1959, North Carolina A&T became the first predomiantly black institution to participate in NCAA Division II national playoff competition. The Aggies finished third in the tourney. . . . Jack Madden, the dean of NBA referees for an extended period, graduated from Rider (N.J.) in 1959 as the school's career leader in scoring and rebounding.

The NAIA All-Stars upset NCAA champion Ohio State, 76-69, in a first-round game in the 1960 Olympic Trials. The NAIA zone defense limited Buckeye All-American Jerry Lucas to 14 points. . . . The first final NCAA College Division poll in 1960-61 included three coaches - Stan Albeck (Northern Michigan), Harry Gallatin (Southern Illinois) and Butch van Breda Kolff (Hofstra) - who went on to coach in the NBA for at least four seasons. In the next 10 campaigns, three other coaches - Bill Fitch (North Dakota), Bill Musselman (Ashland) and Scotty Robertson (Louisiana Tech) - guided College Division schools to a final Top 10 spot before moving up to the NBA for at least five years. Fitch and his successor, Jimmy Rodgers, coached multiple NBA teams. . . . The 1961-62 All-SWAC first-team selections included three frontcourters who later played at least 10 seasons in the pros - Prairie View's Zelmo Beaty, Southern's Bob Love and Grambling's Willis Reed. . . . Grambling finished in the top 10 of the first 76 weeks of College Division/Division II polls from January 5, 1961 through the end of the 1966-67 campaign. The Tigers, coached by Fred Hobdy, placed in the top five 40 consecutive weeks from March 2, 1961, through January 28, 1965. Grambling supplied seven top 20 NBA draft choices in a 20-year span from 1957 through 1976 before moving up to the NCAA Division I level - Bob McCoy (10th in 1957), Hershell West (16th in 1963), Willis Reed (10th in 1964), Wilbert Frazier (12th in 1965), Jimmy Jones (13th in 1967), Fred Hilton (19th in 1971) and Larry Wright (14th in 1976).

Ronnie Maravich, a letterman for Georgia Southern in 1961-62, is a half-brother of Hall of Famer Pete Maravich (NCAA DI all-time leading scorer from LSU). . . . North Carolina A&T's Hugh Evans, a 12th-round draft choice by the St. Louis Hawks in 1963, went on to become a long-time NBA referee. Evans, a high school teammate in New York with Connie Hawkins and a college teammate of Al Attles, spent three years in the San Francisco Giants' minor league system. . . . Longtime Harlem Globetrotter Fred "Curly" Neal was an All-CIAA selection for Johnson C. Smith (N.C.) in 1962-63. . . . South Dakota State's decisive basket in a 44-42 decision over Wittenberg (Ohio) in the 1963 College Division Tournament final was a 40-foot baseball pass by Sid Bostic that went in after the buzzer sounded while the ball was in flight. . . . Winthrop "Wink" Davenport, who holds career average (19.6 ppg) and single-game (44 points as a junior vs. Bowdoin on February 2, 1963) scoring records for Wesleyan (Conn.), is the father of former women's tennis sensation Lindsay Davenport. He played for the U.S. volleyball team in the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. . . . Sam Alford, father of former Indiana All-American guard Steve Alford, led the NAIA in free-throw shooting in 1963-64. The elder Alford hit 91.2 percent of his foul shots for Franklin (Ind.) that season. . . . Midwestern (Tex.) defeated Austin College, 14-11, in overtime in 1964. Midwestern held a 4-1 halftime lead and the teams were tied at 8-8 at the end of regulation. Midwestern had won an earlier game that season with Austin by 40 points, 92-52. . . . Bob Jones, the all-time leading rebounder for Georgetown College (Ky.), is the father of former Virginia All-American guard and coach Jeff Jones. . . . Evansville was ranked No. 1 for 19 consecutive weeks from January 30, 1964, through the end of the 1964-65 season. . . . Jerry Sloan outscored Walt Frazier, 25-16, in Evansville's 85-82 victory over Southern Illinois in the 1965 NCAA College Division Tournament final. They went on to become NBA All-Defensive Team first-team selections the same year four times in seven seasons from 1968-69 through 1974-75. . . . Shippensburg's team in the mid-1960s had four different players eventually coach high school state championship teams in the mid-1980s during their careers following graduation. Art Taneyhill and Reggie Weiss coached basketball champions in Pennsylvania while Harry Chapman and Jim Deibler coached football titlists. . . . Wilberforce (Ohio) forward Lonnie Lynn Sr., a 1966 NBA draft choice of the St. Louis Hawks who played in the ABA in 1969-70, is the father of entertainer "Common" (previously Common Sense), a hip hop artist, actor and rap poet who was invited to the White House by the Obama Administration. . . . In 1966-67, Cleveland State's John McLendon became the first African-American to coach at an integrated college in the United States. He had previously been the first black coach at the professional level with the ABL's Cleveland Pipers. . . . In 1966-67, Kentucky Wesleyan had its first of 13 full seasons ranked in the top 10 of College Division/Division II polls (1967-68-69-82-84-87-90-98-99-00-01-02-03). . . . Rockhurst's Ed McKee, a 10th-round choice of the ABA's Indiana Pacers in its initial draft in 1967, went on to become P.R. director of the franchise after it merged with the NBA. McKee was also SID for Indiana State when Larry Bird gained national notoriety. . . . Ashland (Ohio) was coached by Bill Musselman in 1967-68 when the school allowed only 33.9 points per game, an NCAA record. . . . Scranton (Pa.), boasting a 20-5 record in 1968-69 under coach Nat Volpe, defeated five different major colleges that season--Lehigh, Rider, Lafayette, Colgate and Seton Hall. . . . Youngstown State's John McElroy became the shortest player (6-0) ever to score 70 or more points in a game involving NCAA colleges when he scored 72 against Wayne State (Mich.) on February 26, 1969. . . . Mickey Gibson, a transfer from Kentucky who was dismissed from the Wildcats' squad by coach Adolph Rupp because he got married, set the UNC-Asheville single-game scoring record with 44 points against Washington & Lee on February 8, 1969.

The first family of small-college basketball, if not all of hoopdom, was the six brothers Jones from McGehee, Ark., all 6-8 or taller, who became the top six rebounders in Albany (Ga.) State history during the 1960s and 1970s. Oliver and Melvin were borderline pro prospects before Wil (nine), Caldwell (17), Major (six) and Charles (15) each played a minimum of six ABA/NBA seasons.

Doug Williams, a 32-year-old Air Force veteran, earned NAIA first-team All-American honors for St. Mary's (Tex.) in 1969-70 when he averaged 18.9 points per game. He scored 24 in a 76-66 upset of Houston. . . . Elmore Smith, a 7-0 center for 1970 NAIA champion Kentucky State, was called for goal tending 12 times in a 116-98 defeat to Eastern Michigan. . . . New Orleans won 38 consecutive home games in a small arena nicknamed the "Chamber of Horrors" after losing its opener against Louisiana College in the Privateers' varsity debut in 1969-70. LC, coached by Billy Allgood, also defeated Mississippi State that season. LC defeated the following six eventual DI in-state schools at least five times apiece from 1964-65 through 1974-75: Louisiana Tech, McNeese State, Nicholls State, Northeast Louisiana, Northwestern State and Southeastern Louisiana. The Wildcats also defeated Tulane three times from 1962-63 through 1967-68. . . . Stephen F. Austin, the top-ranked team at the NCAA College Division level in 1969-70, had four players selected in the NBA draft after the season - Narvis Anderson, George E. Johnson, Surry Oliver and Erwin Polnick. . . . Curlee Conners, Southeastern Louisiana's leading scorer and rebounder in 1969-70 and 1970-71, is an uncle of Marcus Dupree from Philadelphia, Miss., and a central figure in the recruiting of the nation's premier prep running back by Oklahoma in the early 1980s. . . . In 1970, with an enrollment under 650 students, three Maryland State College players from a 29-2 team were selected in the NBA draft--Jake Ford (2nd round), Levi Fontaine (5th) and James "Bones" Morgan (7th). Four years later, the school (now known as Maryland-Eastern Shore) had three more players chosen from a 27-2 squad - Rubin Collins (2nd), Talvin Skinner (3rd) and William "Billy" Gordon (4th). . . . Tennessee State edged Oglethorpe (Ga.), 7-4, on February 16, 1971, in what is believed to be the lowest-scoring college game since the center jump was eliminated prior to the 1937-38 season. Tennessee State had overwhelmed Oglethorpe, 82-43, earlier in the season. . . . Louisiana Tech had two players selected fourth overall in an NBA draft - Jackie Moreland (Detroit Pistons in 1960) and Mike Green (Seattle SuperSonics in 1973). . . . Birmingham-Southern's Russell Thompson scored 25 points without making a field-goal attempt in a 55-46 victory over Florence State in the 1970-71 season. He converted 25 of 28 free throws. . . . Kentucky State's Travis "Machine Gun" Grant set the single-game NAIA Tournament scoring record with 60 points against Minot State in 1972. Grant finished his four-year college career with 4,045 points and a 33.4-point average. . . . Roanoke guard Hal Johnston, whose athletic career was almost ended when he fractured his skull in a fall from a truck as a senior in high school, was a runaway choice for most outstanding player honors at the 1972 NCAA College Division Tournament. . . . Robert "Firechief" Smith came to USC-Spartanburg in 1972 as a 34-year-old center, powering USCS to its first two winning seasons. He averaged 9.9 rpg in 1973-74, when he was named MVP of the Palmetto Conference Tournament - the first title of any kind in the history of the program. . . . Guilford won the 1973 NAIA Tournament with a lineup that included included three future NBA players - Lloyd Free, M.L. Carr and Greg Jackson. Guilford's top reserve was Steve Hankins, a 6-6, 220-pound, 28-year-old Marine Corps veteran who had served 44 months in Vietnam and was one of the military pallbearers at President Kennedy's funeral. . . . Guilford (N.C.) and Tennessee State are the only two small colleges to have two alums score more than 20 points per game in an NBA season - Free and Bob Kaufmann attended Guilford, and Dick Barnett and Truck Robinson attended Tennessee State.

Guard Greg Procell averaged 11.5 ppg in two seasons for Northwestern State in 1972-73 and 1973-74. Procell, a native of Noble, La. (Ebarb H.S.), held the national high school scoring record (6,702 points) until 2002 when it was broken by Jeremy Monceaux at Parkway Christian Academy of Birmingham, Ala., after Monceaux played varsity as a seventh- and eighth-grader at Spencer, La. Procell's NSU-career high was 27 points as a junior in a 76-70 overtime loss at Northeast Louisiana. He originally signed with Southwestern Louisiana, but when the Rajun Cajuns' program was shut down for NCAA infractions Procell attended Panola (Tex.) Community College, where he averaged 33.7 ppg as a freshman and 28.5 ppg as a sophomore. Procell, who had a J.C. single-game high of 57 points, became a fishing guide on Toledo Bend and an assistant principal at Huntington High in Shreveport. . . . Leon Gobczynski, a 6-10 center, averaged 36.1 points per game for Millikin (Ill.) in the 1973-74 season despite being blanked by Augustana (Ill.) in an 88-61 defeat. Gobczynski, who had scored 43 points in an earlier game that year between the two teams, missed all nine of his field-goal attempts in 36 minutes of playing time. . . . Albany (Ga.) State's Major Jones led NCAA Division II rebounders in 1974-75 with an average of 22.5 per game. Jones, 6-9, is the last Division I or Division II player to average at least 20 per game. . . . Salem (W. Va.) College's Archie Talley set an NAIA record for most points in a season (1,347) in 1975-76 when he averaged 40.8 per game. . . . Philadelphia Textile defeated a different Big Five school in three consecutive seasons from 1975-76 through 1977-78 - Villanova twice, Temple and St. Joseph's. . . . Amherst's Jim Rehnquist, son of Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist, finished fifth in NCAA Division III scoring in 1976-77 with an average of 27.8 points per game. . . . Dave Robbins, who is white, became coach at Virginia Union in 1978-79 in the predominantly black CIAA. Robbins went on to win more CIAA Tournaments than any coach in league history. VUU finished in the Top 10 of final national rankings nine consecutive seasons from 1987-88 through 1995-96 and 12 of 13 beginning in 1983-84. . . . Former Briar Cliff (Iowa) players comprised Panama's entire starting lineup in the 1987 Pan American Games. Four members of Briar Cliff's "Panamanian Pipeline" were selected in NBA drafts from 1978 through 1981 (Mario Butler, Rolando Frazer, Tito Malcolm and Ed Warren). In the late 1980s, the first five spots on the school's career scoring list were Panamanians.

When Tampa resurrected its men's program in 1983-84 after a 13-year hiatus, coach Richard Schmidt took his first-year squad, starting one junior transfer and four freshmen, and won the Sunshine State Conference postseason tournament and automatic bid to the NCAA playoffs en route to a 20-11 record. It was the first time in NCAA history that a first-year team in any division qualified for the national tourney. Schmidt is a professional aviculturist who breeds exotic birds and raises other prize-winning animals on his ranch. Entertainer Wayne Newton has purchased birds from him. . . . Former Phoenix Suns/Seattle SuperSonics coach Paul Westphal guided Grand Canyon (Ariz.) to the 1988 NAIA title. . . . Four of the eight NAIA finals from 1981 through 1988 required extra sessions. Nine of 11 championship games in one stretch were decided in overtime or by fewer than six points in regulation. . . . Chuck Randall, Western Washington's longtime coach, invented the Slam-Dunk basketball rim. . . . Gary Lydic, a guard for the junior varsity as a freshman at McPherson (Kan.) and student assistant coach as a senior, served as director of ministry services for Focus on the Family when the organization was headquartered in Pasadena, Calif. On the morning Hall of Famer Pete Maravich died of a heart attack stemming from a heart defect, Lydic was among the men playing with him in a pickup game before the 40-year-old legend was slated to be interviewed on a Christian radio program. . . . Michael Jordan wasn't the best former college basketball standout performing as an outfielder with Birmingham (AA Southern League) in the Chicago White Sox's farm system in 1994. The superior baseball player was teammate Scott Tedder, a 6-4 lefthander who graduated as Ohio Wesleyan's all-time leading scorer in 1988. Tedder, playing about 1/4 of the '94 season in the league with Orlando, hit .281 while Jordan managed a lowly .202 and amassed more than 2 1/2 times as many strikeouts (114). Tedder posted a .261 average over five years with the Barons. . . . The pep song for Chadron (Neb.) State should have been "Here's to Mrs. Robinson" during eight seasons from 1988-89 through 1995-96 when three brothers (Josh, Jason and Jeremy Robinson) played for the Eagles. Each of Gerry and Triss Robinson's sons was a four-year starter and they collaborated for 5,081 points and 2,138 rebounds in a total of 330 games. No one can determine for sure, but they might have combined for more points and rebounds than any other trio of brothers at any single college. Josh, the eldest brother, finished his career as the school's all-time leading scorer (2,041 points). . . . Marquette's Al McGuire wasn't the only former Belmont Abbey (N.C.) coach to make a name for himself at the major-college level. All four Belmont Abbey coaches in the 1980s went on to coach Division I schools - Bobby Hussey (Davidson/Virginia Tech), Eddie Payne (East Carolina/Oregon State), Kevin Eastman (UNC Wilmington/Washington State) and Rick Scruggs (Gardner-Webb).

Oregon Tech's Danny Miles, the winningest active coach in NAIA Division II, earned his 400th career victory on January 15, 1990, in a game that took over 4 1/2 hours to complete. Oregon Tech was meeting Simpson College in Redding, Calif. Early in the game, Owl forward Tyrone Holmes shattered the backboard on a slam dunk. The contest was moved 20 miles away to another gymnasium before Tech could pull out the win. . . . Todd Rowe, a 1992 graduate who is the all-time leading scorer for Malone (Ohio), became the first player in a professional Chinese league to score 3,000 points before he moved on to a league in Japan. . . . Bob Hoffman was deprived of becoming the first coach in NAIA history to guide men's and women's champions when No. 1 seed Oklahoma Baptist bowed to Hawaii Pacific (88-83) in the 1993 championship game. Hoffman had directed Southern Nazarene (Okla.) to the 1989 NAIA women's title. . . . John Pierce of Lipscomb (Tenn.) became college basketball's all-time leading scorer after totaling 33 points in his 1993-94 regular-season finale, a 119-102 triumph over Cumberland. Pierce's 4,110 total career points broke former roommate Phil Hutcheson's mark of 4,106 set in the 1990 NAIA Tournament. . . . NAIA powerhouse Life (Ga.) had a 99-game homecourt winning streak, the third longest in college history, snapped by Talladega (Ala.), 75-72, in January 1999. Talladega was an unlikely spoiler, having won just two of its first 16 games that season. Life went on to become the first unseeded team to win the NAIA Tournament by overcoming a 26-point deficit to frustrate Mobile, 63-60. . . . Central Arkansas ranks among the schools for most NAIA Tournament appearances but none of those were when 1992 U.S. basketball Olympian and Chicago Bulls star Scottie Pippen played for the Bears. . . . David Lipscomb's Don Meyer reached the 700-win plateau quicker than any coach in college history. He compiled 702 victories through 1998-99 in 24 seasons before leaving for Northern State (S.D.) when he disagreed with Lipscomb's decision to move up to NCAA Division I. His 1989-90 squad won a college basketball-record 41 games. . . . Six different members of the MIAA (Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association) from the state of Missouri - Central Missouri State, Missouri-Rolla, Missouri Southern, Missouri Western, Northwest Missouri State and Southwest Baptist - finished with a final Top 10 ranking in a 12-year span from 1990-91 through 2001-02. . . . Prior to the inaugural season for Westminster (Pa.) in the NCAA in 1998-99, the Titans were acknowledged as the all-time winningest program in NAIA history with 1,299 victories. . . . Dan Miles, en route to becoming the winningest collegiate coach in history from the Northwest with more than 600 victories, earned win No. 400 in 4 1/2 hours because a broken rim at Simpson College in Redding, Calif., forced the game to be moved 20 miles to another facility. In college at Southern Oregon, Miles set the all-time pass completion percentage record for both NCAA and NAIA for a single season based on 225 attempts (1965, 190-247, .769) and career percentage based on 500 completions (1964-67, 577-871, .662).

Three different North Dakota State coaches the first three years of the 21st Century - Ray Giacoletti, Greg McDermott and Tim Miles - went on to guide other schools at the NCAA Division I level to national postseason competition. . . . Kenyan Charles Maina, who led Lynn (Fla.) in blocked shots two seasons in the late 1990s, starred in the nationally-acclaimed movie "The Air Up There." . . . Haitian Robert Joseph of Union (Tenn.) surpassed David Robinson's record by becoming the single-season blocked shots leader for all levels of college basketball with 242 rejections in 2001-02. . . . The College of Staten Island (N.Y.) started hosting an in-season tournament, called CSI Tournament of Heroes, to pay homage to three former CSI players (Terrance Aiken, Scott Davidson and Tom Hannafin) who perished during the terorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Aiken had just started a computer consulting job on the 97th floor of World Trade Center Tower I while Davidson and Hannafin were New York City firefighters. . . . Jaeson Maravich, a son of NCAA all-time leading scorer Pete Maravich, was an NAIA All-American for William Carey (Miss.) in 2002-03 and 2003-04. Jaeson previously had stints with Alabama and McNeese State sidetracked by a back ailment. . . . Hope International (Calif.) ended a 60-game losing streak with a 94-84 win over Redlands (Calif.) in 2003-04. . . . Jack Bennett, the coach of Wisconsin-Stevens Point's 2004 NCAA Division III champion, is a brother of Dick Bennett, who guided Wisconsin to the 2000 NCAA Division I Tournament Final Four. Just like Dick had a son (Tony) play for him at Wisconsin-Green Bay, Jack had a son (Nick) who supplied 83 three-pointers for the Pointers in 2003-04. . . . Grinnell (Iowa) set an NCAA single-season scoring record for all levels by averaging 126.2 points per game in 2003-04. The Pioneers (18-6) had more three-pointers (530) than either two-point baskets (472) or free throws (495). Boasting eight players with more than 25 treys, they scored fewer than 100 points only three times. Grinnell coach David Arseneault had his teams press from the start and they would surrender a layup for a chance to come back down and take a three-point shot. The Pioneers hit 530 of 1,582 attempts from beyond the arc (33.5%).

The Moir family has accounted for more than 1,500 college victories. Page Moir became the all-time winningest coach for a school, Roanoke (Va.), where his father, Charles, won the 1972 NCAA College Division crown before coaching at the Division I level with Virginia Tech and Tulane. Charles' brother, Sam, coached at Catawba (N.C.) for 31 seasons. . . . In 2006, Texas Wesleyan became the fourth unseeded team in eight years to capture the NAIA Division I title. Three years later, Rocky Mountain (Mont.) defeated Columbia (Mo.) in the first championship game between two unseeded teams since seeding was introduced in 1957. . . . Northern State's Don Meyer, atop the NCAA win list among active coaches with 891 at the time in 2008, had his left leg amputated below the knee after an auto accident. Meyer either fell asleep or was distracted when his car crossed the center line and collided with a semi. Meyer, 63, was diagnosed with a slow-growing cancer in his liver and bowels that doctors said might not have been found had he not been injured. . . . Brian Rice, a 43-year-old Navy retiree, was a backup for Geneva (Pa.) in 2012-13.

Taylor-Made History: Everyone Seems to Get His 15 Minutes of Fame

The spotlight on Division I leaves the vast majority of Division II and III players toiling in virtual obscurity. That's unless, of course, a 5-10 guard from Grinnell (Iowa) named Jack Taylor tallies a "No! He didn't!" 138 points in a game against Faith Baptist Bible College or a school such as Rutgers-Camden considers dropping its program in the midst of establishing an NCAA record for most consecutive defeats with 117 from January 18, 1992 to January 7, 1997.

Well, it was only two years ago when Grinnell and Faith Baptist were involved in another noteworthy outing. Grinnell set an NCAA single-game record as 19 different players contributed a three-pointer in a 137-103 victory over Faith Baptist. Although barely mentioned or remembered, incredible achievements have been commonplace in the small-college ranks. Consider:

  • In a game tied 59-59 at the end of regulation, the two teams were just getting started as Skidmore (N.Y.) outlasted Southern Vermont, 128-123, in seven overtimes in 2010-11. Southern Vermont's Lance Spratling played all 75 minutes.

  • Northern Kentucky's Paul Cluxton set an NCAA record for consecutive successful free throws with 94 in 1996-97.

  • Rollins' Daniel Parke (1994-97) established the NCAA standard for consecutive games with a three-point basket at 93.

  • In 1999-2000, Saint John's (Minn.) coach Jim Smith coached his grandson Brandon Smith, which is the first grandfather-grandson connection on the court in NCAA history.

  • Wisconsin-Platteville, the winningest school in the country in the 1990s (266-27, .908), had a 92-game homecourt regular-season winning streak entering 1999-2000 and had not lost a regular-season, non-conference home game since 1984.

The list goes on and on and Taylor is simply the latest to get his 15 or so minutes of fame. He incurred a season-ending broken right wrist (shooting arm) in mid-season, averaging 27.9 ppg in nine contests following his outburst. Thus the greatest folk hero in college basketball history will remain a small-college player named Clarence "Bevo" Francis, who set the previous all-time collegiate scoring record with 113 points for Rio Grande (Ohio) College in a 134-95 victory over Hillsdale on February 2, 1954. Francis' revolutionary jump shot helped him average 46.5 points per game that season, when he earned spots on AP, UPI and NABC All-American teams as a small-college player.

Francis, distinguishing himself from Taylor's achievement, proved he could score against major-college opponents by pouring in 39 points vs. Villanova, 41 vs. Providence, 48 vs. Miami (Fla.), 34 vs. North Carolina State, 32 vs. Wake Forest, 48 vs. Butler and 49 and 41 vs. Creighton. Rio Grande won the Providence, Miami, Wake Forest and Butler games and the first Creighton contest.

"I really don't remember much about the 113-point game," said Francis, who was selected by the Philadelphia Warriors in the 1956 draft but couldn't reach a contract agreement with them and never played in the NBA. "It was just another time when I was double- and triple-teamed. Their coach told me after the game that if he could have dressed out, he would have guarded me, too."

No stat sheet exists to detail how many shots the 6-9 Francis attempted en route to his 37 field goals against Hillsdale. "Most of them were outside," he said. "With the three-pointer, I know I would have come close to 150 points."

The scoring outburst might not have had much of an impact on him because he scored even more points - 116 - as a freshman the previous season against Ashland (Ky.) Junior College when he erupted for 55 in the 10-minute fourth quarter. Francis averaged 50.1 points that year for a 39-0 team that reportedly generated sufficient gate receipts to save the school from bankruptcy. However, his single-game total against Ashland and his season average were later expunged from the NCAA record book because 27 of the opponents for Rio Grande (pronounced RYE-o Grand) were junior colleges, military teams and vocational schools.

Francis was outscored by a teammate only once (23-21 by Roy Moses at Bluefield). Among the coaches who tried to contain him was George Steinbrenner III, the eventual New York Yankees owner who piloted the airmen at Lockbourne Air Force base in Portsmouth, Ohio.

Bevo's nickname stemmed from his father's fondness for Beve Beer, a root beer-type soft drink. Francis rejected offers from larger universities to follow his Wellsville, Ohio, high school coach, Newt Oliver, to a college with an enrollment of 92 full-time students. Francis, who had a wife and an infant when he arrived at Rio Grande, left school after his sophomore season and signed a three-year contract worth $13,000 annually to play on a national barnstorming tour for a team opposing the Harlem Globetrotters.

Francis singlehandedly outscored the opposition eight times to spark Rio Grande (Ohio) to a 59-8 record in his two-year scoring orgy. Bevo supplied four of the following 18 scoring explosions of more than 75 points in games between two four-year colleges:

Points Player College Result Opponent Date
138 Jack Taylor Grinnell W/179-104 Faith Baptist Bible 11/20/12
113 Bevo Francis Rio Grande W/150-85 Hillsdale 2/2/54
100 Frank Selvy Furman W/149-95 Newberry 2/13/54
96 Ron Porter Bliss W/207-88 Oberlin 3/5/66
89 Griffin Lentsch Grinnell W/145-97 vs. Principia 11/19/11
87 Jack Duncan Rio Grande W/116-40 Capital City 2/14/41
85 Paul Arizin Villanova W/117-25 Philadelphia NAMC 2/12/49
85 Robert Sklarz Franklin Pierce L/117-118 Windham State 2/5/68
84 Bevo Francis Rio Grande W/133-68 Alliance 1/16/54
83 Ulyss Brock Freed-Hardeman W/101-21 Bethel 2/??/40
83 Brownell Bryant Lincoln Memorial W/127-33 Tennessee Wesleyan 12/16/44
82 Bevo Francis Rio Grande W/116-71 at Bluffton 12/11/53
81 Freeman Williams Portland State W/133-110 Rocky Mountain 2/3/78
80 Michael Anderson Bucknell W/159-5 College of Pharmacy 1/16/1903
80 Paul Chrissman Southern Cal College unavailable Pacific Christian 2/18/66
77 William English Winston-Salem State W/147-74 Fayetteville State 2/9/68
77 Jeff Clement Grinnell W/149-144 Illinois College 2/18/98
76 Bevo Francis Rio Grande W/102-64 Lees 1953

Thanksgiving Hoop Recipe: Mixture of Appreciation and Desecration

A Thanksgiving holiday week absolutely should include the time-honored tradition of a smorgasbord mulling over a mixture of heartfelt Thank Yous while chewing on tasteless Turkeys. The list of candidates in college basketball is extensive stemming from issues and individuals your most grateful for and those of dubious distinction. Following is a healthy serving of food-for-thought Thanksgiving tributes and tongue-lashings for hoop observers to gobble up:


  • Cheers to the striking number of mid-major players who have realistic shots at earning All-American acclaim this season.

  • Cheers to Indiana's Cody Zeller, who could join his brother as the 10th set of All-American siblings.

  • Cheers to Missouri's Flip Pressey, who could join his father as the ninth set of father-son All-Americans.

  • Cheers to ex-college hoopsters Antonio Gates, Tony Gonzalez and Jimmy Graham, the G-Men who dominate as NFL tight ends.

  • Cheers to the Pac-12 Conference, which appears to be undergoing a prompt renaissance after struggling just a year ago.

  • Cheers to Colorado State's Larry Eustachy, who overcame personal problems and could become the first coach in history to win at least 24 games in a single season with five different DI schools.

  • Cheers to standout seniors for not abandoning college hoops early and giving the sport at least some modicum of veteran leadership.

  • Cheers to the Ivy League and Patriot League, which seem like the last bastions replete with textbook student-athletes. Five Ivy League institutions - Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard and Yale - can still hold their heads high despite each of them posting all-time losing records. The Ivy League deserves extra kudos for not conducting the money-grubbing gimmick otherwise known as a postseason conference tournament.

  • Cheers to pristine playmakers who show again and again that "pass" is not a dirty four-letter word amid the obsession with individualistic one-on-one moves by self-absorbed one-and-done scholars.

  • Cheers to model coaches who have their egos in check and carry their personal profiles in school media guides after, not before, the player bios.

  • Cheers to upstanding schools having their academic priorities in order although it is getting increasingly difficult not to accept the stereotype that universities need to be one-dimensional sports factories to assemble successful NCAA Division I basketball programs.

  • Cheers to Gonzaga coach Mark Few, who has assembled a "mid-major" powerhouse giving every indication it will eventually reach the Final Four.

  • Cheers to entertaining little big men (players 5-10 or shorter) who inspire us with their self-confidence and mental toughness in the Land of the Giants.

  • Cheers to women's hoops, which has improved immeasurably while the men's game has suffered somewhat from inattention to fundamentals such as competent free-throw shooting. The team-oriented women look for passing angles to teammates "flashing" into the lane while far too many one-dimensional men seek camera angles to trigger a "flashdance" routine. Some of the self-centered men haven't quite comprehended that it isn't platform diving or figure skating they're participating in and you don't secure extra points for degree of difficulty.

  • Cheers to junior college players and foreigners who overcome perceptions in some misguided quarters that they are the rogues of recruiting.

  • Cheers to Rashawn King, a freshman who overcame cancer to secure clearance to play for North Carolina Central.

  • Cheers to the numerous promising first-year coaches assuming control of programs this season. They need to remember the fortitude exhibited by many of the biggest names in coaching who rebounded from embarrassing defeats in their first season as a head coach. An active luminary who lost multiple games to non-Division I colleges in his initial campaign before ascending to stardom as the all-time winningest coach is Duke's Mike Krzyzewski (lost to SUNY-Buffalo, Scranton and King's College in 1975-76 while coaching Army).


  • Jeers to Division I schools in a chaotic restructuring of conferences forsaking tradition although the quest for megaleagues could be delusional because they're vying for television revenue that might not exist as network sports divisions operate at ample deficits.

  • Jeers to recruiting services incapable of discerning that Creighton's Doug McDermott should have been a Top 100 recruit coming out of high school in 2010. Ditto to announcers who infect the sport by spreading this virus without ever seeing any of the players enough to properly evaluate them.

  • Jeers to marquee coaches who've served up assistants as sacrificial lambs when the heat of an investigation of their program intensifies.

  • Jeers to anyone who incessantly castigates the majority of undergraduates declaring early for the NBA draft. Before accepting the party line that many of the players are making monumental mistakes by forgoing their remaining college eligibility, remember that more than half of the NBA's All-Pro selections in the last quarter century or so left college early or never attended a university.

  • Jeers to any school for not promptly granting a recruit seeking to enroll elsewhere a release from its letter-of-intent when he wants to attend another institution for legitimate reasons.

  • Jeers to "Me Generation" showmen who've failed to comprehend that their respective teams don't benefit on the court from a trash-talking Harlem Globetrotter routine.

  • Jeers to self-absorbed players who spend more time getting tattoos and practicing macho dunks than team beneficial free throws. It all hinges on dedication. There is a reason they're supposed to be "free" throws instead of Shaq-like "foul" shots.

  • Jeers to high-profile coaches who take off for greener pastures despite having multiple years remaining on their contract or don sweaters and workout gear with a logo of a sneaker manufacturer instead of their school during TV games and interviews. Where is their allegiance?

  • Jeers to network analysts when they serve as apologists for the coaching community. When their familiar refrain echoes throughout hoopdom, they become nothing more than the big mouths that bore.

  • Jeers to marquee schools forsaking entertaining non-conference games with natural rivals while scheduling a half-dozen or more meaningless "rout-a-matics" at home.

  • Jeers to several colleges that hired tainted coaches, showing winning is still more important than dignity at some schools of lower learning. They know who they are!

  • Jeers to defrauding coaches who manipulate junior colleges and high schools into giving phony grades. Ditto coaches who steer prize high school prospects to third parties toying with standardized test results.

  • Jeers to "fatherly-advice" coaches who don't mandate that any player with pro potential take multiple financial literacy courses. Did they notice in recent years that products from Alabama, Georgia Tech, Georgetown, Kentucky and Syracuse filed for bankruptcy after combining for more than half a billion dollars in salaries over their NBA careers? What kind of classes are taken in college anyway if a staggering 60% of NBA players file for bankruptcy five years after retirement?

  • Jeers to overzealous fans who seek to flog freshmen for not living up to their high school press clippings right away. The impatient onlookers need to get a grip on themselves.

  • Jeers to the excessive number of small schools thinking they can compete at the Division I level. There are far too many examples of dreamy-eyed small schools that believe competing with the big boys will get them national recognition, make big bucks from the NCAA Tournament and put the institutions on the map. They don't know how unrealistic that goal is until most of the hyphenated and directional schools barnstorm the country during their non-conference schedules in college basketball versions of Bataan Death Marches.

  • Jeers to ESPN for giving forums to individuals who either lie to NCAA investigators as a coach or practice reprehensible race-baiting with the intellectually-bankrupt "Uncle Tom" bomb.

Charter Schools: Maryland Attracted More to Big Money Than Tradition

Nothing lasts forever. No university ever has discarded such a longstanding affiliation with a conference as Maryland did when the Terrapins chose to divorce the ACC for wealthier Big Ten in 2014-15. The Terps will jettison 61 years of history when they align with the Big Ten, which is the only alliance other than the Ivy League never to have a member leave to join another major conference.

Fordham, fleeing the Metro Atlantic and Patriot League the first half of the 1990s, is the only institution to twice be in this charter-school departure category. Following is a list from longest to shortest tenures of the first schools to leave an intact league for another conference after being a founding member:

Founding Member (Years) Original League Tenure Next League 1st Season
Maryland (61) Atlantic Coast 1954-2014 Big Ten 2015
Boston College (26) Big East 1980-2005 Atlantic Coast 2006
St. Joseph's and Temple (24) East Coast 1959-82 Atlantic 10 1983
Arkansas State (19) Southland 1969-87 American South 1988
San Jose State (17) West Coast Athletic 1953-69 PCAA 1970
Arizona and Arizona State (16) Western Athletic 1963-78 Pacific-10 1979
Gonzaga (16) Big Sky 1964-79 West Coast Athletic 1980
Missouri and Texas A&M (16) Big 12 1997-2012 Southeastern 2013
Brigham Young and Utah (12) Mountain West 2000-11 West Coast and Pac-12 2012
San Diego State (9) Big West 1970-78 Western Athletic 1979
Army and Fordham (9) Metro Atlantic 1982-90 Patriot League 1991
Navy (9) ECAC South/Colonial Athletic 1983-91 Patriot League 1992
Campbell (9) Big South 1986-94 Trans America Athletic 1995
SW Missouri State (8) Mid-Continent 1983-90 Missouri Valley 1991
Pittsburgh (6) Eastern 8 1977-82 Big East 1983
Fordham (5) Patriot League 1991-95 Atlantic 10 1996
Marshall (4) Ohio Valley 1949-52 Mid-American 1954
Georgia Tech (3) Metro 1976-78 Atlantic Coast 1980
Northeast Louisiana (3) Trans America Athletic 1980-82 Southland 1983
Rhode Island (1) ECAC North 1980 Eastern 8 1981
Towson State (1) Northeast 1982 East Coast 1983

NOTES: Cincinnati (member of Mid-American from 1947-53), Georgia Tech (SEC from 1933-64), New Orleans (Sun Belt from 1977-80), Oral Roberts (Midwestern City from 1980-87), Penn State (ECBL/Eastern 8 from 1977-79), Rutgers (Middle Atlantic from 1959-62) and South Carolina (ACC from 1954-71) joined the independent ranks the next season. . . . Seven C-USA charter members joined other leagues following their 10th year in the league in 2004-05. . . . Campbell rejoined the Big South in 2011-12.

Looks Are Deceiving: Signing Day Extravaganza is Anything But Special

Anyone with a functioning brain knows that high school player ratings are so much unadulterated bullspit. 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?

Conducting a live press conference on ESPN's Signing Day Special announcing a teenager's college intentions is obscene. Even if celebrated Chicago product Jabari Parker announces his intentions a month later, it's nauseating to watch adults hold their collective breath to see if a pimple-faced kid dons their alma mater's cap.

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 two years later? 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 player.

But previously-shunned McDermott, who rarely dunks to shine the spotlight on himself, emerged this preseason with a fellow "Great White Hope" - Indiana's Cody Zeller - as the top two candidates for national player of the year. McDermott isn't infallible, scoring a meager five points against UAB in mid-November. 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/0.5 points per game), Michael Cobbins (Oklahoma State/4.7), Demarco Cox (Mississippi/2.5), Keith Davis (Texas A&M/1.2), Carson Desrosiers (Wake Forest & Providence/4.4), Josh Hairston (Duke/2.1), James Johnson (Virginia & San Diego State/1.5), Cody Larson (Florida/0.5), Nate Lubick (Georgetown/3.9), Justin Martin (Xavier/3.4), Fab Melo (Syracuse/4.9), Rod Odom (Vanderbilt/3.2), Adreian Payne (Michigan State/4.8) and Melvin Tabb (Wake Forest & Kent State/1.5).

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, McDermott's principal competition for national POY, 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 you all week to read the list of players ranked ahead of Burke, McDermott, Indiana's Victor Oladipo, Gonzaga's Kelly Olynyk and Georgetown's Otto Porter Jr. 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: Daniel Bejarano (Arizona & Colorado State/2.7 ppg), James Bell (Villanova/5.4), Vander Blue (Marquette/6.6), Rion Brown (Miami/5.7), Gary Franklin (California & Baylor/3.9), Crandall Head (Illinois & Southern Methodist/1.2), Jamail Jones (Marquette & Florida Gulf Coast/1.6), Jelan Kendrick (Memphis, Mississippi & UNLV/5.1 ppg), Tyler Lamb (UCLA & Long Beach State/5.8), Mychal Parker (Maryland/3.4), Stacey Poole Jr. (Kentucky & Georgia Tech/0.2), Casey Prather (Florida/1.6) and Jordan Sibert (Ohio State & Dayton/2.5).

What are the recruiting-wizard credentials of the chattering class? Never underestimate how gullible some observers can be if they don't let mistake-ridden regaling go in one ear and out the other until authentic evidence exists. At least let the latest-and-greatest phenom such as Kentucky center Norlens Noel supply some sort of next-level proof along the lines of his four-point debut against Duke.

Noel seems to have spent more time on his UK designer haircut than developing any sort of shooting touch. At times, it appears as if he and UCLA's Shabazz Muhammad are vying to become this year's Perry Jones III, the underachieving Baylor forward who exhibited the heart of an insect last season. Many teenagers toiling at a fast-food joint ply their boring trade with more zest than Noel and Muhammad, who each occasionally play so tentatively (AAU open-gym style) it looks like they are trying to avoid an injury that would cost them dearly as a probable high NBA draft choice although that is exactly what happened to Noel in mid-season.

NFL Basketball Report: Week 11 Update on Active Players Who Were College Hoopsters

The NFL Injury Report comes out in mid-week although it isn't nearly as important to genuine hoop fans as this NFL Basketball Report. The recent ex-hoopster headliners are tight ends Tony Gonzalez (Atlanta Falcons) and Jimmy Graham (New Orleans Saints). They each had two touchdown passes when opposing each other last Sunday as Atlanta fell from the ranks of the unbeaten.

Gonzalez, who excelled in the 1997 NCAA playoffs with California, is the first tight end with 100 touchdowns. Aspiring to secure his first NFL playoff victory, he has led the Falcons in pass receptions much of the campaign comparable to fellow ex-college hoopsters Vincent Jackson (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and Kendall Wright (Tennessee Titans). Jackson paces the NFL in yards per catch (21.4).

Regal receiver Terrell Owens (1995 NCAA playoffs with Chattanooga) didn't have a chance to test the patience of replacement officials early this season because he is no longer on an NFL roster. But the league still boasts the following versatile players who previously were college hoopsters:

Player Pos. NFL Team College(s) Summary of 2012 NFL Regular Season
Connor Barwin OLB Houston Texans Cincinnati 26 tackles (23 solo/3 assists) in fourth season but only two sacks (after 11 1/2 last year)
Demetress Bell LOT Philadelphia Eagles Northwestern State newcomer after signing 5-year deal in off-season following 30 starts with Buffalo Bills the previous three seasons
Jordan Cameron TE Cleveland Browns Brigham Young/Southern California second-stringer has 12 pass receptions for 140 yards (long of 23) in second campaign
Demar Dotson RT Tampa Bay Buccaneers Southern Mississippi 6-9 lineman is a starter in fourth season
London Fletcher ILB Washington Redskins Saint Francis, PA/John Carroll, OH team-high 72 tackles (43 solo/29 assists) plus one fumble recovery, one sack and one interception in 15th season
Antonio Gates TE San Diego Chargers Kent State 28 pass receptions for 338 yards (long of 33) and team-high four touchdown catches in 10th year
Tony Gonzalez TE Atlanta Falcons California team-high 61 pass receptions for 617 yards (long of 25) and team-high six touchdowns in 16th campaign
Jimmy Graham TE New Orleans Saints Miami, FL third-year pro has 45 pass receptions for 533 yards (long of 46) and team-high seven touchdowns
Todd Heap TE Arizona Cardinals Arizona State long-time Baltimore Raven has eight receptions for 94 yards (long of 28) in 12th season amid questions about why he hasn't returned from a knee injury
Vincent Jackson WR Tampa Bay Buccaneers Northern Colorado team highs of 36 receptions, 769 yards (long of 95) and six touchdowns in eighth campaign
Evan Moore TE Seattle Seahawks Stanford first season in NW for third-stringer after three years with the Cleveland Browns, including four touchdowns in 2011
Julius Peppers RDE Chicago Bears North Carolina six-time Pro Bowler has 18 tackles (14 solo/four assists) and team-high six sacks in 11th season (ranks fourth among active players with 105.5 sacks)
Julius Thomas TE Denver Broncos Portland State second-year backup hopes to get a start similar to rookie debut game last season
Kendall Wright WR Tennessee Titans Baylor rookie has team-high 43 pass receptions (for 390 yards and team-high four touchdowns/long of 35 yards)

Humble Pie: Rice's Braun Joins Long List of Coaches Incurring Embarrassing Loss

Power conference members Miami (Fla.), Mississippi, Nebraska, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Texas Tech never have reached a regional final in the NCAA Tournament while Rice has achieved the feat on two occasions (1940 and 1942). The Owls won 19 games last season but will be fortunate to reach double figures in victories this year after losing leading scorer and rebounder Arsalan Kazemi, one of the nation's best foreigners (Iran) who transferred to Oregon.

A sure sign of the decline came when St. Thomas (Tex.), a small Catholic liberal arts school about two miles north of Rice's campus in Houston, coasted to a 72-59 victory over the Owls in their season opener. St. Thomas, an NAIA member on the heels of its first winning season (18-13), only introduced intercollegiate athletics in 2006.

The setback was a generous dose of humility for Rice coach Ben Braun, who guided Eastern Michigan and California to multiple NCAA playoff appearances. But many of the biggest names in college coaching history had to recover from embarrassing defeats that weren't cited on their otherwise mostly regal resumes. For instance, there are numerous mentors who captured NCAA championships despite losing to a small school at some point in their careers - Phog Allen (lost to Emporia State), Jim Calhoun (American International, Assumption, Brandeis, Bridgeport, Florida Southern, Merrimack, St. Anselm, Stonehill and Tufts), John Calipari (Florida Tech and Lowell), Denny Crum (Chaminade), Jim Harrick (Abilene Christian), Don Haskins (Louisiana College), Hank Iba (Abilene Christian and Westminster), George Ireland (Regis), Doggie Julian (Amherst, Colby, St. Anselm, St. Michael's, Springfield, Tampa and Williams), Mike Krzyzewski (King's, Scranton and SUNY-Buffalo), Rollie Massimino (New Orleans and Philadelphia Textile), Al McGuire (Evansville and Washington, MO), Rick Pitino (Adelphi), Nolan Richardson (American-Puerto Rico), Norm Sloan (Presbyterian), John Thompson Jr. (Assumption, Gannon, Randolph-Macon and Roanoke) and Jim Valvano (Armstrong State, Bloomsburg, Gannon, Tampa and Wilkes).

Kansas' Bill Self lost 18 consecutive contests bridging the 1993-94 and 1994-95 seasons with Oral Roberts but at least he didn't lose a decision to a non-Division I institution. Rick Barnes bowed to Chaminade this year for the second time in his coaching career. Braun joined Barnes on the following alphabetical list of high-profile coaches who lost games to non-Division I colleges at some point in their major-college careers:

  • Forrest "Phog" Allen - Lost to Emporia State (Kan.) in 1947-48 while coaching Kansas.
  • Forrest "Forddy" Anderson - Lost to Emporia State (Kan.) in 1947-48 while coaching Drake. Lost to Northern Michigan in 1960-61 while coaching Michigan State.
  • John Bach - Lost to Adelphi (N.Y.) in 1958-59 while coaching Fordham.
  • Kevin Bannon - Lost to Grand Canyon (Ariz.) at Hawaii in 1991-92 while coaching Rider.
  • Rick Barnes - Lost at Chaminade (Hawaii) in 1991-92 while coaching Providence and in 2012-13 while coaching Texas.
  • J.D. Barnett - Lost to Louisiana Christian in 1995-96 while coaching Northwestern State (La.).
  • Jim Baron - Lost to Walsh (Ohio) in 1992-93 while coaching St. Bonaventure. Lost to Lubbock Christian (Tex.) at Las Vegas in 2003-04 while coaching Rhode Island.
  • Gene Bartow - Lost at American-Puerto Rico in 1994-95 while coaching UAB.
  • Dick Bennett - Lost to Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1985-86 and 1986-87 while coaching Wisconsin-Green Bay.
  • Eddie Biedenbach - Lost to Montreat (N.C.) in 2001-02 and Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) in 2005-06 while coaching UNC Asheville.
  • Tom Blackburn - Lost to Anderson (Ind.) in 1947-48, Ohio Wesleyan in 1948-49, Muskingum (Ohio) in 1949-50 and Wittenberg (Ohio) in 1962-63 while coaching Dayton.
  • Bill Blair - Lost to Morris Harvey (W. Va.) and twice to Roanoke (Va.) in 1972-73 and to West Virginia Tech and Shepherd (W.Va.) in 1973-74 while coaching VMI.
  • George Blaney - Lost to Springfield (Mass.) in 1969-70 and 1971-72 while coaching Dartmouth. Lost to Assumption (Mass.) in 1973-74 and 1985-86 and at Florida Southern in 1979-80 while coaching Holy Cross.
  • Dave Bliss - Lost to Rollins (Fla.) and Texas Wesleyan in 1980-81 and at Chaminade (Hawaii) in 1984-85 while coaching SMU. Lost to Eastern New Mexico in 1991-92 while coaching New Mexico.
  • Bob Boyd - Lost to Tennessee-Martin in 1981-82 and Delta State (Miss.) in 1985-86 while coaching Mississippi State.
  • Jim Brandenburg - Lost to South Dakota in 1979-80 while coaching Wyoming.
  • Byron "Buster" Brannon - Lost to Sam Houston State (Tex.) twice in 1938-39 and once in 1940-41 while coaching Rice. Lost to East Texas State, at Hamline (Minn.) and twice to Austin (Tex.) College in 1948-49, Midwestern State (Tex.) in 1953-54 and Kentucky Wesleyan in 1955-56 while coaching Texas Christian.
  • Tom Brennan - Lost to St. Michael's (Vt.) in 1986-87, 1987-88 and 1988-89 while coaching Vermont.
  • John Bunn - Lost to Eastern New Mexico (six times from 1957-58 through 1962-63), Fort Hays (Kan.) State (five times from 1957-58 through 1962-63), New Mexico Highlands in 1960-61, twice to Panhandle State (Okla.) in 1957- 58, St. Cloud State (Minn.) in 1962-63, Southwestern Oklahoma State in 1956-57, Wayne State (Neb.) in 1962-63 and Western New Mexico in 1961-62 while coaching Northern Colorado.
  • Jim Calhoun - Lost to Assumption (Mass.) in 1972-73; to Tufts (Mass.), American International (Mass.), Bridgeport (Conn.) and at Assumption (Mass.) in 1973-74; Assumption (Mass.) and Brandeis (Mass.) in 1974-75; Merrimack (Mass.) in 1975-76; Bridgeport (Conn.), Merrimack (Mass.), St. Anselm (Vt.) and Stonehill (Mass.) in 1976-77; American International (Mass.) and Assumption (Mass.) in 1978-79 and Florida Southern in 1980-81 while coaching Northeastern.
  • John Calipari - Lost at Florida Tech in 1988-89 and to Lowell (Mass.) in 1989-90 while coaching Massachusetts.
  • Lou Campanelli - Lost to West Virginia Tech in 1980-81 while coaching James Madison. Lost to Alaska-Anchorage in 1990-91 on neutral court while coaching California.
  • Howard Cann - Lost to Panzer in 1938-39 and Brandeis (Mass.) in 1956-57 while coaching NYU.
  • P.J. Carlesimo - Lost at Bentley (Mass.), to Southern Connecticut on a neutral court, to C.W. Post (N.Y.), at Springfield (Mass.) and at Bridgeport (Conn.) in 1976-77; to New Haven (Conn.) and at C.W. Post (N.Y.) in 1977- 78, and at Staten Island (N.Y.) and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (N.Y.) in 1981-82 while coaching Wagner.
  • Henry "Doc" Carlson - Lost to Bethany (W. Va.) in 1948-49, Geneva (Pa.) in 1941-42, 1950-51 and 1952-53 and Carnegie Tech (Pa.) three times in four seasons from 1938-39 through 1941-42 plus five times in six seasons from 1949-50 through 1954-55 while coaching Pittsburgh.
  • Pete Carril - Lost to East Stroudsburg (Pa.) in 1966-67 while coaching Lehigh.
  • Don Casey - Lost to Philadelphia Textile in 1975-76 while coaching Temple.
  • Joe Cipriano - Lost at Hawaii-Hilo in 1976-77 while coaching Nebraska.
  • Gary Colson - Lost to John Brown (Ark.) in 1972-73 and Moorhead (Minn.) State in 1973-74 while coaching Pepperdine. Lost to Alaska-Anchorage in 1983-84 while coaching New Mexico.
  • Bobby Cremins - Lost to Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) in 1975-76 and twice in 1977-78 while coaching Appalachian State.
  • Denny Crum - Lost at Chaminade (Hawaii) in 1983-84 and 1984-85 while coaching Louisville.
  • Charles "Chick" Davies--Lost to Waynesburg (Pa.) in 1937-38 and 1938-39 and to Wooster (Ohio) in 1937-38 while coaching Duquesne.
  • Tom Davis - Lost to Moravian (Pa.) in 1973-74 and at Albright (Pa.) in 1975-76 while coaching Lafayette. Lost to Chico State (Calif.) in 1982-83 while coaching Stanford. Lost to UC Riverside in 1988-89 while coaching Iowa.
  • Johnny Dee - Lost to Jacksonville (Ala.) State in 1952-53 while coaching Alabama.
  • Don DeVoe - Lost to Johns Hopkins (Md.) in 2002-03 while coaching Navy.
  • Ed Diddle - Lost to Kentucky Wesleyan in 1955-56, David Lipscomb (Tenn.) in 1962-63 and LeMoyne (N.Y.) in 1963 -64 while coaching Western Kentucky.
  • Bob Donewald - Lost to Cal State Bakersfield in 1980-81 while coaching Illinois State.
  • Homer Drew - Lost to Bethel (Ind.) in 1997-98 while coaching Valparaiso.
  • Charles "Lefty" Driesell - Lost to Catawba (N.C.) twice in 1960-61 and to Carson-Newman (Tenn.) and Erskine (S.C.) in 1961-62 while coaching Davidson.
  • Hugh Durham - Lost at Puerto Rico-Mayaguez in 2001-02 while coaching Jacksonville.
  • Bobby Dye - Lost at Chapman (Calif.) in 1975-76 while coaching Cal State Fullerton. Lost to Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) in 1985-86 while coaching Boise State.
  • Norm Ellenberger - Lost at Hawaii-Hilo in 1976-77 while coaching New Mexico.
  • Fred Enke - Lost to Regis (Colo.) in 1959-60 while coaching Arizona.
  • Larry Eustachy - Lost at Alaska-Anchorage in 1991-92 and to Elizabeth City State (N.C.) in 1992-93 while coaching Idaho.
  • Paul Evans - Lost at Rollins (Fla.) in 1981-82 while coaching Navy.
  • Bill C. Foster - Lost at University of the South (Tenn.) and Roanoke (Va.) in 1970-71 and to Valdosta (Ga.) State in 1971-72 while coaching UNC Charlotte. Lost at Alaska-Anchorage in 1987-88 while coaching Miami (Fla.).
  • Bill E. Foster - Lost at Albright (Pa.) in 1964-65 while coaching Rutgers. Lost at Chaminade (Hawaii) in 1981- 82 while coaching South Carolina. Lost to Rollins (Fla.) in 1986-87 and 1987-88 while coaching Northwestern.
  • Harold "Bud" Foster - Lost to South Dakota in 1956-57 while coaching Wisconsin.
  • Bill Frieder - Lost to Alaska-Anchorage on a neutral court in 1988-89 while coaching Michigan.
  • Jack Friel - Lost at Centenary (La.) in 1955-56, to Spring Hill (Ala.) in 1955-56 and Whitworth (Wash.) five times from 1951-52 through 1956-57 while coaching Washington State.
  • John "Taps" Gallagher - Lost to Gannon (Pa.) and Rochester (N.Y.) in 1964-65 while coaching Niagara.
  • Dave Gavitt - Lost at Springfield (Mass.) in 1967-68 while coaching Dartmouth.
  • Boyd Grant - Lost to Wisconsin-Parkside in 1978-79 while coaching Fresno State.
  • Murray Greason - Lost to Rio Grande (Ohio) in 1953-54 while coaching Wake Forest.
  • Ron Greene - Lost to Spring Hill (Ala.) in 1966-67 while coaching Loyola of New Orleans. Lost to Tennessee Wesleyan and Mississippi College in 1978-79, Arkansas College in 1981-82, West Virginia Tech in 1982-83 and Lincoln Memorial (Tenn.) in 1984-85 while coaching Murray State. Lost to Rollins (Fla.) in 1986-87 while coaching Indiana State.
  • Tim Grgurich - Lost to Morris Harvey (W.Va.) in 1977-78 while coaching Pittsburgh.
  • Leonard Hamilton - Lost at BYU-Hawaii in 1987-88 while coaching Oklahoma State.
  • Jim Harrick - Lost at Abilene (Tex.) Christian in 1984-85 while coaching Pepperdine.
  • Dick Harter - Lost at Alaska-Anchorage in 1978-79 while coaching Penn State.
  • Jack Hartman - Lost to Kentucky Wesleyan four times in three years from 1967-68 through 1969-70 while coaching Southern Illinois.
  • Don Haskins - Lost to Louisiana College in 1977-78 while coaching Texas-El Paso.
  • George "Jud" Heathcote - Lost at Puget Sound (Wash.) in 1972-73, 1973-74 and 1975-76 and at Southern Colorado in 1972-73 while coaching Montana.
  • Bill Henderson - Lost to Howard Payne (Tex.) in 1955-56 while coaching Baylor.
  • Lou Henson - Lost to Howard Payne (Tex.) twice, Midwestern State (Tex.), Eastern New Mexico and Abilene Christian (Tex.) in 1962-63; Abilene Christian and Midwestern State in 1964-65, and Pittsburg State (Kan.) in 1965-66 while coaching Hardin-Simmons. Lost at Eastern New Mexico in 1966-67, to Angelo State (Tex.) in 1971-72, at Alaska-Fairbanks in 1998-99 and at BYU-Hawaii in 2001-02 while coaching New Mexico State.
  • Eddie Hickey - Lost to South Dakota in 1938-39 and 1939-40 while coaching Creighton.
  • Bernard "Peck" Hickman - Lost to Georgetown (Ky.) in 1958-59 while coaching Louisville.
  • Paul "Tony" Hinkle - Lost to Wabash (Ind.) in 1959-60, twice in 1960-61 and in 1966-67 while coaching Butler.
  • Terry Holland - Lost at Chaminade (Hawaii) in 1982-83 while coaching Virginia.
  • Ben Howland - Lost to Concordia (Calif.) in 1994-95 while coaching Northern Arizona.
  • Henry "Hank" Iba - Lost to Westminster (Mo.) in 1934-35 and 1936-37 and Abilene (Tex.) Christian in 1965-66 while coaching Oklahoma A&M/Oklahoma State.
  • Moe Iba - Lost to Union (Tenn.) in 1968-69 and 1969-70 while coaching Memphis State.
  • George Ireland - Lost to Regis (Colo.) in 1954-55, North Dakota State in 1966-67, Illinois Wesleyan in 1970-71 and Missouri Western in 1972-73 while coaching Loyola of Chicago.
  • Maurice "Maury" John - Lost to South Dakota State in 1958-59 and Washington (Mo.) in 1963-64 while coaching Drake.
  • Alvin "Doggie" Julian - Lost to St. Michael's (Vt.), at St. Anselm (N.H.) and at Tampa (Fla.) in 1950-51; to Amherst (Mass.) in 1952-53; at St. Michael's (Vt.), to Williams (Mass.) and at Springfield (Mass.) in 1960-61; to Colby (Maine) in 1961-62, and to Williams (Mass.) in 1964-65 while coaching Dartmouth.
  • Jim Killingsworth - Lost to Westmont (Calif.) in 1980-81 while coaching Texas Christian.
  • Bob King - Lost at Washington (Mo.) in 1963-64 while coaching New Mexico.
  • Dana Kirk - Lost to Wisconsin-Parkside in 1979-80 while coaching Memphis State.
  • Jack Kraft - Lost to Assumption (Mass.) in 1974-75 while coaching Rhode Island.
  • Mike Krzyzewski - Lost to SUNY-Buffalo, Scranton (Pa.) and King's College (Pa.) in 1975-76 while coaching Army.
  • Steve Lappas - Lost to Springfield (Mass.) in 1988-89 while coaching Manhattan.
  • Jim Larranaga - Lost to Findlay (Ohio) in 1991-92 while coaching Bowling Green.
  • Frank Layden - Lost to Thomas More (Ky.) in 1970-71 while coaching Niagara.
  • Jack Leaman - Lost to American International (Mass.) in 1966-67 and 1969-70, Springfield (Mass.) in 1970-71 and Bentley (Mass.) in 1978-79 while coaching Massachusetts.
  • A.E. "Abe" Lemons--Lost to Centenary (La.) in 1958-59, McMurry (Tex.) in 1960-61 and Wayland Baptist (Tex.) in 1984-85 while coaching Oklahoma City. Lost to Texas A&I in 1973-74 while coaching Pan American.
  • Jim Les - Lost to Lubbock (Tex.) Christian at Las Vegas in 2003-04 while coaching Bradley.
  • Guy Lewis - Lost to St. Mary's (Tex.) in 1969-70 and 1974-75, Texas A&I in 1979-80 and Alaska Anchorage and Biscayne (Fla.) in 1980-81 while coaching Houston.
  • Harry Litwack - Lost to West Chester (Pa.) in 1969-70 while coaching Temple.
  • Taylor "Tates" Locke - Lost to North Park (Ill.) in 1978-79 while coaching Jacksonville.
  • Ken Loeffler - Lost to Centenary (La.) in 1956-57 while coaching Texas A&M.
  • Jim Lynam - Lost to Saint Leo (Fla.) and at Assumption (Mass.) in 1968-69 and to Southern Connecticut in 1969- 70 while coaching Fairfield. Lost at King's (Pa.) in 1975-76 while coaching American University. Lost at Rollins (Fla.) in 1979-80 while coaching St. Joseph's.
  • Nick Macarchuk - Lost to Buffalo State in 1982-83 while coaching Canisius.
  • John MacLeod - Lost to Samford (Ala.) in 1971-72 while coaching Oklahoma. Lost at Alaska-Anchorage in 1998-99 while coaching Notre Dame.
  • John "Red" Manning - Lost to Carnegie-Mellon (Pa.) in 1959-60 while coaching Duquesne.
  • Rollie Massimino - Lost at New Orleans in 1973-74 and to Philadelphia Textile in 1975-76 and 1976-77 while coaching Villanova.
  • James "Babe" McCarthy - Lost to University of the South (Tenn.) in 1955-56 and Mississippi College in 1964-65 while coaching Mississippi State.
  • Neil McCarthy - Lost at Alaska-Anchorage in 1978-79 while coaching Weber State. Lost to Western New Mexico in 1986-87 while coaching New Mexico State.
  • Al McGuire - Lost at Washington (Mo.) in 1964-65 and Evansville in 1965-66 while coaching Marquette.
  • Frank McGuire - Lost at Florida Southern in 1979-80 while coaching South Carolina.
  • Jack McKinney - Lost to Catholic (D.C.) in 1966-67 while coaching St. Joseph's.
  • Eddie Melvin - Lost to Cortland (N.Y.) State in 1947-48 and Gannon (Pa.) in 1948-49 while coaching St. Bonaventure. Lost to Morris Harvey (W.Va.) in 1956-57 and Wittenberg (Ohio) in 1958-59 and 1959-60 while coaching Toledo.
  • Shelby Metcalf - Lost at Eastern Montana in 1980-81 and to St. Mary's (Tex.) in 1984-85 while coaching Texas A&M.
  • Ray Meyer - Lost to Beloit (Wis.) in 1950-51, at North Dakota in 1965-66 and to St. Joseph's (Ind.) in 1969-70.
  • Eldon Miller - Lost to Winona (Minn.) State and Wisconsin-Platteville in 1986-87 and at American-Puerto Rico and to Morningside (Iowa) in 1990-91 while coaching Northern Iowa.
  • Ralph Miller - Lost at Beloit (Wis.) in 1951-52 while coaching Wichita.
  • Charles Moir - Lost to Dillard (La.) in 1973-74 and 1974-75 and Xavier (La.) in 1973-74 while coaching Tulane.
  • Mike Montgomery - Lost to Puget Sound (Wash.) in 1978-79 and 1980-81 while coaching Montana. Lost at Chaminade (Hawaii) in 1992-93 while coaching Stanford.
  • Stan Morrison - Lost to San Francisco State in 1974-75 and at North Dakota in 1978-79 while coaching Pacific.
  • Joe Mullaney - Lost to Assumption (Mass.) in 1963-64 and 1984-85 while coaching Providence. Lost to Stonehill (Mass.) in 1979-80 while coaching Brown.
  • Jeff Mullins - Lost at Florida Southern in 1987-88 while coaching UNC Charlotte.
  • Gerald Myers - Lost at Alaska-Anchorage in 1990-91 while coaching Texas Tech.
  • Lynn Nance - Lost to Nebraska-Omaha in 1979-80 while coaching Iowa State.
  • Danny Nee - Lost to Charleston (W.Va.) in 1980-81 while coaching Ohio University.
  • Jim O'Brien - Lost at Florida Tech in 1988-89 while coaching Boston College.
  • Dave Odom - Lost at Alaska-Anchorage in 1993-94 while coaching Wake Forest.
  • Johnny Orr - Lost at Washington (Mo.) in 1964-65 while coaching Massachusetts. Lost at Eastern Montana in 1981 -82 while coaching Iowa State.
  • Bobby Paschal - Lost to Tampa in 1986-87 and 1987-88 while coaching South Florida.
  • Tom Penders - Lost at CCNY in 1974-75 and at San Francisco State in 1977-78 while coaching Columbia. Lost at Hawaii-Pacific in 1985-86 while coaching Fordham.
  • Jerry Pimm - Lost to Midwestern State (Tex.) in 1979-80 while coaching Utah. Lost to San Francisco State in 1983-84 while coaching UC Santa Barbara.
  • Rick Pitino - Lost to Adelphi (N.Y.) in 1978-79 while coaching Boston University.
  • Harry Rabenhorst - Lost to Louisiana College in 1955-56 and at Centenary (La.) in 1956-57 while coaching LSU.
  • Bill Raftery - Lost to Siena (N.Y.) in 1972-73, at Rollins (Fla.) in 1973-74 and to King's College (Pa.) in 1975-76 while coaching Seton Hall.
  • Jack Ramsay - Lost to Albright (Pa.) in 1957-58 and 1961-62 while coaching St. Joseph's.
  • George Raveling - Lost to St. Martin's (Wash.) in 1980-81 and Eastern Montana in 1981-82 while coaching Washington State.
  • Roger Reid - Lost to Colorado-Colorado Springs in 2007-08 while coaching Southern Utah.
  • Nolan Richardson - Lost at American-Puerto Rico in 1997-98 while coaching Arkansas.
  • Alfred "A.J." Robertson - Lost to South Dakota in 1947-48 while coaching Bradley.
  • Les Robinson - Lost to Francis Marion (S.C.) in 1983-84 while coaching The Citadel.
  • Lee Rose - Lost at Eastern Montana in 1977-78 while coaching UNC Charlotte.
  • Lou Rossini - Lost to Bentley (Mass.) in 1978-79 and Scranton (Pa.) in 1975-76 while coaching St. Francis (N.Y.).
  • John "Honey" Russell - Lost at Saint Thomas (Minn.) in 1937-38, to David & Elkins (W. Va.) in 1949-50 and to Albright (Pa.) in 1949-50 and 1957-58 while coaching Seton Hall.
  • Alex Severance - Lost to Albright (Pa.) in 1941-42, Swarthmore (Pa.) in 1943-44 and 1944-45 and Scranton (Pa.) in 1957-58 while coaching Villanova.
  • Norman Sloan - Lost at Presbyterian (S.C.) in 1956-57 while coaching The Citadel.
  • Jim Snyder - Lost to Marietta (Ohio) four times in five years from 1949-50 through 1953-54 and in 1959-60, Mount Union (Ohio) in 1949-50, Muskingum (Ohio) in 1950-51, Beloit (Wis.) and Lake Forest (Ill.) in 1951-52, Ohio Wesleyan in 1952-53 and Otterbein (Ohio) in 1966-67 while coaching Ohio University.
  • Norm Stewart - Lost at Alaska-Anchorage in 1985-86 while coaching Missouri.
  • John Thompson Jr. - Lost to Assumption (Mass.) in 1973-74; Gannon (Pa.) in 1975-76; Randolph-Macon (Va.) in 1974-75; Roanoke (Va.) in 1972-73, and at South Florida in 1972-73 while coaching Georgetown.
  • Ken Trickey - Lost to Union (Tenn.) in 1965-66, Transylvania (Ky.) in 1966-67 and 1968-69 and Oglethorpe (Ga.) in 1967-68 while coaching Middle Tennessee State. Lost to Nebraska-Omaha and South Dakota in 1975-76 while coaching Iowa State. Lost to Cameron (Okla.) in 1980-81 while coaching Oral Roberts.
  • Billy Tubbs - Lost to Ohio Northern in 1980-81 while coaching Oklahoma. Lost at Alaska-Anchorage in 1995-96 while coaching Texas Christian. Lost to Delta State (Miss.) in 2005-06 while coaching Lamar.
  • M.K. Turk - Lost at Florida Southern in 1979-80 and to Fairmont State (W. Va.) in 1984-85 while coaching Southern Mississippi.
  • Jim Valvano - Lost to Armstrong State (Ga.) and Gannon (Pa.) in 1972-73, Wilkes (Pa.) in 1973-74 and Bloomsburg (Pa.) in 1974-75 while coaching Bucknell. Lost at Tampa in 1986-87 while coaching North Carolina State.
  • Joe Vanatta - Lost at Centenary (La.) in 1956-57 while coaching Memphis State.
  • Willem "Butch" van Breda Kolff - Lost at Albright (Pa.) in 1951-52 while coaching Lafayette. Lost at Florida Southern in 1988-89 while coaching Hofstra.
  • Perry Watson - Lost to Wayne State (Mich.) in 1993-94 while coaching Detroit.
  • Stan Watts - Lost to Hamline (Minn.) in 1951-52 while coaching Brigham Young.
  • Clifford Wells - Lost to Spring Hill (Ala.) in 1953-54 and Louisiana College in 1962-63 while coaching Tulane.
  • Bob Weltlich - Lost at Alaska-Anchorage in 1986-87 while coaching Texas.
  • Paul Westhead - Lost at Biscayne (Fla.) in 1971-72 and Florida Southern in 1978-79 while coaching La Salle.
  • Davey Whitney - Lost to Delta State (Miss.) six times in five years from 1985-86 through 1989-90; Dillard (La.) in 1986-87; Miles (Ala.) in 1988-89 and 1990-91; Mississippi College in 1990-91, 1992-93 and 1993-94; Slippery Rock (Pa.) in 1993-94, and Tougaloo (Miss.) in 1996-97 while coaching Alcorn State.
  • Ralph Willard - Lost to Williams (Mass.) in 2003-04 while coaching Holy Cross.
  • Carroll Williams - Lost to San Francisco State in 1970-71 and at Alaska-Anchorage in 1991-92 while coaching Santa Clara.
  • Charlie Woollum - Lost to Rochester (N.Y.) in 1975-76 and 1976-77, Upsala (N.J.) in 1977-78 and Messiah (Pa.) in 1981-82 while coaching Bucknell.
  • Jay Wright - Lost at Chaminade (Hawaii) in 2003-04 while coaching Villanova.
  • Ned Wulk - Lost to Lawrence Tech (Mich.) and twice to Baldwin-Wallace (Ohio) in 1952-53 while coaching Xavier. Lost to Cal Poly Pomona in 1969-70 while coaching Arizona State.

Centers of Attention: Wide Range of Debut Games for Premier Pivotmen

Regal recruit Nerlens Noel hit his first shot in Kentucky's initial possession of the season vs. Maryland in their season opener at Brooklyn. But Noel (4 points/9 rebounds) clearly is limited offensively and was dominated by Maryland's Alex Len as the Wildcats squandered a 15-point, second-half lead before prevailing. Will Noel's first-season impact be more like Anthony Davis, the national player of the year last season when he sparked UK to an NCAA title, or Andre Drummond, who averaged a modest 10 ppg and 7.6 rpg for Connecticut as the disappointing Huskies finished out of the 2011-12 final Top 25 polls?

Actually, textbook centers are becoming a rare breed. Time will tell if Davis or Noel eventually deserve to be included among the premier pivotmen in college basketball history. By almost any measure, centers in the last 40 years don't seem to be anywhere close to duplicating what luminaries Lew Alcindor, Artis Gilmore, Bob Lanier, Jerry Lucas, Bill Russell and Bill Walton achieved in their initial varsity campaigns.

Similar to Navy's David Robinson in 1983-84, Drummond was scoreless in his season debut last year against Columbia. In a forgettable debut, Wake Forest's Tim Duncan was also scoreless in a season-opening loss to NCAA Division II Alaska-Anchorage in 1993-94 before rebounding with a 12-point, 12-rebound performance in his next outing against Hawaii.

Alcindor (77: 56 points/21 rebounds) and Chamberlain (83: 52 points/31 rebounds) each totaled more points and rebounds in their college game debut than Drummond, Duncan, Patrick Ewing, Noel, Hakeem Olajuwon, Shaquille O'Neal, Robinson and Ralph Sampson managed collectively. Following is a look at how many of the premier centers in history fared in their varsity debut against a major college and a summary of their first season of NCAA Division I competition:

Celebrated Center School Freshman Season First Game PPG RPG W-L Mark
Anthony Davis Kentucky 2011-12 23 points/10 rebounds 14.2 10.4 38-2
Greg Oden Ohio State 2006-07 14 points/10 rebounds 15.7 9.6 35-4
Tim Duncan Wake Forest 1993-94 12 points/12 rebounds 9.8 9.6 21-12
Shaquille O'Neal Louisiana State 1989-90 10 points/5 rebounds 13.9 12.0 23-9
Alonzo Mourning Georgetown 1988-89 10 points/10 rebounds 13.1 7.3 29-5
David Robinson Navy 1983-84 scoreless/1 rebound 7.6 4.0 24-8
Hakeem Olajuwon Houston 1981-82 2 points/0 rebounds 8.3 6.5 25-8
Patrick Ewing Georgetown 1981-82 7 points/4 rebounds 12.7 8.5 30-7
Ralph Sampson Virginia 1979-80 4 points/6 rebounds 14.9 11.2 24-10
*Bill Walton UCLA 1971-72 19 points/14 rebounds 21.1 15.5 29-1
**Artis Gilmore Jacksonville 1969-70 35 points/18 rebounds 26.5 22.2 17-7
*Bob Lanier St. Bonaventure 1967-68 23 points/17 rebounds 26.2 15.6 23-2
*Lew Alcindor UCLA 1966-67 56 points/21 rebounds 29.0 15.5 30-0
*Jerry Lucas Ohio State 1959-60 16 points/28 rebounds 26.3 16.3 25-3
*Wilt Chamberlain Kansas 1956-57 52 points/31 rebounds 29.6 18.9 24-3
*Bill Russell San Francisco 1953-54 16 points/17 rebounds 19.9 19.2 14-7

*Sophomore classification.
**Junior classification after attending junior college.

On This Date: Calendar For Memorable Games in College Basketball History

30 - Dartmouth set an NCAA single-game record by having nine different players contribute at least one three-point basket vs. Boston College in 1993. . . . John Chaney made his Temple debut in 1982 with a 68-67 triumph at George Washington en route to becoming the Owls' all-time winningest coach. . . . Bobby Cremins made his Georgia Tech debut in 1981 with an 82-66 triumph against Presbyterian (S.C.) en route to becoming the Yellow Jackets' all-time winningest coach.
29 - The three-point goal was an experimental rule in the Southern Conference in 1980 when Western Carolina's Ronnie Carr made the first three-pointer in history at Reid Gymnasium vs. Middle Tennessee State. . . . Mike Krzyzewski made his Duke debut in 1980 with a 67-49 triumph over Stetson en route to becoming the Blue Devils' all-time winningest coach. . . . Jim Calhoun made his Connecticut debut in 1986 with a 58-54 triumph over Massachusetts en route to becoming the Huskies' all-time winningest coach. . . . Billy Tubbs made his Lamar head coaching debut in 1976 with an 80-73 triumph over Houston Baptist en route to more than 600 victories with three schools. . . . Gene Keady made his Purdue debut in 1980 with a 72-59 triumph over Colorado State en route to becoming the Boilermakers' all-time winningest coach.
28 - Lou Henson made his Illinois debut in 1975 with a 60-58 triumph at Nebraska en route to becoming the Illini's all-time winningest coach. . . . Mike Krzyzewski made his Army head coaching debut in 1975 with a 56-29 victory over Lehigh before becoming the all-time winningest coach in NCAA playoff history with Duke. . . . Mike Montgomery made his Stanford debut in 1986 with a 67-65 defeat against Georgia Tech at Richmond before becoming the Cardinal's all-time winningest coach.
27 - Brandon Wood (39 points at Georgia Southern in 2009) set Valparaiso's single-game scoring record against a Division I opponent. . . . John Thompson Jr. made his Georgetown debut in 1972 with a 61-60 triumph over St. Francis (Pa.) en route to a school-record 596 victories with the Hoyas. . . . Alvan Adams (28 rebounds vs. Indiana State in 1972) set Oklahoma's single-game rebounding record.
26 - Jim Boeheim made his Syracuse debut in 1976 with a 75-48 triumph over Harvard en route to setting the NCAA career record for most victories by a coach at a single school. . . . Rudy Macklin (32 rebounds vs. Tulane in 1976) set Louisiana State's single-game rebounding record.
25 - Bethune-Cookman's Reggie Cunningham (46 points at Stetson in 1995) and Nevada's Kevin Franklin (48 at Loyola Marymount in 1989) set school Division I single-game scoring records. . . . Louisiana Tech's school-record 39-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Stephen F. Austin (67-58) in 1985. . . . Lute Olson made his Arizona debut in 1983 with a 72-65 triumph over Northern Arizona en route to becoming the Wildcats' all-time winningest coach. . . . Bob Huggins made his Cincinnati debut in 1989 with a 66-64 triumph over Minnesota en route to becoming the Bearcats' all-time winningest coach. . . . Gale Catlett made his West Virginia debut in 1978 with an 86-66 triumph over Rider en route to becoming the Mountaineers' all-time winningest coach.
24 - Gene Bartow made his UAB debut in 1978 with a 64-55 defeat against Nebraska before becoming the Blazers' all-time winningest coach. . . . Nolan Richardson made his Arkansas debut in 1985 with an 86-72 triumph over Southern Illinois en route to becoming the Razorbacks' all-time winningest coach.
22 - Kevin Martin (46 points vs. Coastal Carolina in 2002) set Western Carolina's Division I single-game scoring record.
21 - Nick Davis (23 rebounds vs. Jackson State in 1997) set Arkansas' single-game rebounding record.
20 - Okechi Egbe (44 points vs. Bethel in 2000) set Tennessee-Martin's Division I single-game scoring record. . . . Tom Izzo made his Michigan State debut in 1995 with a 69-66 triumph at Chaminade en route to becoming the Spartans' all-time winningest coach.
19 - D.J. Munir (36 points at Sacred Heart in 2001) set Stony Brook's Division I single-game scoring record.
17 - Bo Ryan made his Wisconsin debut in 2001 with a 74-69 defeat at UNLV before going on to become the Badgers' all-time winningest coach.
15 - Reggie Williams (45 points vs. Virginia Intermont in 2006) set Virginia Military's single-game scoring record.
13 - Rotnei Clarke (51 points vs. Alcorn State in 2009) set Arkansas' single-game scoring record before transferring to Butler. . . . Siena's school-record 38-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Vermont (80-76 in 2010).
11 - Kyle Hines (38 points at Marshall in overtime in 2006) set UNC Greensboro's Division I single-game scoring record.
9 - David Holston (43 points vs. St. Bonaventure at Austin, Tex., in 2006) set Chicago State's Division I single-game scoring record. . . . Junior Hairston (21 rebounds vs. Loyola Maryland in 2007) set Towson's Division I single-game rebounding record.

NFL Basketball Report: Week 10 Update on Active Players Who Were College Hoopsters

The NFL Injury Report comes out in mid-week although it isn't nearly as important to genuine hoop fans as this NFL Basketball Report. The ex-hoopster headliner recently was veteran tight end Tony Gonzalez, the ageless wonder for undefeated Atlanta as he aspires to secure his first playoff victory.

Gonzalez, who excelled in the 1997 NCAA playoffs with California, is the first tight end with 100 touchdowns. He has led the Falcons in pass receptions much of the campaign comparable to fellow ex-college hoopsters Vincent Jackson (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and Kendall Wright (Tennessee Titans). Jackson paces the NFL in yards per catch (22.9).

Regal receiver Terrell Owens (1995 NCAA playoffs with Chattanooga) didn't have a chance to test the patience of replacement officials early this season because he is no longer on an NFL roster. But the league still boasts the following versatile players who previously were college hoopsters:

Player Pos. NFL Team College(s) Summary of 2012 NFL Regular Season
Connor Barwin OLB Houston Texans Cincinnati 20 tackles (17 solo/3 assists) in fourth season but only two sacks (after 11 1/2 last year)
Demetress Bell LOT Philadelphia Eagles Northwestern State newcomer after signing 5-year deal in off-season following 30 starts with Buffalo Bills the previous three seasons
Jordan Cameron TE Cleveland Browns Brigham Young/Southern California 12 pass receptions for 140 yards (long of 23) in second campaign
Demar Dotson RT Tampa Bay Buccaneers Southern Mississippi 6-9 lineman is a starter in fourth season
London Fletcher ILB Washington Redskins Saint Francis, PA/John Carroll, OH team-high 73 tackles (43 solo/30 assists) plus one fumble recovery, one sack and one interception in 15th season
Antonio Gates TE San Diego Chargers Kent State 24 pass receptions for 281 yards (long of 33) and three touchdowns in 10th year
Tony Gonzalez TE Atlanta Falcons California team-high 50 pass receptions for 495 yards (long of 25) and four touchdowns in 16th campaign
Jimmy Graham TE New Orleans Saints Miami, FL third-year pro has 38 pass receptions for 387 yards (long of 24) and five touchdowns
Todd Heap TE Arizona Cardinals Arizona State long-time Baltimore Raven has eight receptions for 94 yards (long of 28) in 12th season amid questions about why he hasn't returned from a knee injury
Vincent Jackson WR Tampa Bay Buccaneers Northern Colorado team highs of 31 receptions, 710 yards (long of 95) and six touchdowns in eighth campaign
Evan Moore TE Seattle Seahawks Stanford first season in NW for third-stringer after three years with the Cleveland Browns, including four touchdowns in 2011
Julius Peppers RDE Chicago Bears North Carolina six-time Pro Bowler has 14 tackles (10 solo/four assists) and team-high 5 sacks in 11th season (ranks fourth among active players with 105.5 sacks)
Julius Thomas TE Denver Broncos Portland State second-year backup hopes to get a start similar to last season
Kendall Wright WR Tennessee Titans Baylor rookie has team-high 42 pass receptions (for 381 yards and three touchdowns/long of 35 yards)

Not One-Dimensional: Cooper & Wolters Could Lead League in Scoring & Assists

If they pace their respective conferences in scoring and assists, Ohio University's D.J. Cooper (Mid-American) and South Dakota State's Nate Wolters (Summit League) are among the striking number of mid-major players who could become All-Americans this season by guiding their schools back to the NCAA playoffs. Wolters became SDSU's all-time leading scorer in mid-season and Cooper became the first player in NCAA history to amass 2,000 points, 900 assists, 600 rebounds and 300 steals.

Finishing atop a league in scoring and assists has happened more often than one might think at first glance. Louisiana State's Pete Maravich, the NCAA's all-time leading scorer when he averaged more than 43 points per contest each of three years, also paced the SEC in assists with 6.3 per game as a senior in 1969-70. Houston's Rob Williams was a sophomore in 1980-81 when he topped the SWC in both scoring (25 ppg) and assists (4.9 apg).

Loyola Marymount's Keith Smith (West Coast in 1984-85 and 1985-86) and Marquette's Travis Diener (Conference USA in 2003-04 and 2004-05) twice achieved the feat. Premium NBA playmakers John Stockton (Gonzaga) and Steve Nash (Santa Clara) were among four different WCC players in this category in a 12-year span from 1984 through 1995.

Baylor's Pierre Jackson (Big 12) could become the first player to pace a power six league in scoring and assists in the same campaign since Arizona's Jason Terry in 1998-99. Following is a chronological list of guards who led a major conference in scoring average and assists in the same season since assists became an official NCAA statistic in 1983-84:

Season Scoring/Assists Leader School PPG APG Conference (Finish)
1983-84 John Stockton Gonzaga 20.9 7.1 West Coast (T4th)
1984-85 Keith Smith Loyola Marymount 25.1 5.6 West Coast (T6th)
1985-86 Keith Smith Loyola Marymount 21.0 7.0 West Coast (2nd)
1987-88 Vernell "Bimbo" Coles Virginia Tech 24.2 5.9 Metro (T3rd)
1987-88 Ken "Mouse" McFadden Cleveland State 20.5 5.9 Mid-Continent (2nd)
1988-89 Anthony Manuel Bradley 21.1 8.0 Missouri Valley (4th)
1989-90 Gary Payton Oregon State 25.7 8.1 Pacific-10 (T1st)
1990-91 Terrell Lowery Loyola Marymount 28.5 9.1 West Coast (2nd)
1992-93 Curt Smith Drake 21.1 4.6 Missouri Valley (5th)
1994-95 Steve Nash Santa Clara 20.9 6.4 West Coast (1st)
1994-95 Damon Stoudamire Arizona 22.8 7.3 Pacific-10 (2nd)
1995-96 Ira Bowman Pennsylvania 16.4 5.3 Ivy League (T1st)
1996-97 Antonio Daniels Bowling Green 23.5 6.7 Mid-American (T1st)
1996-97 Andre Woolridge Iowa 20.2 6.0 Big Ten (T2nd)
1997-98 Charles Jones Long Island 29.0 7.4 Northeast (1st)
1998-99 George "Gee" Gervin Jr. Houston 20.6 3.9 C-USA (6th/N)
1998-99 Shawnta Rogers George Washington 20.7 8.0 Atlantic 10 (1st/W)
1998-99 Jason Terry Arizona 21.9 5.5 Pacific-10 (2nd)
1999-2000 Detric Golden Troy State 17.6 5.9 Trans America (T1st)
1999-2000 Rashad Phillips Detroit 23.0 5.3 Midwestern Collegiate (3rd)
2002-03 Marques Green St. Bonaventure 21.3 8.0 Atlantic 10 (6th/E)
2003-04 Travis Diener Marquette 18.8 6.0 C-USA (8th)
2003-04 Marquis Poole Idaho State 19.0 6.0 Big Sky (T2nd)
2004-05 Travis Diener Marquette 19.7 7.0 C-USA (9th)
2005-06 Jose Juan Barea Northeastern 21.0 8.4 Colonial Athletic (5th)
2008-09 Stephen Curry Davidson 28.6 5.6 Southern (1st/S)
2008-09 Brandon Ewing Wyoming 18.5 5.0 Mountain West (6th)
2008-09 Eric Maynor Virginia Commonwealth 22.4 6.2 Colonial Athletic (2nd)

Boys Gone Wild: Rotnei Clarke Among Players Pressing the Hot Button

One of the more entertaining players this season is Butler guard Rotnei Clarke, a transfer from Arkansas who should keep the Bulldogs in the nation's hoop consciousness. Clarke, a prolific long-range bomber, went hog wild three seasons ago when he erupted for a school-record 51 points with the Razorbacks against Alcorn State.

Clarke, who could become Butler's first All-American, considered transferring to Saint Louis, where his sister was a student, but Hogs coach Mike Anderson reportedly wouldn't grant a move to SLU. Clarke is on the following list of players with differences of more than 35 points between their scoring average during a season when they established an existing Division I school single-game scoring record:

Player School Single-Game Scoring Record Season Average Difference
Paul Arizin Villanova 85 points vs. Philadelphia NAMC 22 ppg in 1948-49 63
Frank Selvy Furman 100 vs. Newberry, SC 41.7 in 1953-54 58.3
Freeman Williams Portland State 81 vs. Rocky Mountain, MT 35.9 in 1977-78 45.1
Bob Zawoluk St. John's 65 vs. St. Peter's 20.3 in 1949-50 44.7
Bill Mlkvy Temple 73 vs. Wilkes, PA 29.2 in 1950-51 43.8
Scott Haffner Evansville 65 vs. Dayton 24.5 in 1988-89 40.5
Askia Jones Kansas State 62 vs. Fresno State 22.1 in 1993-94 39.9
Mike James Lamar 52 vs. Louisiana College 12.5 in 2010-11 39.5
Robert "Bubbles" Hawkins Illinois State 58 vs. Northern Illinois 18.6 in 1973-74 39.4
Bob Kurland Oklahoma State 58 vs. St. Louis 19.5 in 1945-46 38.5
Eddie House Arizona State 61 vs. California 23 in 1999-2000 38
Oliver Morton Chattanooga 50 vs. Pikeville, KY 12.1 in 2000-01 37.9
Carlos "Bud" Ogden Santa Clara 55 vs. Pepperdine 18.5 in 1966-67 36.5
Rotnei Clarke Arkansas 51 vs. Alcorn State 15.1 in 2009-10 35.9
Tommie Johnson Central Michigan 53 vs. Wright State 17.3 in 1987-88 35.7
Matt Teahan Denver 61 vs. Nebraska Wesleyan 25.3 in 1978-79 35.7
Calvin Murphy Niagara 68 vs. Syracuse 32.4 in 1968-69 35.6
Danny Ferry Duke 58 vs. Miami (Fla.) 22.6 in 1987-88 35.4

Closing Argument: Obama Scouting Report Actually Describes Presidency

A presidential campaign, resembling life, is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer you get to the end, the faster the _ _ _ _ goes. It doesn't come fast enough when, amid chronically condemning Christians, petty punditry emerges such as: "The future does not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam." Whether you're an adult or a dolt, it's closing argument time before getting off the pot and voting (either for revenge or love of country).

Amid self-radicalization gibberish, a problem persists that the overwhelming majority of slanted reporters, including the toy department (sports), write through a liberal prism insulting our common sense and intelligence. Thus the toughest question Social Engineer/President Barack H. Obama faced in a given year from the malpractice minions probably was an ESPN bracket racket inquiry concerning whether his alma mater (Harvard) was going to advance to the second round in NCAA basketball playoff competition. Don't you wish he would have put as much effort into meeting a budget deadline as he did in providing a bracket, accepting mulligan lessons from Tiger or hosting parties at Club Obama?

By any measure, the puff-piece enemies of illumination failed to fully vett Obama and his leftist fantasies before he became POTUS other than perhaps focusing on an alleged hoop prowess. The second time around, surrogates from Obama's campaign office and in the myopic media sounded like out-of-control fans in the stands hollering at referees, saying numerous repulsive things about opponent Mitt Romney and his intact family.

But as NBA Commissioner David Stern said in jest about Obama's basketball background: "He thinks he's better than he really is." Although probably not intentional, Stern's dispassionate assessment also summarizes Obama's presidency. At the risk of being the next U.S. citizen subject to a drone strike, following is a detailed scouting report on the hoop-loving lefty before votes were cast for his second term:

From Frank Marshall Davis, a member of the old Moscow-controlled Communist Party USA who was a mysterious friend and adviser while Obama was growing up in Hawaii; to his early “daze” rooming with shady Sohale Siddiqi in a drug-infested portion of NYC after visiting Siddiqi’s native country during college with other Pakistanis; to a close association with Dr. Khalid al-Mansour, a key adviser to a Saudi billionaire who mentored the founding members of the Black Panthers (alleged in a 1995 book that the U.S. was plotting genocide against black Americans); to attending a black liberation church for almost two decades under a disgraced pastor - Jeremiah Wright - who “inspired him”; to launching his first campaign for public office with a fund-raising party at the home of friends (unrepentant Weather Underground leaders William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn) whose violent guerilla group bombed the Pentagon; to employing as a state senator senior staffers who belonged to Louis Farrakhan’s controversial Nation of Islam; to having benefactors such as FBI fugitive Salman Ibrahim (Sunrise Equities fraud) and far left-wing Rabbi Arnold Wolf who even invited the “Chicago 7” to address his synagogue; to longstanding shady dealings with slumlord/convicted influence peddler Tony Rezko and purchasing a home with his help for $1.65 million; to connections with first cousin Odinga who wanted to bring Kenya under Sharia law; to gushing over Chicago pal Rashid Khalidi, a mouthpiece for master terrorist Yasser Arafat, the sheikh- and emperor-bowing disciple of Saul Alinsky (author of Rules for Radicals) seems to be most comfortable taking far-left turns with Marxists and revolutionaries boasting difficult-to-spell names plus United Nations-affiliated nut jobs seemingly straight out of the Star Wars tavern scene.

Anyone with a triple-digit IQ sizing up the parasites influencing him could discern the shameless shenanigans around the corner. Czar-loving O-bow-a catered to two-bit dictators and Hollyweird, won’t protect the border (probably since “we’re not a Christian nation”) but did take time from numerous golf outings to praise the Phoenix “Amnesty” Suns for protesting Arizona’s new immigration law, paid ACORN almost $1 million to conduct some corrupt “community organizing,” doesn’t boast sufficient courage to say the word “terrorist” but is sufficiently clever to create contrived phrases such as "workplace violence" and “man-caused disaster,” conducted a beer summit after getting “all wee wee’d up” prejudging a white police officer, aligned with the scare-tactic buffoonery of Al Bore regarding the global warming hoax, claims he’s in charge from the start of the Gulf Coast oil spill while making more long trips West campaigning for Barbara “I Work So Hard” Boxer and Dingy Harry, savaged oil companies but didn’t return the $1 million BP donated to him (also accepted similar amount from self-anointed know-it-all Bill Maher despite his genuine "War on Women"), attempted to fix elections hiding behind Sick Willie so his favorites can continue to suck on the government boob via what few jobs he did create (75 times less than food stamp growth), ran from the abortion issue because it’s “above his pay grade” and is more likely to promote the grand opening of a mosque near Ground Zero rather than attending Arlington Cemetery on Memorial Day. Our fearless leader, much more concerned with illegal immigrants, gay rights and lowering flag to half-staff for singler/drug-addict Whitney Houston, failed to acknowledge the murder of an authentic hero - Chris "American Sniper" Kyle - or Christian pastor imprisoned in Iran. The "leader" of the free world knows all about the sexual preference of an NBA center averaging 1 ppg but doesn't know anything about reports of intimidating potential State Department witnesses.

Enlightened elitist Progressives, amused by the absence of “shovel-ready” jobs, aren’t nearly as bright as they like to portray themselves. Fawning liberals chronically convey to us that the Audacity of Hype is a super smart guy. Barry is a “genius” in the vernacular of his principal MSNBC sycophants Chrissy "Thrill Up My Leg" Matthews, Mika the Mannequin, Rachel Madcow and Al “Not So” Sharpton. And yet, for the width and breadth of such utter brilliance, Obama seems to be way above his pay grade about many things, especially when his teleprompter isn’t functioning properly. Surely, a once-in-a-lifetime Messiah would know the fact the U.S. doesn’t have 57 states; Afghans’ language isn’t Arabic; there is no language called Austrian; daughter's asthma might be triggered more his smoking than climate change; difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day; a singular bomb wasn’t dropped on Pearl Harbor; the word corpsman isn’t pronounced like a dead body; “under God” is nothing to hide from when reciting the Pledge of Allegiance; distinction between Great Britain and England; would admit he was for tax cuts and reducing the national budget before he was against them; collective salvation is absurd from a Christian perspective; it’s incorrect to say Twitters and internets; his home state (Hawaii) isn’t part of Asia; priorities are screwed up if encouraging NASA to become a Muslim outreach program, and you shouldn’t make the unforgivable gaffe mistakenly identifying a fallen member of the Army as another soldier in a completely different Army unit who is alive. Unless there is some stench to hide, Ramadan-celebrating B.O. also should permit his squirreled-away college papers/academic records to see the light of day so the public could judge for themselves the dimensions of his breathtaking splendor.

Let me be clear about the clunker lame-stream media exhibiting most of the traits of Baghdad Bob (Gibbs)! In 2008, they failed to point out Obama was devoid of executive experience but had an excess of agitator experience alongside contemptible Chicago-gang comrades Screwie Louie Farrakhan, bombastic Blago, repulsive Rahm, demented David Axel(grease) and dumb-as-a-stump Rev. Wrong. That’s probably why the community organizer became a temporary interior decorator by promptly ridding the White House of the bust of dauntless Winston Churchill, an authentic hero whose guardianship of freedom is so alien to him. The apologist-in-chief proudly proclaims that “the U.S. is not a Christian nation.” Prior to giving Solyndra preferential treatment, the only business transaction he ever conducted was a sweetheart housing deal with felon Tony Rezko. How is all that hope and change working out for us as he describes Americans as “lazy” or "clinging to their guns and religion"? We didn’t build anything. If you voted for Hopey in ’08 to prove you’ve shed your white guilt, it seems you’d have to vote for someone other than “Debt Man Walking” in ’12 to prove you’re not a village idiot worthy of earning a trip on Farrakhan’s mother ship (where vacation junkie Michelle will be a “Let’s Move (It)” stewardess forcing organic food down our palates). Rather than buckling down and exhibiting authentic leadership skills in fiscal cliff negotiations or offering a bonafide budget, the golfer-in-chief went on vacation in Hawaii, including hitting the links with a longtime pal arrested last year on suspicion of soliciting a prostitute.

Simplistic Demorats lecture us endlessly but are “Do As I Say; Not As I Do” when it comes to being champions of the poor. In the decade before becoming Vice Plagiarist, (Oh So Ordinary) Joe Biden gave a grand total of $3,690 to charity (0.2% of income). Now, he helps the deficit by charging the Secret Service seven times that amount in rent (to protect him and his clean-and-articulate family) for a cottage on his property. Debate prep companion Lurch Kerry gave a big fat goose egg in 1995 but did spend a half million dollars that year on a 17th-Century Dutch seascape painting. In the previous two years to that enormous disparity, however, the self-proclaimed Vietnam hero gave a staggering sum of $2,214. In 1998, Al Bore, boasting a personal carbon footprint the size of Bigfoot, gave an anemic $353 to charity. Liberal Lyin’ Ted Kennedy gave 1% of his income to charity in the decade of the ‘70s. Barack and Michelle Peron gave an average of 3.5% of their income to charity in the eight years before his presidency. Their lofty rhetoric and Ivy League educations notwithstanding, none of these charlatans apparently applies tithing to their personal lives. Meanwhile, the self-indulgent half of America paying no federal taxes is more than happy to raise taxes on the inspired half who actually prosper by getting off their royal cushion and going to work.

The clueless clowns comprising OWS (really need to Occupy Water in Shower) should have been protesting at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Consider the following three former Fannie Mae executives who were instrumental in disgracing Wall Street and igniting the bevy of bailouts: (1) Franklin Raines – Chairman and CEO departed with a golden parachute valued at $240 million in benefits when he was forced to retire in the wake of auditing discovering severe irregularities; (2) Tim Howard – Chief Financial Officer’s golden parachute was estimated at $20 million despite resigning under pressure for cooking the books, manipulating earnings to trigger bonuses; (3) Jim Johnson – Former executive at Lehman Brothers and Fannie Mae, who was investigated for taking illegal loans from Countrywide, received an estimated $28 million golden parachute despite hiding his compensation from the public. Where did this stench-filled trio of trash take their expertise? Raines worked for Obama’s Campaign as Chief Economic Advisor, Howard was also a Chief Economic Advisor to Obama, and Johnson, a Senior Obama Finance Advisor, was selected to run the VP Search Committee. Naturally, this doesn’t include morally bankrupt ex-N.J. governor Jon Corzine, an Obama fundraiser and alleged economic expert immersed in the MF Global scandal.

Cutting backroom deals is his forte with an emphasis on union waivers. Do you think a pardon is already in the works for fellow Chicagoan Jesse Jackson Jr. if one is necessary after he cost taxpayers more than $5 million to fill his spot with the timing of his suspect resignation from Congress? Moreover, Obama never stands up to race baiters such as the 95% Diversity President Al Sharptongue. Devoid of heart, august POTUS simply looks the other way while a plantation potentate practices soft racism of low expectations. Simply overlook Sharptongue’s history as described by the lovely and gracious Ann Coulter: In addition to libeling innocent men in the Tawana Brawley hoax, ginning up angry mobs outside the Central Park jogger’s rapists’ trial, inciting throngs after an auto accident in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood killed a black child and a rabbinical student was stabbed to death, Sharptongue famously ignited an anti-Semitic protest against a Jewish-owned clothing store in Harlem, saying, “We will not stand by and allow them to move this brother so that some white interloper can expand his business.” Someone who was listening to Sharptongue later decided to storm the store and start shooting, wounding several employees, and setting a fire killing seven people. Nevertheless, the lame-stream media generally and MSNBC specifically frequently parade out “Resist We Much!” as an “expert” when commenting on civil discourse.

If George W. can’t be affixed with fault for SuperStorm Sandy amid everything else, Obama will find someone in a "fast and furious" fashion to serve as fall guy after securing his photo op. A classic example of the blame game was when the feds were more concerned with detaining some obscure producer of an anti-Islamic film making light of the prophet Mohammed. At least they didn't pull out the workplace-violence card again. Meanwhile, the stonewalling Obama Administration - either grossly incompetent or immersed in "crude and disgusting" fraud - dealt with a terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, by shamelessly standing in front of caskets at an airport hangar (plus the White House press corps, the U.N. and national politically-oriented shows such as Meet the Depressed) offering an orchestrated narrative claiming the nondescript video was responsible for a spontaneous murder of the American ambassador and three other Americans. Unbelievably, a Navy SEAL among the deceased violated stand-down orders to help save numerous individuals at the death-trap embassy and then fought the terrorists for seven hours while his pleas for backup at a nearby annex were ignored by government officials real-time watching events unfold. Weeks later, the apologist-in-chief and cowardly cronies were still striving to supply a cogent response to their deflect-and-deny sacrificial inaction. Where's a photo of the vaunted Obama Team deliberating during the Benghazi attack before rescue troops were told to "stand down"? Bracing for a cross-country campaign trip, did "That's Not What We Do" go to bed while brave Americans were savaged? If not, then be transparent enough to at least conduct a stand-up, man-up press conference detailing what you did do (other than dispatching a "Damsel in Distress" who allegedly didn't know as much about the topic as a general's mistress); not just cozy up to David Letterman and be charm-offensive "eye candy" for The View vixens. Surely, he and his dignified cohorts didn't indefensibly throw lives in the trash akin to late-term abortions. Barry, buttressed by Roman columns, was hailed as a savior but emphasizes selective salvation when it came to "punishing" children he wasn't hiding behind. Planned Murderhood notwithstanding, he proclaimed "if there's a step we can take to save even one child, we should take that step."

There are ample reasons why the majority of Americans fail to have confidence in a biased mass media to report the news fully, accurately and fairly. The major TV networks and two principal liberal rags (New York Slimes and Washington Compost) refused to give coverage to a Fox News report acknowledging the Obama Administration denied aid multiple times to Americans attacked and murdered by terrorists in Benghazi on September 11 of all days. If they withheld evidence (such as emails from the National Security Advisor's office telling a counter-terrorism unit to stand down), they're as corrupt in a cover-up as the administration's self-righteous Siskel & Ebert wannabees more concerned with muzzling Benghazi survivors than transparency with the public.

Why didn't the lapdog media do its job and press the issue providing accountable answers to the many questions accuring about what precisely occurred in the Celebrity-in-Chief's chamber? Why do the vast majority of them remain so disinterested in pursuing the litany of "jaw-dropping" misstatements and dissembling regarding what was known before and after the Benghazi attack? It wasn't because the misfit media was too busy prepping for coverage of the capital case carnage in the Dr. Gosnell abortion trial.

Al Jazeera is more objective in its coverage of U.S. politics than incestuous ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC and CNN. In an effort to help the inept media shine the light of truth on the Benghazi bungling and scrubbed talking points, following are some basic "who/what/when/why/where" questions for which the public deserves answers:
* Who first concocted "the (misleading) spontaneous reaction" to a YouTube video explanation for the attack (framed before the final two deaths) and did the same individual help orchestrate a coordinated response at various venues in the days and weeks immediately following said attack?
* What portion of the entire 7 1/2 hours of the attack did POTUS himself spend in the Situation Room and was he directly involved with multiple "stand-down" orders while the attacks were in place?
* When precisely did POTUS and/or his national security staff first become aware that an attack was underway at the Benghazi compound?
* Why was the Obama Administration's response so lax despite an unmanned drone providing real-time live video feed of the scene?
* Where is evidence of the "Betray Us" administration's responses to repeated pleas to strengthen security for Americans in Libya, not only from the State Department security chief and man on the ground in charge of security, but from the ambassador?

In the previous election cycle, NBC's slobbering Brian "Save the Tin Foil" Williams, the self-proclaimed patriot, was fond of displaying adoring news magazine "halo" covers to Obama and then asking him if his mother would have liked the image. Since Williams is in dire need of a drool bucket, perhaps one of his counterparts who isn't certified Obama Orgasmic should brandish photos of the murdered Americans in front of POTUS and ask him if he sleeps well at night knowing he did everything humanly possible before and during the attack to protect and help these hero sons of steadfast mothers. The Messiah could also be asked what did give-me-a-break Shrillary Rotten mean when the former Secretary of State callously said during testimony: "What difference does it make?" Despite not being interviewed by the review board, the difference could be a little candor to the country's citizens vs. cover-up deception with much of the media serving as corrupt accomplices.

Dan Rather's blather at CBS frequently ended with some inane reference to "courage." Was that a trait exhibited by CBS when it concealed footage for an extended period from a 60 Minutes interview with Obama where he clearly refused to categorize the Benghazi attack as an act of terror? Of course, curious George Stephanopoulos is deemed a journalistic jewel by ABC after earning his spurs as a political hack for the petulant Clintons disparaging one female after another. Is this the best and most honest our country can produce in the newsrooms and Oval Office? In helping "educate" the public before election day, all we could expect from the courageous "never-seen-you-lose" media was something like: "Will Harvard return to the NCAA Tournament this season?"

The biggest loser over the last couple of election cycles is the mangy media serving as little more than the Praetorian Guard for liberal lunacy praising Planned Parenthood and its accompanying murders of innocent babies while smearing whistleblowers crestfallen over the murders of innocent colleagues. As shamelessly one-sided as conservaties have asserted for years, excessive media malpractice finally discarded the pretense of objectivity. The good news is that the influence-peddling gig for broadcast networks, major daily newspapers and newsweeklies is nearly expired because the less-than-honest brokers are gutless wonders shackled by a business model in free-fall. Good riddance to the fourth-rate estate and don't let death's door hit you in your contemptible can on the way out!

Low Balling: Numerous Conference Single-Season Scoring Leaders Bottom Out

Where have all the big-time scorers gone? Can anyone really shoot the ball anymore? A total of 21 current and defunct NCAA Division I conferences in the previous 13 seasons posted an all-time low for their top point producer, including seven last year. Let's hope players start spending more time practicing their shooting than their flash-dance dunking and in the tattoo parlor.

The lowest scoring average by a DI conference champion in the last 50 years was 15.2 ppg by Southern Utah's Sean Allen in the American West in 1994-95. Following are the lowest scoring averages to lead a major conference, including defunct leagues, in the last 65-plus years since the end of World War II:

Conference Scoring Leader Class School Average Season
America East T.J. Sorrentine Soph. Vermont 18.8 ppg 2001-02
American South Kevin Brooks Sr. Southwestern Louisiana 21.2 ppg 1990-91
American West Sean Allen Sr. Southern Utah 15.2 ppg 1994-95
Atlantic Coast John Richter Sr. North Carolina State 17.0 ppg 1958-59
Atlantic Sun Torrey Craig Soph. South Carolina Upstate 16.4 ppg 2011-12
Atlantic 10 Mark Jones Jr. St. Bonaventure 18.0 ppg 1981-82
Big East* Kevin Jones Sr. West Virginia 19.0 ppg 2011-12
Big Eight* Claude Retherford Sr. Nebraska 12.4 ppg 1948-49
Big Sky Jermaine Boyette Jr. Weber State 17.1 ppg 2001-02
Big South Dustin Van Weerdhuizen Jr. High Point 16.5 ppg 2001-02
Big Ten* Bob Cook Jr. Wisconsin 15.6 ppg 1946-47
Big 12 Marcus Fizer Soph. Iowa State 18.0 ppg 1998-99
Big West Ralph Holmes Sr. Cal State Fullerton 16.9 ppg 2004-05
Border Hank Decker Jr. West Texas 12.9 ppg 1945-46
Colonial Athletic George Evans Soph. George Mason 17.2 ppg 1998-99
Conference USA Will Barton Soph. Memphis 18.0 ppg 2011-12
East Coast Doug Mills Sr. Hofstra 16.6 ppg 1983-84
Great Midwest Elbert Rogers Sr. UAB 20.4 ppg 1991-92
Great West Isiah Williams Sr. Utah Valley 16.4 ppg 2011-12
Gulf Star Terry Butler Sr. Southeastern Louisiana 16.5 ppg 1986-87
Horizon League Kendrick Perry Soph. Youngstown State 16.8 ppg 2011-12
Ivy League* John Rockwell Sr. Harvard 15.8 ppg 1949-50
Metro Jerald Honeycutt Sr. Tulane 17.3 ppg 1994-95
Metro Atlantic Athletic Mikkel Larsen Jr. Iona 17.5 ppg 1994-95
Mid-American Joe Shaw Jr. Western Michigan 14.5 ppg 1950-51
Mid-Eastern Athletic Sean Booker Soph. North Carolina A&T 16.1 ppg 2004-05
Missouri Valley Ed Macauley Jr. St. Louis 13.6 ppg 1947-48
Mountain States Jack Hauser Fr. Denver 14.0 ppg 1946-47
Mountain West Brandon Ewing Jr. Wyoming 17.2 ppg 2007-08
Northeast James Feldeine Jr. Quinnipiac 17.0 ppg 2008-09
Ohio Valley Jack Coleman Sr. Louisville 14.7 ppg 1948-49
Pac-12* Andy Wolfe Soph. California 14.8 ppg 1945-46
Patriot League Austen Rowland Sr. Lehigh 15.5 ppg 2003-04
Rocky Mountain Boyd DeTonacour Jr. Montana State 10.5 ppg 1946-47
Southeastern Jim Nolan Fr. Georgia Tech 14.6 ppg 1945-46
Southern Jarvis Hayes Fr. Western Carolina 17.1 ppg 1999-2000
Southland Nate Bowie Sr. Central Arkansas 17.5 ppg 2007-08
Southwest Joe McDermott Sr. Rice 14.7 ppg 1950-51
Southwestern Athletic Trant Simpson Soph. Alabama A&M 15.5 ppg 2007-08
Summit League Kenyatta Clyde Sr. Southern Utah 16.6 ppg 1998-99
Sun Belt DeJuan Wright Sr. Florida International 16.7 ppg 2011-12
West Coast Noah Hartsock Sr. Brigham Young 16.8 ppg 2011-12
Western Athletic Josh Grant Sr. Utah 17.3 ppg 1992-93
Yankee Ken Goodwin Jr. Rhode Island 16.7 ppg 1947-48

*Big East, Big Eight, Big Ten, Ivy League and Pac-12 figures are for conference games only.

NFL Basketball Report: Week 9 Update on Active Players Who Were College Hoopsters

The NFL Injury Report comes out in mid-week although it isn't nearly as important to genuine hoop fans as the NFL Basketball Report. The hoop headliner recently was wide receiver Vincent Jackson, who had a 95-yard pass reception and run for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers against the New Orleans Saints.

Elsewhere, veteran tight end, Tony Gonzalez, who excelled in the 1997 NCAA playoffs with California, is having a splendid season with the unbeaten Atlanta Falcons. Gonzalez led his team in pass receptions much of the campaign comparable to Jackson and fellow ex-college hoopster Kendall Wright (Tennessee Titans).

Regal receiver Terrell Owens (1995 NCAA playoffs with Chattanooga) didn't have a chance to test the patience of replacement officials early this season because he is no longer on an NFL roster. But the league still boasts the following versatile players who previously were college hoopsters:

Player Pos. NFL Team College(s) Summary of 2012 NFL Season
Connor Barwin OLB Houston Texans Cincinnati 16 tackles (14 solo/2 assists) in fourth season but only one sack (after 11 1/2 last year)
Demetress Bell LOT Philadelphia Eagles Northwestern State newcomer after signing 5-year deal in off-season following 30 starts with Buffalo Bills the previous three seasons
Jordan Cameron TE Cleveland Browns Brigham Young/Southern California 12 pass receptions for 140 yards (long of 23) in second campaign
Demar Dotson RT Tampa Bay Buccaneers Southern Mississippi 6-9 lineman is a starter in fourth season
London Fletcher ILB Washington Redskins Saint Francis, PA/John Carroll, OH team-high 65 tackles (38 solo/27 assists) plus one fumble recovery, one sack and one interception in 15th season
Antonio Gates TE San Diego Chargers Kent State 21 pass receptions for 238 yards (long of 33) and two touchdowns in 10th year
Tony Gonzalez TE Atlanta Falcons California team-high 46 pass receptions for 459 yards (long of 25) and four touchdowns in 16th campaign
Jimmy Graham TE New Orleans Saints Miami, FL third-year pro has 30 pass receptions for 315 yards (long of 24) and four touchdowns
Todd Heap TE Arizona Cardinals Arizona State long-time Baltimore Raven has eight receptions for 94 yards (long of 28) in 12th season
Vincent Jackson WR Tampa Bay Buccaneers Northern Colorado team highs of 29 receptions, 626 yards (long of 95) and five touchdowns in eighth campaign
Evan Moore TE Seattle Seahawks Stanford first season in NW for third-stringer after three years with the Cleveland Browns, including four touchdowns in 2011
Julius Peppers RDE Chicago Bears North Carolina 14 tackles (10 solo/four assists) and team-high 5 sacks in 11th season
Julius Thomas TE Denver Broncos Portland State second-year backup hopes to get a start similar to last season
Kendall Wright WR Tennessee Titans Baylor rookie has team-high 40 pass receptions (for 351 yards and three touchdowns/long of 35 yards)

Dual Role: Bucknell's Muscala Could Join Distinguished List of Champions

Senior Mike Muscala (Bucknell in Patriot League), after pacing regular-season league titlists in scoring and rebounding the previous two years, could rub shoulders with some of the premier players in NCAA history if he achieves the feat a third time. Following is a chronological list of 18 players who led major conference regular-season champions in scoring and rebounding for three consecutive campaigns in the last 60 years:

Scoring/Rebounding Leader School Conference League Mark Three-Year Run of Titles
Art Quimby Connecticut Yankee 19-1 1953 through 1955
Oscar Robertson Cincinnati Missouri Valley 39-3 1958 through 1960
Jerry Lucas Ohio State Big Ten 40-2 1960 through 1962
Billy McGill Utah Mountain States 38-4 1960 through 1962
Bill Bradley Princeton Ivy League 36-6 1963 through 1965
Ollie Johnson San Francisco West Coast Athletic 35-3 1963 through 1965
Lew Alcindor UCLA AAWU/Pacific-8 41-1 1967 through 1969
Willie Sojourner Weber State Big Sky 39-5 1969 through 1971
Bill Walton UCLA Pacific-8 40-2 1972 through 1974
Reggie Lewis Northeastern North Atlantic 46-6 1985 through 1987
David Robinson Navy ECAC South/Colonial Athletic 37-5 1985 through 1987
Lionel Simmons La Salle Metro Atlantic Athletic 43-1 1988 through 1990
Kit Mueller Princeton Ivy League 36-6 1989 through 1991
Ronald "Popeye" Jones Murray State Ohio Valley 31-7 1990 through 1992
Keith Van Horn Utah Western Athletic 45-7 1995 through 1997
Nick Fazekas Nevada Western Athletic 43-7 2005 through 2007
Caleb Green Oral Roberts Mid-Continent 38-8 2005 through 2007
Tyler Hansbrough North Carolina Atlantic Coast 38-10 2007 through 2009

Series-ous College Hoopsters: From Hoop Dreams to Field of Dreams

Numerous universities have had versatile athletes who played college basketball before going on to major league baseball careers. While many single-minded basketball fans are assessing polls and rankings in preseason hoop magazines and websites, here is an incisive "Who Am I?" quiz for well-rounded basketball/baseball fans that will take a toll on their memories as they try to recall World Series participants, including former members of the Detroit Tigers and San Francisco Giants, who played varsity basketball for a current NCAA Division I college.

Keep your chin up if you need relief answering the following questions because they're almost as difficult as the Tigers keeping the Giants' Panda in the park in Game 1:

I was a 13-year major league second baseman who set several fielding records and played in the 1967 World Series with the Boston Red Sox after ranking among the nation's top 12 free-throw shooters both of my college basketball seasons with Oklahoma State. Who am I? Jerry Adair

I was a 17-year first baseman who hit four homers and a double in a single game and played in back-to-back World Series with the Milwaukee Braves after being LSU's leading scorer (18.6 points per game) for the Tigers' 1945-46 team that compiled an 18-3 record and lost against Kentucky in the Southeastern Conference Tournament final. Who am I? Joe Adcock

I was a 10-year pitcher who led the A.L. in winning percentage in 1935 with an 18-7 record (.720) for the World Series-bound Detroit Tigers after I was named to the first five on an all-conference basketball team in my final season at Kansas State. I was a submariner who hurled a complete game victory in a 10-4 verdict over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 4 of the '34 Series before losing Game 7 to Dizzy Dean. Who am I? Eldon Auker

I was a shortstop who participated in five World Series, four with the champion, in a six-year span from 1910 through 1915 after earning a basketball letter for Holy Cross in 1908. Who am I? John "Jack" Barry

I was a rookie pitcher in 1978 with the New York Yankees who went the distance for the first time in my major league career in a Game 5 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series. I was a 6-5 forward who averaged 14.3 points and a team-high 8.9 rebounds per game for Dartmouth in 1974-75 when I was selected team MVP and honorable mention All-Ivy League. Who am I? Jim Beattie

I was a catcher who appeared in back-to-back World Series with the New York Yankees (1927 and 1928) after being a basketball letterman for Niagara from 1916-17 through 1918-19. Who am I? Bernard "Benny" Bengough

I was an outfielder who, during my 11-year career with the Pittsburgh Pirates, hit a double in the 1925 World Series to help them become the first team to come back from a 3-1 deficit in a seven-game series. I played with my brother on Oregon's basketball squad before we briefly played alongside each other with the Pirates. Who am I? Carson "Skeeter" Bigbee

I was a player-manager who earned American League MVP honors in leading the Cleveland Indians to the 1948 World Series after being the top scorer for an Illinois team that shared a Big Ten basketball title. Who am I? Lou Boudreau

I was a pitcher who appeared in the 1947 and 1949 World Series with the Brooklyn Dodgers after notching 21-12 and 13-5 won-loss marks, respectively, following a basketball career at NYU, where I was the Violets' sixth-leading scorer in 1943-44 with an average of 3.8 points per game. Major league player and manager Bobby Valentine is my son-in-law. Who am I? Ralph Branca

I was a 12-year outfielder who played in three World Series with the New York Yankees and hit 38 home runs in one season with Kansas City after finishing my college basketball career ranking fourth on Nebraska's career scoring list. Who am I? Bob Cerv

I posted a 1.88 ERA in 14 1/3 innings for the Boston Red Sox against the New York Giants in the 1912 World Series after being a two-year basketball letterman with Vermont. Who am I? Ray Collins

I am a three-time All-Star Game performer who pitched in the 1957 World Series for the Milwaukee Braves after being an All-Pacific Coast Conference first-team selection in 1949-50 when the 6-7 sophomore center led Washington State and the PCC North Division in scoring (13.3 points per game). Who am I? Gene Conley

I hit .323 in three World Series (1948 with Boston Braves; 1951 and 1954 with New York Giants). Member of LSU's 1942-43 basketball squad before entering military service (Marine Corps V-12 program) during World War II. Known as the "Swamp Fox," I was a five-sport letterman with Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now Louisiana-Lafayette) during 1943-44. Who am I? Alvin Dark

I led N.L. outfielders in putouts three years and hit near or over .300 for three St. Louis Cardinal pennant winners (1926, 1928 and 1930) after lettering three seasons in basketball for California. Who am I? Taylor Douthit

I was a 10-year utility infielder who saw action in two World Series games in 1959 with the Chicago White Sox after averaging seven points per contest as a 5-9 starting guard for Indiana in 1951-52. Who am I? Sammy Esposito

I was a catcher who appeared in two World Series with the Los Angeles Dodgers (1974 and 1978). Pacific teammate of All-American Keith Swagerty averaged 3.7 ppg and 2.3 rpg in 1965-66 and 1966-67 under coach Dick Edwards, scoring two points against eventual NCAA champion UCLA in the 1967 West Regional final. Who am I? Joe Ferguson

I led the A.L. in won-loss percentage in 1946 with a 25-6 mark before pitching a shutout in Game 3 of the World Series for the Boston Red Sox against the St. Louis Cardinals after being a basketball letterman for Mississippi State in 1940-41. Who am I? Boo Ferriss

I was a lefthanded hitting backup outfielder who participated in the 1929 World Series with the Philadelphia Athletics after being a basketball letterman for Army's 18-5 team in 1921. Who am I? Walter French

I wasa righthanded pitcher who appeared in the 1980 World Series with the Kansas City Royals after leading New Hampshire with 7.2 rpg in 1975-76. Who am I? Rich Gale

I was a first baseman-outfielder who hit 103 major league homers and pinch hit four times for the Cincinnati Reds in the 1961 World Series after earning a letter with Temple's basketball team in 1948-49 when I averaged 2.7 points per game. Who am I? Dick Gernert

I was a lefthanded pitcher who appeared in the 1960 World Series with the Pittsburgh Pirates after finishing my four-year college career as Mississippi's leader in career scoring and rebounds following a senior season when my scoring average was higher than first-team All-Americans Elgin Baylor (Seattle) and Wilt Chamberlain (Kansas). Who am I? Joe Gibbon

I am a Hall of Fame pitcher who set a record with 17 strikeouts against the Detroit Tigers in my third World Series in five years after becoming the first player in Creighton history to average at least 20 points per game in a career. Who am I? Bob Gibson

I am an eight-time All-Star Game shortstop who started for World Series championship teams with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1960 and St. Louis Cardinals in 1964 after twice ranking among the top four scorers in the country with Duke. Who am I? Dick Groat

I was a perennial All-Star outfielder with multiple Gold Gloves and N.L. batting titles who sparked the San Diego Padres to two World Series (1984 and 1998) after being a two-time All-WAC second-team selection as a San Diego State guard who led the league in assists as a sophomore and junior. Who am I? Tony Gwynn

I was a three-time All-Star catcher who played in the 1962 World Series with the San Francisco Giants (swatted a two-run homer off Hall of Famer Whitey Ford of the Yankees in Game Four) after playing as a backup forward for Illinois' basketball squad as a sophomore (1956-57) and junior (1957-58). Who am I? Tom Haller

I was a 12-year lefthanded reliever who appeared in back-to-back World Series with the New York Yankees after being a 6-7 Morehead State forward-center who ranked 15th in the country in scoring as a junior (24.2 ppg) and among the nation's top 10 rebounders as a senior (19.1 rpg). Who am I? Steve Hamilton

I was a 12-year lefthanded pitcher who appeared in the 1989 World Series with the San Francisco Giants after being a 6-2 guard who averaged 5.3 points per game as a freshman in 1976-77 and 4.9 ppg as a sophomore in 1977-78 for East Tennessee State. Who am I? Atlee Hammaker

I was a first baseman-outfielder who participated in the 1942 World Series with the New York Yankees after playing for Manhattan basketball teams that won a school-record 17 consecutive games in 1930 and 1931. Who am I? John "Buddy" Hassett

I was a lefthanded hitting utilityman who participated as a rookie with the New York Yankees in the 1923 World Series against the New York Giants after being a basketball letterman for Vanderbilt in 1918. Who am I? Harvey Hendrick

I was a 10-year pitcher who hurled four shutout innings as the fourth-game starter for the New York Yankees in the 1939 World Series after being a basketball All-American for Butler. I was named to the first A.L. All-Star team in 1933. Who am I? Oral Hildebrand

I was a 16-year first baseman/outfielder who homered in Game 4 of the 1963 World Series to help the Los Angeles Dodgers sweep the New York Yankees and twice led the A.L. in homers after leading Ohio State in scoring and rebounding as a junior and senior. Who am I? Frank Howard

I was a 13-year infielder who slugged 43 of my 136 career homers for the Atlanta Braves in 1973 after appearing in four World Series with the Baltimore Orioles (1966, 1969, 1970 and 1971). I averaged 1.7 points per game as a sophomore in my only varsity basketball season (1961-62) with Texas A&M before signing a pro baseball contract. Who am I? Dave Johnson

I was a 13-year outfielder who hit .306 for the New York Yankees in 19 World Series games after being a three- year basketball letterman for Maryland. Who am I? Charlie Keller

I was a Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher who became N.L. MVP but lost the 1950 World Series opener to the New York Yankees as a starter, 1-0, after playing two seasons for Syracuse basketball teams. Who am I? Jim Konstanty

I began my rookie year with the Chicago Cubs by winning nine of my first 10 decisions before becoming a reliever for the 1969 Amazin' Mets World Series champion. I was a standout basketball player for Campbell in 1960 and 1961 when the North Carolina-based school was a junior college. Who am I? Cal Koonce

I was an infielder-outfielder who hit .303 in my 15-year career. When I was with the Detroit Tigers, I led the A.L. in batting average once (.353 in 1959), hits four times (209 in 1953 when he was rookie of the year, 201 in 1954, 196 in 1956 and 198 in 1959) and doubles on three occasions (38 in 1955, 39 in 1958 and 42 in 1959) before appearing in the 1962 World Series with the San Francisco Giants. I managed the Milwaukee Brewers in the 1982 World Series. I played in five games for Wisconsin's basketball team in the 1951-52 season. Who am I? Harvey Kuenn

I was a three-time All-Star outfielder who posted a .331 average with 22 HRs and 107 RBI in my first full season with the New York Giants in 1935 before appearing in the World Series in 1936 and 1937. I had two hits in a six- run second inning of Game Four in the Giants' lone victory against the New York Yankees in 1937 after scoring 16 points in nine basketball games for Arizona in 1931. Who am I? Hank Leiber

I am an outfielder who led the A.L. in stolen bases, a record for an A.L. rookie, and appeared in the World Series with three different teams (Cleveland Indians, Atlanta Braves and San Francisco Giants) after setting Arizona basketball records for steals in a season and career. Who am I? Kenny Lofton

I was a 12-year infielder who played in the 1957 and 1958 World Series with the New York Yankees after being a member of Southwest Missouri State squads that won 1952 and 1953 NAIA Tournament titles. Who am I? Jerry Lumpe

I was a lefthanded outfielder who appeared in 1943 World Series for the New York Yankees against the St. Louis Cardinals after being a basketball letterman with William & Mary from 1935-36 through 1937-38. Who am I? Arthur "Bud" Metheny

I was a Gold Glove left fielder in 1960 between participating in two World Series with the Dodgers (1959 and 1965) after averaging 4.3 ppg with Texas A&M in 1948-49 and 1949-50. Who am I? Wally Moon

I was a righthander who appeared in 1934 World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals' Gas House Gang against the Detroit Tigers. I was an all-around athlete at East Tennessee State. Who am I? Jim Mooney

I was an infielder who hit .303 with the Washington Senators and Boston Red Sox in 17 A.L. seasons from 1925 through 1941, participating in two World Series (1925 and 1933). I was a basketball letterman for Mississippi State in 1923-24. Who am I? Charles "Buddy" Myer

I was a five-time All-Star who holds the A.L. record for most homers by a third baseman (319), but was homerless in five World Series (four with the New York Yankees and one with the San Diego Padres). The highlight of my career was four dazzling stops in Game Three of the 1978 World Series to help the Yankees win their first of four consecutive games. I averaged 5.3 points per game while earning basketball letters in my hometown for San Diego State in 1963-64 and 1964-65, shooting 87.8 percent from the free-throw line (36 of 41) as a sophomore. Who am I? Graig Nettles

I was a 19-year pitcher who appeared in two World Series with the Philadelphia Phillies after averaging 18.9 points and 14.3 rebounds in three varsity basketball seasons with Notre Dame. Who am I? Ron Reed

I was a catcher who played with the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1967 and 1968 World Series. I led Duquesne in scoring in my senior season with a 17.9 average in 1956-57 when I finished fourth in the nation in free-throw percentage (86.2). As a sophomore, I was a starter for an NIT championship team that compiled a 22-4 record and finished sixth in the final AP poll. Who am I? Dave Ricketts

I appeared in 1915 World Series with the Philadelphia Phillies en route to becoming the N.L.'s winningest lefthanded pitcher until Warren Spahn broke my record. I earned basketball letters with Virginia in 1911-12 and 1913-14. Who am I? Eppa Rixey Jr.

I am a Hall of Fame pitcher who was a 20-game winner for six consecutive seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies after leading Michigan State in field-goal percentage as a junior captain. In 1950, I lost my only World Series start, 2-1, when the Yankees' Joe DiMaggio homered off me in the 10th inning. Who am I? Robin Roberts

I am a Hall of Fame infielder who was a regular for six National League pennant winners after compiling league- high scoring averages in both of my seasons with UCLA. I collected two homers and seven doubles in World Series competition for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Who am I? Jackie Robinson

I was a four-time All-Star third baseman with the New York Yankees who appeared in six of the seven World Series from 1936 through 1942. I managed the Detroit Tigers after being a head basketball coach at Yale and with the Toronto Huskies of the Basketball Association of America. I played in a handful of basketball games for Dartmouth. Who am I? Robert "Red" Rolfe

I was a New York Yankees lefthander who registered a pair of 2-1 World Series victories (over the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1941 and St. Louis Cardinals in 1943) after playing for two of the premier teams in college basketball history when LIU went 24-2 in 1934-35 and 26-0 in 1935-36. I was named to the first five on the Metropolitan New York Basketball Writers Association All-Star Team after the undefeated season. Who am I? Marius Russo

I pitched in two World Series games for the New York Yankees in 1964 after being a 6-4 sophomore forward who averaged 13.5 points and 7.1 rebounds per game for Connecticut's NCAA Tournament team in 1959-60. Who am I? Rollie Sheldon

I was a three-time All-Star first baseman-outfielder who played in the 1956 and 1958 World Series with the New York Yankees and 1967 World Series with the Boston Red Sox. I was a member of Southwest Missouri State squads that won back-to-back NAIA Tournament titles in 1952 and 1953. Who am I? Norm Siebern

I was an infielder-outfielder who batted .319 or better in 12 of 14 major league seasons with the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs from 1921 through 1934. In 1927, my first full season with the Cubs, I led the N.L. with 46 doubles. In the Cubs' 1929 pennant-winning season, I combined with Hall of Famers Kiki Cuyler and Hack Wilson to become the first outfield in N.L. history to have each starter finish with more than 100 RBI. I hit .378 in nine World Series games with the Cubs in 1929 and 1932 after being a guard who earned a basketball letter with the Alabama Crimson Tide in 1920. Who am I? Riggs Stephenson

I was a 10-year switch-hitting utilityman who played in the 1970 World Series with the Cincinnati Reds. I was an all-conference selection both years when I finished third in scoring for Austin Peay teams in 1959-60 (11.5 points per game) and 1960-61 (10.4 ppg) that participated in the NCAA Division II Tournament. Who am I? Jimmy Stewart

I was a 13-year veteran who appeared in 485 major league games, all as a reliever, and won a 1979 World Series game with the Baltimore Orioles after being a starting forward opposite national player of the year David Thompson of North Carolina State for an NCAA basketball champion. Who am I? Tim Stoddard

I was a lefthander who led the N.L. in won-loss percentage in 1973 (12-3 mark with the New York Mets) before appearing in the World Series and notching a save in Game 2 against the Oakland A's. Basketball letterman for Louisiana Tech in 1964-65 and 1965-66 (averaged 14.7 ppg as teammate of noted women's coach Leon Barmore). Who am I? George Stone

I was a lefthanded swinging catcher-utilityman who participated in 1940 World Series with the Detroit Tigers after being a basketball letterman for Portland in the late 1920s. Who am I? Billy Sullivan

I was an 11-year infielder who led the A.L. in stolen bases three times and hit .326 in the World Series for back-to-back N.L. pennant winners with the Cincinnati Reds after becoming the first Duke player to earn All- American honors in basketball. I was the initial player to bat in a televised major league game (Reds vs. Brooklyn on August 26, 1939) and the only player ever to hit four consecutive doubles in a game in both leagues. Who am I? Billy Werber

I was an outfielder who played in 12 All-Star Games and had over 3,000 career hits after playing the entire game for Minnesota in the Gophers' first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1972. I participated in the World Series with the New York Yankees (1981) and Toronto Blue Jays (1992). Who am I? Dave Winfield

Bo Knows Player Development: UW Coach Ryan Turns Scars Into Stars

Has there ever been a coach in an elite "Power 6" league with a consistent track record for dramatic player development anywhere close to matching Wisconsin's Bo Ryan? In the next couple of years, Jared Berggren (1.1 ppg in 2009-10), Zach Bohannon (2.2 in 2009-10 with Air Force before transferring), Mike Bruesewitz (1.1 in 2009-10), Ben Brust (0.7 in 2010-11) and Frank Kaminsky (1.8 in 2011-12) could join the following chronological list of Badgers who became All-Big Ten Conference selections under Ryan after averaging fewer than three points per game as a freshman:

Kammron Taylor (1.2 ppg in 2003-04)
Michael Flowers (1.2 ppg in 2004-05)
Trevon Hughes (1.4 ppg in 2006-07)
Jon Leuer (2.9 ppg in 2007-08)
Jordan Taylor (1.6 ppg in 2008-09)

Is it any wonder that Wisconsin won 50 consecutive contests under Ryan when the Badgers were ahead or tied with five minutes remaining in regulation? They never finished lower than fourth place in the Big Ten standings in his first 12 years at their helm. There is no satisfactory explanation why neither Ryan nor Billy Donovan, who directed Florida to back-to-back NCAA championships in 2006 and 2007, have ever been named national coach of the year.

I'll Be Back! Schools Come Full Circle Returning to Old Stomping Grounds

Dominoes seem to fall every time a school seeks greener pastures. The Ivy League is the only Division I conference to remain intact since the late 1980s.

Oddly, some schools such as Boise State (Big West), Charlotte (C-USA), Georgia State (Sun Belt), Idaho (Big Sky), Pacific (West Coast) and San Diego State (Big West) are going full circle and returning to leagues where they previously were members. They join the following institutions that re-enlisted with a conference after leaving for various durations:

School DI Conference (Membership Tenure) School Status During Interim
Boise State Big West (1997-2001 and will rejoin in 2014) WAC (2002-11) and Mountain West (2012 and 2013)
Campbell Big South (1986-94 and since 2012) TAAC/Atlantic Sun (1995-2011)
Charlotte Conference USA (1996-2005 and wll rejoin in 2014) Atlantic 10 (2006-13)
Creighton Missouri Valley (1929-48 and since 1978) Independent
Davidson Southern (1937-88 and since 1993) Big South (1991 and 1992)
Drake Missouri Valley (1908-51 and since 1957) Independent
Duquesne Eastern 8/Atlantic 10 (since 1977 except for 1993) Midwestern Collegiate (1993)
Georgia State Sun Belt (1977-81 and will rejoin in 2014) TAAC/Atlantic Sun (1985-2005) and CAA (2006-13)
Harvard EIBL/Ivy League (1902-09 and since 1934) Independent
Idaho Big Sky (1964-96 and since 2014) Big West (1997-2005) and WAC (2006-13)
Lamar Southland (1969-87 and since 1999) American South (1988-91) and Sun Belt (1992-98)
Murray State Ohio Valley (since 1949 except for 1962) Independent
New Orleans Sun Belt (1977-80 and 1992-2010) Independent and American South (1988-91)
Northern Illinois Mid-American (1976-86 and since 1998) Mid-Continent (1991-94) and Midwestern Collegiate (1995-97)
Oregon Pacific Coast (1916-59 and since 1965) Independent
Oregon State Pacific Coast (1916-59 and since 1965) Independent
Pacific WCAC/West Coast (1953-71 and will rejoin in 2014) PCAA/Big West (1972-2013)
Penn State Eastern 8/Atlantic 10 (1977-79 and 1983-91) Independent
Prairie View A&M SWAC (since 1921 except for 1991) Discontinued program one season
San Diego State Big West (1970-78 and will rejoin in 2014) WAC (1979-99) and Mountain West (2000-13)
Washington State Pacific Coast (1917-59 and since 1964) Independent

Dynamic Debuts: ORU Aspires to Become 2nd School to Win SLC in First Year

Oral Roberts, after winning the Summit League regular-season title last season in its conference swan song, is a favorite to achieve the same feat as a new member of the Southland Conference this year. An outsider might be unsure if it's a sufficiently charismatic request warranting inclusion at the on-campus 200-foot prayer tower. But it won't be a miracle if ORU reaches the NCAA playoffs in 2013.

ORU could become the fifth school in the last 30 years to capture a regular-season conference championship in their inaugural campaign as a member after joining an existing league following their departure from another DI alliance. Texas-San Antonio went unbeaten in the SLC in 1991-92 when it was one of four titlists as a league newcomer.

Arkansas is the only school in this category to capture a power conference title (1992 in SEC after winning SWC in 1991). Following is a chronological list of schools capturing a regular-season league crown in their initial year as a member after joining an existing conference following their departure from another loop:

Newcomer Titlist Conference First Season League Previous Year Finish
La Salle* Metro Atlantic Athletic 1983-84 East Coast-East T1st
Arkansas SEC-Western 1991-92 Southwest 1st
Delaware North Atlantic 1991-92 East Coast 2nd
Louisiana Tech Sun Belt 1991-92 American South 3rd
Texas-San Antonio Southland 1991-92 Trans America Athletic 1st
Rider Northeast 1992-93 East Coast T2nd
Towson State Big South 1992-93 East Coast T2nd
Virginia Commonwealth Colonial Athletic 1995-96 Metro 7th
Virginia Tech* Atlantic 10-West 1995-96 Metro T4th
College of Charleston Southern 1998-99 Trans America Athletic-East 1st
Maryland-Baltimore County Northeast 1998-99 Big South 3rd
American University Patriot League 2001-02 Colonial Athletic 9th
Louisiana-Monroe* Sun Belt-West 2006-07 Southland T8th

*Tied for first place.


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