Time will tell if hand-picked interim coach Greg Gard is promoted from assistant to the permanent top job by Wisconsin after Bo Ryan departed before the holidays. Much is made of the struggles for an individual when succeeding a coaching legend such as active mentors Temple's Fran Dunphy (followed John Chaney), Louisville's Rick Pitino (Denny Crum), Purdue's Matt Painter (Gene Keady), Maryland's Mark Turgeon (Gary Williams) and Florida's Michael White (Billy Donovan). But only eight of the successors on the following list posted losing marks during their tenures compared to twice as many of the predecessors.
Syracuse, where Mike Hopkins is coach-in-waiting to replace Jim Boeheim, will likely be the next example showing how celebrated coaches lay a solid foundation that can't possibly be messed up. Pitino joined Gene Bartow, John Brady, Mike Davis, Bill Guthridge, Joe B. Hall, Dick Harp, Jack Kraft, Pete Newell, John Oldham and Lou Rossini as coaches who took teams from the same institution to the Final Four after replacing an icon.
Naturally, it's not all peaches and cream inheriting a stable program. Before guiding South Florida to the NCAA playoffs in 2012, Stan Heath compiled a modest 82-71 record with Arkansas in five seasons from 2002-03 through 2006-07 after succeeding Nolan Richardson. Heath and Richardson (389-169 mark with the Hogs from 1986-2002) and Ryan (364-130 with UW from 2001-02 to 2015-16) didn't quite make the following list regarding the level of success for successors of legends who won more than 400 games for a single school:
|Phog Allen||Kansas||588-218||1908, 09 & 20-56||Dick Harp||121-82||1957-64|
|Dale Brown||Louisiana State||448-301||1973-97||John Brady||192-139||1998-2008|
|Howard Cann||NYU||409-232||1924-58||Lou Rossini||185-137||1959-71|
|Lou Carnesecca||St. John's||526-200||1966-70 & 74-92||Brian Mahoney||56-58||1993-96|
|Pete Carril||Princeton||514-261||1968-96||Bill Carmody||92-25||1997-2000|
|Gale Catlett||West Virginia||439-276||1979-2002||John Beilein||104-60||2003-07|
|John Chaney||Temple||516-253||1983-2006||Fran Dunphy||193-108||2007-15|
|Denny Crum||Louisville||675-295||1972-2001||Rick Pitino||368-126||2002-15|
|Ed Diddle||Western Kentucky||759-302||1923-64||John Oldham||146-41||1965-71|
|Don Donoher||Dayton||437-275||1964-89||Jim O'Brien||61-87||1990-94|
|Billy Donovan||Florida||467-186||1997-2015||Michael White||TBD||since 2016|
|Hec Edmundson||Washington||488-195||1921-47||Art McLarney||53-36||1948-50|
|Fred Enke||Arizona||511-318||1926-61||Bruce Larson||137-148||1962-72|
|Jack Friel||Washington State||495-377||1929-58||Marv Harshman||155-181||1959-71|
|Taps Gallagher||Niagara||465-261||1932-43 & 47-65||Jim Maloney||35-38||1966-68|
|Slats Gill||Oregon State||599-392||1929-64||Paul Valenti||91-82||1960 & 65-70|
|Don Haskins||Texas-El Paso||719-353||1962-99||Jason Rabedeaux||46-46||2000-02|
|Lou Henson||Illinois||421-226||1976-96||Lon Kruger||81-48||1997-2000|
|Tony Hinkle||Butler||549-384||1927-70||George Theofanis||79-105||1971-77|
|Nat Holman||CCNY||423-190||1920-60||Dave Polansky*||N/A||N/A|
|Hank Iba||Oklahoma State||655-316||1935-70||Sam Aubrey||18-60||1971-73|
|Gene Keady||Purdue||512-270||1981-2005||Matt Painter||212-124||2006-15|
|Frank Keaney||Rhode Island||403-124||1922-48||Robert "Red" Haire||57-42||1949-52|
|Bob Knight||Indiana||659-242||1972-2000||Mike Davis||115-79||2001-06|
|Guy Lewis||Houston||592-279||1957-86||Pat Foster||142-73||1987-93|
|Shelby Metcalf||Texas A&M||438-306||1964-90||Kermit Davis Jr.||8-21||1991|
|Ray Meyer||DePaul||724-354||1943-84||Joey Meyer||231-158||1985-97|
|Lute Olson||Arizona||590-192||1984-2007||Kevin O'Neill||19-15||2008|
|Clarence "Nibs" Price||California||449-294||1925-54||Pete Newell||119-44||1955-60|
|Adolph Rupp||Kentucky||875-190||1931-72||Joe B. Hall||297-100||1973-85|
|Alex Severance||Villanova||413-201||1937-61||Jack Kraft||238-95||1962-73|
|Dean Smith||North Carolina||879-254||1962-97||Bill Guthridge||80-28||1998-2000|
|Norm Stewart||Missouri||634-333||1968-99||Quin Snyder||126-91||2000-06|
|Jerry Tarkanian||UNLV||509-105||1974-92||Rollie Massimino||36-21||1993 & '94|
|John Thompson Jr.||Georgetown||596-239||1973-99||Craig Esherick||103-74||1999-2004|
|Gary Williams||Maryland||461-252||1990-2011||Mark Turgeon||87-50||2012-15|
|John Wooden||UCLA||620-147||1949-75||Gene Bartow||51-10||1976 & '77|
|Ned Wulk||Arizona State||405-273||1958-82||Bob Weinhauer||44-45||1983-85|
*CCNY de-emphasized its program after the 1952-53 season.
NOTE: Olson formally announced his retirement less than a month before the 2008-09 season when the Wildcats compiled a 21-14 record under Russ Pennell.
Foreigners such as returning Oklahoma All-American guard Buddy Hield have been much more than bit players in a modern-day immigrant version of "Coming to America." Bahamian native Hield joined a select circle of foreigners who were DI All-Americans for multiple seasons.
After seven consecutive contests with more than 20 points, Hield emerged as the front-runner in the national player of the year race. Hield became the initial backcourter joining the following alphabetical list of hoop princes of sorts who earned All-American status multiple seasons after spending most or all of his formative years in a country outside mainland U.S.:
|Foreigner A-A||Pos.||College||Native Country||All-American Years||NBA Draft Status|
|Kresimir Cosic||C||Brigham Young||Yugoslavia||1972 and 1973||66th by L.A. Lakers|
|Tim Duncan*||C||Wake Forest||Virgin Islands||1995 through 1997||1st by San Antonio|
|Patrick Ewing*||C||Georgetown||Jamaica||1982 through 1985||1st by New York|
|Hakeem Olajuwon||C||Houston||Nigeria||1983 and 1984||1st by Houston|
|Mychal Thompson||F-C||Minnesota||Bahamas||1977 and 1978||1st by Portland|
*Named National Player of the Year.
It's no secret Rick Pitino coached both Kentucky and Louisville to NCAA Tournament championships. But following is a UK/UL connection hoop secret ESPN's best researcher doesn't know: Centre College in Danville, Ky., boasts a distinction possibly rendering Dickie V speechless insofar as the Colonels blew up both Death Stars - UK (87-17 in 1909-10) and UL (61-7 in 1919-20) - by more than 50 points, handing each perennial power its most lopsided defeat in history. The Cardinals lost five consecutive contests against Centre from 1939 to 1941 after the Wildcats dropped six straight decisions against Centre from 1918 to 1921.
If you need bar-bet winning information, additional major universities succumbing by staggering record-setting margins in the Dinosaur Age against obscure opponents include Bradley (bowed to Millikin), Cincinnati (Circleville), Connecticut (Wesleyan), Duke (Washington & Lee), Massachusetts (Williams), North Carolina (Lynchburg YMCA Elks), Oklahoma State (Southwestern KS), Rhode Island (Amherst), USC (L.A. Athletic Club) and Wichita State (Ottawa).
The "Final Five" DI schools reaching the NCAA playoff national semifinals at some point in their careers to win at least 20 games in a major-college season when suffering their most-lopsided setback include Indiana (1993-94), Louisiana State (1969-70), St. John's (1951-52), Texas-El Paso (2000-01) and UCLA (1996-97). Kentucky was the opponent when Florida, Georgia, St. John's, Temple, Tennessee, Tennessee-Martin, Tulsa and Vanderbilt were saddled with their worst reversals.
IU's 106-56 loss against Minnesota in 1993-94 came only two years after the Big Ten Conference rivals reversed roles when the Hoosiers handed the Gophers their most-lopsided setback in history (96-50). In 1997-98, Missouri rebounded from the Tigers' most-lopsided reversal in school history (111-56 at Kansas State in Big 12 Conference opener) to defeat the Wildcats in their return engagement (89-59 at Mizzou in regular-season finale) for an incredible 85-point turnaround in margin.
Dr. James Naismith founded the game of basketball but he apparently didn't boast any "inside" information gaining a competitive edge. In fact, Naismith is the only one of Kansas' first nine full-season head coaches to compile a career losing record (55-60 in nine campaigns from 1898-99 through 1906-07). One of the defeats was by an all-time high 40 points against Nebraska.
Naismith is among the following coaches, including a striking number of luminaries (such as Harold Anderson, Gene Bartow, Ben Carnevale, Gale Catlett, Chick Davies, Bill Foster, Marv Harshman, Doggie Julian, Bob Knight, Guy Lewis, Rick Majerus, Phil Martelli, Frank McGuire, Shelby Metcalf, Lute Olson, Johnny Orr, Vadal Peterson, Digger Phelps, Honey Russell, Norm Stewart and Dick Vitale) incurring the most-lopsided loss in history for an NCAA Division I university (info unavailable for some DI schools listed alphabetically below):
|Losing DI School||Season||Record||Coach||Victorious Opponent||Score||Margin|
|Air Force||1965-66||14-12||Bob Spear||Utah||108-57||51|
|Alabama State||1996-97||8-21||Rob Spivery||Minnesota||114-34||80|
|Appalachian State||1972-73||6-20||Press Maravich||North Carolina State||130-53||77|
|Arizona State||1955-56||10-16||Bill Kajikawa||Texas Tech||113-63||50|
|Arkansas||1973-74||10-16||Lanny Van Eman||Mississippi||117-66||51|
|Austin Peay||1981-82||6-20||Ron Bargatze||Clemson||102-53||49|
|Ball State||1946-47||9-8||Pete Phillips||Notre Dame||80-31||49|
|Ball State||1987-88||14-14||Rick Majerus||Purdue||96-47||49|
|Bethune-Cookman||1991-92||4-25||Jack "Cy" McClairen||Arkansas||128-46||82|
|Boston College||1955-56||6-18||Don Martin||Marshall||130-69||61|
|Boston University||1905-06||2-4||unavailable||Wesleyan CT||74-7||67|
|Bowling Green||1954-55||6-16||Harold Anderson||Dayton||109-38||71|
|Bradley||1913-14||10-10||Fred Brown||Millikin IL||62-10||52|
|Brigham Young||1996-97||1-25||Roger Reid||Washington||95-44||51|
|UC Irvine||1975-76||14-12||Tim Tift||UNLV||129-57||72|
|UC Santa Barbara||1966-67||10-16||Ralph Barkey||UCLA||119-75||44|
|UC Santa Barbara||1976-77||8-18||Ralph Barkey||UNLV||113-69||44|
|Cal State Fullerton||1964-65||1-25||Alex Omalev||U.S. International||91-32||59|
|Campbell||1997-98||10-17||Billy Lee||Florida International||96-43||53|
|Central Connecticut State||1995-96||13-15||Mark Adams||Connecticut||116-46||70|
|Central Michigan||1911-12||2-5||Harry Helmer||Michigan State||72-10||62|
|Cincinnati||1901-02||5-4||Henry S. Pratt||Circleville OH||84-13||71|
|Colorado||1951-52||8-16||Horace "Bebe" Lee||Kansas State||92-40||52|
|Dartmouth||1966-67||7-17||Alvin "Doggie" Julian||Princeton||116-42||74|
|Detroit||1962-63||14-12||Bob Calihan||Western Michigan||110-67||43|
|Detroit||1973-74||17-9||Dick Vitale||Southern Illinois||95-52||43|
|Duke||1912-13||11-8||J.E. Brinn||Washington & Lee VA||90-15||75|
|Duquesne||1937-38||6-11||Charles "Chick" Davies||Stanford||92-27||65|
|East Carolina||1963-64||9-15||Wendell Carr||Davidson||105-45||60|
|East Tennessee State||1996-97||7-20||Ed DeChellis||Davidson||97-47||50|
|East Tennessee State||2007-08||19-13||Murry Bartow||Syracuse||125-75||50|
|Eastern Illinois||2001-02||15-16||Rick Samuels||Oklahoma||109-50||59|
|Eastern Michigan||1957-58||1-20||James Skala||Southern Illinois||128-60||68|
|Fairfield||1949-50||5-16||Bob Noonan||Holy Cross||89-43||46|
|Florida A&M||1992-93||10-18||Willie Booker||Oklahoma||146-65||81|
|Florida Atlantic||2000-01||7-24||Sidney Green||Florida||100-42||58|
|Florida International||1989-90||7-21||Rich Walker||Ball State||105-50||55|
|Florida State||1957-58||9-16||J.K. "Bud" Kennedy||West Virginia||103-51||52|
|Fordham||1908-09||17-12||Chris Mahoney||Williams MA||77-12||65|
|George Mason||1970-71||9-17||John Linn||Randolph-Macon VA||118-36||82|
|George Washington||1961-62||9-15||Bill Reinhart||West Virginia||120-68||52|
|Georgia State||1994-95||11-17||Carter Wilson||Memphis State||124-52||72|
|Georgia Tech||1908-09||1-6||John Heisman||Georgia||78-9||69|
|Grambling State||1999-00||1-30||Larry Wright||Louisiana State||112-37||75|
|Hawaii||1965-66||0-18||Ephraim "Red" Rocha||Washington||111-52||59|
|Holy Cross||1901-02||4-5||Fred Powers||Dartmouth||78-27||51|
|Idaho State||1992-93||10-18||Herb Williams||Oklahoma||112-59||53|
|Illinois State||1958-59||24-4||James Collie||Tennessee State||131-74||57|
|Indiana State||1910-11||2-8||John P. Kimmel||Purdue||112-6||106|
|Iowa State||1989-90||10-18||Johnny Orr||Indiana||115-66||49|
|Jacksonville||1988-89||14-16||Rich Haddad||South Alabama||105-59||46|
|James Madison||1977-78||18-8||Lou Campanelli||Utah State||102-66||36|
|Kansas||1899-00||3-4||Dr. James Naismith||Nebraska||48-8||40|
|Kansas State||1945-46||4-20||Fritz Knorr||Marshall||88-42||46|
|Kentucky||1909-10||4-8||R.E. Spahr/E.R. Sweetland||Centre KY||87-17||70|
|Lamar||1963-64||19-6||Jack Martin||St. Louis||113-63||50|
|La Salle||1945-46||9-14||Joe Meehan||CCNY||94-52||42|
|Long Beach State||1990-91||11-17||Seth Greenberg||UNLV||114-63||51|
|Long Island||1998-99||10-17||Ray Martin||Florida||119-61||58|
|Louisiana State||1969-70||22-10||Press Maravich||UCLA||133-84||49|
|Louisiana Tech||1974-75||12-13||Emmett Hendricks||Tulane||88-40||48|
|Louisville||1919-20||6-5||Tuley Brucker||Centre KY||61-7||54|
|Loyola of Chicago||1916-17||1-3||unavailable||Whiting Owls||91-21||70|
|Loyola Marymount||1990-91||16-15||Jay Hillock||Oklahoma||172-112||60|
|Maine||1973-74||13-10||Tom "Skip" Chappelle||Massachusetts||108-38||70|
|Manhattan||1985-86||2-26||Thomas Sullivan||North Carolina||129-45||84|
|Marshall||1913-14||2-6||Boyd Chambers||Cincinnati Church of Christ||68-10||58|
|Maryland||1943-44||4-14||H. Burton Shipley||Army||85-22||63|
|Memphis||1927-28||10-11||Zach Curlin||Elks Club||79-30||49|
|Miami (Fla.)||1969-70||9-17||Ron Godfrey||UCLA||127-69||58|
|Miami (Ohio)||1948-49||8-13||Blue Foster||Cincinnati||94-36||58|
|Michigan||1999-00||15-14||Brian Ellerbe||Michigan State||114-63||51|
|Michigan State||1974-75||17-9||Gus Ganakas||Indiana||107-55||52|
|Middle Tennessee State||1954-55||11-16||Charles Greer||Morehead State||123-68||55|
|Milwaukee||1962-63||4-17||Russ Rebholz||Loyola of Chicago||107-47||60|
|Mississippi||1913-14||8-7||B.Y. Walton||Mississippi State||84-18||66|
|Mississippi State||1992-93||13-16||Richard Williams||Arkansas||115-58||57|
|Missouri||1997-98||17-15||Norm Stewart||Kansas State||111-56||55|
|Missouri State||1980-81||9-21||Bob Cleeland||Puget Sound WA||103-50||53|
|Morehead State||1992-93||6-21||Dick Fick||Michigan State||121-53||68|
|Murray State||1960-61||13-10||Cal Luther||St. Bonaventure||92-39||53|
|New Mexico||1954-55||7-17||Woody Clements||UCLA||106-41||65|
|New Orleans||2013-14||11-15||Mark Slessinger||Michigan State||101-48||53|
|Nicholls State||2002-03||3-25||Ricky Blanton||Texas Tech||107-35||72|
|North Carolina||1914-15||6-10||Charles Doak||Lynchburg YMCA Elks||63-20||43|
|UNC Asheville||1997-98||19-9||Eddie Biedenbach||Maryland||110-52||58|
|North Carolina A&T||1976-77||3-24||Warren Reynolds||North Carolina State||107-46||61|
|North Carolina State||1920-21||6-14||Richard Crozier||North Carolina||62-10||52|
|UNC Wilmington||1996-97||16-14||Jerry Wainwright||Villanova||87-38||49|
|North Texas||1998-99||4-22||Vic Trilli||Maryland||132-57||75|
|Northern Arizona||1991-92||7-20||Harold Merritt||Louisiana State||159-86||73|
|Northern Illinois||1966-67||8-12||Tom Jorgensen||Bradley||117-66||51|
|Northern Iowa||1906-07||5-4||R.F. Seymour||Iowa||73-16||57|
|Northwestern||1986-87||7-21||Bill E. Foster||Duke||106-55||51|
|Northwestern State||2000-01||19-13||Mike McConathy||Arkansas||115-47||68|
|Notre Dame||1971-72||6-20||Digger Phelps||Indiana||94-29||65|
|Ohio State||1955-56||16-6||Floyd Stahl||Illinois||111-64||47|
|Oklahoma||1916-17||13-8||Bennie Owen||Oklahoma A&M||58-11||47|
|Oklahoma State||1919-20||1-12||James Pixlee||Southwestern KS||53-9||44|
|Oral Roberts||1992-93||5-22||Ken Trickey||Kansas||140-72||68|
|Oregon State||1996-97||7-20||Eddie Payne||Arizona||99-48||51|
|Oregon State||2009-10||14-18||Craig Robinson||Seattle||99-48||51|
|Penn State||1985-86||12-17||Bruce Parkhill||Navy||103-50||53|
|Pepperdine||1965-66||2-24||Robert "Duck" Dowell||Iowa||111-50||61|
|Pittsburgh||1964-65||7-16||Bob Timmons||Wichita State||109-58||51|
|Portland State||1964-65||8-18||Loyal "Sharkey" Nelson||Montana State||97-43||54|
|Prairie View||1995-96||4-23||Elwood Plummer||Tulsa||141-50||91|
|Providence||1954-55||9-12||Vin Cuddy||Holy Cross||101-47||54|
|Rhode Island||1916-17||2-6||Jim Baldwin||Amherst MA||65-5||60|
|Rice||1971-72||6-20||Don Knodel||North Carolina||127-69||58|
|Robert Morris||1996-97||4-23||Jim Boone||Arizona||118-54||64|
|St. Francis (N.Y.)||1993-94||1-26||Ron Ganulin||Providence||108-48||60|
|St. John's||1951-52||25-6||Frank McGuire||Kentucky||81-40||41|
|Saint Joseph's||2014-15||13-18||Phil Martelli||Gonzaga||94-42||52|
|Saint Louis||1945-46||13-11||John Flanigan||Oklahoma A&M||86-33||53|
|Saint Mary's||2000-01||2-27||Dave Bollwinkel||Arizona||101-41||60|
|Saint Peter's||1941-42||5-11||Morgan Sweetman||St. Francis (N.Y.)||85-29||56|
|Sam Houston State||1991-92||2-25||Jerry Hopkins||Lamar||126-57||69|
|San Diego State||1998-99||4-22||Fred Trenkle||Utah||86-38||48|
|San Jose State||1970-71||2-24||Danny Glines||New Mexico State||114-55||59|
|Santa Clara||2001-02||13-15||Dick Davey||Ohio State||88-41||47|
|Seton Hall||1957-58||7-19||John "Honey" Russell||Cincinnati||118-54||64|
|South Alabama||1994-95||9-18||Ronnie Arrow||Southern Utah||140-72||68|
|South Carolina||1929-30||6-10||A.W. "Rock" Norman||Furman||70-11||59|
|South Florida||1987-88||6-22||Bobby Paschal||Syracuse||111-65||46|
|Southeastern Louisiana||1998-99||6-20||John Lyles||Auburn||114-60||54|
|Southern California||1913-14||5-7||unavailable||L.A. Athletic Club||77-14||63|
|Southern Illinois||1980-81||7-20||Joe Gottfried||West Texas State||97-57||40|
|Southern Methodist||1980-81||7-20||Dave Bliss||Arkansas||92-50||42|
|Southern Mississippi||2001-02||10-17||James Green||Cincinnati||89-37||52|
|Southern Utah||1988-89||10-18||Neil Roberts||Oklahoma||132-64||68|
|Tennessee Tech||1962-63||16-8||John Oldham||Loyola of Chicago||111-42||69|
|Texas A&M||1971-72||16-10||Shelby Metcalf||UCLA||117-53||64|
|Texas-Arlington||1993-94||7-22||Eddie McCarter||Iowa State||119-55||64|
|Texas Christian||1977-78||4-22||Tim Somerville||Clemson||125-62||63|
|Texas-El Paso||2000-01||23-9||Jason Rabedeaux||Fresno State||108-56||52|
|Texas-San Antonio||1996-97||9-17||Tim Carter||Texas Tech||99-51||48|
|Texas Southern||1993-94||19-11||Robert Moreland||Arkansas||129-63||66|
|Texas Tech||2007-08||16-15||Pat Knight||Kansas||109-51||58|
|Toledo||1932-33||3-13||Dave Connelly||Ohio State||64-10||54|
|UCF||1988-89||7-20||Phil Carter||Florida State||133-79||54|
|U.S. International||1989-90||12-16||Gary Zarecky||Oklahoma||173-101||72|
|Utah||1934-35||10-9||Vadal Peterson||Denver AC||60-16||44|
|Utah State||1909-10||3-7||Clayton Teetzel||Utah||69-15||54|
|Utah State||1925-26||13-5||Lowell Romney||Southern California||82-28||54|
|Virginia Commonwealth||1976-77||13-13||Dana Kirk||Auburn||109-59||50|
|Virginia Tech||1952-53||4-19||Gerald "Red" Laird||Marshall||113-57||56|
|Wake Forest||1913-14||10-7||J.R. Crozier||Virginia||80-16||64|
|Washington State||1964-65||9-17||Marv Harshman||UCLA||93-41||52|
|Washington State||2004-05||12-16||Dick Bennett||Oklahoma State||81-29||52|
|Weber State||1988-89||17-11||Denny Huston||Akron||92-50||42|
|West Virginia||1978-79||16-12||Gale Catlett||Louisville||106-60||46|
|Western Carolina||1998-99||8-21||Phil Hopkins||Maryland||113-46||67|
|Western Kentucky||1990-91||14-14||Ralph Willard||Georgia||124-65||59|
|Western Michigan||1988-89||12-16||Vern Payne||Michigan||107-60||47|
|Wichita State||1912-13||1-11||E.V. Long||Ottawa KS||80-8||72|
|William & Mary||1918-19||3-6||V.M. Geddy||Roanoke VA||87-6||81|
|Wright State||1976-77||11-16||Marcus Jackson||Cincinnati||120-52||68|
|Youngstown State||1941-42||9-12||Dom Rosselli||Toledo||88-32||56|
Holiday festivities can go awry between Christmas and New Year's Eve. In ghosts of Christmas' past, just ask top-ranked Virginia, which lost at tiny Chaminade in 1982, and NCAA champion-to-be Michigan, which bowed to Alaska-Anchorage on a neutral court in 1988.
Amid the celebrations as we cower in corner because of climate change, a Christmas holiday week absolutely can not go by without the time-honored tradition of making a list and checking it twice. The wish list, a stocking stuffer focusing on the naughty and nice, doesn't change much from the previous month at Thanksgiving but does have a little different perspective. Opting out from responding to apology demands, some of them may fall in the Christmas Miracle category but following is a healthy serving of food-for-thought wishes presented to college hoop observers:
Wish peace and comfort to family and friends of striking number of former All-American players and prominent coaches who passed away this year.
Wish deserving mid-major players earn All-American acclaim this season.
Wish ex-college hoopsters continued success as prominent NFL tight ends.
Wish fans understand how good the Atlantic 10 Conference remains after numerous defections couple of years ago.
Wish special seasons for standout seniors because they didn't abandon college hoops early and give the sport at least some modicum of veteran leadership.
Wish the best for the Ivy League and Patriot League, which seem like the last bastions replete with textbook student-athletes. Five Ivy League institutions - Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard and Yale - can still hold their heads high despite each of them posting all-time losing records.
Wish proper acclaim for pristine playmakers who show again and again that "pass" is not a dirty four-letter word amid the obsession with individualistic one-on-one moves by self-absorbed one-and-done scholars.
Wish many highlights for entertaining little big men (players 5-10 or shorter) who inspire us with their self-confidence and mental toughness in the Land of the Giants.
Wish junior college players and foreigners could overcome perceptions in some misguided quarters that they are the rogues of recruiting.
Wish patience for the numerous promising first-year coaches assuming control of programs this season. They need to remember the fortitude exhibited by many of the biggest names in coaching who rebounded from embarrassing defeats in their first season as a head coach. An active luminary who lost multiple games to non-Division I colleges in his initial campaign before ascending to stardom as the all-time winningest coach is Duke's Mike Krzyzewski (lost to SUNY-Buffalo, Scranton and King's College in 1975-76 while coaching Army).
Wish Division I schools will soon find their bearings amid the chaotic restructuring of conferences forsaking tradition although the quest for mega-leagues could be delusional because they're vying for television revenue that might not exist.
Wish more accuracy for recruiting services incapable of discerning multiple recent national player of the year honorees should have been a Top 100 recruit coming out of high school in 2010. Ditto to announcers who infect the sport by spreading this virus without ever seeing any of the players enough to properly evaluate them.
Wish marquee coaches wouldn't serve up assistants as sacrificial lambs resembling Grinch when the heat of an investigation of their program intensifies.
Wish prominent programs would reduce, if not eliminate, academic exceptions. Of course, the quality of play will diminish by emphasizing textbook student-athletes but it's not as if half of the non-league games on TV aren't mismatches, anyway.
Wish wisdom for anyone who incessantly castigates the majority of undergraduates declaring early for the NBA draft. Before accepting the party line that many of the players are making monumental mistakes by forgoing their remaining college eligibility, remember that more than half of the NBA's All-Pro selections in the last quarter century or so left college early or never attended a university.
Wish a heart for any school not promptly granting a recruit seeking to enroll elsewhere a release from its letter-of-intent when he wants to attend another institution for legitimate reasons.
Wish jaws wired shut for "Me Generation" showmen who've failed to comprehend their respective teams don't benefit on the court from a trash-talking Harlem Globetrotter routine.
Wish self-absorbed players will finally see the light and spend less time getting tattoos and practicing macho dunks and more on team beneficial free throws. It all hinges on dedication. There is a reason they're supposed to be "free" throws instead of Shaq-like "foul" shots.
Wish high-profile coaches would show more allegiance rather than taking off for greener pastures despite having multiple years remaining on their contract. Also wish said pacts didn't include bonus for graduation ratio or GPA insofar as many coaches become Sgt. "I Know Nothing" Schultz whenever academic anemia issues surface.
Wish network analysts would refrain from serving as apologists for the coaching community. When their familiar spiels echo throughout hoopdom, they become nothing more than the big mouths that bore.
Wish marquee schools will vow to stop forsaking entertaining non-conference games with natural rivals while scheduling a half-dozen or more meaningless "rout-a-matics" at home. Aren't two or three gimmes enough?
Wish a generous dose of ethics to defrauding coaches who manipulate junior colleges and high schools into giving phony grades. Ditto coaches who steer prize high school prospects to third parties toying with standardized test results.
Wish authenticity for those "fatherly-advice" coaches who don't mandate that any player with pro potential take multiple financial literacy courses. Did they notice in recent years that products from Alabama, Georgia Tech, Georgetown, Kentucky and Syracuse filed for bankruptcy after combining for more than half a billion dollars in salaries over their NBA careers? What kind of classes are taken in college anyway if a staggering 60% of NBA players file for bankruptcy five years after retirement? There's personal responsibility, but shouldn't the universities they attended feel some sort of culpability? And don't you wish most agents would become extinct if such a high percentage of pros end up with holes in their pockets?
Wish overzealous fans will stop flogging freshmen for not living up to their high school press clippings right away. The impatient onlookers need to get a grip on themselves.
Wish many of the excessive number of small schools thinking they can compete at the Division I level would return to DII or DIII. There are far too many examples of dreamy-eyed small schools that believe competing with the big boys will get them national recognition, make big bucks from the NCAA Tournament and put the institutions on the map. They don't know how unrealistic that goal is until most of the hyphenated and directional schools barnstorm the country during their non-conference schedules in college basketball versions of Bataan Death Marches.
Wish lapdog-lazy media outworked by Louisville Escort Queen would display more energy exhibiting enterprising analysis. Why do almost all of the principal college basketball websites "progressively" look and read virtually the same? It's a byproduct of predictably pathetic press needing a jolt of adversarial reporting.
Wish ESPN, failing to acknowledge significant reduction in subscribers stems from liberalism being a mental disorder, would cease becoming BSPN by giving politically-correct forums to leftist lunatics and "experts" who either lie to NCAA investigators as a coach, drop their pants for locker-room motivation, get fired for intoxication, can't quite figure out Dell Curry's sons could also be All-Americans, practice reprehensible race-baiting with the intellectually-bankrupt "Uncle Tom" bomb and "misplace" a bloody beige suit in Atlanta.
Did you know John Calipari was the victorious coach the first three times a #1 team was defeated in the month of November? Calipari achieved the feat with Massachusetts three straight seasons including against Kentucky in 1995-96. Two years ago, he received a taste of his own early-season medicine when UK bowed against Michigan State.
Of course, seasons didn't start earlier in November until a couple of decades ago. The only #1 schools to lose earlier than North Carolina this season at Northern Iowa were Connecticut (70-68 against Iowa in 1999) and Kentucky in 2013-14 (78-74 against MSU on neutral court). Following is a chronological look at the unlucky 13 times when nationally top-ranked teams were knocked off their lofty perch in November since AP national rankings were introduced in the late 1940s:
|Season||Date||Ranked No. 1||Score||Upsetting Team||Opponent's Coach|
|1993-94||11-24-93||North Carolina||91-86 in OT||Massachusetts at New York||John Calipari|
|1994-95||11-25-94||Arkansas||104-80||Massachusetts at Springfield, MA, in Tip-Off Classic||John Calipari|
|1995-96||11-28-95||Kentucky||92-82||Massachusetts at Auburn Hills, MI||John Calipari|
|1997-98||11-26-97||Arizona||95-87||Duke at Hawaii in Maui Invitational||Mike Krzyzewski|
|1998-99||11-28-98||Duke||77-75||Cincinnati at Anchorage in Great Alaska Shootout final||Bob Huggins|
|1999-00||11-11-99||Connecticut||70-68||Iowa at New York||Steve Alford|
|2000-01||11-25-00||Arizona||72-69||Purdue at Indianapolis||Gene Keady|
|2003-04||11-26-03||Connecticut||77-61||Georgia Tech at New York||Paul Hewitt|
|2006-07||11-26-06||Florida||82-80 in OT||Kansas at Las Vegas||Bill Self|
|2011-12||11-26-11||North Carolina||90-80||at UNLV||Dave Rice|
|2013-14||11-12-13||Kentucky||78-74||Michigan State on neutral court in Chicago||Tom Izzo|
|2015-16||11-21-15||North Carolina||71-67||at Northern Iowa||Ben Jacobson|
Today is the anniversary of a "David vs. Goliath" game hailed as one of the biggest upsets in college basketball history when national player of the year Ralph Sampson and Virginia got coal in their Christmas stocking by losing at Chaminade, 77-72, in Hawaii in 1982-83. The contest triggered one of the greatest achievements in small-college history as Chaminade went on to defeat an NCAA Division I school winning at least one NCAA playoff game in three consecutive campaigns. Following is a chronological list of victories by small schools over major universities going on to win at least one NCAA playoff game that season:
Small College NCAA Playoff Team (Record) Score Georgetown College (KY) Louisville (19-12 in 1958-59) 84-78 St. Mary's (TX) Houston (25-5 in 1969-70) 76-66 Chaminade (Hawaii) Virginia (29-5 in 1982-83) 77-72 Chaminade (Hawaii) Louisville (24-11 in 1983-84) 83-72 Chaminade (Hawaii) Southern Methodist (23-10 in 1984-85) 71-70 Alaska-Anchorage Michigan (30-7 in 1988-89) 70-66 UC Riverside Iowa (23-10 in 1988-89) 110-92 Alaska-Anchorage Wake Forest (21-12 in 1993-94) 70-68 American-Puerto Rico Arkansas (24-9 in 1997-98) 64-59 Bethel (IN) Valparaiso (23-10 in 1997-98) 85-75 Elizabeth City State (NC) Norfolk State (26-10 in 2011-12) 69-57
Oakland, which nearly upset #1 Michigan State prior to Christmas, almost joined Chaminade and Northern Iowa among the following list of seven nationally unranked non-DI or mid-major schools in the last 50 years upsetting the nation's top-ranked team from a power conference then or now (DePaul only university in this #1 category losing at home to mid-major):
|Season||Date||Power-League Member Ranked No. 1||Score||Upsetting Non-Power League Team||Unranked Opponent's Coach|
|1980-81||1-10-81||DePaul||63-62||Old Dominion||Paul Webb|
|1982-83||12-24-82||Virginia||77-72||at Chaminade (Hawaii)||Merv Lopes|
|1987-88||1-2-88||Arizona||61-59||at New Mexico||Gary Colson|
|1995-96||12-22-95||Kansas||74-66||Temple in OT at East Rutherford, NJ||John Chaney|
|2011-12||11-26-11||North Carolina||90-80||at UNLV||Dave Rice|
|2012-13||12-15-12||Indiana||88-86||Butler in OT at Indianapolis||Brad Stevens|
|2015-16||11-21-15||North Carolina||71-67||at Northern Iowa||Ben Jacobson|
"Stepping onto a brand new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation which is not nurturing." - Maya Angelou
Whether schools are simply filling out a roster with a backup or chasing a pot of gold at the end of a Larry Bird rainbow, they seem to be looking around every corner and under every rock for a transfer. Bird left a potential powerhouse at Indiana but never played for the Hoosiers before becoming national player of the year with Indiana State. It would have been more surprising if the transition was in reverse and Bird became an A-A at IU after leaving ISU.
How many All-Americans actually played varsity basketball for two different four-year schools such as Gonzaga's Kyle Wiltjer? The average is about one every two years but the vast majority of them began their collegiate careers like Bird and Wiltjer at a power conference member. Thus the odds are against David Collette earning national acclaim with Utah after leaving Utah State following a promising freshman campaign for the Aggies. Guards Damion Lee, Louisville's leading scorer after transferring from Drexel, and Stefan Moody, Ole Miss' juco jewel after beginning his career at Florida Atlantic, are this season's most promising candidates to go from peon to pedestal.
Before Utah moved up the conference food chain by joining the Pacific-12, the Utes lost a transfer, Art Bunte, who became an A-A with Colorado. Bunte is one of the few transfer players on the following alphabetical list of power-league All-Americans who began their collegiate career with a mid-major four-year school:
|Transfer All-American||Pos.||Original Mid-Major School||All-American Power-League School|
|Art Bunte||C-F||Utah 52-53||Colorado 55-56|
|Seth Curry||G||Liberty 09||Duke 11-13|
|Ricky Frazier||G-F||St. Louis 78||Missouri 80-82|
|Gerald Glass||F||Delta State (Miss.) 86-87||Mississippi 89-90|
|Joey Graham||F||Central Florida 01-02||Oklahoma State 04-05|
|Mark McNamara||C||Santa Clara 78-79||California 81-82|
|Kevin Stacom||G||Holy Cross 71||Providence 73-74|
When is the proper time to leave via retirement for a competent coach such as Bo Ryan? There are no hard-and-fast rules and discerning the right sequence to step aside is more elusive than one might think. But Ryan, perhaps the nation's most underrated coach in the 21st Century after never securing national COY acclaim, departed from Wisconsin in mid-season when it appeared the Badgers' streak of NCAA playoff appearances and top four finishes in the Big Ten Conference are about to expire.
It's patently clear not every coach can depart with pomp-and-circumstance style like luminaries John Wooden, Al McGuire, Ray Meyer and Dean Smith when they bowed out. From 1964 to 1975 with Wooden at the helm, UCLA won an NCAA-record 10 national titles, including seven straight from 1967 through 1973. McGuire's goodbye in 1977 with an NCAA title marked Marquette's eighth straight season finishing among the Top 10 in a final wire-service poll. Meyer directed DePaul to a Top 6 finish in a final wire-service poll six times in his final seven seasons from 1978 through 1984. Smith won at least 28 games with North Carolina in four of his final five seasons from 1992-93 through 1996-97.
But those fond farewells are the exception, not the rule, in trying to cope with Father Time. How many school all-time winningest mentors rode off into the sunset donning at least a partial black rather than white hat? How much they may have tarnished their legacy is debatable but hanging around too long probably caused a few of the following celebrated coaches to lose some of their luster:
Denny Crum, Louisville - breakeven mark last four seasons while winless in national postseason play after missing national postseason competition only twice in his first 26 campaigns from 1972 through 1997
Doggie Julian, Dartmouth - seven straight losing campaigns with fewer than eight victories after five consecutive first- or second-place finishes in the Ivy League with three NCAA playoff appearances from 1955-56 through 1959- 60
Speedy Morris, La Salle - 47 games below .500 his final six campaigns from 1995-96 through 2000-01 after appearing in national postseason competition each of his first six seasons from 1987 through 1992
UCLA, boasting 11 NCAA championships, is the ultimate measuring stick for success. Using the Bruins as a barometer, has Gonzaga passed the baton to Monmouth, at least this season, as the nation's premier mid-major program? Comparative scores can be misleading, but UCLA lost at home against the Hawks before winning at Gonzaga.
Monmouth's boisterous bench antics generated headlines across the country but the Hawks established a benchmark of mid-major success on the court by winning five regular-season games away from home against different power-league members (including USC, Notre Dame, Georgetown and Rutgers).
Monmouth's sizzling start under coach King Rice escalates in impressiveness when stacked up against non-league achievements in regular-season competition by the most dynamic mid-major schools thus far in the 21st Century. Consider:
Gonzaga has averaged 2 1/2 regular-season victories annually away from home against 28 different power-conference members under coach Mark Few since 1999-00 with a high of six in 2008-09 (Indiana, Maryland, Oklahoma State, Tennessee twice and Washington State).
Memphis averaged two regular-season triumphs annually away from home against power-conference members during coach John Calipari's nine-year tenure from 2000-01 through 2008-09 with a high of five in 2005-06 (Alabama, Cincinnati, Ole Miss, Providence and UCLA).
Wichita State had a total of only eight regular-season successes away from home against power-conference members under coach Gregg Marshall the previous five years when the Shockers averaged 30 wins annually.
Any player worth his sneakers seeks to compete against quality, not inferior, opponents with something such as in-state bragging rights at stake rather than devouring cupcakes. LSU refrains from opposing Tulane in recent years but one of the greatest freshman debuts in college annals took place when Tigers forward Rudy Macklin grabbed a school-record 32 rebounds against the Green Wave to open the 1976-77 campaign. How many comparable splendid performances never had a chance to unfold on the court? Meanwhile, how many power-player schools fodder-bored torture us with age-old, one-sided arguments flapping their self-serving jaws about nothing to gain? Boston College and Wisconsin likely will somehow survive defeats against UMass-Lowell and Milwaukee, respectively, while Alabama will wipe the egg off its face having Jacksonville State take the Tide into overtime before prevailing. How about more elite schools putting emphasis on what is best for the sport in general?
Isn't this supposed to be the era for putting an end to bullying? Pompous pilot Rick Pitino said Louisville played "four white guys and an Egyptian" to not embarrass lowly Savannah State in a previous mismatch. If that is the case, then why schedule a Savannah vacation in the first place? Giving fans half-a-peace sign and Quaaludes reminiscent of Bill Cosby's victims, 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 Kevin Brooks, Bo Lamar and Andrew Toney. This season, the Bayou Bengals didn't bother to give freshman sensation Ben Simmons an opportunity to oppose ULL's Shawn Long, one of only six players in NCAA history to finish career with more than 2,250 points and 1,400 rebounds.
Similarly over the years, North Carolina shunned Davidson first- and second-team All-Americans Stephen Curry, Mike Maloy and Dick Snyder during the regular season. The Tar Heels did defeat Davidson in exciting back-to-back East Regional finals by a total of six points in 1968 and 1969 when Maloy averaged 21.5 ppg and 13 rpg. In 1974, South Carolina's powerhouse boasting Mike Dunleavy, Alex English and Brian Winters, couldn't keep skirting Furman and succumbed in the East Regional, 75-67, when the Padadins' Clyde Mayes collected 21 points and game-high 16 rebounds. Similarly, Dick Vitale-coached Detroit was eliminated from the NCAA playoffs in the 1977 Mideast Regional semifinals by Michigan after the Wolverines avoided the Titans' terrific trio comprised of Terry Duerod, John Long and Terry Tyler in the regular season that year and the previous campaign while opposing Fordham, Kent State, La Salle, Miami (Ohio), Rhode Island, Southern Illinois and Western Kentucky.
Don't we deserve to see national players of the year such as Indiana State's Larry Bird (never opposed Indiana), Princeton's Bill Bradley (Seton Hall), La Salle's Tom Gola (Villanova), Cincinnati's Kenyon Martin (Ohio State), Cincinnati's Oscar Robertson (Ohio State), Navy's David Robinson (Georgetown and Maryland), Xavier's David West (Ohio State) and Bradley's Hersey Hawkins (Illinois) strut their stuff in regular-season contests against nearby prominent programs? The Terrapins only met "The Admiral" upon being forced to compete in the second round of 1985 Southeast Regional when Robinson contributed game-high figures in scoring, rebounding and blocks. Unbelievably, more than 30 All-Americans from Ohio colleges in the last 60 years never had an opportunity to oppose Ohio State during the regular season (including small-school sensation Bevo Francis of Rio Grande).
Elsewhere, a few national postseason contests or rare in-season tourney matchup created confrontations between in-state rivals that should have occurred in annual regular-season competition. The premier mid-major players being shunned this campaign include Belmont's Evan Bradds and Craig Bradshaw (avoided by Memphis and Tennessee), College of Charleston's Canyon Barry (Clemson and South Carolina), Davidson's Jack Gibbs (Duke, North Carolina State and Wake Forest), Evansville's D.J. Balentine (Indiana and Purdue), High Point's John Brown (Duke, North Carolina and Wake Forest), Iona's A.J. English (St. John's and Syracuse), Monmouth's Justin Robinson (Seton Hall), NJIT's Damon Lynn (Rutgers and Seton Hall), North Florida's Dallas Moore (Florida, FSU and Miami), Oakland's Kay Felder (Michigan), Stony Brook's Jameel Warney (St. John's and Syracuse), Valparaiso's Alec Peters (Indiana and Purdue), Wichita State's Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet (Kansas and Kansas State) plus Winthrop's Jimmy Gavin and Keon Johnson (Clemson and South Carolina).
Power conference members give appearance of parasites while playing more than 85% of their out-of-conference games at home or a neutral site. Check out the non-league parade of patsies predatory powers Kansas and Kansas State scheduled while avoiding VanVleet the last four years and Wichita State All-American Antoine Carr the first half of the 1980s. The following mid-major/non-power league All-Americans specifically and fans generally were shortchanged during the regular season by smug in-state schools since the accepted modern era of basketball commenced in the early 1950s:
|Mid-Major School||All-American||In-State Power League Member(s) A-A Didn't Oppose During Regular Season/Cupcakes Devoured While Avoiding Mid-Major A-A|
|Texas Western||Jim Barnes||SWC members except Texas in 1962-63 and 1963-64|
|Seattle||Elgin Baylor||Washington and Washington State in 1956-57 and 1957-58/Huskies opposed Yale while Cougars met Eastern Washington, Idaho State, Montana and Whitworth during that span|
|Penn||Ernie Beck||Villanova from 1950-51 through 1952-53/Wildcats opposed Army, Delaware, Geneva, Iona, King's, LeMoyne, Loyola (Md.), Millersville State, Mount St. Mary's, Muhlenberg, Rider, Saint Francis (Pa.), Saint Peter's, Scranton, Siena, Tampa, Texas Wesleyan, Valparaiso and William & Mary|
|Cincinnati||Ron Bonham||Ohio State from 1961-62 through 1963-64/Buckeyes opposed Butler, UC Davis and TCU|
|Gonzaga||Frank Burgess||Washington from 1958-59 through 1960-61/Huskies opposed Hawaii|
|Marshall||Leo Byrd||West Virginia from 1956-57 through 1958-59/Mountaineers opposed Mississippi Southern and Yale|
|Wichita State||Antoine Carr||Kansas and Kansas State from 1979-80 through 1982-83/Jayhawks opposed Alcorn State, Birmingham Southern, Bowling Green, Cal State Bakersfield, Maine, Mississippi Valley State, Morehead State, Nevada-Reno, Rollins, Texas Southern, U.S. International and Wisconsin-Oshkosh while Wildcats met Abilene Christian, Auburn-Montgomery, UC Davis, Cal State Bakersfield, Eastern Illinois, Northern Iowa, Portland State, South Dakota, Southern Colorado, U.S. International, Western Illinois and Wisconsin-Parkside|
|East Tennessee State||Tom Chilton||Memphis State and Vanderbilt from 1958-59 through 1960-61/Tigers opposed Birmingham Southern, UC Davis, Hardin-Simmons, Lamar, Louisiana College, Louisiana-Monroe, Loyola (New Orleans), Missouri-Rolla, Montana State, North Texas, Rollins, Southern Mississippi, Spring Hill, Tampa, Texas Wesleyan and Toronto while Commodores met Arkansas State, Dartmouth, Hardin-Simmons, Navy and Yale|
|Dayton||Bill Chmielewski||Ohio State in 1961-62|
|Illinois State||Doug Collins||DePaul, Illinois and Northwestern at DI level in 1971-72 and 1972-73/Blue Demons opposed Dubuque, Lewis, Parsons, Rocky Mountain, Saint Joseph's (Ind.), St. Mary's (Minn.), Westmont, Winona State, Wisconsin-Green Bay and Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Illini met DePauw, Furman, Loyola (New Orleans), South Dakota and Valparaiso, plus Wildcats tackled Ohio University, TCU and Valparaiso|
|San Francisco||Quintin Dailey||Stanford from 1979-80 through 1981-82/Cardinal opposed Air Force, UC Davis, Furman, Harvard, Penn, Portland, Rice, Seattle Pacific and U.S. International|
|Bowling Green||Jim Darrow||Ohio State from 1957-58 through 1959-60/Butler, Delaware, Princeton and Yale|
|Cincinnati||Ralph Davis||Ohio State from 1957-58 through 1959-60/Butler, Delaware, Princeton and Yale|
|Detroit||Dave DeBusschere||Michigan and Michigan State from 1959-60 through 1961-62/Wolverines opposed Ball State, Bowling Green, Brown, Butler, Denver, Drake, Idaho, Miami (Ohio), Penn, Portland, Washington (Mo.) and Western Ontario while Spartans met Bowling Green, Butler, Northern Michigan, Portland and Tulsa|
|Wichita State||Cleanthony Early||Kansas and Kansas State in 2012-13 and 2013-14/Jayhawks opposed American University, Belmont, Chattanooga, Iona, Louisiana-Monroe, Richmond, San Jose State, Southeast Missouri State, Toledo and Towson while Wildcats met Charlotte, Delaware, George Washington, Lamar, Long Beach State, North Dakota, North Florida, Northern Colorado, Oral Roberts, USC Upstate, South Dakota, Texas Southern, Troy, Tulane and UMKC|
|Detroit||Bill Ebben||Michigan from 1954-55 through 1956-57/Wolverines opposed Butler, Delaware, Denver, Kent State, Los Angeles State, Valparaiso, Washington (Mo.) and Yale|
|St. Louis||Bob Ferry||Missouri from 1956-57 through 1958-59/Mizzou opposed North Dakota, Rice, South Dakota and UTEP|
|Dayton||Henry Finkel||Ohio State from 1963-64 through 1965-66/Buckeyes opposed Butler, UC Davis, South Dakota, TCU and West Texas|
|Columbia||Chet Forte||St. John's from 1954-55 through 1956-57/Redmen opposed Fairfield, Hofstra, Roanoke, Siena and Wagner|
|Cincinnati||Danny Fortson||Ohio State from 1994-95 through 1996-97/Buckeyes opposed Alabama State, Central Connecticut, Cleveland State, Drexel, George Mason, Kent State, LIU, Morgan State, Penn and Southwestern Louisiana|
|Oral Roberts||Richie Fuqua||Oklahoma and Oklahoma State at DI level in 1971-72 and 1972-73/Sooners opposed Charlotte, Indiana State, Samford, Stetson and Washburn while Cowboys met Arkansas State, Cal Poly-Pomona, Cal State Fullerton, Northwest Missouri State and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi|
|Loyola Marymount||Hank Gathers||USC and UCLA from 1987-88 through 1989-90/Trojans opposed Boston University, Central Connecticut State, Delaware, Duquesne, Howard, Northern Arizona, Portland, Prairie View A&M, St. Francis, Seattle, UALR, U.S. International, Western Kentucky and Yale while Bruins met American University, Boston University, East Tennessee State, North Texas, Oral Roberts and Penn|
|Jacksonville||Artis Gilmore||Florida in 1969-70 and 1970-71/Gators opposed East Tennessee State, Fordham, Harvard, Morehead State and Samford|
|Oklahoma City||Gary Gray||Oklahoma State from 1964-65 through 1966-67/Cowboys opposed Abilene Christian, UC Santa Barbara, Creighton, Lamar, Regis and South Dakota State|
|Colorado State||Bill Green||Colorado from 1960-61 through 1962-63/Buffaloes opposed Creighton, Pepperdine and Texas Tech|
|Tennessee Tech||Jimmy Hagan||Tennessee and Vanderbilt from 1957-58 through 1959-60/Volunteers opposed Bucknell, Butler, Furman, Louisiana Tech, Sewanee, William & Mary, Wyoming and Yale while Commodores met Arkansas State, The Citadel, Dartmouth, Hardin-Simmons, Loyola (New Orleans), Navy, Rice, Sewanee, Southwestern, VMI, Wyoming and Yale|
|Loyola of Chicago||Jerry Harkness||DePaul, Illinois and Northwestern from 1960-61 through 1962-63/Blue Demons opposed Aquinas, Baldwin-Wallace, Bowling Green, Christian Brothers, Denver, Gannon, Illinois Wesleyan, Lawrence Tech, North Dakota, NE State College, St. Bonaventure, Tampa, Western Michigan, Western Ontario and Youngstown State; Illini met Butler, Colgate, Cornell, Creighton, Manhattan, Penn, San Jose State and Washington (Mo.), and Wildcats tackled Brown, Colorado State, Creighton, Dartmouth, Manhattan, Princeton, SMU and Western Michigan|
|Miami (Ohio)||Ron Harper||Ohio State from 1982-83 through 1985-86/Buckeyes opposed Brooklyn, Central Florida, Chattanooga, Chico State, Eastern Michigan, Holy Cross, Lafayette, Santa Clara, South Alabama, Stetson and Tulane|
|Western Kentucky||Clem Haskins||Kentucky and Louisville from 1964-65 through 1966-67/Wildcats opposed Air Force, Cornell Dartmouth and Hardin-Simmons while Cardinals met Army, Bellarmine, Central Missouri, Georgetown College, La Salle, Niagara, Princeton, Southern Illinois, Southwestern Louisiana and Tampa|
|Detroit||Spencer Haywood||Michigan and Michigan State in 1968-69/Wolverines opposed Bradley, Butler, Northern Illinois and Toledo while Spartans met Butler, Southwestern Louisiana, Toledo and Western Kentucky|
|Cincinnati||Paul Hogue||Ohio State from 1959-60 through 1961-62/Buckeyes opposed Army, Butler, Delaware and Evansville|
|Xavier||Tu Holloway||Ohio State from 2008-09 through 2011-12/Buckeyes opposed Alcorn State, Butler, Delaware State, Eastern Michigan, Florida Gulf Coast, Houston Baptist, IUPUI, Iona, Jackson State, Jacksonville, James Madison, Lamar, Lipscomb, Morehead State, UNC Asheville, North Carolina A&T, UNC Wilmington, North Florida, Oakland, Presbyterian, Saint Francis (Pa.), Samford, USC Upstate, Tennessee-Martin, Texas-Pan American, Valparaiso, VMI, Western Carolina and Wright State|
|Dayton||John Horan||Ohio State from 1951-52 through 1954-55/Buckeyes opposed Butler, Denver and Oklahoma City|
|Army||Kevin Houston||St. John's and Syracuse from 1983-84 through 1986-87/Redmen opposed Davidson, Fairleigh Dickinson, James Madison, Lafayette, Monmouth, Navy, Old Dominion, Southern, U.S. International, Wagner and Youngstown State while Orangemen met Boston University, C.W. Post, Duquesne, Fairfield, George Washington, Hawaii Loa, Lamar, La Salle, Loyola of Chicago, Maine, Navy and Northeastern|
|East Tennessee State||Mister Jennings||Vanderbilt from 1987-88 through 1990-91/Commodores opposed Alaska-Anchorage, Chaminade, Colgate, Cornell, Dartmouth, East Carolina, Fordham, George Washington, Hawaii, Lehigh, Morehead State, Murray State, UNC Asheville, Rice, Samford, SMU and UAB|
|Memphis State||Larry Kenon||Tennessee and Vanderbilt in 1972-73/Volunteers opposed Niagara while Commodores met Columbia, SMU and Western Kentucky|
|Cincinnati||Sean Kilpatrick||Ohio State from 2010-11 through 2013-14/Buckeyes opposed Albany, American University, Bryant, Central Connecticut State, Chicago State, Delaware, Florida Gulf Coast, IUPUI, Jackson State, Lamar, Louisiana-Monroe, Morehead State, Morgan State, UNC Asheville, North Carolina A&T, UNC Wilmington, North Dakota State, North Florida, Northern Kentucky, Oakland, Savannah State, USC Upstate, Tennessee-Martin, Texas-Pan American, UMKC, Valparaiso, VMI, Western Carolina, Winthrop, Wright State and Wyoming|
|Loyola Marymount||Bo Kimble||USC and UCLA from 1987-88 through 1989-90/Trojans opposed Boston University, Central Connecticut State, Delaware, Duquesne, Howard, Northern Arizona, Portland, Prairie View A&M, St. Francis, Seattle, UALR, U.S. International, Western Kentucky and Yale while Bruins met American University, Boston University, East Tennessee State, North Texas, Oral Roberts and Penn|
|Bowling Green||Butch Komives||Ohio State from 1961-62 through 1963-64/Buckeyes opposed Butler, UC Davis, Detroit, Houston, TCU and Utah State|
|Oklahoma City||Bud Koper||Oklahoma and Oklahoma State from 1961-62 through 1963-64/Sooners opposed Colorado State, South Dakota and Southern Illinois while Cowboys met Abilene Christian, Colorado State, Drake, Hardin-Simmons, Lamar, Long Beach State, Los Angeles State, Montana and Regis|
|St. Bonaventure||Bob Lanier||St. John's and Syracuse from 1967-68 through 1969-70/Redmen opposed Davidson, Duquesne, Harvard, Holy Cross, Massachusetts, Princeton, Rhode Island, Roanoke, St. Mary's and Westminster while Orangemen met American University, Bowling Green, George Washington, Holy Cross, Lafayette, La Salle, Navy, Rochester and Yale|
|Xavier||Byron Larkin||Ohio State from 1984-85 through 1987-88/Buckeyes opposed Ball State, Brooklyn, Bucknell, Central Florida, Central Michigan, Chattanooga, Howard, Jacksonville, Lafayette, UMBC, UMSL, Siena, Stetson, Tulane and Western Michigan|
|Texas-El Paso||David "Big Daddy" Lattin||SWC members except SMU in 1965-66 and 1966-67|
|Memphis State||Keith Lee||Tennessee and Vanderbilt from 1981-82 through 1984-85/Volunteers opposed American University, Biscayne, Charlotte, Chattanooga, Cleveland State, Eastern Kentucky, Georgia State, Hardin-Simmons, Hawaii, Idaho State, Lafayette, Louisiana Tech, Miami (Ohio), Montana State, Morehead State, Navy, New Orleans, Ohio Northern, Oklahoma City, Portland, Richmond, St. Francis (N.Y.), San Jose State, Southern Mississippi, UAB and Vermont while Commodores met Air Force, Alaska-Anchorage, Columbia, Eastern Kentucky, Indiana State, Long Beach State, Manhattan, North Alabama, Princeton, Samford, South Florida, Vermont, Western Carolina and Yale|
|Marshall||Russell Lee||West Virginia from 1969-70 through 1971-72/Mountaineers opposed Army, Bucknell, UC Irvine, Colgate, Columbia, East Carolina, Hawaii, New Mexico and Saint Francis (Pa.).|
|Wichita||Cleo Littleton||Kansas and Kansas State from 1951-52 through 1954-55/Jayhawks opposed Creighton, Denver, Rice, SMU, Tulane and Tulsa while Wildcats met Denver, Drake, Hamline, Wyoming and Yale|
|Cincinnati||Steve Logan||Ohio State from 1998-99 through 2001-02/Buckeyes opposed Albany, American University, Army, Coastal Carolina, Coppin State, Denver, Duquesne, Eastern Illinois, Eastern Kentucky, Florida A&M, Florida Atlantic, IUPUI, Massachusetts, Morehead State, UNC Greensboro, UNC Wilmington, Oakland, Robert Morris, Santa Clara, Tennessee-Martin, Tennessee Tech, Valparaiso, Vermont, Winthrop and Yale|
|UC Irvine||Kevin Magee||USC and UCLA in 1980-81 and 1981-82/Trojans opposed Doane, Idaho State, New Mexico, Oral Roberts, Portland, Richmond and Wyoming while Bruins met Boston University, Evansville and VMI|
|Western Kentucky||Tom Marshall||Kentucky in 1951-52 and 1953-54/Wildcats opposed La Salle, Washington & Lee and Xavier|
|Bradley||Bobby Joe Mason||DePaul, Illinois and Northwestern from 1957-58 through 1959-60/Blue Demons opposed Army, Baldwin-Wallace, Bowling Green, Canisius, Christian Brothers, Creighton, Evansville, Illinois Wesleyan, Miami (Ohio), Nebraska Wesleyan, North Dakota, Ohio University, Western Kentucky and Western Michigan; Illinois met Butler, Ohio University, Pacific, Rice and Western Kentucky, while Wildcats tackled Boston University, Duquesne, South Dakota, South Dakota State and Western Michigan|
|UNC Charlotte||Cedric "Cornbread" Maxwell||Duke and North Carolina from 1973-74 through 1976-77/Blue Devils opposed Cornell, Johns Hopkins, Kent State, Lafayette, Princeton, Rice, Richmond, South Florida, Tulane, Vermont, Western Kentucky, William & Mary and Yale while Tar Heels met East Tennessee State, Furman, Howard, Marshall, Oral Roberts, St. Thomas (Fla.), South Florida, Vermont, Weber State and Yale|
|Dayton||Don May||Ohio State from 1965-66 through 1967-68/Buckeyes opposed Army, Butler, UC Davis, Cornell, Hardin-Simmons, Northern Michigan, South Dakota and TCU|
|Furman||Clyde Mayes||South Carolina from 1972-73 through 1974-75/Gamecocks opposed Assumption (Mass.), Bucknell, Canisius, Creighton, Davidson, DePauw, Drake, Eastern Kentucky, Fairfield, Fordham, Georgia Southern, Lafayette, Manhattan, Marshall, Niagara, St. Bonaventure, St. Joseph's, Stetson and Toledo|
|Richmond||Bob McCurdy||Virginia in 1973-74 and 1974-75/Cavaliers opposed Davidson, Denver, George Washington, Kent State, Lehigh, Navy, Stetson and Washington & Lee|
|Wichita State||Xavier McDaniel||Kansas State from 1981-82 through 1984-85/Wildcats opposed Abilene Christian, Auburn-Montgomery, UC Davis, Centenary, Eastern Washington, Morgan State, North Texas, Northern Iowa, Northridge State, South Dakota, Southern Colorado, Truman State, U.S. International, Western Illinois and Wisconsin-Parkside|
|Western Kentucky||Jim McDaniels||Kentucky and Louisville from 1968-69 through 1970-71/Wildcats opposed Miami (Ohio), Navy, Penn and Xavier while Cardinals met Bellarmine, UC Riverside, Furman, Georgetown College, SMU, Southern Mississippi and Stetson|
|Dayton||Don Meineke||Ohio State from 1949-50 through 1951-52/Buckeyes opposed Butler, Cornell, Denver, Harvard and Princeton|
|Bradley||Gene Melchiorre||Illinois and Northwestern from 1947-48 through 1950-51/Illini opposed Butler, Coe (Iowa), Colgate, Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Penn, Princeton and Toledo while Wildcats met Butler, Dartmouth, Navy, Princeton, Rice, Ripon (Wis.), Tulane, Western Michigan and Yale|
|Southern Illinois||Joe C. Meriweather||DePaul, Illinois and Northwestern from 1972-73 through 1974-75/Blue Demons opposed Brown, Charlotte, Duquesne, Gonzaga, Indiana State, Lewis, LIU, Manhattan, Marshall, Massachusetts, Niagara, Rocky Mountain, St. Bonaventure, St. Joseph's (Ind.), Saint Mary's (Calif.), St. Mary's (Minn.), San Jose State, Toledo, Westmont, Winona State and Wisconsin-Green Bay; Illini met Army, DePauw, Detroit, Duquesne, Furman, Northern Michigan, Tulane and Valparaiso, while Wildcats tackled Butler, Marshall, Miami (Ohio), Ohio University, Rollins and Valparaiso|
|Seattle||Eddie Miles||Washington from 1960-61 through 1962-63/Huskies opposed Air Force, Army, Colorado State and Hawaii|
|Drake||Red Murrell||Iowa from 1955-56 through 1957-58/Hawkeyes opposed Cornell, Denver, Loyola Marymount, Loyola (New Orleans) and SMU|
|Seattle||Twins Eddie O'Brien and Johnny O'Brien||Washington from 1950-51 through 1952-53/Huskies opposed Santa Clara|
|Lamar||Mike Olliver||Texas from 1977-78 through 1980-81/Longhorns opposed Alaska-Anchorage, Arkansas State, Army, Biscayne, Centenary, Hardin-Simmons, Harvard, Long Beach State, Murray State, New Mexico State, Northern Montana, Northwestern State, Oklahoma City, Pacific, San Francisco and Vermont|
|Gonzaga||Kelly Olynyk||Washington in 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2012-13/Huskies opposed Albany, Belmont, Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Northridge, Colorado State, Eastern Washington, Jackson State, Long Beach State, Loyola (Md.), McNeese State, Montana, Nevada, Northern Illinois, Portland, Portland State, San Francisco, San Jose State and Wright State|
|Tulsa||Bob Patterson||Oklahoma from 1952-53 through 1954-55/Sooners opposed SMU|
|Dayton||Jim Paxson||Ohio State from 1975-76 through 1978-79/Buckeyes opposed Ball State, Butler, Cal Poly-Pomona, Cal State-Hayward, Davidson, Evansville, Loyola Marymount, Marshall, Penn, Princeton, Rochester, Stetson, Toledo, Tulane and Vermont|
|Bradley||Roger Phegley||Illinois and Northwestern from 1974-75 through 1977-78/Illini opposed Army, Cal Poly, Charlotte, DePauw, Furman, Kent State, Long Beach State, Missouri-Rolla, North Dakota State, Rice, San Jose State, Valparaiso and William & Mary while Wildcats met Brown, Butler, Duquesne, Fairfield, Miami (Ohio), Ohio University, Texas-El Paso and Valparaiso|
|Murray State||Bennie Purcell||Kentucky from 1948-49 through 1951-52/Wildcats opposed Bowling Green, Bradley, Holy Cross, Indiana Central, Tulsa, Washington & Lee, West Texas State, Western Ontario and Xavier|
|Western Kentucky||Bobby Rascoe||Kentucky from 1959-60 through 1961-62/Wildcats opposed Miami (Ohio), Northern Colorado, VMI and Yale|
|Long Beach State||Ed Ratleff||USC and UCLA from 1970-71 through 1972-73/Trojans opposed Fordham, Hardin-Simmons, La Salle, Penn, Princeton, Rochester and Texas-El Paso while Bruins met Baylor, Bradley, The Citadel, Dayton, Denver, Drake, TCU, Tulsa and William & Mary|
|Memphis State||Dexter Reed||Tennessee from 1973-74 through 1976-77/Volunteers opposed Army, Biscayne, Charlotte, Columbia, Harvard, La Salle, Navy, North Texas State, Penn, San Francisco, Santa Clara, South Florida, Tulane, Vermont and Wisconsin-Milwaukee|
|Oklahoma City||Hub Reed||Oklahoma from 1955-56 through 1957-58/Sooners opposed Baylor and Rice|
|Massachusetts||Lou Roe||Boston College from 1991-92 through 1994-95/Eagles opposed Brooklyn, Brown, Buffalo, Cal Poly, Chaminade, Coastal Carolina, Coppin State, Dartmouth, Fairleigh Dickinson, Fordham, LIU, New Hampshire, Hofstra and Santa Clara|
|Tennessee State||Carlos Rogers||Tennessee and Vanderbilt in 1992-93 and 1993-94/Volunteers opposed Charlotte, Furman, Mercer, Radford, UALR and Western Carolina while Commodores met Air Force, Bowling Green, Harvard, Illinois State, North Carolina A&T, Princeton and SMU|
|Drexel||Malik Rose||Villanova from 1992-93 through 1995-96/Wildcats opposed Alaska-Anchorage, American University, Bradley, Columbia, Delaware, Hofstra, Marist, New Orleans, Richmond, Rider, St. Mary's and Vermont|
|Bowling Green||Charlie Share||Ohio State from 1946-47 through 1949-50/Buckeyes opposed Butler, Cornell, Denver and Harvard|
|Oklahoma City||Arnold Short||Oklahoma from 1951-52 through 1953-54/Sooners opposed SMU|
|Creighton||Paul Silas||Nebraska from 1961-62 through 1963-64/Huskers opposed Air Force, Denver, Miami (Ohio), Northern Iowa, Ohio University, SMU and Wyoming|
|Tulsa||Bingo Smith||Oklahoma and Oklahoma State from 1966-67 through 1968-69/Sooners opposed Bradley, Butler, Centenary, Loyola (New Orleans), Nevada Southern, North Texas State, Southwest Missouri State and TCU while Cowboys met Cal State Fullerton, Creighton, Lamar, MacMurray (Ill.), Pan American, South Dakota State, Trinity (Tex.) and Wyoming|
|Weber State||Willie Sojourner||BYU and Utah from 1968-69 through 1970-71/Cougars opposed Cornell, Denver, Hawaii, New Mexico State, San Jose State, Santa Clara and Seattle while Utes met Army, Denver, Kent State, Loyola Marymount, Montana, NYU, Northern Michigan, Penn, Saint Joseph's, San Jose State, Seattle, VMI and West Texas State|
|Wichita||Dave Stallworth||Kansas and Kansas State from 1962-63 through 1964-65/Jayhawks opposed Denver and Montana while Wildcats met Denver and South Dakota State|
|Xavier||Hank Stein||Ohio State from 1956-57 through 1958-59/Buckeyes opposed Butler, Manhattan, Princeton, Tulane and Yale|
|St. Louis||Ray Steiner||Missouri in 1950-51 and 1951-52/Tigers opposed Central Methodist, CCNY, Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri Valley, New Mexico State and Washington (Mo.)|
|St. Bonaventure||Tom Stith||Syracuse from 1958-59 through 1960-61/Orangemen opposed Alfred, Boston University, Clarkson, Columbia, Holy Cross, La Salle, Massachusetts and Utica|
|Saint Francis (Pa.)||Maurice Stokes||Penn State and Pittsburgh from 1951-52 through 1954-55/Nittany Lions opposed Alfred, American University, Bowling Green, Carnegie Tech, Colgate, Dickinson, Gettysburg, Ithaca, Navy, Toledo, Washington & Jefferson, Wayne State and Western Kentucky while Panthers met Carnegie Tech, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Geneva, George Washington, Loyola (New Orleans), Miami (Ohio), Navy, Ohio University, Princeton, Puerto Rico, Westminster, William & Mary and Yale|
|Pacific||Keith Swagerty||California and Stanford from 1964-65 through 1966-67/Bears opposed Air Force, Hawaii, Tulane and Wyoming while Cardinal met Air Force, Denver, Tulane, Utah State and Wyoming|
|Morehead State||Dan Swartz||Kentucky from 1953-54 through 1955-56/Wildcats opposed Dayton, Idaho, La Salle and Xavier|
|Miami (Ohio)||Wally Szczerbiak||Ohio State from 1995-96 through 1998-99/Buckeyes opposed Alabama State, Army, Cal State Northridge, Central Connecticut, Chattanooga, Eastern Kentucky, Florida Atlantic, George Mason, Kent State, LIU, Oakland, Rider, Robert Morris, South Florida, Southwestern Louisiana, Tennessee-Martin, Tennessee Tech and Wyoming|
|Princeton||Brian Taylor||Seton Hall in 1970-71 and 1971-72/Pirates opposed Army, Biscayne, UC Irvine, Colgate, Dartmouth, Fairfield, Fordham, Harvard, Holy Cross, Iona, Lafayette, LIU, Loyola (Md.), Morehead State, Pepperdine and Stetson|
|Cincinnati||Tom Thacker||Ohio State from 1960-61 through 1962-63/Buckeyes opposed Army, Butler, Creighton, Detroit, Evansville, St. Bonaventure and TCU|
|Princeton||Chris Thomforde||Seton Hall from 1966-67 through 1968-69/Pirates opposed American University, Army, Boston University, Canisius, Fordham, Hofstra, Iona, LIU, Loyola (Md.), Loyola (New Orleans), NYU, Niagara, Rice, Saint Francis (N.Y.) and Scranton|
|Bowling Green||Nate Thurmond||Ohio State from 1960-61 through 1962-63/Buckeyes opposed Army, Butler, Creighton, Detroit, Evansville, St. Bonaventure and TCU|
|Cincinnati||Jack Twyman||Ohio State from 1951-52 through 1954-55/Buckeyes opposed Butler, Denver and Oklahoma City|
|Dayton||Bill Uhl||Ohio State from 1953-54 through 1955-56/Buckeyes opposed Butler, Denver, Oklahoma City and Tulane|
|Bradley||Paul Unruh||Illinois and Northwestern from 1946-47 through 1949-50/Illini opposed Butler, Coe (Iowa), Colgate, Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, University of Mexico, Penn, Princeton and Toledo while Wildcats met Butler, Dartmouth, Navy, Princeton, Ripon (Wis.), Western Michigan and Yale|
|Cincinnati||Nick Van Exel||Ohio State in 1991-92 and 1992-93/Buckeyes opposed American University, UC Santa Barbara, Chicago State, Howard and Illinois-Chicago|
|Wichita State||Fred VanVleet||Kansas and Kansas State from 2012-13 through 2015-16/Jayhawks opposed American, Belmont, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, Chaminade, Chattanooga, Holy Cross, Iona, Kent State, Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Loyola (Md.), Montana, Northern Colorado, Rider, San Jose State, Southeast Missouri State, Toledo and Towson while Wildcats met Alabama-Huntsville, Columbia, Coppin State, Delaware, Lamar, Nebraska-Omaha, North Dakota, North Florida, Northern Colorado, Savannah State, South Carolina State, USC Upstate, South Dakota, Southern Utah, Texas Southern, Troy and UMKC|
|Bradley||Chet Walker||DePaul, Illinois and Northwestern from 1959-60 through 1961-62/Blue Demons opposed Army, Baldwin-Wallace, Bowling Green, Creighton, Illinois Wesleyan, Miami (Ohio), North Dakota, Valparaiso and Western Kentucky; Illini met Butler, Colgate, Cornell, Creighton, Manhattan, Ohio University and Western Kentucky, while Wildcats tackled Boston University, Brown, Creighton, Dartmouth, Manhattan, Princeton and Western Michigan|
|American University||Kermit Washington||Maryland from 1970-71 through 1972-73/Terrapins opposed Brown, Buffalo, Canisius, Delaware, Fordham, Holy Cross, Kent State, Lehigh, LIU, Loyola (Md.), Navy, Richmond, Tampa and Western Kentucky|
|Southern Mississippi||Clarence Weatherspoon||Mississippi and Mississippi State from 1988-89 through 1991-92/Rebels opposed Arkansas State, Austin Peay State, Bethune-Cookman, Christian Brothers, Hofstra, Indiana State, McNeese State, Metro State (Colo.), Nicholls State, Northeast Louisiana, Northwestern State, Oral Roberts, Prairie View A&M, Sam Houston State, Southeastern Louisiana, Southern (La.), Stetson and Tulsa while Bulldogs met Austin Peay State, Ball State, Centenary, Chattanooga, Christian Brothers, Delaware, Drake, East Carolina, East Tennessee State, Eastern Kentucky, Jacksonville, Mercer, New Orleans, Northeast Louisiana, Prairie View A&M, Rice, Southeastern Louisiana, Tennessee-Martin and Tennessee Tech|
|Ball State||Bonzi Wells||Indiana, Notre Dame and Purdue from 1994-95 through 1997-98/Hoosiers opposed Alaska-Anchorage, Appalachian State, Bowling Green, Chaminade, Colgate, Delaware, Eastern Kentucky, Louisiana Tech, Miami (Ohio), Morehead State, Princeton, Saint Louis, Santa Clara, Tulane, UALR and Weber State; Fighting Irish met Akron, The Citadel, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Drexel, Duquesne, Florida International, Fordham, Hofstra, Iona, Lehigh, Loyola of Chicago, Loyola (Md.), Loyola Marymount, Manhattan, Monmouth, New Hampshire, Nicholls State, Northeastern, St. Bonaventure, Sam Houston State, San Diego and Youngstown State, while Boilermakers tackled Austin Peay State, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Charlotte, Chattanooga, Cornell, Florida A&M, Houston, Idaho, Illinois-Chicago, James Madison, Long Beach State, LIU, Massachusetts, Murray State, New Orleans, Niagara, Northeast Louisiana, Tennessee-Martin, UAB, Weber State and Western Michigan|
|LIU||Sherman White||St. John's and Syracuse from 1948-49 through 1950-51/Redmen opposed Bowling Green, Denver, John Marshall, Pratt, Rhode Island and Wagner while Orangemen met Baldwin-Wallace, Boston University, Bradley, Creighton, Denver, John Carroll, Lawrence Tech, Loyola of Chicago, Penn, Princeton, Queens, Rider and Toronto|
|Cincinnati||Bob Wiesenhahn||Ohio State from 1958-59 through 1960-61/Buckeyes opposed Army, Butler, Delaware, Detroit, Evansville, Princeton and St. Bonaventure|
|Memphis State||Win Wilfong||Tennessee and Vanderbilt in 1955-56 and 1956-57/Volunteers opposed Boston University, Colgate, Davidson, Furman, Kentucky Wesleyan, New Mexico State, Sewanee, Springfield, VMI and William & Mary while Commodores met New Mexico, New Mexico State, Sewanee and William & Mary|
|Portland State||Freeman Williams||Oregon from 1974-75 through 1977-78/Ducks opposed Air Force, Boise State, Bowling Green, UC Irvine, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Sacramento, Colorado State, Creighton, Doane, Duquesne, Grambling, Hawaii, Montana State, Pepperdine, Rice, Saint Mary's, San Jose State, Seattle Pacific and Vermont|
|Austin Peay||James "Fly" Williams||Tennessee and Vanderbilt in 1972-73 and 1973-74/Volunteers opposed Niagara, North Texas State, Santa Clara and South Florida while Commodores met Columbia, Rice, Samford, SMU, Vermont and Western Kentucky|
|Cincinnati||George Wilson||Ohio State from 1961-62 through 1963-64/Buckeyes opposed Butler, UC Davis, Detroit, Houston, TCU and Utah State|
|Cal State Fullerton||Leon Wood||USC and UCLA from 1981-82 through 1983-84/Trojans opposed American University, Colorado State, Fordham, New Mexico, Oral Roberts, Penn, Portland, Richmond, Texas-San Antonio and Wyoming while Bruins met Boston University, Howard, Idaho State and New Mexico|
|Cincinnati||Tony Yates||Ohio State from 1960-61 through 1962-63/Buckeyes opposed Army, Butler, Creighton, Detroit, Evansville, St. Bonaventure and TCU|
Was there ever a coach in an elite "Power 6" league with a consistent track record for dramatic player development anywhere close to duplicating retired Bo Ryan at Wisconsin? A UW player became an All-Big Ten Conference selection each of the previous five campaigns and seven of previous eight after averaging fewer than three points per game as a freshman. If not for missing half of last season because of a broken foot, point guard Traevon Jackson (1.1 in 2011-12) might have joined the following chronological list of Badgers becoming an all-league choice under Ryan after averaging fewer than 3 ppg as a freshman (all but one of them fewer than 2 ppg):
G Kammron Taylor (1.2 ppg in 2003-04 to 13.3 ppg in 2006-07)
G Michael Flowers (1.2 ppg in 2004-05 to 9.6 ppg in 2007-08)
G Trevon Hughes (1.4 ppg in 2006-07 to 15.3 ppg in 2009-10)
F Jon Leuer (2.9 ppg in 2007-08 to 18.3 ppg in 2010-11)
G Jordan Taylor (1.6 ppg in 2008-09 to 18.1 ppg in 2010-11 and 14.8 ppg in 2011-12)
C Jared Berggren (1.1 ppg in 2009-10 to 11 ppg in 2012-13)
C Frank Kaminsky (1.8 ppg in 2011-12 to 14.1 ppg in 2013-14 and 18.4 ppg in 2014-15)
"Saving" his program time and time again by turning scars into stars, it was no wonder Wisconsin won 50 consecutive contests under "General" Ryan in one stretch when the Badgers were ahead or tied with five minutes remaining in regulation. But he departed as they appeared bound for the second division this season after never finishing lower than fourth place in the Big Ten standings in his first 14 years at their helm.
"It is better to be looked over than overlooked." - Mae West
Ryan isn't the only prominent coach nationally shunned by the voting class. Maryland named its court after Gary Williams, the school's all-time winningest coach who guided the Terrapins to the 2002 NCAA title during a span when he became the only mentor ever to defeat the nation's top-ranked team in four straight seasons (2000-01 through 2003-04). Surprisingly, Williams never was courted as national coach of the year by one of the major awards, joining other NCAA championship coaches such as Denny Crum, Billy Donovan, Joe B. Hall, Don Haskins, Rollie Massimino and Jim Valvano "shorted" by this dubious distinction.
Does this blemish exist because of envious fellow coaches or is the media in more of a mess than even its fiercest critics believe? A total of 16 individuals received acclaim as national COY despite never reaching an NCAA playoff regional final - Rod Barnes, Tony Bennett, Perry Clark, Jim Crews, Keno Davis, Matt Doherty, Cliff Ellis, Eddie Fogler, Frank Haith, Leonard Hamilton, Marv Harshman, Todd Lickliter, George Raveling, Al Skinner, Charlie Spoonhour and Dick Versace. Unless Steve Harvey announced the results, following is an alphabetical list of high-profile retired coaches joining Ryan among those never receiving one of the five major national coach of the year awards since 1955 despite their significant achievements:
Dave Bliss - Compiled a total of 14 20-win seasons with three different schools.
Dale Brown - Led LSU to 15 consecutive postseason tournaments (1979 through 1993) en route to becoming the second-winningest coach in SEC history at the time (behind Adolph Rupp) in both overall and SEC games.
Denny Crum - Won 15 regular-season conference championships in the Missouri Valley and Metro in his first 23 seasons with Louisville; only coach to twice win conference and NCAA tournaments in the same year (1980 and 1986).
Don DeVoe - Compiled a total of 12 20-win seasons with three different schools.
Don Donoher - One of first 10 coaches to take his first three teams to the NCAA playoffs guided his first seven Dayton clubs to national postseason competition; posted double digits in victories all 25 seasons.
Lefty Driesell - One of only three different coaches to guide four different schools to the NCAA playoffs; captured conference tournament titles in four different leagues; only coach to win more than 100 games for four different schools en route to total of 786 victories; had 14 final Top 20 rankings.
Jack Gardner - Only coach to direct two different schools to the Final Four at least twice apiece.
Pete Gillen - Remarkable run with Xavier (winning five Midwestern Collegiate Conference Tournament titles in six-year span from 1986 through 1991) before posting 20-win seasons with Providence in the Big East and Virginia in the ACC.
Don Haskins - Captured four Western Athletic Conference Tournament championships with Texas-El Paso in a seven-year span from 1984 through 1990 while winning more than 20 games each of those seasons; compiled a total of 17 20-win campaigns.
Harry Litwack - Finished third with Temple in three consecutive national postseason tournaments (1956 and 1958 in NCAA and 1957 in NIT). Posted only one losing record in 21 seasons with the Owls through 1973.
Rollie Massimino - Averaged more than 20 victories annually in the 1980s; participated in 14 consecutive national postseason tournaments with Villanova and UNLV before coaching at small-school level in Florida.
Joe Mullaney - Reached the 20-win plateau nine straight seasons from 1958-59 through 1966-67, directing Providence to the NIT semifinals four times in the first five years of that stretch; won more than two-thirds of his games with the Friars decided by fewer than five points.
Tom Penders - Won at least 20 games with three different schools (Rhode Island, Texas and George Washington) a total of 10 times in a 13-year span from 1987 through 1999 before winning more than 20 games three times in six seasons with Houston.
Fred Schaus - Won Southern Conference Tournament championships each of his six seasons with West Virginia from 1955 through 1960 before posting winning records in Big Ten competition all six years with Purdue.
Billy Tubbs - Directed Oklahoma to 12 consecutive 20-win seasons, a Big Eight Conference best; took the Sooners to national postseason play his last 13 years with them before moving on to TCU and Lamar.
By any measure, LSU has been one of the nation's biggest disappointments. If the SEC wasn't such a mediocre league, there would be more of a chance Tigers freshman phenom Ben Simmons earning national acclaim for a team finishing the season with a losing record. ACC standouts T.J. Warren of North Carolina State (22-14) and Rakeem Christmas of Syracuse (18-13) had the poorest team records among All-Americans the past couple of seasons. But they weren't losers resembling Earth Day hypocrites leaving behind a mountain of trash at a public setting ceremony.
LSU went out of its way to lure Simmons to campus (arena not classrooms). But circumstances are shaping up to where Simmons could be the first #1 overall pick in NBA draft since Michael Olowokandi (Pacific in 1998) to miss the NCAA Tournament. At least Olowokandi participated in the NCAA playoffs the previous campaign.
No prognosticator saw this possibility looming but Simmons may end up with the dubious distinction of joining LaRue Martin (Loyola of Chicago '72), Doug Collins (Illinois State '73) and Mychal Thompson (Minnesota '78) as the only #1 overall draft picks failing to appear in the NCAA tourney. It has been 34 years since a player from a team with a losing record (John Paxson of 10-17 Notre Dame in 1981-82) unceremoniously joined the following NCAA consensus All-American list including two Big Ten Conference players in 1954-55:
NCAA Consensus All-American Pos. School Season Record Player Statistics Frank Burgess G Gonzaga 1960-61 11-15 32.4 ppg, 7.8 rpg Terry Dischinger C-F Purdue 1959-60 11-12 26.3 ppg, 14.3 rpg Darrell Floyd G-F Furman 1955-56 12-16 33.8 ppg, 9.4 rpg Robin Freeman G Ohio State 1954-55 10-12 31.5 ppg, 81 FT% Otto Graham F Northwestern 1942-43 8-9 13.9 ppg Don Hennon G Pittsburgh 1958-59 10-14 25.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg *Bill Mlkvy F Temple 1950-51 12-13 29.2 ppg, 18.9 rpg Max Morris F-C Northwestern 1944-45 7-12 15.4 ppg *Calvin Murphy G Niagara 1968-69 11-13 32.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg Johnny Neumann F-G Mississippi 1970-71 11-15 40.1 ppg, 6.6 rpg John Paxson G Notre Dame 1981-82 10-17 16.4 ppg, 53.5 FG% *Dave Schellhase F Purdue 1965-66 8-16 32.5 ppg, 10.6 rpg Don Schlundt C Indiana 1954-55 8-14 26 ppg, 9.8 rpg
*NCAA consensus first-team All-American selection.
"People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it." - George Bernard Shaw
Could a short running back contribute in a big way to Memphis' basketball team as the Tigers try to regain national prominence? Sam Craft, a 6-0 junior who entered the Birmingham Bowl against Auburn with 16 career touchdowns (13 rushing/3 receiving) planned to join the school's hoop squad early in the new year. Craft, offered a basketball scholarship by Auburn out of high school, isn't the first such versatile athlete.
Former South Carolina football wide receiver/basketball guard Bruce Ellington, after throwing a touchdown pass to the Gamecocks' quarterback on a reverse and catching a go-ahead TD pass in the second half of the Capital One Bowl against Wisconsin two years ago, is among the all-time Top 10 "Men For All Seasons." In an era of specialization, research reveals Ellington is the first major-college basketball regular to compete the same academic school year in three consecutive football bowl games. Living up to George Bernard Shaw's credo, he joined Terry Baker (Oregon State), Rick Casares (Florida), Ronald Curry (North Carolina), Charles Davis (Purdue), Pete "Bump" Elliott (Michigan), Fred Gibson (Georgia), Teyo Johnson (Stanford), Matt Jones (Arkansas), Terry Kirby (Virginia), Dave Logan (Colorado) and Tony "Zippy" Morocco (Georgia) as athletes who scored a touchdown in a bowl game shortly before or after switching uniforms and making significant contributions to the school's basketball squad. Ellington, after pacing USC in pass receptions, cut short both his college football and basketball career by declaring early for the NFL draft (started two of three early-season hoop contests).
In the ultimate one-and-only achievement, Baker is the lone football Heisman Trophy winner to play in the basketball Final Four (1963). Kirby, a running back, and Matt Blundin, a quarterback, were teammates who competed in back-to-back years for Virginia football squads in bowl games (Florida Citrus following 1989 season and Sugar following 1990) before becoming members of Cavaliers hoop teams participating in the NCAA playoffs.
Michigan State's Andre Rison is among a striking number of athletes who "crafted" playing both sports at the highest collegiate level in the same school year. NFL all-time great tight end Tony Gonzalez (California) is among the following alphabetical list of versatile athletes since the end of World War II who played in at least one football bowl game the same school year they were a hoop regular (bowl year denotes when regular season was played):
|Football-Basketball Player||College||FB Pos.||Bowl Game(s)||Two-Way Athlete Summary in Same Academic School Year|
|Doug Atkins||Tennessee||DE||1950 Cotton||Eventual NFL first-round pick helped defeat Texas 20-14 before averaging 9.9 ppg for Volunteers' basketball squad.|
|Terry Baker||Oregon State||QB||1962 Liberty||MVP's 99-yard run from scrimmage accounted for only points in 6-0 victory against Villanova before becoming runner-up in scoring (13.4 ppg) with Beavers' NCAA Tournament fourth-place finisher.|
|Connor Barwin||Cincinnati||TE||2006 International||One solo tackle in 27-24 triumph against Western Michigan before averaging 1.2 ppg and 1.4 rpg for Bearcats' basketball team.|
|Matt Blundin||Virginia||QB||1989 Florida Citrus/1990 Sugar||Backup in two defeats (31-21 vs. Illinois and 23-22 vs. Tennessee) while averaging 3.3 ppg and 4.6 rpg with two NCAA playoff teams for Cavaliers.|
|Larry Brown||Georgia||TE||1997 Outback||Defeated Wisconsin 33-6 before averaging 6.3 ppg and 4.2 rpg for Bulldogs' NIT third-place team.|
|Rick Casares||Florida||FB-PK||1952 Gator||Rushed 21 times for 86 yards, scoring first TD in Gators' bowl history, and kicked both extra points in 14-13 nod over Tulsa before All-SEC second-team selection paced hoop squad in scoring (15.5 ppg) and rebounding (11.5 rpg).|
|Ronald Curry||North Carolina||QB||1998 Las Vegas||Curry's 48-yard TD scamper put Tar Heels in front to stay in 20-13 win over San Diego State before averaging 2.8 ppg and 1.7 apg for hoop squad upset in first round of NCAA playoiffs by Weber State.|
|Charles Davis||Purdue||TE||2004 Sun||His 6-yard TD reception from Kyle Orton put Boilermakers ahead with just over one minute remaining but Arizona State marched 80 yards in four plays to win 27-23 before Davis averaged 2.9 ppg and 3.1 rpg in coach Gene Keady's swan song.|
|Matt Davison||Nebraska||SE||1999 Fiesta||Leading Husker receiver in three bowl games, including 31-21 nod over Tennessee, before starting two Big 12 Conference basketball contests.|
|Rickey Dudley||Ohio State||TE||1994 Florida Citrus||Caught two passes for 26 yards in 24-17 setback against Alabama before averaging team-high 7.5 rpg.|
|Bruce Ellington||South Carolina||WR||2011 Capital One/2012 Outback/2013 Capital One||Season-long 45-yard kickoff return in 30-13 win over Nebraska and caught game-winning TD pass with only seconds remaining in 33-28 victory against Michigan before averaging 10.5 ppg while finishing Gamecocks' leader in either assists or steals.|
|Pete "Bump" Elliott||Michigan||B||1947 Rose Bowl||Rushed seven times for 53 yards and caught 1-yard TD pass in 49-0 romp over Southern California before averaging 6 ppg for Wolverine hoopsters.|
|Percy Ellsworth||Virginia||S||1994 Independence||Integral part of defense leading nation in interceptions helped Cavaliers end four-game bowl losing streak with 20-10 verdict over TCU before appearing in all four contests with Midwest Regional runner-up in NCAA tourney.|
|James Francis||Baylor||LB||1986 Bluebonnet||Eventual NFL first-round pick helped Bears beat Colorado 21-9 before averaging 2.2 ppg and 2.2 rpg while shooting 52.2% from floor.|
|Fred Gibson||Georgia||WR||2001 Music City||Opened scoring with 15-yard TD reception but Boston College rallied to prevail 20-16 before Gibson averaged 4.9 ppg with Bulldogs' NCAA playoff team.|
|Tony Gonzalez||California||TE||1996 Aloha||Established Cal bowl record with nine receptions in 42-38 reversal against Navy before averaging 6.8 ppg and 4.5 rpg with Bears' squad losing against North Carolina in East Regional semifinals.|
|Gregg Guenther||Southern California||TE||2003 Rose||Part-time starter for national champion managed one reception for 19 yards from QB Matt Leinart in 28-14 win against Michigan before averaging 5.6 ppg and 4.7 rpg with Trojans' hoop squad.|
|Ross Hales||Indiana||TE||1993 Independence||Caught 34-yard pass in second quarter of 45-20 loss against Virginia Tech before making token appearance for Coach Bob Knight in Hoosiers' 67-58 win over Temple in NCAA playoffs.|
|Cecil Hankins||Oklahoma A&M||B||1945 Cotton||Two-way back and top pass receive for Aggies team that trounced TCU before playing forward and leading basketball squad in scoring in NCAA playoffs for 1945 national titlist.|
|Joe Howard||Notre Dame||WR||1983 Liberty||Caught one pass for 43 yards in 19-18 decision over Doug Flutie-led Boston College before averaging 5.5 ppg and 3.3 apg as part-time starter with Irish NIT runner-up.|
|Teyo Johnson||Stanford||WR||2001 Seattle||A 4-yard fourth-quarter TD reception closed gap prior to bowing against Georgia Tech 24-14 before averaging 5.8 ppg and 4 rpg with Cardinal NCAA playoff squad.|
|Matt Jones||Arkansas||QB||2003 Independence||Scored go-ahead TD, rushed 7 times for 74 yards and completed 6 of 14 passes in 27-14 verdict over Missouri before averaging 5 ppg and 4.5 rpg as Hogs hoop freshman.|
|Wallace "Wah Wah" Jones||Kentucky||SE||1947 Great Lakes||Leader in pass receptions from QB George Blanda under legendary coach Paul "Bear" Bryant for squad beating Villanova 24-14. All-SEC first-team selection in basketball averaged 9.3 ppg for Adolph Rupp's 1948 NCAA titlist.|
|Jeff King||Virginia Tech||TE||2004 Sugar||Caught three passes for 12 yards in 16-13 setback against Auburn before collecting 18 points and 23 rebounds in 16 games as hoop freshman with Hokies.|
|Terry Kirby||Virginia||RB||1989 Florida Citrus/1990 Sugar||Rushed for 139 yards in 29 carries with one TD in losses against Illinois (31-21) and Tennessee (23-22) before averaging 2.8 ppg in two seasons with Cavaliers' hoops squad.|
|Dave Logan||Colorado||WR||1975 Bluebonnet||His 4-yard TD reception gave Buffaloes 14-0 lead prior to them succumbing against Texas 38-21 before becoming basketball team's runner-up in scoring (12.7 ppg) and rebounding (6.5 rpg).|
|Leonard Mitchell||Houston||DE||1978 Cotton||UH squandered 34-12 lead when Joe Montana-led Notre Dame scored 23 unanswered points in fourth quarter to win by one before Mitchell averaged 5.4 ppg and 5.6 rpg for Cougars' hoop squad.|
|Tony "Zippy" Morocco||Georgia||HB||1950 Presidential Cup||Scored two second-half touchdowns (30-yard run from scrimmage and 65-yard punt return) as Co-MVP in 40-20 setback against Texas A&M before averaging 9.7 ppg with Bulldogs' basketball team.|
|Andre Rison||Michigan State||WR||1987 Rose||Had two long pass receptions (55 and 36 yards) in a 20-17 win against USC before registering 24 points and 42 assists in 18 games for the Spartans' basketball squad.|
|Nate Robinson||Washington||CB||2002 Sun||His QB sack helped Huskies get off to strong start before bowing against Purdue 34-24 prior to freshman pacing hoopsters in scoring (13 ppg).|
|Reggie Rogers||Washington||DL||1984 Orange||Eventual NFL first-round draft choice helped upend Oklahoma 28-17 before averaging 5.7 ppg and 3.9 rpg with Huskies' hoop squad.|
|Bill Saul||Penn State||LB||1959 Liberty||Defeated Alabama 7-0 before averaging 6.1 ppg and 4 rpg with Nittany Lions' hoopsters.|
|Otto Schnellbacher||Kansas||E||1947 Orange||Football co-captain finished career with records for receptions (58) and receiving yards (1,069) standing for 22 years. Leading scorer for KU's hoop squad in 1947-48.|
|Dick Schnittker||Ohio State||E||1950 Rose||Rushed once for five yards in 17-14 victory against California before All-Big Ten Conference first-team selection was game-high scorer in two 1950 NCAA playoff contests for Buckeyes.|
|Austin Seferian-Jenkins||Washington||TE||2011 Alamo||Caught five passes for 59 yards in highest-scoring regulation bowl game in history (67-56 loss to RGIII-led Baylor) before collecting seven points and nine rebounds in four NIT contests for Huskies' semifinalist.|
|Dick Soergel||Oklahoma State||QB||1958 Bluegrass||Completed 6 of 12 passes for 77 yards and 2-point conversion in 15-6 win against Florida State before averaging 8.5 ppg and 4.9 rpg for Pokes' basketball squad plus posting 8-1 pitching record and winning national championship baseball game.|
|Wilson Thomas||Nebraska||WR||2001 Rose||Huskers leading receiver caught three passes for 36 yards in 37-14 loss against Miami (Fla.) before averaging 4.6 ppg and 3.8 rpg.|
|Willie Townsend||Notre Dame||WR||1972 Orange||Irish's top pass catcher and teammates lost to Johnny Rodgers-led Nebraska 40-6 before averaging 2.1 ppg for Digger Phelps-coached hoop squad.|
|Charlie Ward||Florida State||QB||1992 Orange/1993 Orange||Completed 39-of-73 passes for 473 yards in back-to-back victories over Nebraska (27-14 and 18-16) while pacing FSU in assists and steals average his final two hoop campaigns.|
|Ron Widby||Tennessee||P||1965 Bluebonnet/1966 Gator||Nation's top punter for coach Doug Dickey's second of first two Vols football teams that both went to bowl games (wins over Tulsa 27-6 and Syracuse 18-12) while also being an All-SEC basketball selection (including 50-point outburst in final home game).|
At least three Heisman Trophy winners in three straight decades - 1940s, 1950s and 1960s - are among the football players who also competed in college basketball. But Florida State's Charlie Ward (1993) is the only such multi-sport athlete in the last 50 years to achieve the feat.
At a time when basketball and football seasons overlap, you might want to know three Heisman recipients in a 10-year span from 1947 through 1956 were from Notre Dame. Following is an alphabetical list of Heisman Trophy winners who played varsity basketball at some point in their college careers:
|Heisman Winner||Year||School Where Also Played BKB||FB Pos.|
|Terry Baker||1962||Oregon State||QB|
|Paul Hornung||1956||Notre Dame||QB|
|Johnny Lattner||1953||Notre Dame||HB|
|Johnny Lujack||1947||Notre Dame||QB|
|Doak Walker||1948||Southern Methodist||HB|
|Charlie Ward||1993||Florida State||QB|
Dayshon "Scoochie" Smith (Dayton's assists leader last couple of seasons), Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell (Indiana's dynamic playmaker), Nathanial "Giddy" Potts (Middle Tennessee State's three-point specialist) and Anthony "Cat" Barber (North Carolina State's versatile sparkplug) are the latest players with the most entertaining nicknames. Bo and Mo, Buck and Duck, Bud and Butch, Dutch and Skip plus Red and Whitey are too commonplace. But Barber, Ferrell and Smith joined the following long list of collegians over the years with distinctive monikers:
- Forest (Frosty) Able, Western Kentucky
- Greg (Cadillac) Anderson, Houston
- Nate (Tiny) Archibald, Texas-El Paso
- Paul (Curly) Armstrong, Indiana
- Raymond (Peanut) Arrington, Radford
- William (Bird) Averitt, Pepperdine
- Anthony (Cat) Barber, North Carolina State
- Norwood (Pee Wee) Barber, Florida State
- Jim (Bad News) Barnes, Texas Western
- Amadou (Coco) Barry, Maine
- Segado (Cookie) Belcher, Nebraska
- Ralph (Stork) Bishop, Washington
- Roderick (Moo Moo) Blakney, South Carolina State
- Daron (Mookie) Blaylock, Oklahoma
- Tyrone (Muggsy) Bogues, Wake Forest
- Jermaine (Itchy) Bolden, Morgan State
- Roylin (Boot) Bond, Pepperdine
- Fred (Buzz) Borries, Navy
- Russell (Boo) Bowers, American
- Charles (Tub) Bradley, Wyoming
- Frank (Flash) Brian, Louisiana State
- Fred (Downtown) Brown, Iowa
- Murray (Mule) Brown, Florida State
- Luther (Ticky) Burden, Utah
- Michael (Spiderman) Burns, UNLV
- George (Chink) Busch, Creighton
- (Pogo) Joe Caldwell, Arizona State
- David (Corky) Calhoun, Penn
- Bruce (Soup) Campbell, Providence
- John (Moose) Campbell, Clemson
- Demond (Tweety) Carter, Baylor
- Sam (The Bam) Clancy, Pittsburgh
- Orrin (Tuffy) Clark, New Hampshire
- Craig (Speedy) Claxton, Hofstra
- Nathaniel (Sweetwater) Clifton, Xavier (La.)
- Vernell (Bimbo) Coles, Virginia Tech
- Derwin (Tank) Collins, New Orleans
- John (Chubby) Cox, Villanova/San Francisco
- Earl (The Twirl) Cureton, Robert Morris/Detroit
- Adrian (Ace) Custis, Virginia Tech
- Edwin (Greedy) Daniels, UNLV/Mississippi State
- E.B. (Ox) Darby, Texas A&M
- Anthony (Amp) Davis, George Mason
- Arthur (Yah) Davis, St. Joseph's
- McKinley (Deacon) Davis, Iowa
- Ronald (Boo) Davis, Milwaukee
- Lewis (Pick) Dehner, Illinois
- Paul (Shorty) des Jardien, University of Chicago
- Alfred (Dusty) DeStefano, St. John's
- Walter (Corky) Devlin, George Washington
- John (Hook) Dillon, North Carolina
- Julius (Daddy) Dolnics, Texas Christian
- Clyde (The Glide) Drexler, Houston
- Dwight (Dike) Eddleman, Illinois
- A.R. (Monk) Edwards, Kansas State
- LeRoy (Cowboy) Edwards, Kentucky
- Theodore (Blue) Edwards, East Carolina
- Eyo (Bubbles) Effiong, Winthrop
- Emil (Box) Englebretson, Creighton
- Julius (Dr. J) Erving, Massachusetts
- J.P. (Bubber) Farish, Auburn
- Kevin (Yogi) Ferrell, Indiana
- James (Bruiser) Flint, St. Joseph's
- Kevin (Ice) Florent, Southern
- Eric (Sleepy) Floyd, Georgetown
- Jackie (The Shot) Foley, Holy Cross
- Clarence (Bevo) Francis, Rio Grande (Ohio)
- Arnold (Clyde) Gaines, Wisconsin
- Lauren (Laddie) Gale, Oregon
- Harry (The Horse) Gallatin, Northeast Missouri
- Erin (Helicopter) Galloway, Hawaii
- George (Iceman) Gervin, Long Beach State/Eastern Michigan
- Carlos (Bunny) Gibson, Marshall
- Ward (Hoot) Gibson, Creighton
- Merlin (Boody) Gilbertson, Washington
- Amory (Slats) Gill, Oregon State
- Jack (Goose) Givens, Kentucky
- Bonnie (Country) Graham, Mississippi
- Paul (Snoopy) Graham, Ohio University
- Mike (Fly) Gray, Nevada-Reno
- Ken (Tree) Green, Nevada-Reno
- Kenneth (Apple) Green, Pan American
- Harold (Happy) Hairston, New York University
- Lindsay (Spider) Hairston, Michigan State
- Charles (Chick) Halbert, West Texas
- Wade (Swede) Halbrook, Oregon State
- Bill (Biff) Hall, Montana
- Earl (Bus) Hall, Virginia Tech
- Richard (Rip) Hamilton, Connecticut
- Anfernee (Penny) Hardaway, Memphis State
- Herbert (Hawkeye) Hargett, Mississippi State
- Greg (Boo) Harvey, St. John's
- Clem (The Gem) Haskins, Western Kentucky
- John (Hondo) Havlicek, Ohio State
- E.A. (Shag) Hawkins, Auburn
- Robert (Bubbles) Hawkins, Illinois State
- Clarence (Kleggie) Hermsen, Minnesota
- Eric (The Helicopter) Hicks, Cincinnati
- Jermaine (Squirt) Hicks, Weber State/Chicago State
- John (Babe) Higgins, Stanford
- Clinton (Bread Truck) Hinton, UNC Charlotte/Oral Roberts
- John (Doc) Holliday, Montana
- James (Lindy) Hood, Alabama
- Tecumseh (Tee) Hooper, The Citadel
- Alfredo (Tito) Horford, Miami (Fla.)
- Greg (Stretch) Howard, New Mexico
- (Hot) Rod Hundley, West Virginia
- Anthony (Jo Jo) Hunter, Maryland/Colorado
- Jimmy (Snap) Hunter, Memphis
- Allen (The Answer) Iverson, Georgetown
- Hernell (Jeep) Jackson, Texas-El Paso
- Frank (Spoon) James, UNLV
- Arthur (Brownie) Jaquay, Creighton
- Antonio (Scoop) Jardine, Syracuse
- Keith (Mister) Jennings, East Tennessee State
- Eugene (Pooh) Jeter, Portland
- Carldell (Squeaky) Johnson, UAB
- Dana (Binky) Johnson, Canisius
- Earvin (Magic) Johnson, Michigan State
- Gary (Cat) Johnson, Oral Roberts
- Gus (Honeycomb) Johnson, Idaho
- Kevin (Butter) Johnson, Charlotte
- Lynbert (Cheese) Johnson, Wichita State
- William (Elmo) Johnson, Southern Methodist
- Albert (Slab) Jones, New Mexico State
- Byron (Snake) Jones, San Francisco
- Gerald (Wimpy) Jones, Arizona State
- Lamont (Momo) Jones, Arizona/Iona
- Lucious (Lucky) Jones, Robert Morris
- Ronald (Popeye) Jones, Murray State
- Steve (Snapper) Jones, Oregon
- Wallace (Wah Wah) Jones, Kentucky
- Wilbert (Wibs) Kautz, Loyola of Chicago
- Robert (Jeep) Kelley, UNLV/Hawaii
- Harry (Machine Gun) Kelly, Texas Southern
- Bill (Pickles) Kennedy, Temple
- Eugene (Goo) Kennedy, Texas Christian
- Bob (Trigger) Kenney, Kansas
- Bruce (Sky) King, Pan American
- Raymond (Circus) King, San Diego State/California
- William (Dolly) King, Long Island
- Danrad (Chicken) Knowles, Houston
- Donald (Pinky) Knowles, Creighton
- Ed (Moose) Krause, Notre Dame
- Cletus (Goob) Kuehler, West Texas State
- David (Big Daddy) Lattin, Texas-El Paso
- Albert (Cappy) Lavin, San Francisco
- Hal (King) Lear, Temple
- Arnold (Butz) Lehrman, Minnesota
- Bob (Slick) Leonard, Indiana
- Andrew (Fuzzy) Levane, St. John's
- Lafayette (Fat) Lever, Arizona State
- Eugene (Junie) Lewis, Pittsburgh/South Alabama
- Brant (Pinky) Lipscomb, Vanderbilt
- Lewis (Magic) Lloyd, Drake
- (Jungle) Jim Loscutoff, Oregon
- John (Dub) Malaise, Texas Tech
- Karl (The Mailman) Malone, Louisiana Tech
- (Pistol) Pete Maravich, Louisiana State
- Floyd (Biggy) Marshall, Tennessee
- Slater (Dugie) Martin, Texas
- Cedric (Cornbread) Maxwell, UNC Charlotte
- Ayome (Paco) May, Kansas State
- E. (Branch) McCracken, Indiana
- Marvin (Moon) McCrary, Missouri
- Angus (Monk) McDonald, North Carolina
- Ken (Mouse) McFadden, Cleveland State
- Cornelius (Scooter) McFadgon, Memphis/Tennessee
- Billy (The Hill) McGill, Utah
- Horace (Bones) McKinney, North Carolina State/North Carolina
- Eric (Cricket) McLaughlin, Akron
- Don (Monk) Meineke, Dayton
- Dean (The Dream) Meminger, Marquette
- Francis (Ick) Miller, Creighton
- Ryan (Archie) Miller, North Carolina State
- Roland (The Cat) Minson, Brigham Young
- Earl (The Pearl) Monroe, Winston-Salem State
- Ed (Britches) Montgomery, Tennessee
- Bryan (Dinty) Moore, Stanford
- Harry (Moo) Moore, West Virginia
- Jonathan (Stitch) Moore, Furman
- Javone (Bam) Moore, Canisius
- Tony (Zippy) Morocco, Georgia
- Christopher (Kit) Mueller, Princeton
- Charles (Stretch) Murphy, Purdue
- Charlie (Feed) Murphy, Loyola of Chicago
- Lourawls (Tum Tum) Nairn, Michigan State
- Charles (Cotton) Nash, Kentucky
- Sherman (Nemo) Nearman, North Carolina
- Bill (Fig) Newton, Louisiana State
- Bob (Bevo) Nordmann, St. Louis
- Ken (Snake) Norman, Illinois
- Martyn (Moochie) Norris, Auburn
- Ralph (Buckshot) O'Brien, Butler
- Garland (Mule) O'Shields, Tennessee
- Bill (Fumbo) Ouseley, William & Mary
- Carlton (Silk) Owens, Rhode Island
- Horace (Pappy) Owens, Rhode Island
- Togo Palazzi, Holy Cross
- William (Smush) Parker, Fordham
- Choppy Patterson, Clemson
- Herschel (Bones) Pedersen, Brigham Young
- James (Scoonie) Penn, Boston College
- Ray (Cookie) Pericola, South Carolina
- Edward (Pancakes) Perry, Middle Tennessee State
- Ron (Spider) Perry, Virginia Tech
- Philip (Pap) Peyton, Texas
- John (Squint) Phares, West Virginia
- Milton (Milky) Phelps, San Diego State
- Paul (The Truth) Pierce, Kansas
- Clarke (Pinky) Pittenger, Toledo
- Nathanial (Giddy) Potts, Middle Tennessee State
- DeWayne (Pooh) Powell, Tennessee-Martin
- RaShawn (Pookie) Powell, Memphis/La Salle
- Phil (Flip) Pressey, Missouri
- George (Tic) Price, Virginia Tech/Virginia Commonwealth
- Carl (Dusty) Pullian, UT-Chattanooga
- Cal (The Hawk) Ramsey, New York University
- Earl (Shadow) Ray, Wyoming
- Bryant (Big Country) Reeves, Oklahoma State
- Richie (The Cat) Regan, Seton Hall
- Jesse (Cab) Renick, Oklahoma A&M
- Angelo (Rock) Reynolds, Penn
- Billy (The Kid) Reynolds, Northwestern State
- Jerry (Ice) Reynolds, Louisiana State
- Rudolph (Zip) Rhodes, Montana
- Cornelius (Poonie) Richardson, Jacksonville State
- Jerome (Pooh) Richardson, UCLA
- Glenn (Doc) Rivers, Marquette
- Oscar (Big O) Robertson, Cincinnati
- Glenn (Big Dog) Robinson Jr., Purdue
- Leonard (Truck) Robinson, Tennessee State
- Wayne (Tree) Rollins, Clemson
- Elwood (Woody) Romney, Brigham Young
- Alfred (Big 'Un) Rose, Texas
- Alvin (Fats) Roth, City College of New York
- Michael (Campy) Russell, Michigan
- Kent (Rip) Ryan, Utah State
- Forest (Aggie) Sale, Kentucky
- Sebastian (Subby) Salerno, Creighton
- Albert (Apple) Sanders, Louisiana State
- Tom (Satch) Sanders, New York University
- Frank (Pep) Saul, Seton Hall
- Philip (Flip) Saunders, Minnesota
- John (Bubber) Seward, Duke
- Northern (Doc) Shavers, Jackson State
- Nevil (The Shadow) Shed, Texas-El Paso
- Emilio (Zeke) Sinicola, Niagara
- Adrian (Odie) Smith, Kentucky
- Robert (Bingo) Smith, Tulsa
- Jermaine (Sunshine) Smith, UNLV
- (Sudden) Sam Smith, UNLV
- Vernon (Catfish) Smith, Georgia
- William (Beaver) Smith, St. John's
- John (Squeaky) Spanbauer, Niagara
- Dave (Ditto) Sparks, George Washington
- Marion (Odie) Spears, Western Kentucky
- Forrest (Frosty) Sprowl, Purdue
- Dave (The Rave) Stallworth, Wichita
- Bob (Sweeper) Stephens, Drexel
- George (Swede) Sundstrom, Rutgers
- Harley (Skeeter) Swift, East Tennessee State
- Anthony (Ace) Tanner, Davidson
- Clarence (Babe) Taylor, Vanderbilt
- Claude (Sleepy) Taylor, Middle Tennessee State
- Hugh (Bones) Taylor, Tulane
- Marvin (Corky) Taylor, Minnesota
- Roland (Fatty) Taylor, La Salle
- Irv (Swede) Terjesen, New York University
- Albert (Bobo) Thomas, Centenary
- Cleveland (Pancake) Thomas, New Mexico/Hartford
- Howard (Trey) Thompkins, Georgia
- Blackstone (Blackie) Thompson, Alabama
- John (Cat) Thompson, Montana State
- Marvis (Bootsy) Thornton, St. John's
- Nate (The Great) Thurmond, Bowling Green
- Gene (Bumper) Tormohlen, Tennessee
- Carlyle (Blackie) Towery, Western Kentucky
- Victor (Slick) Townsend, Oregon
- Robert (Tractor) Traylor, Michigan
- Ernest (Kiki) Vandeweghe, UCLA
- Charles (Chico) Vaughn, Southern Illinois
- Mathias (Mutt) Volz, Nebraska
- Malcolm (Sparky) Wade, Louisiana State
- Chet (The Jet) Walker, Bradley
- Vincent (Spotlight) Walker, Western Carolina
- Adrian (Spike) Walters, St. Francis (Pa.)
- Ray (Shag) Warren, Texas Christian
- Dwayne (Pearl) Washington, Syracuse
- Anthony (Spud) Webb, North Carolina State
- Marvin (Human Eraser) Webster, Morgan State
- Charles (Bubba) Wells, Austin Peay
- Gawen (Bonzi) Wells, Ball State
- Byron (Whizzer) White, Colorado
- Joseph (Jo Jo) White, Kansas
- Milton (Bus) Whitehead, Nebraska
- Charles (Hawkeye) Whitney, North Carolina State
- Leland (Pookey) Wigington, Seton Hall
- Richard (Buzz) Wilkinson, Virginia
- Anthony (Scoop) Williams, Toledo
- James (Bug) Williams, Syracuse
- James (Fly) Williams, Austin Peay State
- John (Hot Rod) Williams, Tulane
- Ron (Fritz) Williams, West Virginia
- Sylvester (Sly) Williams, Rhode Island
- Alvin (Pooh) Williamson, Tulsa
- Jim (Jiggy) Williamson, Rhode Island
- (Super) John Williamson, New Mexico State
- Thomas (Bubba) Wilson, Western Carolina
- Urgel (Slim) Wintermute, Oregon
- David (Poncho) Wright, Louisville
- Gerry (Sir Jamalot) Wright, Southern California/Iowa
- Joseph (Joby) Wright, Indiana
- Desmond (Boogie) Yates, Middle Tennessee State
- Paul (Hooks) Yesawich, Niagara
- Max (Slats) Zaslofsky, University of Chicago/St. John's
- Bob (Zeke) Zawoluk, St. John's
An old adage portends "the apple doesn't fall far from the tree." A challenging dynamic exists when playing for the same school where your dad was a standout. Whether or not it's a fair sampling (majority of dads are better), comparing the following father-son duos might provide a window depicting when the quality of play was superior. The Valentine's Way (son Denzel after father Carlton) generates headlines for Michigan State in the Big Ten Conference this season after the Marble Collection (Roy Devyn and Roy) excelled for Iowa in recent campaigns.
Marques Johnson was the third-leading scorer and fourth-leading rebounder for UCLA's 1975 NCAA champion and son Kris was a backup freshman for the Bruins' 1995 titlist. They are the only father-son duo to capture NCAA crowns for the same institution, propelling them atop the list of premier father-son combinations.
Did you know one of Carlton Valentine's teammates in 1987-88 was Andre Rison, who went on catch more than 80 passes five straight years from 1990 through 1994 with the Atlanta Falcons? The Valentines have gained more prominence, cracking the Top 20 among top father-son tandems, when Denzel flourished as one of the nation's premier all-round players in sparking the Spartans to short stint atop the national polls. However, his bid to become national player of the year incurred a setback when he was sidelined several weeks because of a knee injury. Other schools with a father/son link likely to participate in the NCAA playoffs this year include Florida State, Miami, Oregon State, Purdue, South Carolina and Vanderbilt. There is something in the family DNA for the following all-time Top 60 father-son tandems making the most impact for same major university factoring in how long they attended school:
|Rank||Family||School||Father's College Career Summary||Son's College Career Summary|
|1.||Johnson||UCLA||Marques, the national player of the year as a senior, averaged 14.4 ppg and 7.8 rpg from 1973-74 through 1976-77.||Kris averaged 11.6 ppg and 3.7 rpg from 1994-95 through 1997-98.|
|2.||Marble||Iowa||Roy, a three-time All-Big Ten Conference selection and the Hawkeyes' all-time leading scorer (2,116 points), averaged 15.8 ppg and 5 rpg from 1985-86 through 1988-89.||Roy Devyn averaged 12 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.7 apg and 1.3 spg from 2010-11 through 2013-14, ranking among the school's all-time top seven in points, rebounds, assists and steals.|
|3.||Burtt||Iona||Steve Sr., a two-time MAAC MVP, became the school's all-time leading scorer with 2,534 points by finishing among nation's top 17 scorers each of his last three seasons from 1981-82 through 1983-84.||Steve Jr., a three-time All-MAAC selection, is school runner-up with 2,034 points from 2002-03 through 2005-06, finishing seventh in country in scoring as a senior.|
|4.||Payton||Oregon State||Gary Sr., an NCAA unanimous first-team All-American as a senior in 1989-90, averaged 18.1 ppg and 7.8 apg in his four-year career with Beavers.||Gary II, a juco recruit, emerged as Pac-12 Conference POY candidate in 2015-16.|
|5.||Paxson||Dayton||James, a starter for two NIT runner-up teams, averaged 10.9 ppg and 7.6 rpg in three seasons in mid-1950s.||Jim, an All-American as a senior, averaged 18 ppg and 4.5 rpg from 1975-76 through 1978-79.|
|6.||Perry||Holy Cross||Ronnie Sr. averaged 13.6 ppg from 1951-52 through 1953-54.||Ronnie Jr., a three-time All-American, averaged 23.2 ppg and 3.9 apg while shooting 88.5% at free-throw line from 1976-77 through 1979-80.|
|7.||Hosket||Ohio State||Wilmer Clemens was named to third five on College Humor Magazine A-A in 1932-33 when he was fourth-leading scorer in Big Ten (8 ppg) as member of league co-champion.||Bill, a member of the U.S. Olympic squad after appearing in Final Four as a senior, averaged 19.5 ppg and 12.3 rpg in three seasons from 1965-66 through 1967-68.|
|8.||Haws||Brigham Young||Marty, an All-WAC first-team selection as a senior when leading the Cougars in scoring with 18.5 ppg, averaged 10.9 ppg and 4.1 apg from 1986-87 through 1989-90.||Tyler averaged 19.6 ppg and 4.3 rpg, ranking among the nation's top seven scorers his final three seasons (2012-13 through 2014-15).|
|9.||Rautins||Syracuse||Leo, who led the Orangemen in rebounds and assists as a senior when he was an All-Big East Conference third-team selection, averaged 12.1 ppg, 6.3 rpg and 5 apg from 1980-81 through 1982-83 after transferring from Minnesota.||Andy, an All-Big East second-team selection as a senior, averaged 8.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.7 apg and 1.4 spg from 2005-06 through 2009-10.|
|10.||Brewer||Arkansas||Ron, an All-American as a senior for a 1978 Final Four team, averaged 15.8 ppg and 3.3 rpg after one season at JC level.||Ronnie, a two-time All-SEC selection, averaged 15.7 ppg and 5 rpg from 2003-04 through 2005-06 before declaring early for NBA draft.|
|11.||Robinzine||DePaul||William Sr. averaged 15.3 ppg in 1954-55 and 1955-56.||William Jr. averaged 16.6 ppg and 11.4 rpg from 1972-73 through 1974-75, including team highs of 19.4 ppg and 13.5 rpg as a senior.|
|12.||Young||Houston||Michael, an All-American as a senior, was top scorer for back-to-back Final Four teams featuring Akeem Olajuwon (1983 and 1984), averaging 18.6 ppg over final two years.||Joseph averaged 14.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 2.4 apg in 2011-12 and 2012-13 with UH before transferring to Oregon.|
|13.||Warren||North Carolina State||Tony Sr. averaged 9.3 ppg and 4.3 rpg from 1976-77 through 1978-79 under coach Norm Sloan, leading Wolfpack in field-goal percentage as junior.||Tony "T.J." Jr. was an All-American and ACC Player of the Year as sophomore in 2013-14 before declaring early for NBA draft.|
|14.||Price||Oklahoma||Dennis averaged 10.9 ppg from 1957-58 through 1959-60.||Brent averaged 18 ppg and 5.8 apg for the Sooners in 1990-91 and 1991-92 after transferring from South Carolina.|
|15.||Hummer||Princeton||Edward, a Final Four teammate of All-American Bill Bradley before becoming an All-Ivy League second-team selection, averaged 10.2 ppg and 7 rpg from 1964-65 through 1966-67.||Ian, a three-time All-Ivy League selection, averaged 13.2 ppg and 5.9 rpg from 2009-10 through 2012-13.|
|16.||Cox||San Francisco||Chubby, setting stage for first father-son tandem to both be two-time all-conference selection for same school in same league, averaged team-high 5.4 apg in each of his final two seasons in 1976-77 and 1977-78.||John averaged 15.8 ppg and 4.2 rpg from 2001-02 through 2004-05, leading the WCC in scoring as a senior.|
|17.||Evans||Oklahoma||Eddie averaged 11.9 ppg from 1960-61 through 1962-63, including a team-high 16.4 ppg as a senior.||Terry averaged 11.1 ppg and 5.3 apg from 1989-90 through 1992-93, setting school records in assists (628) and three-point field goals (259).|
|18.||Raivio||Portland||Rick, a three-time All-WCAC selection who led the Pilots in FG% all four seasons, finished as their all-time leading rebounder (910/9.4 rpg) while averaging 17.2 ppg before becoming 1980 fifth-round draft choice by L.A. Lakers.||Nik, a J.C. recruit, was an All-WCC selection as a junior in 2008-09 when he averaged 16 ppg and 6.5 rpg before heading overseas to play professionally after concluding his college career with 14.3 ppg and 5.3 rpg.|
|19.||Temple||Louisiana State||Collis Jr., the first African-American varsity player in LSU history in 1971-72, averaged 10.1 ppg and 8.1 rpg in three seasons, ranking second in SEC in rebounding (11.1 rpg) and seventh in field-goal shooting (54.9%) as a senior.||Collis III averaged 10.2 ppg from 1999-00 through 2002-03, including career-high 14.3 ppg as sophomore when he scored 30 points in regular-season finale at Tennessee. Garrett was defensive whiz for 2006 Final Four club before becoming an All-SEC second-team pick as senior in 2008-09.|
|20.||Valentine||Michigan State||Carlton was the Spartans' leading scorer and rebounder as senior in 1987-88, finishing his career with 8.5 ppg and 4.1 rpg.||Denzel averaged 9.2 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 3.6 apg for NCAA playoff teams from 2013 through 2015 before emerging as a leading national POY candidate in 2016.|
|21.||Ainge||Brigham Young||Danny, a three-time All-American who averaged 20.9 ppg, was named national player of the year as senior in 1980-81.||Austin posted personal season highs of 9.5 ppg and 4.1 apg as sophomore in 2004-05 en route to career marks of 6.6 ppg and 3.5 apg.|
|22.||Mayes||Florida State||Tharon averaged 16.4 ppg for FSU from 1987-88 through 1989-90.||Stepson Xavier Rathan-Mayes scored 30 points in final 4:38 last year as freshman in game against Miami (Fla.).|
|23.||Guokas||St. Joseph's||Matt Sr. was tallest player and an original member of the famed "Mighty Mites" who asserted themselves in the Philly Big Five by winning 54 of 71 games in the late 1930s.||Matt Jr. averaged 15.4 ppg and 4.6 rpg for the Hawks in 1964-65 and 1965-66 after transferring from Miami (Fla.).|
|24.||Komives||Bowling Green||Howard averaged 25.8 ppg from 1961-62 through 1963-64, leading nation in scoring as senior All-American with 36.7 ppg.||Shane averaged 10.6 ppg from 1992-93 through 1995-96, including career-high 14.3 ppg as a sophomore.|
|25.||Ellis||San Francisco||Joe, a three-time All-WCAC first-team selection from 1963-64 through 1965-66, averaged 13.5 ppg and 8.9 rpg.||Kevin averaged 9.1 ppg and 3 rpg his final two seasons in 1988-89 and 1989-90.|
|26.||Springer||Iona||Gary Sr., a three-time All-MAAC selection, averaged 15.4 ppg and 8.4 rpg from 1980-81 through 1983-84.||Gary Jr., an All-MAAC third-team selection as a senior in 2008-09, averaged 7.6 ppg and 5.2 rpg.|
|27.||Becker||Arizona State||Art, a two-time All-WAC selection, averaged 15.7 ppg and 9 rpg from 1961-62 through 1963-64, ranks among school career leaders in rebound average, FG% (52.4) and FT% (79.7). Teammate of Joe Caldwell had two games with more than 20 points and 20 rebounds as a junior when leading team with 11.2 rpg.||Mark averaged 8.8 ppg and 4.8 rpg from 1986-87 through 1989-90, leading team in rebounding as a sophomore with 5.5 per game.|
|28.||Henry||Kansas||Carl, an OCU transfer, averaged 17.1 ppg and 6.4 rpg in 1982-83 and 1983-84 as a two-time All-Big Eight Conference selection.||Xavier, an All-Big 12 Conference Rookie Team choice, averaged 13.4 ppg and 4.4 rpg as freshman in 2009-10 before leaving school early for NBA draft.|
|29.||Frederick||South Carolina||Zam Sr. led nation in scoring as a senior in 1980-81 with 28.9 ppg to finish career with 13.7 ppg.||Zam II, an All-SEC second-team selection as a senior, averaged 15.1 ppg with the Gamecocks in 2007-08 and 2008-09 after transferring from Georgia Tech.|
|30.||Kornet||Vanderbilt||Frank, an All-SEC second-team selection as senior, averaged 8.8 ppg and 4.5 rpg from 1985-86 through 1988-89 before playing couple of seasons in NBA.||Luke, one of the top outside shooters for a seven-footer the past three seasons, contributed a triple-double in game against Auburn.|
|31.||Payne||Iowa||Tom was leading the Hawkeyes in scoring and rebounding at end of first semester of junior season (1956-57) when declared academically ineligible.||Michael averaged 9.6 ppg and 7.3 rpg from 1981-82 through 1984-85, pacing team in rebounding his first two seasons.|
|32.||Simmons||Evansville||Marty, an Indiana transfer, averaged 24.3 ppg, 6.8 rpg and 3.8 apg as two-time All-MCC first-team selection in 1986-87 and 1987-88.||Blake has averaged 7.7 ppg for the surging Aces the past 2 1/2 seasons.|
|33.||Howard||Brigham Young||Orin was a multi-sport Hall of Famer for the school in the 1920s.||Doug, a second-team All-WAC selection as a junior in 1968-69 (15.4 ppg, 4 rpg, 85.3 FT%) and senior in 1969-70 (18.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 85.3 FT%) led Cougars in scoring his last two years.|
|34.||Butler||Richmond||Jeff, a transfer from Robert Morris (Pa.) when it was a junior college, led UR in scoring and rebounding in 1975-76 and 1976-77, averaging 15.2 ppg and 9.6 rpg.||Ryan, a starter much of stint from 2006-07 through 2009-10, finished his career fifth in total steals and three-pointers, averaging 6.6 ppg and 2.8 rpg.|
|35.||Stephens||Purdue||Everette averaged 8.8 ppg and 4 apg from 1984-85 through 1987-88.||Kendall averaged 8.4 ppg the past 2 1/2 seasons.|
|36.||Ewing||Georgetown||Patrick Sr., the national player of the year as a senior, averaged 15.3 ppg and 9.2 rpg from 1981-82 through 1984-85.||Patrick Jr. averaged 5.1 ppg and 3.1 rpg with the Hoyas in 2006-07 and 2007-08 after transferring from Indiana.|
|37.||Stockton||Gonzaga||John, MVP of the WCAC as a senior, averaged 12.5 ppg and 5.2 apg from 1980-81 through 1983-84.||David averaged 4.6 ppg and 2.9 apg for four NCAA playoff teams from 2010-11 through 2013-14.|
|38.||Mimlitz||St. Louis||Jack, a two-time All-Missouri Valley Conference selection, averaged 14.2 ppg from 1955-56 through 1957-58.||Ted averaged 7 ppg for SLU in 1985-86 and 1986-87 after transferring from Missouri.|
|39.||McKie||South Carolina||BJ, a three-time All-SEC first-team selection, remains school's all-time leading scorer with 2,119 points from 1995-96 through 1998-99.||Justin has been backup guard the past 2 1/2 seasons.|
|40.||Morningstar||Kansas||Roger, runner-up in scoring for a Final Four squad, averaged 11.7 ppg and 4.8 rpg in 1973-74 and 1974-75 after transferring from a junior college.||Brady averaged 5.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg and 2.6 apg from 2006-07 through 2010-11.|
|41.||Shepherd||Butler||Bill Sr. averaged 5.9 ppg in 1947-48 and 6.6 ppg in 1948-49.||Billy Jr., who scored 49 points in a game at Arizona as a junior, averaged 24.1 ppg from 1969-70 through 1971-72 (career-low senior mark of 19.3 ppg while contributing team-high 5.8 apg).|
|42.||Fife||Michigan||Dan averaged 12.6 ppg and 4.9 rpg from 1968-69 through 1970-71.||Dugan, a backup on the last Fab Five Final Four team, averaged 4.6 ppg and 2 rpg from 1992-93 through 1995-96.|
|43.||Suttle||Pepperdine||Dane Sr., co-MVP of the WCAC as a senior, averaged 16.2 ppg from 1979-80 through 1982-83 before playing briefly in NBA.||Dane Jr. averaged 5.6 ppg from 2009-10 through 2011-12.|
|44.||Rose||Houston||Lynden, a J.C. recruit who became co-captain of 1982 Final Four squad, averaged 7.5 ppg and 3.3 apg.||L.J. averaged 8.1 ppg and 5.1 apg as a UH sophomore in 2013-14 after transferring from Baylor.|
|45.||Wilkins||Illinois State||Jeff averaged 16.4 ppg and 9.8 rpg from 1974-75 through 1976-77, leading team in scoring, rebounding and FG% as a senior before becoming an NBA second-round draft choice.||John, a J.C. transfer, averaged 7.1 ppg and 3.8 rpg from 2010-11 through 2012-13.|
|46.||Dozier||South Carolina||Perry averaged 2.5 ppg from 1985-86 through 1987-88.||PJ, USC's top freshman recruit in 2015-16, was instrumental in helping the Gamecocks go undefeated into the new year.|
|47.||Whitehead||Louisville||Eddie averaged 5.8 ppg and 5.2 rpg from 1963-64 through 1965-66, finishing runner-up in rebounding behind All-American Wes Unseld as a senior.||Luke averaged 9.1 ppg and 3.8 rpg from 2000-01 through 2003-04, including NCAA playoff squads his final two seasons (leading rebounder and runner-up in scoring as senior).|
|48.||Mills||Kentucky||Terry averaged 6.7 ppg for three NCAA Tournament teams from 1968-69 through 1970-71.||Cameron, who averaged 4.3 ppg from 1994-95 through 1996-97, led UK in three-point FG% as a junior when he averaged 11.8 ppg in the NCAA playoffs.|
|49.||Sutton||Oklahoma State||Eddie averaged 6.6 ppg and 2.6 rpg while shooting 82.1% from free-throw line in the late 1950s.||Sean, pacing the Pokes in assists and three-point shooting both seasons, averaged 11 ppg, 2.5 rpg and 4.4 apg in 1990-91 and 1991-92 for two NCAA playoff teams after transferring from UK.|
|50.||Melchionni||Duke||Gary averaged 10.4 ppg and 2.7 rpg from 1970-71 through 1972-73.||Lee averaged 4.5 ppg and 2.2 rpg while shooting 35.9% from beyond the arc from 2002-03 through 2005-06.|
|51.||Altenberger||Illinois||Bill averaged 7.7 ppg from 1954-55 through 1956-57.||Doug averaged 9.6 ppg from 1982-83 through 1986-87, including 13.6 ppg as a senior when he was an All-Big Ten third-team selection.|
|52.||McElwain||Stanford||Les played in early 1930s.||Mal averaged 10.9 ppg and 6.3 rpg as a three-year starting forward in late 1960s.|
|53.||Urzetta||St. Bonaventure||Sam, who led the nation in FT% as a sophomore and senior, averaged 6.2 ppg from 1946-47 through 1949-50.||Nick averaged 8.7 ppg in late 1970s.|
|54.||Vopicka||Illinois||James was second-leading scorer in 1935-36 and a starter on 1936-37 club tying for Big Ten title.||Jim averaged 5.7 ppg in 1963-64 and 3.8 ppg in 1964-65.|
|55.||Christensen||Brigham Young||Harold, a member of 1951 NIT championship team, averaged 7.8 ppg and 4.4 rpg before he was chosen by the Minneapolis Lakers in 1953 NBA draft.||Todd averaged 5.8 ppg in 1995-96, 1998-99 and 1999-00.|
|56.||Parkinson||Purdue||Bruce, an All-Big Ten first-team selection as a junior, averaged 10.9 ppg and 4.3 rpg from 1972-73 through 1976-77.||Austin averaged 2.2 ppg and 3.2 apg from 2000-01 through 2003-04.|
|57.||Hall||Vanderbilt||Jerry Don averaged 6.3 ppg and 1.7 rpg from 1960-61 through 1962-63.||Dan, who led Vandy in rebounding as a sophomore, averaged 7.1 ppg and 4.7 rpg in 1989-90 and from 1991-92 through 1993-94.|
|58.||Chatman||Brigham Young||Jeff remains one of BYU's all-time top 10 scorers after averaging 14.9 ppg and 4.7 rpg from 1984-85 through 1987-88.||Jordan was averaging 2.6 ppg as a freshman in 2015-16.|
|59.||Boyd||Southern California||Bob was an All-PCC South Division first-team selection in 1951-52 before coaching his alma mater.||Bill averaged 2.9 ppg and 1.5 rpg from 1972-73 through 1975-76 (missed 1974-75 because of broken foot).|
|T60.||Craig||Brigham Young||Robert, a member of 1951 NIT titlist, averaged 3.5 ppg in 1949-50 and 1950-51.||Steve, a teammate of All-American Danny Ainge, averaged 7.2 ppg and 2.5 rpg in 1975-76 and from 1978-79 through 1980-81.|
|T60.||Lawrence||Miami (Fla.)||Anthony Sr. played a couple of seasons in mid-1990s.||Anthony Jr. was averaging just over 5 ppg as a freshman in 2015-16.|
Despite what you might read elsewhere, a striking number of major-college standouts started their careers playing for a four-year small college before transferring. Of course, the most prominent player in this category is all-time great Elgin Baylor. After leaving College of Idaho, Baylor became an NCAA unanimous first-team All-American with Seattle in 1957-58.
More than 30 different players became NCAA Division I conference all-league selections in the 1980s and 1990s after beginning their careers with a small four-year college. In 2013-14, Weber State swingman Davion Berry (transfer from Cal State Monterey Bay) became the fourth player thus far in the 21st Century to earn MVP honors in a DI league after transferring from a small college.
Michigan three-point specialist Duncan Robinson (17.1 ppg and 6.5 rpg for Williams MA in 2013-14 before transferring) will make major contributions to the Wolverines, but the odds are against him making as huge an impact in a power conference to what Gerald Glass did in the SEC for Ole Miss after departing Delta State. Who will be next player to join new Alabama coach Avery Johnson (transferred from Cameron OK to Southern LA) among the following chronological list of first-team all-conference selections since the NCAA playoffs expanded to at least 64 teams in 1985 after starting their college careers playing for non-Division I four-year schools?
|Season||First-Team Selection||Pos.||Division I School||Conference||Four-Year Small College|
|1984-85||Curtis High||G||Nevada-Reno||Big Sky||Tennessee-Martin|
|1984-85||Jim McCaffrey||G||Holy Cross||Metro Atlantic||St. Michael's (Vt.)|
|1984-85||Bob McCann||C||Morehead State||Ohio Valley||Upsala (N.J.)|
|1985-86||Oscar Jones||G||Delaware||East Coast||Winston-Salem State (N.C.)|
|1985-86||Jim McCaffrey||G||Holy Cross||Metro Atlantic||St. Michael's (Vt.)|
|1985-86||Bob McCann||C||Morehead State||Ohio Valley||Upsala (N.J.)|
|1985-86||Jerry Stroman||F||Utah||Western Athletic||Benedict (S.C.)|
|1986-87||Marchell Henry||F||East Carolina||Colonial Athletic||St. Andrews (N.C.)|
|1986-87||Avery Johnson||G||Southern (La.)||SWAC||Cameron (Okla.)|
|1986-87||Bob McCann*||C||Morehead State||Ohio Valley||Upsala (N.J.)|
|1986-87||Ron Simpson||F||Rider||East Coast||Adelphi (N.Y.)|
|1987-88||Avery Johnson*||G||Southern (La.)||SWAC||Cameron (Okla.)|
|1987-88||Larry Jones*||F||Boston University||ECAC North Atlantic||C.W. Post (N.Y.)|
|1988-89||Gerald Glass||F||Mississippi||SEC||Delta State (Miss.)|
|1989-90||Gerald Glass||F||Mississippi||SEC||Delta State (Miss.)|
|1990-91||Marcus Kennedy*||F-C||Eastern Michigan||Mid-American||Ferris State (Mich.)|
|1990-91||Tony Walker||F||Saint Peter's||Metro Atlantic||Kean College (N.J.)|
|1992-93||Leon McGee||G||Western Michigan||Mid-American||Michigan Tech|
|1993-94||Tucker Neale*||G||Colgate||Patriot League||Ashland (Ohio)|
|1994-95||Tucker Neale||G||Colgate||Patriot League||Ashland (Ohio)|
|1995-96||Johnny Taylor||F||UT-Chattanooga||Southern||Knoxville (Tenn.)|
|1996-97||Johnny Taylor*||F||UT-Chattanooga||Southern||Knoxville (Tenn.)|
|1996-97||Raymond Tutt||G||UC Santa Barbara||Big West||Azusa Pacific (Calif.)|
|1997-98||Andrew Betts||C||Long Beach State||Big West||C.W. Post (N.Y.)|
|1997-98||Chad Townsend||G||Murray State||Ohio Valley||St. Edward's (Tex.)|
|1999-00||Matt Gladieux||G||Coastal Carolina||Big South||Bellarmine (Ky.)|
|2000-01||Demond Stewart*||G||Niagara||Metro Atlantic||Mercyhurst (Pa.)|
|2001-02||Justin Rowe||C||Maine||America East||Clearwater Christian (Fla.)|
|2003-04||Miah Davis*||G||Pacific||Big West||Cal State Stanislaus|
|2004-05||Yemi Nicholson*||C||Denver||Sun Belt||Fort Lewis (Colo.)|
|2012-13||Davion Berry||G-F||Weber State||Big Sky||Cal State Monterey Bay|
|2013-14||Davion Berry*||G-F||Weber State||Big Sky||Cal State Monterey Bay|
*Ten of these players were named conference MVP.
NOTE: Tennessee-Martin subsequently moved up to the DI level.
Did You Know?: Marquee mentors John Beilein (Canisius), Vic Bubas (Duke), Denny Crum (Louisville), Bob Knight (Army), Guy Lewis (Houston), Ralph Miller (Wichita), Digger Phelps (Notre Dame) and Jerry Tarkanian (UNLV) lost their head coaching debuts with these schools between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Prominent players don't establish most of the school standards against lesser lights in non-conference competition. For instance, Utah's Billy McGill and Illinois' Skip Thoren set school single-game rebounding records in the early 1960s when each of them retrieved 24 missed shots against UCLA before the Bruins began their run of NCAA titles under legendary coach John Wooden.
Granted, fewer contests are played around Christmas but there clearly is a significant decrease in superior performances during that span. Holiday festivities can go awry between Christmas and New Year's Eve. Just ask top-ranked Virginia, which lost at tiny Chaminade in 1982, and NCAA champion-to-be Michigan, which bowed to Alaska-Anchorage on a neutral court in 1988. Following is a day-by-day calendar citing memorable moments in December college basketball history:
1 - Eastern Kentucky's Jack Adams (49 points vs. Union in 1955), Iona's A.J. English (46 vs. Fairfield in 2015), Louisville's Wes Unseld (45 vs. Georgetown College KY in 1967) and NYU's Jim Signorile (50 vs. Herbert Lehman NY in 1969) set school Division I single-game scoring records. English's output tied a MAAC game mark. . . . Ronnie Shavlik (55 points vs. William & Mary in 1954 set North Carolina State's single-game scoring record against a major-college opponent. . . . Vic Bubas made his Duke head coaching debut in 1959 with a 59-49 loss against Georgia Tech before guiding the Blue Devils to three Final Fours in a four-year span in the mid-1960s. . . . Pete Carril made his Princeton debut in 1967 with a 62-59 win against Army en route to becoming the Tigers' all-time winningest coach and capturing the Ivy League's only NIT championship (1975). . . . Denny Crum made his Louisville head coaching debut in 1971 with a 70-69 defeat at Florida before amassing a school-record 675 victories. . . . Eddie Sutton made his Creighton head coaching debut in 1969 with an 84-62 decision over Wisconsin-Oshkosh en route to 802 victories with five schools. . . . Jerry Tarkanian made his UNLV head coaching debut in 1973 with an 82-76 defeat against Texas Tech before notching a school-record 509 victories with the Rebels. . . . Ralph Miller made his Wichita head coaching debut in 1951 with a 62-55 defeat at Colorado before registering 657 victories with three schools. . . . Guy Lewis made his Houston head coaching debut in 1956 with a 97-78 defeat at Kansas State before compiling a school-record 592 victories. . . . Al McGuire made his Marquette debut in 1964 with a 69-49 triumph over St. Thomas MN en route to becoming the Warriors' all-time winningest coach. . . . Bob Knight made his Indiana debut in 1971 with an 84-77 triumph over Ball State en route to becoming the Hoosiers' all-time winningest coach. . . . Digger Phelps made his Notre Dame debut in 1971 with a 101-83 defeat against Michigan before compiling a school-record 393 victories. . . . Frank McGuire made his South Carolina coaching debut in 1964 with a 76-59 triumph against Erskine SC en route to a school-record 283 victories. . . . John Beilein made his Canisius coaching debut in 1992 with a 110-62 defeat at Duke before going on to win more than 20 games in a single season with four different DI schools. . . . Bob Nichols made his Toledo coaching debut in 1965 with a 108-77 triumph against Baldwin-Wallace OH en route to a school-record 375 victories. . . . Lynn Howden (24 vs. Florida State in 1970) set Texas' single-game rebounding record against a major-college opponent.
2 - Eventual NCAA all-time scoring leader Pete Maravich collected 48 points and career-high 16 rebounds in his LSU varsity debut (97-81 win against Tampa in 1967). . . . Northern Arizona's Cory Schwab (43 points at Cal Poly in overtime in 2000) and Wisconsin's Christian Steinmetz (50 at Sparta's Company C in 1904) set school Division I single-game scoring records. . . . Dean Smith made his North Carolina head coaching debut in 1961 with an 80-46 decision over Virginia en route to a school-record 879 victories. . . . Norm Stewart made his Missouri head coaching debut in 1967 with a 74-58 success at Arkansas en route to a school-record 634 victories with the Tigers. . . . Don Haskins made his Texas Western head coaching debut in 1961 with a 66-59 triumph at Iowa State en route to a school-record 719 victories. . . . Terry Holland made his Virginia coaching debut in 1974 with a 77-69 victory against Washington & Lee VA en route to a school-record 326 victories. . . . Phil Martelli made his Saint Joseph's debut in 1995 with a 64-56 success at Delaware en route to becoming the Hawks' all-time winningest coach and national COY in 2004.
3 - Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Von McDade (50 points at Illinois in double overtime in 1990) set school single-game scoring record. . . . Lew Alcindor collected 56 points and 21 rebounds vs. Southern California in his varsity debut with UCLA in 1966. . . . John Wooden made his UCLA head coaching debut in 1948 with a 43-37 decision over UC Santa Barbara en route to a school-record 620 victories with the Bruins. . . . Lefty Driesell made his Davidson head coaching debut in 1960 with a 65-59 decision over Wake Forest en route to 786 victories with four schools. . . . Everett Case made his North Carolina State coaching debut in 1946 with a 63-28 decision over the Cherry Point Marines en route to a school-record 377 victories with the Wolfpack. . . . Arizona State's Mark Landsberger (27 vs. San Diego State in 1976), Jacksonville's Artis Gilmore (34 vs. St. Peter's in 1970) and UMKC's Tony Berg (23 vs. Baylor in 1996) set school single-game rebounding records.
4 - Mississippi State's Bailey Howell (47 points vs. Union TN in 1958) and Northwestern State's Billy Reynolds (42 at Lamar in 1976) set school Division I single-game scoring records. . . . Brown's Ed Tooley shot an NCAA-record 36 free throws in a single game in 1954. . . . Long Beach State's school-record 75-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by San Francisco (94-84 in overtime in 1974). . . . Lou Carnesecca made his St. John's coaching debut in 1965 with a 64-62 triumph at Georgetown in overtime en route to a school-record 526 victories. . . . Bob Knight made his Army head coaching debut in 1965 with a 70-49 setback at Princeton before becoming Indiana's all-time winningest coach and compiling 899 victories. . . . UCLA's season-opening defeat by 27 points (110-83 at Illinois in 1964) was worst-ever for a team going on to capture an NCAA championship. . . . Marv Branstrom (28 vs. Arizona State in 1958) set San Jose State's single-game rebounding record.
5 - Kansas' Wilt Chamberlain (52 points vs. Northwestern in 1956), North Carolina State's David Thompson (57 vs. Buffalo State in 1974), Rider's Ron Simpson (48 at St. Francis NY in double overtime in 1987) and Washington State's Brian Quinnett (45 vs. Loyola Marymount in 1986 Amana Hawkeye Classic at Iowa City) set school Division I single-game scoring records. Chamberlain also grabbed 31 rebounds in his varsity debut, establishing an NCAA standard for most boards in first career game. . . . Charlotte's school-record 60-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Appalachian State (71-64 in 1977). . . . Dale Brown made his LSU head coaching debut in 1972 with a 94-81 triumph against Memphis State en route to a school-record 448 victories. . . . Harry Combes made his Illinois coaching debut in 1947 with a 67-27 success against Coe College IA before directing the Illini to three Final Fours in a four-year span from 1949 through 1952. . . . Shelby Metcalf made his Texas A&M head coaching debut in 1963 with a 61-58 triumph against Houston en route to a school-record 438 victories. . . . Gene Estes (24 vs. Texas Western in 1960) set Tulsa's single-game rebounding record against a major-college opponent.
6 - American's Russell "Boo" Bowers (45 points at Harvard in 1980), Nebraska-Omaha's Devin Patterson (41 at Montana State in 2015), Old Dominion's Alex Loughton (45 vs. Charlotte in double overtime in 2003), Rice's Doug McKendrick (47 vs. Georgia Tech in 1965) and Texas-San Antonio's Roderic Hall (52 vs. Maine in consolation game of 1997 Southwest Missouri Tournament at Springfield, Mo.) set school Division I single-game scoring records. . . . Kent State's Doug Grayson set an NCAA single-game record by hitting 16 consecutive field-goal attempts vs. North Carolina in 1967. . . . Indiana's school-record 35-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Kentucky (66-51 in 1976). . . . Bob Presley (27 vs. St. Mary's in 1967) set California's single-game rebounding record.
7 - Niagara's Calvin Murphy (68 points vs. Syracuse in 1968) and St. Mary's Jim Moore (43 vs. Sacramento State in 1964) set school Division I single-game scoring records. . . . Forest Arnold (46 points vs. Hardin-Simmons in 1955) set Memphis State's single-game scoring record against a major-college opponent. . . . Cincinnati's school-record 86-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Kansas (51-47 in 1963), Jacksonville's school-record 35-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Florida State (90-83 in 1971) and Tulsa's school-record 36-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Oklahoma State (93-75 in 1982). . . . Benny Becton (29 vs. Maine in 1962) set Vermont's single-game rebounding record.
8 - Davidson's Fred Hetzel (53 points vs. Furman in 1964), Morgan State's James McCoy (38 vs. Georgia State in semifinals of 1989 Godfather's Pizza Classic at Chattanooga, Tenn.), Rutgers' Bob Lloyd (51 at Delaware in 1965) and Wright State's Bill Edwards (45 vs. Morehead State in 1992) set school Division I single-game scoring records. . . . Arizona's school-record 81-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Kansas State (76-57 in 1951) and Missouri's school-record 34-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Arkansas (95-82 in 1990). . . . Colgate's Jack Nichols (26 vs. Cornell in 1956) and Missouri State's Lee Campbell (20 vs. Southern Utah State in 1989) set school single-game rebounding records against DI opponents.
9 - Tony Bolds (41 points vs. Alcorn State in opening round of 1983 Great Busch Shootout at Southern Illinois) set Mercer's Division I single-game scoring record. . . . Utah's school-record 54-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Weber State (79-77 in 2000). . . . Butler's Jeff Blue (23 vs. Michigan in 1961), College of Charleston's Thaddeous Delaney (21 vs. Charleston Southern in 1995), Dayton's Garry Roggenburk (32 vs. Miami Ohio in 1959), Iowa State's Bill Cain (26 vs. Minnesota in 1969), Lafayette's Ron Moyer (33 vs. Gettysburg PA in 1970) and Towson's Junior Hairston (21 vs. Niagara in 2007) set school single-game rebounding records against Division I opponents.
10 - Duke's Danny Ferry (58 points at Miami FL in 1988) and Long Beach State's Ed Ratleff (45 vs. St. Mary's in 1970) set school single-game scoring records. . . . Troy State (28 of 74) and George Mason (16 of 34) combined to set NCAA single-game three-point field-goal records in 1994 for shots made and attempted beyond the arc with Troy State's figures establishing marks for one team. . . . Tulane's school-record 42-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Arkansas (42-41 in 1949). . . . Bucknell's Hal Danzig (29 vs. Lehigh in 1958), Kentucky's Bob Burrow (34 vs. Temple in 1955) and Louisville's Charlie Tyra (38 vs. Canisius in 1955) set school single-game rebounding records.
11 - North Carolina A&T's Joe Binion (41 points vs. Livingstone NC in final of 1982 Miller Aggie Classic) and Virginia's Barry Parkhill (51 vs. Baldwin-Wallace OH in 1971) set school Division I single-game scoring records. . . . Louisville's Clifford Rozier set an NCAA single-game record by hitting all 15 of his field-goal attempts against Eastern Kentucky in 1993. . . . Ohio State's school-record 50-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Davidson (95-73 in 1963). . . . Marvin Barnes (28 vs. Fairfield in 1972) set Providence's single-game rebounding record against a DI opponent.
12 - Alabama's Mike Nordholz (50 points vs. Southern Mississippi at 1966 Birmingham Classic), North Dakota State's Ben Woodside (60 vs. Stephen F. Austin in 2008), Radford's Doug Day (43 at Central Connecticut State in 1990), Southern's Tim Roberts (56 vs. Faith Baptist LA in 1994) and Texas Christian's Lee Nailon (53 vs. Mississippi Valley State in first round of 1997 TCU Tournament) set school Division I single-game scoring records. . . . Oklahoma's Mookie Blaylock set an NCAA single-game record with 13 steals vs. Centenary in 1987. . . . Henry "Hank" Iba made his Oklahoma A&M head coaching debut in 1934 with a 24-17 decision over Wichita en route to a school-record 655 victories with the Cowboys. . . . Kent State's Leroy Thompson (31 vs. Case Western OH in 1948) and Weber State's Willie Sojourner (25 vs. West Texas State in 1969) set school single-game rebounding records.
13 - Evansville's inaugural year at the NCAA Division I level ended in tragedy in 1977 when coach Bobby Watson and 13 members of his Purple Aces squad perished in a plane crash shortly after taking off en route to their fifth game of the season. . . . St. Peter's Rich Rinaldi (54 points vs. St. Francis NY in 1971), Southern Mississippi's Jerome Arnold (41 vs. Missouri-Kansas City in 1978), Toledo's Clarke "Pinky" Pittenger (49 at Bluffton OH in 1918) and Tulsa's Willie Biles (48 vs. St. Cloud State MN in 1973) set school Division I single-game scoring records. . . . Phog Allen made his Kansas head coaching debut in 1907 with a 66-22 decision over Ottawa KS en route to a school-record 590 victories with the Jayhawks. . . . Bradley's Barney Cable (28 vs. Canisius in 1955), Eastern Kentucky's Garfield Smith (33 vs. Marshall in 1967) and UALR's Rashad Jones-Jennings (30 vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff in 2005) set school single-game rebounding records against a DI opponent.
14 - Marshall's Keith Veney set an NCAA single-game record for three-pointers (making 15-of-25 shots from beyond arc vs. Morehead State in 1996).
15 - UC Irvine's Kevin Magee (46 points vs. Loyola Marymount in 1981) and Providence's Marvin Barnes (52 vs. Austin Peay in 1973) set school single-game scoring records. . . . Tennessee topped Temple, 11-6, in 1973 in the lowest-scoring game since 1938. . . . La Salle's Michael Brooks set the East Coast Conference single-game scoring record with 51 points at Brigham Young in 1979. . . . Jack Friel made his Washington State debut in 1928 with a 62-18 decision over Lewis-Clark State ID en route to becoming the Cougars' all-time winningest coach. . . . Cal State Fullerton's Kerry Davis (27 vs. Central Michigan in 1975), Colgate's Dick Osborn (26 vs. Yale in 1951), Texas A&M's Vernon Smith and Rynn Wright (21 vs. UNLV in 1978) and Utah State's Wayne Estes (28 vs. Regis CO in 1962) set school single-game rebounding records against DI opponents.
16 - Cal State Fullerton's Bobby Brown (47 points vs. Bethune-Cookman in 2006), Creighton's Bob Portman (51 vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1967), Murray State's Marcus Brown (45 vs. Washington MO in 1995) and North Carolina's Bob Lewis (49 vs. Florida State in 1965) set school single-game scoring records. . . . In 2000, Illinois guard Cory Bradford set an NCAA record by hitting a three-point field goal in his 74th of 88 consecutive games. . . . St. Joseph's school-record 34-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Fairfield (82-68 in 1966) and Texas-El Paso's school-record 31-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Indiana (69-66 in 1989). . . . Florida State's Dave Cowens (31 vs. LSU in 1967), Mercer's Scott Farley (22 vs. Alabama in 1995), SMU's Ira Terrell (26 vs. New Mexico State in 1975) and UTEP's Jim Barnes (27 vs. Centenary in 1963) set school single-game rebounding records against a major-college opponent.
17 - Furman senior swingman Darrell Floyd set a Southern Conference single-game record with 62 points vs. The Citadel in 1955. . . . Oklahoma's Mookie Blaylock tied his NCAA single-game record with 13 steals vs. Loyola Marymount in 1988. . . . Cincinnati's LaZelle Durden set the Great Midwest Conference single-game scoring record with 45 points at Wyoming in 1994. . . . Illinois ended visiting San Francisco's school-record 60-game winning streak (62-33 in 1957). . . . Denver's Dick Brott (29 vs. Southern California in 1956) and Furman's Bob Thomas (35 vs. The Citadel in 1955) set school single-game rebounding records against a major-college opponent.
18 - Warren Isaac (50 points vs. Bates ME in 1964) set Iona's Division I single-game scoring record. . . . Penn's school-record 34-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Temple (57-52 in 1971). . . . Adolph Rupp made his Kentucky head coaching debut in 1930 with a 67-19 decision over Georgetown College KY en route to a school-record 876 victories. . . . Hec Edmundson made his Washington debut in 1920 with a 30-14 decision over Varsity/Alumni en route to becoming the Huskies' all-time winningest coach. . . . Alabama's Harry Hammonds (28 vs. Massachusetts in 1966), Brigham Young's Scott Warner (27 vs. Texas Tech in 1969), Cleveland State's Dave Kyle (24 vs. Ohio University in 1976) and Hofstra's John Irving (28 vs. Long Island in 1975) set school single-game rebounding records against a major-college opponent.
19 - Iowa State's Lafester Rhodes (54 points vs. Iowa in overtime in 1987), Norfolk State's Tony Murphy (43 vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at UNLV in 2006) and UNC Asheville's Ricky Chatman (41 vs. James Madison in overtime in 1987) set school Division I single-game scoring records. . . . Kevin Thomas (46 vs. Tennessee in 1955 Carousel Invitational at Charlotte) set Boston University's single-game scoring record against a DI opponent. . . . Auburn's Rex Frederick (27 vs. SMU in 1957), Lehigh's Greg Falkenbach (25 vs. Drexel in 1970) and New Mexico State's Sam Lacey (27 vs. Hardin-Simmons TX in 1969) set school single-game rebounding records against a major-college opponent.
20 - Fresno State's Charles Bailey (45 points at North Texas State in double overtime in 1973), Georgia's Ronnie Hogue (46 vs. Louisiana State in 1971) and Maryland's Ernest Graham (44 vs. North Carolina State in 1978) set school single-game scoring records. . . . John Connors (23 vs. Iona in 1956) set St. Bonaventure's single-game rebounding record against a major-college opponent.
21 - Idaho's Orlando Lightfoot (50 points at Gonzaga in 1993), Ohio's Dave Jamerson (60 vs. Charleston WV in 1989), Pacific's Bill Stricker (44 vs. Portland in 1968) and Pittsburgh's Don Hennon (45 vs. Duke in double overtime in 1957) set school single-game scoring records. . . . Visiting Cincinnati outlasted Bradley in seven overtimes in 1981 in the longest game in NCAA history. . . . Texas Christian hit an NCAA-record 56 free throws in 70 attempts in 1999 against Eastern Michigan. . . . West Virginia ended North Carolina's school-record 37-game winning streak (75-64 in 1957 at Kentucky), Houston's school-record 59-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Illinois (97-84 in 1968) and Oklahoma State's school-record 49-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Southern California (28-25 in 1940). . . . Memphis State center John Gunn, who averaged 11 points and 9 rebounds per game the previous two years for national postseason tournament teams, died in 1976 due to complications of a rare disease (Stevens-Johnson Syndrome).
22 - Central Michigan's Tommie Johnson (53 points at Wright State in 1987), Georgia Tech's Kenny Anderson (50 vs. Loyola Marymount in 1990), Jackson State's Trey Johnson (49 at Texas-El Paso in 2006) and San Jose State's Adrian Oliver (42 vs. Puget Sound WA in 2010) set school Division I single-game scoring records. . . . Centenary's Robert Parish (50 at Lamar in 1972) and Seton Hall's Nick Galis (48 vs. Santa Clara in 1978 Cable Car Classic at San Francisco) set school single-game scoring records against a Division I opponent. . . . Louisiana State All-American Pete Maravich set an NCAA single-game record for most successful free throws by converting 30 foul shots at Oregon State in 1969. . . . Oklahoma's school-record 51-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Duke (90-85 in 1990). . . . Rich Kelley (27 vs. Kentucky in 1973) set Stanford's single-game rebounding record. . . . Oklahoma set an NCAA record for most consecutive points against a DI opponent with a 39-point run in the first half against Weber State in 2014.
23 - Scott Fisher (39 points at Montana State in 1985) set UC Santa Barbara's school single-game scoring record. . . . Bob Portman (46 vs. Weber State in 1968) set Creighton's single-game scoring record against a major-college opponent. . . . Top-ranked Virginia and national player of the year Ralph Sampson lost in Hawaii at tiny NAIA school (Chaminade) in 1982 in perhaps the biggest upset in college basketball history.
27 - Gene Harris (46 points vs. Holy Cross in 1961 Quaker City Classic at Philadelphia) set Penn State's single-game scoring record.
28 - IPFW's Terry Collins (36 points at UC Irvine in 2002), Oklahoma's Wayman Tisdale (61 vs. Texas-San Antonio in All-College Tournament at Oklahoma City in 1983) and Texas A&M's Bennie Lenox (53 vs. Wyoming in 1963 All-College Tournament at Oklahoma City) set school single-game scoring records. . . . NCAA champion-to-be Michigan lost on a neutral court at Salt Lake City to non-Division I opponent Alaska-Anchorage in 1988. . . . Providence's school-record 55-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by St. John's (91-79 in 1974). . . . Detroit's Bill Ebben (38 vs. Brigham Young in 1955), Gonzaga's Paul Cathey (28 vs. UNLV in 1977), Illinois' Skip Thoren (24 vs. UCLA in 1963), Michigan State's Horace Walker (29 vs. Butler in 1959), Niagara's Alex Ellis (31 vs. Villanova in 1956), UAB's Cameron Moore (24 vs. George Washington in 2011) and Washington State's Jim McKean (27 vs. West Virginia in 1966) set school single-game rebounding records against a major-college opponent.
29 - Ron Carter (42 points vs. Long Beach State in 1977 at Toledo) set Virginia Military's single-game scoring record against a Division I opponent. . . . Chattanooga's Vincent Robinson (20 vs. Tennessee State in 1989), Colorado's Burdette Haldorson (31 vs. Oklahoma in 1952), Louisiana-Monroe's Calvin Natt (31 vs. Georgia Southern in 1976), Ohio State's Frank Howard (32 vs. Brigham Young in 1956), San Diego State's Michael Cage (26 vs. La Salle in 1980), Texas A&M's Steve Niles (21 vs. Furman in 1969) and Utah's Billy McGill (24 vs. UCLA in 1961) set school single-game rebounding records against a major-college opponent.
30 - Austin Peay's James "Fly" Williams (51 points vs. Georgia Southern in final of 1972 Claxton Fruitcake Classic), Florida International's Carlos Arroyo (39 at North Texas in overtime in 2000), Fordham's Charlie Yelverton (46 vs. Rochester NY in 1970), Hawaii's Trevor Ruffin (42 vs. Louisville in 1993), Penn's Ernie Beck (47 vs. Duke in 1952 Dixie Classic at Raleigh, N.C.), St. Joseph's Tony Costner (47 vs. Alaska-Anchorage in 1983 Cable Car Classic at San Francisco) and Utah State's Wayne Estes (52 vs. Boston College in overtime at 1964 Rainbow Classic in Hawaii) set school single-game scoring records. . . . Duke overcame a 29-point halftime deficit to defeat Tulane in consolation game of 1950 Dixie Classic at Raleigh. . . . Stanford ended Long Island's school-record 43-game winning streak (45-31 in 1936). . . . Hawaii's Bob Nash (30 vs. Arizona State in 1971), Idaho State's Ed Wilson (26 vs. Arkansas in 1967), La Salle's Tom Gola (31 vs. Brigham Young in 1953), Michigan State's Johnny Green (29 vs. Washington in 1957), St. John's LeRoy Ellis Sr. (30 vs. NYU in 1961), South Alabama's Leon Williams (28 vs. Texas-Arlington in 1972) and Western Kentucky's Tom Marshall (29 vs. Louisville in 1953) set school single-game rebounding records against a major-college opponent.
31 - Loyola of Chicago's school-record 41-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by St. Louis (90-57 in 1964).
"Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind (about your size) don't matter, and those who matter don't mind." - Dr. Seuss
The good doctor knows big things can come in small packages. What early-season sensation Justin Robinson of Monmouth may lack in height (5-8), he more than compensates for with heart. Brimming with self-confidence and mental toughness, the premium point guard defies odds by excelling in a big man's game, averaging 23.3 ppg, 3.3 apg and 3.5 spg in first four of six non-conference outings against power-league opponents.
The nation's premier little big man is the principal reason why his club is capable of keeping up with more highly-regarded power-league opponents in pre-conference competition. But Winthrop's Keon Johnson (5-7), one of the nation's premier three-point marksmen the past three seasons, and Mount St. Mary's Junior Robinson (5-5) are the current most likely candidates to join the following alphabetical list examining the top players in NCAA history even shorter than Robinson:
|Mighty Mite||School||Ht.||Short Summary of College Career|
|Vin Albanese||Syracuse||5-7||Averaged 4.6 ppg for the Orangemen in 1955-56 and 1956-57.|
|Ken Alessi||West Virginia||5-7||The Mountaineers' second-leading scorer in 1950-51 (10.1 ppg) behind All-American Mark Workman.|
|Christopher Anderson||San Diego||5-7||Averaged 9.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 5.9 apg and 2 spg for the Toreros from 2011-12 through 2014-15. Ranked among the nation's top 11 in assists average his final two seasons.|
|Kendall Anthony||Richmond||5-7||Shot 80.6% from the free-throw line and 39.2% from beyond the three-point arc en route to averaging 14.2 ppg from 2011-12 through 2014-15. The Spiders' leading as a senior with 16.4 ppg after finishing runner-up as a freshman and junior.|
|Martin Badoian||Brown||5-7||Three-year letterman was captain as a senior in 1951-52 when he averaged 13.9 ppg.|
|Mike Belich||Pittsburgh||5-7||Led the Panthers in scoring as a senior in 1950-51 with 15.9 ppg.|
|Eric Bell||Stephen F. Austin||5-6||Ranked 30th in the nation in assists with 5.7 per game as a sophomore in 2007-08.|
|Arnold Bernard||Southwest Missouri State||5-5||J.C. transfer was an All-Mid-Continent Conference second-team selection in 1989-90. The next season, earned the same status in the Missouri Valley when he led the league in assists (7.6 apg) and steals (2.4 spg).|
|Tyrone Bogues||Wake Forest||5-3||All-ACC first-team selection as a senior averaged 8.3 ppg, 6.6 apg and 2.3 spg from 1983-84 through 1986-87.|
|Jermaine Bolden||Morgan State||5-7||Led MEAC in assists with 4.9 per game in 2008-09.|
|Jimmy Boothe||Xavier||5-7||Led the Musketeers' 1956 NIT team in scoring with 16.5 ppg.|
|Earl Boykins||Eastern Michigan||5-6||Two-time All-MAC first-team selection finished second in the nation in scoring in 1997-98 with 25.7 ppg, including 45 points vs. Western Michigan (tying school single-game record against a Division I opponent). MVP in the league's postseason tournament as a senior.|
|DeAndre Bray||Jacksonville State||5-6||Posted an OVC-leading 5.2 apg as a sophomore in 2006-07 and ranked 11th in the nation as a junior (6.4 apg). Assists average fell off to 4.9 per game as a senior.|
|Greg Brown||New Mexico||5-7||WAC Player of the Year as a senior in 1993-94 when he averaged 19.3 ppg and 4.4 apg.|
|Alex Bynum||Brown||5-7||Averaged 8.3 ppg with the Bears from 1980-81 through 1983-84.|
|Alton Byrd||Columbia||5-7||Three-time All-Ivy League first-team selection averaged 8.1 apg as a sophomore in 1976-77 en route to becoming the Lions' all-time leader in assists. Led the conference in assists as a sophomore and senior.|
|Joe Campbell||Purdue||5-7||Eventual PGA golfer averaged 7.7 ppg in three seasons of varsity basketball. He was the Boilermakers' third-leading scorer (11.9 ppg) and leading free-throw shooter (73.6%) as a senior in 1956-57.|
|Pete Carril||Lafayette||5-6||The 1952 graduate averaged 11.5 ppg in his career with the Leopards before becoming Princeton's all-time winningest coach.|
|Taurence Chisholm||Delaware||5-6||Blue Hens all-time leader in assists with 877 ranked among the top 12 in the nation all four years, including a runner-up finish as a sophomore. All-ECC second-team selection as a senior in 1987-88.|
|Jackie Crawford||Southwest Missouri State||5-7||J.C. transfer was an All-Missouri Valley Conference first-team selection and MVC Tournament MVP in 1991-92 (12 ppg, 4.5 apg, 83.5 FT%).|
|Jordon Crawford||Bowling Green||5-6||Shortest player among NCAA's top 150 scorers as a senior in 2012-13 when he averaged 15 ppg. Led Falcons in assists his last three seasons.|
|Johnny Dee||Notre Dame||5-7||Second-leading scorer (12.6 ppg) for the 15-5 Irish in 1944-45 before UND went 17-4 the next year when he averaged 5.8 ppg.|
|Jeremiah Dominguez||Portland State||5-6||Big Sky Conference MVP in 2007-08 and league tournament MVP the next season. Leading scorer for PSU's all-time two winningest DI teams those years.|
|Gene Duffy||Notre Dame||5-7||Averaged 6.6 ppg for the Irish's 1958 Mideast Regional runner-up. Contributed 6.8 ppg as team captain the next season.|
|Andy Dulik||Navy||5-7||Averaged 10.3 ppg from 1954-55 through 1956-57, finishing among the Midshipmen's top three scorers as a sophomore and junior.|
|Haywood Eaddy||Loyola Marymount||5-5||J.C. transfer led the WCC in steals (2.1 spg) in 1997-98 and in free-throw shooting (89.8%) and assists (5.6 apg) in 1998-99.|
|Don Ferguson||Iowa State||5-7||Averaged 5.1 ppg in 1948-49 and 8.9 ppg in 1949-50 with the Cyclones.|
|Chico Fletcher||Arkansas State||5-6||Three-time all-league selection led Sun Belt Conference in assists four consecutive seasons from 1996-97 through 1999-2000.|
|Robert Flynn||Dayton||5-7||Member of 1951 NIT runner-up averaged a career-high 7.8 ppg as a sophomore in 1948-49.|
|Louis Ford||Howard||5-6||Contributed 14 assists and 10 steals in a game against Maryland-Eastern Shore when he averaged a team-high 14.1 ppg in an abbreviated junior campaign in 2004-05 before averaging 9.2 ppg and team-high 4.8 apg as a senior. Led the MEAC in assists as a sophomore (5 apg) and in steals as a senior (2.6 spg).|
|Tony Freeman||Indiana/Illinois-Chicago||5-7||Honorable mention All-Mid-Continent Conference in 1988-89 after playing for the Hoosiers in 1986-87.|
|Maurice "Kojak" Fuller||Southern (La.)||5-7||Averaged 10.5 ppg and 3.7 apg as a sophomore in 1995-96 with the Jaquars.|
|Jack Goldsmith||Long Island||5-7||Led the Blackbirds in scoring in 1945-46 when they posted their 13th of 18 consecutive winning records through 1950-51.|
|Tyquawn Goode||Fairfield||5-5||Averaged 5.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.7 apg and 1.5 spg from 2001-02 through 2004-05. MAAC Defensive Player of the Year as a junior led the Stags in assists all four seasons.|
|Marques Green||St. Bonaventure||5-7||Averaged 15.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 5.9 apg and 2.9 spg while shooting 83.5% from the free-throw line from 2000-01 through 2003-04. He finished seventh in school all-time scoring when his career ended while ranking first in assists and steals. All-Atlantic 10 Conference first-team selection as a junior when he led league in scoring (21.3 ppg), assists (8 apg), steals (2.6 spg) and free-throw shooting (87.9%) before earning second-team acclaim as a senior. He paced the A10 in steals his last three seasons.|
|George Harrington||Harvard||5-7||All-Ivy League second-team selection as a senior in 1958-59 when he averaged a team-high 14.6 ppg after averaging 11.4 ppg the previous two seasons.|
|Jason Harrison||Mississippi||5-5||Started every game as a senior for the Rebels' 2002 NCAA playoff team after serving as their "sixth-man" most of his first three seasons. Finished his career third on Ole Miss' all-time list for three-pointers (163), third in assists (427), third in steals (172) and fifth in free-throw shooting (82%).|
|Dick Hickox||Miami (Fla.)||5-6||Averaged 19.4 ppg from 1958-59 through 1960-61, leading the Hurricanes in scoring all three seasons.|
|Jermaine "Squirt" Hicks||Weber State/Chicago State||5-6||Co-Newcomer of the Year in Mid-Continent Conference in 1997-98. Scored 40 points at Fresno State the next season when he was an all-league second-team selection.|
|David Holston||Chicago State||5-7||Scored school DI record 43 points against St. Bonaventure in 2006-07 season opener. Mid-Continent Conference second-team selection as a freshman in 2005-06 (13.4 ppg, 2.8 apg, 85.7 FT%). Ranked 10th in the nation in scoring as a junior in 2007-08 (23.1 ppg) when pacing country in three-point field goals per game (4.6). Became school's all-time leading Division I scorer in 2008-09 when averaging 25.9 ppg (4th in nation).|
|Shawn Hood||Cleveland State||5-7||Leader in assists and steals in 1983-84 and 1984-85 for the Vikings.|
|Rod Hutchings||Northern Arizona||5-7||Shot 93.3% from the free-throw line as a senior in 2000-01 to finish his four-year career at 84%. Also contributed 285 assists for the Lumberjacks.|
|Keith "Mister" Jennings||East Tennessee State||5-7||All-American and Southern Conference Player of the Year as a senior. Two-time Southern Conference Tournament MVP averaged 15.7 ppg and 7.7 apg while shooting 86.1% from the free-throw line from 1987-88 through 1990-91. Paced the league twice in free-throw shooting, three times in steals and all four seasons in assists.|
|Aaron Johnson||UAB||5-7||Averaged 5.2 ppg and team-high 4.1 apg as a freshman in 2007-08. Named an All-Conference USA third-team selection as junior in 2009-10 before becoming league MVP as a senior when he led nation with 7.7 apg.|
|Omar Johnson||Texas-San Antonio||5-7||Averaged 12.6 ppg, 4.2 apg and 1.9 spg with the Roadrunners in 2008-09 and 11.3 ppg, 2.2 rpg and 3.4 apg in 2009-10.|
|Casey Jones||Northeast Louisiana||5-7||Led the Indians in assists as a senior in 1990-91 with 5.8 per game, finishing his career with 3.8 apg.|
|Charles Katsiaficas||New Hampshire||5-7||Averaged 7.8 ppg in 1947-48 and 12.1 ppg in 1948-49 with the Wildcats.|
|Darryl "Pee Wee" Lenard||Georgia/St. Louis||5-7||Led the Midwestern City Conference in steals with 1.8 per game in 1983-84.|
|Drew Lavender||Oklahoma/Xavier||5-6||Paced the Sooners' 2004 NIT team in assists and steals before finishing team runner-up in same two categories for their 2005 NCAA playoff squad. After transferring, he led Atlantic 10 Conference in assists with 4.8 per game in 2006-07.|
|Sherry Marshall||Columbia||5-7||All-Ivy League first-team selection as a sophomore in 1947-48 when he averaged 8.2 ppg and shot 75.9% from the free-throw line. All-conference second-team pick as a freshman, junior and senior.|
|Kellen McCoy||Weber State||5-6||J.C. transfer was named Big Sky Conference Player of the Year in 2008-09 (team highs of 14.1 ppg and 1.3 spg) after averaging 8.8 ppg and 2.9 rpg the previous year.|
|Shandue McNeil||St. Bonaventure||5-7||Averaged 9.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 5.4 apg and 2.5 spg from 1993-94 through 1996-97. Led Atlantic 10 Conference in assists and steals as a sophomore (all-league second-team choice) and in assists as a senior.|
|Bob Michel||New Hampshire||5-6||Averaged 9.1 ppg from 1953-54 through 1955-56 with the Wildcats.|
|Wendell "Cookie" Miller||Nebraska||5-7||Averaged 6.1 ppg plus team highs of 3.6 apg and 1.9 spg with the Huskers as a freshman in 2007-08 before posting similar figures the next season as a sophomore.|
|Mark Morse||Tulsa||5-7||All-Missouri Valley Conference first-team selection in 1991-92 (14.9 ppg, 5.1 apg, 2.2 spg) and 1992-93 (17.4 ppg, 4.6 apg, 2.2 spg). J.C. recruit earned award as MVC Newcomer of the Year.|
|Johnny Nunziato||Boston University||5-5||Led the Terriers in scoring with 15.4 ppg as a senior in 1953-54 after averaging 6.6 ppg the previous season.|
|Billy Pappas||New Hampshire||5-6||Two-time All-Yankee Conference first-team selection averaged 18.9 ppg from 1952-53 through 1954-55 with the Wildcats.|
|Ronell Peters||Texas-Arlington||5-6||UTA's all-time leader in assists led the SLC in that category in 1983-84 (7 apg). He also paced the SLC in steals in 1983-84 (2 spg) and 1985-86 (2.4 spg).|
|Otto Petty||Florida State||5-7||The Seminoles' all-time leader in assists with 602 averaged 6.4 ppg for FSU's 1972 NCAA Tournament runner-up. Contributed 7.6 ppg in 1970-71 and 8.2 ppg in 1972-73.|
|Bernie Pina||Rhode Island||5-6||Letterman from 1951-52 through 1953-54 averaged a career-high 8.5 ppg as a senior for the Rams.|
|Tajuan Porter||Oregon||5-6||Career averages of 14.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg and 2.1 apg while shooting 87% from the free-throw line and 38.5% from beyond the arc with the Ducks from 2006-07 through 2009-10. Averaged 31 points in his first three games as a freshman, including 38 with 10 three-pointers against Portland State. Pacific-10 Conference Tournament MVP in 2007.|
|Calvin Rayford||Kansas||5-7||Wisconsin native averaged 2.3 apg from 1992-93 through 1995-96. Member of KU's 1993 Final Four squad.|
|Jim "Miggs" Reilly||Georgetown||5-7||Starter for 1943 NCAA Tournament runner-up.|
|Shawnta Rogers||George Washington||5-4||Leading scorer for Atlantic 10 Conference Western Division champion in 1998-99 (20.7 ppg) when he was named the league's MVP while also topping the A10 in assists (6.8 apg) and steals (3.6 spg). Three-time all-league selection twice paced the conference in free-throw shooting.|
|Chuck Rolles||Cornell||5-6||Two-time All-Ivy League first-team selection averaged 23 ppg as a senior in 1955-56 after averaging 16 ppg as a junior.|
|Jim Ross||Washington State||5-7||Averaged 9.2 ppg and 2.8 rpg from 1956-57 through 1958-59. Led the Cougars in free-throw percentage as a junior.|
|Gene Sosnick||Pacific||5-6||All-California Basketball Association first-team selection as a senior in 1952-53 when he averaged 17.6 ppg for the Tigers.|
|Javan Steadham||Delaware State||5-7||Averaged 8.1 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 2.1 apg as a sophomore in 1995-96 after contributing 4 ppg as a freshman. Averaged 9.7 ppg and team-high 4.8 apg in 1996-97 with the Hornets.|
|Frank Sylvester||Bradley||5-4||Averaged 5.9 ppg from 1968-69 through 1970-71. Led the Braves in assists as a junior and senior.|
|Raymond Taylor||Florida Atlantic/Florida International||5-6||Averaged 11.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 4.8 apg and 1.4 for FAU from 2009-10 through 2011-12 before transferring to FIU, where he played briefly in 2013-14.|
|Jim Thacker||Idaho||5-7||Two-time All-Big Sky Conference selection averaged team-high 16.7 ppg in 1967-68 and 14.6 ppg and 5.3 rpg in 1968-69 with the Vandals.|
|Joe Tocci||Penn State||5-7||Averaged 7.5 ppg as Nittany Lions senior co-captain in 1949-50 after contributing 6.3 ppg the previous season.|
|Monte Towe||North Carolina State||5-7||All-ACC first-team selection as a junior averaged 11.1 ppg and 4.1 apg from 1972-73 through 1974-75.|
|Benny Valentine||Eastern Washington||5-7||All-Big Sky Conference second-team selection as a junior in 2008-09 (team highs of 15.1 ppg, 3.1 apg, 1.5 spg and 55 three-pointers). Contributed 8.2 ppg and 2.7 apg the next season.|
|Spud Webb||North Carolina State||5-7||J.C. transfer averaged 10.4 ppg and 5.7 apg with the Wolfpack in 1983-84 and 1984-85. Led the ACC in assists as a junior (6 apg).|
|Leland "Pookey" Wigington||Seton Hall||5-4||Member of the Pirates' 1989 NCAA Tournament runner-up.|
|Willie Worsley||Texas Western||5-6||Averaged 8 ppg as a sophomore for the Miners' 1966 NCAA Tournament champion. Contributed 12.2 ppg in 1966-67 before sharing backcourt with Tiny Archibald and scoring 14.4 ppg in 1967-68.|
|Rudy Zannini||San Francisco||5-7||Member of regular rotation for 1955 NCAA Tournament champion.|
Drexel is among a total of 49 NCAA Division I schools losing to DII Alaska-Anchorage. Over the years, UAA upended the following current/future members from the six power conferences - Auburn, California, Houston, Miami, Michigan, Missouri, Notre Dame, Penn State, SMU, Tennessee, Texas, TCU, Texas Tech, Wake Forest and Washington.
Michigan's 1989 NCAA Tournament champion lost on a neutral court (Utah) to Anchorage, 70-66, during the Wolverines' pre-Big Ten Conference competition slate. The Seawolves dropped six of their last 12 games that season against Chaminade, Metro State (twice), Eastern Montana, Puget Sound and Alaska-Fairbanks to finish with a 21-9 record before Michigan earned an NCAA crown maneuvering through the DI playoffs under interim coach Steve Fisher.
UAA defeated at least one major university 10 consecutive campaigns from 1985-86 through 1994-95. If sizing up small-school successes over the big boys is a need-to-know topic in your college hoops analysis, CollegeHoopedia.com has assembled "one-of-a-kind" details on the striking number of "David vs. Goliath" small-college victories over major universities.
A Thanksgiving holiday week absolutely should include the time-honored tradition of a smorgasbord mulling over a mixture of heartfelt Thank Yous while also 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-gobble up:
Cheers to Denzel Valentine (Michigan State) as he carries the torch for his father at the same school dear old dad attended.
Cheers to this season's crop of entertaining freshmen although they pale in comparison to the depth exhibited by gifted group in 1979-80.
Cheers to ex-college hoopsters Antonio Gates and Jimmy Graham, who dominate as NFL tight ends even after fellow G-Man Tony Gonzalez retired, and set the stage at that rugged position for fellow ex-hoopsters Jordan Cameron and Julius Thomas.
Cheers to Canada, which could provide a north-of-the-border All-American for the fifth consecutive campaign.
Cheers to the Big East Conference, which appears to be undergoing a prompt renaissance after losing prominent members to supposedly superior leagues.
Cheers to "old-school" 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 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 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 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 Hall of Fame coaches Jim Boeheim (Syracuse), Larry Brown (SMU), Rick Pitino (Louisville) and Roy Williams (North Carolina) for respective Eeyore-like analysis after their schools became immersed in assorted Hall of Shame scandals. How close did Mike "Let's Move On" Krzyzewski come to joining this negative ACC-heavy list in aftermath of reasons for Rasheed Sulaimon's departure from Duke and one-and-done rental player Jahlil Okafor's infatuation with clubbing before the NBA rookie center acquired a baby-sitting security guard before ever helping the Philadelphia 76ers win a game?
Jeers to Division I schools in a chaotic restructuring of conferences forsaking tradition although the quest for mega-leagues could be delusional because they're vying for television revenue that might not exist as network sports divisions operate at ample deficits.
Jeers to the striking number of power conference members who've provided a long list of players on their rosters participating in an authentic "War on Women."
Jeers to recruiting services incapable of discerning Creighton's Doug McDermott, unanimous national player of the year two seasons ago, 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 several decades 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 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. The crass-act enablers of academic anemia know who they are!
Jeers to defrauding coaches who manipulate junior colleges and high schools into giving phony grades to regal recruits even before encouraging them to take lame courses at their day-care facilities to keep the team GPA out of danger zone. 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 contrived classes such as Afro Studies at North Carolina 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 lap-dog media embarrassed looking the other way at Louisville when stripped naked by lap-dancing Katina the Escort keeping copious copulation comments to assemble one of the biggest stories of the year while the press passed out from Pitino Personality or his bourbon.
Jeers to ESPN for rejecting a charity hospital ad promoting Jesus several years ago while giving forums to individuals who either lie to NCAA investigators as a head coach, lose new coaching job due to drunkenness, become a recruiting guru for the network after shady dealings at the highest level, specialize in man-check motivation, practice reprehensible race-baiting with the intellectually-bankrupt "Uncle Tom" bomb (Jalen Rose) or spew journalistic-junk spin along the lines of lunatic liberal propagandists Howard Bryant, LZ Granderson and Bomani Jones.
Relatively new NCAA Division I member North Dakota, relinquishing its most notable characteristic, began a re-branding process after shedding the school's Fighting Sioux nickname for Fighting Hawks. The initiative stemmed from the state Board of Higher Education yielding to the NCAA's meddling progressive policy police following an extended battle over the nickname and logo allegedly being hostile to American Indians.
At one point, the school chose to respect the state's referendum process and resumed using the nickname in mid-season after an intense debate spurred supporters to file petitions demanding a statewide vote on the issue. But the end result became clear when the heavy-handed NCAA responded by saying the school risked forfeiting postseason games if it failed to "take measures to minimize or eliminate the presence of the imagery."
Previous schools failing to show sufficient spunk and making politically-correct decisions by switching their supposedly demeaning and highly-insensitive nicknames were Arkansas State (changed from Indians to Red Wolves), Colgate (Red Raiders to Raiders), Eastern Michigan (Hurons to Eagles), Louisiana-Monroe (Indians to Warhawks), Marquette (Warriors to Golden Eagles), Miami of Ohio (Redskins to RedHawks), Oklahoma City (Chiefs to Stars), Quinnipiac (Braves to Bobcats), St. John's (Redmen to Red Storm), Seattle (Chieftains to Redhawks), Siena (Indians to Saints), Southeast Missouri State (Indians to Redhawks) and Stanford (Indians to Cardinal). What is the infatuation with Redhawks, anyway?
For those insensitive louts non-pulsed by an offensive holier-than-thou victimization obsession, are they to feel shame at the extent of the alleged discrimination? Rather than bow to pressure, many traditional observers hope the following "Last of the Mohegans" remain steadfast and retain their time-honored monikers: Alcorn State (Braves), Bradley (Braves), Central Michigan (Chippewas), Florida State (Seminoles), Illinois (Fighting Illini), Utah (Utes) and William & Mary (Tribe).
If not, you run the risk of left-wing zealots from PETA (unless they are card-carrying members of the parallel universe People for Eating Tasty Animals) and the Bird Lovers International crowd possibly feeling empowered to capitalize on this catalyst for constructive social change by making it a heartless foul to have any nickname referencing a precious animal or fowl. What was the cumulative cost for nickname changes (more than $250,000 for North Dakota) and how many mental midgets did it take at the NCAA to concoct this colossal caricature intervention? No wonder it's so easy to ridicule the governing body with a name-calling barrage. In the aftermath of authentic turmoil across the country at so-called elite institutions, many think there are more significant issues in intercollegiate athletics requiring correction from the NCAA rather than where transgenders go to bathroom and giving a selective outrage forum to pious pinheads manufacturing a mascot/nickname problem that really didn't exist to any meaningful degree.
CollegeHoopedia.com has conducted significant research on DI school nickname changes over the years and the origin of unusual DI school nicknames. Check the summaries and decide how critical the issue is for yourself as we strive to survive in Obamaland's weak-kneed Fantasy World fond of the Muslim morning call to prayer and full of "green" gestapos. Many misplaced monologues might be akin to a petty fundamentally-transforming POTUS consumed with climate-change collective salvation mockingly hiding behind widows and orphans while pointedly picking on concerned bible-clinging Christians rather than marauding Muslims. Don't you think right-thinking Americans, seeking terrorist control; not gun control or climate control, need to turn up the heat to find a brave "warrior" to combat or even "contain" authentic savages? They already realize the country "did stupid stuff" twice electing an Audacity-of-Hype "chief" apparently too busy to take care of vital business in Iraq and surrounding nations by instead nanny-state helping his wife with her "cool" rap video appealing to segment of their constituency with IQ of a rock.
"Holy shadows of the dead, I am not to blame for your cruel and bitter fate, but the accursed rivalry which brought sister nations and brother people to fight one another. I do not feel happy for this victory of mine. On the contrary, I would be glad, brothers, if I had all of you standing here next to me, since we are united by the same language, the same blood and the same visions." - Alexander the Great
The best non-conference game of the season may have already been played when Maryland came from behind to upend Georgetown. Where has this rivalry been for more than three decades? We missed out on Patrick Ewing and David Wingate vs. Adrian Branch in the early 1980s, Reggie Williams vs. Len Bias in mid-1980s, Alonzo Mourning vs. Tony Massenburg and Walt Williams in late 1980s and early 1990s, Allen Iverson vs. Joe Smith in mid-1990s and Mike Sweetney vs. Juan Dixon at the turn of 21st Century. Instead of grand games giving us a shot of adrenalin, we got to overdose on cupcakes with the Hoyas and Terrapins combining to win all 66 of their mismatches against in-state weaklings UMBC, UMES, Morgan State and Towson from the early 1980s through 2003-04. If committing to opposing each other like they did from 1946-47 to 1979-80, the "Duel in D.C." immediately becomes annual must-see TV in pre-conference competition comparable to Kentucky/Louisville, Illinois/Missouri and Cincinnati/Xavier.
Elsewhere, after 105 years steeped in history amid off-the-chart contempt, the rivalry between Kansas and Missouri expired for the foreseeable future when Mizzou departed the Big 12 Conference for the SEC. KU has a commanding edge in nearly every category (winning percentage, victories away from home and close games decided by single digits), but the Tigers have been enough of a tormentor to make the series as energetic and entertaining as you can find anywhere. Their border war stacked right up there with the more nationally-acclaimed "Clash of the Titans" between Duke and North Carolina.
Making about as much sense as Obamaland's delusional JV Syrian refugee policy treating possible terrorists like they're tourists in aftermath of deadly attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, it was shortsighted of KU and Mizzou to let their rivalry end. They simply join top six conference members DePaul/Illinois, Pittsburgh/West Virginia, Cincinnati/Ohio State and Texas/Texas A&M as potentially great natural non-league match-ups their fans can't enjoy.
Do we require self-absorbed Secretary of State John Kerry to bring James Taylor for a friendly sing-along to ease the stress after Utah cancelled its game at BYU next season? If bruised egos heal in the near future, perhaps sounder minds will prevail with Mizzou annually opposing KU in Kansas City much like it does in St. Louis against Illinois. But Mizzou can't complain if the Jayhawks continue to act like a jilted lover because the self-centered Tigers fail to oppose competent in-state foes such as Missouri State and Saint Louis.
By almost any measure including Alexander the Great's perspective, KU has a superior program to Mizzou, which is at its lowest ebb in more than 50 years after mess-maker Frank Haith left the Tigers' program in tatters. But Jayhawks coach Bill Self should rein in his rhetoric as the divorce dialogue intensified or at least take a crash course in college basketball history. When comparing the significance of the Kentucky/Louisville rivalry to the termination of KU's home-and-home conference conflicts with the Tigers, Self said: "Well, they've always played every year (out of league). That's all they know."
Well, Self needs to "always know" that UK and Louisville went 61 years from 1923 through 1983 without a regular-season matchup before they came to their senses and saw the light. Speaking of light, KU and Mizzou simply have to shed one lightweight apiece to keep a good thing going for the sport in general and for their fans specifically like the entertaining Philly Big 5. KU shouldn't also deny hoop fans a Top 20 matchup with Wichita State.
By toning down picking on patsies, there is plenty of room on their respective non-league schedules to keep playing each other. Ditto for Indiana and Kentucky plus Memphis and Tennessee resuming their rivalries, which would definitely be among the top 10 such confrontations in the country. If the century-old KU/Mizzou spectacle returns, it could immediately surpass Kentucky/Louisville and go atop the following list of the nation's top 25 non-conference rivalries if only because of longevity:
- Iowa/Iowa State
- Indiana/Notre Dame
- Brigham Young/Utah
- St. Joseph's/Villanova
- Georgia/Georgia Tech
- Florida/Florida State
- Clemson/South Carolina
- New Mexico/New Mexico State
- Marshall/West Virginia
- Utah/Utah State
- La Salle/Villanova
- Florida/Miami (FL)
- Iowa/Northern Iowa
- Colorado/Colorado State
- Providence/Rhode Island
- La Salle/Temple
- Idaho/Idaho State
Regal recruit Skal Labissiere logged a modest 9 points and 5 rebounds for Kentucky as the Wildcats whipped Albany, 78-65, in their season opener. But Labissiere exhibited far more promise as a potent pivotman in UK's next outing with 26 points against NJIT. The ebb and flow of a freshman campaign took a turn for the worse when he collected a total of eight points and three rebounds in back-to-back non-league outings against Illinois State and UCLA before baking a double-bagel (zero points and rebounds) against Arizona State and scoring only two points each against Ohio State and Louisville plus a three-point outburst at LSU. Will Labissiere's first-season impact be more like Anthony Davis, the national player of the year three seasons ago when sparking Kentucky to an NCAA title or Karl-Anthony Towns in UK's 38-1 season in 2014-15 or Nerlens Noel in 2012-13 when the Wildcats wound up in the NIT or the most overrated recruit in history?
Actually, textbook centers are becoming a rare breed. Time will tell if Davis or Jahlil Okafor, who led Duke to last year's NCAA crown, eventually deserve to be included among the premier pivotmen in college basketball history. Okafor will need to pick things up a notch or two by not focusing so much on underage rookie clubbing after "helping" the Philadelphia 76ers to an NBA all-time worst season start of 1-29 in 2015-16. By almost any measure, centers in the last 40 years don't seem to be anywhere close to duplicating feats luminaries Lew Alcindor, Wilt Chamberlain, 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, Connecticut's Andre Drummond was scoreless in his season debut four years ago 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, Nerlens Noel, Hakeem Olajuwon, Shaquille O'Neal, Robinson and Ralph Sampson amassed collectively. Following is a look at how many of the premier centers in history fared in their varsity debut against a major college and summary of their first season of NCAA Division I competition:
|Celebrated Center||School||First Varsity Season||Debut Game||PPG||RPG||W-L Mark|
|Karl-Anthony Towns||Kentucky||2014-15||8 points/8 rebounds||10.3||6.7||38-1|
|Jahlil Okafor||Duke||2014-15||19 points/6 rebounds||17.3||8.5||35-4|
|Nerlens Noel||Kentucky||2012-13||4 points/9 rebounds||10.5||9.5||21-12|
|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|
**Junior classification after attending junior college.