Creighton All-American forward Doug McDermott isn't Nelson Mandela or Pope Francis, but he is Man of the Year in college basketball according to CollegeHoopedia.com. Now we know what German native Dirk Nowitzki would have done if he played for a U.S. university. Although ESPN the Magazine is supposed to be the beacon of sports journalism, it didn't give McDermott or Creighton much recognition in its college hoops preview issue. But following are "high-five" reasons inspiring McDermott's man-of-year selection and why the proclamation isn't the biggest lie in 2013:
Barring McDermott missing any contests the remainder of the regular season and continuing to average 25 points per game, he will finish fifth all-time in NCAA scoring if the Bluejays have at least four assignments in postseason play (league postseason tournament and national postseason tourney). McDermott is expected in early March to become the 14th player in NCAA history to total at least 4,000 career points and rebounds. His consistent brilliance is reflected in that he will become only the sixth major-college player in NCAA history to crack the 800-point plateau in three consecutive DI seasons, joining luminaries Oscar Robertson (1958-59-60/Cincinnati), Pete Maravich (1968-69-70/Louisiana State), Freeman Williams (1976-77-78/Portland State), Larry Bird (1977-78-79/Indiana State) and Wayman Tisdale (1983-84-85/Oklahoma).
There is every indication that the nation's latest "Great White Hope" will become only the second three-time NCAA consensus first-team All-American since the mid-1980s. Last season, he was among the first group of Caucasian players in 34 years to account for at least half of the NCAA consensus first- and second-team All-Americans.
After failing to be ranked among the nation's top 100 recruits coming out of high school in 2010 (including many selfie-taking prima donnas), the nation's most famous "walk-on" could become the third MVP in two different NCAA Division I leagues (first with undisputed awards).
Delaying an NBA career, team-oriented McDermott returned for senior year to help his alma mater make the transition from a mid-major conference (Missouri Valley) to a power alliance (Big East) as seamless as him making more than 40 free throws in a row. He could join LSU legend Maravich as only the second player to capture three conference MVP awards while a member of his father's roster. Northern Iowa coach Ben Jacobson deserves some sort of ESPY or humanitarian award for allowing McDermott to get out of his letter-of-intent with the Panthers and join his dad (Greg) with the Bluejays after leaving Iowa State.
If Creighton finishes in the first division of the Big East, McDermott and his father might be cited as the premier son-father/player-coach tandem in NCAA history. The younger McDermott could enter virgin territory insofar as none of the previous 28 schools joining an existing power alliance (since Arizona and Arizona State left the WAC for Pac-8/10 in late 1970s) had an individual named conference player of the year in their debut season.
Other than McDermott, how many current collegians would be worthy of NCAA consensus All-American selection 30 years ago, 20 years ago or 10 years ago? Again, many in the lame-stream media don't have the Bluejays ranked as high as they should. But whether or not the McDermott tandem is acknowledged as the "First Family of Hoops," Doug has long ago silenced "Daddy's Boy" hecklers. Averaging 24.9 ppg in his first seven league contests in a new alliance, he would repeat as Man of the Year in 2014 if Creighton captures a Big East title.
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.
Three recipients in a 10-year span from 1947 through 1956 were from Notre Dame. Following is an alphabetical list of Heisman Trophy winners who played varsity basketball at some point in their college careers:
|Heisman Winner||Year||School||FB Pos.|
|Terry Baker||1962||Oregon State||QB|
|Paul Hornung||1956||Notre Dame||QB|
|Johnny Lattner||1953||Notre Dame||HB|
|Johnny Lujack||1947||Notre Dame||QB|
|Doak Walker||1948||Southern Methodist||HB|
|Charlie Ward||1993||Florida State||QB|
"Bullying builds character like nuclear waste creates superheroes. It's a rare occurrence and often does much more damage than endowment." - Zack W. Van
When big bullies are struck, they usually take their ball and go home. Why do so few power conference members play at in-state mid-major schools or even oppose them on a neutral court during the regular season? Why can't more big-name universities resemble Villanova with its longstanding tradition of competing in the Philly Big 5 honing the Wildcats' competitive edge for conference competition?
These type of in-state games, wherever they're played, are more revealing than most of the incessant mismatches in pre-conference competition. For instance, we've already got a pretty clear picture that the ACC is down this season after Boston College (lost to Massachusetts), Miami, FL (UCF), North Carolina State (North Carolina Central), Notre Dame (Indiana State) and Virginia (VCU) bowed at home against in-state mid-majors. Elsewhere, power league members bound for the second division after falling short at home against in-state mid-majors include Northwestern (Illinois State), Penn State (Bucknell), Rutgers (Fairleigh Dickinson and Princeton), Seton Hall (Fairleigh Dickinson and Saint Peter's), South Carolina (USC Upstate) plus Texas A&M (North Texas). What would the margin of defeat have been if the big boys had the intestinal fortitude to meet these mid-level opponents on the road?
Non-league schedules would be significantly more entertaining if skittish power league members weren't so condescending. Instead of opposing natural rival Davids on the road to brace for conference play, they tuck tail and run after checking out the following results thus far this century. The scores are a sobering reminder for Goliaths venturing away from Philistine the reasons why haughty "big boys" frequently stay home and pick on out-of-state patsies to pad their records:
UC Santa Barbara 72, California 65
George Washington 77, Maryland 75
Gonzaga 90, Washington State 74
Harvard 73, Boston College 58
Illinois State 69, DePaul 64
Long Beach State 72, Southern California 71
Southern Methodist 55, Texas A&M 52 (at Corpus Christi)
Southern Methodist 69, Texas Christian 61
Virginia Commonwealth 82, Virginia Tech 52
Brown 69, Providence 68
Butler 88, Indiana 86 (OT)
Coastal Carolina 69, Clemson 46
Florida Gulf Coast 63, Miami (Fla.) 51
Green Bay 49, Marquette 47
La Salle 82, Penn State 57
La Salle 77, Villanova 74 (OT)
Middle Tennessee 56, Vanderbilt 52
Old Dominion 63, Virginia 61
Cal Poly 42, Southern California 36
Colorado State 65, Colorado 64
Creighton 76, Nebraska 66
Drake 74, Iowa Stae 65
Holy Cross 86, Boston College 64
Northern Iowa 80, Iowa 60
Saint Joseph's 65, Penn State 47
Saint Joseph's 74, Villanova 58
Southern Mississippi 86, Mississippi 82
Temple 78, Villanova 67
Xavier 76, Cincinnati 53
Central Florida 57, Florida 54
Central Florida 84, Miami (Fla.) 78
Central Florida 65, South Florida 59
Florida Atlantic 50, South Florida 42
Fordham 84, St. John's 81
Furman 91, South Carolina 75
Kennesaw State 80, Georgia Tech 63
Marshall 75, West Virginia 71
UNC Wilmington 81, Wake Forest 69
North Texas 92, Texas Tech 83 (OT)
Northern Iowa 60, Iowa State 54
Princeton 78, Rutgers 73 (OT)
Colorado State 77, Colorado 62
Creighton 67, Nebraska 61
Green Bay 88, Wisconsin 84 (OT)
Long Beach State 79, UCLA 68
Northern Iowa 67, Iowa 50
Portland State 88, Oregon 81
Rhode Island 86, Providence 82
Temple 45, Penn State 42
Temple 75, Villanova 65
Tulsa 86, Oklahoma State 65
Wofford 68, South Carolina 61
Xavier 83, Cincinnati 79 (2OT)
College of Charleston 82, South Carolina 80 (OT)
Davidson 72, North Carolina State 67
Drake 60, Iowa 43
Lamar 85, Texas Tech 79
Southern Mississippi 78, Mississippi 59
Texas-El Paso 96, Texas Tech 78
Western Kentucky 68, Louisville 54
Charlotte 63, Wake Forest 59
Creighton 74, Nebraska 62
Drake 79, Iowa State 44
East Carolina 75, North Carolina State 69
Old Dominion 72, Virginia Tech 69
Rhode Island 77, Providence 60
Richmond 52, Virginia Tech 49
Saint Joseph's 79, Penn State 67
Sam Houston State 56, Texas Tech 54
Tulane 68, Louisiana State 63
Xavier 64, Cincinnati 59
Bradley 78, DePaul 58
Butler 60, Indiana 55
Butler 71, Notre Dame 69
Drake 75, Iowa 59
Gonzaga 97, Washington 77
Indiana State 89, Purdue 70
Northern Iowa 70, Iowa State 57
Ohio University 79, Cincinnati 66
UC Davis 64, Stanford 58
Colorado State 83, Colorado 82
Creighton 70, Nebraska 44
Evansville 75, Purdue 69
George Washington 78, Maryland 70
Gonzaga 67, Washington State 53
Indiana State 72, Indiana 67
Marshall 58, West Virginia 52
Northern Iowa 67, Iowa 63 (OT)
Old Dominion 58, Virginia Tech 55
Portland 80, Oregon 72
Rhode Island 77, Providence 69
Xavier 73, Cincinnati 71 (OT)
Bradley 63, DePaul 53
George Washington 101, Maryland 92
Gonzaga 99, Washington 87
Marshall 59, West Virginia 55
Northern Iowa 99, Iowa State 82
Santa Clara 86, Stanford 76
Temple 53, Villanova 52
Virginia Military 72, Virginia Tech 68
Creighton 61, Nebraska 54
Gonzaga 95, Washington State 58
Illinois-Chicago 90, Northwestern 71
Northern Iowa 77, Iowa 66
North Texas 73, Baylor 69
Rhode Island 89, Providence 79
Temple 67, Penn State 56
Xavier 71, Cincinnati 69
Dayton 75, Cincinnati 69
Florida Atlantic 74, Miami (Fla.) 73
Gonzaga 95, Washington 89 (OT)
Holy Cross 71, Boston College 70
Penn 62, Penn State 37
Penn 72, Villanova 58
Saint Joseph's 92, Villanova 75
William & Mary 60, Virginia Tech 52
Butler 66, Indiana 64
Creighton 76, Nebraska 70
Drake 72, Iowa State 58
Fresno State 65, Southern California 58
Georgia State 83, Georgia 78
Gonzaga 67, Washington State 44
Marshall 81, West Virginia 79 (OT)
Northern Iowa 78, Iowa 76
Old Dominion 55, Virginia Tech 46
Penn 75, Villanova 74
Pepperdine 78, Southern California 77
Portland 79, Oregon 78
Rice 75, Baylor 60
Temple 75, Penn State 63
Temple 63, Villanova 57
Texas-Pan American 72, Baylor 66
UC Irvine 56, California 52
Duquesne 71, Pittsburgh 70
Fordham 68, St. John's 67
Gonzaga 86, Washington 74
Indiana State 59, Indiana 58
Oakland 97, Michigan 90
Wichita State 76, Kansas State 66
Colorado State 79, Colorado 57
Creighton 89, Nebraska 72
Drake 48, Iowa State 44
George Washington 74, Maryland 69
Gonzaga 76, Washington 66
Gonzaga 73, Washington State 63
Long Beach State 76, Southern California 66
North Texas 91, Texas A&M 88
Saint Louis 75, Missouri 72
Temple 69, Villanova 66
Xavier 66, Cincinnati 64
Arizona erased a double-digit deficit to prevail at Michigan in the Wildcats' first real test as the nation's #1 squad. If Zona had bowed to the Wolverines, this season would have marked the second time three different top-ranked teams succumbed prior to Christmas. Following is a naughty list citing the only campaign (2003-04) when three different top dogs (including Florida twice) got coal in their stockings:
|Date||Losing #1 Team||Score||Squad Defeating #1 (Coach)|
|11-26-03||Connecticut||77-61 at New York||Georgia Tech (Paul Hewitt)|
|12-6-03||Kansas||64-58 at Anaheim||Stanford (Mike Montgomery)|
|12-10-03||Florida||69-68 in OT||Maryland (Gary Williams)|
|12-13-03||Florida||73-65||Louisville (Rick Pitino)|
Meanwhile, Kentucky became the third preseason #1 team since 1961-62 to lose three games prior to Christmas. Will UK, exhibiting as much political savvy as Hollyweird's Ashley Judd, finish the season with eight setbacks? The Wildcats joined UCLA (eight defeats in 1965-66) and Arizona (eight defeats in 2000-01) on the following list:
|Season||Preseason #1||Final Record||Coach||Three Pre-Christmas Defeats|
|1965-66||UCLA||18-8||John Wooden||at Duke (82-66), Duke at Charlotte (94-75) and Cincinnati (82-76)|
|2000-01||Arizona||28-8||Lute Olson||Purdue at Indianapolis (72-69), at Connecticut (71-69) and Illinois at Chicago (81-73)|
|2013-14||Kentucky||TBD||John Calipari||Michigan State at Chicago (78-74), Baylor at Arlington, TX (67-62) and at North Carolina (82-77)|
North Carolina's double-digit victory at Michigan State enabled the Tar Heels to move atop the list of schools with the most triumphs against the nation's top-ranked team. Arch-rival Duke is the victim the majority of the time UNC turned the trick. Following is a chronological list of the way Carolina knocked #1 off its pedestal a total of 12 times:
|Season||Date||Nation's #1 Team||Score||Carolina Coach|
|1958-59||1-14-59||North Carolina State||72-68||Frank McGuire|
|1989-90||3-17-90||Oklahoma at Texas in second round of NCAA playoffs||79-77||Dean Smith|
|1997-98||3-8-98||Duke at Greensboro in ACC Tournament final||83-68||Bill Guthridge|
|2004-05||4-4-05||Illinois at St. Louis in NCAA Tournament championship game||75-70||Roy Williams|
|2013-14||12-4-13||Michigan State||79-65||Roy Williams|
"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
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 Dennis Rodman becoming the de facto U.S. ambassador to North Korea, it was shortsighted of KU and Mizzou to let their rivalry end. They simply join top six conference members DePaul/Illinois, Maryland/Georgetown and Cincinnati/Ohio State as potentially great natural non-league match-ups that their fans can't enjoy.
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 input, KU has a superior program to Mizzou. 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 confronations 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 20 non-conference rivalries if only because of longevity:
- Indiana/Notre Dame
- Brigham Young/Utah
- Iowa/Iowa State
- St. Joseph's/Villanova
- Georgia/Georgia Tech
- Florida/Florida State
- Clemson/South Carolina
- New Mexico/New Mexico State
- Utah/Utah State
- La Salle/Villanova
- Florida/Miami (FL)
- Iowa/Northern Iowa
- Colorado/Colorado State
T20. Providence/Rhode Island
According to Wikipedia, V was an American science fiction TV series running two seasons on ABC, chronicling the arrival on Earth of a technologically advanced alien species ostensibly coming in peace, but actually boasting sinister motives. According to CollegeHoopedia.com, ABC also has an annual V rerun on vaunted ESPN. The intent isn't vile but, if one values the whole truth, there is vast soapboxing fiction involved amid the "V" all day every day as the vindicated big man on ESPN's Jesus-free campus.
Veering off-course with velocity promoting gabby "V" - not baby "J" - as the reason for the season, the Nationwide Leader's culture violates the time-honored vow of telling the entire story in a veracious way. It's vexing that ESPN's parade of glorification pitchmen, including staffers and it-takes-a-village coaches, incessantly laud former commentator Jim Valvano by chapter and verse. A "Jimmy V Week" culminates with an early-season classic to enhance cancer research fundraising for a foundation named after an individual who joins John Calipari (UMass/Memphis) and Jerry Tarkanian (Long Beach State/UNLV) as the only repeat-offender coaches shackled with having multiple schools under their watch forced to vacate NCAA playoff participation. Too bad 100% of the donated plaudits don't go straight through a truth detector such as the New York Times, which detailed how ESPN received more than $250 million in state tax breaks and credits thus far this century.
Anyone with a visible pulse supports the vision of finding a cure for the vulnerable afflicted by cancer, but a classic lack-of-proper-perspective stemming from the cult-of-personality dynamic is ESPN's vivid hero worship of the vibrant Valvano. He wasn't a bloodthirsty vampire villain but there are a variety of vigorous reasons for not carrying ESPN's water supporting his canonization in the wake of vanquishing Houston to vault to the 1983 NCAA playoff title. After Valvano ran afoul of NCAA investigators at Iona, a private attorney retained by North Carolina State volunteered he was convinced that the institution could successfully sue him for failing to ensure the academic progress of his NCSU players.
At the very least, virile Valvano should have verified that standout guard Sidney Lowe took a remedial tax preparation course to help him steer clear of vice squad by vandalizing the state; especially if Lowe, twice voted All-ACC and a first-teamer with teammate Thurl Bailey in 1983, was going to become one of his head coaching successors with the Wolfpack. Additional suspect characters aligning with Valvano at NCSU included suspect characters Kenny Drummond, Russell Pierre, Charles Shackleford, Craig Tyson and Chris Washburn. Awash in intellect, Shackleford, who admitted accepting $65,000 cash from outside influences during his final two years enrolled in college, is perhaps best known for the following quote: "Left hand, right hand, it doesn't matter. I'm amphibious."
At the same time of year King Herod-like ESPN vetoed a "venal" hospital ad celebrating Jesus before relenting, it seemingly will "never give up" a vintage and valiant voyage portraying V as the most virtuous coach in history. The sanitized version is in the network's veins akin to trying to duplicate anchorman Ron Burgundy's humor in promotional ads. Voicing opposition to this mythical narrative leaves a cynic open to vilification as being venomous. Still, the network's doctored depiction of V is as honest as POTUS and his vultures telling citizens with a period about retaining their current physician (ESPN did air ObamaCare ad passing its rigid standards); authentic as the sign language interpreter at a Nelson Mandela memorial; genuinely patriotic as lip-syncing Beyonce, or as valid as fake girlfriend of former Notre Dame All-American linebacker Manti Te'o.
Irish idealist Dick Vitale spearheads promoting the V Foundation, which has raised an impressive $100 million-plus, and his visceral reaction probably is that any dissent makes Valvano the victim of a vicious vendetta. Anything but vapid, there is no doubt vivacious Vitale means well and has his heart in the proper place serving as Valvano's valet. But as verbose Vitale is wont to do, he has a tendency to vehemently go overboard with his voluminous embellishment. Preying on emotions, a majority of the media smugly fall in line seemingly signing off on one of those phantom NCSU readmission agreements after flunking out where they make a commitment "pledging to work hard (at maintaining image) and keep a positive mental attitude."
In an affront to valuable numbers that never lie, there are times when ESPN sycophants operate in a vacuum shamelessly enhancing Valvano's credentials as a "survive-and-advance" tactician, perpetuating a falsehood he was a late-game strategical genius. You can't take a vacation from the veracity of cold hard facts that Valvano ranked in the lower third of DI coaches among those with at least 150 close contests (decided by fewer than six points). Capitalizing on six opponents combining to shoot an anemic 56.8% from the free-throw line, the law of averages was with NCSU in 1983 when it became the only school to have as many as four NCAA playoff games decided by one or two points en route to a title. The Wolfpack trailed in the final minute of seven of its last nine triumphs.
There is no reason to be vague and treat big boys with velvet gloves. ESPN could virtually avoid any vanishing credibility in this instance by incorporating deceased Rick Majerus in the foundation equation. After all, the 24-year veteran college head coach was also a vocal ESPN analyst. Unless it detracts from the storyline, call it the V & M Foundation and add heart disease to the venture's research grants. Didn't Majerus exhibit as much, if not more, valor?
A tearjerker ESPY speech notwithstanding, it's a cancer of priorities and ESPN simply sullies its reputation with insufferable verbal voodoo vouching that Valvano was something he wasn't beyond a good coach who never had a season with fewer than four defeats in conference competition. Amid narcissism and extensive self-promotion, an "inspirational" story reeks of overkill because vermin among a complicit sports media are predictably unprincipled and offer the maximum tear-inducement reminiscent of some fairytale sans conveying the entire picture. Forget the vulgar academic progress of Valvano's players at N.C. State (735 average SAT score and excessive number of positive drug tests during the 1980s). No Extra Sensitive Pious Network should be an outside-the-lines enabler seemingly unaccountable while selling only a partial story. They have an obligation to visit the whole story; not vacillate and be on verge of failing their constituency in regard to vainly providing a viable role model.
As for venerable Majerus, there won't be a vicarious movie or "30 for 30" special made about his self-effacing humor, eating habits and fact none of his NCAA playoff teams with three different schools ever had to vacate NCAA play. In a stark scholastic contrast, his 1998 Utah squad provided the vanguard of Final Four achievements - only team ever to feature three Academic All-Americans among its versatile regulars. For the record, Majerus ranked among the top third of coaches in games decided by fewer than six points. But he simply doesn't fit into a contrived storyline. It would be a surprise if Utah players under Majerus took an "Understanding Music" class during Christmas vacation to help stay eligible like NCSU scholars did under Valvano.
ESPN's abundant coverage seemed to revel in cancer frontman Lance Armstrong's arrogant stumblin' and bumblin' "one big lie" rather than taking his bike-ride fall in a valley as time for self-reflection. The view from this vantage point is that defend-the-brand revisionist history is a misguided echo chamber. Amid the distortion, a final verdict persists about a greater-good higher calling. As many folks as possible should make a vintage donation to the V Foundation. Just envision V as Victory (over cancer) or as Vitale (for his long-term heavy lifting in the project).
It won't be long before name-dropping ESPN, via Out House correspondent Andy Katz apparently getting as much face time with trustworthy POTUS as HHS Secretary Kathleen "Get-In-Line" Sebelius, goes viral giving a prominent "Audacity-of-Hype" venue for Oval Office NCAA bracket selections. But the West Wing(ing) verve must take so much dignified time for the selfie-taking hoopster-in-chief that a Sgt. Schultz "I-know-nothing" routine emerges while chronically pleading ignorance about various less vital matters such as the Benghazi terrorist attack, IRS targeting of conservatives, Fast and Furious gun-running, healthcare exchange ineptitude, NSA spying on allies, Justice Department snooping on national media, etc., and then failing to attend a church service at Christmas. Meanwhile, a void in thought-police treatment makes more faith-influenced individuals nearly vomit when the network's "inn" doesn't have room for the authentic Messiah's message vying for a little air time more important to many Americans than giving free political points.
Was it any surprise then that sister network A&E is equally intolerant of deeply-held religious beliefs when "be(ing) original" by suspending/marginalizing the brassy "Duck Dynasty" patriarch for his version of "Vagina Monologues"? Are you buyin' what ESPN's flock of quacks are sellin' verbatim - accepting the laughing/thinking/crying hook, line and sinker? Very odd this vociferous emphasis on V. Upon "ducking" and turning the other cheek again, it's time to say an old-fashioned: "Merry CHRISTmas, ESPN!" If this vernacular is objectionable to sensibilities of the politically-correct elite, then avoid a GQ bearded set-up with a patronizing "Happy Holidays!"
"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 San Diego's Christopher Anderson (5-7) and Richmond's Kendall Anthony (5-7) may lack in height, they compensate for with heart. Brimming with self-confidence and mental toughness, they defy the odds to excel in a big man's game. Anderson was the Toreros' leader in assists and steals and runner-up in scoring each of his first two seasons. Anthony is the Spiders' second-leading scorer over the last three campaigns.
The nation's premier little big men are the principal reason why their clubs are credible and capable of keeping up with more highly-regarded teams in their respective conferences. If Anderson and Anthony continue their Grade A performances, they could rank among the following alphabetical list of top players in NCAA history shorter than 5-8:
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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](seasons/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).|
|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.|
"Every traveler has a home of his own, and he learns to appreciate it the more from his wandering." - Charles Dickens
Oddly, there are a striking number of schools such as Oral Roberts going full circle and returning to a league (Summit League) where it previously was a member. There is a "Terminator" way back akin to Michelle Beadle, Keith Olbermann and Jason Whitlock trying to revive their careers by returning to ESPN. Amid the wandering described by Dickens, ORU joined the following institutions re-enlisting with a conference after leaving for various durations:
|Returning Member||DI Conference (Membership Tenure)||School Status During Interim|
|Boise State||Big West (1997-2001 and will rejoin in 2014)||WAC (2002-11) and Mountain West (2012 and 2013)|
|Campbell||Big South (1986-94 and since 2012)||TAAC/Atlantic Sun (1995-2011)|
|Charlotte||Conference USA (1996-2005 and wll rejoin in 2014)||Atlantic 10 (2006-13)|
|Creighton||Missouri Valley (1929-48 and since 1978)||Independent|
|Davidson||Southern (1937-88 and since 1993)||Big South (1991 and 1992)|
|Drake||Missouri Valley (1908-51 and since 1957)||Independent|
|Duquesne||Eastern 8/Atlantic 10 (since 1977 except for 1993)||Midwestern Collegiate (1993)|
|East Tennessee State||Southern (1980-2005 and since 2015)||Ohio Valley (1959-78)/Atlantic Sun (2006-14)|
|Georgia State||Sun Belt (1977-81 and will rejoin in 2014)||TAAC/Atlantic Sun (1985-2005) and CAA (2006-13)|
|Harvard||EIBL/Ivy League (1902-09 and since 1934)||Independent|
|Lamar||Southland (1969-87 and since 1999)||American South (1988-91) and Sun Belt (1992-98)|
|Murray State||Ohio Valley (since 1949 except for 1962)||Independent|
|New Orleans||Sun Belt (1977-80 and 1992-2010)||Independent and American South (1988-91)|
|Northern Illinois||Mid-American (1976-86 and since 1998)||Mid-Continent (1991-94) and Midwestern Collegiate (1995-97)|
|Oral Roberts||Summit League (1998-2012 and since 2015)||Southland (2013 and 2014)|
|Oregon||Pacific Coast (1916-59 and since 1965)||Independent|
|Oregon State||Pacific Coast (1916-59 and since 1965)||Independent|
|Pacific||WCAC/West Coast (1953-71 and will rejoin in 2014)||PCAA/Big West (1972-2013)|
|Penn State||Eastern 8/Atlantic 10 (1977-79 and 1983-91)||Independent|
|Prairie View A&M||SWAC (since 1921 except for 1991)||Discontinued program one season|
|Virginia Military||Southern (1926-2003 and since 2015)||Big South (2004-14)|
|Washington State||Pacific Coast (1917-59 and since 1964)||Independent|
In his inaugural campaign in the Atlantic Coast Conference, the most illuminating item about Jim Boeheim ranking among the nation's all-time winningest coaches is that the bespectacled "Baron of Upstate New York" has a stunning streak of nothing but winning records in 38 seasons with Syracuse. His worst worksheet was 16-13 in 1981-82 when the NIT-bound Orange dropped four of its last five outings.
Rupp never had a losing record in 41 campaigns but did post one breakeven mark with UK (13-13 in 1966-67). When assessing this topic, keep in mind the following mentors among the all-time biggest winners each had multiple non-winning seasons: Phog Allen (four non-winning records), Jim Calhoun (six), Lefty Driesell (four), Lou Henson (eight), Hank Iba (eight), Bob Knight (two), Mike Krzyzewski (four), Lute Olson (three), Dean Smith (two) and Eddie Sutton (two).
Boeheim boasts the best record among active coaches in close contests, winning more than 60 percent of games decided by fewer than six points. He is atop the list of five major-college coaches in history with winning marks every year in college careers spanning more than 20 years.
Coach Seasons Closest to Non-Winning Record Jim Boeheim 38 16-13 (Syracuse in 1981-82) *Jerry Tarkanian 31 16-12 (UNLV in 1980-81) and 19-15 (Fresno State in 2001-02) John Wooden 29 14-12 (UCLA in 1959-60) Lou Carnesecca 24 17-12 (St. John's in 1987-88) Peck Hickman 23 13-12 (Louisville in 1957-58)
*Tarkanian also compiled seven more winning records in as many seasons for two community colleges in California, where he won five consecutive state championships after notching a 14-13 mark in 1961-62 at Riverside City College to begin his coaching odyssey.
Michigan State incurred the worst homecourt defeat in non-league competition for a nationally top-ranked team in more than 20 years when the Spartans bowed to visiting North Carolina, 79-65. Coach Roy Williams was on the other end of a #1 upset at home in 1992-93 when Kansas succumbed to Long Beach State, 64-49. The only other homecourt advantage defeat in non-conference play for a #1 by a wider margin was #1 in that category - Missouri vs. CCNY at New York during the 1950-51 campaign.
The overwhelming majority of setbacks for #1 clubs are on the road or neutral courts in tournament competition. But there is a clear and present danger for pole sitters such as MSU racing to the head of the pack. Following is a chronological look at the times when nationally top-ranked teams were knocked off their lofty perch at home or with a decided homecourt advantage since AP national rankings were introduced in the late 1940s:
For whatever reason, there is an accident-gawking infatuation with Southern (La.) slaughtering obscure Champion Baptist (Ark.), 116-12. On the other hand, standing out among small-school triumphs this season for Metro State (Colo.) and Nova Southeastern (Fla.) against NCAA Division I universities were their double-digit margins of victory. Nova whipped Florida International by 18 points while Metro handily beat Canisius (14) and Fairleigh Dickinson (11). However, FDU, flogged by Montclair (N.J.) State in the late 1960s, is well aware that these impressive wins pale in comparison to the following "dirty dozen" list detailing widest margins of victory by small colleges over DI schools since the early 1960s:
|Margin||Victorious Small Schools||Major-College Losers||Score||Season|
|53||Winston-Salem (N.C.) State||Delaware State||111-58||1977-78|
|42||Hayward (Calif.) State||St. Mary's||105-63||1967-68|
|40||Roanoke (Va.)||The Citadel||107-67||1969-70|
|39||Montclair (N.J.) State||Fairleigh Dickinson||100-61||1968-69|
|39||Puget Sound (Wash.)||Montana||89-50||1970-71|
|39||Springfield (Mass.)||New Hampshire||117-78||1967-68|
|38||Carson-Newman (Tenn.)||Austin Peay State||121-83||1970-71|
|38||Central State (Ohio)||New Hampshire||97-59||1967-68|
|37||Fairmont (W. Va.) State||Delaware State||94-57||1976-77|
|37||Fort Hays (Kan.) State||Northern Colorado||108-71||1962-63|
|37||Xavier (La.)||Grambling State||106-69||1991-92|
"I claim to be a simple individual liable to err like any other fellow mortal. I own, however, that I have humility enough to confess my errors and to retrace my steps." - Mahatma Gandhi
A double-digit setback against Metro State (Colo.) was another generous dose of humility for Canisius coach Jim Baron, who also incurred the ignominy of succumbing against small-school opponents while guiding St. Bonaventure and Rhode Island. But Baron is in good company among mentors exposed to the humility described in Gandhi's quote.
Many of the biggest names in college coaching history had to recover from embarrassing defeats that weren't cited on their otherwise mostly regal resumes. For instance, there are numerous mentors who captured NCAA championships despite losing to a small school at some point in their careers - Phog Allen (lost to Emporia State), Jim Calhoun (American International, Assumption, Brandeis, Bridgeport, Florida Southern, Merrimack, St. Anselm, Stonehill and Tufts), John Calipari (Florida Tech and Lowell), Denny Crum (Chaminade), Jim Harrick (Abilene Christian), Don Haskins (Louisiana College), Hank Iba (Abilene Christian and Westminster), George Ireland (Regis), Doggie Julian (Amherst, Colby, St. Anselm, St. Michael's, Springfield, Tampa and Williams), Mike Krzyzewski (King's, Scranton and SUNY-Buffalo), Rollie Massimino (New Orleans and Philadelphia Textile), Al McGuire (Evansville and Washington, MO), Rick Pitino (Adelphi), Nolan Richardson Jr. (American-Puerto Rico), Norman Sloan (Presbyterian), John Thompson Jr. (Assumption, Gannon, Randolph-Macon and Roanoke) and Jim Valvano (Armstrong State, Bloomsburg, Gannon, Tampa and Wilkes).
Kansas' Bill Self lost 18 consecutive contests bridging the 1993-94 and 1994-95 seasons with Oral Roberts but at least he didn't lose a decision to a non-Division I institution. Ditto for coach Tim Floyd although UTEP's setback against New Orleans' resurrected DI program might be the nation's top upset this season.
Baron joined other high-profile coaches such as Tom Davis, Bill E. Foster, Ron Greene, Jim Lynam, Ken Trickey and Billy Tubbs as mentors who lost against small colleges while piloting three different DI universities. They are on the following alphabetical list "retracing steps" of prominent coaches who lost games to non-Division I colleges during their major-college careers:
- Forrest "Phog" Allen - Lost to Emporia State (Kan.) in 1947-48 while coaching Kansas.
- Forrest "Forddy" Anderson - Lost to Emporia State (Kan.) in 1947-48 while coaching Drake. Lost to Northern Michigan in 1960-61 while coaching Michigan State.
- John Bach - Lost to Adelphi (N.Y.) in 1958-59 while coaching Fordham.
- Kevin Bannon - Lost to Grand Canyon (Ariz.) at Hawaii in 1991-92 while coaching Rider.
- Rick Barnes - Lost at Chaminade (Hawaii) in 1991-92 while coaching Providence and in 2012-13 while coaching Texas.
- J.D. Barnett - Lost to Louisiana Christian in 1995-96 while coaching Northwestern State (La.).
- Jim Baron - Lost to Walsh (Ohio) in 1992-93 while coaching St. Bonaventure. Lost to Lubbock Christian (Tex.) at Las Vegas in 2003-04 while coaching Rhode Island. Lost to Metro State (Colo.) while coaching Canisius.
- Gene Bartow - Lost at American-Puerto Rico in 1994-95 while coaching UAB.
- Dick Bennett - Lost to Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1985-86 and 1986-87 while coaching Wisconsin-Green Bay.
- Eddie Biedenbach - Lost to Montreat (N.C.) in 2001-02 and Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) in 2005-06 while coaching UNC Asheville.
- Tom Blackburn - Lost to Anderson (Ind.) in 1947-48, Ohio Wesleyan in 1948-49, Muskingum (Ohio) in 1949-50 and Wittenberg (Ohio) in 1962-63 while coaching Dayton.
- Bill Blair - Lost to Morris Harvey (W. Va.) and twice to Roanoke (Va.) in 1972-73 and to West Virginia Tech and Shepherd (W.Va.) in 1973-74 while coaching VMI.
- George Blaney - Lost to Springfield (Mass.) in 1969-70 and 1971-72 while coaching Dartmouth. Lost to Assumption (Mass.) in 1973-74 and 1985-86 and at Florida Southern in 1979-80 while coaching Holy Cross.
- Dave Bliss - Lost to Rollins (Fla.) and Texas Wesleyan in 1980-81 and at Chaminade (Hawaii) in 1984-85 while coaching SMU. Lost to Eastern New Mexico in 1991-92 while coaching New Mexico.
- Bob Boyd - Lost to Tennessee-Martin in 1981-82 and Delta State (Miss.) in 1985-86 while coaching Mississippi State.
- Jim Brandenburg - Lost to South Dakota in 1979-80 while coaching Wyoming.
- Byron "Buster" Brannon - Lost to Sam Houston State (Tex.) twice in 1938-39 and once in 1940-41 while coaching Rice. Lost to East Texas State, at Hamline (Minn.) and twice to Austin (Tex.) College in 1948-49, Midwestern State (Tex.) in 1953-54 and Kentucky Wesleyan in 1955-56 while coaching Texas Christian.
- Tom Brennan - Lost to St. Michael's (Vt.) in 1986-87, 1987-88 and 1988-89 while coaching Vermont.
- John Bunn - Lost to Eastern New Mexico (six times from 1957-58 through 1962-63), Fort Hays (Kan.) State (five times from 1957-58 through 1962-63), New Mexico Highlands in 1960-61, twice to Panhandle State (Okla.) in 1957-58, St. Cloud State (Minn.) in 1962-63, Southwestern Oklahoma State in 1956-57, Wayne State (Neb.) in 1962-63 and Western New Mexico in 1961-62 while coaching Northern Colorado.
- Jim Calhoun - Lost to Assumption (Mass.) in 1972-73; to Tufts (Mass.), American International (Mass.), Bridgeport (Conn.) and at Assumption (Mass.) in 1973-74; Assumption (Mass.) and Brandeis (Mass.) in 1974-75; Merrimack (Mass.) in 1975-76; Bridgeport (Conn.), Merrimack (Mass.), St. Anselm (Vt.) and Stonehill (Mass.) in 1976-77; American International (Mass.) and Assumption (Mass.) in 1978-79 and Florida Southern in 1980-81 while coaching Northeastern.
- John Calipari - Lost at Florida Tech in 1988-89 and to Lowell (Mass.) in 1989-90 while coaching Massachusetts.
- Lou Campanelli - Lost to West Virginia Tech in 1980-81 while coaching James Madison. Lost to Alaska-Anchorage in 1990-91 on neutral court while coaching California.
- Howard Cann - Lost to Panzer in 1938-39 and Brandeis (Mass.) in 1956-57 while coaching NYU.
- P.J. Carlesimo - Lost at Bentley (Mass.), to Southern Connecticut on a neutral court, to C.W. Post (N.Y.), at Springfield (Mass.) and at Bridgeport (Conn.) in 1976-77; to New Haven (Conn.) and at C.W. Post (N.Y.) in 1977-78, and at Staten Island (N.Y.) and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (N.Y.) in 1981-82 while coaching Wagner.
- Henry "Doc" Carlson - Lost to Bethany (W. Va.) in 1948-49, Geneva (Pa.) in 1941-42, 1950-51 and 1952-53 and Carnegie Tech (Pa.) three times in four seasons from 1938-39 through 1941-42 plus five times in six seasons from 1949-50 through 1954-55 while coaching Pittsburgh.
- Pete Carril - Lost to East Stroudsburg (Pa.) in 1966-67 while coaching Lehigh.
- Don Casey - Lost to Philadelphia Textile in 1975-76 while coaching Temple.
- Joe Cipriano - Lost at Hawaii-Hilo in 1976-77 while coaching Nebraska.
- Gary Colson - Lost to John Brown (Ark.) in 1972-73 and Moorhead (Minn.) State in 1973-74 while coaching Pepperdine. Lost to Alaska-Anchorage in 1983-84 while coaching New Mexico.
- Bobby Cremins - Lost to Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) in 1975-76 and twice in 1977-78 while coaching Appalachian State.
- Denny Crum - Lost at Chaminade (Hawaii) in 1983-84 and 1984-85 while coaching Louisville.
- Charles "Chick" Davies - Lost to Waynesburg (Pa.) in 1937-38 and 1938-39 and to Wooster (Ohio) in 1937-38 while coaching Duquesne.
- Tom Davis - Lost to Moravian (Pa.) in 1973-74 and at Albright (Pa.) in 1975-76 while coaching Lafayette. Lost to Chico State (Calif.) in 1982-83 while coaching Stanford. Lost to UC Riverside in 1988-89 while coaching Iowa.
- Johnny Dee - Lost to Jacksonville (Ala.) State in 1952-53 while coaching Alabama.
- Don DeVoe - Lost to Johns Hopkins (Md.) in 2002-03 while coaching Navy.
- Ed Diddle - Lost to Kentucky Wesleyan in 1955-56, David Lipscomb (Tenn.) in 1962-63 and LeMoyne (N.Y.) in 1963-64 while coaching Western Kentucky.
- Bob Donewald - Lost to Cal State Bakersfield in 1980-81 while coaching Illinois State.
- Homer Drew - Lost to Bethel (Ind.) in 1997-98 while coaching Valparaiso.
- Charles "Lefty" Driesell - Lost to Catawba (N.C.) twice in 1960-61 and to Carson-Newman (Tenn.) and Erskine (S.C.) in 1961-62 while coaching Davidson.
- Hugh Durham - Lost at Puerto Rico-Mayaguez in 2001-02 while coaching Jacksonville.
- Bobby Dye - Lost at Chapman (Calif.) in 1975-76 while coaching Cal State Fullerton. Lost to Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) in 1985-86 while coaching Boise State.
- Norm Ellenberger - Lost at Hawaii-Hilo in 1976-77 while coaching New Mexico.
- Fred Enke - Lost to Regis (Colo.) in 1959-60 while coaching Arizona.
- Larry Eustachy - Lost at Alaska-Anchorage in 1991-92 and to Elizabeth City State (N.C.) in 1992-93 while coaching Idaho.
- Paul Evans - Lost at Rollins (Fla.) in 1981-82 while coaching Navy.
- Bill C. Foster - Lost at University of the South (Tenn.) and Roanoke (Va.) in 1970-71 and to Valdosta (Ga.) State in 1971-72 while coaching UNC Charlotte. Lost at Alaska-Anchorage in 1987-88 while coaching Miami (Fla.).
- Bill E. Foster - Lost at Albright (Pa.) in 1964-65 while coaching Rutgers. Lost at Chaminade (Hawaii) in 1981-82 while coaching South Carolina. Lost to Rollins (Fla.) in 1986-87 and 1987-88 while coaching Northwestern.
- Harold "Bud" Foster - Lost to South Dakota in 1956-57 while coaching Wisconsin.
- Bill Frieder - Lost to Alaska-Anchorage on a neutral court in 1988-89 while coaching Michigan.
- Jack Friel - Lost at Centenary (La.) in 1955-56, to Spring Hill (Ala.) in 1955-56 and Whitworth (Wash.) five times from 1951-52 through 1956-57 while coaching Washington State.
- John "Taps" Gallagher - Lost to Gannon (Pa.) and Rochester (N.Y.) in 1964-65 while coaching Niagara.
- Dave Gavitt - Lost at Springfield (Mass.) in 1967-68 while coaching Dartmouth.
- Boyd Grant - Lost to Wisconsin-Parkside in 1978-79 while coaching Fresno State.
- Murray Greason - Lost to Rio Grande (Ohio) in 1953-54 while coaching Wake Forest.
- Ron Greene - Lost to Spring Hill (Ala.) in 1966-67 while coaching Loyola of New Orleans. Lost to Tennessee Wesleyan and Mississippi College in 1978-79, Arkansas College in 1981-82, West Virginia Tech in 1982-83 and Lincoln Memorial (Tenn.) in 1984-85 while coaching Murray State. Lost to Rollins (Fla.) in 1986-87 while coaching Indiana State.
- Tim Grgurich - Lost to Morris Harvey (W. Va.) in 1977-78 while coaching Pittsburgh.
- Leonard Hamilton - Lost at BYU-Hawaii in 1987-88 while coaching Oklahoma State.
- Jim Harrick - Lost at Abilene (Tex.) Christian in 1984-85 while coaching Pepperdine.
- Dick Harter - Lost at Alaska-Anchorage in 1978-79 while coaching Penn State.
- Jack Hartman - Lost to Kentucky Wesleyan four times in three years from 1967-68 through 1969-70 while coaching Southern Illinois.
- Don Haskins - Lost to Louisiana College in 1977-78 while coaching Texas-El Paso.
- George "Jud" Heathcote - Lost at Puget Sound (Wash.) in 1972-73, 1973-74 and 1975-76 and at Southern Colorado in 1972-73 while coaching Montana.
- Bill Henderson - Lost to Howard Payne (Tex.) in 1955-56 while coaching Baylor.
- Lou Henson - Lost to Howard Payne (Tex.) twice, Midwestern State (Tex.), Eastern New Mexico and Abilene Christian (Tex.) in 1962-63; Abilene Christian and Midwestern State in 1964-65, and Pittsburg State (Kan.) in 1965-66 while coaching Hardin-Simmons. Lost at Eastern New Mexico in 1966-67, to Angelo State (Tex.) in 1971-72, at Alaska-Fairbanks in 1998-99 and at BYU-Hawaii in 2001-02 while coaching New Mexico State.
- Eddie Hickey - Lost to South Dakota in 1938-39 and 1939-40 while coaching Creighton.
- Bernard "Peck" Hickman - Lost to Georgetown (Ky.) in 1958-59 while coaching Louisville.
- Paul "Tony" Hinkle - Lost to Wabash (Ind.) in 1959-60, twice in 1960-61 and in 1966-67 while coaching Butler.
- Terry Holland - Lost at Chaminade (Hawaii) in 1982-83 while coaching Virginia.
- Ben Howland - Lost to Concordia (Calif.) in 1994-95 while coaching Northern Arizona.
- Henry "Hank" Iba - Lost to Westminster (Mo.) in 1934-35 and 1936-37 and Abilene (Tex.) Christian in 1965-66 while coaching Oklahoma A&M/Oklahoma State.
- Moe Iba - Lost to Union (Tenn.) in 1968-69 and 1969-70 while coaching Memphis State.
- George Ireland - Lost to Regis (Colo.) in 1954-55, North Dakota State in 1966-67, Illinois Wesleyan in 1970-71 and Missouri Western in 1972-73 while coaching Loyola of Chicago.
- Maurice "Maury" John - Lost to South Dakota State in 1958-59 and Washington (Mo.) in 1963-64 while coaching Drake.
- Alvin "Doggie" Julian - Lost to St. Michael's (Vt.), at St. Anselm (N.H.) and at Tampa (Fla.) in 1950-51; to Amherst (Mass.) in 1952-53; at St. Michael's (Vt.), to Williams (Mass.) and at Springfield (Mass.) in 1960-61; to Colby (Maine) in 1961-62, and to Williams (Mass.) in 1964-65 while coaching Dartmouth.
- Jim Killingsworth - Lost to Westmont (Calif.) in 1980-81 while coaching Texas Christian.
- Bob King - Lost at Washington (Mo.) in 1963-64 while coaching New Mexico.
- Dana Kirk - Lost to Wisconsin-Parkside in 1979-80 while coaching Memphis State.
- Jack Kraft - Lost to Assumption (Mass.) in 1974-75 while coaching Rhode Island.
- Mike Krzyzewski - Lost to SUNY-Buffalo, Scranton (Pa.) and King's College (Pa.) in 1975-76 while coaching Army.
- Steve Lappas - Lost to Springfield (Mass.) in 1988-89 while coaching Manhattan.
- Jim Larranaga - Lost to Findlay (Ohio) in 1991-92 while coaching Bowling Green.
- Frank Layden - Lost to Thomas More (Ky.) in 1970-71 while coaching Niagara.
- Jack Leaman - Lost to American International (Mass.) in 1966-67 and 1969-70, Springfield (Mass.) in 1970-71 and Bentley (Mass.) in 1978-79 while coaching Massachusetts.
- A.E. "Abe" Lemons - Lost to Centenary (La.) in 1958-59, McMurry (Tex.) in 1960-61 and Wayland Baptist (Tex.) in 1984-85 while coaching Oklahoma City. Lost to Texas A&I in 1973-74 while coaching Pan American.
- Jim Les - Lost to Lubbock (Tex.) Christian at Las Vegas in 2003-04 while coaching Bradley.
- Guy Lewis - Lost to St. Mary's (Tex.) in 1969-70 and 1974-75, Texas A&I in 1979-80 and Alaska Anchorage and Biscayne (Fla.) in 1980-81 while coaching Houston.
- Harry Litwack - Lost to West Chester (Pa.) in 1969-70 while coaching Temple.
- Taylor "Tates" Locke - Lost to North Park (Ill.) in 1978-79 while coaching Jacksonville.
- Ken Loeffler - Lost to Centenary (La.) in 1956-57 while coaching Texas A&M.
- Jim Lynam - Lost to Saint Leo (Fla.) and at Assumption (Mass.) in 1968-69 and to Southern Connecticut in 1969-70 while coaching Fairfield. Lost at King's (Pa.) in 1975-76 while coaching American University. Lost at Rollins (Fla.) in 1979-80 while coaching St. Joseph's.
- Nick Macarchuk - Lost to Buffalo State in 1982-83 while coaching Canisius.
- John MacLeod - Lost to Samford (Ala.) in 1971-72 while coaching Oklahoma. Lost at Alaska-Anchorage in 1998-99 while coaching Notre Dame.
- John "Red" Manning - Lost to Carnegie-Mellon (Pa.) in 1959-60 while coaching Duquesne.
- Rollie Massimino - Lost at New Orleans in 1973-74 and to Philadelphia Textile in 1975-76 and 1976-77 while coaching Villanova.
- James "Babe" McCarthy - Lost to University of the South (Tenn.) in 1955-56 and Mississippi College in 1964-65 while coaching Mississippi State.
- Neil McCarthy - Lost at Alaska-Anchorage in 1978-79 while coaching Weber State. Lost to Western New Mexico in 1986-87 while coaching New Mexico State.
- Al McGuire - Lost at Washington (Mo.) in 1964-65 and Evansville in 1965-66 while coaching Marquette.
- Frank McGuire - Lost at Florida Southern in 1979-80 while coaching South Carolina.
- Jack McKinney - Lost to Catholic (D.C.) in 1966-67 while coaching St. Joseph's.
- Eddie Melvin - Lost to Cortland (N.Y.) State in 1947-48 and Gannon (Pa.) in 1948-49 while coaching St. Bonaventure. Lost to Morris Harvey (W. Va.) in 1956-57 and Wittenberg (Ohio) in 1958-59 and 1959-60 while coaching Toledo.
- Shelby Metcalf - Lost at Eastern Montana in 1980-81 and to St. Mary's (Tex.) in 1984-85 while coaching Texas A&M.
- Ray Meyer - Lost to Beloit (Wis.) in 1950-51, at North Dakota in 1965-66 and to St. Joseph's (Ind.) in 1969-70 while coaching DePaul.
- Eldon Miller - Lost to Winona (Minn.) State and Wisconsin-Platteville in 1986-87 and at American-Puerto Rico and to Morningside (Iowa) in 1990-91 while coaching Northern Iowa.
- Ralph Miller - Lost at Beloit (Wis.) in 1951-52 while coaching Wichita.
- Charles Moir - Lost to Dillard (La.) in 1973-74 and 1974-75 and Xavier (La.) in 1973-74 while coaching Tulane.
- Mike Montgomery - Lost to Puget Sound (Wash.) in 1978-79 and 1980-81 while coaching Montana. Lost at Chaminade (Hawaii) in 1992-93 while coaching Stanford.
- Stan Morrison - Lost to San Francisco State in 1974-75 and at North Dakota in 1978-79 while coaching Pacific.
- Joe Mullaney - Lost to Assumption (Mass.) in 1963-64 and 1984-85 while coaching Providence. Lost to Stonehill (Mass.) in 1979-80 while coaching Brown.
- Jeff Mullins - Lost at Florida Southern in 1987-88 while coaching UNC Charlotte.
- Gerald Myers - Lost at Alaska-Anchorage in 1990-91 while coaching Texas Tech.
- Lynn Nance - Lost to Nebraska-Omaha in 1979-80 while coaching Iowa State.
- Danny Nee - Lost to Charleston (W. Va.) in 1980-81 while coaching Ohio University.
- Jim O'Brien - Lost at Florida Tech in 1988-89 while coaching Boston College.
- Dave Odom - Lost at Alaska-Anchorage in 1993-94 while coaching Wake Forest.
- Johnny Orr - Lost at Washington (Mo.) in 1964-65 while coaching Massachusetts. Lost at Eastern Montana in 1981-82 while coaching Iowa State.
- Bobby Paschal - Lost to Tampa in 1986-87 and 1987-88 while coaching South Florida.
- Tom Penders - Lost at CCNY in 1974-75 and at San Francisco State in 1977-78 while coaching Columbia. Lost at Hawaii-Pacific in 1985-86 while coaching Fordham.
- Jerry Pimm - Lost to Midwestern State (Tex.) in 1979-80 while coaching Utah. Lost to San Francisco State in 1983-84 while coaching UC Santa Barbara.
- Rick Pitino - Lost to Adelphi (N.Y.) in 1978-79 while coaching Boston University.
- Harry Rabenhorst - Lost to Louisiana College in 1955-56 and at Centenary (La.) in 1956-57 while coaching Louisiana State.
- Bill Raftery - Lost to Siena (N.Y.) in 1972-73, at Rollins (Fla.) in 1973-74 and to King's College (Pa.) in 1975-76 while coaching Seton Hall.
- Jack Ramsay - Lost to Albright (Pa.) in 1957-58 and 1961-62 while coaching St. Joseph's.
- George Raveling - Lost to St. Martin's (Wash.) in 1980-81 and Eastern Montana in 1981-82 while coaching Washington State.
- Roger Reid - Lost to Colorado-Colorado Springs in 2007-08 while coaching Southern Utah.
- Nolan Richardson Jr. - Lost at American-Puerto Rico in 1997-98 while coaching Arkansas.
- Alfred "A.J." Robertson - Lost to South Dakota in 1947-48 while coaching Bradley.
- Les Robinson - Lost to Francis Marion (S.C.) in 1983-84 while coaching The Citadel.
- Lee Rose - Lost at Eastern Montana in 1977-78 while coaching UNC Charlotte.
- Lou Rossini - Lost to Bentley (Mass.) in 1978-79 and Scranton (Pa.) in 1975-76 while coaching St. Francis (N.Y.).
- John "Honey" Russell - Lost at Saint Thomas (Minn.) in 1937-38, to David & Elkins (W. Va.) in 1949-50 and to Albright (Pa.) in 1949-50 and 1957-58 while coaching Seton Hall.
- Alex Severance - Lost to Albright (Pa.) in 1941-42, Swarthmore (Pa.) in 1943-44 and 1944-45 and Scranton (Pa.) in 1957-58 while coaching Villanova.
- Norman Sloan - Lost at Presbyterian (S.C.) in 1956-57 while coaching The Citadel.
- Jim Snyder - Lost to Marietta (Ohio) four times in five years from 1949-50 through 1953-54 and in 1959-60, Mount Union (Ohio) in 1949-50, Muskingum (Ohio) in 1950-51, Beloit (Wis.) and Lake Forest (Ill.) in 1951-52, Ohio Wesleyan in 1952-53 and Otterbein (Ohio) in 1966-67 while coaching Ohio University.
- Norm Stewart - Lost at Alaska-Anchorage in 1985-86 while coaching Missouri.
- John Thompson Jr. - Lost to Assumption (Mass.) in 1973-74; Gannon (Pa.) in 1975-76; Randolph-Macon (Va.) in 1974-75; Roanoke (Va.) in 1972-73, and at South Florida in 1972-73 while coaching Georgetown.
- Ken Trickey - Lost to Union (Tenn.) in 1965-66, Transylvania (Ky.) in 1966-67 and 1968-69 and Oglethorpe (Ga.) in 1967-68 while coaching Middle Tennessee State. Lost to Nebraska-Omaha and South Dakota in 1975-76 while coaching Iowa State. Lost to Cameron (Okla.) in 1980-81 while coaching Oral Roberts.
- Billy Tubbs - Lost to Ohio Northern in 1980-81 while coaching Oklahoma. Lost at Alaska-Anchorage in 1995-96 while coaching Texas Christian. Lost to Delta State (Miss.) in 2005-06 while coaching Lamar.
- M.K. Turk - Lost at Florida Southern in 1979-80 and to Fairmont State (W. Va.) in 1984-85 while coaching Southern Mississippi.
- Jim Valvano - Lost to Armstrong State (Ga.) and Gannon (Pa.) in 1972-73, Wilkes (Pa.) in 1973-74 and Bloomsburg (Pa.) in 1974-75 while coaching Bucknell. Lost at Tampa in 1986-87 while coaching North Carolina State.
- Bob Vanatta - Lost at Centenary (La.) in 1956-57 while coaching Memphis State.
- Willem "Butch" van Breda Kolff - Lost at Albright (Pa.) in 1951-52 while coaching Lafayette. Lost at Florida Southern in 1988-89 while coaching Hofstra.
- Perry Watson - Lost to Wayne State (Mich.) in 1993-94 while coaching Detroit.
- Stan Watts - Lost to Hamline (Minn.) in 1951-52 while coaching Brigham Young.
- Clifford Wells - Lost to Spring Hill (Ala.) in 1953-54 and Louisiana College in 1962-63 while coaching Tulane.
- Bob Weltlich - Lost at Alaska-Anchorage in 1986-87 while coaching Texas.
- Paul Westhead - Lost at Biscayne (Fla.) in 1971-72 and Florida Southern in 1978-79 while coaching La Salle.
- Davey Whitney - Lost to Delta State (Miss.) six times in five years from 1985-86 through 1989-90; Dillard (La.) in 1986-87; Miles (Ala.) in 1988-89 and 1990-91; Mississippi College in 1990-91, 1992-93 and 1993-94; Slippery Rock (Pa.) in 1993-94, and Tougaloo (Miss.) in 1996-97 while coaching Alcorn State.
- Ralph Willard - Lost to Williams (Mass.) in 2003-04 while coaching Holy Cross.
- Carroll Williams - Lost to San Francisco State in 1970-71 and at Alaska-Anchorage in 1991-92 while coaching Santa Clara.
- Charlie Woollum - Lost to Rochester (N.Y.) in 1975-76 and 1976-77, Upsala (N.J.) in 1977-78 and Messiah (Pa.) in 1981-82 while coaching Bucknell.
- Jay Wright - Lost at Chaminade (Hawaii) in 2003-04 while coaching Villanova.
- Ned Wulk - Lost to Lawrence Tech (Mich.) and twice to Baldwin-Wallace (Ohio) in 1952-53 while coaching Xavier. Lost to Cal Poly Pomona in 1969-70 while coaching Arizona State.
Canada's recent basketball bounty has gone from Syracuse's Kris Joseph (Quebec) to Gonzaga's Kelly Olynyk (British Columbia) to Kansas freshman phenom Andrew Wiggins (Ontario). It's not a cinch like so many so-called experts projected, but will Wiggins become the third straight Canadian to earn All-American status and show that the nation is more than a hockey hotbed? The presumptive #1 NBA draft pick according to oft-mistake recruiting analysts will need to elevate his performance after collecting 16 points, one assist, one steal and five turnovers in his last two games in a Thanksgiving holiday tournament in the Bahamas. Long-term, he might not even be the best frosh on his own team or the premier Canadian competing for a U.S. university this season.
Wiggins' brother, Nick, and a Wichita State teammate from Canada (Chadrack Lufile) are helping propel the Shockers to national acclaim. Additional impact Canadians this season include Manny Arop (Indiana State), Jordan Bachysnki (Arizona State), Sim Bhullar (New Mexico State), Khem Birch (UNLV), Kenny Chery (Baylor), Melvin Ejim (Iowa State), Dylan Ennis (Villanova), Tyler Ennis (Syracuse), Olivier Hanlon (Boston College), Brady Heslip (Baylor), Naz Long (Iowa State), Jahenns Manigat (Creighton), Daniel Mullings (New Mexico State), Kevin Pangos (Gonzaga), Dyshawn Pierre (Dayton), Chad Posthumus (Morehead State), Dwight Powell (Stanford), Laurent Rivard (Harvard), Nik Stauskas (Michigan) and Matthew Wright (St. Bonaventure). Team Canada, a make-believe roster comprised solely of the premier Canadians, likely would be the top-ranked squad in national polls this season.
Foreigners have been much more than bit players in a modern-day version of "Coming to America." By mid-season, Stauskas passed Wiggins as the most likely Canadian to become an All-American. Olynyk joined the following alphabetical list of hoop princes of sorts as the first 18 All-Americans, a third of them in the Big East Conference, who spent most or all of their formative years in a country outside mainland U.S.:
|Foreigner||Pos.||College||Native Country||Year(s) All-American||NBA Draft Status|
|Andrew Bogut*||C||Utah||Australia||2005||1st pick overall by Milwaukee|
|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|
|Adonal Foyle||C||Colgate||West Indies||1997||8th by Golden State|
|Al Horford||F-C||Florida||Dominican Republic||2007||3rd by Atlanta|
|Kris Joseph||F||Syracuse||Quebec||2012||51st by Boston|
|Dikembe Mutombo||C||Georgetown||Zaire||1991||4th by Denver|
|Eduardo Najera||F||Oklahoma||Mexico||2000||38th by Houston|
|Hakeem Olajuwon||C||Houston||Nigeria||1983 and 1984||1st by Houston|
|Kelly Olynyk||C||Gonzaga||British Columbia||2013||13th by Dallas|
|Juan "Pepe" Sanchez||G||Temple||Argentina||2000||undrafted|
|Detlef Schrempf||F||Washington||Germany||1985||8th by Dallas|
|Rony Seikaly||C||Syracuse||Greece||1988||9th by Miami|
|Doron Sheffer||G||Connecticut||Israel||1996||36th by L.A. Clippers|
|Hasheem Thabeet||C||Connecticut||Tanzania||2009||2nd by Memphis|
|Mychal Thompson||F-C||Minnesota||Bahamas||1977 and 1978||1st by Portland|
|Greivis Vasquez||G||Maryland||Venezuela||2010||28th by Memphis|
*Named National Player of the Year.
Did You Know?: Marquee mentors John Beilein (Canisius), 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 - Belmont's Josh Goodwin (39 points at East Tennessee State in overtime in 2005), Eastern Kentucky's Jack Adams (49 vs. Union in 1955), Louisville's Wes Unseld (45 vs. Georgetown, Ky., College in 1967) and NYU's Jim Signorile (50 vs. Herbert Lehman, N.Y., in 1969) set school Division I single-game scoring records. . . . Ronnie Shavlik (55 points vs. William & Mary in 1954 set North Carolina State's single-game scoring record against a major-college opponent. . . . Denny Crum made his Louisville head coaching debut in 1971 with a 70-69 defeat at Florida before amassing a school-record 675 victories. . . . Eddie Sutton made his Creighton head coaching debut in 1969 with an 84-62 decision over Wisconsin-Oshkosh en route to 802 victories with five schools. . . . Jerry Tarkanian made his UNLV head coaching debut in 1973 with an 82-76 defeat against Texas Tech before notching a school-record 509 victories with the Rebels. . . . Ralph Miller made his Wichita head coaching debut in 1951 with a 62-55 defeat at Colorado before registering 657 victories with three schools. . . . Guy Lewis made his Houston head coaching debut in 1956 with a 97-78 defeat at Kansas State before compiling a school-record 592 victories. . . . Al McGuire made his Marquette debut in 1964 with a 69-49 triumph over St. Thomas (Minn.) en route to becoming the Warriors' all-time winningest coach. . . . Bob Knight made his Indiana debut in 1971 with an 84-77 triumph over Ball State en route to becoming the Hoosiers' all-time winningest coach. . . . Digger Phelps made his Notre Dame debut in 1971 with a 101-83 defeat against Michigan before compiling a school-record 393 victories. . . . Frank McGuire made his South Carolina debut in 1964 with a 76-59 triumph against Erskine (S.C.) en route to a school-record 283 victories. . . . 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 (Ohio) en route to a school-record 375 victories. . . . Lynn Howden (24 vs. Florida State in 1970) set Texas' single-game rebounding record against a major-college opponent.
2 - Northern Arizona's Cory Schwab (43 points at Cal Poly in overtime in 2000), Southwest Missouri State's Ben Kandlbinder (36 vs. Stephen F. Austin State in 1995) and Wisconsin's Christian Steinmetz (50 at Sparta's Company C in 1904) set school Division I single-game scoring records. . . . Dean Smith made his North Carolina head coaching debut in 1961 with an 80-46 decision over Virginia en route to a school-record 879 victories. . . . Norm Stewart made his Missouri head coaching debut in 1967 with a 74-58 triumph at Arkansas en route to a school-record 634 victories with the Tigers. . . . Don Haskins made his Texas Western head coaching debut in 1961 with a 66-59 triumph at Iowa State en route to a school-record 719 victories. . . . Terry Holland made his Virginia coaching debut in 1974 with a 77-69 triumph against Washington & Lee (Va.) en route to a school-record 326 victories.
3 - Kansas' Wilt Chamberlain (52 points vs. Northwestern in 1956) and Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Von McDade (50 at Illinois in double overtime in 1990) set school single-game scoring records. Chamberlain also grabbed 31 rebounds in his varsity debut and Lew Alcindor collected 56 points and 21 rebounds vs. Southern California in his varsity debut with UCLA in 1966. . . . John Wooden made his UCLA head coaching debut in 1948 with a 43-37 decision over UC Santa Barbara en route to a school-record 620 victories with the Bruins. . . . Lefty Driesell made his Davidson head coaching debut in 1960 with a 65-59 decision over Wake Forest en route to 786 victories with four schools. . . . Everett Case made his North Carolina State debut in 1946 with a 63-28 decision over the Cherry Point Marines en route to a school-record 377 victories with the Wolfpack. . . . Arizona State's Mark Landsberger (27 vs. San Diego State in 1976), Jacksonville's Artis Gilmore (34 vs. St. Peter's in 1970) and UMKC's Tony Berg (23 vs. Baylor in 1996) set school single-game rebounding records.
4 - Mississippi State's Bailey Howell (47 points vs. Union, Tenn., in 1958) and Northwestern State's Billy Reynolds (42 at Lamar in 1976) set school Division I single-game scoring records. . . . Brown's Ed Tooley shot an NCAA-record 36 free throws in a single game in 1954. . . . Long Beach State's school-record 75-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by San Francisco (94-84 in overtime in 1974). . . . Lou Carnesecca made his St. John's debut in 1965 with a 64-62 triumph at Georgetown in overtime en route to a school-record 526 victories. . . . Bob Knight made his Army head coaching debut in 1965 with a 70-49 setback at Princeton before becoming Indiana's all-time winningest coach and compiling 899 victories. . . . UCLA's season-opening defeat by 27 points (110-83 at Illinois in 1964) was worst-ever for 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 - North Carolina State's David Thompson (57 points vs. Buffalo State in 1974), Rider's Ron Simpson (48 at St. Francis, N.Y., in double overtime in 1987) and Washington State's Brian Quinnett (45 vs. Loyola Marymount in 1986 Amana Hawkeye Classic at Iowa City) set school Division I single-game scoring records. . . . Charlotte's school-record 60-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Appalachian State (71-64 in 1977). . . . Dale Brown made his LSU head coaching debut in 1972 with a 94-81 triumph against Memphis State en route to a school-record 448 victories. . . . Shelby Metcalf made his Texas A&M head coaching debut in 1963 with a 61-58 triumph against Houston en route to a school-record 438 victories. . . . Gene Estes (24 vs. Texas Western in 1960) set Tulsa's single-game rebounding record against a major-college opponent.
6 - American's Russell "Boo" Bowers (45 points at Harvard in 1980), Old Dominion's Alex Loughton (45 vs. Charlotte in double overtime in 2003), Rice's Doug McKendrick (47 vs. Georgia Tech in 1965) and Texas-San Antonio's Roderic Hall (52 vs. Maine in consolation game of 1997 Southwest Missouri Tournament at Springfield, Mo.) set school Division I single-game scoring records. . . . Kent State's Doug Grayson set an NCAA single-game record by hitting 16 consecutive field-goal attempts vs. North Carolina in 1967. . . . Indiana's school-record 35-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Kentucky (66-51 in 1976). . . . Bob Presley (27 vs. St. Mary's in 1967) set California's single-game rebounding record.
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. . . . 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 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, Fla., in 1988) and Long Beach State's Ed Ratleff (45 vs. St. Mary's in 1970) set school single-game scoring records. . . . Troy State (28 of 74) and George Mason (16 of 34) combined to set NCAA single-game three-point field-goal records in 1994 for shots made and attempted beyond the arc with Troy State's figures establishing marks for one team. . . . Tulane's school-record 42-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Arkansas (42-41 in 1949). . . . Bucknell's Hal Danzig (29 vs. Lehigh in 1958), Kentucky's Bob Burrow (34 vs. Temple in 1955) and Louisville's Charlie Tyra (38 vs. Canisius in 1955) set school single-game rebounding records.
11 - North Carolina A&T's Joe Binion (41 points vs. Livingstone, N.C., in final of 1982 Miller Aggie Classic) and Virginia's Barry Parkhill (51 vs. Baldwin-Wallace, Ohio, in 1971) set school Division I single-game scoring records. . . . Louisville's Clifford Rozier set an NCAA single-game record by hitting all 15 of his field-goal attempts against Eastern Kentucky in 1993. . . . Ohio State's school-record 50-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Davidson (95-73 in 1963). . . . Marvin Barnes (28 vs. Fairfield in 1972) set Providence's single-game rebounding record against a DI opponent.
12 - Alabama's Mike Nordholz (50 points vs. Southern Mississippi at 1966 Birmingham Classic), North Dakota State's Ben Woodside (60 vs. Stephen F. Austin in 2008), Radford's Doug Day (43 at Central Connecticut State in 1990), Southern's Tim Roberts (56 vs. Faith Baptist, La., in 1994) and Texas Christian's Lee Nailon (53 vs. Mississippi Valley State in first round of 1997 TCU Tournament) set school Division I single-game scoring records. . . . Oklahoma's Mookie Blaylock set an NCAA single-game record with 13 steals vs. Centenary in 1987. . . . Henry "Hank" Iba made his Oklahoma A&M head coaching debut in 1934 with a 24-17 decision over Wichita en route to a school-record 655 victories with the Cowboys. . . . Kent State's Leroy Thompson (31 vs. Case Western in 1948) and Weber State's Willie Sojourner (25 vs. West Texas State in 1969) set school single-game rebounding records.
13 - St. Peter's Rich Rinaldi (54 points vs. St. Francis, N.Y., in 1971), Southern Mississippi's Jerome Arnold (41 vs. Missouri-Kansas City in 1978), Toledo's Clarke "Pinky" Pittenger (49 at Bluffton, Ohio, in 1918) and Tulsa's Willie Biles (48 vs. St. Cloud, Minn., in 1973) set school Division I single-game scoring records. . . . Phog Allen made his Kansas head coaching debut in 1907 with a 66-22 decision over Ottawa (Kan.) en route to a school-record 590 victories with the Jayhawks. . . . Bradley's Barney Cable (28 vs. Canisius in 1955), Eastern Kentucky's Garfield Smith (33 vs. Marshall in 1967) and UALR's Rashad Jones-Jennings (30 vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff in 2005) set school single-game rebounding records against a DI opponent.
14 - Marshall's Keith Veney set an NCAA single-game record for three-pointers (making 15 of 25 shots from beyond the arc vs. Morehead State in 1996).
15 - UC Irvine's Kevin Magee (46 points vs. Loyola Marymount in 1981) and Providence's Marvin Barnes (52 vs. Austin Peay in 1973) set school Division I single-game scoring records. . . . Tennessee topped Temple, 11-6, in 1973 in the lowest-scoring game since 1938. . . . La Salle's Michael Brooks set the East Coast Conference single-game scoring record with 51 points at Brigham Young in 1979. . . . Jack Friel made his Washington State debut in 1928 with a 62-18 decision over Lewis-Clark State en route to becoming the Cougars' all-time winningest coach. . . . Cal State Fullerton's Kerry Davis (27 vs. Central Michigan in 1975), Colgate's Dick Osborn (26 vs. Yale in 1951), Texas A&M's Vernon Smith and Rynn Wright (21 vs. UNLV in 1978) and Utah State's Wayne Estes (28 vs. Regis in 1962) set school single-game rebounding records against DI opponents.
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 in 1964) set Iona's Division I single-game scoring record. . . . Penn's school-record 34-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Temple (57-52 in 1971). . . . Adolph Rupp made his Kentucky head coaching debut in 1930 with a 67-19 decision over Georgetown (Ky.) en route to a school-record 876 victories. . . . Hec Edmundson made his Washington debut in 1920 with a 30-14 decision over Varsity/Alumni en route to becoming the Huskies' all-time winningest coach. . . . Alabama's Harry Hammonds (28 vs. Massachusetts in 1966), Brigham Young's Scott Warner (27 vs. Texas Tech in 1969), Cleveland State's Dave Kyle (24 vs. Ohio University in 1976) and Hofstra's John Irving (28 vs. Long Island in 1975) set school single-game rebounding records against a major-college opponent.
19 - Iowa State's Lafester Rhodes (54 points vs. Iowa in overtime in 1987), Norfolk State's Tony Murphy (43 vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at UNLV in 2006) and UNC Asheville's Ricky Chatman (41 vs. James Madison in overtime in 1987) set school Division I single-game scoring records. . . . Kevin Thomas (46 vs. Tennessee in 1955 Carousel Invitational at Charlotte) set Boston University's single-game scoring record against a DI opponent. . . . Auburn's Rex Frederick (27 vs. SMU in 1957), Lehigh's Greg Falkenbach (25 vs. Drexel in 1970) and New Mexico State's Sam Lacey (27 vs. Hardin-Simmons in 1969) set school single-game rebounding records against a major-college opponent.
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, W. Va., in 1989), Pacific's Bill Stricker (44 vs. Portland in 1968) and Pittsburgh's Don Hennon (45 vs. Duke in double overtime in 1957) set school single-game scoring records. . . . Visiting Cincinnati outlasted Bradley in seven overtimes in 1981 in the longest game in NCAA history. . . . Texas Christian hit an NCAA-record 56 free throws in 1999 in 70 attempts against Eastern Michigan. . . . West Virginia ended North Carolina's school-record 37-game winning streak (75-64 in 1957 at Kentucky), Houston's school-record 59-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Illinois (97-84 in 1968) and Oklahoma State's school-record 49-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Southern California (28-25 in 1940).
22 - Centenary's Robert Parish (50 points at Lamar in 1972), Central Michigan's Tommie Johnson (53 at Wright State in 1987), Georgia Tech's Kenny Anderson (50 vs. Loyola Marymount in 1990), Jackson State's Trey Johnson (49 at Texas-El Paso in 2006), San Jose State's Adrian Oliver (42 vs. Puget Sound in 2010) and Western Illinois' Darrell Richardson (36 at Hawaii-Hilo in 1989) set school Division I single-game scoring records. . . . Nick Galis (48 vs. Santa Clara in 1978 Cable Car Classic at San Francisco) set Seton Hall's single-game scoring record against a Division I opponent. . . . Louisiana State All-American Pete Maravich set an NCAA single-game record for most successful free throws by converting 30 foul shots at Oregon State in 1969. . . . Oklahoma's school-record 51-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Duke (90-85 in 1990). . . . Rich Kelley (27 vs. Kentucky in 1973) set Stanford's single-game rebounding record.
23 - Scott Fisher (39 points at Montana State in 1985) set UC Santa Barbara's school single-game scoring record. . . . Bob Portman (46 vs. Weber State in 1968) set Creighton's single-game scoring record against a major-college opponent. . . . Top-ranked Virginia and national player of the year Ralph Sampson lost at tiny NAIA school (Chaminade) in 1982 in perhaps the biggest upset in college basketball history.
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 in 1970), Hawaii's Trevor Ruffin (42 vs. Louisville in 1993), Penn's Ernie Beck (47 vs. Duke in 1952 Dixie Classic at Raleigh, N.C.), St. Joseph's Tony Costner (47 vs. Alaska-Anchorage in 1983 Cable Car Classic at San Francisco) and Utah State's Wayne Estes (52 vs. Boston College in overtime at 1964 Rainbow Classic in Hawaii) set school single-game scoring records. . . . Duke overcame a 29-point halftime deficit to defeat Tulane in consolation game of 1950 Dixie Classic at Raleigh, N.C. . . . Stanford ended Long Island's school-record 43-game winning streak (45-31 in 1936). . . . Hawaii's Bob Nash (30 vs. Arizona State in 1971), Idaho State's Ed Wilson (26 vs. Arkansas in 1967), La Salle's Tom Gola (31 vs. Brigham Young in 1953), Michigan State's Johnny Green (29 vs. Washington in 1957), St. John's LeRoy Ellis Sr. (30 vs. NYU in 1961), South Alabama's Leon Williams (28 vs. Texas-Arlington in 1972) and Western Kentucky's Tom Marshall (29 vs. Louisville in 1953) set school single-game rebounding records against a major-college opponent.
31 - Loyola of Chicago's school-record 41-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by St. Louis (90-57 in 1964).
A Thanksgiving holiday week absolutely should include the time-honored tradition of a smorgasbord mulling over a mixture of heartfelt Thank Yous while chewing on tasteless Turkeys. The list of candidates in college basketball is extensive stemming from issues and individuals your most grateful for and those of dubious distinction. Following is a healthy serving of food-for-thought Thanksgiving tributes and tongue-lashings for hoop observers to gobble-gobble up:
Cheers to the striking number of mid-major players (guards from BYU, Gonzaga, Massachusetts and Wichita State) who have realistic shots at earning All-American acclaim this season if A-A voters are paying attention.
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, Tony Gonzalez and Jimmy Graham, the G-Men who dominate as NFL tight ends and set the stage at that rugged position for fellow ex-hoopsters Jordan Cameron and Julius Thomas.
Cheers to the Atlantic 10 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 entertaining little big men (players 5-10 or shorter) who inspire us with their self-confidence and mental toughness in the Land of the Giants.
Cheers to women's hoops, which has improved immeasurably while the men's game has suffered somewhat from inattention to fundamentals such as competent free-throw shooting. The team-oriented women look for passing angles to teammates "flashing" into the lane while far too many one-dimensional men seek camera angles to trigger a "flashdance" routine. Some of the self-centered men haven't quite comprehended that it isn't platform diving or figure skating they're participating in and you don't secure extra points for degree of difficulty.
Cheers to junior college players and foreigners who overcome perceptions in some misguided quarters that they are the rogues of recruiting.
Cheers to the numerous promising first-year coaches assuming control of programs this season. They need to remember the fortitude exhibited by many of the biggest names in coaching who rebounded from embarrassing defeats in their first season as a head coach. An active luminary who lost multiple games to non-Division I colleges in his initial campaign before ascending to stardom as the all-time winningest coach is Duke's Mike Krzyzewski (lost to SUNY-Buffalo, Scranton and King's College in 1975-76 while coaching Army).
Jeers to Division I schools in a chaotic restructuring of conferences forsaking tradition although the quest for 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 recruiting services incapable of discerning that Creighton's Doug McDermott should have been a Top 100 recruit coming out of high school in 2010. Ditto to announcers who infect the sport by spreading this virus without ever seeing any of the players enough to properly evaluate them.
Jeers to marquee coaches who've served up assistants as sacrificial lambs when the heat of an investigation of their program intensifies.
Jeers to anyone who incessantly castigates the majority of undergraduates declaring early for the NBA draft. Before accepting the party line that many of the players are making monumental mistakes by forgoing their remaining college eligibility, remember that more than half of the NBA's All-Pro selections in the last quarter century or so left college early or never attended a university.
Jeers to any school for not promptly granting a recruit seeking to enroll elsewhere a release from its letter-of-intent when he wants to attend another institution for legitimate reasons.
Jeers to "Me Generation" showmen who've failed to comprehend that their respective teams don't benefit on the court from a trash-talking Harlem Globetrotter routine.
Jeers to self-absorbed players who spend more time getting tattoos and practicing macho dunks than team beneficial free throws. It all hinges on dedication. There is a reason they're supposed to be "free" throws instead of Shaq-like "foul" shots.
Jeers to high-profile coaches who take off for greener pastures despite having multiple years remaining on their contract or don sweaters and workout gear with a logo of a sneaker manufacturer instead of their school during TV games and interviews. Where is their allegiance?
Jeers to network analysts when they serve as apologists for the coaching community. When their familiar refrain echoes throughout hoopdom, they become nothing more than the big mouths that bore.
Jeers to marquee schools forsaking entertaining non-conference games with natural rivals while scheduling a half-dozen or more meaningless "rout-a-matics" at home.
Jeers to several colleges that hired tainted coaches, showing winning is still more important than dignity at some schools of lower learning. They know who they are!
Jeers to defrauding coaches who manipulate junior colleges and high schools into giving phony grades. Ditto coaches who steer prize high school prospects to third parties toying with standardized test results.
Jeers to "fatherly-advice" coaches who don't mandate that any player with pro potential take multiple financial literacy courses. Did they notice in recent years that products from Alabama, Georgia Tech, Georgetown, Kentucky and Syracuse filed for bankruptcy after combining for more than half a billion dollars in salaries over their NBA careers? What 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 ESPN for rejecting a charity hospital ad promoting Jesus 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, practice reprehensible race-baiting with the intellectually-bankrupt "Uncle Tom" bomb or spew spin like lunatic liberal propagandist LZ Granderson.
"We will either find a way or make one." - Hannibal, Carthaginian military commander
UCLA, in a stellar 10-year stretch from 1963-64 through 1972-73 ruling the scene much like Hannibal, accounted for four of only 12 squads to go undefeated since the start of national tournament postseason competition in the late 1930s. Kentucky's over-hyped freshmen were considered capable of becoming #13 in some misguided quarters but the Wildcats, despite dropping Indiana from its schedule due to coaching egos, appeared as if they will be fortunate to rank among the nation's top 13 teams after promptly failing to become the first team since IU in 1975-76 to go unbeaten and subsequently becoming only the third preseason #1 to lose three contests prior to Christmas.
UK, which was soundly whipped by undefeated LIU in 1938-39 before the Wildcats went unbeaten themselves 15 years later, should have had its yearlings take a hoop history lesson. Big Blue was coming off a 12-loss campaign and the average number of defeats the previous year for the first 12 unbeaten teams was five. The only time in major-college history that two undefeated major colleges met in a national postseason tournament was the 1939 NIT final between Loyola of Chicago and Long Island University. LIU (23-0) defeated Loyola (21-1), 44-32.
In a seven-year span, all-time greats Lew Alcindor (UCLA in 1966-67), Bill Walton (UCLA in 1971-72) and David Thompson (North Carolina State in 1972-73) weren't freshmen but they were in their first season of varsity eligibility when leading their unbeaten teams in scoring. Following are the schedules and team statistics for the 12 squads to go undefeated since the start of national tournament postseason competition:
Long Island (23-0 in 1938-39)
Coach: Clair Bee (eighth of 18 seasons with Blackbirds)
|1938-39 LIU Opponents||Score||LIU's High Scorer|
|Newark University (N.J.)||64-14||George Newman 14|
|Panzer College||41-35||Daniel Kaplowitz 15|
|Princeton/Seminary||82-37||John Bromberg/Irv Torgoff 10|
|McGill University (Quebec)||77-39||Irv Torgoff 12|
|Montclair Teachers College (N.J.)||63-40||Irv Torgoff 10|
|East Stroudsburg Teachers (Pa.)||63-33||John Bromberg 14|
|Southern California||33-18||Daniel Kaplowitz 12|
|Kentucky||52-34||John Bromberg 12|
|Marquette||41-34||Arthur Hillhouse 14|
|New York Athletic Club||64-43||Arthur Hillhouse 15|
|Toledo||46-39||Irv Torgoff 18|
|Geneva College (Pa.)||48-39||Irv Torgoff 15|
|Duquesne||48-31||John Bromberg 13|
|Scranton (Pa.)||65-53||Daniel Kaplowitz 16|
|Canisius||62-50||Myron Sewitch 15|
|St. Francis (N.Y.)||61-20||Ossie Schechtman 13|
|St. Bonaventure||70-31||Irv Torgoff 12|
|University of Baltimore||52-34||Daniel Kaplowitz 9|
|John Marshall College||65-25||Irv Torgoff 11|
|at La Salle||28-21||Daniel Kaplowitz 7|
|New Mexico State (NIT)||52-45||Irv Torgoff 14|
|Bradley (NIT)||36-32||John Bromberg 12|
|Loyola of Chicago (NIT)||44-32||Irv Torgoff 12|
NOTES: La Salle game technically played on a neutral court (Philadelphia Convention Hall). . . . NIT games played at Madison Square Garden.
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS FOR LIU REGULARS
|Oscar "Ossie" Schechtman||G||Soph.||22||4.8|
|Seymour "Cy" Lobello||C||Soph.||22||4.4|
*Hillhouse completed eligibility at the end of the first semester.
**King became eligible at the start of the second semester.
Seton Hall (19-0 in 1939-40)
Coach: John "Honey" Russell (fourth of 18 seasons with Pirates)
|1939-40 Seton Hall Opponents||Score||Pirates High Scorer|
|Alumni||45-29||Nick Parpan 12|
|Mount St. Mary's||58-32||Ed Sadowski 13|
|Tulane||53-25||Bob Davies 9|
|Florida||43-41||Bob Davies/Ed Sadowski 13|
|William & Mary||51-35||Ed Sadowski 17|
|at Scranton||48-32||Ed Sadowski 17|
|Becker||69-29||Ed Sadowski 14|
|at Kutztown (Pa.)||42-34||Ed Sadowski 15|
|Loyola (Md.)||50-40||Ed Sadowski 13|
|at St. Peter's||55-27||Bernie Coyle 13|
|at Brooklyn||51-34||Bob Fischer 13|
|Rider||44-32||Bob Davies/John Ruthenberg 8|
|St. Francis (Pa.)||48-36||Bob Davies 17|
|St. Bonaventure||46-41||Bob Davies 19|
|Kutztown (Pa.)||53-33||Bob Davies 15|
|Canisius||52-46||Bob Davies 17|
|Catholic (D.C.)||53-27||Edward Ryan 13|
|Brooklyn||43-41||Frank Delany 16|
|Scranton (Pa.)||68-39||Bob Davies 16|
NOTE: Seton Hall played its home games at five different arenas - East Orange High School, Elizabeth Armory, Orange Armory, Orange High School and Dickinson High School (Jersey City).
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS FOR SETON HALL REGULARS
*Sadowski missed the second half of the season because of a broken kneecap.
Army/U.S. Military Academy (15-0 in winter of 1944)
Coach: Ed Kelleher (first of two seasons with Cadets)
|1943-44 Army Opponents||Score||Army's High Scorer|
|Swarthmore (Pa.)||80-29||Bob Faas 20|
|Colgate||69-44||Dale Hall 18|
|St. John's||49-36||Dale Hall 21|
|at Columbia||55-37||Dale Hall 17|
|Penn State||49-38||Dale Hall 14|
|Coast Guard||55-37||Doug Kenna 11|
|West Virginia||58-31||Dale Hall 18|
|at Rochester (N.Y.)||57-43||Dale Hall 23|
|Pittsburgh||66-32||Ed Christl 16|
|Hobart (N.Y.)||69-36||Dale Hall/Doug Kenna 20|
|Pennsylvania||55-38||Dale Hall 18|
|Villanova||34-22||Dale Hall 23|
|New York University||46-36||Dale Hall 18|
|Maryland||85-22||Dale Hall 32|
|Navy||47-40||Doug Kenna 17|
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS FOR ARMY REGULARS
Kentucky (25-0 in 1953-54)
Coach: Adolph Rupp (24th of 41 seasons with Wildcats)
|1953-54 UK Opponents||Score||UK's High Scorer|
|Temple||86-59||Cliff Hagan 51|
|at Xavier||81-66||Frank Ramsey 27|
|Wake Forest||101-69||Cliff Hagan 18|
|at St. Louis||71-59||Frank Ramsey 21|
|Duke||85-69||Cliff Hagan 27|
|La Salle||73-60||Cliff Hagan 28|
|Minnesota||74-59||Frank Ramsey 23|
|Xavier||77-71||Cliff Hagan 20|
|Georgia Tech||105-53||Cliff Hagan 34|
|DePaul||81-63||Cliff Hagan/Frank Ramsey 22|
|Tulane||94-43||Frank Ramsey 26|
|at Tennessee||97-71||Frank Ramsey 37|
|at Vanderbilt||85-63||Frank Ramsey 24|
|Georgia Tech*||99-48||Cliff Hagan 23|
|Georgia||106-55||Frank Ramsey 29|
|Georgia*||100-68||Cliff Hagan 29|
|at Florida||97-55||Cliff Hagan 22|
|Mississippi||88-62||Cliff Hagan 38|
|Mississippi State||81-49||Cliff Hagan 26|
|Tennessee||90-63||Cliff Hagan 24|
|at DePaul||76-61||Cliff Hagan 29|
|Vanderbilt||100-64||Cliff Hagan 22|
|Auburn*||109-79||Frank Ramsey 28|
|at Alabama||68-43||Cliff Hagan 24|
|Louisiana State* (SEC Playoff)||63-56||Frank Ramsey 30|
*Neutral court games.
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS FOR KENTUCKY REGULARS
San Francisco (29-0 in 1955-56)
Coach: Phil Woolpert (fifth of nine seasons with Dons)
|1955-56 USF Opponents||Score||USF's High Scorer|
|Chico State (Calif.)||70-39||Bill Russell 15|
|Southern California||58-42||Bill Russell 24|
|San Francisco State||72-47||Bill Russell 20|
|Marquette*||65-58||Bill Russell 16|
|at DePaul||82-59||K.C. Jones 23|
|at Wichita||75-65||Bill Russell 17|
|at Loyola of New Orleans||61-43||Bill Russell 20|
|La Salle*||79-62||Bill Russell 26|
|Holy Cross*||67-51||Bill Russell 24|
|UCLA*||70-53||Bill Russell 17|
|Pepperdine||62-51||Bill Russell 20|
|Santa Clara||74-56||Mike Farmer 18|
|at Fresno State||69-50||Bill Russell 22|
|at California||33-24||K.C. Jones 15|
|San Jose State||67-40||Bill Russell 21|
|Loyola of Los Angeles||68-46||Carl Boldt 20|
|at Pacific||77-60||Bill Russell 24|
|Fresno State||79-46||Bill Russell 23|
|at San Jose State||76-52||Bill Russell 21|
|at St. Mary's||76-63||Bill Russell 28|
|at Santa Clara||80-44||Bill Russell 29|
|Pacific||87-49||Bill Russell 28|
|at Pepperdine||68-40||Carl Boldt 14|
|at Loyola of Los Angeles||65-48||Bill Russell 24|
|St. Mary's||82-49||Bill Russell 22|
|UCLA* (NCAA Tournament)||72-61||Gene Brown 23|
|Utah* (NCAA Tournament)||92-77||Bill Russell 27|
|Southern Methodist* (NCAA Tournament)||86-68||Mike Farmer 26|
|Iowa* (NCAA Tournament)||83-71||Bill Russell 26|
*Neutral court games.
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS FOR USF REGULARS
*Ineligible for NCAA Tournament as a fifth-year player.
North Carolina (32-0 in 1956-57)
Coach: Frank McGuire (fifth of nine seasons with Tar Heels)
|1956-57 UNC Opponents||Score||Carolina's High Scorer|
|Furman||94-66||Lennie Rosenbluth 47|
|Clemson*||94-75||Pete Brennan 28|
|George Washington||82-55||Lennie Rosenbluth 27|
|at South Carolina||90-86||Tommy Kearns 29|
|Maryland||70-61||Lennie Rosenbluth 26|
|at New York University||64-59||Bob Cunningham 16|
|Dartmouth*||89-61||Lennie Rosenbluth 30|
|Holy Cross*||83-70||Lennie Rosenbluth 23|
|Utah*||97-76||Lennie Rosenbluth 36|
|Duke*||87-71||Lennie Rosenbluth 32|
|Wake Forest*||63-55||Lennie Rosenbluth 18|
|at William & Mary||71-61||Pete Brennan 20|
|Clemson||86-54||Lennie Rosenbluth 34|
|Virginia||102-90||Lennie Rosenbluth 30|
|at North Carolina State||83-57||Lennie Rosenbluth 29|
|at Western Carolina||77-59||Lennie Rosenbluth 26|
|at Maryland||65-61 (2OT)||Lennie Rosenbluth 25|
|Duke||75-73||Lennie Rosenbluth 35|
|at Virginia||68-59||Lennie Rosenbluth 23|
|Wake Forest||72-69||Lennie Rosenbluth 24|
|North Carolina State||86-57||Lennie Rosenbluth 28|
|South Carolina||75-62||Pete Brennan 26|
|at Wake Forest||69-64||Lennie Rosenbluth 30|
|at Duke||86-72||Lennie Rosenbluth 40|
|Clemson* (ACC Tournament)||81-61||Lennie Rosenbluth 45|
|Wake Forest* (ACC Tournament)||61-59||Lennie Rosenbluth 23|
|South Carolina* (ACC Tournament)||95-75||Lennie Rosenbluth 38|
|Yale* (NCAA Tournament)||90-74||Lennie Rosenbluth 29|
|Canisius* (NCAA Tournament)||87-75||Lennie Rosenbluth 39|
|Syracuse* (NCAA Tournament)||67-58||Lennie Rosenbluth 23|
|Michigan State* (NCAA Tournament)||74-70 (3OT)||Lennie Rosenbluth 31|
|Kansas* (NCAA Tournament)||54-53 (3OT)||Lennie Rosenbluth 20|
*Neutral court games.
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS FOR NORTH CAROLINA REGULARS
UCLA (30-0 in 1963-64)
Coach: John Wooden (16th of 27 seasons with Bruins)
|1963-64 UCLA Opponents||Score||Bruins High Scorer|
|Brigham Young||113-71||Walt Hazzard 20|
|Butler||80-65||Walt Hazzard 21|
|Kansas State*||78-75||Gail Goodrich 21|
|Kansas*||74-54||Gail Goodrich 23|
|Baylor*||112-61||Walt Hazzard 23|
|Creighton*||95-79||Walt Hazzard 26|
|Yale||95-65||Gail Goodrich 25|
|Michigan||98-80||Gail Goodrich 30|
|Illinois||83-79||Gail Goodrich 21|
|at Washington State||88-83||Gail Goodrich 28|
|at Washington State||121-77||Gail Goodrich 21|
|Southern California||79-59||Walt Hazzard 21|
|Southern California||78-71||Gail Goodrich 23|
|Stanford||84-71||Gail Goodrich 23|
|Stanford*||80-61||Walt Hazzard 31|
|UC Santa Barbara||107-76||Gail Goodrich/Walt Hazzard 21|
|UC Santa Barbara*||87-59||Gail Goodrich 31|
|at California||87-67||Gail Goodrich 26|
|at California||58-56||Walt Hazzard 17|
|Washington||73-58||Walt Hazzard 17|
|Washington||88-60||Gail Goodrich 22|
|at Stanford||100-88||Walt Hazzard 27|
|at Washington||78-64||Keith Erickson/Walt Hazzard 21|
|Washington State||93-56||Walt Hazzard 19|
|California||87-57||Gail Goodrich 23|
|Southern California||91-81||Gail Goodrich 23|
|Seattle* (NCAA Tournament)||95-90||Walt Hazzard 26|
|San Francisco* (NCAA Tournament)||76-72||Walt Hazzard 23|
|Kansas State* (NCAA Tournament)||90-84||Keith Erickson 28|
|Duke* (NCAA Tournament)||98-83||Gail Goodrich 27|
*Neutral court games.
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS FOR UCLA REGULARS
UCLA (30-0 in 1966-67)
Coach: John Wooden (19th of 27 seasons with Bruins)
|1966-67 UCLA Opponents||Score||Bruins High Scorer|
|Southern California||105-90||Lew Alcindor 56|
|Duke||88-54||Lew Alcindor/Lucius Allen 19|
|Duke||107-87||Lew Alcindor 38|
|Colorado State||84-74||Lew Alcindor 34|
|Notre Dame||96-67||Lew Alcindor 25|
|Wisconsin||100-56||Lew Alcindor 24|
|Georgia Tech||91-72||Lew Alcindor 18|
|Southern California||107-83||Lew Alcindor 25|
|at Washington State||76-67||Lew Alcindor 28|
|at Washington||83-68||Lew Alcindor 28|
|California||96-78||Lew Alcindor 26|
|Stanford||116-78||Lew Alcindor 37|
|Portland||122-57||Lew Alcindor 27|
|UC Santa Barbara||119-75||Lew Alcindor 37|
|at Loyola of Chicago||82-67||Lew Alcindor 35|
|Illinois*||120-82||Lew Alcindor 45|
|at Southern California||40-35 (OT)||Lew Alcindor 13|
|Oregon State||76-44||Lew Alcindor/Lucius Allen 22|
|Oregon||100-66||Lucius Allen 20|
|at Oregon||34-25||Lew Alcindor 12|
|at Oregon State||72-50||Lew Alcindor 28|
|Washington||71-43||Lew Alcindor 37|
|Washington State||100-78||Lew Alcindor 61|
|at Stanford||75-47||Lew Alcindor 20|
|at California||103-66||Lew Alcindor 30|
|Southern California||83-55||Lew Alcindor 26|
|Wyoming* (NCAA Tournament)||109-60||Lew Alcindor 29|
|Pacific* (NCAA Tournament)||80-64||Lew Alcindor 38|
|Houston* (NCAA Tournament)||73-58||Lynn Shackelford 22|
|Dayton* (NCAA Tournament)||79-64||Lew Alcindor 20|
*Neutral court games.
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS FOR UCLA REGULARS
UCLA (30-0 in 1971-72)
Coach: John Wooden (24th of 27 seasons with Bruins)
|1971-72 UCLA Opponents||Score||Bruins High Scorer|
|The Citadel||105-49||Henry Bibby 26|
|Iowa||106-72||Henry Bibby 32|
|Iowa State||110-81||Bill Walton 24|
|Texas A&M||117-53||Bill Walton 23|
|Notre Dame||114-56||Henry Bibby 28|
|Texas Christian||119-81||Bill Walton 31|
|Texas||115-65||Bill Walton 28|
|Ohio State||79-53||Bill Walton 14|
|at Oregon State||78-72||Henry Bibby 17|
|at Oregon||93-68||Bill Walton 30|
|Stanford||118-79||Bill Walton 32|
|California||82-43||Bill Walton 20|
|Santa Clara||92-57||Keith Wilkes 16|
|Denver||108-61||Henry Bibby/Larry Farmer 19|
|at Loyola of Chicago||92-64||Henry Bibby/Bill Walton 18|
|at Notre Dame||57-32||Henry Bibby 15|
|Southern California||81-56||Bill Walton 22|
|Washington State||89-58||Bill Walton 25|
|Washington||109-70||Bill Walton 27|
|at Washington||100-83||Bill Walton 31|
|at Washington State||85-55||Larry Hollyfield/Keith Wilkes 16|
|Oregon||92-70||Bill Walton 37|
|Oregon State||92-72||Bill Walton 26|
|at California||91-71||Bill Walton 24|
|at Stanford||102-73||Greg Lee 16|
|at Southern California||79-66||Bill Walton 20|
|Weber State* (NCAA Tournament)||90-58||Henry Bibby 16|
|Long Beach State* (NCAA Tournament)||73-57||Henry Bibby 23|
|Louisville* (NCAA Tournaqment)||96-77||Bill Walton 23|
|Florida State* (NCAA Tournament)||81-76||Bill Walton 24|
*Neutral court games.
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS FOR UCLA REGULARS
UCLA (30-0 in 1972-73)
Coach: John Wooden (25th of 27 seasons with Bruins)
|1972-73 UCLA Opponents||Score||Bruins High Scorer|
|Wisconsin||94-53||Bill Walton 26|
|Bradley||73-38||Bill Walton 16|
|Pacific||81-48||Keith Wilkes 18|
|UC Santa Barbara||98-67||Bill Walton 30|
|Pittsburgh||89-73||Keith Wilkes 20|
|Notre Dame||82-56||Keith Wilkes 18|
|Drake*||85-72||Bill Walton 29|
|Illinois*||71-64||Bill Walton 22|
|Oregon||64-38||Larry Farmer/Keith Wilkes 14|
|Oregon State||87-61||Keith Wilkes 19|
|at Stanford||82-67||Larry Farmer/Larry Hollyfield/Bill Walton 18|
|at California||69-50||Larry Farmer/Keith Wilkes 18|
|San Francisco||92-64||Bill Walton 22|
|Providence||101-77||Larry Farmer 21|
|at Loyola of Chicago||87-73||Bill Walton 32|
|at Notre Dame||82-63||Keith Wilkes 20|
|at Southern California||79-56||Bill Walton 20|
|at Washington State||88-50||Bill Walton 17|
|at Washington||76-67||Bill Walton 29|
|Washington||93-62||Bill Walton 26|
|Washington State||96-64||Bill Walton 29|
|at Oregon||72-61||Keith Wilkes 18|
|at Oregon State||73-67||Bill Walton 21|
|California||90-65||Bill Walton/Keith Wilkes 15|
|Stanford||51-45||Bill Walton 23|
|Southern California||76-56||Bill Walton/Keith Wilkes 17|
|Arizona State (NCAA Tournament)||98-81||Bill Walton 28|
|San Francisco (NCAA Tournament)||54-39||Larry Farmer 13|
|Indiana* (NCAA Tournament)||70-59||Tommy Curtis 22|
|Memphis State* (NCAA Tournament)||87-66||Bill Walton 44|
*Neutral court games.
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS FOR UCLA REGULARS
Assists leader: Walton 168.
North Carolina State (27-0 in 1972-73)
Coach: Norman Sloan (seventh of 14 seasons with Wolfpack)
|1972-73 N.C. State Opponents||Score||Wolfpack High Scorer|
|Appalachian State||130-53||David Thompson 33|
|Atlantic Christian||110-40||David Thompson 32|
|Georgia Southern||144-100||David Thompson 40|
|South Florida||125-88||David Thompson 30|
|Wake Forest*||88-83||David Thompson 29|
|North Carolina*||68-61||David Thompson 19|
|Davidson*||103-90||Joe Cafferky 25|
|at Georgia||97-83||David Thompson 26|
|at Virginia||68-61||Monte Towe 17|
|Duke||94-87||Monte Towe/Tom Burleson 20|
|Lehigh||115-53||Tom Burleson 30|
|at Maryland||87-85||David Thompson 37|
|at Clemson||86-76||David Thompson 24|
|at Furman||98-73||David Thompson 27|
|Maryland||89-78||David Thompson 24|
|Virginia||64-59||David Thompson 18|
|North Carolina||76-73||David Thompson 22|
|Clemson*||68-61||David Thompson 30|
|Georgia Tech*||118-94||David Thompson 36|
|East Carolina||105-70||David Thompson 33|
|at Wake Forest||81-59||David Thompson 21|
|at Duke||74-50||David Thompson 31|
|UNC Charlotte||100-64||Tom Burleson 26|
|at North Carolina||82-78||David Thompson 18|
|Wake Forest||100-77||Tom Burleson 27|
|Virginia* (ACC Tournament)||63-51||Tom Burleson/David Thompson 14|
|Maryland* (ACC Tournament)||76-74||Tom Burleson 14|
*Neutral court games.
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS FOR N.C. STATE REGULARS
INDIANA (32-0 in 1975-76)
Coach: Bob Knight (fifth of 29 seasons with Hoosiers)
|1975-76 IU Opponents||Score||IU's High Scorer|
|UCLA*||84-64||Scott May 33|
|Florida State*||83-59||Scott May 24|
|Notre Dame||63-60||Scott May 25|
|Kentucky*||77-68 (OT)||Kent Benson/Scott May 27|
|Georgia||93-56||Scott May 18|
|Virginia Tech||101-74||Scott May 27|
|Columbia*||106-63||Kent Benson 15|
|Manhattan*||97-61||Scott May 32|
|at St. John's||76-69||Scott May 29|
|at Ohio State||66-64||Scott May 24|
|Northwestern||78-61||Kent Benson 22|
|at Michigan||80-74||Kent Benson 33|
|at Michigan State||69-57||Kent Benson 23|
|at Illinois||83-55||Scott May 27|
|Purdue||71-67||Scott May 32|
|at Minnesota||85-76||Tom Abernethy 22|
|at Iowa||88-73||Scott May 32|
|Wisconsin||114-61||Scott May 30|
|Michigan||72-67 (OT)||Scott May 27|
|Michigan State||85-70||Kent Benson 38|
|Illinois||58-48||Kent Benson 17|
|at Purdue||74-71||Scott May 26|
|Minnesota||76-64||Tom Abernethy 22|
|Iowa||101-81||Quinn Buckner 24|
|at Wisconsin||96-67||Scott May 41|
|at Northwestern||76-63||Scott May 24|
|Ohio State||96-67||Kent Benson/Scott May 21|
|St. John's* (NCAA Tournament)||90-70||Scott May 33|
|Alabama* (NCAA Tournament)||74-69||Scott May 25|
|Marquette* (NCAA Tournament)||65-56||Kent Benson 18|
|UCLA* (NCAA Tournament)||65-51||Kent Benson 16|
|Michigan* (NCAA Tournament)||86-68||Scott May 26|
*Neutral court games.
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS FOR INDIANA REGULARS
Assists leader: Wilkerson 171.
Blocked shots leader: Benson 39.
Steals leader: Buckner 65.
"I would just like to say something, ladies and gentlemen. Something that I think is very important. It is that, you, we - we own this country. We - we run it. It is not you owning it, and not politicians owning it. Politicians are employees of ours." - Clint Eastwood
Phrasing it "clumsily," perhaps an Ivy League education in general and race-baiting White House officials specifically aren't "as brilliant as they thought they were and their school isn't quite as good as they thought they were, and that's pretty scary." Showing why the "scary" Department of Education should be excised, Secretary Arne Duncan, who scored 20 points for Harvard as a senior in 1986-87 against then nationally-ranked Duke, scored zero points with "white suburban moms" by blaming them for Common Core opposition.
A widespread attempt to standardize national education has angered a diverse coalition of parents across the country. As usual, the establishment media has largely given a pass to magna cum laude Duncan, who averaged 13.3 ppg and 4.8 rpg in his career with the Crimson. But what would the pathetic press have done if Duncan was a mean-spirited conservative and substituted "African-American inner-city moms" for "white suburban moms."
Not making Eastwood's day or anyone with comparable standards, condescending Duncan insisted he seeks an honest conversation about the challenges of the Common Core guidelines. He offered a common apology for the insult about as honest as his boss did for chronic fabrication to the American people about their health-care policies. Duncan, who was CEO of the Chicago Public Schools under Mayor Richard Daley, previously implied that opponents of beleaguered Common Core are unreasonable, saying "fringe" conspiracy theorists believe the requirements are a vehicle for control-freak federal government know-it-alls to assert unwarranted control. When will these elitists realize they work for us; not the other way around?
Duncan isn't the only elected official/political appointee who played college basketball. CollegeHoopedia.com has conducted extensive research on individuals who beat the press before appearing on Meet the Press.
The spotlight on Division I leaves the vast majority of Division II and III players toiling in virtual obscurity. That's unless, of course, a 5-10 guard from Grinnell (Iowa) named Jack Taylor tallies a "No! He didn't!" 138 points in a game against Faith Baptist Bible College last season and 109 against Crossroads (Minn.) this year.
On the flip side, Rutgers-Camden considered dropping its program in the midst of establishing an NCAA record for most consecutive defeats with 117 from January 18, 1992 to January 7, 1997. It was only three years ago when Grinnell and Faith Baptist were involved in another noteworthy outing. Grinnell set an NCAA single-game record as 19 different players contributed a three-pointer in a 137-103 victory over Faith Baptist. Although barely mentioned or remembered, incredible achievements have been commonplace in the small-college ranks. Consider:
In a game tied 59-59 at the end of regulation, the two teams were just getting started as Skidmore (N.Y.) outlasted Southern Vermont, 128-123, in seven overtimes in 2010-11. Southern Vermont's Lance Spratling played all 75 minutes.
Northern Kentucky's Paul Cluxton set an NCAA record for consecutive successful free throws with 94 in 1996-97.
Rollins' Daniel Parke (1994-97) established the NCAA standard for consecutive games with a three-point basket at 93.
In 1999-2000, Saint John's (Minn.) coach Jim Smith coached his grandson Brandon Smith, which is the first grandfather-grandson connection on the court in NCAA history.
Wisconsin-Platteville, the winningest school in the country in the 1990s (266-27, .908), had a 92-game homecourt regular-season winning streak entering 1999-2000 and had not lost a regular-season, non-conference home game since 1984.
The list goes on and on and Taylor is simply the latest to get his 15 or so minutes of fame. He incurred a season-ending broken right wrist (shooting arm) in mid-season last year, averaging 27.9 ppg in nine contests following his outburst. But he is back to challenge the greatest folk hero in college basketball history. A small-college player named Clarence "Bevo" Francis set the previous all-time collegiate scoring record with 113 points for Rio Grande (Ohio) College in a 134-95 victory over Hillsdale on February 2, 1954. Francis' revolutionary jump shot helped him average 46.5 points per game that season, when he earned spots on AP, UPI and NABC All-American teams as a small-college player.
Francis, distinguishing himself from Taylor's achievement, proved he could score against major-college opponents by pouring in 39 points vs. Villanova, 41 vs. Providence, 48 vs. Miami (Fla.), 34 vs. North Carolina State, 32 vs. Wake Forest, 48 vs. Butler and 49 and 41 vs. Creighton. Rio Grande won the Providence, Miami, Wake Forest and Butler games plus the first Creighton contest.
"I really don't remember much about the 113-point game," said Francis, who was selected by the Philadelphia Warriors in the 1956 draft but couldn't reach a contract agreement with them and never played in the NBA. "It was just another time when I was double- and triple-teamed. Their coach told me after the game that if he could have dressed out, he would have guarded me, too."
No stat sheet exists to detail how many shots the 6-9 Francis attempted en route to his 37 field goals against Hillsdale. "Most of them were outside," he said. "With the three-pointer, I know I would have come close to 150 points."
The scoring outburst might not have had much of an impact on him because he scored even more points - 116 - as a freshman the previous season against Ashland (Ky.) Junior College when he erupted for 55 in the 10-minute fourth quarter. Francis averaged 50.1 points that year for a 39-0 team that reportedly generated sufficient gate receipts to save the school from bankruptcy. However, his single-game total against Ashland and his season average were later expunged from the NCAA record book because 27 of the opponents for Rio Grande (pronounced RYE-o Grand) were junior colleges, military teams and vocational schools.
Francis was outscored by a teammate only once (23-21 by Roy Moses at Bluefield). Among the coaches who tried to contain him was George Steinbrenner III, the eventual New York Yankees owner who piloted the airmen at Lockbourne Air Force base in Portsmouth, Ohio.
Bevo's nickname stemmed from his father's fondness for Beve Beer, a root beer-type soft drink. Francis rejected offers from larger universities to follow his Wellsville, Ohio, high school coach, Newt Oliver, to a college with an enrollment of 92 full-time students. Francis, who had a wife and an infant when he arrived at Rio Grande, left school after his sophomore season and signed a three-year contract worth $13,000 annually to play on a national barnstorming tour for a team opposing the Harlem Globetrotters.
Francis singlehandedly outscored the opposition eight times to spark Rio Grande (Ohio) to a 59-8 record in his two-year scoring orgy. Bevo supplied four of the following 19 scoring explosions of more than 75 points in games between two four-year colleges:
|138||Jack Taylor||Grinnell||W/179-104||Faith Baptist Bible||11/20/12|
|113||Bevo Francis||Rio Grande||W/150-85||Hillsdale||2/2/54|
|89||Griffin Lentsch||Grinnell||W/145-97||vs. Principia||11/19/11|
|87||Jack Duncan||Rio Grande||W/116-40||Capital City||2/14/41|
|85||Paul Arizin||Villanova||W/117-25||Philadelphia NAMC||2/12/49|
|85||Robert Sklarz||Franklin Pierce||L/117-118||Windham State||2/5/68|
|84||Bevo Francis||Rio Grande||W/133-68||Alliance||1/16/54|
|83||Brownell Bryant||Lincoln Memorial||W/127-33||Tennessee Wesleyan||12/16/44|
|82||Bevo Francis||Rio Grande||W/116-71||at Bluffton||12/11/53|
|81||Freeman Williams||Portland State||W/133-110||Rocky Mountain||2/3/78|
|80||Michael Anderson||Bucknell||W/159-5||College of Pharmacy||1/16/1903|
|80||Paul Chrissman||Southern Cal College||unavailable||Pacific Christian||2/18/66|
|77||William English||Winston-Salem State||W/147-74||Fayetteville State||2/9/68|
|77||Jeff Clement||Grinnell||W/149-144||Illinois College||2/18/98|
|76||Bevo Francis||Rio Grande||W/102-64||Lees||1953|
John Groce inherited a gross situation two years ago after two fellow mid-major coaches rejected overtures from Illinois. The Illini are one of the 10 schools with the most Top 20 appearances and aspire to avoid the disarray of the 1970s when they failed to finish in the Top 20 of a final wire-service poll or appear in the NCAA playoffs the entire decade.
There is no question Gross' program is progressing but Illini Nation won't be all it can be unless he fends off Duke (lost Jahlil Okafor this year to Chicago native Mike Krzyzewski) and Kansas (Cliff "Hat Trick" Alexander) for elite in-state recruits. Illini fans are disheartened because close only counts in hand grenades and bombs, horseshoes plus drive-in movies; not recruiting. Former Illini coach Bill Self previously lured Chicago-area All-Americans Sherron Collins and Julian Wright to KU.
After compiling a losing Big Ten Conference record over the last seven years, it boils down to in-state recruiting. Among the Illinois natives who earned All-American status during the '70s with other universities were DePaul's Mark Aguirre (from Chicago), Minnesota's Jim Brewer (Maywood), Indiana's Quinn Buckner (Dolton), Penn's Corky Calhoun (Waukegan), Illinois State's Doug Collins (Benton), DePaul's Dave Corzine (Arlington Heights), Marquette's Bo Ellis (Chicago), Michigan's Rickey Green (Chicago), Kentucky's Dan Issel (Batavia), Iowa's Ronnie Lester (Chicago), Colorado's Cliff Meely (Chicago), Bradley's Roger Phegley (East Peoria), Kansas' Dave Robisch (Springfield), Marquette's Lloyd Walton (Chicago) and Jerome Whitehead (Waukegan) plus Georgia Tech's Rich Yunkus (Benton). Four of these standouts were All-Americans in the same season - Buckner, Ellis, Green and Walton in 1975-76.
Kansas has been a thorn in the Illini's side for an extended period. Collins, Wright and Robisch were joined at KU by the following '70s recruits from Illinois:
- Roger Brown (Chicago) - Leading rebounder for KU's 1971 Final Four squad.
- Seven of top eight scorers for Jayhawks' 1974 Final Four team - Norm Cook (Lincoln/All-Big Eight Conference first-team selection), Dale Greenlee (Rockford), Tom Kivisto (Aurora/all-league first-team selection), Roger Morningstar (Dundee/two-time all-league second-team selection), Tommie Smith (Kewanee), Rick Suttle (East St. Louis/three-time all-league selection) and Dave Taynor (Bethalto).
- Donnie Von Moore (Chicago) - End-of-the-bench forward for 1974 Final Four squad averaged 8.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg and 1.6 bpg the next three seasons.
- Herb Nobles (East St. Louis) - Leading rebounder and second-leading scorer in 1976-77.
Comparable to several decades ago, focusing your recruiting on Chicago won't be a panacea for the Illini. The "audacity-of-hype" truth is that the Windy City might be delusional and won't always supply a Messiah providing the "hope and change" you're seeking. Groce's staff needs to take every back road in the state. After all, Issel and Yunkus were among 22 different major-college All-Americans in less than 30 years to come from Illinois high schools in towns with populations smaller than 20,000. Bigger isn't always better or worth your time and energy.
In a caste-like era separating the haves from the have-nots, imperial universities are seeking mega-conferences and, perhaps in the near future, an even more restrictive upper division. But the elitist institutions won't be able to exclude humble small schools from making a big impact on college basketball. Jack Taylor of Grinnell (Iowa) is lighting up scoreboards again, pouring in 71 points in his season opener against Finlandia (Mich.) before exploding for 109 points against Crossroads (Minn.). Even when Taylor was out of the lineup in mid-season, Grinnell generated national headlines after Pat Maher set an NCAA single-game mark with 37 assists in a 164-144 win over College of Faith. In the afterglow of a focus on small colleges when Taylor erupted for 138 points in a single game last year, following is a chronological notebook with items detailing what will always be appealing about the little guy:
Basketball was a new demonstration sport at the 1904 Summer Olympics in St. Louis, which also was part of the World's Fair the same year. Hiram College (Ohio), Wheaton College (Ill.) and the University of Latter Day Saints (known today as Brigham Young) were the three college teams invited to compete in what was officially called the "Olympic Collegiate Basketball Championship." Hiram finished the round-robin tournament 2-0 and was declared the champion and awarded the first Olympic gold medal in basketball.
College of Charleston (S.C.) went winless 10 seasons from 1913-14 through 1923-24 (0-56 record; did not compete in 1918-19). . . . Paul Davis, after leaving Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College (now Oklahoma State), guided North Dakota State (18-0 in 1916) and North Dakota (16-0 in 1920) to undefeated seasons in a five-year span. He was also the football coach for these schools. . . . Indiana State's coach for five seasons from 1918-19 through 1922-23 after playing for the institution (known as Indiana State Normal School at the time) was Birch E. Bayh Sr. His son with the same name is a former U.S. Senator from Indiana from 1963 to 1981 and candidate for the Democratic nomination for president in the 1976 election. His grandson, Birch E. "Evan" Bayh III, is a former Indiana Governor and U.S. Senator (from 1999 to 2011). . . . Peru (Neb.) State Teachers won 55 consecutive games over a five-year span from 1921-26. . . . Earl Kinzie, a member of McPherson's 1928 Kansas Conference championship team that placed third in the national AAU Tournament in Kansas City, became a doctor and practiced family medicine in Texas for 50 years. He delivered more than 2,000 babies, including standout running back Earl Campbell.
Stanford All-American Hank Luisetti is usually credited with introducing the jump shot but fans of Glenn Roberts from Emory & Henry (Va.) beg to differ. Roberts led the nation in scoring in 1933 and 1935 en route to tallying 2,013 career points. . . . Westminster (Pa.), playing in the first-ever collegiate basketball doubleheader at Madison Square Garden on December 29, 1934, upset St. John's, 37-33. . . . Tarleton (Tex.), coached by W.J. Wisdom, posted 86 straight victories from 1934 to 1937 en route to winning 112 of 113 games in a seven-year span. . . . Amos Alonzo Stagg Jr., the son of a legend who had the longest coaching career in the history of football (71 years), guided the basketball squad at Susquehanna (Pa.) for 16 seasons from 1935-36 through 1950-51. . . . Carleton (Minn.) forward Wayne Sparks, a "Little All-American" in 1936-37, died in a bomber crash in World War II. . . . Drury's Eugene "Peaches" Westover (class of '38), a four-time All-MCAU forward, was killed January 1, 1945, during WWII at the Battle of the Bulge. . . . Western Kentucky was the only school to defeat Murray State in a 79-game span from January 3, 1936 through March 10, 1938. . . . The leading scorer for champion Central Missouri State in the first NAIA tourney in 1937 (when it was known as the National Intercollegiate Tournament) was eventual major leaguer Chuck Workman, an outfielder-third baseman who finished second in the National League in home runs in 1945 with 25 for the Boston Braves. . . . Louisville lost a school-record 19 consecutive contests in the midst of a six-year stretch from 1936-37 through 1941-42 when the Cardinals were 57 games below the .500 mark. Louisville was a long way from becoming a major-college power in 1944 when Peck Hickman was hired as coach for $200 per month. The Cardinals won a total of 29 games over the previous seven seasons. In that span, they lost at least three times to Alfred Holbrook (three defeats), Berea (four), Centre (seven), Georgetown College (nine), Hanover (nine), Oakland City (three) and Transylvania (six). . . . Ulyss "Useless" Brock, a 6-0, 135-pound forward, scored 83 points (22 field goals and 39 free throws) for Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) in a 101-21 verdict over Bethel in February, 1940. . . . UC Santa Barbara reached the 1941 NAIA Tournament semifinals although All-CCAA first-team center Lowell Steward, the league's first black player, couldn't compete because Missouri was a Jim Crow state at the time. Steward would later fly 143 combat missions in Europe as a P-51 pilot for the famed Tuskegee Airmen. . . . George Barr, regarded as probably the finest player in Northland (Wis.) history when he competed in the early 1940s, entered the Army Air Corps as a senior during World War II, earning his diploma in absentia. Barr volunteered for the Jimmy Doolittle raids over Tokyo in 1942. His plane was forced down on mainland China after the raid and the crew imprisoned. Barr was a prisoner of the Japanese for 3 1/2 years with most of the time spent in solitary confinement. Teammate Duane Borst served as a First Lieutenant with the Ninth Air Force B-26 Marauder Group in France, flying 43 missions over Germany.
Football legend Eddie Robinson won more than 70 percent of his games as Grambling's basketball coach from 1942-56. . . . York (Neb.) College, boasting an enrollment of 50, upset Akron, 52-49, in the first round of the 1943 NAIA Tournament before losing to North Texas, 51-49, in the second round. Brothers Jim and Wayne Kaeding scored 78 of York's 101 points in the two contests. . . . North Carolina College's Rocky Roberson scored 58 points in a game against Shaw (N.C.) during the 1942-43 season for what was believed to be a college record at the time. . . . More than 100 current NCAA Division I schools previously competed in the NAIA Tournament. Thirteen of the 17 different colleges to win NAIA titles from 1941 through 1963 are currently classified as NCAA Division I institutions. One of the 13 universities is Southeast Missouri State, which captured the 1943 crown after losing its first four games of the season. . . . Mississippi College defeated Mississippi State three times by double-digit margins in 1944-45. . . . Howie Schultz, a star for Hamline (Minn.) in the early 1940s, replaced Jackie Robinson at first base in Robinson's first regular-season game for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. . . . CIAA champion West Virginia State was the nation's only undefeated college team in 1947-48, finishing with a 23-0 record. The squad, coached by Mark Cardwell, included future NBA players Bob Wilson and Earl Lloyd. . . . UCLA legend John Wooden was in his final season as coach of Indiana State when the Sycamores lost to Louisville in the 1948 NAIA final. Curtis Walker, Indiana State's 12th man, was the first African-American player in the NAIA Tournament. The all-tourney first five included Beloit's Johnny Orr, who went on to become a longtime major-college coach. Two years later, Indiana State won the NAIA title. . . . Tennessee A&I, coached by Henry A. Kean, was the nation's only undefeated team in 1948-49 with a 24-0 record. The Tigers' leading scorers, Clarence Wilson and Joshua Grider, were both eventually longtime standouts with the Harlem Globetrotters. . . . Hamline (Minn.), the 1949 NAIA champion, had two players - center Vern Mikkelsen and forward Hal Haskins - on Converse's first three five-man All-American teams. In 1950, scribes named Haskins winner of the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association's Gold Star Award as the outstanding visitng player in New York. In what might be the most impressive honor ever received by a small-college player, he virtually doubled the vote total of runner-up Chuck Cooper of Duquesne. North Carolina State's Sam Ranzino finished third, UCLA's George Stanich placed fourth and Holy Cross' Bob Cousy was fifth. The first five winners of the award were Penn's Howie Dallmar, DePaul's George Mikan, Kentucky's Ralph Beard, St. Louis' Ed Macauley and Denver's Vince Boryla. Haskins was among seven Hamline players who started their professional careers in an eight-year span from 1946 through 1953 under coach Joe Hutton Sr.
Morris Harvey's George King became the first college player to average 30 or more points per game in a seson when he led the nation's small-college players with a 31.2-point average in 1949-50. King went on to become a prominent major-college coach. . . . Sewanee (Tenn.) played 58 games in 10 weeks during the summer of 1951 while touring Africa and Europe with Goose Tatum, Marques Haynes and the Harlem Globetrotters. This reportedly was the first international trip for any college basketball team. . . . Florida A&M won the 1952 SIAC Tournament final against host Alabama State, 71-67, despite having just four players on the court the final 13-plus minutes (including two overtimes) because of players fouling out. . . . The first predominantly black college to take the floor in an integrated national collegiate tournament was Tennessee State (then Tennessee A&I) in 1953. Hall of Famer John McLendon coached Tennessee State to three consecutive national titles (1957-59). Oddly, the '53 Tennessee State team defeated McLendon-coached North Carolina College for the opportunity to go to Kansas City. . . . Seven years earlier, McLendon led North Carolina College to a 64-56 triple-overtime victory over Virginia Union in the final of the first Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Tournament. The CIAA Tournament blossomed into one of the premier postseason events in the country, including major-college tourneys. . . . Alderson-Broaddus College's Joe Miller (3,666) and Carl Hartman (3,373) became the only pair of 3,000-point scorers in college history to be teammates (1954 and 1955). . . . Southwest Missouri, winning the 1953 NAIA crown to become the first school to capture back-to-back titles with a 32-team format, played the last 3 1/2 minutes of its semifinal game with only four players on the court after encountering foul problems. The principal reason Southwest Missouri was shorthanded stemmed from two squad members being in spring training on their way to playing 12 seasons of major league baseball - infielder Jerry Lumpe and first baseman/outfielder Norm Siebern.
Tom Hart of Middlebury (Vt.) became the greatest rebounder in collegiate history. He still holds the record for most rebounds per game in a single season (29.5 rpg as a junior in 1954-55) and in a career (27.6 rpg). His coach was former baseball major leaguer Tony Lupien. The 6-4 Hart had two 46-rebound games in 1955 and grabbed 45 in a contest the next year as a senior. In track meets, Hart routinely entered six events and often scored over half his team's points, specializing in the high jump and pole vault. . . . West Virginia Tech averaged more than 100 points per game four consecutive seasons from 1954-55 through 1957-58. . . . Bill Reigel, playing for his third college in six seasons, led the nation's small-college players with a 33.9-point average when he paced McNeese State to the 1956 NAIA Tournament title. Reigel had averaged 18 points per game for the Duquesne freshman team in 1950-51 and 16.3 points per game for the Duke varsity in 1952-53 before entering military service. He later coached McNeese for three seasons from 1971-72 through 1973-74. . . . One of McNeese's three defeats in its championship season was at Lamar, 61-60, after the Cowboys had clobbered the Cardinals (12-12) by a total of 84 points in two early-season contests. . . . Long-time Buffalo Bills coach Marv Levy directed the basketball squad from Coe (Iowa) in the 1956 NAIA Tournament. . . . Lee Pfund, the coach for 1957 NCAA Division II champion Wheaton (Ill.), compiled a 3-2 pitching record for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1945. The all-time winningest coach for Wheaton had three sons (John, Kerry and Randy) each score more than 1,150 points for the school. Randy went on to become coach of the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers before becoming vice-president of the Miami Heat. NBA coach Donn Nelson, who gained a reputation as an authority on foreign basketball talent, collected 1,460 points and 538 rebounds for Wheaton in the mid-1980s. . . . Western Illinois missed an opportunity to become the nation's only undefeated college team in 1957-58 when it lost to Tennessee State, 85-73, in the NAIA Tournament championship game. Western had defeated Tennessee State, 79-76, earlier in the season. It was one of three consecutive NAIA titles won by Tennessee State, which boasted future pros Dick Barnett, John Barnhill and Ben Warley. . . . Davis & Elkins' Paul Wilcox, 6-6, is the only player to lead the NAIA in scoring (22.6 ppg) and rebounding (22.3 rpg) in the same season (1958-59). . . . In 1959, North Carolina A&T became the first predominantly black institution to participate in NCAA Division II national playoff competition. The Aggies finished third in the tourney. . . . Jack Madden, the dean of NBA referees for an extended period, graduated from Rider (N.J.) in 1959 as the school's career leader in scoring and rebounding.
The NAIA All-Stars upset NCAA champion Ohio State, 76-69, in a first-round game in the 1960 Olympic Trials. The NAIA zone defense limited Buckeye All-American Jerry Lucas to 14 points. . . . The first final NCAA College Division poll in 1960-61 included three coaches - Stan Albeck (Northern Michigan), Harry Gallatin (Southern Illinois) and Butch van Breda Kolff (Hofstra) - who went on to coach in the NBA for at least four seasons. In the next 10 campaigns, three other coaches - Bill Fitch (North Dakota), Bill Musselman (Ashland) and Scotty Robertson (Louisiana Tech) - guided College Division schools to a final Top 10 spot before moving up to the NBA for at least five years. Fitch and his successor, Jimmy Rodgers, coached multiple NBA teams. . . . The 1961-62 All-SWAC first-team selections included three frontcourters who later played at least 10 seasons in the pros - Prairie View's Zelmo Beaty, Southern's Bob Love and Grambling's Willis Reed. . . . Grambling finished in the top 10 of the first 76 weeks of College Division/Division II polls from January 5, 1961 through the end of the 1966-67 campaign. The Tigers, coached by Fred Hobdy, placed in the top five 40 consecutive weeks from March 2, 1961, through January 28, 1965. Grambling supplied seven top 20 NBA draft choices in a 20-year span from 1957 through 1976 before moving up to the NCAA Division I level - Bob McCoy (10th in 1957), Hershell West (16th in 1963), Reed (10th in 1964), Wilbert Frazier (12th in 1965), Jimmy Jones (13th in 1967), Fred Hilton (19th in 1971) and Larry Wright (14th in 1976).
Ronnie Maravich, a letterman for Georgia Southern in 1961-62, is a half-brother of Hall of Famer Pete Maravich (NCAA DI all-time leading scorer from LSU). . . . North Carolina A&T's Hugh Evans, a 12th-round draft choice by the St. Louis Hawks in 1963, went on to become a long-time NBA referee. Evans, a high school teammate in New York with Connie Hawkins and a college teammate of Al Attles, spent three years in the San Francisco Giants' minor league system. . . . Longtime Harlem Globetrotter Fred "Curly" Neal was an All-CIAA selection for Johnson C. Smith (N.C.) in 1962-63. . . . South Dakota State's decisive basket in a 44-42 decision over Wittenberg (Ohio) in the 1963 College Division Tournament final was a 40-foot baseball pass by Sid Bostic that went in after the buzzer sounded while the ball was in flight. . . . Winthrop "Wink" Davenport, who holds career average (19.6 ppg) and single-game (44 points as a junior vs. Bowdoin on February 2, 1963) scoring records for Wesleyan (Conn.), is the father of former women's tennis sensation Lindsay Davenport. He played for the U.S. volleyball team in the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. . . . Sam Alford, father of former Indiana All-American guard Steve Alford, led the NAIA in free-throw shooting in 1963-64. The elder Alford hit 91.2% of his foul shots for Franklin (Ind.) that season. . . . Midwestern (Tex.) defeated Austin College, 14-11, in overtime in 1964. Midwestern held a 4-1 halftime lead and the teams were tied at 8-8 at the end of regulation. Midwestern had won an earlier game that season with Austin by 40 points, 92-52. . . . Bob Jones, the all-time leading rebounder for Georgetown College (Ky.), is the father of former Virginia All-American guard and coach Jeff Jones. . . . Evansville was ranked No. 1 for 19 consecutive weeks from January 30, 1964, through the end of the 1964-65 season. . . . Jerry Sloan outscored Walt Frazier, 25-16, in Evansville's 85-82 victory over Southern Illinois in the 1965 NCAA College Division Tournament final. They went on to become NBA All-Defensive Team first-team selections the same year four times in seven seasons from 1968-69 through 1974-75. . . . Shippensburg's team in the mid-1960s had four different players eventually coach high school state championship teams in the mid-1980s during their careers following graduation. Art Taneyhill and Reggie Weiss coached basketball champions in Pennsylvania while Harry Chapman and Jim Deibler coached football titlists. . . . Wilberforce (Ohio) forward Lonnie Lynn Sr., a 1966 NBA draft choice of the St. Louis Hawks who played in the ABA in 1969-70, is the father of entertainer "Common" (previously Common Sense), a hip hop artist, actor and rap poet who was invited to the White House by the Obama Administration. . . . In 1966-67, Cleveland State's John McLendon became the first African-American to coach at an integrated college in the United States. He had previously been the first black coach at the professional level with the ABL's Cleveland Pipers. . . . In 1966-67, Kentucky Wesleyan had its first of 13 full seasons ranked in the top 10 of College Division/Division II polls (1967-68-69-82-84-87-90-98-99-00-01-02-03). . . . Rockhurst's Ed McKee, a 10th-round choice of the ABA's Indiana Pacers in its initial draft in 1967, went on to become P.R. director of the franchise after it merged with the NBA. McKee was also SID for Indiana State when Larry Bird gained national notoriety. . . . Ashland (Ohio) was coached by Bill Musselman in 1967-68 when the school allowed only 33.9 points per game, an NCAA record. . . . Scranton (Pa.), boasting a 20-5 record in 1968-69 under coach Nat Volpe, defeated five different major colleges that season - Lehigh, Rider, Lafayette, Colgate and Seton Hall. . . . Youngstown State's John McElroy became the shortest player (6-0) ever to score 70 or more points in a game involving NCAA colleges when he scored 72 against Wayne State (Mich.) on February 26, 1969. . . . Mickey Gibson, a transfer from Kentucky who was dismissed from the Wildcats' squad by coach Adolph Rupp because he got married, set the UNC-Asheville single-game scoring record with 44 points against Washington & Lee on February 8, 1969.
The first family of small-college basketball, if not all of hoopdom, was the six brothers Jones from McGehee, Ark., all 6-8 or taller, who became the top six rebounders in Albany (Ga.) State history during the 1960s and 1970s. Oliver and Melvin were borderline pro prospects before Wil (nine), Caldwell (17), Major (six) and Charles (15) each played a minimum of six ABA/NBA seasons. Major Jones, 6-9, led NCAA Division II rebounders in 1974-75 with an average of 22.5 per game. He is the last Division I or Division II player to average at least 20 per game.
Doug Williams, a 32-year-old Air Force veteran, earned NAIA first-team All-American honors for St. Mary's (Tex.) in 1969-70 when he averaged 18.9 points per game. He scored 24 in a 76-66 upset of Houston. . . . Elmore Smith, a 7-0 center for 1970 NAIA champion Kentucky State, was called for goal tending 12 times in a 116-98 defeat against Eastern Michigan. . . . New Orleans won 38 consecutive home games in a small arena nicknamed the "Chamber of Horrors" after losing its opener against Louisiana College in the Privateers' varsity debut in 1969-70. LC, coached by Billy Allgood, also defeated Mississippi State that season. LC beat the following six eventual DI in-state schools at least five times apiece from 1964-65 through 1974-75: Louisiana Tech, McNeese State, Nicholls State, Northeast Louisiana, Northwestern State and Southeastern Louisiana. The Wildcats also upended Tulane three times from 1962-63 through 1967-68. . . . Stephen F. Austin, the top-ranked team at the NCAA College Division level in 1969-70, had four players selected in the NBA draft after the season - Narvis Anderson, George E. Johnson, Surry Oliver and Erwin Polnick. . . . Curlee Conners, Southeastern Louisiana's leading scorer and rebounder in 1969-70 and 1970-71, is an uncle of Marcus Dupree from Philadelphia, Miss., and a central figure in the recruiting of the nation's premier prep running back by Oklahoma in the early 1980s. . . . In 1970, with an enrollment under 650 students, three Maryland State College players from a 29-2 team were selected in the NBA draft - Jake Ford (2nd round), Levi Fontaine (5th) and James "Bones" Morgan (7th). Four years later, the school (now known as Maryland-Eastern Shore) had three more players chosen from a 27-2 squad - Rubin Collins (2nd), Talvin Skinner (3rd) and William "Billy" Gordon (4th). . . . Tennessee State edged Oglethorpe (Ga.), 7-4, on February 16, 1971, in what is believed to be the lowest-scoring college game since the center jump was eliminated prior to the 1937-38 season. Tennessee State had overwhelmed Oglethorpe, 82-43, earlier in the season. . . . Louisiana Tech had two players selected fourth overall in an NBA draft - Jackie Moreland (Detroit Pistons in 1960) and Mike Green (Seattle SuperSonics in 1973). . . . Birmingham-Southern's Russell Thompson scored 25 points without making a field-goal attempt in a 55-46 victory over Florence State in the 1970-71 season. He converted 25 of 28 free throws. . . . Kentucky State's Travis "Machine Gun" Grant set the single-game NAIA Tournament scoring record with 60 points against Minot State in 1972. Grant finished his four-year college career with 4,045 points and a 33.4-point average. . . . Roanoke guard Hal Johnston, whose athletic career was almost ended when he fractured his skull in a fall from a truck as a senior in high school, was a runaway choice for most outstanding player honors at the 1972 NCAA College Division Tournament. . . . Robert "Firechief" Smith came to USC-Spartanburg in 1972 as a 34-year-old center, powering USCS to its first two winning seasons. He averaged 9.9 rpg in 1973-74, when he was named MVP of the Palmetto Conference Tournament - the first title of any kind in the history of the program. . . . Guilford won the 1973 NAIA Tournament with a lineup that included included three future NBA players - Lloyd Free, M.L. Carr and Greg Jackson. Guilford's top reserve was Steve Hankins, a 6-6, 220-pound, 28-year-old Marine Corps veteran who had served 44 months in Vietnam and was one of the military pallbearers at President Kennedy's funeral. . . . Guilford (N.C.) and Tennessee State are the only two small colleges to have two alums score more than 20 points per game in an NBA season - Free and Bob Kaufmann attended Guilford, while Dick Barnett and Truck Robinson attended Tennessee State.
Guard Greg Procell averaged 11.5 ppg in two seasons for Northwestern State in 1972-73 and 1973-74. Procell, a native of Noble, La. (Ebarb H.S.), held the national high school scoring record (6,702 points) until 2002 when it was broken by Jeremy Monceaux at Parkway Christian Academy of Birmingham, Ala., after Monceaux played varsity as a seventh- and eighth-grader at Spencer, La. Procell's NSU-career high was 27 points as a junior in a 76-70 overtime loss at Northeast Louisiana. He originally signed with Southwestern Louisiana, but when the Rajun Cajuns' program was shut down for NCAA infractions Procell attended Panola (Tex.) Community College, where he averaged 33.7 ppg as a freshman and 28.5 ppg as a sophomore. Procell, who had a J.C. single-game high of 57 points, became a fishing guide on Toledo Bend and an assistant principal at Huntington High in Shreveport. . . . Leon Gobczynski, a 6-10 center, averaged 36.1 points per game for Millikin (Ill.) in the 1973-74 season despite being blanked by Augustana (Ill.) in an 88-61 defeat. Gobczynski, who had scored 43 points in an earlier game that year between the two teams, missed all nine of his field-goal attempts in 36 minutes of playing time. . . . Salem (W. Va.) College's Archie Talley set an NAIA record for most points in a season (1,347) in 1975-76 when he averaged 40.8 per game. . . . Philadelphia Textile defeated a different Big Five school in three consecutive seasons from 1975-76 through 1977-78 - Villanova twice, Temple and St. Joseph's. . . . Amherst's Jim Rehnquist, son of Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist, finished fifth in NCAA Division III scoring in 1976-77 with an average of 27.8 points per game. . . . Dave Robbins, who is white, became coach at Virginia Union in 1978-79 in the predominantly black CIAA. Robbins went on to win more CIAA Tournaments than any coach in league history. VUU finished in the Top 10 of final national rankings nine consecutive seasons from 1987-88 through 1995-96 and 12 of 13 beginning in 1983-84. . . . Former Briar Cliff (Iowa) players comprised Panama's entire starting lineup in the 1987 Pan American Games. Four members of Briar Cliff's "Panamanian Pipeline" were selected in NBA drafts from 1978 through 1981 (Mario Butler, Rolando Frazer, Tito Malcolm and Ed Warren). In the late 1980s, the first five spots on the school's career scoring list were Panamanians.
When Tampa resurrected its men's program in 1983-84 after a 13-year hiatus, coach Richard Schmidt took his first-year squad, starting one junior transfer and four freshmen, and won the Sunshine State Conference postseason tournament and automatic bid to the NCAA playoffs en route to a 20-11 record. It was the first time in NCAA history that a first-year team in any division qualified for the national tourney. Schmidt is a professional aviculturist who breeds exotic birds and raises other prize-winning animals on his ranch. Entertainer Wayne Newton has purchased birds from him. . . . Former Phoenix Suns/Seattle SuperSonics coach Paul Westphal guided Grand Canyon (Ariz.) to the 1988 NAIA title. . . . Four of the eight NAIA finals from 1981 through 1988 required extra sessions. Nine of 11 championship games in one stretch were decided in overtime or by fewer than six points in regulation. . . . Chuck Randall, Western Washington's longtime coach, invented the Slam-Dunk basketball rim. . . . Gary Lydic, a guard for the junior varsity as a freshman at McPherson (Kan.) and student assistant coach as a senior, served as director of ministry services for Focus on the Family when the organization was headquartered in Pasadena, Calif. On the morning Hall of Famer Pete Maravich died of a heart attack stemming from a heart defect, Lydic was among the men playing with him in a pickup game before the 40-year-old legend was slated to be interviewed on a Christian radio program. . . . Michael Jordan wasn't the best former college basketball standout performing as an outfielder with Birmingham (AA Southern League) in the Chicago White Sox's farm system in 1994. The superior baseball player was teammate Scott Tedder, a 6-4 lefthander who graduated as Ohio Wesleyan's all-time leading scorer in 1988. Tedder, playing about 1/4 of the '94 season in the league with Orlando, hit .281 while Jordan managed a lowly .202 and amassed more than 2 1/2 times as many strikeouts (114). Tedder posted a .261 average over five years with the Barons. . . . The pep song for Chadron (Neb.) State should have been "Here's to Mrs. Robinson" during eight seasons from 1988-89 through 1995-96 when three brothers (Josh, Jason and Jeremy Robinson) played for the Eagles. Each of Gerry and Triss Robinson's sons was a four-year starter and they collaborated for 5,081 points and 2,138 rebounds in a total of 330 games. No one can determine for sure, but they might have combined for more points and rebounds than any other trio of brothers at any single college. Josh, the eldest brother, finished his career as the school's all-time leading scorer (2,041 points). . . . Marquette's Al McGuire wasn't the only former Belmont Abbey (N.C.) coach to make a name for himself at the major-college level. All four Belmont Abbey coaches in the 1980s went on to coach Division I schools - Bobby Hussey (Davidson/Virginia Tech), Eddie Payne (East Carolina/Oregon State), Kevin Eastman (UNC Wilmington/Washington State) and Rick Scruggs (Gardner-Webb).
Oregon Tech's Danny Miles, the winningest active coach in NAIA Division II, earned his 400th career victory on January 15, 1990, in a game that took over 4 1/2 hours to complete. Oregon Tech was meeting Simpson College in Redding, Calif. Early in the game, Owl forward Tyrone Holmes shattered the backboard on a slam dunk. The contest was moved 20 miles away to another gymnasium before Tech could pull out the win. . . . Todd Rowe, a 1992 graduate who is the all-time leading scorer for Malone (Ohio), became the first player in a professional Chinese league to score 3,000 points before he moved on to a league in Japan. . . . Bob Hoffman was deprived of becoming the first coach in NAIA history to guide men's and women's champions when No. 1 seed Oklahoma Baptist bowed to Hawaii Pacific (88-83) in the 1993 championship game. Hoffman had directed Southern Nazarene (Okla.) to the 1989 NAIA women's title. . . . John Pierce of David Lipscomb (Tenn.) became college basketball's all-time leading scorer after totaling 33 points in his 1993-94 regular-season finale, a 119-102 triumph over Cumberland. Pierce's 4,110 total career points broke former roommate Phil Hutcheson's mark of 4,106 set in the 1990 NAIA Tournament. . . . NAIA powerhouse Life (Ga.) had a 99-game homecourt winning streak, the third longest in college history, snapped by Talladega (Ala.), 75-72, in January 1999. Talladega was an unlikely spoiler, having won just two of its first 16 games that season. Life went on to become the first unseeded team to win the NAIA Tournament by overcoming a 26-point deficit to frustrate Mobile, 63-60. . . . Central Arkansas ranks among the schools for most NAIA Tournament appearances but none of those were when 1992 U.S. basketball Olympian and Chicago Bulls star Scottie Pippen played for the Bears. . . . David Lipscomb's Don Meyer reached the 700-win plateau quicker than any coach in college history. He compiled 702 victories through 1998-99 in 24 seasons before leaving for Northern State (S.D.) when he disagreed with Lipscomb's decision to move up to NCAA Division I. His 1989-90 squad won a college basketball-record 41 games. . . . Six different members of the MIAA (Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association) from the state of Missouri - Central Missouri State, Missouri-Rolla, Missouri Southern, Missouri Western, Northwest Missouri State and Southwest Baptist - finished with a final Top 10 ranking in a 12-year span from 1990-91 through 2001-02. . . . Prior to the inaugural season for Westminster (Pa.) in the NCAA in 1998-99, the Titans were acknowledged as the all-time winningest program in NAIA history with 1,299 victories. . . . Danny Miles, en route to reaching the 1,000-win plateau in 2013-14, earned triumph No. 400 in 4 1/2 hours because a broken rim at Simpson College in Redding, Calif., forced the game to be moved 20 miles to another facility. In college at Southern Oregon, Miles set the all-time pass completion percentage record for both NCAA and NAIA for a single season based on 225 attempts (1965, 190-247, .769) and career percentage based on 500 completions (1964-67, 577-871, .662).
Three different North Dakota State coaches the first three years of the 21st Century - Ray Giacoletti, Greg McDermott and Tim Miles - went on to guide other schools at the NCAA Division I level to national postseason competition. . . . Kenyan Charles Maina, who led Lynn (Fla.) in blocked shots two seasons in the late 1990s, starred in the nationally-acclaimed movie "The Air Up There." . . . Haitian Robert Joseph of Union (Tenn.) surpassed David Robinson's record by becoming the single-season blocked shots leader for all levels of college basketball with 242 rejections in 2001-02. . . . The College of Staten Island (N.Y.) started hosting an in-season tournament, called CSI Tournament of Heroes, to pay homage to three former CSI players (Terrance Aiken, Scott Davidson and Tom Hannafin) who perished during the terorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Aiken had just started a computer consulting job on the 97th floor of World Trade Center Tower I while Davidson and Hannafin were New York City firefighters. . . . Jaeson Maravich, a son of NCAA all-time leading scorer Pete Maravich, was an NAIA All-American for William Carey (Miss.) in 2002-03 and 2003-04. Jaeson previously had stints with Alabama and McNeese State sidetracked by a back ailment. . . . Hope International (Calif.) ended a 60-game losing streak with a 94-84 win over Redlands (Calif.) in 2003-04. . . . Jack Bennett, the coach of Wisconsin-Stevens Point's 2004 NCAA Division III champion, is a brother of Dick Bennett, who guided Wisconsin to the 2000 NCAA Division I Tournament Final Four. Just like Dick had a son (Tony) play for him at Wisconsin-Green Bay, Jack had a son (Nick) who supplied 83 three-pointers for the Pointers in 2003-04. . . . Grinnell (Iowa) set an NCAA single-season scoring record for all levels by averaging 126.2 points per game in 2003-04. The Pioneers (18-6) had more three-pointers (530) than either two-point baskets (472) or free throws (495). Boasting eight players with more than 25 treys, they scored fewer than 100 points only three times. Grinnell coach David Arseneault had his teams press from the start and they would surrender a layup for a chance to come back down and take a three-point shot. The Pioneers hit 530 of 1,582 attempts from beyond the arc (33.5%).
The Moir family has accounted for more than 1,500 college victories. Page Moir became the all-time winningest coach for a school, Roanoke (Va.), where his father, Charles, won the 1972 NCAA College Division crown before coaching at the Division I level with Virginia Tech and Tulane. Charles' brother, Sam, coached at Catawba (N.C.) for 31 seasons. . . . In 2006, Texas Wesleyan became the fourth unseeded team in eight years to capture the NAIA Division I title. Three years later, Rocky Mountain (Mont.) defeated Columbia (Mo.) in the first championship game between two unseeded teams since seeding was introduced in 1957. . . . Northern State's Don Meyer, atop the NCAA win list among active coaches with 891 at the time in 2008, had his left leg amputated below the knee after an auto accident. Meyer either fell asleep or was distracted when his car crossed the center line and collided with a semi. Meyer, 63, was diagnosed with a slow-growing cancer in his liver and bowels that doctors said might not have been found had he not been injured. . . . Brian Rice, a 43-year-old Navy retiree, was a backup for Geneva (Pa.) in 2012-13.
Paul George, Mr. Versatility for Fresno State in 2009-10, was shunned by inept All-American voters before promptly blossoming into an NBA All-Star with the Indiana Pacers. George, with his stock soaring, is the latest classic example of the chronic problem exhibited by low-information A-A voters and their shoddy treatment of mid-major standouts.
Questioning the qualifications of misguided media members quickly comes to mind when assessing their track record for not acknowledging stellar mid-level players as All-Americans. Despite superb collegiate careers, including player of the year acclaim in a mid-major conference, a striking number of individuals didn't generate sufficient national recognition to be chosen as an All-American. For instance, Louisiana Tech's Paul Millsap led the nation in rebounding three straight seasons from 2003-04 through 2005-06 but wasn't accorded All-American status.
Incredibly, the overlooked features two prominent floor generals who went on to lead the NBA in assists a total of 14 times - John Stockton (nine) and two-time MVP Steve Nash (five) - plus Tim Hardaway, who averaged 8.2 apg during his 13-year pro career; Joe Dumars, a six-time NBA All-Star guard and 1989 NBA Finals MVP, and Derek Fisher, who received five championship rings with the Los Angeles Lakers in the first decade of the 21st Century. Among shunned frontcourters, two-time conference MVPs Chris Gatling, Brian Grant, Popeye Jones and Rik Smits each played at least 11 seasons in the NBA.
Whether they are coaches who need to come out of the film-watching closet or members of the lame-stream media, many incompetent voters should be deep-sixed for overdosing on the premier leagues while condescendingly looking upon mid-level players. Sonny Parker, the father of Duke freshman sensation Jabari Parker, is among the following alphabetical list of Division I conference MVPs left behind in regard to securing All-American status before they enjoyed NBA/ABA careers of at least six seasons:
Did you know that 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. On 11-12-13, he received a taste of his own early-season medicine when UK bowed against Michigan State. If history repeats itself, the good news for Big Blue Nation is that the Wildcats went on to win the 1996 NCAA championship. Bill Clinton was president at the time and name-dropper Calipari said Clinton recently called him to discuss UK hoops. An "unimpeachable source" indicated Sick Willie didn't offer Coach Cal tips on parsing words during any future investigation, vegan diet menus or ways to motivate young people with cigars; especially if they spend too much time working on their hair than offensive moves.
Of course, seasons didn't start earlier in November until a couple of decades ago. The only #1 school to lose earlier than UK is Connecticut (70-68 against Iowa in 1999). Following is a chronological look at the 12 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|
College basketball aficionados occasionally cite achievements they think never will be duplicated. On Veterans Day, they should be reminded about truly incredible comebacks likely never to be matched. In 1946-47, Andy Phillip (Illinois) and Gerry Tucker (Oklahoma) returned to first-team All-American status after missing three seasons while serving in the U.S. military during World War II. Charles Black (Kansas) and Kenny Sailors (Wyoming) also returned to All-American acclaim after missing two seasons serving in similar capacities.
Numerous standout players had their college playing careers interrupted by WWII. While much of the misguided media currently obsess with the return of an injured backup guard averaging an anemic 3.3 points per game (Louisville's Kevin Ware), they should be reminded about authentic American heroes. Folk hero Ware, driving a 2013 Dodge Challenger when recently cited for driving 95 mph in a 45 mph zone, failed to show up for his court date. The press should be focusing on the following list of All-Americans - three each from Illinois, Kentucky and Notre Dame - who deserve to be honored after having their college careers interrupted in the mid-1940s while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces:
Army - Don Barksdale (UCLA), Lew Beck (Oregon State), A.L. Bennett (Oklahoma A&M), Gale Bishop (Washington State), Vince Boryla (Notre Dame/Denver), Harry Boykoff (St. John's), Bob Brannum (Kentucky), Arnie Ferrin (Utah), Alex Groza (Kentucky), Ralph Hamilton (Indiana), Walt Kirk (Illinois), Allie Paine (Oklahoma), Don Rehfeldt (Wisconsin), Jack Smiley (Illinois), Odie Spears (Western Kentucky) and Gerry Tucker (Oklahoma).
Navy - Bobby Cook (Wisconsin), Howie Dallmar (Stanford/Penn), Dick Dickey (North Carolina State), Bob Faught (Notre Dame), Harold Gensichen (Western Michigan), Wyndol Gray (Bowling Green State), Hal Haskins (Hamline), Leo Klier (Notre Dame), Dick McGuire (St. John's) and John Oldham (Western Kentucky).
Oregon State's Craig Robinson, already on the hot seat, should be issuing an apology a mite more sincere than his POTUS brother-in-law's lame Mr.-Fix-It comments stemming from the ObamaCare fiasco and website security that could only be considered competent in Kenya after debuting with more cancelled health-care plans than enrollments. The Beavers' season opener, a defeat at home against Coppin State, would be injurious to any coach's health.
The embarrassing setback, leaving a historically black mark, was the second at home for OSU under Robinson against a HBCU (Historically Black College or University) in the last four years. OSU's glory days include being unbeaten until the regular-season finale in 1980-81 under legendary coach Ralph Miller, who must be rolling over in his grave. The Beavers promptly won at Maryland, a comparative result showing that Coppin State must be the top team in the state. Following are HBCU road victories on a power league member's homecourt or neutral court during regular-season play the last 10 campaigns:
|Season||HBCU Winner on Road||Power League Member Loser||Competence of Power League School|
|2004-05||South Carolina State 60||Miami (Fla.) 50||Hurricanes won at NCAA playoff-bound Florida.|
|2004-05*||South Carolina State 63||Penn State 43||Nittany Lions lost by three points against 20-game winner Ohio State in Big Ten Tournament.|
|2005-06||Bethune-Cookman 75||South Florida 68||Bulls beat NCAA playoff-bound Georgetown in regular-season finale.|
|2006-07||Jackson State 71||Rutgers 70||Scarlet Knights twice defeated Cincinnati.|
|2007-08||Tennessee State 60||Illinois 58||Illini beat Oklahoma State and Missouri in nonconference competition before bowing to TSU.|
|2008-09||Morgan State 79||DePaul 75||Blue Demons defeated Cincinnati (18-14) in Big East Tournament.|
|2008-09||Morgan State 66||Maryland 65||Terrapins participated in NCAA Tournament.|
|2009-10||Morgan State 97||Arkansas 94||Razorbacks prevailed at Ole Miss, a 24-game winner.|
|2010-11||Texas Southern 66||Oregon State 60||Beavers beat 30-game winner Arizona.|
|2011-12||Tennessee State 64||South Carolina 63||Gamecocks upended Clemson, Alabama and Georgia.|
|2012-13||Alabama A&M 59||Mississippi State 57||Bulldogs beat Marshall Henderson-led Ole Miss and twice defeated Frank Martin-coached South Carolina.|
|2012-13||Southern (La.) 53||Texas A&M 51||Aggies won at Kentucky in inaugural SEC season and also beat NCAA playoff-bound Mizzou.|
|2013-14||Coppin State 78||Oregon State 73||Beavers bow to second HBCU school under coach Craig Robinson in last four seasons before winning at Maryland.|
|2013-14||North Carolina Central 82||North Carolina State 72||Wolfpack suffered first-ever defeat against a MEAC member.|
|2013-14||Texas Southern 90||Temple 89||Owls defeated UAB on neutral court by 21 points before the Blazers beat North Carolina, which whipped three PS Top 5 teams (Louisville, Michigan State and Kentucky).|
*Neutral court (Milwaukee).