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At a Glance
NCAA Champion--UCLA (31-2; coached by Jim Harrick/seventh of eight seasons with Bruins; won Pacific-10 title by three games with a 16-2 record).
NIT Champion--Virginia Tech (25-10; coached by Bill Foster/fourth of six seasons with Hokies; finished in a tie for fourth place in Metro with a 6-6 record).
New Rules--Restrict scoring to a tap-in when play is resumed by a throw-in and three-tenths (.3) of a second or less remain on the game clock or shot clock. . . . A player whose uniform has blood on it does not have to leave the game if medical personnel judges the uniform to be nonsaturated. . . . Expanded backcourt violation exceptions to a defensive player who receives the ball while in the air. . . . Expanded the fighting rule to include coaches and team personnel. . . . The inner circle at midcourt is eliminated.
NCAA Probation--Alabama State, Coastal Carolina, Northeastern Illinois.
NCAA Consensus First-Team All-Americans--Ed O'Bannon, F, Sr., UCLA (20.4 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.9 spg, 53.3 FG%, 43.3 3FG%); Shawn Respert, G, Sr., Michigan State (25.6 ppg, 4 rpg, 3 apg, 86.9 FT%, 47.4 3FG%); Joe Smith, C, Soph., Maryland (20.8 ppg, 10.6 rpg, 2.9 bpg, 57.8 FG%); Jerry Stackhouse, F, Soph., North Carolina (19.2 ppg, 2.7 apg, 8.2 rpg, 51.7 FG%); Damon Stoudamire, G, Sr., Arizona (22.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 7.3 apg, 82.6 FT%, 46.5 3FG%).
National Players of the Year--O'Bannon (USBWA/Wooden); Respert (NABC), and Smith (AP/UPI/Naismith).
National Coaches of the Year--Miami's Leonard Hamilton (15-13/UPI); UCLA's Jim Harrick (31-2/NABC, Naismith), and Oklahoma's Kelvin Sampson (23-9/AP, USBWA).
A couple of high profile coaches for Western universities departed before the season started under unusual circumstances. Southern California's George Raveling stepped down in the aftermath of a serious auto accident and UNLV's Rollie Massimino was pressured to resign after a series of questionable activities.
Tim Grgurich, Massimino's successor, left the Rebels after seven games due to health reasons. Howie Landa and Cleveland Edwards served as interim coaches the remainder of UNLV's sorriest season in history (11-15).
Baylor coach Darrel Johnson was dismissed before the season started because of academic irregularities. Three Baylor assistant coaches--Gary Thomas, Troy Drummond and Kevin Gray--were sentenced to three years probation, assigned 50 hours of community service and fined from $1,000 to $1,500 apiece for helping three recruits cheat. The coaches had been convicted by a federal jury of conspiracy and mail and wire fraud charges. They were found guilty of giving junior college players term papers and of changing their test scores. The mail fraud and wire fraud charges were filed because the Postal Service and fax equipment were used in the process. Johnson was acquitted, but Gray and Thomas said Johnson condoned the wrongdoing. They gave depositions to the NCAA that said the cheating "was always discussed in meetings" with Johnson.
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski compiled a 9-3 record before missing the remainder of the season recovering from back surgery and exhaustion. Pete Gaudet, a designated restricted-earnings assistant earning an anemic $16,000 annually under NCAA rules, filled in for Krzyzewski. The Blue Devils promptly lost their first nine ACC games for the first time and finished with the most defeats in school history (13-18 mark). Their demise included blowing a 23-point lead with less than 15 minutes remaining against Virginia and bowing to the Cavaliers in double overtime, 91-88.
Tommy Joe Eagles, hired by New Orleans after he was forced out by Auburn at the end of the previous season, died of a heart attack during the summer. Eagles' successor, Tic Price, won 16 of his last 18 games with the Privateers decided by fewer than six points through 1996-97. . . . James Madison's Lefty Driesell became the first coach to register at least 125 victories for three different schools. He previously achieved the feat for Davidson and Maryland. . . . Michigan State's Jud Heathcote, who previously coached Montana, retired with a 420-273 record.
Wisconsin's Michael Finley scored 42 points in a 92-76 loss at Eastern Michigan. The Badgers trailed EMU by 33 points at halftime (50-17). Finley was among three players on Proviso East's Illinois state Class AA championship in 1991 who were all drafted by NBA teams--Sherell Ford (Illinois-Chicago) and Finley in the first round and Donnie Boyce (Colorado) in the second round. Ford was the nation's fourth-leading scorer as a senior and Boyce finished his career as Colorado's all-time leading scorer.
Corey Beck distributed 30 assists in three games to spark Arkansas to the Rainbow Classic championship in Hawaii. It was the Razorbacks' first in-season tournament title in 26 years. Rainbow Classic runner-up Iowa defeated Duke in the opening round, ending the Blue Devils' 14-game winning streak against Big Ten teams. . . . Maryland's pair of two-point victories over Duke enabled the Terrapins to gain a share of the ACC regular-season crown and end their streak of nine consecutive defeats in College Park and 15 overall to the Blue Devils. The ACC's four-way tie for the regular-season title was the first in league history. . . . Randolph Childress poured in an ACC Tournament-record 107 points to catapult Wake Forest to its first championship since 1962. . . . Indiana's 50-game homecourt winning streak was ended by Michigan, 65-52. . . . A school-record 11 blocked shots by freshman center Samaki Walker helped Louisville nip Kentucky, 88-86, for the Cardinals' first victory over the Wildcats since 1989. . . . Central Connecticut State's Keith Closs had a national-high 13 rejections in a game against St. Francis (Pa.).
Kentucky won its road games by larger margins than its home games in sweeping home-and-home series against five SEC Eastern Division opponents. The Wildcats won at their five Eastern Division foes by an average margin of 19 points. . . . Kentucky clobbered Notre Dame, 97-58, handing the Fighting Irish its most lopsided homecourt defeat this century. In their next outing, the Wildcats lost at home to Mississippi State, 76-71, for the first time since 1967. . . . In Mississippi State's previous game, the Bulldogs hit five three-pointers in the last 1 1/2 minutes to nearly erase a 12-point deficit against Auburn but they fell short, 70-69. Mississippi State finished with a Top 20 appearance in a final wire-service poll for the first time since 1963. . . . LSU redshirt freshman Randy Livingston was leading the nation with 10 assists per game in mid-season before he was sidelined for the year because of his third knee injury since signing with the Tigers.
Connecticut remained the nation's only undefeated team through mid-January by overcoming a 25-point deficit in an 85-76 victory at Pittsburgh. The Jim Calhoun-coached Huskies went on to become the only team ever to defeat Georgetown three times in a Big East Conference campaign. . . . Connecticut became the first school to have its men's and women's teams ranked No. 1 at the same time. . . . UConn became the only top-ranked club ever to lose at home by more than 20 points (96-73 vs. Villanova). . . . Kerry Kittles became the first Villanova player since 1971 to earn a spot on an NCAA consensus first- or second-team All-American squad. . . . Miami (Fla.) lost its first 29 Big East road games until upsetting St. John's, 82-79. The Hurricanes, winless in league play the previous year, finished with the greatest one-season turnaround in conference history by compiling a 9-9 Big East record. . . . Seton Hall's Danny Hurley, after missing almost all of the previous season for personal reasons, bounced back to average 13.8 ppg and 5.3 apg. He went on to eventually coach Wagner.
Canisius lost 27 consecutive games on St. Bonaventure's home court in Olean, N.Y., until edging the Bonnies, 76-74. Later, St. Bonaventure defeated Temple for the first time in 25 games with a 78-64 triumph in overtime. The Bonnies participated in the NIT after finishing in sole possession of the Atlantic 10 Conference cellar the previous five years, including two winless league campaigns. . . . Eddie Benton became Vermont's all-time leading scorer midway through his junior season. . . . Penn, coached by Fran Dunphy, accounted for half of the 10-man All-Ivy League team. Dunphy became only the fourth coach since the start of the NCAA playoffs to compile three consecutive undefeated conference records. Penn's Jerome Allen didn't become three-time Ivy League MVP but eventually coached his alma mater. . . . Forward Eric Blackiston became Brown's only All-Ivy League first-team selection in a 14-year span from 1986-87 through 1999-2000. . . . Bucknell lost its first eight non-conference games under first-year coach Pat Flannery before going on to share the Patriot League regular-season championship. . . . American erased a 24-point, second-half deficit with a 35-10 spurt in 8 1/2 minutes en route to a 108-89 success at George Mason.
The Metro, in its final season of existence, was the only conference in the country to have each member post a winning overall record. It's all-league first-team picks included four sophomores. . . . Tennessee-Chattanooga's John Oliver averaged a modest 10.9 points per game, but he exploded for 42 in a game against Georgia Southern. . . . Western Kentucky's Matt Kilcullen became the first individual ever to win back-to-back coach of the year awards at different schools in the same conference (Sun Belt). He was at Jacksonville's helm the previous season. His success enabled the Hilltoppers to become the first school to have eight different coaches guide teams to the NCAA Tournament. . . . WKU's Darrin Horn scored his team's first points of the year for the fourth consecutive season. Horn, an All-Sun Belt Conference selection, went on to become coach of his alma mater and South Carolina. . . . Troy State set NCAA records for most three-point field goals made (28) and attempted (74) when the Trojans teamed with George Mason for an NCAA-record 108 shots from beyond the arc. . . . Coppin State's two-point loss at North Carolina A&T was the Eagles' only MEAC regular-season defeat in a 55-game stretch of conference competition from 1993 to 1996.
Manhattan (26-5/coached by Fran Fraschilla), Virginia Tech (25-10/Bill Foster), Nicholls State (24-6/Rickey Broussard), UNC-Greensboro (23-6/Mike Dement), Portland (21-8/Rob Chavez) and New Hampshire (19-9/Gib Chapman) had their winningest seasons in school Division I history. Texas Southern (22-7/Robert Moreland) tied its school single-season Division I mark for most victories. Manhattan was the first school to reach the 20-win plateau. . . . Western Illinois (20-8) posted the nation's most-improved record, improving from a 7-20 mark the previous year, which represented the Leathernecks' most defeats since moving up to the Division I level. . . . Massachusetts' game at Rutgers was suspended at halftime because of a student protest stemming from racial remarks by the Rutgers president. UMass guard Derek Kellogg, an All-Atlantic 10 third-team selection, eventually coached his alma mater.
Randy Rutherford poured in 45 points in Oklahoma State's regular-season finale at Kansas but the Jayhawks won, 78-62, when Cowboys All-Big Eight center Bryant Reeves went scoreless. Reeves and Rutherford were the nation's only set of teammates to each score more than 700 points during the season. . . . Wichita State (13-14), coached by Scott Thompson, won its last five games in December by a total of 11 points. . . . Iowa State's Fred Hoiberg, a two-time All-Big Eight Conference selection, went on to coach his alma mater.
Oregon swept its Pacific-10 series with intra-state rival Oregon State for the first time since 1961. Oregon won more than 16 games for the first time since the 1976-77 campaign. . . . California finished in a tie for eighth place in the Pacific-10 despite becoming the first school in league history to win at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion three consecutive times (100-93). Cal is the only team registering a league record at least eight games under .500 (5-13) to win a road game against a conference rival that later became NCAA champion. . . . Point guard Steve Nash converted all 21 of his free throws in a 75-71 victory over St. Mary's on his way to becoming the first Santa Clara player to top the WCC in scoring (20.9 points per game) since Mike Gervasoni averaged 20.1 in 1966-67. Nash, a native of British Columbia, scored 40 points, nailing eight three-pointers, to help the Broncos end Gonzaga's 34-game homecourt winning streak, 73-68. They went on to clinch their first WCC regular-season title since 1970.
Texas Christian forward-center Kurt Thomas became the third player to lead the nation in scoring and rebounding. Thomas, TCU's first All-American in 36 years, averaged only 1.9 points per game as a freshman in 1990-91. . . . TCU's Thomas (28.9 ppg), Grambling's Kenny Sykes (26.3), UIC's Ford (26.2) and Nicholls State's Reggie Jackson (21.63) set school Division I records for highest scoring average in a single season. . . . Southern's Tim Roberts (national-high 56 points vs. Faith Baptist), La Salle's Kareem Townes (52 vs. Loyola of Chicago) and Grambling's Sykes (50 at Southern) established school Division I single-game scoring records. Roberts played the entire game en route to setting a school record and outscoring the entire Faith Baptist team by 12 points (132-44). "Any time I find out a player is close to a record, he stays in," Southern coach Ben Jobe said. "I think you owe that to the guy." Roberts, a 6-5 swingman, also scored 52 against Louisiana College. . . . Pittsburgh forward Orlando Antigua signed with the Harlem Globetrotters after the season. He became the first non-African-American player with the Globetrotters since Bob Karstens in 1942-43.
Cincinnati senior guard LaZelle Durden set the Great Midwest Conference single-game scoring record with 45 points at Wyoming. Durden, fouled at the buzzer while attempting a three-point shot, sank all three free throws to climax a rally from a nine-point deficit with less than 1 1/2 minutes remaining. It was the highest output by a UC player in 34 years. . . . Marquette's Tony Miller dished out a school single-game record of 17 assists against Memphis en route to finishing his career as the only player at any level of the NCAA to collect 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 900 assists. Miller led the Great Midwest in assists all four years of its existence. . . . Notre Dame captain Billy Taylor went on to become coach at Lehigh. . . . Eastern Michigan's Kareem Carpenter set a school single-game rebounding mark with a national-high 27 against Western Michigan. Carpenter also hauled down 26 rebounds in a contest against Central Michigan. . . . Few programs unraveled as quickly as Ohio State. The Buckeyes incurred their most defeats in school history (6-22 record) after finishing among the nation's top five teams in final national polls in 1991 and 1992. The core of their sophomore class departed for other schools following the 1993-94 campaign--swingman Derek Anderson (Kentucky), forward Charles Macon (Central Michigan), guard Greg Simpson (West Virginia) and center Nate Wilbourne (South Carolina)--along with freshman center Gerald Eaker (Kansas State via junior college). The quintet combined for 56.6 points and 23 rebounds per game as starters for their second major university in 1995-96. . . . Wisconsin supplied two All-Big Ten first-team selections (forward Michael Finley and center Rashard Griffith) for the first time in 48 years. Badgers backup Howard Moore eventually became coach for Illinois-Chicago. . . . Iowa, coached by Tom Davis, incurred four straight Big Ten defeats by a single point. Davis had won only one of 12 games decided by fewer than three points at his previous pit stop (four seasons with Stanford from 1982-83 through 1985-86). . . . Jason Taylor, who averaged 8 ppg and 5.4 rpg for Akron, became an NFL All-Pro defensive end. He managed more quarterback sacks than anyone in a six-year span from 2000 through 2005. He returned three interceptions for touchdowns and his five fumble returns for TDs is a Miami Dolphins' team record. . . . Purdue swingman Cuonzo Martin, a two-time All-Big Ten first-team selection, went on to become Missouri State's coach. . . . Indiana backup guard Pat Knight eventually succeeded his Hall of Fame father Bob Knight as coach at Texas Tech.
Sacramento State lost 55 consecutive road games until succeeding at Loyola of Chicago. . . . Wyoming's Theo Ratliff blocked 11 shots in each of back-to-back games against Mississippi State and San Diego State. . . . Brad Snyder, Northern Arizona's leading scorer, was killed in a one-vehicle accident late in the season. . . . Utah State became the first Big West Conference regular-season champion in 12 years other than UNLV or New Mexico State. . . . TCU's Billy Tubbs became the first coach of two different schools that led the nation in scoring offense. He directed Oklahoma to the 1985 NCAA scoring title.
1995 NCAA Tournament
Summary: It was a return to glory for UCLA. Playmaker deluxe Tyus Edney played only three minutes in the final because of a sprained right wrist, but his replacement, Cameron Dollar, played like a million dollars. "I was definitely tight and tense at the beginning," said Dollar, who committed just one turnover. "Then I got going and it turned out to be just another game, like any other day in the playground." Edney played the role of Wizard of Westwood II with a series of breathtaking drives and baskets in the first five playoff games, including a length-of-the-court game-winner against Missouri in the second round. Teammate Ed O'Bannon collected 30 points and 17 rebounds in an 89-78 victory over Arkansas for one of the best title game performances in history. O'Bannon became only the third different player to amass at least 30 points and 15 rebounds in a championship game, joining Clyde Lovellette (Kansas '52) and Lew Alcindor (UCLA '68 & '69). During a crucial five-game stretch in February, O'Bannon averaged 27.8 points and nine rebounds per game. Toby Bailey became the only freshman to score more than 25 points in a national championship game when he tallied 26 after managing just two in the semifinals against Oklahoma State. UCLA became the only champion other than Kentucky '51 to have six players finish the season with scoring averages higher than nine points per game.
Outcome for Defending Champion: Arkansas reached the NCAA championship game after winning its first two tourney assignments by a total of three points after blowing double-digit second-half leads. The Razorbacks' victory margin entering the Final Four, 3.8, was the slimmest of any team reaching the national semifinals since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985). The Hogs had 10 wins by fewer than four points entering the NCAA final after kicking off the season with a 24-point defeat to Massachusetts in the Tip-Off Classic at Springfield, Mass.
Star Gazing: Alabama center Antonio McDyess had the highest-scoring game in the tourney with 39 points against Penn in overtime in the first round. . . . North Carolina center Rasheed Wallace, the third-leading field-goal shooter in the country (65.4 percent), had just one field-goal attempt in the last 27 minutes as the Tar Heels went more than 12 1/2 minutes without a basket in the national semifinals against Arkansas. . . . UCLA coach Jim Harrick, in his book Embracing the Legend, said of Edney's drive against Mizzou: "It was like standing in front of a firing squad, ready for that final moment, and all 12 guns fail to go off."
Biggest Upsets: No. 14 seed Old Dominion outlasted #3 Villanova, 89-81, in triple overtime in the East Regional although Monarchs star Odell Hodge missed most of the season because of a severe injury to his left knee. . . . No. 13 seed Manhattan stunned #4 Oklahoma, 77-67, in the Southeast Regional. It was the sixth straight year that a Big Eight Conference member was eliminated by a double-digit seeded opponent.
One and Only: Bob Weltlich became the only coach to earn automatic qualification for two different schools by winning conference tournaments after compiling losing records in regular-season league competition. He was coach of No. 6 seed Mississippi in the 1981 SEC Tournament (8-10) and No. 8 seed Florida International (4-12) in the 1995 TAAC Tournament. . . . It was the only time two former Final Four Most Outstanding Player honorees returned to the Final Four and opposed each other. Forward Corliss Williamson (1994 winner) scored 21 points for Arkansas and guard Donald Williams (1993 winner) scored 19 points for North Carolina in the Razorbacks' 75-68 semifinal triumph.
Celebrity Status: Terrell Owens, who was scoreless in one minute for Tennessee-Chattanooga against No. 2 seed Connecticut in the West Regional, is a wide receiver whose dramatic 25-yard touchdown catch from Steve Young with three seconds remaining lifted the San Francisco 49ers to a 30-27 victory against the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers in an NFC wild-card game nearly four years later. . . . Big Eight Conference Player of the Year Ryan Minor went on to become a third baseman who replaced Cal Ripken Jr. in the Baltimore Orioles' lineup on September 20, 1998, ending Ripken's major league record of 2,632 consecutive games played. . . . Percy Ellsworth, who appeared in all four of Virginia's playoff games for the Midwest Regional runner-up, eventually intercepted 20 passes for 326 yards and three touchdowns as a safety in six years with the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns from 1996 through 2001.
Numbers Game: There were six overtime games in the first two rounds of the tourney. Alabama (24) and Penn (18) set a record for most points by both teams in one overtime period when they combined for 42 in Alabama's 91-85 triumph. . . . Michigan coach Steve Fisher won his first 12 NCAA playoff games decided by fewer than six points or in overtime before bowing to Western Kentucky, 82-76, in overtime in the opening round. . . . The Big Ten didn't have a representative among the final 16 entrants for the first time since the NCAA field expanded to at least 16 teams in 1951. All six Big Ten squads would have been eliminated in the opening round if Wisconsin-Green Bay hadn't missed a last-second shot against Purdue. . . . North Carolina's Southeast Regional final victory over Kentucky was the sixth straight triumph for the Tar Heels over UK in their series, giving Carolina a 16-6 edge. . . . The ACC had four teams reach the Sweet 16 for the eighth time in the last 12 years. . . . Oregon, coached by Jerry Green, made its first playoff appearance since 1961 and Gonzaga, coached by Dan Fitzgerald, participated for the first time in school history. . . . Memphis guard Mingo Johnson, who averaged a modest 10.7 points per game, erupted for a game-high 32 in a 96-91 overtime loss in the Midwest Regional semifinals to eventual runner-up Arkansas. Johnson scored a game-high 18 points in a 75-73 second-round victory over Purdue. . . . Stanford's Mike Montgomery posted his first NCAA playoff victory in his 17th season.
What Might Have Been: Brigham Young (22-10/without Shawn Bradley), Cincinnati (22-12/Dontonio Wingfield), Connecticut (28-5/Donyell Marshall), Louisville (19-14/Cliff Rozier), Michigan (17-14/Juwan Howard, Jalen Rose and Chris Webber) and Purdue (25-7/Glenn Robinson) might have fared better in the playoffs if standout players had exercised their remaining eligibility instead of defecting to the NBA. . . . Clemson (15-13/without Sharone Wright) and George Washington (18-14/Yinka Dare) probably would have participated in the NCAA Tournament instead of the NIT if prominent big men didn't leave school early for the NBA. . . . California (13-14) likely would have been bound for the NCAA playoffs if Jason Kidd and Lamond Murray didn't forsake their remaining eligibility to turn pro early. . . . Missouri (20-9) might have advanced farther in the NCAA Tournament if forward Kelly Thames wasn't a medical redshirt because of a knee injury. . . . Long Beach State (20-10) could have fared better in the playoffs if James Cotton didn't miss most of the season because of an ankle ailment. Cotton became an All-Big West first-team selection the next two years. . . . Penn State (21-11) might have appeared in the NCAA playoffs instead of the NIT if forward Matt Gaudio wasn't a medical redshirt because of a back injury. Gaudio became an All-Big Ten first-team selection the next season. . . . NIT champion Virginia Tech (25-10) probably would have participated in the NCAA playoffs if swingman David Jackson hadn't been sidelined by a back ailment. Jackson averaged 12.1 points and four rebounds per game in 1993-94.
Putting Things in Perspective: Massachusetts and Virginia were eliminated in regional finals after each of them lost standout guards. Michael Williams was dismissed from UMass' team for disciplinary reasons. Virginia's Cory Alexander, who became an NBA first-round draft choice as an undergraduate, was injured.
NCAA Champion Defeats: At Oregon (10-point margin) and California (7). The highest-scoring output by an individual opponent against UCLA was 36 points by Connecticut guard Ray Allen.
Scoring Leader: Corliss Williamson, Arkansas (125 points, 20.8 ppg).
Highest Scoring Average: Darryl Wilson, Mississippi State (73 points, 24.3 ppg).
Rebounding Leader: Ed O'Bannon, UCLA (54 rebounds, 9 rpg).
Highest Rebounding Average: Tim Duncan, Wake Forest (43 rebounds, 14.3 rpg).
Toby Bailey, G, Fr., UCLA (28 points, nine rebounds)
Clint McDaniel, G, Sr., Arkansas (29 points, eight rebounds, six three-pointers)
*Ed O'Bannon, F, Sr., UCLA (45 points, 25 rebounds, seven steals)
Bryant Reeves, C, Sr., Oklahoma State (25 points, nine rebounds in one game)
Corliss Williamson, F, Jr., Arkansas (33 points, 14 rebounds)
*Named Most Outstanding Player.
Championship Team Results
First Round: UCLA 92 (Henderson team-high 16 points), Florida International 56 (Mazyck 21)
Second Round: UCLA 75 (E. O'Bannon 24), Missouri 74 (O'Liney 23)
Regional Semifinal: UCLA 86 (E. O'Bannon 21), Mississippi State 67 (D. Wilson 22)
Regional Final: UCLA 102 (Bailey 26), Connecticut 96 (Allen 36)
National Semifinal: UCLA 74 (Edney 21), Oklahoma State 61 (Reeves 25)
Championship Game: UCLA 89 (E. O'Bannon 30), Arkansas 78 (McDaniel 16)