A. J. Price
Anthony Jordan "A. J." Price is an American former professional basketball player who last played for the Shandong Golden Stars of the Chinese Basketball Association. He was raised in East Massapequa, New York, he is the son of former NBA player Tony Price. Price attended Amityville Memorial High School, where he led the Warriors to three straight Long Island Championships and state titles in his sophomore and junior seasons; as a junior he averaged seven rebounds, five assists and three steals. His numbers continued to increase as a senior, he finished his three-year career with 1,394 career points. He was a two-time Newsday Suffolk County Player of the Year. Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Price was listed as the No. 7 point guard and the No. 32 player in the nation in 2004. Price chose UConn over Kansas and St. John's, he missed his freshman season after a life-threatening battle with AVM, which caused bleeding in his brain. He underwent radio-surgery treatment in February 2005 and spent more than 14 months recovering from his illness.
It was not until May 2006. However, Price was suspended by the university for the 2005–06 academic semester due to violations of the University Student Code of Conduct, he was arrested, along with fellow basketball player Marcus Williams in August 2005 on charges of trying to sell stolen laptops. He pleaded not guilty to larceny charges. Price was not permitted to take classes during the Fall 2005 semester, but returned to classes in the Spring 2006 semester, he returned to the court for the 2006–07 season as a sophomore. He appeared starting at point guard in 23 contests. For the season he averaged 9.4 points per game with 113 assists and 37 steals to his credit in 23.9 minutes per game. In the 2007-08 season, Price started all 33 games at point guard and was UConn's second leading scorer, he won many awards and was named to the U. S. Basketball Writers Association's All-America Team, he was a unanimous selection to the First Team All-BIG EAST squad and selected as USBWA District Player of the Year and member of All-District First Team, named a finalist for the John R. Wooden Award, was chosen as one of ten finalists for the USBWA Player of the Year Award, the Oscar Robertson Trophy and named to the NABC All-District 1 First Team.
In the first round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament against San Diego Price played nine minutes before tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament. The team would go on to lose the game by one point in overtime; the next season 2008–09 was the best season for Price. Coming off the ACL injury he was the Huskies' leading scorer with 14.7 points a game and was critical in their run to the final four. In a game versus Gonzaga he hit a falling down three-pointer to force the game into overtime. In the 2009 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament he was named the most outstanding player in the West Region, but the Huskies fell in the semi-finals to the Michigan State Spartans, he was a liberal arts major at Connecticut. Price was selected in the second round of the 2009 NBA draft at number 52 overall by the Indiana Pacers on June 25, 2009. Midway through the 2009–10 season, along with Earl Watson, moved ahead of T. J. Ford on the team's depth chart. In December, Watson became the Price became the primary backup point guard.
In the 2011 -- 12 season, Price backed up Darren Collison. On July 24, 2012, Price signed with the Washington Wizards. On September 30, 2013, Price signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves. On April 3, 2014, he was waived by the Timberwolves. On September 26, 2014, Price signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers. On November 1, 2014, he was waived by the Cavaliers before playing in a regular season game for them. On November 6, 2014, Price signed with the Indiana Pacers to help the team deal with numerous injuries. Indiana had to use an NBA hardship exemption in order to sign him as he made their roster stand at 16, one over the allowed limited of 15. On November 28, 2014, he was waived by the Pacers. Two days he was claimed off waivers by the Cavaliers. On January 7, 2015, he was waived again by Cavaliers. On March 21, he signed a 10-day contract with the Phoenix Suns and made his debut for the team that night, recording 2 points, 1 rebound and 1 assist in a 117–102 win over the Houston Rockets, he was not retained by the Suns following the expiration of his 10-day contract on March 31.
In September 2015, Price signed with the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association. He spent the 2016–17 season with the Shandong Golden Stars. Price is the older of two children born to Inga Price, his younger sister's name is Raven. His father Tony was a standout basketball performer at the University of Pennsylvania, helping the team advance to the 1979 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament and into the Final Four. Tony was the top scorer of the tournament with 142 points and earned a spot on the 1979 East Regional All-Tournament Team. Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com
Derrick Martell Rose is an American professional basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association. He played one year of college basketball for the Memphis Tigers before being drafted first overall by his hometown Chicago Bulls in the 2008 NBA draft. After being named the NBA Rookie of the Year, Rose, at age 22, became the youngest player to win the NBA Most Valuable Player Award in 2011. Rose was born and raised in Chicago, attended Simeon Career Academy, he was recruited by colleges choosing to join the University of Memphis under coach John Calipari. Rose led the Tigers to the most wins in NCAA history, their first number 1 ranking in 25 years, an appearance in the NCAA championship game. In 2009, an NCAA investigation revealed that Rose's SAT scores had been invalidated, as a result, the NCAA vacated Memphis' entire 2007–08 season. Rose has struggled with significant knee injuries since his 2010–11 MVP campaign. In the first round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs against the Philadelphia 76ers, Rose tore his ACL in his left knee.
Rose was subsequently sidelined for the entire 2012 -- 13 season. Rose returned to play in 2013–14. However, on November 22, 2013, during a regular season game against the Portland Trail Blazers, Rose injured his right meniscus which caused him to miss the remainder of the season. Rose returned once again the following season, but knee injuries continued to riddle him, causing him to miss 30 games. In June 2016, he was traded to the New York Knicks. After one season with the Knicks, Rose joined the Cleveland Cavaliers in July 2017, but was traded and subsequently released by the Utah Jazz the following February. In March 2018, he signed with the Timberwolves. Rose was born and raised in the Englewood area, one of the most dangerous neighborhoods on Chicago's South Side, he is the youngest son of Brenda Rose after Dwayne and Allan. All three were talented basketball players who taught Rose the in and outs of basketball on nearby courts; as his talent for the sport grew, Rose began to attract much more outside attention in Chicago's basketball circles, leading his mother and brothers to restrict outside contact to him.
She feared he would be exploited and his path to the NBA diverted by outside parties like street agents, similar to what happened to former Chicago prospect Ronnie Fields. By the time Rose enrolled at Simeon Career Academy in 2003, he was a hot commodity for collegiate coaches. Despite his reputation, he played freshmen and JV basketball for the Wolverines, he wore No. 25 in honor of Ben "Benji" Wilson, a promising player, murdered by a gang member during his senior year in 1984. Rose was not allowed on varsity due to a long-standing tradition that head coach Bob Hambric, with the school since 1980 had no freshmen on the varsity team; that rule did not lessen Rose's play, he went on to put up 18.5 points, 6.6 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game and led both the freshmen and sophomores to city championships with a 24–1 record. Hambric softened his stance and allowed the freshman a chance to play on varsity in the state tournament, but Rose declined, wanting the players to get due credit.
The next year Hambric retired and Robert Smith was hired. In Rose's debut, he had 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 steals over Thornwood High School in a sold-out game filled with college scouts and coaches, he led the Wolverines to a 30–5 mark while averaging 19.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 8.3 assists and 2.4 steals but the season ended after a loss in state regionals. Rose's play garnered him his first national award: a Parade All-American third team spot. During Rose's junior year in 2006, the Simeon Wolverines broke through and won the Chicago Public League championship held at the United Center, where Rose starred with 25 points and crowd pleasing dunks; the team advanced through the playoffs and earned a berth in the Class AA state championship against Richwoods High School, where a fourth quarter buzzer beater by Richwood forced overtime. The score was knotted at 29 late in the extra period when Rose stole the ball and buried the game winning jumper as time expired, giving Simeon its first state title since the Wilson-led Wolverines won in 1984.
The team finished 33–4 and ranked nationally, Rose was awarded with an All-State Illinois mention, EA Sports All-American Second Team pick and another Parade All-American selection. Entering his senior year, Rose was ranked the fifth best prospect in the nation by Sports Illustrated. In January 2007, Simeon traveled to Madison Square Garden to play Rice High School and star guard Kemba Walker; the Wolverines lost 53–51. The season's highlight was a nationally televised contest on ESPN against Virginia perennial power Oak Hill Academy two weeks later. Matched up with hyped junior guard Brandon Jennings, Rose had 28 points, 9 assists, 8 rebounds and in a 78–75 win. For his performance, USA Today named him their high school player of the week. Simeon went on to repeat as Public League champions and defended their state championship, defeating O'Fallon High School 77–54. In doing so, Simeon became the first Chicago Public League school to win two straight state championships. In his final high school game, Rose scored 2 points, but pulled down 7 rebounds and totaled 8 assists, while Simeon big man Tim Flowers scored 35 points.
The Wolverines ended the season 33–2 and ranked first in the nation by Sports Illustrated and 6th on USA Today's Super 25. Rose averaged 9.1 assists, 8.8 rebounds and 3.4 steals. Overall, Simeon's record while Rose played was 120–12. After his senior year, Rose was again All-State after being named Illinois Mr. Basketball and was named to the McDonald's All-American team, he was awarded
North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball
The North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball program is the intercollegiate men's basketball team of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels have won six NCAA men's college national championships. North Carolina's six NCAA Tournament Championships are third-most all-time, behind University of California, Los Angeles and University of Kentucky, they have won 18 Atlantic Coast Conference tournament titles, 32 Atlantic Coast Conference regular season titles, an Atlantic Coast Conference record 20 outright Regular Season Championships. The program has produced many notable players who went on to play in the NBA, including three of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History: Billy Cunningham, Michael Jordan and James Worthy. Many Tar Heel assistant coaches have gone on to become head coaches elsewhere. From the Tar Heels' first season in 1910–11 through the 2017–18 season, the program has amassed a.738 all-time winning percentage, winning 2,232 games and losing 792 games in 108 seasons.
The Tar Heels have the most consecutive 20-win seasons with 31 seasons from the 1970–71 season through the 2000–2001 season. On March 2, 2010, North Carolina became the second college basketball program to reach 2,000 wins in its history; the Tar Heels are ranked 3rd all time in wins trailing Kentucky by 31 games and Kansas by 16 games. The Tar Heels are one of only four Division I Men's Basketball programs to have achieved 2,000 victories. Kentucky and Duke are the other three. North Carolina has averaged more wins per season played than any other program in college basketball. Carolina has played 160 games in the NCAA tournament; the Tar Heels have appeared in the NCAA Tournament Championship Game 11 times, have been in a record 20 NCAA Tournament Final Fours. The Tar Heels have made it into the NCAA tournament 50 times, have amassed 123 victories. North Carolina won the National Invitation Tournament in 1971, appeared in two NIT Finals with six appearances in the NIT Tournament. Additionally, the team has been the number one seed in the NCAA Tournament 17 times, the latest being in 2019.
North Carolina has been ranked in the Top 25 in the AP Poll an all-time record 908 weeks, has beaten #1 ranked teams a record 14 times, has the most consecutive 20-win seasons with 31, the most consecutive top-3 ACC regular season finishes with 37. North Carolina has ended the season ranked in the Top-25 of the AP Poll 50 times and in the Top-25 of the Coaches' Poll 52 times. Further, the Tar Heels have finished the season ranked #1 in the AP Poll 5 times and ranked #1 in Coaches' Poll 6 times. In 2008, the Tar Heels received the first unanimous preseason #1 ranking in the history of either the Coaches' Poll or the AP Poll. In 2012, ESPN ranked North Carolina #1 on its list of the 50 most successful programs of the past 50 years. North Carolina played its first basketball game on January 27, 1910, beating Virginia Christian 42-21. In 1921, the school joined the Southern Conference; the 1924 Tar Heels squad went 26–0, was retroactively awarded a'national championship' by the Helms Athletic Foundation in 1943 and by the Premo-Porretta Power Poll.
Overall, the Tar Heels played 32 seasons in the Southern Conference from 1921 to 1953. During that period they won 304 games and lost 111 for a winning percentage of 73.3%. The Tar Heels won the Southern Conference regular season 9 times and the Southern Conference Tournament Championship 8 times. In 1953, North Carolina split from the Southern Conference and became a founding member of the Atlantic Coast Conference; the Tar Heels won their first NCAA Championship in 1957 under fifth year head coach Frank McGuire, who led an undefeated 32-0 squad dominated by Lennie Rosenbluth and several other transplants from the New York City area to a 54-53 triple overtime victory over Wilt Chamberlain's Kansas Jayhawks. C. D. Chesley, a Washington, D. C. television producer, piped the 1957 championship game in Kansas City to a hastily created network of five stations across North Carolina—the ancestor to the current syndicated ACC football and basketball package from Raycom Sports—which helped prove pivotal in basketball becoming a craze in the state.
The title game was the only triple overtime final game in championship history, which followed a triple overtime North Carolina defeat of Michigan State 74-70 the previous night. In 1960, the Tar Heels were placed on NCAA probation for "improper recruiting entertainment" of basketball prospects; as a result, they were barred from the 1961 NCAA tournament and withdrew from the 1961 ACC Tournament. Following the season, Chancellor William Aycock forced McGuire to resign; as a replacement, Aycock selected one of Kansas alumnus Dean Smith. Smith's early teams were not nearly as successful, his first team went only 8–9–as it turned out, the last losing season UNC would suffer for 41 years. His first five teams never won more than 16 games; this grated on a fan base used to winning. However, Smith would go on to take the Tar Heels to a reign of national dominance; when he retired in 1997, Smith's 879 wins were the most for any NCAA Division I men's basketball coach, his 77.61% winning percentage ninth best.
During his tenure, North Carolina won or shared 17 ACC regular season titles and won 13 ACC Tournaments. They went to the NCAA tournament 27 times–including 23 in a row from 1975 to 1997–appeared in 11 Final Fours, won NCAA national tournament titles in 1982 and 1993, they won the NIT in 1971. The 1982 National Championship team was led by James Worthy, Sam Perkins, a young Michael J
Connecticut Huskies men's basketball
The UConn Huskies men's basketball program is the intercollegiate men's basketball team of the University of Connecticut, in Storrs, Connecticut. They play in the American Athletic Conference and are coached by Dan Hurley; the Huskies have won 4 NCAA Tournament Championships. The Huskies are tied for the most Big East Tournament Championships with Georgetown at seven each; the Huskies have the most Big East regular season titles with ten and one American Athletic Conference Tournament Championship. Numerous players have gone on to achieve professional success after their time at UConn, including Cliff Robinson, Ray Allen, Richard Hamilton, Kemba Walker, Ben Gordon, Emeka Okafor, Caron Butler, Jeremy Lamb, Andre Drummond, Shabazz Napier, Rudy Gay; the Huskies appeared in the NCAA tournament 33 times. The team has been a number one seed in the NCAA Tournament 5 times, most in 2009. Men's basketball at UConn began in 1901 with a single game played by Connecticut Agricultural College against Windham High School in January of that year.
The college team won, by 1903 basketball was a varsity sport. After graduating from the Connecticut Agricultural College, former player Hugh Greer returned to his alma mater as a freshman coach, he was named head coach of the Huskies six games into the 1946–47 season. Greer led Connecticut to a perfect 12–0 mark for the remainder of his first season. Posting a record of 16–2, this was the best single season finish in school history to that point. UConn won twelve Yankee Conference titles under Greer in 16 completed seasons, including ten consecutive titles from 1951–60. Greer led UConn to its first seven NCAA berths and one NIT appearance while compiling an overall head coaching record of 286–112. Greer died of ten games into the 1962 -- 63 season, he was replaced by assistant George Wigton. UConn men's basketball was a regional power under Greer, winning 12 Yankee Conference titles, including 10 in a row from 1950 to 1960. Throughout the 1960s and 70s, Connecticut remained a regional power, winning an additional six Yankee Conference titles before the conference dropped basketball in 1975 and earning multiple NCAA tournament berths.
In 1979, UConn became one of the seven founding schools of the Big East Conference, created to focus on basketball. Prior to the 1986–87 season UConn hired Northeastern head coach Jim Calhoun to take over the program. Calhoun's first team finished the season with a record of 9–19. In 1988, the team showed significant improvement and gained a berth in the National Invitation Tournament. UConn went on a run in the tournament and defeated Ohio State 72–67 at Madison Square Garden to win the NIT, the school's first national basketball title; the 1990 "Dream Season" would bring UConn basketball back to the national stage. Led by Chris Smith, Nadav Henefeld, Scott Burrell, Tate George, John Gwynn, UConn went from unranked in the preseason to winning the Big East Regular Season and Tournament Championships, both for the first time. 1990 marked the opening of Gampel Pavilion, the program's new on-campus home. In the NCAA Tournament the Huskies garnered a #1 seed in the East Region, but trailed Clemson 70–69 with 1 second remaining in the Sweet 16.
Burrell's full-court pass found Tate George on the far baseline. George spun and hit a buzzer-beater, known in Connecticut as "The Shot", they would be eliminated on a buzzer-beater 2 days by Duke, losing in overtime 79–78. During the 1994-1995 campaign, the Huskies hosted Syracuse on ESPN. During an exciting stretch of the second half of that game, ESPN color commentator Dick Vitale claimed that Storrs, CT was the "basketball capital of the world" as both the men's and women's teams were having undefeated seasons so far; the Huskies beat Syracuse but got blown out by Kansas in Kansas City on CBS. UConn continued to rise as a national program throughout the 1990s, winning five more Big East Regular Season and three more Big East Tournament Championships, as well as reaching several regional finals; the Final Four still eluded the program until the 1999 NCAA Tournament. With Richard "Rip" Hamilton leading the way, they claimed the program's first national title that same year. Calhoun's teams would go on to win two more national championships during his tenure at UConn.
Calhoun was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005, announced his retirement in September 2012. After the breakup of the old Big East in 2013, UConn remained as a member of the American Athletic Conference, the legal successor to the original conference, it is therefore the only charter member of the original Big East still playing in that conference. Kevin Ollie was hired as UConn's men's basketball coach shortly after Calhoun's retirement. Ollie was a key player on those early 90's Husky teams. During his first season, the Huskies record was 20–10; that year the Huskies were banned from postseason play by the NCAA because of a low APR score in 2010. In Ollie's second season, the team made the NCAA tournament. On March 30, 2014, Ollie became the first UConn coach other than Jim Calhoun to lead the Huskies to a Final Four, they won the Men's NCAA tournament on April 7, 2014, defeating the University of Kentucky 60–54. His team was the first #7 seed to win the NCAA tournament. Ollie led Connecticut to the American Athletic Conference tournament championship and another NCAA tournament appearance in 2015–16.
The Huskies defeated Colorado 74–67 in the Second Round but were eliminated by the number one overall seed Kansas Jayhawks 73–61 in the th
Stephen F. Austin State University
Stephen F. Austin State University is a public university located in Nacogdoches, United States. Founded as a teachers' college in 1923 as a result of legislation authored by State Senator Wilfred Roy Cousins, Sr. the university was subsequently renamed after one of Texas's founding fathers, Stephen F. Austin, its campus resides on part of the homestead of Thomas Jefferson Rusk. Stephen F. Austin is one of four independent public universities in Texas. Stephen F. Austin State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor's, master's, doctoral degrees; the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks are members of the Southland Conference and compete in Division I for all varsity sports; the Lumberjacks football team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision. The Lumberjacks basketball team has made five appearances in the NCAA Division I Tournament, with two upset first-round wins in 2014 and 2016. Though the university is located in the rural East Texas college town of Nacogdoches, the vast majority of SFA students come from Greater Houston, the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex, other cities throughout Texas.
SFA has served students from 46 states outside Texas and 42 countries outside the United States. Stephen F. Austin offers more than 120 areas of study, including more than 80 undergraduate majors, nearly 60 graduate degrees, three doctoral programs. Stephen F. Austin offers classes through one independent school; the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture is nationally recognized, houses one of only two schools of forestry in the State of Texas. During the 2014–2015 academic year, there were 2,690 degrees awarded. Of those degrees, 2,108 were undergraduate, 558 were post-graduate, 24 were doctoral. In addition to the main campus, located on 430 acres, the university maintains a 642-acre agricultural research center for beef and swine production and an equine center. Since 2007, Stephen F. Austin has served as the headquarters of the Association for Business Communication, it is the home of the National Center for Pharmaceutical Crops, which in 2011 discovered a potential cancer-fighting agent from the extract of giant salvinia, one of the world's most notorious invasive species.
Nelson Rusche College of Business Gerald W. Schlief School of Accountancy James I. Perkins College of Education College of Fine Arts School of Art School of Music School of Theatre Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture College of Liberal and Applied Arts School of Social Work College of Sciences and Mathematics School of Nursing Richard and Lucille DeWitt School of Nursing School of Honors The Graduate School Alton W. Birdwell Paul Boynton Ralph W. Steen William R. Johnson Donald Bowen William J. Brophy Dan Angel Roland Smith Tito Guerrero Baker Pattillo Steve Westbrook, In tribute to the forestry industry, a major component of the area's economy, the men's athletic teams are called Lumberjacks, women's teams are known as Ladyjacks. All of SFA's athletic teams participate in the Southland Conference which hosts teams from the states of Texas and Arkansas. Stephen F. Austin's colors are White. Stephen F. Austin sports teams participate in NCAA Division I for football in the Southland Conference.
SFA's football team earned a berth into the FCS playoffs in 2009, the first for the university since 1995. The team earned a playoff berth in 2010, marking the first time in the program's history that the team had reached the playoffs in consecutive seasons; the 2010 season marked the first time that the school had won an outright conference championship since 1989. Stephen F. Austin's only bowl appearance was the 1973 Poultry Bowl, in which the team defeated Gardner–Webb 31–10; the men's basketball team reached its first NCAA tournament in 2009 after winning the Southland Conference regular season and tournament. They lost 59–44 to Syracuse University. In their second appearance in 2014, they upset Virginia Commonwealth in overtime, 77–75. In their third appearance in 2016, they upset 3rd seeded West Virginia 70–56. In the second round against 6th seeded Notre Dame they lost 77–76 on a buzzer beater by Notre Dame's Rex Pflueger; the annual Parent's Day is one of the largest student run programs on the campus of SFA.
Parents and family members of students visit the campus every fall for a day of activities and school spirit. Parents Day is sponsored by the Residence Hall Association in conjunction with the Housing and Residence Life Departments; the University's main rivals are Northwestern State University. SFA Rugby Fest is a popular event. Many schools in the region show up to play in this tournament; every year at Homecoming a bonfire is lit by members of Alpha Phi Omega and of the organization that has the most points earned in a series of competitions leading up to the Homecoming celebration. The bonfire is built by the members of Alpha Phi Omega. Preceding the lighting of the bonfire, a "Torchlight Parade" is held, where students walk through campus with lights to the Homecoming Pep Rally; the Student Activities Association distributes Homecom
Luke Harangody is an American professional basketball player for Divina Seguros Joventut of the Liga ACB. He completed his college career at the University of Notre Dame in 2010, he is the only men's player in the history of the Big East Conference to average 20 points and 10 rebounds per game in conference play for his career. He was the 2008 Big East Player of the Year, was named to the second team on the 2008 Associated Press All-America team, he is the first Notre Dame men's player to be a three-time first-team All-Big East selection, the first men's player to lead the conference in both scoring and rebounding in consecutive seasons. Harangody considered entering the 2009 NBA draft, but withdrew his name to return to Notre Dame for his senior season. Harangody ended his Notre Dame career as the only player to have over 1000 rebounds. Growing up in Schererville, Harangody, the son of a former Indiana University football player, had an intense sibling rivalry with his brother Ty, 20 months older and was one grade ahead of him in school.
The two began with basketball games on a mini-hoop in Harangody's room, which ended when they were kicked out for shaking the light fixtures. The games moved to a court that their father set up in the basement, from there to the backyard once they outgrew the basement, their father soon banned them from the backyard because their one-on-one games invariably ended in fistfights, but that only moved their rivalry to local parks. Bigger and stronger, Ty won most of their games. To beat him, I'd go all out, all the time." The brothers' athletic paths split. Ty followed in their father's footsteps as a football player earning a scholarship to IU as a tight end. Harangody opted for basketball. Harangody starred at Andrean High School in nearby Merrillville. In his last two high school seasons, he averaged over 20 points and 10 rebounds, was named as the top player in Northwest Indiana by at least one media outlet in each season, received All-State recognition in Indiana in both seasons. Despite Harangody's credentials, he had considerable doubts about his ability to play in the Big East, much of Notre Dame's recruitment consisted of convincing him he was good enough to play in the conference.
After a double-double against Butler in the second game of the season, Irish head coach Mike Brey considered adding Harangody to the starting lineup, but Harangody hesitated and Brey decided to wait until Big East play. Harangody would go on to start the team's final 16 games. Harangody went on to average 11.2 points and 6.2 rebounds that season, was named to the Big East All-Rookie first team. However, conditioning proved to be a problem for him that season, his conditioning caught up with him in the NCAA Tournament. He played only 17 minutes in Notre Dame's first-round loss to Winthrop, finished with 4 points and one rebound. About that game, he would remember that "It was hard to get up and down the court. I hit that wall and there was nothing I could do to get out of it. I never wanted to feel like that again." He had dinner with his parents shortly after the game, an event which his father remembered in an interview the following season: "On the spot, he says,'I've got to do something.' He rededicated himself from the minute they lost that game."
His rededication began with a change in diet. Harangody increased the intensity of his workout regimen, in both cardiovascular work and weight training; the work paid off in his sophomore season. Harangody took more of a leadership role on the team, notably berating several of the team's freshmen for giggling in the locker room after a January 19, 2008 loss to Georgetown. Harangody ended the season averaging 20.4 points and 10.6 rebounds, which made him the Big East's leading scorer and second-leading rebounder. In contrast to his early doubts about his ability to play in the Big East, he had better numbers in Big East play, with averages of 23.3 points and 11.3 rebounds, which led the conference in both categories. This made him one of only five players in the previous decade to average 22 points and 11 rebounds in conference play for a BCS conference team, his scoring and leadership led the Irish to a 14 -- 24 -- 7 regular season record. The Irish became the first team in Big East men's basketball history to go unbeaten at home in conference play in consecutive seasons.
Although the Irish lost in the first round of the Big East tournament to Marquette, Notre Dame earned their second straight NCAA Tournament bid as a #5 seed. The Irish went out in the second to Washington State. After the season, Harangody was named the conference Player of the Year, was named to the 1st Team All Big East squad, he was named to the Associated Press' All-America Second Team on March 31, 2008. Harangody never considered declaring for the 2008 NBA draft. With Harangody and fellow All-Big East first-teamer Kyle McAlarney leading an experienced team, the Irish were expected to make a deep run in the 2009 NCAA Tournament, with Dick Vitale naming the Irish #6 in his preseason rankings and Andy Ka
Tennessee Volunteers basketball
The Tennessee Volunteers men's basketball team is the collegiate men's basketball program for the University of Tennessee–Knoxville. The Volunteers compete in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Southeastern Conference; the Volunteers play their home games in Thompson–Boling Arena, on a court nicknamed "the Summitt", after former Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt. With a capacity of 21,678, Tennessee has ranked in the top fifteen in the nation in terms of attendance. Tennessee ranks third in the SEC in all-time wins. Many notable players have played collegiately at Tennessee—players such as Ernie Grunfeld, Bernard King, Dale Ellis, Allan Houston who all played in the NBA; the Volunteers are coached by Rick Barnes, hired on March 31, 2015 to replace Donnie Tyndall. In 1963, the University of Tennessee hired Ray Mears to become the head coach of the men's basketball program; the hiring of Mears, coming off a NCAA small college championship at Wittenberg University, ushered in the most sustained period of success in Tennessee men's basketball history.
In his first year, Mears's Volunteers improved from a 4–19 record in 1962 to 13–11, highlighted by two wins over the Kentucky Wildcats. Before Mears, Tennessee had only beaten the Wildcats twice in 39 meetings. Throughout his career, Mears gained notoriety throughout the SEC for being a thorn in the powerhouse Kentucky's side. In an era where Kentucky was coached by future College Basketball Hall of Fame members Adolph Rupp and Joe B. Hall, winning 75% of their games, Mears recorded a 15–15 record against the Wildcats. Led by A. W. Davis, the Volunteers finished second in the SEC in each of the next two seasons and recorded 20 wins in 1965, reaching that mark for the first time in 17 years; this success and the resultant growing fan support led to the university's decision to expand the 7,500-seat Amory-Fieldhouse to 12,700 seats. It was renamed Stokely Athletic Center to honor William B. Stokely, whose donation funded the renovation. In the expanded Stokely Center's inaugural season, the Volunteers captured the 1967 SEC championship and made the program's first NCAA Tournament appearance.
Dubbed the "Fearless Five," the 1967 team won road games against top conference teams Florida and Mississippi State. The win over Mississippi State, coming in double-overtime on a pair of Bill Justus free throws, secured Tennessee's first SEC championship in 24 years and is referred to by some as the greatest basketball game in Tennessee history. From 1968 to 1973, Mears kept Tennessee among the top teams of the SEC, winning a second SEC championship in 1972 and finishing second in every year except 1970. In 1974, Mears and his trusted assistant Stu Aberdeen were able to recruit New York City standout forward Ernie Grunfeld to Knoxville. In his freshman season, Grunfeld led the team in scoring, averaging 17.4 points per game, received first-team All-SEC honors. The following season, Grunfeld was joined by fellow New Yorker Bernard King. Known as "The Ernie and Bernie Show," King and Grunfeld led the Volunteers to a 61–20 record over three years and an SEC championship in 1977. During their three years together, Tennessee posted a 5–1 record against Kentucky.
The Volunteers reached the National Invitation Tournament in 1975 and the NCAA Tournament in 1976 and 1977. King was named first-team All-American and SEC Player of the Year in 1975 and 1976, shared the honor with Grunfeld in 1977, with both being named SEC Co-Player of the Year. Grunfeld graduated from Tennessee in 1977 and King chose to forgo his senior year to enter the NBA draft. King was drafted 7th overall to the New Jersey Nets and Grunfeld went 11th overall to the Milwaukee Bucks. Both illustrious NBA careers; the biggest impact of the "Ernie and Bernie" show was how it changed the national perception of the Tennessee basketball program. This "Double Trouble from Tennessee" was featured in the February 1976 edition of Sports Illustrated. In 2013, ESPN premiered a "30 for 30" documentary called "Bernie and Ernie" about the all-time great Volunteer basketball players. Following the exit of his two biggest stars, who long struggled with depression, was not able to coach the team in 1978. Under the watch of interim coach Cliff Wettig, the Volunteers struggled to an 11–16 record, Mears retired due to health reasons after the season.
Mears is remembered not only as the greatest coach in Tennessee men's basketball history, but as a great entertainer and marketer. From the beginning of his time at Tennessee, Mears employed marketing tactics to get fans to games—from his patented and provocative orange blazer, to his introduction of the Pride of the Southland Band to basketball games, to his entertaining pre-game warmups that compared to the Harlem Globetrotters for creativity. At the beginning of his tenure, Mears declared, "This is Big Orange Country," and this slogan has lived on long past his coaching years. Don DeVoe took over as head coach for the 1979 season. Despite the losing record in 1978, DeVoe inherited a roster centered on All-American center Reggie Johnson. DeVoe's 1979 Volunteers finished the regular season with a 21–12 record, beating Kentucky twice and earning a second-place finish in the SEC; the 1978 SEC Tournament was the first held in 27 years, the Volunteers reached the tournament finals, where they once again defeated Kentucky by a score of 75–69 to win their first SEC Tournament championship since 1943.
With the tournament championship win, the Volunteers were invited back to the NCAA Tournament, where they recorded the program's first NCAA Tournament win with a defeat of Eastern Kentucky. Tennessee was elimi