2010 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament
The 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament involved 65 schools playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball as a culmination of the 2009–10 basketball season. It began on March 16, 2010, concluded with the championship game on April 5 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, it was the first Final Four at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Final Four consisted of Duke, making their first appearance since 2004, West Virginia, who were making their second appearance and first since 1959, considered the host school and making their first appearance, Michigan State, the national runner-up from 2009 appearing in the Final Four for the sixth time under head coach Tom Izzo; when Duke and Butler played each other in the tournament final, it was the first title game between private universities in 25 years, the fifth such match-up in history. Duke defeated Butler 61–59 in the championship game as Gordon Hayward's last second desperation shot clanged off the rim.
It was Duke's first national championship since 2001 and fourth overall. Entering the tournament, the top four seeds were Kansas, Duke and Syracuse. Kansas entered the Tournament as the overall No. 1 seed but was defeated on opening weekend by Northern Iowa, the No. 9 seed in the Midwest region. Northern Iowa was one of four teams seeded lower than No. 8 to advance to the Sweet Sixteen, joining the East Region's No. 11 seed Washington and No. 12 seed Cornell and the South Region's No. 10 seed Saint Mary's. For the first time since 2006, a No. 14 seed advanced out of the First Round as Ohio defeated Georgetown. The No. 13 seed in the West Region, Murray State, defeated No. 4-seeded Vanderbilt, marking the second consecutive appearance for the Commodores where they lost as a No. 4 seed. Murray State nearly upset Butler in their next game, losing by two points. One of the more exciting games of the tournament was played at the West Regional in Salt Lake City, as No. 6 Xavier took No. 2 Kansas State to two overtimes before falling 101–96.
Jordan Crawford hit a three-pointer with seconds remaining in the first overtime period to force a second. A total of 65 teams were selected for the tournament. Thirty one of the teams earned automatic bids by winning their conference tournaments; the automatic bid of the Ivy League, which does not conduct a postseason tournament, went to Cornell, its regular season champion. The remaining 34 teams were granted at-large bids, which were extended by the NCAA Selection Committee. Two teams played an opening-round game, popularly called the play-in game; the 2010 game was played on March 16 at University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio, as it has been since its inception in 2001. All 64 teams were seeded 1 to 16 within their regions; the Selection Committee seeded the entire field from 1 to 65. UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero took over as chair of the Division I Men's Basketball Committee. Defending champion North Carolina did not qualify for the Tournament, while two schools made their first post-season appearance: Southern Conference champion Wofford and SWAC champion Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
Conference USA champion. The First and Second Round games were played at the following sites: March 18 / 20Dunkin' Donuts Center, Rhode Island New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana Ford Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma HP Pavilion at San Jose, San Jose, California March 19 / 21HSBC Arena, New York Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, Florida, Florida Bradley Center, Wisconsin Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, Washington The 2010 regional sites were: March 25 / 27East Regional, Carrier Dome, New York West Regional, EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah March 26 / 28Midwest Regional, Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri South Regional, Reliant Stadium, Texas Each regional winner advanced to the Final Four, held on April 3 and 5 in Indianapolis, Indiana at Lucas Oil Stadium, hosted by the Horizon League and Butler University, as per the NCAA's mandate that one Final Four is held every five years in the city that houses the NCAA's headquarters. With Butler's win in the West Regional final, this marked the first time since 1972 that the host city had a home team in the Final Four and the first time that a host school played in the Final Four since Louisville did so in 1959.
There was only one new arena in the 2010 tournament, as Salt Lake City's EnergySolutions Arena, the home of the NBA's Utah Jazz, hosted for the first time. All fourteen venues used in the 2010 tournament have hosted games since. Results to date * – Denotes overtime period All times in U. S. EDT. Winner advanced as 16th seed in South Duke; the biggest upset of the first day came in Providence, Rhode Island, where 14th-se
The Indiana Pacers are an American professional basketball team based in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Pacers compete in the National Basketball Association as a member club of the league's Eastern Conference Central Division; the Pacers were first established in 1967 as a member of the American Basketball Association and became a member of the NBA in 1976 as a result of the ABA–NBA merger. They play their home games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse; the team is named after Indiana's history with the Indianapolis 500's pace cars and with the harness racing industry. The Pacers have won three championships, all in the ABA; the Pacers were NBA Eastern Conference champions in 2000. The team has won nine division titles. Six Hall of Fame players – Reggie Miller, Chris Mullin, Alex English, Mel Daniels, Roger Brown, George McGinnis – played with the Pacers for multiple seasons. In early 1967, a group of six investors pooled their resources to purchase a franchise in the proposed American Basketball Association.
For their first seven years, they played in the Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum. In 1974, they moved to the plush new Market Square Arena in downtown Indianapolis, where they played for 25 years. Early in the Pacers' second season, former Indiana Hoosiers standout Bob "Slick" Leonard became the team's head coach, replacing Larry Staverman. Leonard turned the Pacers into a juggernaut, his teams were buoyed by the great play of superstars such as Mel Daniels, George McGinnis, Bob Netolicky, Rick Mount, Freddie Lewis and Roger Brown. The Pacers were – and ended – as the most successful team in ABA history, winning three ABA Championships in four years. In all, they appeared in the ABA Finals five times in the league's nine-year history, an ABA record; the Pacers were one of four ABA teams that joined the NBA in the ABA–NBA merger in 1976. For the 1976–77 season the Pacers were joined in the merged league by the Denver Nuggets, New York Nets, San Antonio Spurs; the league charged a $3.2 million entry fee for each former ABA team.
Since the NBA would only agree to accept four ABA teams in the ABA–NBA merger, the Pacers and the three other surviving ABA teams had to compensate the two remaining ABA franchises which were not a part of the merger, the Spirits of St. Louis and Kentucky Colonels; as a result of the merger, the four teams dealt with financial troubles. Additionally, the Pacers had some financial troubles which dated back to their waning days in the ABA; the new NBA teams were barred from sharing in national TV revenues for four years. The Pacers finished their inaugural NBA season with a record of 36–46. Billy Knight and Don Buse represented Indiana in the NBA All-Star Game. However, this was one of the few bright spots of the Pacers' first 13 years in the NBA. During this time, they had only two playoff appearances. A lack of continuity became the norm for most of the next decade, as they traded away Knight and Buse before the 1977–78 season started, they acquired Adrian Dantley in exchange for Knight, but Dantley was traded in December, while the Pacers' second-leading scorer, John Williamson, was dealt in January.
The early Pacers came out on the short end of two of the most one-sided trades in NBA history. In 1980, they traded Alex English to the Nuggets in order to reacquire former ABA star George McGinnis. McGinnis was long past his prime, contributed little during his two-year return. English, in contrast, went on to become one of the greatest scorers in NBA history; the next year, they traded a 1984 draft pick to the Portland Trail Blazers for center Tom Owens, who had played for the Pacers during their last ABA season. Owens played one year for the Pacers with little impact, was out of the league altogether a year later. In 1983–84, the Pacers finished with the worst record in the Eastern Conference, which would have given the Pacers the second overall pick in the draft—the pick that the Blazers used to select Sam Bowie while Michael Jordan was still available; as a result of the Owens trade, they were left as bystanders in the midst of one of the deepest drafts in NBA history—including such future stars as Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon, Sam Perkins, Charles Barkley, John Stockton.
Clark Kellogg was drafted by the Pacers in the 1982 and finished second in the Rookie of the Year voting, but the Pacers finished the 1982–83 season with their all-time worst record of 20–62, won only 26 games the following season. After winning 22 games in 1984–85 and 26 games in 1985–86, Jack Ramsay replaced George Irvine as coach and led the Pacers to a 41–41 record in 1986–87 and their second playoff appearance as an NBA team. Chuck Person, nicknamed "The Rifleman" for his renowned long-range shooting, led the team in scoring as a rookie and won NBA Rookie of the Year honors, their first playoff win in NBA franchise history was earned in Game 3 of their first-round, best-of-five series against the Atlanta Hawks, but it was their only victory in that series, as the Hawks defeated them in four games. Reggie Miller from UCLA was drafted by the Pacers in 1987, beginning his career as a backup to John Long. Many fans at the time disagreed with Miller's selection over Indiana Hoosiers' standout Steve Alford.
The Pacers missed the playoffs in 1987–88, drafted Rik Smits in the 1988 NBA draft, suffered through a disastrous 1988–89 season in which coach Jack Ramsay stepped down following an 0–7 start. Mel Daniels and George Irvine filled in on an interim basis before Dick Versace took over the 6–23 team on the way to a 28
Iowa is a state in the Midwestern United States, bordered by the Mississippi River to the east and the Missouri River and Big Sioux River to the west. It is bordered by six states. In colonial times, Iowa was a part of Spanish Louisiana. After the Louisiana Purchase, people laid the foundation for an agriculture-based economy in the heart of the Corn Belt. In the latter half of the 20th century, Iowa's agricultural economy made the transition to a diversified economy of advanced manufacturing, financial services, information technology and green energy production. Iowa is the 26th most extensive in land area and the 30th most populous of the 50 U. S states, its capital and largest city by population is Des Moines. Iowa has been listed as one of the safest states in, its nickname is the Hawkeye State. Iowa derives its name from the Ioway people, one of the many Native American tribes that occupied the state at the time of European exploration. Iowa is bordered by the Mississippi River on the east.
The southern border is the Des Moines River and a not-quite-straight line along 40 degrees 35 minutes north, as decided by the U. S. Supreme Court in Missouri v. Iowa after a standoff between Missouri and Iowa known as the Honey War. Iowa is the only state whose east and west borders are formed by rivers. Iowa has 99 counties; the state capital, Des Moines, is in Polk County. Iowa's bedrock geology increases in age from west to east. In northwest Iowa, Cretaceous bedrock can be 74 million years old. Iowa is not flat. Iowa can be divided into eight landforms based on glaciation, soils and river drainage. Loess hills lie along the western border of the state. Northeast Iowa along the Upper Mississippi River is part of the Driftless Area, consisting of steep hills and valleys which appear mountainous. Several natural lakes exist, most notably Spirit Lake, West Okoboji Lake, East Okoboji Lake in northwest Iowa. To the east lies Clear Lake. Man-made lakes include Lake Odessa, Saylorville Lake, Lake Red Rock, Coralville Lake, Lake MacBride, Rathbun Lake.
The state's northwest area has many remnants such as Barringer Slough. Iowa's natural vegetation is tallgrass prairie and savanna in upland areas, with dense forest and wetlands in flood plains and protected river valleys, pothole wetlands in northern prairie areas. Most of Iowa is used for agriculture; the Southern part of Iowa is categorised as the Central forest-grasslands transition ecoregion. The Northern, drier part of Iowa is categorised as the Central tall grasslands and is thus considered to be part of the Great Plains. There is a dearth of natural areas in Iowa; as of 2005 Iowa ranked 49th of U. S. states in public land holdings. Threatened or endangered animals in Iowa include the interior least tern, piping plover, Indiana bat, pallid sturgeon, the Iowa Pleistocene land snail, Higgins' eye pearly mussel, the Topeka shiner. Endangered or threatened plants include western prairie fringed orchid, eastern prairie fringed orchid, Mead's milkweed, prairie bush clover, northern wild monkshood.
There is little proof to suggest that the explosion in the number of high-density livestock facilities in Iowa has led to increased rural water contamination and a decline in air quality. In fact, covered manure storage in modern barns prevent that manure from washing away into surface water, as it does in open lots as snow melts and thunderstorms occur. Other factors negatively affecting Iowa's environment include the extensive use of older coal-fired power plants and pesticide runoff from crop production, diminishment of the Jordan Aquifer. Iowa has a humid continental climate throughout the state with extremes of both cold; the average annual temperature at Des Moines is 50 °F. Winters are harsh and snowfall is common. Spring ushers in the beginning of the severe weather season. Iowa averages about 50 days of thunderstorm activity per year; the 30 year annual average Tornadoes in Iowa is 47. In 2008, twelve people were killed by tornadoes in Iowa, making it the deadliest year since 1968 and the second most tornadoes in a year with 105, matching the total from 2001.
Iowa summers are known for heat and humidity, with daytime temperatures sometimes near 90 °F and exceeding 100 °F. Average winters in the state have been known to drop well below freezing dropping below −18 °F. Iowa's all-time hottest temperature of 118 °F was recorded at Keokuk on July 20, 1934. Iowa has a smooth gradient of var
The Associated Press is a U. S.-based not-for-profit news agency headquartered in New York City. Founded in 1846, it operates as a unincorporated association, its members are U. S. newspapers and broadcasters. Its Statement of News Values and Principles spells out its practices; the AP has earned 52 Pulitzer Prizes, including 31 for photography, since the award was established in 1917. The AP has counted the vote in U. S. elections since 1848, including national and local races down to the legislative level in all 50 states, along with key ballot measures. AP collects and verifies returns in every county, parish and town across the U. S. and declares winners in over 5,000 contests. The AP news report, distributed to its members and customers, is produced in English and Arabic. AP content is available on the agency's app, AP News. A 2017 study by NewsWhip revealed that AP content was more engaged with on Facebook than content from any individual English-language publisher; as of 2016, news collected by the AP was published and republished by more than 1,300 newspapers and broadcasters.
The AP operates 263 news bureaus in 106 countries. It operates the AP Radio Network, which provides newscasts twice hourly for broadcast and satellite radio and television stations. Many newspapers and broadcasters outside the United States are AP subscribers, paying a fee to use AP material without being contributing members of the cooperative; as part of their cooperative agreement with the AP, most member news organizations grant automatic permission for the AP to distribute their local news reports. The AP employs the "inverted pyramid" formula for writing which enables the news outlets to edit a story to fit its available publication area without losing the story's essentials. Cutbacks at rival United Press International in 1993 left the AP as the United States' primary news service, although UPI still produces and distributes stories and photos daily. Other English-language news services, such as the BBC, Reuters and the English-language service of Agence France-Presse, are based outside the United States.
The Associated Press was formed in May 1846 by five daily newspapers in New York City to share the cost of transmitting news of the Mexican–American War. The venture was organized by Moses Yale Beach, second publisher of The Sun, joined by the New York Herald, the New York Courier and Enquirer, The Journal of Commerce, the New York Evening Express; some historians believe. The New York Times became a member shortly after its founding in September 1851. Known as the New York Associated Press, the organization faced competition from the Western Associated Press, which criticized its monopolistic news gathering and price setting practices. An investigation completed in 1892 by Victor Lawson and publisher of the Chicago Daily News, revealed that several principals of the NYAP had entered into a secret agreement with United Press, a rival organization, to share NYAP news and the profits of reselling it; the revelations led to the demise of the NYAP and in December 1892, the Western Associated Press was incorporated in Illinois as The Associated Press.
A 1900 Illinois Supreme Court decision —that the AP was a public utility and operating in restraint of trade—resulted in AP's move from Chicago to New York City, where corporation laws were more favorable to cooperatives. When the AP was founded, news became a salable commodity; the invention of the rotary press allowed the New York Tribune in the 1870s to print 18,000 papers per hour. During the Civil War and Spanish–American War, there was a new incentive to print vivid, on-the-spot reporting. Melville Stone, who had founded the Chicago Daily News in 1875, served as AP General Manager from 1893 to 1921, he embraced the standards of accuracy and integrity. The cooperative grew under the leadership of Kent Cooper, who built up bureau staff in South America, Europe and, the Middle East, he introduced the "telegraph typewriter" or teletypewriter into newsrooms in 1914. In 1935, AP launched the Wirephoto network, which allowed transmission of news photographs over leased private telephone lines on the day they were taken.
This gave AP a major advantage over other news media outlets. While the first network was only between New York and San Francisco AP had its network across the whole United States. In 1945, the Supreme Court of the United States held in Associated Press v. United States that the AP had been violating the Sherman Antitrust Act by prohibiting member newspapers from selling or providing news to nonmember organizations as well as making it difficult for nonmember newspapers to join the AP; the decision facilitated the growth of its main rival United Press International, headed by Hugh Baillie from 1935 to 1955. AP entered the broadcast field in 1941. In 1994, it established a global video newsgathering agency. APTV merged with WorldWide Television News in 1998 to form APTN, which provides video to international broadcasters and websites. In 2004, AP moved its world headquarters from its longtime home at 50 Rockefeller Plaza to a huge building at 450 West 33rd Street in Manhattan—which houses the New York Daily News and the studios of New York's public television station, WNET.
In 2009, AP had more than 240 bureaus globally. Its mission—"to gather with economy and efficiency an accurate and impartial report of the news"—has not changed since its founding, but digital technology has made the distribution of the AP news report an interact
2010 NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans
An All-American team is an honorary sports team composed of the best amateur players of a specific season for each team position—who in turn are given the honorific "All-America" and referred to as "All-American athletes", or "All-Americans". Although the honorees do not compete together as a unit, the term is used in U. S. team sports to refer to players. Walter Camp selected the first All-America team in the early days of American football in 1889; the 2010 NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans are honorary lists that include All-American selections from the Associated Press, the United States Basketball Writers Association, the Sporting News, the National Association of Basketball Coaches for the 2009–10 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. All selectors choose at least a second 5-man team; the NABC and AP choose third teams, TSN chooses third and fifth teams, while AP lists honorable mention selections. The Consensus 2010 College Basketball All-American team is determined by aggregating the results of the four major All-American teams as determined by the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
Since United Press International was replaced by TSN in 1997, the four major selectors have been the aforementioned ones. AP has been a selector since 1948, NABC since 1957 and USBWA since 1960. To earn "consensus" status, a player must win honors based on a point system computed from the four different all-America teams; the point system consists of three points for first team, two points for second team and one point for third team. No honorable mention or fourth team or lower are used in the computation; the top five totals plus ties are first team and the next five plus ties are second team. According to this system, Sherron Collins, Wesley Johnson, Scottie Reynolds, Evan Turner and John Wall were first team selections and Cole Aldrich, James Anderson, DeMarcus Cousins, Luke Harangody, Jon Scheyer and Greivis Vasquez were second team selections. Although the aforementioned lists are used to determine consensus honors, there are numerous other All-American lists; the ten finalists for the John Wooden Award are described as Wooden All-Americans.
The ten finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award are described as Senior All-Americans. Other All-American lists include those determined by Fox Sports, Yahoo! Sports; the scholar-athletes selected by College Sports Information Directors of America are termed Academic All-Americans. The following players are recognized as the 2010 Consensus All-Americans. PG – Point guard SG – Shooting guard PF – Power forward SF – Small forward C – Center The table below details the selections for four major 2010 college basketball All-American teams; the number corresponding to the team designation appears in the table. The following columns are included in the table: Player – The name of the All-American School – Collegiate affiliation AP – Associated Press All-American Team USBWA – United States Basketball Writers Association All-American Team NABC – National Association of Basketball Coaches All-American Team TSN – Sporting News All-American Team CP - Points in the consensus scoring system Notes – Collegiate highlights AP Honorable Mention: On February 22, 2010, CoSIDA and ESPN The Magazine announced the 2010 Academic All-America team, with Cole Aldrich headlining the University Division as the men's college basketball Academic All-American of the Year.
The following is the 2009–10 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Men’s Basketball Team as selected by CoSIDA: The ten finalists for the John R. Wooden Award are called Wooden All-Americans; the 10 honorees are as follows: The ten finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award are called Senior All-Americans. The 10 honorees are as follows: All-American teams from Fox Sports and Yahoo! Sports
2009–10 NCAA Division I men's basketball season
The 2009–10 NCAA Division I men's basketball season began on November 9, 2009, ended with the 2010 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament's championship game on April 5, 2010, on the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The opening round occurred on Tuesday, March 16, 2010, followed by first and second rounds on Thursday through Sunday, March 18–21, 2010. Regional games were played on Thursday through Sunday, March 25–28, 2010, with the Final Four played on Saturday and Monday, April 3 and 5, 2010; the Duke Blue Devils and head coach Mike Krzyzewski won their fourth national championship, defeating upstart Butler 61–59 behind their "big three" of Jon Scheyer, Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith. The game was played in Butler's home town of Indianapolis. Krzyzewski became the third coach in NCAA history to win four championships, joining John Wooden and Adolph Rupp. Kentucky became the first college team to reach the 2000 win mark by defeating Drexel 88–44 on December 21. North Carolina became the second with a win over Miami on March 2.
Kansas became the third with a win over Texas Tech on March 11. Arkansas sophomore guard Rotnei Clarke set an SEC record by hitting 13 three-pointers in a game in the Razorbacks' November 13 season opener against Alcorn State. Clarke finished the game with 51 points. Clarke's 51 points was an Arkansas school record, while his 13 threes was good for fifth in NCAA history. Prior to the season the NCAA announced that Memphis would serve three years' probation and would vacate their record-setting 38-win 2007–08 season due to a fraudulent SAT score by star Derrick Rose and extra benefits given to Rose's brother under then-coach John Calipari. Memphis appealed the decision; the NCAA rejected the appeal during the NCAA Tournament. Binghamton University dismissed six players on September 25, following the arraignment of Emanuel "Tiki" Mayben on charges of cocaine distribution; the move left Binghamton with only seven scholarship players for the 2009–10 season and included the dismissal of star guard D.
J. Rivera. Coach Kevin Broadus was placed on administrative leave and assistant Mark Macon served as interim coach; the preseason AP All-American team was named on November 2. Luke Harangody of Notre Dame, Cole Aldrich and Sherron Collins of Kansas, Patrick Patterson of Kentucky and Kyle Singler of Duke were tabbed. Utah Valley gained full Division I status after a seven-year provisional period where they played a D1 schedule; this move was the first time that a school had moved to D1 directly from the NJCAA. Other schools to gain Division I status include Kennesaw State, NJIT and North Florida; the Great West Conference began league play in 2009–10 as the 32nd Division I conference. Notre Dame forward Luke Harangody surpassed both the 2000-point and 1000-rebound marks during the season, becoming the first Fighting Irish player to do so. Mercer guard James Florence, South Carolina guard Devan Downey, Maryland guard Greivis Vásquez, San Francisco forward Dior Lowhorn, Morgan State guard Reggie Holmes, Western Michigan guard David Kool, West Virginia forward Da'Sean Butler, Villanova guard Scottie Reynolds, Cornell forward Ryan Wittman and Duke guard Jon Scheyer surpassed the 2,000 point mark during the season.
Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim became the eighth Division I coach to win 800 games when the Orange defeated Albany 75–43 on November 9. Tom Penders became the eighth head coach in NCAA history to lead four different schools to the NCAA Tournament when he coached the Houston Cougars to the Conference USA tournament title. Penders had led Rhode Island and George Washington to NCAA tournament berths. In November, Evan Turner became the 34th player to record multiple triple doubles in a season. Over the course of the 2009–10 Big Ten season, he became the first player to finish in the top two in average points and assists in Big Ten Conference history. Along the way, he broke and rebroke Big Ten records for single-season and career Player of the week awards. On February 22, Cole Aldrich was named the men's college basketball Academic All-American of the year. On February 24, Mississippi State's Jarvis Varnado became the NCAA's all-time leading shot-blocker. On February 27, a contest between then-no. 4 Syracuse and then-no.
8 Villanova set the NCAA on-campus basketball attendance record, with 34,616 spectators packing the Carrier Dome. The Wildcats fell to the Orange, 95–77; the rise and fall of Texas. Ranked in the top three from the beginning of the season until mid-January, including two weeks at #1, they were considered national title contenders, but they fell out of the top 25 less than two months lost two starters to season-ending injuries, lost in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. On April 1, Deon Thompson of North Carolina appeared in the NIT Championship game, giving him 152 career game appearances; this set the NCAA all-time career games played mark held by Wayne Turner of Kentucky and Walter Hodge of Florida. Third-year coach Tommy Amaker leads Harvard to its most wins in school history behind the play of rare Harvard NBA player Jeremy Lin. Beginning in 2009–10, the following rules changes were implemented: The NCAA reduced the amount of time that college underclassmen can test the waters for the NBA Draft and still retain their college eligibility.
As of this season, players have until early May to decide to return. Secondary defenders must now establish their position outside of the zone between the backboard and the front of the rim to draw a charge. If a player is injured and unable to shoot his own foul shots, the replacement shooter must be chosen from the players on the court. Instant r
2010–11 NBA Development League season
The 2010–11 NBA Development League season is the tenth season of the NBA Development League. The NBA D-League is the official minor league basketball organization owned and run by the National Basketball Association; the league was formed in 2001 as the National Basketball Development League. The league adopted its current name in 2005 to reflect its close affiliation with the NBA. One expansion franchise, the Texas Legends, joined the 15 returning teams from the previous season; the season started with the 2010 NBA Development League Draft, held on November 1, 2010. Former NBA second-round draft pick Nick Fazekas was selected first overall by the Reno Bighorns; the regular season began on November 18, 2010, ended on April 4, 2011. The Iowa Energy had the best regular season record with 13 losses, they won the Eastern Conference, while the Reno Bighorns won the Western Conference with the second-best regular season record with 34 wins and 16 losses. The regular season set a new record on total attendance of 1,125,583, a 7.9% increase from the previous season.
The playoffs started on April 6, 2011. The first seed, the Iowa Energy, defeated the Utah Flash and the Tulsa 66ers in the first and second round consecutively; the defending champion Rio Grande Valley Vipers, seeded third, defeated the Bakersfield Jam and the Reno Bighorns in the first and second round respectively. The Energy and the Vipers face each other in the 2011 NBA D-League Finals, started on April 24, 2011; the Energy won the first game 123–106, while the Vipers won the second game 141–122 to the series. On April 29, 2011, the Energy won the decisive Game Three to win their first championship; the Texas Legends entered the D-League as an expansion franchise. The Legends was formed when an ownership group led by Donnie Nelson, the President of Basketball Operations and General Manager of the Dallas Mavericks, purchased the Colorado 14ers on June 18, 2009; the franchise relocated to Frisco and was renamed the Texas Legends. On March 1, 2010, the Albuquerque Thundebirds announced that they would move from the Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, New Mexico to the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.
The team was renamed the New Mexico Thunderbirds to reflect their new location and their statewide representation. On May 21, 2010, the Los Angeles D-Fenders announced; the franchise, owned by the Los Angeles Lakers, relocated to El Segundo and will return to play in the 2011–12 season. On July 6, 2010, the league announced the affiliation system for the season; the Austin Toros and the Tulsa 66ers, owned by the San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder continued their single-affiliation partnerships with their parent teams. The Houston Rockets continued their single-affiliation partnership with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers; the Texas Legends, owned by Dallas Mavericks' General Manager Donnie Nelson began a single-affiliation partnership with the Mavericks. The other 12 teams were affiliated with at least two NBA teams each. Due to several team changes above and other circumstances, some affiliation changes occurred; the Dallas Mavericks, affiliated with the Albuquerque Thunderbirds for the last two seasons, began a single-affiliation partnership with the Texas Legends.
The Orlando Magic, affiliated with the Reno Bighorns in the 2009–10 season, were announced as the new affiliate of the New Mexico Thunderbirds. The Golden State Warriors, affiliated with the Bakersfield Jam for the last four seasons, were announced as the new affiliate of the Reno Bighorns; the Los Angeles Lakers, who owned and was affiliated with the Los Angeles D-Fenders for the last four seasons, were announced as the new affiliate of the Bakersfield Jam. On November 5, 2009, the Frisco D-League Team, who became the Texas Legends, hired Basketball Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman as the franchise's first head coach, she became the first female to coach a men's professional basketball team. On June 2, 2010, the Idaho Stampede hired 2007 D-League Most Valuable Player and former Stampede player Randy Livingston as the team's head coach, replacing Bob MacKinnon, Jr. who resigned on May 6, 2010. On July 27, 2010, the New Mexico Thunderbirds promoted assistant coach and former Thunderbirds player Darvin Ham as the team's head coach, replacing John Coffino who resigned in April 2010.
On August 12, 2010, the Reno Bighorns hired former NBA head coach Eric Musselman as the team's head coach, replacing Jay Humphries who left the team after the 2009–10 season. On September 7, 2010, the Utah Flash promoted assistant coach Kevin Young as the team's head coach, replacing Brad Jones, hired as the head coach for the Austin Toros on September 28, 2010. On September 21, 2010, the Erie BayHawks hired former Irish national team head coach Jay Larranaga as the team's head coach, replacing John Treloar, hired as the Director of Player Personnel for the Phoenix Suns on September 21, 2010. On September 28, 2010, the Austin Toros hired former Utah Flash head coach Brad Jones as the team's head coach, replacing Quin Snyder, hired as the assistant coach for the Philadelphia 76ers on July 1, 2010. A On January 14, 2011, the Sioux Falls Skyforce fired head coach Tony Fritz. Assistant coach Duane Ticknor took over as the interim head coach for two games until former Skyforce head coach Morris McHone was hired on January 20, 2011.
An NBA D-League team roster consists of draftees, returning and tryout players. In addition, NBA teams can assign players who are on their first or second NBA season to their D-League affiliates; the roster must consist of 10 D-League players, but the maximum roster size is 12 players