Adolph Rupp Cup
The Adolph Rupp Cup is an award given annually since 2004 to the men's college basketball head coach in NCAA Division I competition "who best exemplifies excellence in his dedication to the game of basketball and to his student athletes." The award is named for former University of Kentucky head coach Adolph Rupp, who compiled an overall record of 876–190 with four recognized national championships and one NIT championship. Rupp coached Kentucky between 1930 and 1972, his winning percentage of 82.2% is still the NCAA record. The Rupp Cup is presented by the Commonwealth Athletic Club of Kentucky; the award's inaugural recipient was Phil Martelli of Saint Joseph's University, recognized as the Naismith National Coach of the Year that season. As of 2015, the most recent winner John Calipari is the only head coach to receive the Rupp Cup twice. Official website
NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament
The NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament known and branded as NCAA March Madness, is a single-elimination tournament played each spring in the United States featuring 68 college basketball teams from the Division I level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, to determine the national championship. The tournament was created in 1939 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches, was the idea of Ohio State coach Harold Olsen. Played during March, it has become one of the most famous annual sporting events in the United States; the tournament teams include champions from 32 Division I conferences, 36 teams which are awarded at-large berths. These "at-large" teams are chosen by an NCAA selection committee announced in a nationally televised event on the Sunday preceding the "First Four" play-in games held in Dayton and dubbed Selection Sunday; the 68 teams are divided into four regions and organized into a single-elimination "bracket", which pre-determines, when a team wins a game, which team it will face next.
Each team is "seeded", or ranked, within its region from 1 to 16. After the First Four, the tournament occurs during the course of three weekends, at pre-selected neutral sites across the United States. Teams, seeded by rank, proceed through a single-game elimination bracket beginning with a "first four" consisting of 8 low-seeded teams playing in 4 games for a position in the first round the Tuesday and Wednesday before the first round begins, a first round consisting of 64 teams playing in 32 games over the course of a week, the "Sweet Sixteen" and "Elite Eight" rounds the next week and weekend and – for the last weekend of the tournament – the "Final Four" round; the Final Four is played during the first weekend of April. These four teams, one from each region, compete in a preselected location for the national championship; the tournament has been at least televised since 1969. The games are broadcast by CBS, TBS, TNT, truTV under the trade-name NCAA March Madness. Since 2011, all games are available for viewing nationwide and internationally.
As television coverage has grown, so too has the tournament's popularity. Millions of Americans fill out a bracket, attempting to predict the outcome of 63 games of the tournament. With 11 national titles, UCLA has the record for the most NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championships; the University of Kentucky is second, with eight national titles. The University of North Carolina is third, with six national titles, Duke University and Indiana University are tied for fourth with five national titles; the University of Connecticut is sixth with four national titles. The University of Kansas & Villanova are tied for 7th with three national titles. Since 1985, when the tournament expanded to 64 teams, Duke has won five championships; the NCAA has changed the tournament format several times since its inception, most being an increase of the number of teams. This section describes the tournament as it has operated since 2011. A total of 68 teams qualify for the tournament played during April. Thirty-two teams earn automatic bids as their respective conference champions.
Of the 32 Division I "all-sports" conferences, all 32 hold championship tournaments to determine which team receives the automatic qualification. The Ivy League was the last Division I conference. If two or more Ivies shared a regular-season championship, a one-game playoff was used to decide the tournament participant. Since 2017, the league conducts their own postseason tournament; the remaining 36 tournament slots are granted to at-large bids, which are determined by the Selection Committee in a nationally televised event on the Sunday preceding the First Four play-in tournament and dubbed Selection Sunday by the media and fans, by a group of conference commissioners and school athletic directors who are appointed into service by the NCAA. The committee determines where all sixty-eight teams are seeded and placed in the bracket; the tournament is divided into four regions and each region has at least sixteen teams, but four additional teams are added per the decision of the Selection Committee.
The committee is charged with making each of the four regions as close as possible in overall quality of teams from wherever they come from. The names of the regions vary from year to year, are broadly geographic. From 1957 to 1984, the "Mideast" corresponding to the Southeastern region of the United States, designation was used. From 1985 to 1997, the Mideast region was known as "Southeast" and again changed to "South" starting from 1998; the selected names correspond to the location of the four cities hosting the regional finals. From 2004 to 2006, the regions were named after their host cities, e.g. the Phoenix Regional in 2004, the Chicago Regional in 2005, the Minneapolis Regional in 2006, but reverted to the traditional geographic designations beginning in 2007. For example, during 2012, the regions were named South, Midwest (St. Louis, Mis
Billy Clyde Gillispie known by his initials BCG and Billy Clyde, is an American college basketball coach who coaches men's basketball at Ranger College. Gillispie had been head coach at UTEP, Texas A&M, Texas Tech. After leading both UTEP and Texas A&M to postseason appearances one year after poor seasons, Gillispie became the only college basketball coach to be in charge of the National Collegiate Athletic Association program with the biggest turnaround in two consecutive seasons. Gillispie was known as an excellent recruiter who has managed to put together four straight top-25 recruiting classes. In his three seasons at Texas A&M, the Aggies achieved three consecutive 20-win seasons for the first time in the program's history. Gillispie was born November 7, 1959, in Abilene, the middle child and only boy among five children of Clyde, a cattle truck driver, Winifred Gillispie, he grew up in a town of 494 people located about 65 miles west of Fort Worth. As a child, Gillispie worked as a paperboy.
At Graford High School, Gillispie played point guard for the basketball team and was a standout athlete in his graduating class of 20 students. He attended Ranger College, playing basketball and baseball for them from 1978 to 1980, before transferring to Sam Houston State University to work as a student assistant for their basketball team under coach Bob Derryberry, a former classmate of Gillispie's father. Derryberry moved to Southwest Texas State University the following year, Gillispie accompanied him, spending three years as a graduate assistant. Gillispie received his degree in education from Southwest Texas State in 1983. Gillispie spent the next few years building a coaching resume, spending two years as an assistant high school basketball coach before becoming a head coach at Copperas Cove High School in 1987. From 1987 to 1993, Gillispie held three high school head coaching positions, he was nominated for Texas Association of Basketball Coaches high school coach of the year for his 1992–1993 season with Ellison High School in Killeen, which set school records for winning percentage and points scored and ended the season ranked 4th in the state.
After a year as an assistant coach at South Plains College, in 1994, Gillispie moved to Division I college basketball as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Baylor University under head coach Harry Miller. Miller and Gillispie had coached against each other in the same high school district as late as two years earlier, with Miller at Temple High School; the Baylor Bears' 1996 recruiting class was ranked as high as number six in the nation. After three years at Baylor, Gillispie moved to the University of Tulsa to be an assistant coach under Bill Self; when Self moved to the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, Gillispie followed, working as an assistant there for the next two years. During those two seasons, Fighting Illini won back-to-back Big Ten Conference titles for the first time in 50 years, advancing to the Elite Eight in the 2001 NCAA Tournament and to the Sweet 16 in the 2002 NCAA Tournament. With Gillispie's assistance, Illinois landed a top 10 recruiting class in 2002.
Through Gillispie's eight years as an assistant, he was a member of coaching staffs that won five conference championships in six years. As part of Bill Self's staff, he was a member of the only coaching staff in NCAA history to lead two different schools to the Elite Eight in successive seasons. Gillispie was hired as the head coach of the men's basketball team at the University of Texas at El Paso in 2002. In his first season as a head coach, the UTEP Miners finished a dismal 6–24. Despite the poor showing, Gillispie put his recruiting expertise to work so that his first recruiting class ranked in the top 25 in the country and included Filiberto Rivera, the 2003 National Junior College Player of the Year, Omar Thomas, the all-time leading scorer in junior college basketball. In the exhibition games preceding the 2003–04 season, Gillispie's UTEP Miners defeated the Harlem Globetrotters 89–88, after the Globetrotters had defeated many college teams including the then-defending national champion, Syracuse Orange.
It was the first defeat. Although the Miners were predicted to finish ninth in the Western Athletic Conference for the 2003–04 season, UTEP instead captured their first conference title in 12 years; the team received a bid to the 2004 NCAA Tournament. The 18-win improvement was the best in Division I basketball that season, one of the best in Division I history; as a result of their success, the Miners built a huge home following, ranking first in the NCAA in increased attendance. After his second season with the Miners, Gillispie was named Texas coach of the Year by the TABC and was a finalist for National Coach of the Year honors. After two years at UTEP, Gillispie was approached to interview for the head coach position at Texas A&M University, vacant after the forced resignation of Melvin Watkins, whose team had gone 7–21 and failed to win a Big 12 Conference game in the 2003–04 season. Athletic Director Bill Byrne needed to revitalize the program, which had only one winning season in the previous eleven years, desired a new head coach with the ability to "recruit the heck out of Texas".
Gillispie agreed to take the job only after he was sure that the predominantly football-focused school was committed to winning, becoming the first native Texan to be the head basketball coach at Texas A&M since J. B. Reid was hired in 1930. Gillispie asked for a budget large enough to allow them to play confidence-building non-conference schedules
Robert Edward Huggins, nicknamed "Huggy Bear," is an American college basketball coach. He is the head coach of the West Virginia Mountaineers men's basketball team. Huggins held the head coaching positions at Walsh College, the University of Akron, the University of Cincinnati and Kansas State University. On April 5, 2007, he accepted an offer to return to coach West Virginia University. After leading the Mountaineers to a Sweet 16 appearance, Huggins signed an 11-year contract with the university after the season ended. One of only ten coaches with 800 or more career victories, Huggins has been to 24 total NCAA tournaments, including 23 in the last 26 seasons, he has led his teams to nine Sweet Sixteen appearances, four Elite Eight appearances, two Final Four appearances. As of March 2018, Huggins has averaged 23 wins per season over the course of his career. Huggins, who had moved from Morgantown, West Virginia to Port Washington, with his family, played basketball for his father, Charles, at Indian Valley South High School.
As a senior, he helped lead his team to a 26–0 season. Huggins began college at Ohio University, he returned to his native West Virginia, after transferring out from Ohio University after his freshman season, playing point guard for the Mountaineers from 1975 until 1977 under head coach Joedy Gardner. His'career-high was 28 points against Virginia Tech, he averaged 13.2 points as a senior, he totaled 800 career points in his three collegiate seasons. Cut after a 1977 tryout with the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers, Huggins subsequently pursued a Master's degree in health administration at his alma mater, West Virginia University, he had graduated from WVU magna cum laude with a double major in education and physical therapy. Huggins began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at West Virginia under Gardner in 1977, he spent two years as an assistant to Eldon Miller at Ohio State University. Huggins was only 27 when he became a collegiate head coach at Walsh University in 1980. In three seasons at Walsh, he compiled a 71–26 record, twice earning NAIA District 22 Coach of the Year honors.
Huggins directed the Walsh 1982–83 team to a perfect 30–0 regular season mark and an eventual 34–1 mark. After serving as an assistant at University of Central Florida for the 1983–84 season, Huggins was named head coach of the University of Akron. Huggins compiled a 97–46 record and reached post-season play in three of his five seasons at Akron, including an NCAA bid in 1985–86 season. Cincinnati, while having a rich history, had fallen on hard times. Cincinnati appeared in 5 consecutive Final Fours from 1959 to 1963—and won the national championship in 1961 and 1962. By 1989, when Huggins was hired, the Bearcats had not earned a bid to the NCAA tournament since 1977. Worse, Cincinnati had only one winning conference record in those 12 previous seasons; the Bearcats were invited to the NIT his first two years and advanced all the way to the Final Four of the NCAA tournament in 1992, Huggins' third season as coach. Overall, Huggins compiled a 399–127 record in his 16 years at Cincinnati, making him the winningest basketball coach in the school's history.
Huggins directed Cincinnati to ten conference regular-season titles and eight league tournament titles. The Bearcats appeared in post-season play in each of Huggins' 16 seasons. Besides the aforementioned Final Four appearance in 1992, they advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament two other times, in 1993 and 1996. Huggins earned the Ray Meyer Award as the Conference USA Coach of the Year a record three times, was a unanimous choice for C-USA Coach of the Decade, he was selected national coach of the year by ESPN.com in 2001–02. His teams won five consecutive conference tournament titles—all four Great Midwest Conference titles from 1992 to 1995 and the first Conference USA Men's Basketball Tournament in 1996, he was named co-national coach of the year by The Sporting News and was Basketball Times' national coach of the year in 1997–98. He earned national coach of the year recognition from Hoop Scoop in 1991–92 and Playboy in 1992–93. During his tenure, Huggins coached three consensus All-Americans: Danny Fortson, Kenyon Martin and Steve Logan.
Huggins surprised some astute college basketball followers in 1997–98 by directing a team which had only one returning starter to a 27–6 record, the Conference USA regular season and tournament titles, a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament and a Top-10 finish in the polls. The team was upset in the Round of 32 by West Virginia in the NCAA tournament. Huggins' 2001–02 team, unranked when the season began, posted a 31–4 record, setting a school record for wins, made a clean sweep of the Conference USA regular season and tournament titles, was a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, where they lost in double overtime to No 8 seed UCLA in the second round. In 2002–03, Huggins suffered a major heart attack on the last Saturday of September, but was present for the team's first practice two weeks later. Not given the season's rocky start, the team qualified for the NCAA tournament only as an 8 seed, was ousted in the first round by Gonzaga. In the 2003–04, Huggins piloted the Bearcats to regular-season and tournament titles, an NCAA tournament berth while amassing a 25–7 record.
Despite a favorable draw—the team was sent to nearby Columbus for the first two rounds of the tournament—the Bearcats were mauled by the Illinois Fighting Illini in the second round, losing by 24 points. The 2004–05 Bearcats posted
Naismith College Coach of the Year
Naismith College Coach of the Year Award is an award given by the Atlanta Tipoff Club to one men's and one women's NCAA Division I collegiate coach each season since 1987. The award was given to the two winning coaches of the NCAA Division I basketball tournament for the first two years of its existence. List of coaches in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Naismith College Player of the Year James Naismith Naismith Trophy
Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball
The Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball program is the intercollegiate men's basketball program of the University of Kansas. The program is classified in the NCAA's Division I and the team competes in the Big 12 Conference. Kansas is considered one of the most prestigious college basketball programs in the country with 5 overall claimed National Championships, as well being a National Runner-Up six times and having the most conference titles in the nation. Kansas is the all-time consecutive conference titles record holder with 14 consecutive titles, a streak that ran from 2005 through 2018; the Jayhawks own the NCAA record for most consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances with an active streak of 30 consecutive appearances. Another notable active streak for the Jayhawks is they have been ranked in the AP poll for 200 consecutive polls, a streak that has stretched from of the poll released on February 3, 2009 poll through the poll released on March 11, 2019, the longest active streak in the nation.
That streak is 21 behind UCLA’s record run of 222 straight from 1966-1980. The Jayhawks' first coach was the inventor of the game of James Naismith. Naismith is the only coach in Kansas basketball history with a losing record; the Kansas basketball program has produced many notable professional players, including Clyde Lovellette, Wilt Chamberlain, Jo Jo White, Danny Manning, Raef LaFrentz, Paul Pierce, Nick Collison, Kirk Hinrich, Mario Chalmers, Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid. Politician Bob Dole played basketball at Kansas. Former players that have gone on to be coaches include Phog Allen, Adolph Rupp, Dean Smith, Dutch Lonborg, former assistants to go on to be notable coaches include John Calipari, Gregg Popovich, Bill Self. Mark Turgeon, Jerod Haase, Danny Manning are all former players and assistant coaches that became head coaches. Allen founded the National Association of Basketball Coaches and, with Lonborg, was an early proponent of the NCAA tournament. Four different Jayhawk head coaches are in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as coaches, Phog Allen, Larry Brown, Roy Williams, current head coach Bill Self.
Three different Division I basketball arenas have been named after former Kansas players, the Dean Smith Center named after Dean Smith at North Carolina, Rupp Arena named after Adolph Rupp at Kentucky, the Jayhawks own arena Allen Fieldhouse named after Phog Allen. In 2008, ESPN ranked Kansas second on a list of the most prestigious programs of the modern college basketball era. Kansas has the longest streak of consecutive NCAA tournament appearances of all-time, the longest current streak of consecutive NCAA winning seasons, the most winning seasons in Division I history, the most non-losing seasons in NCAA history, the most conference championships in Division I history, the most consecutive regular season conference titles in Division I, the most First Team All Americans in Division I history, the most First Team All American Selections in Division I history; as of the last complete season, the program ranks third in Division I all-time winning percentage and second in Division I all-time wins.
Since the opening of Allen Fieldhouse, the Jayhawks home arena, in 1955, the Jayhawks have earned a well established home court advantage. Allen Fieldhouse is considered one of the best home court advantages in college basketball; the Jayhawks have won over 70 percent of their games in Allen Fieldhouse, losing only a little over 100 games in its over 60-year history. Under current head coach Bill Self, the Jayhawks have had three home court winning streaks over 30 games and two streaks that have reached over 50 games; the Jayhawks have won 20 consecutive games at Allen Fieldhouse. In addition to Allen Fieldhouse, the Jayhawks will play games at the nearby Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri; these games, while technically a neutral site, are considered home games. Kansas ranks second all-time in NCAA Division I wins against 848 losses; this record includes a 750–109 mark at historic Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks are first in NCAA history with 97 winning seasons, tied for first in NCAA history with 100 non-losing seasons with Kentucky.
Kansas has the fewest head coaches of any program, around 100 years, yet has reached the Final Four under more head coaches than any other program in the nation. Every head coach at Kansas since the inception of the NCAA Tournament has led the program to the Final Four. Kansas has had four head coaches inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame, more than any other program in the nation. A perennial conference powerhouse, Kansas leads Division I all-time in regular season conference titles with 61 in 111 years of conference play through the 2016–17 regular season; the Jayhawks have won a record 18 conference titles and a record 11 conference tournament titles in the 21 years of the Big 12's existence. The program owns the best Big 12 records in both those areas with a 274–57 record in conference play and a 41–11 record in tournament play; the Jayhawks won their 2,000th game in school history when they defeated Texas Tech in the 2009–2010 season, joining the University of Kentucky and the University of North Carolina as the only schools to boast such an achievement at that time.
The men's basketball program began in 1898, following the arrival of Dr. James Naismith to the school, just six years after Naismith had written the sport's first official rules. Naismith was hired to be a chapel direc
Frank Martin (basketball)
Francisco José Martin is an American basketball coach and the current head coach for the University of South Carolina men's basketball team. Martin was head coach at Kansas State University for five seasons. Prior to that, he was an assistant coach at the collegiate level and head basketball coach at three high schools in Miami. Martin has led his teams to a total of five NCAA Tournaments as head coach and was named the Big 12 Conference Men's Basketball Coach of the Year in 2010, he won the Jim Phelan Award in 2017. Martin, who grew up in Miami, Florida, is the son of Cuban political exiles and the first American-born member of his family, he graduated with a bachelor's degree in physical education from Florida International University in 1993. One of the two jobs he held, he decided to become a full-time basketball coach in 1992 as a result of an incident in which he was subjected to gunfire, while on duty, from a group of men whom he had ejected for fighting. At the same time, he had begun his career in basketball as the head coach of the boys' junior varsity squad at Miami High School in 1985.
He served in that position for eight years until he was appointed to his first varsity coaching job at North Miami High School after he completed his studies at FIU in 1993. He returned to Miami Senior two years to head its varsity team. Under his watch, the Stingarees won three consecutive state championships from 1996 to 1998 with teams featuring future NBA players Udonis Haslem and Steve Blake; the last of those titles was vacated due to recruiting violations involving school employees and boosters who gave housing assistance to the players. Although he was never accused of any wrongdoing, Martin was dismissed in 1999, he next served as head coach at Booker T. Washington High School for one year. Martin joined the college ranks as an assistant coach/recruiting coordinator at Northeastern University from 2000 to 2004, he moved to the University of Cincinnati, serving one season each under Bob Huggins and Andy Kennedy. Martin followed Huggins to Kansas State, joining his staff on April 5, 2006.
On April 6, 2007 a year to the day after his arrival in Manhattan, Martin was named head coach of the Wildcats in the wake of Huggins' resignation. Martin's first season as head coach at Kansas State was marked by a number of noteworthy events; the 2007–2008 Wildcats, featuring star freshman Michael Beasley, were included in the preseason Top 25 for the first time since 1972. On January 19, 2008, Martin's Wildcats defeated then-No. 10 Texas A&M, giving the team its first win over a ranked team in nearly a year, its first victory over a Top 10 team since beating Texas in March 2004. On January 30, 2008, Martin led Kansas State to an 84–75 victory over then-No. 2 Kansas, marking the Wildcats' first home win over their in-state rival since 1983. Martin led Kansas State to its first berth in the NCAA Tournament since 1996. Martin was awarded the Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year by the conference on March 7, 2010; that month, he led the Wildcats to the Elite 8, their best tournament performance since 1988.
He was given a contract extension through the 2014-2015 season. His salary increased to $1.2 million, plus incentives, for 2010-11. The salary would increase by $100,000 a year for each subsequent year of the contract, topping out at $1.6 million in 2014-15. After Frank Haith left Miami to take the Missouri head coaching job in the spring of 2011, there were rumors that Martin and raised in Miami, might leave Kansas State to take the job; these rumors ended. On March 26, 2012, in a text message to ESPN, Martin confirmed he had accepted the head coach position at South Carolina. On March 27, 2012, Martin was introduced as South Carolina's head coach. Martin posted losing records in each of his first two seasons at South Carolina, including a combined conference mark of 9–27, his team's most notable victory in those two seasons was a 72–67 home win against #17 Kentucky on March 1, 2014. During the 2013–14 season, Martin issued a public apology to fans and players on January 21, 2014, after a verbal tirade during the team's loss to Ole Miss.
On March 6, 2014, USC Athletic Director Ray Tanner suspended Martin for the final game of the regular season for further "inappropriate verbal communication" with players. In Martin's third season at South Carolina, he recorded his first winning season at South Carolina with a 17–16 record; the team posted a 9–3 record in its non-conference season, concluding with a win over #9 Iowa State at the Brooklyn Hoops Showcase, followed this by finishing its SEC conference regular season with a 6–12 record posting a 2–1 mark in the SEC Tournament. The 2015–16 season continued the upward trend as his Gamecocks won 24 regular season games, including a 13–0 mark in non-conference games; the 11–7 mark in conference was good enough to tie for third in the SEC, but after losing to Georgia in the SEC Tournament, South Carolina accepted an NIT bid. The 2016-17 team broke through and earned a bid as a #7 seed to the 2017 NCAA Tournament, where they earned their first win in the event since 1973 with a 20-point victory over the #10 seed Marquette Golden Eagles, followed by a win over #2 seed Duke advancing to the program's first Sweet 16 in school history.
The Gamecocks beat Baylor to go onto the Elite 8 for the first time in school history. On Sunday, March 26, 2017, South Carolina defeated Florida in the East Regional Final to reach the school's first Final Four, they lost 77-73, ending their road to a national championship. Assistants under Martin that became NCAA head coaches