Davidson College is a private liberal arts college in Davidson, North Carolina with a historic 665-acre main campus and a 110-acre lake campus on Lake Norman. The college has graduated 23 Rhodes Scholars. Davidson annually enrolls about 1950 students from 40 countries. Of those students, nearly 80 percent study abroad and about 25 percent participate in 19 NCAA Division I sports. Students may choose from 26 majors and 17 interdisciplinary minors, as well as other interdisciplinary studies; the college is governed by an honor code and the majority of students, about 93 percent, live on campus for all four years. Princeton Review and U. S. News & World Report regard Davidson's admission process as "most selective". For the class of 2022, Davidson received 5,712 applications and accepted 1,104; the yield rate was 46.8%, 85% of accepted freshmen reporting rank were in the top 10% of their high school classes. The middle 50% range of SAT scores for admitted students was 640–720 for the new Evidence-Based Reading & Writing, 650–730 for Math, while the ACT Composite range was 29–33.
Caucasians represented 67.1% of the incoming class, 44.5% of enrolled freshmen were from the South. The 2019 annual ranking by U. S. News & World Report rates Davidson College as the 10th best among "National Liberal Arts Colleges" in America, 3rd in "Best Undergraduate Teaching" in the nation. For 2016, Davidson College was ranked 25th overall on Forbes' list of "America's Top Colleges," and 1st in the South. In 2018, Kiplinger's Personal Finance rated Davidson College as the #1 best college for value across all colleges and universities in America. An institution of higher learning of The Presbyterian Church USA, Davidson College was founded in 1837 by The Concord Presbytery after purchasing 469 acres of land from William Lee Davidson II, he was the son of Revolutionary War commander Brigadier General William Lee Davidson, for whom the college is named. Church records show a meeting on May 13, 1835, among subsequent meetings, by members of the Concord Presbytery making plans to purchase and perform initial construction on the land, with land payments starting Jan. 1 of the following year.
The first students graduated from Davidson in 1840 and received diplomas with the newly created college seal designed by Peter Stuart Ney, believed by some to be Napoleon's Marshal Ney. In the 1850s, Davidson overcame financial difficulty by instituting "The Scholarship Plan," a program that allowed Davidson hopefuls to purchase a scholarship for $100, which could be redeemed in exchange for full tuition to Davidson until the 1870s; the college's financial situation improved in 1856 with a $250,000 donation by Maxwell Chambers, making Davidson the wealthiest college south of Princeton. The Chambers Building was erected to commemorate this gift. On November 28, 1921, the Chambers Building was destroyed in a fire but was reconstructed eight years with funds provided by a generous gift from the Rockefeller family; the Chambers Building continues to be the primary academic building on campus. In 1923, the Gamma chapter in North Carolina of Phi Beta Kappa was established at Davidson. Over 1500 men and 500 women have been initiated into Davidson's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.
In 1924, James Duke formed the Duke Endowment, which has provided millions of dollars to the college, including a $15 million pledge in 2007 to assist with the elimination of student loans. On May 5, 1972, the trustees voted to allow women to enroll at Davidson as degree students for the first time. Women did not enjoy degree privileges; the first women to attend classes at Davidson were the five daughters of its president, the Rev. John Lycan Kirkpatrick; the first women were permitted to attend classes to increase the size of the student body during the American Civil War. However, art major Marianna "Missy" Woodward became the first woman to graduate from Davidson, she graduated in 1973 and was the only woman in a class of 217. In early 2005, the College's Board of Trustees voted in a 31–5 decision to allow 20% of the board to be non-Christian. John Belk, the former mayor of Charlotte and one of the heirs of Belk Department Store, resigned in protest after more than six decades of affiliation with the college.
Belk, continued his strong relationship with his alma mater and was honored in March 2006 at the Tenth Anniversary Celebration of the Belk Scholarship. In 2007, Davidson eliminated the need for students to take out loans to pay for their tuition. All demonstrated need is met through grants, student employment, parental contribution; the college claims to be the first liberal arts college in the United States to do this. Princeton Review and U. S. News & World Report regard Davidson's admission process as "most selective". For the class of 2022, Davidson received 5,712 applications and accepted 1,104; the yield rate was 46.8%, 85% of accepted freshmen reporting rank were in the top 10% of their high school classes. The middle 50% range of SAT scores for admitted students was 640–720 for the new Evidence-Based Reading & Writing, 650–730 for Math, while the ACT Composite range was 29–33. Caucasians represented 67.1% of the incoming class, 44.5% of enrolled freshmen were from the South. The 2019 annual ranking by U.
S. News & World Report rates Davidson College as the 10th best among "National Liberal Arts Colleges" in America, 3rd in "Best Undergraduate Teaching" in the nation. For 2016, Davidson College was ranked 25th overall on Forbes' list of "America's Top Colleges," and 1st in the South. In 2018, Kiplinger's Personal Finance rated Davidson College as the #1 best c
2015 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament
The 2015 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament involved 68 teams playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball. The 77th edition of the tournament began on March 17, 2015, concluded with the championship game on April 6 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Duke defeated Wisconsin in the championship game, 68–63. Tyus Jones of Duke was the tournament's Most Outstanding Player; the following are the sites selected to host each round of the 2015 tournament:First Four March 17 and 18 University of Dayton Arena, Ohio Second and Third Rounds March 19 and 21 Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, Florida KFC Yum! Center, Kentucky Consol Energy Center, Pennsylvania Moda Center, Oregon March 20 and 22 Time Warner Cable Arena, North Carolina Nationwide Arena, Ohio CenturyLink Center Omaha, Nebraska KeyArena, Washington Regional Semifinals and Finals March 26 and 28 Midwest Regional, Quicken Loans Arena, Ohio West Regional, Staples Center, Los Angeles March 27 and 29 East Regional, Carrier Dome, New York South Regional, NRG Stadium, Texas National Semifinals and Championship April 4 and 6 Lucas Oil Stadium, Indiana For the second time, Lucas Oil Stadium hosted the Final Four, marking the seventh time the NCAA's home city has hosted the tournament.
The 2015 tournament marked the first time since 2005 that no new venues were used, only the third time since 1950 that this has happened. As of 2018, this is the most recent tournament for Cleveland, Jacksonville, Seattle or Syracuse. Kentucky entered the tournament unbeaten. After 22 years without an unbeaten team in the tournament, following UNLV in 1991, this is the second consecutive tournament with an unbeaten team; the Wildcats, by beating Cincinnati in the third round, set an NCAA men's record with 36 straight wins to start a season. They would win two more before Wisconsin upset them in the Final Four. Defending national champion Connecticut did not qualify. Kansas extended its streak of consecutive tournament appearances to 26 in a row, they have made each NCAA Tournament dating back to 1990. Kansas would qualify again the next two seasons to set the record for consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances held by North Carolina. Atlantic Sun Conference champion North Florida, Big West Conference champion UC Irvine, Mid-American Conference champion Buffalo made their first respective appearances in the Division I tournament.
With both Buffalo and Albany winning their respective conferences and reaching the tournament, this is the first time two schools in the State University of New York system have reached the Division I tournament in the same year. Two teams broke appearance droughts of over 20 years with their bids: Colonial Athletic Association champion Northeastern made its first NCAA appearance since 1991, American champion Southern Methodist made its first NCAA appearance since 1993. Harvard and Yale played a one-game playoff at the Palestra. Harvard won in dramatic fashion. Dayton played a First Four game at their home arena, not allowed during the men's tournament; the NCAA selection committee indicated that putting Dayton in its home arena "falls within the context" of the committee's procedures. For the first time since 1995, two 14 seeds recorded wins in the Second Round. On March 19, Georgia State defeated UAB defeated Iowa State. Of the sixteen games played on March 19, five were decided by a single-day record.
For the first time since 2007 and the fourth time since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1985, all four 5 seeds won their Second Round games. This was the first time since 2007 that there were four 4 vs. 5 matchups in the Third Round. On March 20, all but one "chalk" team won their game, compared to the four upsets the previous day. Michigan State reached its seventh Final Four in the last 18 seasons—the best mark in the nation during that time span. For the first time since 2009, multiple 1 seeds reached the Final Four. For the first time since 2008, two 1 seeds reached the Championship, between Memphis. Wisconsin was in its first final since 1941, lost; the Wisconsin loss extended the Big Ten Conference's losing streak in National Championship games to six. As of 2015, Michigan State is the last Big Ten team to win a National Championship, having done so in 2000. Out of 333 eligible Division I teams, 68 participate in the tournament. Eighteen Division I teams were ineligible due to failing to meet APR requirements, self-imposed postseason bans, or reclassification from a lower division.
Of the 32 automatic bids, 31 were given to programs. The Ivy League does not hold a tournament, awards its bid to the team with the best regular-season record. However, whenever two or more teams are
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
Jacob Greer Cohen is an American-Israeli 6' 10 3⁄4" tall professional basketball player who plays for Maccabi Tel Aviv of the Israeli Premier League and EuroLeague. He represents the Israeli national team. Cohen played college basketball at Davidson College, with the Davidson Wildcats, from 2009 through 2013, he was a two-time Southern Conference Player of as both a junior and senior. He finished his college career in the top 10 all-time in the conference in career defensive rebounds, offensive rebounds, free throw percentage, free throws, blocks. Cohen is Jewish, was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, to David and Kate Cohen. Growing up he was a member of and attended Hebrew school at Temple Sholom in Broomall, where he had his Bar Mitzvah, his older brother, played football at Dartmouth College. He was raised in Pennsylvania. By seventh grade, he was 6' 1". While a high school student, he played for the Philadelphia Jewish Community Center team, which won a gold medal at the 2007 JCC Maccabi Games as he scored 33 points in the finals.
In high school, he played basketball at Conestoga High School in Tredyffrin Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. As a junior in 2008 he averaged 16 points and 12 rebounds per game, was named All-Central League, All-Chester County, Main Line Player of the Year; as a senior in 2009 he averaged 17.6 points, 11 rebounds, 5 blocked shots a game. He was named All-Main Line, Chester County Player of the Year, third-team Class AAAA All-State, Central League MVP, was a McDonald’s All-American nominee in 2009, he was a four-year Honor Roll student. Cohen, a 6' 10" power forward, came to Davidson College in the 2009–10 season, joined the starting lineup of the Wildcats, he became the first freshman to lead Davidson in scoring since All-American Stephen Curry, averaging 13.3 points per game. He was named Southern Conference Freshman of the Year; as a sophomore in the 2010–11 season, he averaged 12.2 points and 6.2 rebounds a game, ranked 2nd in the SoCon in blocked shots and 9th in rebounding and field-goal percentage, was named a first-team All-American by the Jewish Sports Review.
As a junior in the 2011–12 season, Cohen scored 14.3 points and grabbed 6.1 rebounds per game, led the Conference in free throws, blocked shots, blocked shots per game, was 2nd in free throw percentage, was named Southern Conference Player of the Year by the league's media. In an unusual move, Cohen's teammate De'Mon Brooks was named player of the year by the league's coaches; as a senior in the 2012–13 season, he averaged 14.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.6 blocks per game. He shot 39% from 3-point range, 50% from two-point range, 83% from the free throw line, had 128 free throws and 56 blocks, 1.6 blocked shots per game, 508 points. He was voted as SoCon Player of the Year by the media. Cohen ended his college career as Davidson's all-time leader in starts, he was 2nd in free-throws made, 6th in points, 7th in field-goals made, 8th in free-throw percentage, 9th in rebounds. He was 2nd all-time in the Southern Conference in defensive rebounds, 5th in offensive rebounds, 7th in free throw percentage and free throws, 8th in blocks.
Cohen went undrafted in the 2013 NBA draft. He was signed to the Phoenix Suns summer league team following the draft, played for it in July 2013, he signed a four-year contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv in July 2013. In the 2013–14 season, he played 10 games for Maccabi Tel Aviv, 14 games on loan for Maccabi Rishon Le Zion, he moved back to Maccabi Tel Aviv for the 2014–15 season. On August 18, 2015, Cohen signed an annual contract with Greek team Aris. On July 29, 2016, Cohen signed with Maccabi Ashdod for the 2016–17 season. On May 8, 2017, Cohen recorded a career-high 27 points, shooting 12-of-16 from the field, along with 6 rebounds and 6 assists in an 85–95 loss to Hapoel Gilboa Galil. In 32 games played during the 2016–17 season, Cohen averaged 13.2 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. On June 27, 2017, Cohen returned to Maccabi Tel Aviv for a second stint. Cohen helped Maccabi to win the 2017 Israeli League Cup. On June 14, 2018, Cohen recorded 18 points, shooting 7-of-9 from the field, along with 5 rebounds and 4 steals in the championship game against Hapoel Holon and helped Maccabi to win the 2018 Israeli League Championship after a 95–75 victory.
Cohen, granted Israeli citizenship on the basis of his being Jewish, represented Israel in the FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship Division B in Austria in 2010. He led the tournament in scoring at 20 ppg, led all players in the tournament with 87% free throw shooting, led all players in fouls drawn per game, was named to the all-tournament team, he was on the Team USA roster for the 2013 Maccabiah Games, but did not play because he instead was playing in the NBA summer league in an effort to be picked by an NBA team. Cohen is a member of the senior men's Israeli national basketball team, On November 24, 2017, he made his first appearance for the senior team at the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup qualification match against Estonia, recording 10 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season, he played in domestic competition, regional competition if a
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
2007 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament
The 2007 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament involved 65 teams playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball as a culmination of the 2006–07 basketball season. Team selections were announced on March 11, 2007, the tournament began on March 13, 2007, with the Opening round game and concluded with the championship game on April 2 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. Both of the finalists from the year before returned to the Final Four as Florida, who returned its entire starting lineup from the year before, UCLA advanced, they were joined in the Final Four by Ohio State, making its first appearance since their 1999 appearance, Georgetown, appearing for the first time since their national runner-up finish in 1985. Florida defeated Ohio State in the championship 84–75 to win their second consecutive championship; this marked the second time in 2007 that a Florida team beat an Ohio State team to win a national championship, as Florida's football team won the BCS National Championship Game over Ohio State in January.
Florida's Corey Brewer was named the Most Outstanding Player. Florida became the first team to repeat since Duke in 1992; as of 2017, the 2007 Gators are the last team to repeat as national champions. This tournament was significant. There were only 12 games in which a lower-seeded team defeated a higher-seeded team, eight of these "upsets" were by teams ranked only one seed lower than their opponent. No. 7-seed UNLV was the lowest-seeded team to make it to the Sweet Sixteen. This marked the second time since the tournament expanded to at least 64 teams that no team seeded No. 8 or lower played in the Sweet Sixteen. Southland Conference champion Texas A&M-Corpus Christi made their first NCAA appearance; this was the first Tournament since 2003 that regional sites were designated as "East", "West", "South", "Midwest", rather than by the names of the host cities. A total of 65 teams entered the tournament. Of that total, 30 of the teams earned automatic bids by winning their conference tournaments.
The automatic bid of the Ivy League, which did not conduct a post-season tournament, went to its regular season champion, Penn. The remaining 34 teams were granted "at-large" bids, which are extended by the NCAA Selection Committee; the initial game on March 13 named the Opening Round game, but popularly called the "play-in game", had Niagara, winner of the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament, facing Florida A&M, who won the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament, for a chance to play top seed Kansas in the First Round of the Tournament. Niagara defeated 77 -- 69, to advance to play Kansas. All teams are seeded 1 to 16 within their regionals, while the Selection Committee seeded the entire field from 1 to 65; the first and second-round games were played at the following sites: March 15/17HSBC Arena, New York ARCO Arena, California Rupp Arena, Kentucky Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Winston-Salem, North Carolina March 16/18United Center, Illinois Nationwide Arena, Ohio Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, Washington New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana The NCAA had resumed naming the regionals after geographic directions.
Regionals were named after their host cities from 2004 to 2006. The regional final sites were: March 22/24South Regional, San Antonio, Texas West Regional, HP Pavilion at San Jose, San Jose, California March 23/25East Regional, Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey Midwest Regional, Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri Each regional winner advanced to the Final Four at the Georgia Dome, Georgia, hosted by Georgia Tech; the semi-final games were held on March 31 and the final on April 2, 2007. This marked the second time the Final Four was held at the Georgia Dome, the third Final Four overall in Atlanta. There was only one new venue in the 2007 tournament. For the first time since Hurricane Katrina, the tournament returned to New Orleans, but for the first time since 1942 it was not at the Louisiana Superdome. Instead it was held at the New Orleans Arena, the Superdome's neighbor and home to the New Orleans Pelicans due to ongoing renovations at the Superdome following the damage inflicted by Katrina.
2007 marked the final appearances in the tournament of the Meadowlands Arena and the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. While it is possible for the LJVMC to host again, the Meadowlands Arena was closed in 2015 to public use, with games in the New York metropolitan area moving to the Barclays Center, the Prudential Center and Madison Square Garden in recent years. Team names are those listed on the NCAA's scoreboard for first round matchups. Only UCLA, UNLV, USC use abbreviations. Here are the top seeded teams in each regional and their overall seeds. Midwest Regional West Regional East Regional South Regional
Charles Grice "Lefty" Driesell is an American retired college basketball coach. He was the first coach to win more than 100 games at four different NCAA Division I schools, Driesell led the programs of Davidson College, the University of Maryland, James Madison University, Georgia State University, he earned a reputation as "the greatest program builder in the history of basketball." At the time of his retirement in 2003, he was the fourth-winningest NCAA Division I men's basketball college coach, with 21 seasons of 20 or more wins, 21 conference or conference tournament titles. Driesell played college basketball at Duke University. Driesell was born on December 25, 1931 in Norfolk, Virginia to Frank Driesell, a jeweler who had emigrated from Germany. In the fourth grade, Driesell received the nickname "Lefty" for his left handedness, he attended Granby High School and became a star on the basketball team. Driesell earned the city's most outstanding player trophy and All-State recognition while leading Granby to the Virginia State Basketball Championship.
He was named totaling 59 points in three games. After graduating high school in 1950 Driesell received a full scholarship to attend Duke University, where he played center on the basketball team under head coach Harold Bradley. Driesell graduated with a bachelor's degree in education in 1954. After college in 1954, Driesell took an office job with Ford Motor Company. Driesell found time to renew his playing career by joining the Virginia semi-pro ranks, where he once scored 59 points in a single game and earned a tryout with the Minneapolis Lakers of the National Basketball Association, he was given a chance to enter the coaching profession when his prep alma mater offered him its junior varsity position for both football and basketball. After convincing his wife he could offset a significant pay cut by selling World Book Encyclopedias part-time, he accepted the job and produced back-to-back unbeaten football teams and a city basketball champion in his first two years. Driesell was promoted to varsity basketball coach in 1957, going 15-5 before moving to traditional in-state basketball power Newport News High School.
There he inherited a team in the midst of a winning streak that he would build to a still-standing state record 57 straight. That unbeaten team won the Virginia Group I State Championship, besting his old Granby squad with four of his former starters, his combined varsity record at the two schools was 97-15. Driesell served as the head coach at Davidson from 1960 to 1969. During his tenure his teams won three Southern Conference tournaments and five regular season championships, earning him the Southern Conference Sportswriters Association Coach of the Year award four years running from 1963 to 1966. An excellent recruiter at each of his collegiate coaching stops, Driesell landed Dick Snyder, a first round selection by the St. Louis Hawks, he cinched his wooing of college prospect Don Davidson by telling him "I'll put your name on the front ". When legendary NC State head coach Everett Case attempted to lure Driesell with an assistant position offer Lefty replied, "Coach, I got a better team than you got.
Why would I do that?" Driesell was hired by the University of Maryland at College Park in 1969. During his introductory press conference, he made the bold statement that he wanted to make the school the "UCLA of the East" the nation's dominant college basketball program in the middle of a still unrivaled dynasty. While Driesell fell short of that overreaching goal, he was successful in leading the Terrapins to eight NCAA Tournament appearances, a National Invitation Tournament championship, two Atlantic Coast Conference regular season championships, one Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship. Maryland was ranked as high as No. 2 in the Associated Press rankings for four consecutive seasons from 1972 to 1976. and produced a number of All-Americans, including the Number 2 pick in the 1986 NBA draft, Len Bias. Driesell coached the Maryland Terrapins from 1969 to 1986. In 1974, he signed a can't miss prospect sure to dominate college basketball, 6' 10" center Moses Malone. Instead, Malone opted to join the ABA Utah Stars, becoming the first modern era player to proceed directly from high school into professional basketball.
Among other top names during Driesell's Maryland tenure are NBA stars Tom McMillen, Len Elmore, John Lucas, Albert King, Buck Williams and Len Bias. Bias was regarded by many at the time of his draft by the Boston Celtics as as great or greater than fellow ACC legend at rival University of North Carolina Michael Jordan emerging as an NBA sensation, he died tragically the night of his selection. At Maryland, Driesell began the now nationwide tradition of Midnight Madness. According to longstanding NCAA rules, college basketball teams were not permitted to begin practices until October 15. Driesell traditionally began the first practice with a requirement that his players run one mile in six minutes, but found that the players were too fatigued to practice immediately afterwards. At 12:03 a.m. on October 15, 1971, Driesell held a one-mile run at the track around Byrd Stadium, where a crowd of 1,000 fans had gathered after learning of the unorthodox practice session. The event soon became a tradition to build excitement for the basketball team's upcoming season.
Midnight Madness has been adopted by many national programs such as UNC, Kentucky, Michigan State and Duke. In 1972, Maryland defeated 100 -- 69 to secure the NIT championship. Driesell said that the season attained the three g