UCLA Bruins men's basketball
The UCLA Bruins men's basketball program represents the University of California, Los Angeles in the sport of men's basketball as a member of the Pac-12 Conference. Established in 1919, the program has won a record 11 NCAA titles. Coach John Wooden led the Bruins to 10 national titles in 12 seasons, from 1964 to 1975, including seven straight from 1967 to 1973. UCLA went undefeated a record four times. Coach Jim Harrick led the team to another NCAA title in 1995. Former coach Ben Howland led UCLA to three consecutive Final Four appearances from 2006 to 2008; as a member of the AAWU, Pacific-8 and Pacific-10, UCLA set a NCAA Division I record with 13 consecutive regular season conference titles between 1967 and 1979 which stood until passed by Kansas in 2018. UCLA men's basketball has set several NCAA records. 11 NCAA titles 7 consecutive NCAA titles 13 NCAA title game appearances* 10 consecutive Final Four appearances 25 Final Four wins* 38 game NCAA Tournament winning streak 134 weeks ranked No. 1 in AP Top 25 Poll 221 consecutive weeks ranked in AP Top 25 Poll 54 consecutive winning seasons 88 game men's regular season winning streak 13 consecutive Div-I regular season conference titles ** 4 undefeated seasons * 1980 tournament final vacated by NCAA ** Surpassed by Kansas in 2018 In 1919, Fred Cozens became the first head coach of the UCLA basketball and football teams.
Cozens coached the basketball team for two seasons, finishing with an overall record of 21–4. Caddy Works was the head coach of the Bruins from 1921 to 1939. Works coached the team only during the evenings. According to UCLA player and future Olympian Frank Lubin, Works was "more of an honorary coach" with little basketball knowledge. Wilbur Johns was the UCLA basketball head coach from 1939 to 1948, guiding the Bruins to a 93-120 record. From 1948 to 1975, John Wooden, nicknamed the "Wizard of Westwood", served as UCLA's head coach, he won ten NCAA national championships in a 12-year period, including a run of seven in a row that shattered the previous record of only two consecutive titles. Within this period, his teams won a men's basketball-record 88 consecutive games. Prior to Wooden's arrival, UCLA had only won two conference championships in the previous 18 years. In his first season, Wooden guided a UCLA team that had finished with a 12–13 record the previous year to a 22–7 record—then the most wins in a season in program history—and the Pacific Coast Conference Southern Division championship.
In his second season, Wooden led the Bruins to a 24 -- the PCC championship. The Bruins would win the division title in each of the next two seasons and the conference title in the latter season. Up to that time, UCLA had won only two division titles since the PCC began divisional play, it had not won a conference title of any kind since winning the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in 1927. In 1955–56, Wooden guided the Bruins to their first undefeated PCC conference title and a 17-game winning streak that only came to an end in the 1956 NCAA Tournament at the hands of a University of San Francisco team that featured Bill Russell. However, UCLA was unable to maintain this level of performance over the immediate ensuing seasons, finding itself unable to return to the NCAA Tournament as the Pete Newell-coached California teams took control of the conference at the end of the decade. Hampering the fortunes of Wooden's team during that time period was a probation imposed on all UCLA sports in the aftermath of a scandal involving illegal payments made to players on the school's football team, along with USC, Cal and Stanford, resulting in the dismantling of the PCC conference.
By 1962 the probation was no longer in place and Wooden had returned the Bruins to the top of their conference. This time, they would take the next step, go on to unleash a run of dominance unparalleled in the history of college sports. A narrow loss due to a controversial foul call in the semifinal of the 1962 NCAA Tournament convinced Wooden that his Bruins were ready to contend for national championships. Two seasons the final piece of the puzzle fell into place when assistant coach Jerry Norman persuaded Wooden that the team's small-sized players and fast-paced offense would be complemented by the adoption of a zone press defense; the result was a dramatic increase in scoring, giving UCLA a powerhouse team led by Walt Hazzard and Gail Goodrich that went undefeated on its way to the school's first basketball national championship. Wooden's team repeated as national champions the following season before the squad fell in 1966 when it finished second in the conference to Oregon State. UCLA was ineligible to play in the NCAA tournament that year because in those days only conference champions went to the tournament.
However, the Bruins' incarnation returned with a vengeance in 1967 with the arrival of sophomore All-America and MVP Lew Alcindor. The team reclaimed not only the conference title but the national crown with an undefeated season. In January 1968, UCLA took its 47-game winning streak to the Astrodome in Houston, where Alcindor squared off against Elvin Hayes in the Game of the Century, the nation's first nationally televised regular season college basketball game. Houston upset UCLA 71-69 behind Hayes' 39 points. In a post-game interview, Wooden stated, "We have to start over." They did, went undefeated the rest of the year, avenging Houston 101-69 in the semi-final rematch of the NCAA tournament en route to the national championship. Hayes, who had bee
2006 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament
The 2006 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 2005–06 basketball season. It began on March 14, 2006, concluded on April 3 at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana. None of the Tournament's top seeds advanced to the Final Four, the first time since 1980 that this occurred. For the second time in history, a team seeded 11th advanced to the Final Four as George Mason of the Colonial Athletic Association won the Washington, D. C. region. They were joined by Atlanta region winner LSU, Oakland region winner UCLA, who had not made the Final Four since they won the National Championship in 1995, Minneapolis region winner Florida, who had not made the Final Four since their runner-up finish in 2000 in Indianapolis. Florida won its first-ever national basketball championship by defeating UCLA 73–57 in the final game. Florida's Joakim Noah was named the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Tournament.
George Mason's run was one of several upsets by lower-seeded teams in the tournament. For the second consecutive year, a No. 14 seed beat a No. 3 seed as Northwestern State defeated Iowa. No. 13 seed Bradley defeated No. 4 seed Kansas and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen by defeating No. 5-seeded Pittsburgh in the Second Round. Two No. 12 seeds won as well, as Montana and Texas A&M both won their respective First Round matchups. For the second straight year, Milwaukee won as this time as the No. 11-seeded Panthers defeated Oklahoma in the First Round. A total of 65 teams were selected to participate in the tournament. Of that total, 31 of the teams earned automatic bids by winning their conference tournaments. Penn earned an automatic bid by winning the regular-season title of the Ivy League, which did not conduct a conference tournament; the remaining 34 teams were granted "at-large" bids, which are extended by the NCAA Selection Committee. The initial game on March 14 named the Opening Round game, but popularly called the "play-in game", had Monmouth, winner of the Northeast Conference Tournament, facing Hampton, who won the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament, for a chance to play top seed Villanova in the First Round of the Tournament.
Monmouth defeated 71 -- 49, to advance to play Villanova. All teams were seeded from 1 to 16 within their regions; the Selection Committee seeded the entire field from 1 to 65. In a practice used since 2004, the ranking of the four top seeds against each other would determine the pairings in the Final Four; the top overall seed would be seeded to play the fourth overall seed in the national semifinals, should both teams advance that far. In 2006, these rankings were as follows: No. 1 Duke, No. 2 Connecticut, No. 3 Villanova, No. 4 Memphis. The first and second-round games were played at the following sites: March 16/18:Cox Arena, San Diego, California Greensboro Coliseum, North Carolina Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, Florida Jon M. Huntsman Center, Salt Lake City, Utah March 17/19:American Airlines Center, Texas The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan University of Dayton Arena, Ohio Wachovia Center, Pennsylvania The four regionals were named after the four host cities, a practice which began in 2004.
However, in 2007, the NCAA returned to naming regionals by their geographic location. The 2006 regionals were: March 23/25:Atlanta Regional, Georgia Dome, Georgia Oakland Regional, Oakland Arena, California March 24/26:Minneapolis Regional, Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minnesota Washington, D. C. Regional, Verizon Center, Washington, D. C; each regional winner advanced to the Final Four, held on April 1 and 3 at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, hosted by Butler University and the Horizon League. This was the fourth and final time the RCA Dome would host the Final Four before moving to Lucas Oil Stadium. For the first time, the tournament came to Jacksonville, playing games at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena; this marked fifth metropolitan area in the state of Florida to host games. The 2006 tournament marked the final tournament games held at the Huntsman Center and Oakland Arena. Tournament games have moved to downtown Salt Lake City and the Vivint Smart Home Arena since, to take advantage of more amenities there as opposed to the campus of the University of Utah.
As for Oakland, there are no games scheduled in the near future, with 2022 scheduled to host games at the new Chase Center in downtown San Francisco. As the Golden State Warriors will be moving to the Chase Center once it opens, it is unclear what will happen to the Oracle Arena once their primary tenant moves out. *Opening Round participants – Number of asterisks denotes number of overtimes. Winner advances to Minneapolis Regional vs. No. 1 Villanova. *Monmouth University won the Opening Round game. The America East, Atlantic Sun, Big South, Big West, Ivy, MAAC, MAC, MEAC, Ohio Valley, SoCon, SWAC, Mid-Continent, Sun Belt conferences all went 0–1; the columns R32, S16, E8, F4, CG stand for the Round of 32, Sweet Sixteen, Elite Eight, Final Four, Championship Game. Jim Nantz and Billy Packer – First & Second Round at Philadel
Illinois High School Association
The Illinois High School Association is a state high school association in the United States that regulates competition in most interscholastic sports and some interscholastic activities at the high school level. It is a charter member of the National Federation of State High School Associations; the IHSA regulates 14 sports for boys, 15 sports for girls, eight co-educational non-athletic activities. More than 760 public and private high schools in the state of Illinois are members of the IHSA; the Association's offices are in Illinois. In its over 100 years of existence, the IHSA has been at the center of many controversies; some of these controversies have had national resonance, or paralleled the struggles seen in other states across the country. Other controversies are more of a local focus; the Illinois High School Association is governed according to the rules of its constitution. This constitution covers the broadest policies of the Association, such as membership, governance and their duties, meeting requirements.
The IHSA is led by an eleven-member Board of Directors. All eleven members are high school principals from member schools. Seven of the ten are elected to three-year terms from seven geographic regions within the state of Illinois. Three other board members are elected at-large. A treasurer, who does not vote, is appointed by the Board; the Board of Directors employs an executive director and staff. They work with the Illinois General Assembly, the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois Principals Association, the Illinois Association of School Boards, the Illinois Association of School Administrators, the Illinois Athletic Directors Association and the North Central Association; the IHSA has a 35-member Legislative Commission, consisting of 21 high school principals, seven high school athletic directors elected from each of the seven state regions, seven at-large members. The commission reviews amendment proposals to the IHSA Constitution and By-laws, determines which are passed on to a vote of the member schools.
Each school receives one vote on any amendments, with voting taking place annually in December. Changes are passed by simple majority of member schools; the day-to-day running of the Association is charged to an administrative staff of nine, one of whom acts in the position of Executive Director. This group is directly responsible for setting up and running the individual state playoff series in each sport and activity, they supervise annual meetings with advisory committees from each sport and activity to review possible changes in the rules. They coordinate committees on issues from sportsmanship and sports medicine to media relations and corporate sponsorship. Subordinate to the Constitution and By-Laws are a number of policies; these policies are of greater interest to the public, as they more deal with issues that affect the day-to-day operation of sports and activities. Examples of policies include individual athlete eligibility, rules governing the addition of new sports and activities, the classification of schools, media relations.
The key policy, a cornerstone to the IHSA is its policy on grouping and seeding tournaments: 1. The State Series is designed to determine a State Champion; the State Series is not intended to advance the best teams in the state to the State Final. The IHSA is built upon the concept of geographic representation in its state playoff series; the IHSA was founded on December 1900, at a rump session of the Illinois Principals Association. Known as the Illinois High School Athletic Association for the first 40 years of its existence, the IHSA is the second oldest of the 52 state high school associations. Only the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association outdates it, by two years. For the greater part of a decade, the IHSA was concerned with establishing school control over interscholastic athletic programs and setting eligibility standards for competition. Ringers were a persistent problem, among schoolboy sports, football was a special concern. In this period, severe injuries and deaths were not uncommon, there was much talk of banning football completely.
In 1908, the IHSA's mission expanded in an unforeseen direction when its board was convinced by Lewis Omer of Oak Park and River Forest High School to sponsor a statewide basketball tournament. Although a handful of other state associations had sponsored track meets, none had attempted to organize a statewide basketball tournament; the first tournament, an 11-team invitational held at the Oak Park YMCA, was a financial success. Subsequent state tournaments, which were open to all member schools, provided the IHSA with fiscal independence, an important new vehicle to spread its message, ever-increasing name recognition among the public. By 1922, the affairs of the Association became so time-consuming that its board hired a full-time manager, C. W. Whitten; as vice president of the Board, Whitten had reorganized the basketball tournament and reduced the size of the state finals from 21 teams to four. About the same time, the IHSA became a charter member of the National Federation of State High School Associations.
In addition to his IHSA responsibilities, Whitten ran the business affairs of the NFHS, at first unofficially, after 1927 with the official title of general manager. From this dual stage and his assistant manager at the IHSA, H. V. Porter, exe
Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketball
The Gonzaga Bulldogs are an intercollegiate men's basketball program representing Gonzaga University. The school competes in the West Coast Conference in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association; the Gonzaga Bulldogs play home basketball games at the McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane, Washington on the university campus. Gonzaga has had 15 of its players receive the WCC Player of the Year award, two players, Frank Burgess in 1961 with 32.4 points per game, Adam Morrison in 2006 with 28.1 points per game, have led the nation in scoring. Adam Morrison was named the Co-National Player of the year for the 2005–06 season. Since the mid-1990s, Gonzaga has established itself as one of the closest things to a major basketball power in a mid-major conference, they have been to every NCAA Tournament since 1999, a year in which they made a Cinderella run to the Elite Eight, have appeared in every final AP poll since the 2008–09 season. They have appeared in all but one WCC conference title game since 1995, in every conference title game since 1998, winning 16 of them.
This culminated in 2016–17, when the Bulldogs went to their first Final Four in school history, advancing all the way to the national championship game. Gonzaga introduced a basketball program during the 1907–08 basketball season. During that season, they had no coach, but managed to achieve a record of 9–2. In the 1908/09 season, George Varnell became the first official coach for Gonzaga, earning a 10–2 record during his only season with Gonzaga. Varnell was replaced by William Mulligan the following season. Frank McKevitt took over for Mulligan during the 1910 -- 11 basketball season. From 1944 to 1994 the Bulldogs compiled a record of 628–531, earning regular season titles in 1965–66, 1966–67 and 1993–94. 1993–94 saw the team qualify for its first postseason tournament, the NIT. A year the 1994–95 team would make the school's first appearance into the NCAA tournament, under coach Dan Fitzgerald. In 1997, Gonzaga assistant coach Dan Monson, the son of veteran Oregon and Idaho basketball coach Don Monson, became head coach of Gonzaga as Dan Fitzgerald wanted to focus on his athletic director's duties.
During his first season, Monson led the Zags to a 24–10 record and a WCC regular-season title, not enough to land Gonzaga an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament. However, the Bulldogs would earn a bid into the 1998 National Invitation Tournament, where they beat Wyoming 69–55 in the first round before falling to Hawai'i 78–70 in the second round. During the 1998–99 season, the Bulldogs finished with a 28–7 record and the conference tournament championship, which gave Gonzaga a 10-seed into the 1999 NCAA Tournament. In what would be the tournament's "Cinderella" run and Gonzaga's "coming out party" the Zags beat seventh-seeded Minnesota 75–63 in the first round and followed it with an 82–74 win over second-seeded Stanford to advance to the regional semifinals; the Zags would go on to beat Florida 73–72 to advance to the regional finals after Casey Calvary tipped in the winning basket with four seconds remaining. They trailed eventual national champion UConn by one point with a minute remaining before losing 67–62 in the regional finals.
After Dan Monson took the head coaching position at Minnesota, assistant coach Mark Few was named the new head coach on July 26, 1999. In his inaugural season, Few led the Zags to a 26–9 record, highlighted by winning the WCC Tournament and advancing to the Sweet 16 of the 2000 NCAA Tournament with wins over Louisville and St. John's. In the 2000–01 season, the Bulldogs faced a tough schedule highlighted by games against Arizona, Washington and New Mexico. Despite starting the season 5–1, the Zags dropped four of their next five games. Gonzaga rebounded and finished the regular season 15–6 before winning their third consecutive WCC Tournament title; the win gave the Bulldogs an automatic bid into the 2001 NCAA Tournament, where they were given a 12-seed. In the first-round game against fifth-seeded Virginia, Casey Calvary put back a blocked shot with nine seconds left to give the Zags an 86–85 victory. Gonzaga would go on to beat 13th-seeded Indiana State 85–68 in the second round to advance to their third consecutive Sweet 16 appearance.
The Zags would go on to lose to defending national champion Michigan State 77–62 and finished the season with a 26–7 record. Before the 2001–02 season started, the Bulldogs were unanimously favored to win the WCC title in the 2001–02 WCC preseason coaches poll. Few led the Zags to a share of the WCC regular season title, as Pepperdine had a 13–1 conference record; the Bulldogs would avenge their only conference loss of the season by defeating Pepperdine 96–90 for their fourth straight WCC title. The win gave the Zags an automatic bid as a six-seed in the 2002 NCAA Tournament, where they would face 11th-seeded Wyoming. Despite beating the Cowboys in the 1998 National Invitation Tournament, they would end up losing 73–66, marking the first time the Zags lost in the first round of the tournament in the Mark Few era. In the 2002–03 season, Few led the Bulldogs to their fifth regular season title in six years with a 12–2 conference record. Despite this, Gonzaga lost to San Diego in the WCC Tournament championship game 72–63, marking the first time the Zags had lost in the championship game in four years.
Gonzaga garnered a nine-seed in the 2003 NCAA Tournament, where they beat Cincinnati 74–69 to advance to the second round of the tournament for the fourth time in five years. The Bulldogs would go on to lose to Arizona 96–95 in double overtime to finish 24–9; the 2003–04 season marked the first time that the team participated in the annual Battle
2015–16 Syracuse Orange men's basketball team
The 2015–16 Syracuse Orange men's basketball team represented Syracuse University during the 2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Orange were led by 40th-year head coach Jim Boeheim and played its home games at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York, they were third year members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Orange finished the season 9 -- 9 in ACC play to finish in a tie for 9th place, they lost to Pittsburgh in the second round of the ACC Tournament. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament as a #10 seed where they defeated Dayton, Middle Tennessee and Virginia to reach the Final Four for the sixth time in school history. At the Final Four, the Orange lost to North Carolina; the Orange finished the 2014–15 season with a record of 18–13, 9–9 to finish in 8th place in ACC play. Syracuse did not participate in the postseason due to a self-imposed a postseason ban as a response to an ongoing NCAA investigation into potential past infractions by the team. Syracuse University initiated the case, which includes academics, when it self-reported potential athletic department violations to the NCAA in 2007.
School officials said that none of the conduct occurred after 2012, no current student-athlete is involved. The ban included the NCAA tournament, ACC tournament and NIT
Providence Friars men's basketball
The Providence Friars men's basketball team represents Providence College in NCAA Division I competition, they are a founding member of the Big East Conference. They play their home games at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Rhode Island. Since 2011, the head coach is Ed Cooley; the Friars have made two Final Four appearances in the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, in 1973 and 1987. Four former players or coaches—Dave Gavitt, John Thompson, Rick Pitino, Lenny Wilkens—are enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. In addition, two-time NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament champion, current Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Billy Donovan, helped lead the Friars to the Final Four in 1987. Providence Friars basketball can be traced back to 1921, when the four-year-old school fielded its first basketball team on an informal basis; this first team only lasted two years and did not return until the 1926–27 season when Archie Golembeski, the school's football coach, led to the team to a win over St. John's before devoting his time to football the next year.
He was replaced by Al McClellan, who coached the team to four New England championships – 1929, 1930, 1932, 1935 – and had an overall winning percentage over.700. In 1938, McClellan left and was replaced by Ed Crotty, who led the team to a 15–5 record in 1942–43 before the team suspended play the next year after the outbreak of World War II. After the war, the NCAA divided its teams into two divisions, the University Division and the College Division. In 1949, Vin Cuddy was hired as the team's head coach, leading the team to a 14–9 record in his first season and qualified for the NAIB regional tournament in 1951, behind the school's first 1,000-point scorer, Jim Schlimm. By 1955, Cuddy's record fell to 9 -- 12. In 1959, Mullaney and the Friars defeated ranked Villanova on the road, leading to their first-ever National Invitational Tournament bid; the Friars reached the NIT Finals in 1960 with future hall-of-famer Lenny Wilkens being named MVP in his senior season before winning the tournament in 1961 behind Vin Ernst, John Egan,and Jim Hadnot.
Two years led by another future hall of famer, John Thompson, as well as future Boston Mayor Ray Flynn, the Friars won their second NIT title. With a 24–2 record in 1964–65, the number four ranked Friars reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament. In 1966–67, Jimmy Walker led the nation in scoring and became the school's first 2,000-point scorer as well as the first New England player selected first overall in the NBA draft; that season marked the last in Mullaney's run of nine consecutive 20-win seasons. Two years Mullaney was hired as the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA. Following Mullaney's departure, Dave Gavitt, an assistant under Mullaney who became head coach at Dartmouth, took over as the Friars' head coach in 1969. In his second year, Gavitt began a string of eight consecutive 20-win seasons. For the 1972–73 season, the team began playing in downtown Providence at the brand-new 12,000-seat arena, the Providence Civic Center; that season was the Friars' best to date.
The next year, the Friars posted a 28–4 record and made their second straight Sweet Sixteen appearance. The team continued its top-flight status with back-to-back 20-win seasons in 1976–77 and 1977–78, earning NCAA Tournament bids each year, one coming after defeating top-ranked Michigan in 1976. After a 10–16 season in 1978–79, Gavitt left Providence to become the first commissioner of the Providence-based Big East Conference, he finished his 10-year career at Providence with a 209–84 record. After spending the first six decades of their existence as an independent, the Friars joined the Big East in its inaugural season, 1979–80; the conference consisted of Providence, Boston College, Georgetown, St. John's, Seton Hall and Connecticut. New head coach Gary Walters led the team to an 11–16 record in 1979–80, was replaced by Mullaney in 1981, his next stint with the Friars would not be as successful, consisted of only one winning season against three losing. In 1985, New York Knicks assistant coach Rick Pitino was hired as the latest Friars head coach.
In his first season the Friars compiled a 17–14 record and made their first NIT appearance in a decade. The next year, 1986–87, the Friars posted a 25–9 record behind Billy Donovan and made their second-ever Final Four appearance in the 1987 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. After losing to Syracuse, Pitino left the school and re-joined the Knicks as their head coach in 1987; the Friars have not returned to the Final Four since Pitino's departure. In 1987–88, the Friars posted a losing record under new head coach Gordie Chiesa, replaced by Rick Barnes after the season. Behind Barnes and 2,000-point scorer Eric Murdock, the Friars made back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 1989 and 1990, as well as an NIT bid in 1991. Following Murdock's departure and a losing season in 1991–92, the team had an NIT semifinal appearance in 1993 and an NCAA tournament appearance in 1994, while capturing the school's first Big East Tournament title. Following back-to-back 20-win seasons, Barnes left to become the head coach at Clemson in 19
Eric "Hank" Gathers was an American college basketball player at Loyola Marymount University who collapsed and died during a game. He was the second player in NCAA Division I history to lead the nation in scoring and rebounding in the same season, he played at the University of Southern California, but transferred with teammate Bo Kimble to LMU after his freshman year. Gathers was born in Philadelphia, was listed as 6 feet 7 inches tall. Gathers played prep ball with Kimble at Dobbins Technical High School in Philadelphia with the pair leading the team to the Public League City championship in 1985. Both Gathers and Kimble were recruited to the University of Southern California by Head Coach Stan Morrison and his top assistant, David Spencer, they were joined by high school All-American, Tom Lewis, Rich Grande as the "Four Freshmen" star recruiting class. Following an 11–17 season coaching USC, Morrison and Spencer were fired after the 1985-86 season, despite winning the Pac-10 Conference the previous year.
It was reported that the players would not remain unless certain conditions were met, including having a say in the next coaching staff. USC hired George Raveling as the next head coach of the Trojans. Raveling gave the players a deadline to respond; when they did not respond, he revoked the scholarships of Gathers and Lewis. Raveling's controversial statement was, "You can't let the Indians run the reservation," he said. "You've got to be strong, too. Sometimes you have to tell them that they have to exit." Kimble and Gathers transferred together from USC to Loyola Marymount. Lewis transferred to Pepperdine. Grande remained at USC. Due to NCAA regulations and Kimble could not play in the season following their transfer, they helped lead the Lions to a 28–4 record in 1987–88. Gathers led the team that year in both scoring and rebounding, was named to the All-West Coast Conference first team, was awarded the WCC Tournament Most Valuable Player. In the 1988–89 season, Gathers became the second player in NCAA Division I history to lead the nation in scoring and rebounding in the same season, averaging 32.7 points and 13.7 rebounds per game.
He was named WCC Player of the Year and again won the WCC Tournament MVP. On December 30, 1988, he scored a career-high 49 points along with 26 rebounds in a 130–125 win over Nevada; as a senior in 1989–90, he was a candidate for player of the year and had been projected as an NBA lottery pick. Gathers' head coach while at LMU, Paul Westhead, had instituted an extraordinarily fast-paced game plan. On offense, the Lions took numerous three-point shots, shot the ball within 10 seconds of gaining possession, their defense was a full-court press designed to force their opponents into a frenzied up-and-down game. Gathers' teams led Division I in scoring in 1988, 1989, 1990. LMU's 122.4 point per game in 1990 is still a record as of April 2012. As of April 2012, Loyola Marymount held the five highest combined score games in Division I history. Four of the five occurred during Gathers' career, including a record 331 in the 181–150 win over United States International University on January 31, 1989. At 6'7" and 210 pounds, Gathers was Loyola Marymount's strongest inside player.
He had a high field goal percentage because he shot from beyond 10 feet. He used his power and quickness for follow-up scoring on fast breaks. "I don't care much about the points," said Gathers. "In fact, I should lead the nation in scoring because of my rebounding. Anybody can score 30 points a night, but rebounding is special because it comes from the heart." On December 9, 1989, Gathers collapsed at an LMU home game against UC Santa Barbara. He was found to have an abnormal heartbeat, was prescribed a beta blocker, Inderal. However, Gathers felt that the medication adversely affected his play, his dosage was cut back. After missing three games, he struggled with his play for weeks after returning, his play recovered in a nationally televised game against LSU on February 3, 1990, when he scored 48 points along with 13 rebounds while being guarded by future NBA first-round draft picks Stanley Roberts and Shaquille O'Neal in a 148–141 overtime loss. The Lions won seven of their next eight games, Gathers recorded a career-high 30 rebounds against Saint Mary's.
As the West Coast Conference Tournament neared, Gathers did not show up for repeated appointments to test if the reduced medication was still suppressing the arrhythmias. It was suspected. On Sunday, March 4, 1990, in Los Angeles, he collapsed again with 13:34 left in the first half of the WCC tournament semifinal game against the Portland Pilots, he had just scored a dunk on an alley-oop pass from point guard Terrell Lowery that put the Lions up 25–13. He collapsed two away from Pilots point guard Erik Spoelstra, he attempted to get up, telling the athletic trainers, "I don't want to lay down!" Shortly after, he stopped breathing. Gathers was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital at 6:55 PM PST, he was 23 years old. Minutes after Gathers was taken to the hospital, the WCC commissioner suspended the game indefinitely. ESPN broadcast graphic footage of Gathers' collapse on SportsCenter. Late that night, the WCC canceled the tournament and awarded Loyola the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament due to its WCC regular season title.
An autopsy found that he suffered from a h