Bucknell Bison men's basketball
The Bucknell Bison men's basketball team represents Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania in NCAA Division I competition. The school's team plays home games in Sojka Pavilion. Bucknell began varsity intercollegiate competition in men's basketball in 1896; the Bison were retroactively recognized as the pre-NCAA Tournament national champion for the 1900–01 season by the Premo-Porretta Power Poll. Bucknell has appeared with three wins in total. In 2005, Bucknell defeated #3 seed Kansas in the first round as a #14 seed, in the biggest upset of the 2005 NCAA Tournament, they received the award for "Best Upset" at the 2005 ESPY Awards. The following year, they defeated the # 8 seeded Arkansas in the first round; the Bison have appeared in eight NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 2–8. From 2011–2015 the round of 64 was known as the Second Round The Bison have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament three times, their record is 1–3. *Accurate as of 9-2-2018 The Bison have retired two jersey numbers in program history, both in 2006.
Bucknell has had three players drafted into the National Basketball Association. Mike Muscala is the only current active Bison playing in the NBA. Official website
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
2007–08 NCAA Division I men's basketball season
The 2007–08 NCAA Division I men's basketball season began on November 5, 2007 ended with the 2008 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament's championship game on April 7, 2008, in the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Behind Mario Chalmers' clutch three-pointer at the end of regulation, the Kansas Jayhawks won an overtime battle against the Memphis Tigers to take their third NCAA tournament title, twenty years after Danny Manning led the Jayhawks to their last championship. Bill Self sheds the title of "best coach never to go to a Final Four" in dramatic fashion. For the first time since teams were seeded for the NCAA Tournament, all four number one seeds advanced to the Final Four. In February, Kelvin Sampson agreed to a buyout and was relieved of his duties as coach of Indiana University following a recruiting scandal concerning impermissible phone calls. Dan Dakich was named interim coach, but the damage had been done as the Hoosiers go 3–4 the rest of the season and bow out to Arkansas in a listless performance in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
After the season, IU hired Marquette coach Tom Crean to tackle the major rebuilding job ahead. Sophomore Stephen Curry put on a shooting display as the Davidson Wildcats upset Gonzaga and Wisconsin - narrowly succumbed to eventual champion Kansas 59–57 - to go to their first Elite Eight since 1969. Curry scored 40, 30, 33 and 25 points in the four games and was named the Midwest Region Most Outstanding Player. North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough and Kansas State's Michael Beasley engaged in a season-long battle for National player of the year honors. Hansbrough swept the POY awards, while Beasley won all Freshman of the Year awards and joined Hansbrough as a unanimous first-team All-American. Memphis flirted with being the first undefeated team since 1976, they started the season 26–0, but on February 23 cross-state rival Tennessee defeated the Tigers 66–62 on Memphis' home floor in a battle of the #1 and #2 teams. The Tigers finished the season 38 -- 2. However, all 38 wins were vacated by the NCAA in 2009, due to an invalid SAT score for star Derrick Rose.
After beating Memphis, Tennessee attained the #1 ranking for the first time in school history. They lost their next game at Vanderbilt; the preseason AP All-American team was named on November 5. Tyler Hansbrough of North Carolina was the leading vote-getter; the rest of the team included Roy Hibbert of Georgetown, Chris Lofton of Tennessee, Drew Neitzel of Michigan State and Darren Collison of UCLA. The Drake Bulldogs — picked in the preseason to finish ninth in the 10-team Missouri Valley Conference — had a dream season, starting 13–0, finishing 28–5 - and were ranked as high as #14 at one point during the season. Drake's charge was led by an unlikely hero — senior point guard Adam Emmenecker, a three-year walk-on who would go on to capture both the MVC's regular-season and tournament Most Valuable Player awards. On February 4, career coaching wins leader Bob Knight retired as head coach of Texas Tech, handing the reins to his son Pat. Knight would reappear as a studio host for ESPN in the postseason.
A severe storm ripped a hole in the Georgia Dome. After game delays and a venue change, the Georgia Bulldogs scored an unlikely championship run that included winning two games in one day. At Arizona, coach Lute Olson took an unexpected leave of absence just prior to the season's start. Kevin O'Neill, assistant coach and supposed Olson successor, was named interim coach. Olson announced he would return for 2008–09 and did not retain O'Neill on his staff as rumors of a disagreement between the two swirled; the first College Basketball Invitational was held, offering a post-season alternative to teams not selected for the NCAA Tournament or NIT. Tulsa defeats Bradley in a best of three series to take the inaugural title. Wake Forest head coach Skip Prosser died at 56 of an apparent heart attack the July before the season began. Assistant Dino Gaudio was named successor and led the Deacons through an emotional year punctuated by an upset of Duke. Lester Hudson of Tennessee-Martin recorded the first-ever quadruple-double in NCAA history.
Against Central Baptist College, Hudson scored 25 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, dished out 10 assists and recorded 10 steals in a 116–74 win. On January 23, Baylor beat Texas A&M 116–110 in five overtimes in the season's longest game. Houston's Rob McKiver scored 52 points in a game against Southern Mississippi to set the single-game scoring high for the season. Stephen Curry broke the NCAA record for three-pointers made in a season, connecting on 162; the previous record had been held by Butler's Darrin Fitzgerald set in 1987. Mike Krzyzewski, Eddie Sutton each won their 800th career games. North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough, Tennessee's Chris Lofton, Vanderbilt's Shan Foster, Virginia's Sean Singletary, Western Kentucky's Courtney Lee, Utah State's Jaycee Carroll, Colorado's Richard Roby, UNC Greensboro's Kyle Hines, High Point's Arizona Reid, Rider's Jason Thompson, Hofstra's Antoine Agudio, New Orleans' Bo McCalebb and VMI's Reggie Williams all eclipsed the career 2000-point mark during the season.
Effective this season, the Mid-Continent Conference changed its name to The Summit League. Presbyterian, Cal State Bakersfield, Florida Gulf Coast, South Carolina Upstate and North Carolina Central, all moved up to Division I competition. Conference realignments: IPFW, North Dakota State and South Dakota State began play in the Summit League, while UC Davis competed in the Big West Conference for the first time. All four programs were independent in 2006–07. Valparaiso began play in the Horizon League after leaving t
Jacksonville Dolphins men's basketball
The Jacksonville Dolphins men's basketball team represents Jacksonville University in men's college basketball. The Dolphins compete in the Atlantic Sun Conference, play their home games at the historic Swisher Gymnasium on the campus of Jacksonville University, they have appeared in five NCAA tournaments, most in 1986, were the national runners-up in 1970. Their current head coach is Tony Jasick. 1966–1976: Independent 1976–1998: Sun Belt Conference 1998–present: Atlantic Sun Conference The Dolphins have appeared in one NAIA Tournament. Their overall record is 0–1; the Dolphins have appeared in the NCAA tournament five times and were the national runner-up in 1970. Their overall tournament record is 4–5; the Dolphins have appeared in six National Invitation Tournaments. Their overall record is 6–7; the Dolphins have appeared in two CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. Their overall record is 1–2. Website
The Summit League, or The Summit, is an NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletic conference with its membership located in the Midwestern United States from Indiana and Illinois on the East of the Mississippi River to the Dakotas and Nebraska on the West, with additional members in the Western state of Colorado and the Southern state of Oklahoma. Dubbed the Association of Mid-Continent Universities in 1982, on June 1, 2007, the conference changed its name from the Mid-Continent Conference. League headquarters are in South Dakota. With the 2018 arrival of the University of North Dakota as the league's newest full member, the Summit has nine full members plus four associate members. A total of 31 schools have been full members, but the only charter member remaining in the league today is Western Illinois University. Notes The Summit League has 22 former members. - The then-Mid-Continent Conference did not sponsor women's sports until the 1992–93 school year. Cleveland State, UIC, Northern Illinois, Green Bay, Wright State were all members of the women's-only North Star Conference until the Mid-Con began sponsoring women's sports absorbing the NSC.
- As noted before, the Mid-Con did not sponsor women's sports until 1992–93. Before that time, Eastern Illinois had been a member of the Gateway Collegiate Athletic Conference, which began as a women's-only conference and added football in 1985; when the Gateway merged its women's side into the Missouri Valley Conference, EIU moved its women's sports into the Mid-Con, but kept its football team in the Gateway until it moved its entire athletic program into the Ohio Valley Conference in 1996. Notes The association was created on June 18, 1982 at the O'Hare Hilton Hotel in Chicago, Illinois as the Association of Mid-Continent Universities, which it was known as until 1989; the conference sponsored football from 1982 until 1984 at the Division I-AA level, current members North Dakota State, South Dakota, South Dakota State, Western Illinois plus future member North Dakota have FCS football programs. In the early 1990s, the conference saw its first changes. Southwest Missouri State departed for membership in the Missouri Valley Conference as the University of Akron and Northern Illinois University joined in 1990.
Wright State University joined in 1991 as Northern Iowa followed Southwest Missouri State to the MVC. Major changes came to the conference in 1992. First, Akron left for the Mid-American Conference and was replaced by another Ohio school, Youngstown State University. More the Mid-Continent added women's sports by absorbing the North Star Conference, a women's-only league whose final seven members had all been in the Mid-Continent. All of the final NSC members except for Akron moved their women's sports into the Mid-Continent. At the same time, Eastern Illinois and Western Illinois moved their women's sports into the Mid-Continent when their former women's sports home, the Gateway Conference, merged into the Missouri Valley Conference. A year the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee joined the Mid-Continent. In 1994, charter members Cleveland State University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay, as well as newer members Wisconsin–Milwaukee, Northern Illinois, Wright State left the conference to join the Midwestern Collegiate Conference, now known as the Horizon League.
In response, the Mid-Continent absorbed Central Connecticut State University, Chicago State University, the University at Buffalo, Troy State University, Northeastern Illinois University from the collapsed East Coast Conference. None of these institutions remain in the league. Missouri-Kansas City an independent joined the Mid-Continent Conference in 1994. Eastern Illinois moved to the Ohio Valley Conference in 1996. Troy State departed for the Trans America Athletic Conference while Central Connecticut went to the Northeast Conference in 1997. Buffalo joined the MAC in 1998 while Northeastern Illinois ceased intercollegiate athletics at that time. Oral Roberts University and Southern Utah University replaced the former pair while Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and Oakland University moved into the latter duo's spots a year later. Youngstown State switched to the Horizon League in 2001, was replaced by Centenary College in 2003. Chicago State University announced in the spring of 2006 that it would withdraw from the conference to compete as an independent starting in the 2006-07 school year.
Charter member Valparaiso University moved to the Horizon in 2007. At the Mid-Continent Conference annual Presidents Council meeting in 2006, conference expansion was discussed at length, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, North Dakota State, South Dakota State were approved for site visits. On August 30, 2006, IPFW accepted an invitation to join the Mid-Continent Conference as a full member starting July 1, 2007; the following day, North Dakota State and South Dakota State accepted invitations to join the conference. The Summit League continued its renewed expansion push with the admission of the University of South Dakota; the Coyotes began conference play in the 2011–12 academic year and become eligible for all championships the following season. Centenary College subsequently announced that it would leave the Summit League following the 2010–2011 campaign; the University of North Dakota had been rumored to have been courted by the Summit League, but controversy over the Fighting Sioux nickname in all likelihood prevented UND's admission
2006–07 NCAA Division I men's basketball season
The 2006–07 NCAA Division I men's basketball season began on November 7, 2006, progressed through the regular season and conference tournaments, concluded with the 2007 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament Championship Game on April 2, 2007 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. The Florida Gators defended their national championship with an 84–75 victory over the Ohio State Buckeyes; the Florida Gators defended their National Championship, becoming the first team in 15 years to win consecutive titles. The Gators became the first team to win both the NCAA football and basketball championships during the same academic year; the Gators' Lee Humphrey broke Bobby Hurley's NCAA tournament record for three-pointers. Humphrey hit 55 threes in 14 games over his career, it was the year of the freshman as Texas' Kevin Durant became the first freshman to be named National player of the year. Meanwhile, Ohio State's Greg Oden was an AP first-team All-American, as well as National defensive player of the year.
Texas Tech coach Bob Knight won his 880th game in a 70–68 win over New Mexico on January 1, 2006. The win moved Knight ahead of Dean Smith for the most career coaching wins in Division I history. Florida coach Billy Donovan made headlines as he accepted the Orlando Magic head coaching job, only to return to the Gators. Five Duquesne players were shot and injured at an altercation following a campus dance party on September 17, 2006. Coach Ron Everhart drew praise from the media and coaching community as he brought the team together after the tragedy. Two players broke the NCAA Division I career free throw percentage record, held by Villanova's Gary Buchanan since 2004. Blake Ahearn of Missouri State became the new record-holder, finishing his career with a 94.6%. Derek Raivio of Gonzaga finished second in Division I history at 92.7%. Alabama A&M's Mickell Gladness broke the NCAA single-game blocked shot record, swatting 16 shots in a February 24 game against Texas Southern; the previous record had been 14, held by four players.
The preseason AP All-American team was named on November 8. Tyler Hansbrough of North Carolina was the leading vote-getter; the rest of the team included Joakim Noah of Florida, Ronald Steele of Alabama, Glen Davis of LSU and Brandon Rush of Kansas. Wisconsin's Alando Tucker, Boston College's Jared Dudley, Nevada's Nick Fazekas, Albany's Jamar Wilson, Jackson State's Trey Johnson, San Diego State's Brandon Heath, Texas Tech's Jarius Jackson, Hofstra's Loren Stokes, Liberty's Larry Blair, Towson's Gary Neal all eclipsed the career 2000-point mark during the season. Oral Roberts had a pair of teammates – Caleb Green and Ken Tutt – both reach the career 2000-point milestone during the season. Jackson State's Trey Johnson had the highest single-game scoring output of the season, scoring 49 points in a game against UTEP on December 22, 2006. Winston-Salem State and NJIT moved up to Division I competition. Conference realignments: Chicago State moved out of the Mid-Continent Conference and became independent.
Florida Atlantic moved from the Atlantic Sun Conference to the Sun Belt Conference. Northern Colorado joined the Big Sky Conference after being independent. Central Arkansas and Texas A&M – Corpus Christi joined the Southland Conference. TAMU-CC had been independent while Central Arkansas moved up to division I. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Austin Carr, Dick Groat, Dick Barnett, Adolph Rupp, Lefty Driesell, Phog Allen, Guy Lewis, John McLendon, Norm Stewart and Vic Bubas were inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame. Beginning in 2006–2007, the following rules changes were implemented: Players can no longer call a time out while they are in the air; the top 25 from the AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Polls, November 6, 2006: These schools joined new conferences for the 2006–07 season. 30 conference seasons conclude with a single-elimination tournament. Traditionally, all conference schools are eligible, regardless of record. However, some conferences, most notably the Big East, do not invite the teams with the worst records.
The conference tournament winner receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. A school that wins the conference regular season title is guaranteed an NIT bid; the NCAA Tournament tipped off on March 13, 2007 with the opening round game in Dayton and concluded on April 2 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. A total of 65 teams entered the tournament. Thirty of the teams earned automatic bids by winning their conference tournaments; the automatic bid of the Ivy League, which does not conduct a post-season tournament, went to its regular season champion. The remaining 34 teams were granted "at-large" bids, which are extended by the NCAA Selection Committee; the Atlantic Coast Conference led the way with seven bids, while the Big East, Big Ten and Pac-10 each placed six teams in the field. Florida defended their title, beating Ohio State 84–75 in the final and becoming the first team since the 1991–92 Duke Blue Devils to repeat as champions. Florida swingman Corey Brewer was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, while guard Lee Humphrey broke the career NCAA Tournament record for three-pointers made.
After the NCAA Tournament field was announced, the National Invitation Tournament invited 32 teams to participate, reducing the field's size from 40. Eight teams were given automatic bids for winning their conference regular seasons, 24 other teams were invited; the field came from 18 conferences, with the Big East and Southeastern Conference tying for the most teams invited with four. For the first time since the NIT began seeding teams, all four No. 1 seeds reached the final four. John Beilein's
2008–09 NCAA Division I men's basketball season
The 2008–09 NCAA Division I men's basketball season began on November 10, 2008, ended with the 2009 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament's championship game on April 6, 2009, at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. The season saw six different teams achieve the AP #1 ranking during the year. Oklahoma sophomore Blake Griffin was the dominant individual performer, sweeping National Player of the Year honors; the season began with North Carolina becoming the first unanimous preseason #1 team, ended with the Tar Heels dominating the NCAA tournament en route to their fifth NCAA title. UNC won its six NCAA tournament games by double digits, by an average of 19.8 points per game. Junior Wayne Ellington was named Final Four Most Outstanding Player; the North Carolina Tar Heels became the first team in history to be the unanimous #1 team in the AP preseason poll. The ranking came based on UNC returning the majority of their Final Four squad from the year before, most notably Tyler Hansbrough, who became the first reigning National player of the year to return to school since Shaquille O'Neal in the 1991–92 season.
Blake Griffin was named the Associated Press, the John Wooden Award, the Naismith Award and the Sporting News player of the year for the 2008–2009 college basketball season. When combined with Sam Bradford's Heisman Trophy, Oklahoma became the first school to have a top winner in both basketball and football in the same year. Pittsburgh achieved the #1 ranking for the first time in school history on January 5, 2009. On December 18, Tyler Hansbrough passed Phil Ford to become North Carolina's all-time leading scorer. On February 28, Hansbrough broke Dickie Hemric's NCAA record for most free throws made in a career, and on March 19, Hansbrough passed J. J. Redick as the leading scorer in Atlantic Coast Conference history. Jodie Meeks of Kentucky scored 54 points against Tennessee on January 13, 2009. Meeks was 10–15 from 3-pt range; the output broke Kentucky's single-game scoring record, set by Hall of Famer Dan Issel 39 years before. 2009 marked the first time in history that three #1 seeds in the NCAA tournament came from the same conference – as Louisville and Connecticut of the Big East achieved the feat.
Two retired Hall of Fame coaches died during the season – UTEP's Don Haskins on September 7, 2008, California's Pete Newell on November 17, 2008. Newell's Bears won the NCAA championship in 1959, while Haskins' Miners won the title in 1966 in a historic win over Kentucky; the preseason AP All-American team was named on November 3. Tyler Hansbrough of North Carolina was the unanimous leading vote-getter; the rest of the team included Stephen Curry of Davidson, Luke Harangody of Notre Dame, Darren Collison of UCLA and Blake Griffin of Oklahoma. Kenny George of UNC Asheville, the tallest player in Division I and the nation's leader in FG% for 2007–08, had part of his right foot amputated before the start of the season, threatening to end his career; the New Jersey Institute of Technology broke a 51-game losing streak that stretched back to February 19, 2007, by defeating Bryant 61–51 on January 21. Travis and Chavis Holmes of VMI became the highest-scoring twins in NCAA Division I history. Ryan Toolson of Utah Valley had the highest single-game scoring mark of the season, netting 63 points in a 123–121 quadruple-overtime win over Chicago State on January 29, 2009.
Chicago State teammates David Holston and John Cantrell each scored over 40 points in the loss. On January 31, Texas's A. J. Abrams hit his 339th 3-point shot, breaking the previous Big 12 record of 338 held by Jeff Boschee of Kansas. In the same game, Kansas State's Denis Clemente tied his former teammate Michael Beasley's Big 12 single-game scoring record, netting 44 points in an 85–81 overtime win for the Wildcats. North Dakota State became the first men's team in Division I or its predecessors to reach the NCAA Tournament in its first year of postseason eligibility since 1972, when Southwestern Louisiana, now Louisiana-Lafayette, accomplished this feat; the Bison reached the "Big Dance" by defeating Oakland in the final of the 2009 Summit League tournament on March 10. Syracuse upset Connecticut, 127–117, in a six-overtime game in the Big East Conference Tournament Quarterfinals that started on March 12 and ended after midnight on March 13, it was the longest game in Big East history, second longest in NCAA Division I history, at 70 total playing minutes.
Davidson guard Stephen Curry, Boston College guard Tyrese Rice, Miami guard Jack McClinton, Florida State guard Toney Douglas, Temple guard Dionte Christmas, UAB guard Robert Vaden, Wyoming guard Brandon Ewing, Chicago State guard David Holston, UTEP guard Stefon Jackson, Central Florida guard Jermaine Taylor, North Dakota State guard Ben Woodside, VMI guard Chavis Holmes, East Tennessee State guard Courtney Pigram and Coppin State guard Tywain McKee each eclipsed the career 2000-point mark during the season. Arkansas State changed its nickname from the "Indians" to the "Red Wolves", effective this season. Bryant University and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville competed at the Division I level for the first time, while Houston Baptist returned to Division I play after a 20-year absence and Seattle after 28 years. Conference realignments: Gardner-Webb moved from the Atlantic Sun Conference to the Big South Conference, while Presbyterian competes in the Big South as well after playing as an independent in 2007–08.
Samford moved from the Ohio Valley Conference to the Southern Conference. Don Meyer passed Bob Knight as the winningest coach in NCAA history, breaking Knight's record of 902 victories. Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim led the Orange to 20 wins for the 31st time in a new record. Boeheim had been tie