Syracuse Orange men's basketball
The Syracuse Orange men's basketball program, known traditionally as the "Syracuse Orangemen", is an intercollegiate men's basketball team representing Syracuse University. The program is classified in the Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the team competes in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Syracuse is considered one of the most prestigious college basketball programs in the country with 3 overall claimed National Championships and 1 NCAA Tournament championship, as well being a National Runner-up 2 times and holding an active NCAA-record 49 consecutive winning seasons. Syracuse is ranked fifth in total victories among all NCAA Division I programs and seventh in all-time win percentage among programs with at least 50 years in Division I, with an all-time win-loss record of 2008–908† as of March 20, 2019; the Orange are sixth in NCAA Tournament appearances, seventh in NCAA Tournament victories, eighth in Final Four appearances. The Orange play their home games at the Carrier Dome.
The Dome is the largest arena in NCAA DI basketball with a maximum capacity of 35,446. Syracuse's home court total attendance has led the nation 25 times, its per-game season average attendance has been ranked first 14 times since the opening of the Carrier Dome in 1980; the most recent record-breaking game was against Duke in 2019 with the crowd of 35,642 people. The Carrier Dome is considered one of the best home court advantages in college basketball. In its 42nd year under current head coach Jim Boeheim, the team has compiled an all-time record 38 20-win seasons, including 10 Big East regular season championships, 5 Big East Tournament championships, 34 NCAA Tournament appearances, 3 appearances in the national title game. In 2015, after a lengthy investigation, the NCAA's Committee on Infractions ordered Syracuse to vacate 101 wins from five different seasons. However, the NCAA confirmed that sanctions did not include the removal of any banners. Therefore, Syracuse claims all of its NCAA Tournaments appearances and conference titles from those years.† - including 101 victories vacated by NCAA Syracuse fielded its first varsity basketball team in 1916–17.
The program rose to national prominence early in its history, being recognized by the Helms Athletic Foundation as national champions for 1918 and 1926. The program made National Invitation Tournament appearances in 1946 and 1950, won the 1951 National Campus Tournament, made its first NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament appearance in 1957. Notable early era players included Hall of Famer Vic Hanson and racial pioneer Wilmeth Sidat-Singh; the modern era of Syracuse basketball began with the arrival of future Hall of Famer Dave Bing. As a sophomore in 1964, Bing led the team to an NIT appearance and as a senior in 1966, he led the team to its second NCAA Tournament appearance, where it reached the regional final. Bing's backcourt partner on these teams was future Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim. Syracuse remained competitive after Bing's departure, with NIT appearances in 1967, 1971, 1972. Under coach Roy Danforth, in 1973, the team began a string of consecutive NCAA appearances highlighted by a Final Four appearance in 1975.
The 1975 squad featured guard Jim Lee and forward Rudy Hackett and was affectionately known as "Roy's Runts." Following the 1976 season, Danforth was hired away by Tulane University and the University turned to young assistant Jim Boeheim to assume the helm. Boeheim extended the string of NCAA appearances to nine, with bids in each of his first four seasons, a period in which his teams won 100 games; these teams featured star forward Louis Orr and center Roosevelt Bouie, were sometimes referred to as the "Louie and Bouie Show." Syracuse was a founding member of the Big East Conference in 1979, along with Georgetown University, St. John's University and Providence College. Syracuse and Georgetown were each ranked in the top ten in 1980, a new and major rivalry blossomed when Georgetown snapped Syracuse's 57-game home winning streak in the final men's basketball game played at Manley Field House. Over the next ten seasons, these two schools met eight times in the Big East Tournament, four times in the finals, met numerous times on national television during the regular season.
Syracuse was passed over by the NCAA Tournament. The team, featuring Danny Schayes and Leo Rautins, finished runner-up in the NIT; the team returned to the NIT in 1982, before beginning another extended streak of NCAA appearances in 1983. In 1983, heralded high school phenomenon Dwayne "Pearl" Washington joined the team, led the school to NCAA appearances in 1984, 1985, 1986, before leaving school early for the NBA Draft. Washington grew up in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, New York, where he acquired his nickname as an eight-year-old in a taunting comparison to Earl "the Pearl" Monroe, he was a playground phenomenon from Boys and Girls High School in Brooklyn, was rated as the number one overall high school player in the United States 1983. He brought his flashy play to the Carrier Dome. "The Pearl" was the master of the "cross-over" moves. It is believed that Pearl Washington brought Syracuse basketball to national prominence and helped usher the Big East into the national spotlight in the mid-1980s.
In the Carrier Dome's first three years, Syracuse's highest attendance mark was a mere 20,401 in the 1982-83. In 1983, Pearl's freshman year, Syracuse's attendance increased to 22,380 per game; as as sophomore, Syracuse led the nation in attendance for the first time in school history. Syracuse would be the NCAA's attendance leader for the next ten years. By the time Washington was a
Miami Hurricanes men's basketball
The Miami Hurricanes men's basketball team represents the University of Miami in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The team began play in 1926, but was dropped by the University of Miami in 1971. In 1985, fourteen years the Hurricanes resumed play and joined the Big East Conference in 1991, winning the Big East regular season title in 2000. In 2004, in conjunction with the rest of the Miami athletic program, the team moved to the ACC. In 2012–2013, the team won its first regular season ACC championship as well as its first ACC tournament championship; the team has reached the NCAA Championship's "Sweet 16" three times. In the 2014–2015 season, they reached the final of the National Invitation Tournament; the Hurricanes play their home games at the Watsco Center. The Hurricanes have appeared in the NCAA Tournament 10 times, their combined record is 8–10. The Hurricanes have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament 11 times, their combined record is 9–11. Note: Honored Players are those former players who have had their jerseys retired to the Watsco Center rafters.
2013 – Shane Larkin, Lute Olson National Player of the Year 1960 – Dick Hickox, AP Second Team 1965 – Rick Barry, Consensus First Team 1970 – Don Curnutt, Helms Second Team 1999 – Tim James, AP Third Team 2013 – Shane Larkin, AP, NABC Second Team, Sporting News Third Team, John Wooden All-American, Bob Cousy Award Finalist, John R. Wooden Award Finalist 2013 – Shane Larkin First Team All-ACC: Jack McClinton, 2008, 2009 Shane Larkin, 2013Second Team All-ACC: Guillermo Diaz, 2005, 2006 Kenny Kadji, 2013 Sheldon McClellan, 2016Third Team All-ACC: Robert Hite, 2006 Jack McClinton, 2007 Malcolm Grant, 2011 Kenny Kadji, 2012 Rion Brown, 2014 Tonye Jekiri, 2016ACC All-Rookie Team: Durand Scott, 2010 Shane Larkin, 2012ACC All-Defensive Team: Anthony King, 2005 Shane Larkin, 2013 Durand Scott, 2013 Tonye Jekiri, 2015 Tonye Jekiri, 2016ACC All-Tournament Team: Shane Larkin, 2013 Durand Scott, 2013 Julian Gamble, 2013 Trey McKinney-Jones, 2013 1999 – Tim James First Team All-Big East: Tim James, 1998, 1999 Johnny Hemsley, 1999Second Team All-Big East: Tim James, 1997 Johnny Hemsley, 2000 Darius Rice, 2002 John Salmons, 2002 Darius Rice, 2004Third Team All-Big East: Constantin Popa, 1993, 1995 Mario Bland, 2000 John Salmons, 2001 James Jones, 2002 Darius Rice, 2003Big East All-Rookie Team: Steven Edwards, 1993 Kevin Norris, 1995 Tim James, 1996 Darius Rice, 2001 Guillermo Diaz, 2004Big East All-Tournament Team: Jerome Scott, 1992 Tim James, 1999 Marcus Barnes, 2002 Storm Surge is the official student section of Miami Hurricanes men's and women's basketball.
It was founded in 2011. Prior to Storm Surge's creation, Miami had been victim to years of inconsistent student attendance and a lack of student interest in the basketball program, prior attempts to create a lasting student section such as "UBeach" and "Haith's Faithful" were unsuccessful. Storm Surge works directly with Miami's athletic department to enhance the game day experience and encourage greater involvement from the student body. Storm Surge began with 500 members, but saw average student attendance jump to over 1,100 for ACC games in 2012–2013, its second season; as student capacity at the BUC is limited, students are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis, with students arriving hours beforehand or camping out to get the best seats. Storm Surge has become famous for its creative and unique free throw chants and distractions, digging up embarrassing facts and pictures of opposing players, its slogan, "Pack The BUC," which can be seen on T-shirts and promotional materials at UM home games.
Like many student sections, Storm Surge distributes cheer sheets prior to each game, detailing specific cheers for that game. The group has the ability to create cheers on the fly through the use of a large whiteboard at the front of the student section, used to coordinate all cheers. Storm Surge's official color is orange, all members wear orange to every game; the student section is situated behind both baskets and consists of bleacher seating and traditional seating. As bleacher seating is closest to the floor, the students in the bleachers are the team's biggest supporters. Before each game, Storm Surge sings the national anthem together if the anthem is being sung by an individual performer. During opposing teams' introductions, students turn around to face away from the court and throw up "The U." During Miami's home introductions, the student section links arms and rocks left to right, going faster and faster before erupting into cheers for the Hurricanes. For Miami's free throws, students hold up one finger, all jumping once on a made free throw and twice on the second free throw if both free throws are made.
Storm Surge organizes watch parties and live online blogs for every away game. These events are open to all students and take place on campus. Following major road wins, the group gathers at the BankUnited Center to greet and congratulate the returning Hurricanes team, a tradition that has since carried over to football. Membership in the organization entitles students to exclusive meet and greets with players, priority seating to games, promotions and giveaways. In 2012, due to unprecedented demand for student tickets to the January 23 game against the #1 ranked Duke Blue Devils, students camped out on an adjacent field to the BankUnited Center, promptly dubbed "Larrañaga Lawn," after Coach Jim Larrañaga. Students camped out for several other games during the 2012–2013 season, including sold out contests against FSU and UNC. Coach Jim Larrañaga and members of the team always greet students lined up on Larrañaga Lawn both the night before the g
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
Alonzo Harding Mourning Jr. is an American retired professional basketball player, who played most of his 15-year National Basketball Association career for the Miami Heat. Nicknamed "Zo", Mourning played at center. Following his college basketball career at Georgetown University, his tenacity on defense twice earned him NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award and perennially placed him on the NBA All-Defensive Team. Mourning made a comeback after undergoing a kidney transplant and won the 2006 NBA Championship with the Heat. Mourning played for the Charlotte Hornets and New Jersey Nets. On March 30, 2009, Mourning became the first Miami Heat player to have his number retired. Since June 26, 2009, Mourning has served as Vice President of Player Programs and Development for the Heat. In 2010, Mourning was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. On August 8, 2014, Mourning was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. During his time at Indian River High School in Chesapeake, Virginia, he led the team to 51 straight victories and a state title his junior year.
As a senior, he averaged 15 rebounds and 12 blocked shots a game. He was named Player of the Year by USA Today, Parade and Naismith, he was the #1 recruit of the 1988 class, over Billy Owens, Kenny Williams, Shawn Kemp, Stanley Roberts, Christian Laettner, Malik Sealy, among others. Mourning played college basketball for the Georgetown University Hoyas, he was an All-American his last year there. Mourning was selected second overall in the 1992 NBA draft by the Charlotte Hornets, behind Shaquille O'Neal. Mourning was named to the league's all-rookie team in 1993 after averaging 21.0 pts, 10.3 rebounds, 3.47 blocks. He finished second to Shaquille O'Neal in rookie of the year voting, he posted the highest scoring average of any rookie in Hornets history. Mourning and O'Neal were the first NBA rookies since David Robinson in 1989–90 to average 20 or more points and 10-plus rebounds in their first seasons. Mourning shattered Charlotte's blocked-shots records, becoming the Hornets' all-time career leader in the 49th game of the season.
The greatest moment of Mourning's rookie season came on May 5, 1993 in Game 4 of a first-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics. His 20-footer with 4 tenths left gave the Hornets a 104–103 victory in the game and a three-games-to-one victory in the series; the Hornets lost in the second round to the New York Knicks in 5 games, with Mourning averaging 23.8 points, 9.9 rebounds and 3.4 blocks in 9 playoff games. The following year, Mourning played in just 60 games, posting similar averages of 21.5 points, 10.2 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game, but the Hornets missed the playoffs. In the 1994–95 season and teammate Larry Johnson led the Hornets to a 50-win season and reached the playoffs. Mourning ranked first on the team in scoring, blocked shots, field goal percentage, played in the 1995 NBA All-Star Game where he scored 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds; the Hornets lost in 4 games to the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the playoffs, despite Mourning posting 22 points, 13.3 rebounds, 3.3 blocks for the series.
On November 3, 1995, after Mourning rejected Charlotte’s contract extension offer worth an average of $11.2 million for seven years and knowing they would not be able to re-sign him, the Hornets traded him, along with reserves Pete Myers and LeRon Ellis in exchange for Glen Rice, Matt Geiger, Khalid Reeves and a first-round pick in the 1996 NBA draft. Mourning would serve as the centerpiece of the Pat Riley-coached Heat, in his first season in Miami he averaged 23.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.7 blocks a game as Miami made the playoffs before being swept in the first round by the 72 win Chicago Bulls. Mourning played in the 1996 NBA All-Star Game and was joined by all-star point guard Tim Hardaway who arrived through a midseason trade. In the summer of 1996 Mourning would go on to sign a 7-year $105 million dollar contract with the Heat. In the 1996-97 season, the Heat would win a franchise record 61 games, second in the Eastern Conference to the defending champion Bulls, Mourning averaged 19.8 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.9 blocks.
In the playoffs, Miami defeated the Orlando Magic in five games, advanced to the conference semifinals against the New York Knicks, where the rivalry between the Heat and the New York Knicks intensified. The Knicks took a 3–1 series lead, but following a brawl between Charlie Ward and P. J. Brown late in Game 5, multiple suspensions were handed down. Mourning scored 28 points in Game 6, followed by a 22-point, 12-rebound performance in Game 7 to help Miami advance to the Eastern Conference Finals, a franchise first, to face Chicago; the Bulls took a 3–0 series lead, Mourning guaranteed a victory in Game 4. The Heat won 87–80, but they lost Game 5 100–87; the next season, Mourning posted similar averages of 19.2 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.2 blocks but only played in 58 games, Miami was eliminated in the first round by the Knicks, a series in which Mourning was suspended for the 5th and deciding game due to an on-court fight with ex-teammate Larry Johnson, with Knicks head coach Jeff Van Gundy hanging onto Mourning's leg in an attempt to break it up.
In the lockout-shortened 1998–99 season, Mourning averaged 20.1 points, a career high 11 rebounds and a career high 3.9 blocks per game as Miami won another Atlantic Division title and the top seed in the playoffs. Mourning won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award, was named All-NBA First Team and finished second to Karl Malone in the NBA Most Valuable Player Award voting. Despite being the top seed, the Heat lost to the eight
Duke Blue Devils men's basketball
The Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team represents Duke University in NCAA Division I college basketball and competes in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The team is fourth all-time in wins of any NCAA men's basketball program, is coached by Mike Krzyzewski. Duke has won 5 NCAA Championships and appeared in 11 Championship Games and 16 Final Fours, has an NCAA-best.755 NCAA tournament winning percentage. Eleven Duke players have been named the National Player of the Year, 71 players have been selected in the NBA Draft. Additionally, Duke has 36 players named 14 Academic All-Americans. Duke has been the Atlantic Coast Conference Champions a record 21 times, lays claim to 19 ACC regular season titles. Prior to joining the ACC, Duke won the Southern Conference championships five times. Duke has finished the season ranked No. 1 in the AP poll seven times and is the all time leader in total weeks ranked as the number one team in the nation by the AP with 135 weeks. Additionally, the Blue Devils have the second longest streak in the AP Top 25 in history with 200 consecutive appearances from 1996 to 2007, trailing only UCLA's 221 consecutive polls from 1966 to 1980.
Adapted from Duke University ArchivesIn 1906, Wilbur Wade Card, Trinity College's Athletic Director and a member of the Class of 1900, introduced the game of basketball to Trinity. The January 30 issue of The Trinity Chronicle headlined the new sport on its front page. Trinity's first game ended in a loss to Wake Forest, 24–10; the game was played in the Angier B. Duke Gymnasium known as The Ark; the Trinity team won its first title in 1920, the state championship, by beating the North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering 25 to 24. Earlier in the season they had beaten the University of North Carolina 19–18 in the first match-up between the two schools. Trinity college became Duke University. Billy Werber, Class of 1930, became Duke's first All-American in basketball; the Gothic-style West Campus opened that year, with a new gym to be named for Coach Card. The Indoor Stadium opened in 1940, it was referred to as an "Addition" to the gymnasium. Part of its cost was paid for with the proceeds from the Duke football team's appearance in the 1938 Rose Bowl.
In 1972 it would be named for Eddie Cameron, head coach from 1929 to 1942. In 1952, Dick Groat became the first Duke player to be named National Player of the Year. Duke left the Southern Conference to become a charter member of the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1953; the Duke team under Vic Bubas made its first appearance in the Final Four in 1963, losing 94–75 to Loyola in the semifinal. The next year, Bubas' team reached the national title game, losing to the Bruins of UCLA, who claimed 10 titles in the next 12 years. Bob Verga was Duke's star player in 1967; the basketball program won its 1000th game in 1974, making Duke only the eighth school in NCAA history to reach that figure. In a turnaround, Coach Bill Foster's 1978 Blue Devils, who had gone 2–10 in the ACC the previous year, won the conference tournament and went on to the NCAA championship game, where they fell to Kentucky. Gene Banks, Mike Gminski and Jim Spanarkel ran the floor. Mike Krzyzewski has been at Duke since 1980, his many accomplishments include: 5 National Championships – 2nd most all time 12 Final Fours as well as five in a row from 1988 to 1992.
Now tied for most all time with John Wooden at 12. 15 Elite Eights 23 Sweet Sixteens and nine straight from 1998–2006 33 NCAA tournament berths 91 NCAA tournament wins 13 No. 1 seeds 25 conference titles, 10 of the 14 ACC Tournament Titles from 1998–99 through 2016–17 14 30-win seasons 32 20-win seasons Number 1 AP ranking in 17 of the past 28 seasons 7 Naismith College Player of the Year Awards 9 National Defensive Players of the Year Awards 26 AP All-Americans 14 consensus first team All-Americans 11 NBA top-10 picks: T-1st 23 NBA Draft first round picks 1071 Career winsKrzyzewski's teams made the Final Four in 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2010 and 2015. Duke upset the favored UNLV Runnin' Rebels 79–77 in the Final Four in 1991, a rematch of the 1990 final in which Duke lost by 30 points; the team, led by Christian Laettner, Bobby Hurley, Grant Hill, Thomas Hill, went on to defeat Kansas 72–65 to win the university's first NCAA Championship. Ranked #1 all season and favored to repeat as national champions in 1992, Duke took part in a game "acclaimed by many the greatest college basketball game played," according to ESPN.
In the Elite Eight, Duke met the Rick Pitino-led Kentucky Wildcats. It appeared Kentucky had sealed the win in overtime when guard Sean Woods hit a running shot off the glass in the lane to put Kentucky up by one with 2.1 seconds left on the clock. After a timeout, Duke's Grant Hill threw a full-court pass to Christian Laettner. Laettner took one dribble and nailed a turn-around jumper at the buzzer to send Duke into the Final Four with a 104–103 victory. Duke went on to defeat the Sixth-seeded Michigan 71 -- 51, they would meet Kentucky for another classic regional final game, but blow a 17-point second half lead in losing to the Wildcats. The Blue Devils would lose the 1994 title game to Arkansas and their "Forty Minutes of Hell" defense; the next two seasons would see them fall to just 31–31, though they made the 1996 tournament with an 18–12 record, 8–8 in conference play. They would fall in the 1999 title game, this time to Jim Calhoun and the UCONN Huskies
Ethan Happ is an American college basketball player a redshirt senior for the Wisconsin Badgers. Happ attended Rockridge High School in Taylor Ridge and his hometown is Milan, Illinois. Happ redshirted during his freshman season. Happ started every game for the in 2015–16 for the Badgers and was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, he was a unanimous selection the Big Ten All-Freshman Team and named to the Big Ten All-Defensive Team. He was selected to the third team All-Big Ten by honorable mention by the coaches; as a sophomore, Happ became a improved player. He was named a third-team All-American after averaging 14 points per game. Despite not being listed in most mock drafts, Happ declared for the 2018 NBA draft without hiring an agent, giving him the option to return to college, which he did. On December 22, 2018, Happ grabbed his 1,000th career rebound in a win over Grambling State. On February 12, 2019 he scored his 2000th point, making him the first player in the Big Ten to score 2,000 points and collect 1,000 rebounds in 35 years.
Second-team All-American – SN 2018 First-Team All-Big Ten 2017 Wooden Award Final Ballot 2017 Naismith Trophy Semifinalist 2017 Oscar Robertson Midseason Watch List 2017 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award Finalist 2017 Second-Team All-American. His father Randy, played basketball at North Central College and brother Eric played basketball at Carl Sandburg College. Happ is a first cousin of New York Yankees pitcher J. A. Happ. List of NCAA Division I men's basketball players with 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds Wisconsin bio ESPN bio Yahoo Sports Profile
Hakim Hanif Warrick is an American professional basketball player who plays for Iowa Wolves of the NBA G League. The 6'9", 220 lb. power forward-center was a major part of the Syracuse Orange's run to the 2003 NCAA Division I college basketball National Championship being most remembered for blocking a potential game-tying three-pointer in the title game. Warrick has a reputation as a prolific dunker, while possessing a wide arsenal of low-post moves. Warrick was taken with the 19th pick in the 2005 NBA draft, after being used sparingly in his first NBA season, he had a breakout second year, by more than tripling his scoring output, doubling his rebounds. Warrick played for Friends' Central School in Pennsylvania. In his senior season, he helped Friends' Central to a 23–2 record and the Friends Schools League title with averages of 15.6 points, 13.0 rebounds and 4.8 blocks. It was Friends' Central's first title since 1974. For his efforts, Warrick earned All-Mainline and all-state honors. With his high school's proximity to the City 6, comprising Division I programs Penn, St. Joseph's, Temple, LaSalle and Villanova, none of those schools recruited Warrick.
Syracuse was not high on Warrick, either, as Warrick was considered a last resort by the Syracuse coaching staff and was only offered a scholarship when All-American recruit Julius Hodge selected North Carolina State over Syracuse. Warrick appeared in all 35 games his freshman year, starting 19-straight games starting with a game against Binghamton, remained there until Jan. 28, 2002 against Georgetown. Warrick averaged the Orangemen were 15 -- 4 during that stretch. However, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim had to promote James Thues to the starting lineup after DeShaun Williams struggled as the team's starting point guard. Although the Orange missed the NCAA Tournament, Warrick played a key role in Syracuse's run to the NIT Final Four. Warrick had 14 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high six blocks in the first-round victory against St. Bonaventure and against Richmond, Warrick had 15 points and 14 rebounds; the Orange lost to Temple in the semifinal round 65–54. Warrick finished with 12 points, going 2-of-12 from the free-throw line, including four key misses in the final minutes of the game.
Warrick started all 35 games in his sophomore year and was named the Big East Most Improved Player after more than doubling his scoring average from the previous year and improving his rebound average by 3.7 boards per game. He was named to the USBWA All-District II Team and the All-Big East Third Team. Warrick play a large role in Syracuse's first National Championship. In the Sweet 16 against Auburn and the Elite 8 against Oklahoma, Warrick averaged 14.0 points and 6.5 rebounds, was named to the All-East Regional team. In the semifinal against Texas, he scored 18 points. However, Warrick is best known for his blocked shot in the National Championship game against Kansas. Leading by three with under 15 seconds left, Warrick missed two free throws that would've sealed the game with Syracuse hanging on to a three-point lead, 81–78. With 1.5 seconds left and the score still the same, Kansas' Michael Lee was wide-open from the baseline for a potential game-tying 3-pointer. But Warrick used his long arms to block Lee's attempt and Syracuse captured its first national championship.
Warrick was one of 16 finalists for the 2003 USA Basketball Men's Pan American Games Team. However, he did not make the cut. After Carmelo Anthony declared early for the NBA draft, Warrick became the team's top scoring option, he led the team in scoring and rebounds, was named to the second-team All-America teams by ESPN.com and The Sporting News. He was a finalist for three national player of the year awards – the Naismith and Wooden awards and was a first-team All-Big East selection. Syracuse advanced to the Sweet 16 and in the second-round game against Maryland, Warrick scored 26 points and added nine rebounds. Over the three NCAA Tournament games, Warrick averaged 6.3 rebounds an outing. Warrick continued his improvement in his final year, averaging 21.4 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. He was named the Big East Conference Player of the Year and was a consensus All-American from the Associated Press, CollegeInsider.com, NABC, Rivals.com, Rupp Team and Wooden Team. Syracuse captured the 2005 Big East Championship.
During those three games, one game in the NCAA Tournament, Warrick led Syracuse with averages of 22.5 points and 12.0 rebounds. However, Warrick's last game at Syracuse was a disappointment, as fourth-seeded Syracuse was handed a 60–57 overtime upset in the first round of the NCAA Tournament by 13th seeded Vermont. Warrick had 21 points in the defeat. Warrick finished his career with averages of 15.4 points on 53.6% shooting, 7.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. He finished second all-time at Syracuse in free throws made and free throws attempted, third for consecutive double-figure scoring games and fourth in points and rebounds. Warrick left Syracuse as one of the most prolific dunkers in the school's history, aided by his 7-foot-1 wingspan. Warrick is known for two dunks; the first came against the Texas Longhorns in the National Semifinal of the 2003 NCAA tournament. In the second half, Warrick collected a rebound, dribbled once, leaped over 6-foot-3 Royal Ivey; the dunk, which came with Ivey's face buried in Warrick's midsection, was scored as an offensive foul.
Warrick was impressed at his own feat the following day: "It's one of those things you amaze yourself, you just can't believe you did it."The second came against Notre Dame on Janua