2005 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament
The 2005 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament involved 65 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball. It began on March 15, 2005, ended with the championship game on April 4 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis; the Final Four consisted of Illinois, the overall top seed and in the Final Four for the first time since 1989, making their first appearance since winning the national championship in 1986, North Carolina, reaching their first Final Four since their 2000 Cinderella run, Michigan State, back in the Final Four for the first time since 2001. North Carolina emerged as the national champions for a fourth time, defeating Illinois in the final 75-70. North Carolina's Sean May was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Coach Roy Williams won his first national championship. For the first time since 1999, when Weber State defeated North Carolina, a #14 seed defeated a #3 seed when Bucknell upset Kansas.
A #13 seed, advanced by defeating Syracuse in the first round and a #12 seed, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, advanced to the Sweet Sixteen in the Chicago region. 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 postseason tournament, went to its regular season champion. The remaining 34 teams were granted "at-large" bids, which are extended by the NCAA Selection Committee. Two teams played an opening-round game, popularly called the "play-in game"; this game has been played at the University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio since its inception in 2001. All 64 teams were seeded 1 to 16 within their regionals; the Selection Committee seeded the entire field from 1 to 65. The 2005 regionals, along with their top seeds, are listed below. Chicago Regional Albuquerque Regional Syracuse Regional Austin Regional Each regional winner advanced to the Final Four, held April 2–4 in St. Louis.
The 2005 play-in game was played on Tuesday, March 15, at the University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio, as it had been since its inception in 2001. The first and second-round games were played at the following sites: March 17 and 19 McKale Center, Arizona RCA Dome, Indiana Taco Bell Arena, Idaho Wolstein Center, Ohio March 18 and 20 Charlotte Coliseum, North Carolina DCU Center, Massachusetts Ford Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Gaylord Entertainment Center, Tennessee The regional final sites, named after their host cities, were: March 24 and 26 Albuquerque Regional, University Arena, New Mexico Chicago Regional, Allstate Arena, Illinois March 25 and 27 Austin Regional, Frank Erwin Center, Texas Syracuse Regional, Carrier Dome, New York Each regional winner advanced to the Final Four at the Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, hosted by the Missouri Valley Conference; the semi-final games were held on April 2 and the final on April 4, 2005. The Edward Jones Dome became the 34th venue to host the Final Four, which returned to St. Louis for the first time since 1978, although it has not returned since.
For the first time since 1989, there were no new venues used. To date, 2005 marked the last time that four arenas - Allstate Arena, Charlotte Coliseum, DCU Center, the Wolstein Center - were used; the Charlotte Coliseum shut down that year, replaced by what is now known as the Spectrum Center in downtown Charlotte. The other three venues all are still open, although games have moved to the United Center in Chicago and Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland since, Worcester not having as many amenities as nearby Boston and Providence, both of which now host games. University of Dayton Arena, Ohio March 17, RCA Dome, Indianapolis Illinois 67, Fairleigh Dickinson 55 Illinois, up only 32–31 at halftime, pulled away in the second half behind 19 points from Dee Brown and 13 from Luther Head. Nevada 61, Texas 57 Down 57–53 with 2:24 to play, the Wolf Pack of Nevada came from behind to win despite a sub-par game from star Nick Fazekas. March 17, Wolstein Center, Cleveland Milwaukee 83, Alabama 73 The Horizon League champion Panthers pulled the upset behind 21 points apiece from Ed McCants and Joah Tucker.
Boston College 85, Penn 65 Boston College steamrolled Ivy League champion Penn with a balanced attack, getting 18 points from Jared Dudley, 15 points from Craig Smith, 14 points from Sean Marshall. March 17, Taco Bell Arena, Boise UAB 82, LSU 68 UAB led throughout with Marvett McDonald scoring 21 points, including five three-pointers. Arizona 66, Utah State 53 Arizona started slow, but secured the win led by Channing Frye and Salim Stoudamire each scoring 17 points. March 18, Ford Center, Oklahoma City Southern Illinois 65, Saint Mary's 56 SIU broke a late tie with St. Mary's to earn the victory. Oklahoma State 63, SE Louisiana 50 Oklahoma State jumped out to a 9-point halftime lead and built on it from there behind Ivan McFarli
Ryukyu Golden Kings
Ryukyu Golden Kings is a Japanese professional basketball team based in Okinawa City, Okinawa. They compete in the B. League, the top-tier professional basketball league of Japan; the new home, Okinawa Arena is under construction. League champions: 4 2009, 2012, 2014, 2016 Conference champions: 6 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016 Hernando Planells Dai Oketani Koto Toyama Tsutomu Isa Norio Sassa Hilton Armstrong Chris Ayer Ira Brown Draelon Burns Mo Charlo Takatoshi Furukawa Lamont Hamilton Takumi Ishizaki Anthony Kent George Leach Anthony McHenry Jeff Newton Evan Ravenel Bryan Simpson Dillion Sneed Reyshawn Terry Terrance Woodbury Okinawa City Gymnasium Ginowan City Gymnasium Official website
Al Mouttahed Tripoli
Al Muttahed known by its name United Club Tripoli is a Lebanese sports club most known for its basketball program playing in top division for men and women. It is located Lebanon, it has its own independent administrative structure. Tripoli’s Al-Mouttahed club was founded in 2001 with the objective of promoting the development of sports in Tripoli and in North Lebanon to strengthen the presence of Tripoli in the Lebanese sports life and to breathe new life into the game of Basketball. Al Muttahed Tripoli basketball team is part of the Lebanese Basketball League 1st division and presently the only team from the North Governorate. Notable players that played for Mouttahed are Travis Franklin, Hassan Whiteside, Yassin "Tahsin" Hafez, Perry Petty, Elie Rustom, Mike Taylor, Reyshawn Terry, Ghaleb Reda, Dewarick Spencer, Charles Tabet, Corey Williams, Sabah Khoury, Mohammed Ibrahim, Rony Fahed, Omar El Turk, Ramel Curry, Bassel Bawji, Bassem Balaa, Brian Bechara, Herve Lamizana, Karim Hlayhel. Tripoli’s Al-Mouttahed club was founded in 2001 with the objective of promoting the development of sports in Tripoli and in North Lebanon to strengthen the presence of Tripoli in the Lebanese sports life and to breathe new life into the game of Basketball.
Principles: Respect for sportsmanship based on the concept of cooperation Emphasize on sports as fundamental to creating a stable society Activate youth participation in sports in Tripoli and North Lebanon Attract athletes in order to encourage them to develop their capacitiesObjectives: Create a professional basketball team that offers Tripoli high status among the other Lebanese clubs Establish a permanent Basketball training center that fuses the strengths and capacities of North Lebanon’s athletes Consolidate sports awareness among youth by advancing the culture of sports life and making Al-Mouttahed club a forum for cultural activities Champion of the 2004 John Hamam Basketball Championship Ranked fifth in the 2005/2006 first division championship season Ranked fifth in the 2006/2007 first division championship season Runner up in the 2007/2008 First Division Championship Ranked Fifth in the 2008/2009 Dubai International Championship Ranked Fifth in the 2008/2009 WestAsia Championship Lebanese basketball Regular League Championship in 2008/2009 Lebanese Basketball runner-up in 2008-2009 Runner-up of Arab Club Championship in 2009/2010 Ranked third in the 2010/2011 first division championship season Ranked fifth in the 2011/2012 first division championship season Samer Nashar}} Lebanese Basketball Second Division 2:2004-2005 Lebanese Basketball Third Division 3:2003-2004 Lebanese Basketball Fourth Division 4:2002-2003
Power forward (basketball)
The power forward known as the four, is one of the five positions in a regulation basketball game. It has been referred to as the "post" position. Power forwards play a role similar to that of center, they play offensively with their backs towards the basket and position themselves defensively under the basket in a zone defense or against the opposing power forward in man-to-man defense. The power forward position entails a variety of responsibilities, one of, rebounding. Many power forwards are noted for their mid-range jump-shot, several players have become accurate from 12 to 18 feet. Earlier, these skills were more exhibited in the European style of play; some power forwards, known as stretch fours, have since extended their shooting range to three-point field goals. In the NBA, power forwards range from 6' 8" to 7' 0" while in the WNBA, power forwards are between 6' 1" and 6' 4". Despite the averages, a variety of players fit "tweener" roles which finds them in the small forward or center position depending on matchups and coaching decisions.
Some power forwards play the center position and have the skills, but lack the height, associated with that position
Portland Trail Blazers
The Portland Trail Blazers known as the Blazers, are an American professional basketball team based in Portland, Oregon. The Trail Blazers compete in the National Basketball Association as a member of the league's Western Conference Northwest Division; the team played its home games in the Memorial Coliseum before moving to Moda Center in 1995. The franchise entered the league as an expansion team in 1970, has enjoyed a strong following: from 1977 through 1995, the team sold out 814 consecutive home games, the longest such streak in American major professional sports at the time, only since surpassed by the Boston Red Sox; the Trail Blazers have been the only NBA team based in the bi-national Pacific Northwest, after the Vancouver Grizzlies relocated to Memphis and became the Memphis Grizzlies in 2001, the Seattle SuperSonics relocated to Oklahoma City and became the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2008. The team has advanced to the NBA Finals three times, winning the NBA championship once in 1977.
Their other NBA Finals appearances were in 1990 and 1992. The team has qualified for the playoffs in 34 seasons of their 48-season existence, including a streak of 21 straight appearances from 1983 through 2003, tied for the second longest streak in NBA history; the Trail Blazers' 34 playoff appearances rank third in the NBA only behind the Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs since the team's inception in 1970. Six Hall of Fame players have played for the Trail Blazers. Bill Walton is the franchise's most decorated player. Four Blazer rookies have won the NBA Rookie of the Year award. Three players have earned the Most Improved Player award: Kevin Duckworth, Zach Randolph, CJ McCollum. Two Hall of Fame coaches, Lenny Wilkens and Jack Ramsay, have patrolled the sidelines for the Blazers, two others, Mike Schuler and Mike Dunleavy, have won the NBA Coach of the Year Award with the team. Sports promoter Harry Glickman sought a National Basketball Association franchise for Portland as far back as 1955 when he proposed two new expansion teams, the other to be located in Los Angeles.
When the Memorial Coliseum was opened in 1960 Glickman saw the potential it could serve as a professional basketball venue but it was not until February 6, 1970, that the NBA board of governors granted him the rights to a franchise in Portland. To raise the money for the $3.7 million admission tax, Glickman associated himself to real estate magnates Robert Schmertz of New Jersey, Larry Weinberg of Los Angeles and Herman Sarkowsky of Seattle. Two weeks on February 24, team management held a contest to select the team's name and received more than 10,000 entries; the most popular choice was "Pioneers", but that name was excluded from consideration as it was used by sports teams at Portland's Lewis & Clark College. The name "Trail Blazers" received 172 entries, was selected by the judging panel, being revealed on March 13 in the halftime of a SuperSonics game at the Memorial Coliseum. Derived from the trail blazing activity by explorers making paths through forests, Glickman considered it a name that could "reflect both the ruggedness of the Pacific Northwest and the start of a major league era in our state."
Despite initial mixed response, the Trail Blazers name shortened to just "Blazers", became popular in Oregon. Along with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Buffalo Braves, the Trail Blazers entered the NBA in 1970 as an expansion team, under coach Rolland Todd. Geoff Petrie and Sidney Wicks led the team in its early years, the team failed to qualify for the playoffs in its first six seasons of existence. During that span, the team had three head coaches; the team won the first pick in the NBA draft twice during that span. In 1972, the team drafted LaRue Martin with the number one pick. In 1974 the team selected Bill Walton from UCLA; the ABA–NBA merger of 1976 saw those two rival leagues join forces. Four ABA teams joined the NBA; the Trail Blazers selected Maurice Lucas in the dispersal draft. That summer, they hired Jack Ramsay as head coach; the two moves, coupled with the team's stellar play, led Portland to several firsts: winning record, playoff appearance, championship in 1977. Starting on April 5 of that year, the team began a sellout streak of 814 straight games—the longest in American major professional sports history—which did not end until 1995, after the team moved into a larger facility.
The team started the 1977–78 season with a 50–10 mark, some predicted a dynasty in Portland. However, Bill Walton suffered a foot injury that ended his season and would plague him over the remainder of his career, the team struggled to an 8–14 finish, going 58–24 overall. In the playoffs, Portland lost to the Seattle SuperSonics in the 1978 conference semifinals; that summer, Walton demanded to be traded to a team of his choice because he was unhappy with his medical treatment in Portland. Walton was never traded, he held out the entire 1978–79 season and left the team as a free agent thereafter; the team was further dismantled as Lucas left in 1980. During the 1980s, the team was a consistent presence in the NBA post-season, failing to qualify for the playoffs only in 1982. However, they never advanced past the conference semifinals duri
BSN Most Valuable Player Award
The BSN Most Valuable Player is an annual most valuable player award of Puerto Rico's top-tier level professional basketball league, the Baloncesto Superior Nacional, given to the best performing player of the regular season. The award is decided by a panel of local broadcasters, each of whom casts votes; as of August 2018, the current holder of the award is Reyshawn Terry, of the Piratas de Quebradillas. Juan "Pachín" Vicéns, Teófilo Cruz, Mario "Quijote" Morales won the award a record four times. Juan Báez, Raymond Dalmau, Georgie Torres, Christian Dalmau won the BSN Most Valuable Player award three times. Baloncesto Superior Nacional List of BSN champions Puerto Rican League official website
Brose Bamberg is a German professional basketball team from Bamberg, Franconia / North Bavaria. The club has won the German Cup five times; the club plays in the German top tier Basketball Bundesliga and the Basketball Champions League. The license holder of the club is Bamberger Basketball GmbH; the club is sponsored by the German automotive supplier Brose Fahrzeugteile. The 1. FC 01 Bamberg basketball team was promoted to the Basketball Bundesliga, the German Basketball League, for the first time in 1970. In 1988, after being relegated and promoted twice, with 1. FC 01 Bamberg facing bankruptcy, the basketball division split to form a new club: TTL Basketball Bamberg. TTL stands for Tapeten-Teppichboden-Land, a wallpaper and carpet company, it was the first time. From 1995, the team was called TTL uniVersa Bamberg after uniVersa Versicherungen, an insurance company. In 1992, the team won the German Cup. In 2000, following financial difficulties, the team was rescued by the TSK company and changed its name to TSK uniVersa Bamberg.
Differences of opinion between the main sponsor and the club in 2003 jeopardized the team’s position in the Bundesliga and led to a new change of name. During the 2003–04 to 2005–06 seasons, the team played in the Bundesliga under the name of its new sponsor, as GHP Bamberg. Having come second in the Championship twice in a row, in 2004/05 the team brought the German Championship title home to Bamberg for the first time; this meant. In the following season, the Bamberg team made it into the EuroLeague Top 16, it played in the BBL Cup Final and in the semi-finals of the BBL playoffs. At the start of the 2006–07 season, the club changed its name to Brose Baskets to reflect the fact that Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. KG had become the new primary sponsor, it was in this season. In 2007–08, the team did not manage to consolidate the previous year’s success and was knocked out in the first round of the EuroLeague, having won two games. In May 2008, Brose Baskets failed to defend their Championship title, losing to EWE Baskets Oldenburg in the quarter-finals.
One week trainer Dirk Bauermann announced his resignation. On June 2, 2008, Chris Fleming signed a three-year contract as head coach, he had coached the Artland Dragons, who played Brose Baskets in the finals in 2007. Fleming, an American, was 38 at the time, his long-term assistant coach, Arne Woltmann came with him from Quakenbrück. The first year under the new trainer was difficult and the team only just qualified for the playoffs, with two points more than the team in ninth place, they went on to beat the team in second place, MEG Göttingen, but did not stand a chance against the Oldenburg team, who won the Championship. In the following year, the points round did not go well, but the team still qualified for the playoffs in fifth place. In the cup competition they made it into the Top 4 final in Frankfurt, where they beat Skyliners, the home team, by one point, bringing the cup back to Bamberg after 18 years, for the second time in the club’s history. In the Championship playoffs and Braunschweig, who had knocked Oldenburg, the winners of the first round, out of the competition, did not pose many problems and Bamberg went through to the finals.
There they once again faced Skyliners Frankfurt. Brose Baskets lost the first home game but fought back to achieve a 2:1 lead. Frankfurt won the fourth game in their own arena, as close run as the cup final had been. However, Brose Baskets won the Championship title with a 72:70 in front of its own fans, achieving its first double win. For the 2010–11 season, Brose Baskets managed to hold onto most of their players from the year before and made a few strategic additions; the well-rounded team went on losing only two out of 34 matches. The team won the Cup competition, defending their title against Braunschweig in the final in Bamberg, where they won 69:66. In the Championship competition, Brose Baskets beat Eisbären Bremerhaven in the quarter-final. In the semi-final, they suffered two surprise defeats away against Artland Dragons, only won in the fifth deciding game. In the final against ALBA Berlin, Brose Baskets once again displayed some weaknesses in their away performance; the Berlin team dominated most of the deciding game in the Stechert Arena, despite a good start from Brose Baskets.
Brose Baskets were able to turn the game around in the final quarter, finishing with a clear 72:65 victory. This earned them the German Championship title for the fourth time and meant they had achieved two double wins in succession. In this season, the team won all their home Cup and Championship matches; the Brose Baskets squad remained unchanged in the 2011–12 season, departures were more than compensated for by strong additions. At the end of the main round, Bamberg was top of the table with four defeats; the team won the Cup again during this season. In the Championship competition, Brose Baskets managed to beat Telekom Baskets Bonn 3:1 in the playoff quarter-final, despite suffering a surprise defeat in the first home game; this was their first defeat at home in 49 games. In the semi-final, Brose Baskets beat Artland Dragons, winning three out of a possible five games, won the final against ratiopharm Ulm 3:0; this was Brose Baskets’ third successive double win. Because of this success, several p