NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament
The NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament known and branded as NCAA March Madness, is a single-elimination tournament played each spring in the United States featuring 68 college basketball teams from the Division I level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, to determine the national championship. The tournament was created in 1939 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches, was the idea of Ohio State coach Harold Olsen. Played during March, it has become one of the most famous annual sporting events in the United States; the tournament teams include champions from 32 Division I conferences, 36 teams which are awarded at-large berths. These "at-large" teams are chosen by an NCAA selection committee announced in a nationally televised event on the Sunday preceding the "First Four" play-in games held in Dayton and dubbed Selection Sunday; the 68 teams are divided into four regions and organized into a single-elimination "bracket", which pre-determines, when a team wins a game, which team it will face next.
Each team is "seeded", or ranked, within its region from 1 to 16. After the First Four, the tournament occurs during the course of three weekends, at pre-selected neutral sites across the United States. Teams, seeded by rank, proceed through a single-game elimination bracket beginning with a "first four" consisting of 8 low-seeded teams playing in 4 games for a position in the first round the Tuesday and Wednesday before the first round begins, a first round consisting of 64 teams playing in 32 games over the course of a week, the "Sweet Sixteen" and "Elite Eight" rounds the next week and weekend and – for the last weekend of the tournament – the "Final Four" round; the Final Four is played during the first weekend of April. These four teams, one from each region, compete in a preselected location for the national championship; the tournament has been at least televised since 1969. The games are broadcast by CBS, TBS, TNT, truTV under the trade-name NCAA March Madness. Since 2011, all games are available for viewing nationwide and internationally.
As television coverage has grown, so too has the tournament's popularity. Millions of Americans fill out a bracket, attempting to predict the outcome of 63 games of the tournament. With 11 national titles, UCLA has the record for the most NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championships; the University of Kentucky is second, with eight national titles. The University of North Carolina is third, with six national titles, Duke University and Indiana University are tied for fourth with five national titles; the University of Connecticut is sixth with four national titles. The University of Kansas & Villanova are tied for 7th with three national titles. Since 1985, when the tournament expanded to 64 teams, Duke has won five championships; the NCAA has changed the tournament format several times since its inception, most being an increase of the number of teams. This section describes the tournament as it has operated since 2011. A total of 68 teams qualify for the tournament played during April. Thirty-two teams earn automatic bids as their respective conference champions.
Of the 32 Division I "all-sports" conferences, all 32 hold championship tournaments to determine which team receives the automatic qualification. The Ivy League was the last Division I conference. If two or more Ivies shared a regular-season championship, a one-game playoff was used to decide the tournament participant. Since 2017, the league conducts their own postseason tournament; the remaining 36 tournament slots are granted to at-large bids, which are determined by the Selection Committee in a nationally televised event on the Sunday preceding the First Four play-in tournament and dubbed Selection Sunday by the media and fans, by a group of conference commissioners and school athletic directors who are appointed into service by the NCAA. The committee determines where all sixty-eight teams are seeded and placed in the bracket; the tournament is divided into four regions and each region has at least sixteen teams, but four additional teams are added per the decision of the Selection Committee.
The committee is charged with making each of the four regions as close as possible in overall quality of teams from wherever they come from. The names of the regions vary from year to year, are broadly geographic. From 1957 to 1984, the "Mideast" corresponding to the Southeastern region of the United States, designation was used. From 1985 to 1997, the Mideast region was known as "Southeast" and again changed to "South" starting from 1998; the selected names correspond to the location of the four cities hosting the regional finals. From 2004 to 2006, the regions were named after their host cities, e.g. the Phoenix Regional in 2004, the Chicago Regional in 2005, the Minneapolis Regional in 2006, but reverted to the traditional geographic designations beginning in 2007. For example, during 2012, the regions were named South, Midwest (St. Louis, Mis
Walter "Clyde" Frazier is an American former basketball player in the National Basketball Association. As their floor general, he led the New York Knicks to the franchise's only two championships, was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987. Upon his retirement from basketball, Frazier went into broadcasting; the eldest of nine children, Frazier attended Atlanta's David Tobias Howard High School. He played catcher on the baseball team, he learned basketball on a rutted and dirt playground, the only facility available at his all-black school in the racially segregated South of the 1950s. After Howard, Frazier attended Southern Illinois University. Although he was offered other scholarships for his football skills, Frazier accepted a basketball offer from Southern Illinois University, saying that "there were no black quarterbacks, so I played basketball."Frazier became one of the premier collegiate basketball players in the country. He was named a Division II All-American in 1964 and 1965.
As a sophomore in 1965, Frazier led SIU to the NCAA Division II Tournament, only to lose in the finals to Jerry Sloan and the Evansville Purple Aces. 85-82 in overtime. In 1966, he was academically ineligible for basketball. SIU moved up from Division II to Division I in 1967, Frazier and SIU won the National Invitation Tournament, beating Marquette University 71-56 in the final, in the last college basketball game played at the old Madison Square Garden in New York. Frazier was named Most Valuable Player of the 1967 tournament. Frazier was drafted 5th overall by the New York Knicks, he scored just 2 points in a 13-point loss against the Detroit Pistons in his NBA debut, but went on to become one of five NBA players to be named to the NBA All-Rookie team during the 1967-68 NBA season. After averaging only 9.0 points per game during his rookie year, Frazier's 17.5 points, 7.9 assists, 6.2 rebounds per game averages in his second year playing for New York made him one of the most improved players in the league.
Frazier was chosen for the All-Star team for the first time in his career during the 1969-70 NBA season. He would go on to be selected to 7 all-star teams over the course of his 10-year stint with the Knicks; the Knicks were able to make it all the way to the NBA finals during the 1969-70 NBA playoffs thanks to the great play of both Walt Frazier and star teammate Willis Reed. However, in game 5, Reed suffered a horrific leg injury, making him unable to walk for the next few days. With Reed out, chances of the Knicks winning the championship were slim. However, Reed somehow returned to the series, playing the first two minutes of game 7 and scoring the first two points of the game. Reed was in too much pain to continue to play for the last 46 minutes of the game, meaning that it was up to Frazier to lead New York to the victory. Frazier scored 36 points, had 19 assists, 7 rebounds, 6 steals that game, his astounding performance is arguably the greatest game in NBA playoff history, as it was the only reason why New York was able to defeat the Lakers and win the championship.
ESPN is one of the many websites to call Frazier's incredible game the greatest game 7 performance ever. The Knicks were unable to repeat as champions in 1971, falling to the Baltimore Bullets and their star shooting guard Earl Monroe in the second round of the playoffs despite Frazier's great 20.4 points per game average during the second series. Following the 1971 season the Knicks traded for Monroe, someone, always difficult for Walt Frazier to guard. Although not many people thought that he could fit in with Walt, he and Frazier soon become known as one of the best backcourts in the league earning the nickname “the Rolls Royce Backcourt.” The Knicks returned to the NBA Finals in 1972, but fell to the Los Angeles Lakers who completed a record setting season with an NBA championship. Frazier and the Knicks once again won the NBA championship in 1973, defeating the Los Angeles Lakers in a quick 5-game series. Frazier's defense on NBA superstar Jerry West played a major role in defeating the star-filled team.
This would be the second and final NBA title the Knicks would win, meaning that Walt Frazier was a member of every championship Knick team in NBA history. In 1976, Frazier was selected for his final NBA All-Star team. While playing for them, he picked up the nickname "Clyde" because he wore a hat similar to that of Warren Beatty, who played Clyde Barrow in the 1967 movie Bonnie and Clyde, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team in 1968. Frazier held Knicks franchise records for most games, minutes played, field goals attempted, field goals made, free throws attempted, free throws made and points. Center Patrick Ewing broke most of those records, but Frazier's assists record still stands. After ten years in New York, Frazier ended his career as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Frazier was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers after the 1976-77 NBA season for the younger Jim Cleamons; the trade left the NBA world stunned, as many people were furious that New York was willing to let go of arguably their greatest player in franchise history.
Frazier played only 66 games over the course of three seasons with the Cavaliers. He retired midway through the 1979-80 NBA season, when he only played 3 games and averaged career-lows of 3.3 points and 2.7 assists before being waived. Won 2 NBA championships with the New York Knicks. Frazier's #10 jersey was retired by the New York Knicks on December 15, 1979. Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, with Pete Maravich and Rick Ba
Matthew Curtis Painter is an American basketball coach and former player. He is the men's basketball coach at Purdue University, having held that position since 2005. Before Purdue, Painter held coaching positions at Southern Illinois, Eastern Illinois, Barton College, Washington & Jefferson College. Painter runs a motion offense, one of the top five offenses in recent years. Painter's teams are known for their "stout, defense" and their "overwhelming offense". Since 2016, Painter's teams have ranked 19th, 24th, 2nd, 4th in offensive efficiency. Additionally, 7 of Painter's teams have ranked in the top 35 in defensive efficiency. With Painter at the helm, Purdue teams have reached the NCAA Tournament eleven times, with five Sweet Sixteen appearances and one Elite Eight appearance. Painter reached the NCAA Tournament in his one season at Southern Illinois, giving him a total of twelve tournament appearances in only fifteen years coaching. Matt Painter has coached a total of eight NBA players in his tenure at Purdue University, with a ninth soon to come in dazzling Carsen Edwards should he declare for the 2019 NBA draft.
Matt Painter was born in Fort Wayne and attended Delta High School, about 60 miles south in Muncie, Indiana. He played basketball for Stan Daugherty, he attended Purdue University as an undergraduate. He played four seasons as a Boilermakers point guard under head coach Gene Keady and assistants Bruce Weber, Steve Lavin, he helped lead the Boilermakers to one NIT appearance. He was teammates with Steve Scheffler and Glenn Robinson, he started 50 of the 109 games in which he helped his team to a 75-45 overall record. In his senior season, he was selected as a team captain and was named an All-Big Ten Honorable Mention. Painter finished his career totaling 276 assists. Cited from Sports Reference. After graduation from Purdue in 1993, Painter moved on to coaching basketball, his first year as a coach was an assistant coach position at Jefferson College. With his help, the team finished the season with a 22–3 record and a quarterfinal appearance in the NCAA Division III tournament. During this time, he worked as a forklift operator to supplement his income.
The next season, he became an assistant coach at Barton College. In the 1994-95 season, Barton finished with 13 losses. Painter moved to Division I as an assistant coach at Eastern Illinois of the Ohio Valley Conference, where he received his master's degree. After three years at Eastern Illinois, he moved to Southern Illinois in 1998 as an assistant to head coach Bruce Weber. Painter was acquainted with him while Weber was an assistant coach at Purdue during Painter's playing days. Weber and Painter turned a team that had a losing record the previous season into a successful team. Painter helped lead the Salukis to the NIT in 2000 and twice to the NCAA Tournament the following seasons while an assistant coach. In the 2001–02 season, they qualified for the NCAA Tournament and ended their season in the Sweet Sixteen with a loss to UConn; that year, SIU beat well-established programs such as Texas Tech. In 2003, Weber's and Painter's Salukis were featured on MTV's special True Life: I Am a College Baller.
After serving as an assistant coach for five seasons at SIU, Matt Painter stepped into his first NCAA Division I head coaching position after Bruce Weber took the head coaching job at Illinois for the 2003–04 season. Leading the Salukis to a 25–5 record and a berth in the 2004 NCAA Tournament, the team was ranked as high as #15 in the nation by the AP poll during the season. Painter was named the 2003-2004 Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year. In 2004, Painter was recruited by Purdue as the replacement for retiring head coach Gene Keady, he signed a six-year contract as the new Purdue Boilermakers men's basketball coach. As part of a planned transition, Painter was named the associate head coach for the 2004–05 season, he joined former teammate Cuonzo Martin on the coaching staff. With key players out with injuries and transfers, Purdue finished the season with a 7–21 record, the most losses in the program's history in a season. At the start of the 2005–06 season, Painter took over for Keady as the head coach at his alma mater and became the second former Purdue player to become the head coach since Ray Eddy.
In his first season in that role, despite the absences of injured starters, David Teague and Carl Landry, only playing with seven scholarship players, they finished with a 9-19 record. Painter's first Purdue squad as a head coach came up with wins against eventual NCAA Tournament qualifier Wisconsin and #23 Michigan. In his second season as head coach, the team had high hopes for an NCAA berth. Both power forward Carl Landry and shooting guard David Teague returned to the lineup after injuries, combining an average of about 34 points and 15 rebounds per game. Painter's Boilermakers finished the preseason with an 11-3 record, which included wins over unbeaten and top 25 schools Virginia and Missouri, they headed deep into the regular season without a road win. The team had not won a road game in the two prior seasons during which Painter was part of the Boilermaker's bench; that 29 road-game losing streak ended on February 3, 2007, when Purdue beat Penn State at the Bryce Jordan Center. After winning seven of their last ten conference games during the regular season and setting a single-season school record for most home wins at 16 in Mackey Arena and his Boilermakers finished the regular season with a 9-7 conferen
Jack Hartman was an American gridiron football player and basketball coach. Hartman played basketball and football collegiately at Oklahoma State University with his basketball tutelage under famed coach Henry Iba. After college, he played quarterback in the CFL before becoming a basketball coach. After leading the Coffeyville Junior College basketball team to the NJCAA National Championship with a 32-0 season in 1962, he took his high-octane offense to Southern Illinois University, replacing the successful Harry Gallatin, who had taken the head coaching job with the St. Louis Hawks. In 1967, passing up the NCAA Division II tournament after two successive second-place finishes, Hartman's Salukis won the NIT Championship, much more regarded than it is today, he led Southern Illinois University into Division I before taking over at Kansas State when Cotton Fitzsimmons left to coach in the NBA. Hartman spent 16 seasons as head coach at Kansas State University, where he won 294 games and finished in first or second place in the Big Eight Conference in 10 of those 16 seasons.
After his retirement, he worked local television color commentary for Kansas State games, his former player and assistant coach Lon Kruger took over as head coach at Kansas State. In 1996, Kansas State fired its women's coach for NCAA violations, Hartman came out of retirement to coach the team for its last seven games, winning three. Hartman died in 1998, he has a street near Bramlage Coliseum named "Jack Hartman Drive" after him. His wife, still lives in Manhattan, Kansas, his daughter, Jackie lives in Manhattan and serves as the Chief of Staff for the President of Kansas State University. *1976–77 record reflects one win by forfeit over Minnesota
Christopher Michael Lowery is an American college basketball coach serving as an assistant men's basketball coach at Kansas State University under head coach Bruce Weber. He was the head men's basketball coach at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, he started in the spring of 2004 and was fired on March 2, 2012. Born in Evansville, Lowery played at Southern Illinois starting in 1990 and became an assistant coach serving under Bruce Weber at Southern Illinois and moving with him to Illinois after the 2002–03 season. On April 9, 2004, Lowery was named the head coach of Southern Illinois men's basketball team after Matt Painter left to become an associate head coach/head coach designate to Gene Keady at Purdue University. On March 1, 2007, Lowery was named Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year after leading SIU to a 25–5 regular season record. A highlight win for the season was when they beat the ranked Butler Bulldogs on the road; the Salukis received a four-seed in the 2007 NCAA Tournament, the highest for any Valley team since Indiana State received a one-seed in 1979.
On April 2, 2007, Lowery signed a seven-year contract extension. Worth $750,000 annually. On March 10, 2011, Lowery received a vote of confidence from athletic director Mario Moccia at a joint press conference, despite Southern Illinois suffering its third season with a.500 record or below and growing pressure from fans and alumni to fire Lowery. Lowery and the Salukis finished the 2011–12 season on March 1, posting an 8–23 overall record with a 5–13 mark in conference play. Lowery was fired the following morning. Lowery was hired as an assistant to Weber at Kansas State University on April 5, 2012. Kansas State profile Southern Illinois profile
University of Southern Indiana
The University of Southern Indiana is a public university located just outside Evansville in Vanderburgh County, United States. Founded in 1965, USI enrolls 10,929 dual credit, undergraduate and doctoral students in more than 80 majors. USI offers programs through the College of Liberal Arts, Romain College of Business, College of Nursing and Health Professions and the Pott College of Science and Education. USI is a member of the American Association of State Universities, it is a Carnegie Foundation Community Engaged University which offers continuing education and special programs to more than 15,000 participants annually through outreach and engagement. USI athletic teams are known as the Screaming Eagles. USI is a member of the Great Lakes Valley Conference; the university is home with more than 140 student organizations. The University of Southern Indiana began as a regional campus of Indiana State University, opening on September 15, 1965. In 1967, Southern Indiana Higher Education, Inc. raised nearly $1 million to acquire 1,400 acres for the Mid-America University Center.
Groundbreaking was held June 22, 1968. Since September 1969, the University has occupied 330 acres donated by SIHE; the first buildings constructed were the Wright Administration Building. The school built facilities, as funding became available during the Indiana State University-Evansville period. On April 16, 1985, ISU-Evansville became an autonomous four-year institution, the University of Southern Indiana. Governor Robert D. Orr, an Evansville native, signed the newly independent school's charter. Since gaining its independence, USI's growth has continued to where it is now the fastest growing comprehensive university in the state; the university established student housing, diversified the programs offered, enrollment has more than doubled since gaining its independence. In October, 2006, the university completed a master plan that provides the framework to double the size of the school and support a campus of over 20,000 students; the master plan features key planning principles to guide the university and help it create a cohesive campus as it continues to grow.
USI offers over 70 undergraduate majors, 13 master's programs, two doctoral programs as of the fall 2018 semester. Divisions of the University include the Romain College of Business, College of Liberal Arts, College of Nursing and Health Professions, Pott College of Science and Education, University Division, Division of Outreach and Engagement; each college is led by a dean who reports to the vice president for Academic Affairs. USI employs 652 full-time faculty and academic administrators, 239 part-time faculty; the university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and carries several discipline-specific accreditations as well, including from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, ABET. The New Harmony Theatre is a professional theatre operating under an agreement with Actors' Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States. In fall 2007, USI Theatre partnered with The New Harmony Theatre on The Repertory Project, which allows top Theatre students to perform with Equity actors.
Student actors and stage managers involved in The Repertory Project earn points toward joining the union, a membership, considered the “gold standard” for theatre professionals. Historic Southern Indiana is an outreach organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the abundant historical and recreational resources of southern Indiana; as a community outreach program of the University of Southern Indiana, HSI hosts workshops, produces publications, conducts visitor research, facilitates and coordinates with many groups and agencies with the goal of creating a sense of regional identity and pride. The Heritage Area contains numerous sites of historical significance, including Vincennes, New Harmony and Abraham Lincoln's boyhood home. Forests, caves and lakes offer scenic beauty and recreational activities; the USI Center for Communal Studies is a clearinghouse for information, a research facility, a sponsor of activities related to historic and contemporary intentional communities. The center encourages and facilitates meetings, scholarships, publications and public interest in communal groups past and present and abroad.
The center archives contain primary and secondary materials on more than 100 historic communes and several hundred collective, co-housing communities founded since 1965. Noted communal scholars have donated their private collections and their extensive research notes and papers to the center archives; the Center for Applied Research works with businesses and organizations throughout the region to conduct research and other applied projects. The Southwest Indiana STEM Resource Center offers a free-equipment lending service to K-12 public and parochial school educators as well as informal educators in a seventeen-county region in southwest Indiana. Teacher professional development as well as an extensive line-up of K-12 student outreach activities are offered throughout the calendar year. Online graduate degree nursing program was ranked 15th in the categories of Admissions Selectivity and Faculty Credentials and Training in the 2012 U. S. News & World Report rankings. Online graduate degree nursing program ranked 25th for Student Accreditation.
Online graduate degree nursing program ranked 71st for Student Services and Technology. Online graduat
2002 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament
The 2002 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 12, 2002, ended with the championship game on April 1 in Atlanta at the Georgia Dome. A total of 64 games were played; this was the first year that the tournament used the so-called "pod" system, in which the eight first- and second-round sites are distributed around the four regionals. Teams were assigned to first round spots; the top seeds at each site were: Sacramento: Oregon, USC Albuquerque: Arizona, Ohio State Dallas: Oklahoma, Mississippi State St. Louis: Kansas, Kentucky Chicago: Georgia, Illinois Pittsburgh: Cincinnati, Pittsburgh Washington, D. C.: Maryland, Connecticut Greenville: Duke, Alabama The Final Four consisted of Maryland, making their second consecutive appearance, making their first appearance since 1993, making their first appearance since 1992, Oklahoma, making their first appearance since their national runner-up finish in 1988.
Maryland defeated Indiana 64-52 in the championship game to win their first national championship. Juan Dixon of Maryland was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. For the second straight tournament, the Elite Eight featured at least one double-digit seed. South Region tenth-seed Kent State and West Region twelfth-seed Missouri played in their respective regional finals, with Kent State losing to Indiana and Missouri losing to Oklahoma; this marked the first time since 1987 that no team from the states of North Carolina nor Kentucky reached the Final Four. The following are the sites selected to host each round of the 2002 tournament: March 12 University of Dayton Arena, Ohio March 14 and 16 ARCO Arena, California BI-LO Center, South Carolina Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri University Arena, New Mexico March 15 and 17 American Airlines Center, Dallas MCI Center, Washington, D. C. Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh United Center, Chicago March 21 and 23 South Regional, Rupp Arena, Kentucky West Regional, Compaq Center at San Jose, San Jose, California March 22 and 24 East Regional, Carrier Dome, New York Midwest Regional, Kohl Center, Wisconsin March 30 and April 1 Georgia Dome, Atlanta For the second time, Atlanta was the host city of the Final Four, with the Georgia Dome becoming the 33rd host venue.
The Georgia Dome currently holds the distinction of being the most recent Final Four venue to close and be demolished, as it did so in 2017 after the opening of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which will host the Final Four in 2020. The tournament included two new host cities; the American Airlines Center in Dallas, which opened in 2001, replaced Reunion Arena as the city's primary winter sports venue. The Kohl Center on the campus of the University of Wisconsin brought the tournament back to Wisconsin's capital city for the first time since 1969, although it has not returned since, and the city of Greenville, South Carolina's Bi-Lo Center hosted for the first time in 2002. The 2002 tournament was the last time. At Georgia Dome, Atlanta March 30, 2002 Maryland 97, Kansas 88For the second straight year the Maryland Terrapins earned a bid to the Final Four; this time they would take advantage of their trip. After falling behind 13-2 to the Kansas Jayhawks to begin the game, Maryland stormed to a 44-37 lead at halftime.
They expanded their lead to 83-63, with 6:11 left in the game. Roy Williams' Kansas squad did not quit and closed the gap to 4 with under a minute remaining, but the Terps survived to advance to the championship, 97-88. Maryland senior Juan Dixon led the contest in scoring with 33. Indiana 73, Oklahoma 64Mike Davis's Indiana Hoosiers continued their Cinderella ride in the NCAA Tournament by defeating another higher ranked team, the Oklahoma Sooners. Oklahoma led most of the first half, took a 34-30 lead into halftime. However, with the score 60-60 late in the 2nd half Indiana broke ahead for good with an easy bucket from Jeff Newton, who led the Hoosiers with 19 points; the Hoosiers outscored the Sooners by 13 in the 2nd half and advanced to the championship game with a 73-64 victory. Oklahoma was coached by Kelvin Sampson, who in his career would succeed Davis as IU head coach. April 1, 2002 Maryland 64, Indiana 52The Maryland Terrapins completed the task they set out to do one year earlier by defeating the Indiana Hoosiers 64-52.
Maryland led the entire game except for a brief point with 9:52 left in the basketball game when Indiana took a 44-42 lead. Maryland answered the Hoosier run and ended the game with a 22-8 run to bring home the school's first and coach Gary Williams' only men's basketball National Champion