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Louisville’s Last Number One Seed Was In 1983

louisville-19831The last time Louisville received a number one seed in the NCAA Tournament was 1983.  Mike Schmidt was the National League Home Run King hitting  for 40 home runs.  Don Nelson at the time was Coach of the Milwaukee Bucks was named Coach of the Year.  The NBA MVP was Moses Malone of the Philadelphia 76ers.   The Philadelphia 76ers were NBA Champions.

The top four seeds in the  1983 NCAA Tournament were

Houston #1 seed in the Midwest, Louisville #1 seed in the Mideast,  Virginia #1 seed in the West, and  St. John #1 seed in the East.  1983 was the year when Lorenzo Charles won the tournament with a last second dunk for  Jim Valvano’s wolf Pack.  The Final Four participants were Houston, Louisville,  North Carolina State, and Georgia.  Houston won the championship with  the famed Phi Slama Jamma, Clyde Drexel, Akeen Olajuwon, Larry Micheaux,  Alvin Franklin, and Michael Young.

Louisville was defeated in  final four by Houston 94-81.  The Louisville starting five the McCray Brothers, Scooter McCray, Rodney McCray, Charles Jones, Lancaster Gordon and Milt Wagner.  Perhaps the  highlight of the tournament was Jim Valvano, who came into his own after running excitedly around  and up and down the court after Lorenzo Charles put backjam, gave Valvano his first tournament victory.   The all tournament team  had an NC State flavor,  Thurl Bailey, Sidney Lowe, and Derrick Whittenburg, all from N.C. State making the  All Tournament Team.  Louisville’s Milt Wagner and Houston’s Akeem Olajuwon rounded out the five man team.


Sponsorship Growth is a Key Goal of Colleges

Colleges and universities are exploring  new  possiblities for sponsorships as an incremental revenue stream.  Because of the faltering economy and the need to create new revenue streams this is seen a s new opportunity for many in the athletic arena of higher education.  College Athletics have long been a cash cow, but to continue to top year over year revenue is becoming increasingly difficult.

Curry Scores 44 Against Oklahoma

Can Stephen Curry make it at the NBA Level? Curry appears to have picked up some weight. If he can get a little stronger, he may have a decent chance at a career in the NBA. Let face it his shooting will get him to the NBA. Not his defense. Or his quickness , but his shooting. Curry is skilled at getting open without the ball.

This night we watched Curry’s, Davidson team, ranked twenty-first in the nation, go against Oklahoma ranked #14 . Not only did Davidson keep it close, but midway through the first half Curry had put up 17 points. Seventeen unassuming points. Meaning you did not realize he had as many points, almost half coming from the foul line. Curry is adept at drawing the foul, with pump fakes and drives to the basket.

It is nothing like watching a good shooter, like Curry. His shot is text book and he has good mechanics. It is methodical. Not necessarily the best per shooter you ever saw, and he certainly does not possess the quickest release, although he has a quick release, but he knows how to find the the basketball either working off the ball to get his shot, or dribbling to create his shot.

With a little over 5 minutes to play in the game against Oklahoma, Curry picked up his third foul and Oklahoma went on a 5 – 2 run with Curry on the bench. Oklahoma was too much for the other Davidson players, but not for Curry. With a little over for 5 minutes remaining Curry had 37 points. Davidson lost to Oklahoma, but Curry came away with a career high of 44 points.

Dumars Trades for Allen Iversion;Move Will Help Pistons

Allen Iversion

Allen Iverson trade is a strategic one for Piston’s General Manager Job Dumars, who knows a little bit about winning. Dumar s brought in Iverson and combined him with Rip Hamilton, which gives them a potent two guard set with Iverson being a great duo purpose guard who is at home playing the point and scoring as well. It gives the Piston another option in the backcourt and increases the overall scoring capabilities.

Chauncey Billups handled the point effectively, however the Piston’s offense was slow and methodical, which nullified any backcourt threat that the Piston may have had. With Billups at the point the Pistons had a slow methodical offense that did not suit the talent that the Pistons brought to the table. Iverson increases the tempo and the flow, freeing up scorers like Rasheed Wallace ,Tayshaun Prince, and Rip Hamilton, all three thrive in an up tempo offense.

The Nations Top Coaches

The key to the success of a college basketball team is the ability of the Coach. A successful bench coach can and will spell the difference of success and failure. Some coaches in the heat of the battle wilt when in pressure game situations. Usually because they did not manage the clock well during the course of a game. Depending upon how well the coach makes decisions and manages the game, determines how much pressure he will face with under minutes remaining in a game. The coach can create a pressure situation by mis-management of the game. The players are usually not disciplined enough to execute or the coach has a flawed philosophy in game management. Either way it is the coach’s job to get their team ready for any situation. What causes me to wonder is when a coach uses all of the allotted time outs and have none to call in crucial game ending situations. This happens a lot when coaches do not manage the game well. Being a top flight coach involves how well you manage crucial situations at the end of a game.

You must make all the right moves at the right time in order to be effective. With that said, I put together a list of coaches who I feel have demonstrated that they know how to manage the game and change strategy when needed. The coaches are not listed in any particular order, but all have demonstrated that they know how to manage a game, ultimately producing a win. Mike Krzyzewski, Duke- Without a doubt the most successful coach in the ranks of college basketball. He has had the good fortune of coaching superb basketball talent and the benefits of coaching at The Premier Basketball School in the country.

Coach K is at the top as America’s top coach on nearly every ones list. Bill Self, Kansas- He coached his way to the top, by winning the National Championship. This is the litmus test of the coaching ability of the coach. Self proved that he belongs in the top tier of coaches. Roy Williams, North Carolina-Williams came into his own when he returned to North Carolina as The Head Basketball coach. Great coaching ability and a unique ability to bring talent together and lot of it at Carolina. Jim Calhoun, UConn- The cornerstone of UConn’s offense is a great point guard combined with a good inside game. Usually the inside is occupied by a better than average center. But with Calhoun’s offense a good point guard is the key to push the ball up the floor, distribute the ball, or effectively take the three. Calhoun is great at managing the closing minutes of a game.  Villanova- The three guard offense has been highly effective for Jay Wright and when he has three guard who can shoot from the perimeter, slash and dish effectively to the basket, he can break down the opposing defense fairly quickly. Wright because of his knack of recruiting exceptionally quick, efficeint shooting guards, has been able to manage the closing minutes of a game quite effectively.

Tom Crean, Indiana (Formerly coach at Marquette)- Crean is a master of managing a game and interchanging players at just the right time to keep the opposing team off balance on both offense and defense. He did this extremely well at Marquette. Look for Crean to recruit more power rated players at Indiana than he did at Marquette. This will insure that he will continue to have success in the closing minutes of a game. Crean is a master of managing a game.

Billy Donavon, Florida- Donavon is another coach who when he has reasonable talent, can effectively manage a game, by substituting strategically and effective pull out of game, by making superb coaching moves. Donavon won back to back national Championships and it was because he is a great bench coach.

Billy Gillespie, Kentucky- Although he had a mediocre year at Kentucky last year, Gillespie is a great recruiter and has a knack of drawing out the best of players who over the course of the year adapt well to his system. Look for Kentucky to remain one of the top echelon programs, because of the coaching ability of Gillespie. Last year was a great example of Gillespie’s coaching ability. Kentucky struggled all year long, but they game together in the end to win a seed in the NCAA tournament.

Rick Pitino, Louisville- Pitino is somewhat erratic at times. Does not manage the clock well and sometimes makes bone headed substitutions at inappropriate times. However, his teams or capable of hitting home run balls, via the three point line, which let him off the hook when making bad coaching decisions, and when he has managed the clock unresponsively. It is a situation where Pitino is on or he is not. Louisville rises and falls with the nuances and the management of the clock by Pitino.

Luke Olsen, Arizona- No coach has consistently managed a game better than Lute Olsen. He has accomplished this with great point guard play and above average inside game. But Arizona’s offense rises or falls with the point guard. And Olsen has had some good ones. He is without a doubt one of the top bench coaches in terms of managing the waning minutes of a game in America.

Ben Howland, UCLA- Howland brought his magic to Westwood and has created a talent pool that is exceptional to say the least. His clock management has been good and he has effectively advanced to the NCAA tournament enjoying good success.

Bob Huggins,West Virginia- Last year Huggins over achieved. The talent level at West Virginia was suspect, but Huggins managed to pull out a respectable year, making the NCAA tournament. For West Virginia, cloak Management became increasingly important. Look for Huggins to have the Mountaineers at the top through the upcoming season.

Bob McKillop- Davidson- Unless you were on another planet last year you have to be impressed with the coaching ability of McKillop. However one player made all of this possible and it was Stephen Curry. He is a shooter period. Enough said. He can get his shot off in a way that is not quick, but subtle. The point is he got his shot off consistently to get Davidson to the final eight last year. Curry is not a top ten player, so McKillop had to coach this team to success.

Mark Few-Gonzaga- Few coaches have done more than Coach Mark Few, to raise the National name recognition of one one school in ten years. Mark Few is an excellent bench coach and recruiter who has elevated Gonzaga to a household name. What can be said about the successes the Few has had. The best I can say is that he is an excellent bench coach.

Rick Barnes-Texas- Just study his history and the number of players that have made it to the NBA and how Texas is now known as a point guard factory and you see why Riick Barnes Made this list. He is an excellent coach and one of the great thinker in America. Best Of the Rest John Thompson III John Calipari Tim Floyd I’m sure there are others that should have been on this list.

Here’s a list of the top coaches from the past. Bobby Knight Adolph Rupp Denny Crum Al McGuire John Wooden Dean Smith John Thompson Gale Catlett