News, Notes and Championship Preview – Monday, April 8

For Jon Teitel’s interview with Hall of Famer Terry Dischinger – CLICK HERE

For Jon Teitel’s interview with Hall of Famer Teresa Weatherspoon – CLICK HERE

Tonight’s NCAA Championship Game features a pair of first-timers for Monday Night – the Virginia Cavaliers pulled off another improbable win out of the blue against Auburn on Saturday night. It initially looked like the Cavs were going to win a relatively painless game after they took a 10-point lead against Auburn with 5 minutes remaining. But Ty Jerome’s fourth foul meant that Auburn had a window to mount a comeback, and they did score 14 unanswered points to take a 4-point lead with under a minute remaining. Virginia finally answered with a three of their own, and Auburn made one of two free throws on the next sequence. What happened next would be the talk of the Final Four weekend – first Auburn committed a foul to slow down Virginia since it was only their fifth foul of the half. Next, Auburn nearly forced a turnover when Virginia appeared to pick up their dribble and then commit a double-dribble that wasn’t called before being fouled for team foul #6. With one more in-bound play, Kyle Guy was fouled with under a second left as he was trying to hit a game-winning 3-point shot. He did hit all three free throws and gave Virginia a 63-62 victory.

In the nightcap, Texas Tech was up by 2 at halftime after surviving a rock fight in the first half against Michigan State. In the 2nd half, they overcame an injury to Tariq Owens and ended the game with a 9-0 run after the Spartans got within a point with 2:55 remaining in the game. Jarrett Culver only had 10 points on the night, but he had 7 of the Red Raiders’ 9 final points, and his 3-point shot with a minute remaining effectively ended the competitive phase of the game.  Matt Mooney led Texas Tech with 22 points.

Elsewhere, there were a couple of coaching vacancies that were filled yesterday. One was Arkansas – after they appeared to initially be spurned by Eric Musselman, they were able to make a successful counter offer and Musselman will be the Razorbacks’ next head coach. Virginia Tech will also hire longtime head coach Mike Young; he had led Wofford to the 2nd round this year that included a win against Seton Hall and a near-miss against Kentucky.


(3) TEXAS TECH VS (1) VIRGINIA (9:20 PM, CBS) – Texas Tech is vying for their first national championship in a major sport since Sheryl Swoopes led Texas Tech to the women’s NCAA basketball title in 1993; she almost singlehandedly led Tech to that title with a 47-point performance against Ohio State. With a pair of defensively oriented teams like Tech and Virginia, it is not inconceivable that one of these teams could WIN the title by scoring only 47 points. Nonetheless, Virginia has to believe they are a team of destiny after overcoming their first-round demons from last year AND pulling off back-to-back comeback wins against Purdue and Auburn.

After tonight, we will have one final Hoops HD Report podcast for the season where we recap the Final Four as well as other postseason action and any other coaching news that may develop.

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Call to the Hall: HoopsHD interviews brand-new National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Famer Terry Dischinger

Carsen Edwards had an NCAA tourney for the ages last month: 26 PTS in Purdue’s win over ODU, 42 PTS against defending champion Villanova, 29 PTS in a 5-PT OT win over Tennessee, and another 42 PTS (including 10 threes) in a 5-PT OT loss to Virginia. Earlier today he announced that he will be leaving school to enter the NBA draft, where he can only hope to follow in the footsteps of fellow Purdue legend Terry Dischinger. Terry was a 3-time All-American at Purdue, 1963 NBA ROY, and a member of 1 of the greatest basketball teams ever: the gold-medal-winning 1960 Olympic team. Last week he was named a member of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019. Yesterday HoopsHD’s Jon Teitel got to chat with Terry about his terrific career and we congratulate him on his awesome honor.

You graduated #1 in your class from Garfield High School, majored in chemical engineering at Purdue, and were valedictorian at dental school in Tennessee: how much importance did you place on academics? When I was in the 8th grade my dad was a coach and I played all kinds of sports. During a check-up a doctor found that I had a heart murmur and I was not allowed to play: you can imagine how that affected me. I learned that year that schoolwork comes 1st, which is what my parents had taught me. For that 1 year I was the best band player (trombone) in the school and had great grades!

You started for team USA at the 1960 Olympics: what did it mean to you to win a gold medal, and where does that team (inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010) rank among the greatest that you have ever seen? I could not play at Purdue as a freshman so 1960 was my 1st year on the varsity. It was the 1st time that a college team had ever won the Olympic gold medal. We went to Denver for tryouts and I felt like I was on vacation. Oscar Robertson was my hero…and he ended up being my roommate! I think that I was the youngest person to ever play for team USA: I could not believe that I was in it. We were the greatest team up to that time: we played some exhibition games and actually lost our 1st game. My dad told me that after that game Oscar and Jerry West went to Coach Pete Newell and said that they would go home if he did not put me and Jerry Lucas in the starting lineup! When we got inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010 in Springfield we were all up on the stage. Oscar and Jerry West, our captains, spoke on the stage and were the first off the stage. Oscar’s seat was in the 1st row right on the aisle, and when I passed by him he hugged me and said he loved me. Every time I think about that I tear up a little bit: it was an amazing experience for me in so many ways. Not many people get to honor their country by winning a medal. You are not playing for yourself or your college: you are playing for your country.

On Christmas Day 1961 you broke your Olympic teammate Jerry Lucas’ Big 10 record by scoring 52 PTS in a game against Michigan State: was it just 1 of those scenarios where every shot you put up seemed to go in because you were “in the zone”? I scored 18 PTS in the end of the 2nd half and the rest of the team only had 2 PTS. Whatever I did that night felt like I was doing it before I did it. 52 is amazing: I was not 1 who looked at statistics but later on I reviewed some of the stuff that I did and wondered how I was able to do it. Ironically, that was the only home game that my parents did not see me play in college (due to a snowstorm), but my grandparents were able to make it there from Indianapolis.

You were a 3-time All-American with the Boilermakers and finished your career with 28.3 PPG/13.7 RPG: what was your secret for being a great scorer, and how did you balance your scoring with your rebounding? I could get to the boards fast and get up fast: I had a good 2nd jump as well. I tried to go to the opposite side of where the shot came from because that is usually where missed shots went. That is the only Purdue record I still hold: most REB in a single season in school history. I was so quick for my size and could shoot with either hand: we did not have a 3-PT line back then but I could step out and score or beat people to the basket. I also used to practice shooting on a rim that was smaller than a normal rim, which helped me make sure to put a lot of arc on my shot and not have it come up short. I also had the student manager try to block my shots with a broom and I jumped a lot of rope. It was not work for me: it was fun even through my pro career. I played 4 different sports in high school: track/baseball/football/basketball. Coach Bob “Slick” Leonard came from my hometown of Terre Haute and was my head coach during my 1 year in Baltimore in 1964. We had lunch 1 day with our wives and he asked me how many Indiana high school athletes were all-state in 4 different sports. He said the answer was 2 (me and Joe Sexton)! Bob was a great player at Indiana (1953 NCAA champ) and 1 of the best coaches ever (3 ABA titles with the Pacers from 1970-1973).

Your 713 career FTM remains top-20 in NCAA history: what is the key to getting to the line/making FTs? In high school I shot them underhanded like Rick Barry, but when I got to Purdue the coach said I had to stop that. You need great shooting fundamentals: it is getting better now with college kids but I worked really hard at it.

In the spring of 1962 you were drafted 8th overall (1 spot behind John Havlicek and 4 spots ahead of Chet Walker): did you see that as a validation of your college career, or the realization of a lifelong dream of reaching the NBA, or other? I was a chemical engineer at Purdue but had not yet received my diploma by the time of the draft. I went to school to get my diploma. I was planning to be an employee/player at Phillips 66 but I really wanted to play in the NBA against the best. They put a provision in my contract that I only had to play on holidays/weekends so that I could go to class during the week.  In January I started playing full-time.

In 1963 you scored 25.5 PPG and were named NBA ROY: how were you able to make such a smooth transition from college to the pros? That was 1 of the greatest things that ever happened to me because I was voted on by the players. I do not think I knew better: it did not feel real to me. It was always fun for me so I never got tired of it. Back then they did not have quick forwards like me, which helped me beat a lot of guys off the dribble or beat them down the court. I could shoot with both hands around the basket.

After making 3 straight All-Star games from 1963-1965 you spent 2 years in Hawaii serving in the Army: how did that decision change your life, and do you have any regrets? I took ROTC in college because it was during the Vietnam era. After graduation I had to go to the service at some point but they let me play for 3 years before doing so. I arrived in Hawaii and a colonel asked me why I thought I was there: he said that he was losing recruits because he did not have a good basketball team. I also had a teaching thing where I trained people to put their gas masks on correctly! 1 of my basketball teammates was a dentist around my age and we both had kids the same age so we became close friends: he asked me if I ever thought about going into dentistry. He told me I could go to dental school in Tennessee while continuing to play in the pros so I did that. I was not as good a player after I returned to the NBA but I could still play well.

You later became an orthodontist in Oregon: how did you like the dental business, and what have you been up to since retiring? I loved my dental job as much as my basketball job. The ability to give people beautiful smiles helped change their lives. I am trying to get a handicap on the golf course: I used to be a 1. When we moved to Portland I was able to join the local country club. I was playing 1 day and saw a sign that there was a house for sale on the course. I dropped by his house after the round and we moved in 3 months later. I won a club championship once and was also named the best golfer over age 50. It is tough as I get older because it is not so easy but it was a wonderful thing. My son took over my orthodontic practice and is also a great golfer himself. I have had a wonderful life and a wonderful wife and 3 great kids and 9 great grandkids.

Last week you were named a member of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019: how did you learn about the great news, and where does it rank among the highlights of your career? I got a call about it and had a very nice talk with the people from the Hall. I am 78 and did not think I would be getting any more awards but as you get older they mean even more to you. I will be there in Kansas City this fall for the ceremony and it is really a joy to make it. I was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame with the Olympic team, which was also great. I really improved a lot during my freshman year when we were not allowed to play: I got stronger/faster so I liked the idea of freshman not being eligible.  I could maintain my studies and could get ready to play in my freshman year with no pressure. We scrimmaged most nights against the varsity and it worked well for me, but I fully understand one and done.

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Call to the Hall: HoopsHD interviews brand-new Hall of Famer Teresa Weatherspoon

This year marks the 20th anniversary of 1 of the most incredible shots in women’s basketball history. Game 2 of the 1999 WNBA Finals was tied at 65 when Houston’s Tina Thompson made a jump shot with 2.4 seconds left to give her team a 2-PT lead over New York. The Liberty were out of timeouts so Kym Hampton inbounded the ball to Teresa Weatherspoon, who took a couple of dribbles and hoisted up a 50-footer at the buzzer. It hit the backboard, dropped through the basket, and the team mobbed Teresa to celebrate her game-winning miracle. Earlier today she was named a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2019. Teresa first made a name for herself during an incredible stretch in the spring/summer of 1988: she won an NCAA title as a player at Louisiana Tech, won the Wade Trophy as the national POY, and finished the summer by winning an Olympic gold medal. She made 4 straight WNBA All-Star teams with New York from 1999-2002 and in 2011 was named 1 of the 15 best players in WNBA history. Back in 2015 HoopsHD’s Jon Teitel got to chat with Teresa about her spectacular career and is proud to present that previously unpublished interview for the very 1st time: congrats!

In the 1986 Goodwill Games in Moscow you beat the Soviet Union 83–60 in the title game: how on earth were you able to defeat a Soviet team that was 152–2 in major international competitions over the prior 3 decades? That was a really tough place to go into and try to perform because they were so dominant but we had assembled a good team and were up for the challenge. We were very good defensively and moved the ball well. Cheryl Miller was great and we all played with a tremendous amount of confidence. It was like us playing against the rest of the world. I had a chance to go back there after the 1992 Olympics to play on that same floor, which was amazing. 7’2″ Soviet center Juliana Semenova was just so tall that we were in awe of her.

Take me through the 1987 NCAA tourney as a player at Louisiana Tech:
In the Final 4 against defending national champ/#1-ranked Texas you had a 4-PT win thanks to your team shooting 73.9 FG% in the 2nd half as well as your own scoring (19 PTS)/passing (you set a Final 4 record with 11 AST): how were you able to neutralize the home court advantage they had while playing in Austin in front of 15,000 people (which at the time was the largest crowd in the history of the sport)? If you know about playing in Longhorn Land, it was tough. They were a great team who pushed the ball and wanted to tire you out because they had a strong bench. We were not the most talented squad but worked very hard and played together. We focused on being dang-near flawless because they would quickly capitalize on any mistake we made: they had so many weapons.

In the title game you faced a Tennessee team who you had beaten in 11 of your previous 12 meetings: how were they able to flip the script and win by 23 PTS to clinch their 1st national title? We used up so much energy against Texas that when we had to face a well-coached team that just pounded the ball in the paint and did so many physical things it just wore us out.

In the 1988 NCAA tourney title game Ruthie Bolton scored 16 PTS in the 1st half for Auburn, but you held her scoreless in the 2nd half en route to a 2-PT win: what did it mean to you to win a title? That was really big because we wanted Coach Leon Barmore to become the 1st male coach to win a women’s title. Auburn just did everything correct during the 1st half and were getting each other open so they had us in scramble mode. Ruthie was my check and she had a big 1st half so Coach Barmore was all over me during halftime to play better defense, which I took pride in. I was getting killed but I accepted the challenge and promised my teammates that Ruthie would not get another bucket. There is no need to hold anything back in the title game so we just gave it everything we had.

In 1988 you won both the Honda Sports Award/Wade Trophy as national POY: what did it mean to you to win such outstanding honors? I did not realize all of my individual accomplishments until our athletic banquet at the end of the season. The only thing left after that was a gold medal: 1988 was an amazing year for me!

Your 858 career AST remains in the top-20 all-time in NCAA history and you are also #3 in career AST in WNBA history: what is the key to being a great PG? It is a total commitment of putting everyone else in a position to be successful. Assists are exciting to me: the beautiful thing is that you are giving and someone else is receiving. Leaders must take others to places they could never go by themselves: I enjoyed passing the ball.

You played for team USA at the 1988 Olympics: what did it mean to you to win a gold medal? I came from a small town in Texas and was once told that I would not be a great player but I worked my tail off to become 1 of 12 players who formed the best team in the world. No matter where you come from if you believe in yourself then great things will happen.

After joining the New York Liberty in 1997 you became the 1st-ever WNBA DPOY and then won the award again in 1998: what is your secret for being a great defender? I always believed in defensive stops and offensive runs: I always wanted to defend the best player on the other team because that allowed me to get more playing time. I liked the control factor of being able to dictate what an offensive player did. It meant a lot to be named DPOY: it is about shutting people down and being smart enough to control or stop someone. You have to be great off the ball as well so that you can help your teammates.

In Game 2 of the 1999 WNBA Finals after Tina Thompson made a jumper to give Houston a 2-PT lead with 2.4 seconds left, you took an inbounds pass from Kym Hampton and made a 50-foot shoot off the backboard to win the game: did you think that the shot was going in, and where does that rank among the highlights of your career? I begged Kym to throw it to me because nobody was around me and I knew that the shot was going in. Tina was near me but not close enough to prevent me from shooting it. It looked on line from the moment it left my hand and felt good. The best part was to hear that gym go from a noisy arena to a silent library, plus it kept us alive for another game. It was an awesome experience but I never watch the play now even though I know it is going in. When everyone jumped on top of me I could not breathe but I enjoyed the suffocation!

In 2009 you were named head coach of the Lady Techsters: how did you like the job, and what do you hope to do in the future? I enjoy being influential to young people and having a positive impact on their lives. It is so different to go from the player’s side to the coach’s side: you have to make sure that everyone is prepared/ready to go. I learn something new every day on my own and I enjoy every minute of it. I studied with a lot of great coaches and have built a lot of different philosophies.

Your father Charles holds the record for the most grand slams in a minor league baseball game with 3, and your 2nd cousin Sean Weatherspoon was an NFL linebacker: who is the best athlete in the family, and do you credit at least some of your success to genetics? I am a pretty good damn athlete! I played a bunch of different sports growing up because I was hyped every day to play sports. However, my father is the best without a doubt.

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News, Notes and Final Four Games – Saturday, April 6

For Jon Teitel’s photo essay of last week’s Virginia Tech-Duke game in the East Regional Semifinal – CLICK HERE

As the Final Four prepares to get underway in Minneapolis today, there were quite a few moves (and non-moves, for that matter) that fell into place for the 2019 Coaching Carousel. There was a feeling that Jamie Dixon was the frontrunner to be UCLA’s next head coach, but that is no longer the case after Dixon told the TCU brass that he would remain with their program. Vanderbilt also announced that Jerry Stackhouse would be their next head coach; he will replace Bryce Drew.

Elsewhere, Kevin Willard was a favorite target for Virginia Tech, but he has opted to remain at Seton Hall and is no longer in the running down in Blacksburg. There were also rumors that Chris Mullin would be dismissed at St. John’s, so their athletic department issued a press release earlier today stating that Mullin would still be head coach and that they were not looking at any other candidates at this time.

Meanwhile, in the CBI Championship Series, South Florida won the decisive Game 3 77-65. David Collins led the Bulls with 19 points and 8 rebounds; this was USF’s first win in any tournament since they won the Sun Belt Tournament in 1990. This was also the second time Brian Gregory won a postseason tournament; he had previously won the NIT in 2010 as Dayton’s head coach.


(5) AUBURN VS (1) VIRGINIA (6:09 PM, CBS) – Something is going to have to give in this game – Virginia is the nation’s top team in terms of fewest points allowed, and Auburn has been arguably the hottest team remaining in terms of offensive production. However, Auburn did show that they could win a defensive struggle as evidenced in their overtime victory against Kentucky in the Midwest Regional Final last Sunday. Virginia needed a last-second shot to take their game against Purdue into overtime in the South Regional Final and took advantage with their win against the Boilers.

(3) TEXAS TECH VS (2) MICHIGAN STATE (approx. 8:39 PM, CBS) – Despite navigating through various injuries throughout the season, Michigan State finds itself in the Final Four for the eighth time during Tom Izzo’s coaching career after taking out a Duke team that was a heavy favorite to win the national title going into the NCAA Tournament this year. They will now face a Texas Tech team that is experienced in their own right and has advanced to the Elite Eight last year and now their first Final Four in program history in back-to-back seasons.

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All-Access at the East Regional: HoopsHD is in the 2nd row for Virginia Tech-Duke

The NCAA tournament is about basketball but also so much more: the fans, bands, cheerleaders, etc. The East Regional is taking place in Washington, DC this weekend and we could not be more excited to be there in person! HoopsHD is all over it and covering all of the angles so you can look forward to a cascade of coverage in the days ahead. Jon Teitel continues our coverage with a photo essay recap of the Sweet 16 ACC rematch featuring the Hokies vs. the Blue Devils (all of the photos below were taken by HoopsHD, but since the NCAA was kind enough to award us a credential…and to cover our butts, we will extend the courtesy for everything to both the NCAA and CBS Sports just in case).

There was plenty of star power in the audience with the majority of it named David: CNN political analyst David Gregory sat about 5 rows up from center court while billionaire Duke alum David Rubenstein was located right behind the Duke bench (the grey-haired gentleman in the center of this photo):

There was plenty of star power on the court as well with 2 notable absences: no Justin Robinson in the starting lineup for Virginia Tech and no Cam Reddish in the starting lineup for Duke (due to an undisclosed knee injury). Let’s go:

SR SG Ahmed Hill had a birthday the previous week and appeared to keep the celebration going throughout the 1st half: he kept making threes and then turning to the crowd to let them know about it. It did not end well for him…but we will get to that later on:

When Robinson finally checked into the game he received a huge ovation from the anti-Duke crowd. He made an instant impact off the bench with an alleyoop to Hill for a big dunk before making a pair of threes:

Reddish remained on the sideline all night but his 3 fellow super-frosh all made notable 1st half contributions. RJ Barrett only made 1 basket in the 1st half but instead of forcing the issue he focused on the distributing the ball and had 7 AST by halftime:

In contrast, Tre Jones (the regular PG) turned into the 2nd coming of JJ Redick by knocking down 3 after 3 and even mixing in an and-1.  I should have had a better idea of his strategy after seeing him warm up outside the 3-PT line:

This was my 1st chance to see Zion Williamson in person and he did not disappoint. He shared a moment early on with uncle Buzz, although it looks like neither of them will be involved when these 2 ACC foes play again next season:

Zion had a tough layup inside, a huge 2-handed follow-dunk of an RJ miss, a 3, and an impossibly-high BLK on a Kerry Blackshear Jr. shot that was somehow NOT called goaltending. The lowlight was when he air-balled a 3 that drove the Hokie crowd wild, but the highlight was when he caught an alleyoop with his back to the basket/rotated 180 degrees in mid-air/laid it in. He can simply do things that most human being cannot do so it is no wonder that he was recently named national POY:

Virginia Tech was up 38-34 at the half and Tom Izzo decided to sit down right in front of me to talk to the Spartan radio crew and do a little scouting since he would be playing the winner of tonight’s game on Sunday:

In contrast, LSU JR SG Skylar Mays came out of the locker room to be consoled by his family/friends (he is the 1 holding his head in his hand in the center of this photo) while wondering how Izzo’s defense was able to hold him to just 7 PTS earlier that evening:

I do not know if Duke alum Grant Hill had to expel some nervous energy but he did feel the need to stand up and stretch his long legs during a Virginia Tech trip to the FT line:

SR SG/SF Ty Outlaw was under a “haze” of suspicion after being cited for marijuana possession the week earlier but after being cleared to play he scored 5 PTS in the 2nd half on a 3 and a layup:

Blackshear kept the Hokies in it until the very end despite playing in obvious pain: after having foot surgery a couple of years ago he is forced to run around the court with his left heel up in the air all game long. He was only 5-14 from the field but made 8 FT and owned Duke inside with an insane 11 offensive REB. Not only did he finish with has 2nd straight double-double against the Blue Devils, he became only the 2nd player since 1995 to have at least 18 PTS/16 REB/5 AST in an NCAA tourney game (Angel Delgado had 24 PTS/23 REB/5 AST in a loss to Kansas last March). Coach K looked very concerned after seeing RJ bent over at the waist in pain but both of them turned out to be just fine:

Barrett overcame his injury by scoring at will in the 2nd half: a layup on the very 1st possession, a bunch of layups including an and-1, and a pull-up jumper off the glass. He also kept finding open teammates and set a new career-high with 11 AST:

Somehow Jones was even better: despite making only 4-25 shots from behind the arc in his previous 5 ACC/NCAA tourney games combined, he finished with a career-high 22 PTS on 5-7 3PM and even out-jumped the 6’10” Blackshear to tip a REB over to Alex O’Connell. The only downside was when he missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 30 seconds left and his team up 75-73. Zion continued to dazzle by spinning to the hoops for a series of dunks/layups/finger rolls and slamming home an alley-oop from Jones that caused the crowd to explode:

The Hokies set up an inbounds play for the final second in the hopes of sending it to OT, but Hill could not drop the ball into the hoop despite making a perfect curl to the basket and receiving a great pass. Duke escaped with a 75-73 win as their fans let out a huge sigh of relief:

JR C Marques Bolden only played 20 minutes off the bench but got to do the postgame radio spot due to his all-around play (4 PTS/6 REB/2 BLK):

The line to get into the Duke locker room rivaled that of the halftime restroom line:

I tried to chat with a few of the role players while the superstars and their coach were on the podium:

However, even the law firm of O’Connell/Bolden/DeLaurier was busy consulting with a bunch of potential clients:

Props to Zion for keeping his locker room neat…and props to me for not stealing his jacket (unlike the reporter who stole Tom Brady’s jersey after the Super Bowl!):

Marty Smith had enough juice to schedule a stand-up with the podium players:

I wanted to interview Tre when he was standing by himself after returning to the locker room, but he was spending some face time on his phone with 1 of his loved ones so I just gave him some room to enjoy a semi-private moment:

I also wanted to interview Zion and RJ but the crowd for each was about 5 reporters deep:

That’s all for now, check back later for continuing coverage.

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UTR Postseason News, Notes and CBI Preview – Friday, April 5

For Jon Teitel’s interview with former James Madison 2-sport star Steve Stielper – CLICK HERE

Last night in Madison Square Garden, Lipscomb’s amazing season came to a screeching halt where they were defeated by Texas 81-66. The Longhorns made their game-defining run late in the first half; after trailing by 3 points following a shot by the Bisons’ Rob Marberry; the Longhorns went on a 17-2 run to take control of the game. Dylan Osetkowski led Texas with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Kerwin Roach II was named the Most Outstanding Player for the NIT and Texas won their second NIT crown; they last won the tournament in 1978.

Green Bay started their game at Marshall strong; after a 3-point shot by Sandy Cohen III, the Phoenix jumped out to a 37-24 lead at the 6-minute mark. From there, Marshall was able to cut their deficit down to 2 points at halftime. The first 8 minutes of the 2nd half was back-and-forth between both teams, but a 26-8 run by the Thundering Herd effectively ended the competitive phase of this game. Marshall won their first CIT Championship and their first national title since winning the 1947 NAIA National Championship.

CBI Championship (Game 3)

SOUTH FLORIDA AT DEPAUL (7:00 PM, ESPNU) – The first two games of this series have either come down to a last-second shot or overtime. South Florida won the first game at home on Monday with a game-winning drive with under 2 seconds remaining, and DePaul returned the favor with an overtime victory on Wednesday.

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