NCAA TOURNAMENT TRIVIA: Test
Special from the National Association of Basketball Coaches
As Is that your final answer? The merit of standardized testing is
controversial among coaches, but it's time to put your NCAA playoff
knowledge on the line and take a shot at many difficult questions. Your
score on this one-of-a-kind trivia quiz probably will reflect an ability
to retain critical knowledge, jog your memory, exhibit your lack of
attention to detail or reveal once and for all that you didn't major or
even minor in "hoopology".
Many participants in the NCAA playoffs believe it's a once-in-a-lifetime
experience. Similarly, more and more all-around sports fans probably
would pick the Final Four over the World Series and Super Bowl if they
were forced to choose just one of the prestigious events they could
attend. In accordance with that "one and only" theme and indeference to
the magic number of 65 entrants in the field, here is a treasure-trove
of 65 tantalizing NCAA Tournament trivia questions dealing with the only
coach to be linked to a distinctive achievement (answers are at the
1. Name the only NBA team to have two teammates go on to coach teams in
the Final Four. Hint: They were among the top three scorers for their
team the first three seasons in NBA history. Their team posted the best
regular-season record in the league's inaugural campaign and
participated in the 1949 NBA Finals.
2. Who is the only individual to play and coach in both the NCAA and NBA
playoffs? Hint: He played for a 28-5 Oregon State playoff team and on
the frontline of an NBA champion with Dolph Schayes and Red Kerr. The
leading scorer for his NBA playoff team was Gene Shue and the leading
scorer for his NCAA tourney team was Bob Nash.
3. Who is the only coach to direct teams to Final Fours in four
different decades? Hint: He is the only coach to lose more than seven
Final Four games and his first three NCAA Tournament championship games.
His Final Four defeats were by an average of 15 points.
4. Who is the only coach to twice guide three different schools to the
NCAA playoffs in the same decade? Hint: He is the only coach to have two
different sons play for him in the tourney with two different schools.
5. Who is the only coach to guide a school to the Final Four as many as
five times and never capture the national championship? Hint: He lost
each time at the Final Four to the eventual titlist and served as
captain for the school's first team in 1946.
6. Who is the only coach to win a tournament game for four different
schools? Hint: He was the only coach in the 20th Century to direct four
different universities to the NCAA playoffs.
7. Who is the only individual to win NCAA titles in his first two
seasons as head coach at a school? Hint: He achieved the feat the first
year after the eligibility expired for the school's most illustrious
player, a three-time UPI Player of the Year who led the nation in
scoring each season.
8. Who is the only active coach to take two different schools to the
NCAA playoffs in his maiden voyage with them after they posted a losing
mark the previous campaign? Hint: He posted the nation's best winning
percentage by a first-year major college head coach in 1987-88 when he
went 20-10 (.667) in his lone season with yet another school.
9. Name the only school to have at least five coaches direct teams to
the NCAA Tournament and each of them compile winning playoff records
with the institution. Hint: The university has captured seven NCAA
championships, but only one in a 37-year span from 1959 through 1995.
Who was the coach of the only University of Detroit team to win an NCAA
playoff game until the Titans defeated St. John's in 1998? Hint: Detroit
lost to an in-state rival in a regional semifinal four days after
posting its first tournament victory. The coach of that squad is the
only Seton Hall graduate to win an NCAA tourney game.
11. Who is the only coach with six or more NCAA playoff appearances to
reach a regional final every time? Hint: His school is the only one to
win back-to-back NCAA championships in its first two appearances in the
tournament. His son was coach of a school in the same conference when
the institution participated in the tourney for the initial time.
12. Name the only school to have as many as six different coaches
compile losing NCAA playoff records. Hint: The school is more games
under .500 in tournament play than any institution, but pulled off a
first-round upset of a defending champion behind a star player who
subsequently entered the coaching profession and compiled a 6-3 NCAA
Tournament record with another university in the same state from
13. Who is the only coach to leave an NCAA champion before the next
season for another coaching job? Hint: He is the only coach to earn a
trip to the Final Four in his first college season despite finishing the
season with at least 10 defeats. He is also the only coach to reach the
NCAA final after finishing fourth or lower in regular-season conference
standings. Moreover, he is one of just two coaches, both were also NBA
head coaches, to take two different schools to the NCAA playoff
14. Who is the only coach to direct teams to the NCAA Final Four and the
NBA Finals and compile a winning NCAA playoff career record? Hint: His
son coached a couple of schools in the NCAA Tournament.
15. Name the only coach of an NCAA titlist to previously play major
league baseball. Hint: The Hall of Famer's 18-year college head coaching
career was all at one university.
16. Who is the only coach to compile NCAA playoff records at least three
games above .500 at two different schools (minimum of five victories at
each school)? Hint: The coach earned a doctorate.
17. Name the only school to have five different coaches take the
university to the Final Four. Hint: Of the 11 schools to win at least
two national championships, it's the only one in the select group to go
more than 25 years between titles.
18. Who is the only person to play for an NBA championship team before
coaching an NCAA titlist? Hint: He was a backup to an NBA all-time great
after being the leading scorer and rebounder for a team winning an NIT
19. Who became an NCAA playoff coach after being the only player in
history to participate with two different schools in the NCAA
championship game? Hint: One of the teams he played for was undefeated.
He coached two different schools in the tourney.
20. Who is the only active head coach to engineer a turnaround featuring
an NCAA playoff appearance in his first full season at a new job
although the school compiled a record of more than 20 games below .500
the previous year? Hint: It was his only year as coach at the school.
21. Who is the only coach to win his first 12 tournament games decided
in overtime or by fewer than six points in regulation? Hint: His first
of three NCAA championship game teams had four players become NBA
first-round draft choices.
22. Name the only person to coach two different universities in
back-to-back years when each school made its initial playoff appearance.
Hint: He reached the national championship game with one of the schools.
23. What was the only Final Four matchup to have both coaches opposing
his alma mater? Hint: It's happened twice. The protege was an assistant
at his alma mater for 10 years.
24. Who is the only coach to oppose his alma mater more than twice at
the Final Four? Hint: He is also the only coach to twice win conference
and NCAA tournaments in the same year.
25. Who is the only unbeaten coach in NCAA playoff history? Hint: He is
the only NCAA basketball championship coach to also be baseball coach at
the same school when it won a College World Series game.
26. Who was the only coach with more than 30 NCAA Tournament victories
to earn those wins at more than one school until Lute Olson (Iowa and
Arizona) joined him in 1998? Hint: Three schools for the first coach
were slapped with NCAA sanctions during his stints there.
27. Of the individuals to both play and coach in the NCAA Tournament,
who leads that group in both scoring and rebounding totals? Hint: This
recently retired coach was the leading scorer in the biggest blowout in
regional final history.
28. Who is the only coach to grace the NCAA playoffs in five decades?
Hint: He achieved the feat with four different universities.
29. Who is the only individual to be more than 10 games below .500 in
his initial campaign as a major-college head coach and subsequently
guide a team to a national championship? Hint: He won his last 10 NCAA
Tournament games decided by fewer than five points. In his last two
playoff appearances with the former titlist, it became the only school
to receive at-large bids in back-to-back years with as many as 14
defeats entering the tourney.
30. Who is the only individual to go as many as 25 years between
coaching teams in the NCAA Tournament? Hint: His first two playoff teams
were eliminated in their tourney openers by eventual championship game
31. Who is the only U.S. Olympic basketball coach to win the NCAA and
NIT titles with different schools? Hint: He never participated in a
national postseason tournament with the third university he coached
32. Who is the only coach to direct two different schools to the Final
Four twice apiece? Hint: He is the only coach to compile a record of
more than four games under .500 in Final Four contests and the only
coach to guide three teams to national fourth-place finishes.
33. Who is the only coach of a championship team to subsequently coach
another university and compile a winning NCAA playoff record at his last
major college job? Hint: He is the only coach to win a national title at
a school where he stayed less than five seasons.
34. Of the coaches to reach the national semifinals at least twice, who
is the only one to compile an undefeated Final Four record? Hint: He won
both of his championship games against the same school. He is also the
only NCAA consensus first-team All-American to later coach his alma
mater to an NCAA title.
35. Of the six coaches hired by NBA teams after winning an NCAA
championship, who is the only one to compile a non-losing NBA playoff
record? Hint: He is one of four different men to coach an undefeated
NCAA championship team.
36. Who is the only coach to take three different schools to a regional
final in a 10-year span? Hint: He is the only individual to meet two
different schools in the playoffs he had previously coached to the Final
Four. He had a chance to become the first coach to guide three different
universities to the Final Four, but retired and turned the reins over to
37. Who is the only coach to take a team more than two games below .500
one season to the national title the next year? Hint: He is the only one
of the 35 different championship team coaches to finish his college
career with a losing record. He is also the only major-college coach to
stay at a school at least 25 seasons and finish with a losing career
record at that institution.
38. Who is the only coach to reach the national semifinals of the NCAA
Tournament and NIT at least five times apiece? Hint: Of the three
coaches to win basketball championships at every major level (the NCAA,
NIT and Summer Olympics), he is the only one to capture the "Triple
Crown" in a span of less than 10 years.
39. Who is the only coach in the last 20 years to take two different
universities to the playoffs when the schools appeared in the tournament
for the first time? Hint: He no longer is a Division I head coach.
40. Who is the only individual to play in an NCAA Tournament
championship game and later coach his alma mater to a final? Hint: He
served as an assistant to the coach with the most NCAA playoff victories
and a college teammate is one of the 10 winningest coaches of all time.
41. Who is the only Final Four Most Outstanding Player to later coach
his alma mater in the NCAA Tournament? Hint: The guard was named Most
Outstanding Player although he was his team's fourth-leading scorer at
the Final Four that year.
42. Who is the only coach to win an NBA championship after directing a
college to the Final Four? Hint: His college squad was implicated in a
43. Who is the only Final Four Most Outstanding Player to later guide a
school other than his alma mater to the playoffs? Hint: He coached for
more than 20 years in the same conference against UCLA legend John
Wooden. He is also the only Final Four Most Outstanding Player to
complete his college playing career attending another university.
44. Who is the only coach to go more than 40 years from his first to his
last appearance in the playoffs? Hint: He and his son both compiled a
losing tourney record.
45. Who is the first coach to make more than a dozen NCAA playoff
appearances before reaching the Final Four? Hint: He was coach of the
first team to win the national championship in its first Final Four
appearance since Texas Western in 1966.
46. Name the only individual to rank among the winningest active coaches
by percentage in NCAA Tournament competition (minimum of 10 games)
despite absorbing at least three playoff defeats against teams with
double-digit seeds. Hint: His last eight tourney losses were by six
points or less, including three by two points.
47. Who is the only individual to coach a team to the Final Four after
becoming an NCAA consensus first-team All-America and NBA first-round
draft choice? Hint: He joined Chet Walker and Bob Love as
20-points-per-game scorers for the Chicago Bulls in 1969-70.
48. Who is the only NCAA baseball championship coach to direct a
basketball team from the same school to the Final Four? Hint: He is the
school's all-time winningest basketball coach.
49. Who is the only player to lead an NCAA championship game in scoring
while playing for his father? Hint: The son has the lowest game-high
point total in NCAA final history.
50. Who constitute the only father/son combination to twice reach the
Final Four together as coach and player? Hint: The son was a starter for
a team that was undefeated entering the Final Four.
51. Who is the only coach to have played in the NCAA Tournament and
College World Series in the same year? Hint: He served as captain on the
baseball and basketball teams as a college senior. After graduation, he
played minor league baseball before becoming an outstanding fast-pitch
softball player who was named to a couple of national All-Star teams.
52. Name the only school to have a single coach guide the same group of
players to victories in the NAIA Tournament, NIT and NCAA Tournament.
Hint: It's the only school in the last 50 years to enter the NIT with an
undefeated record. One of the five regulars from the three national
postseason tournament winners was one of the NBA's premier rebounders
before becoming an assistant coach in the league.
53. Who is the only coach to guide teams to the championship game in
both the Division I and Division II Tournaments? Hint: He is the only
coach to have a career NCAA Division I Tournament record as many as
eight games below the .500 mark, only title team coach to compile a
non-winning career playoff mark and only coach to lose three consecutive
regional final games.
54. Who is the only Final Four coach to previously lead the nation in a
statistical category as a major-college player? Hint: He coached his
alma mater to the NCAA Tournament six years later before guiding another
school to the Final Four twice in a four-year span.
55. Name the only school to appear in the NCAA Tournament under two
coaches who subsequently became NBA coach of the year. Hint: The school
participated in the NCAA playoffs under these individuals in
back-to-back seasons before they earned their NBA awards in a five-year
56. Who is the only individual to win tournament games while coaching
schools from the three conferences with the top winning percentages in
NCAA Tournament competition reflecting actual membership (ACC, Big East
and Big Ten)? Hint: He is the only coach to win playoff games with as
many as three different schools when they were seeded ninth or worse.
57. Who is the only coach to win national championships in junior
college, the NIT and the NCAA. Hint: He won the NIT in his first year as
a major college head coach.
58. Who is the only individual to coach teams in the NAIA Tournament,
NCAA Division III Tournament, NCAA Division II Tournament, National
Invitation Tournament and NCAA Division I Tournament? Hint: He took two
different schools to the five levels of national postseason competition
in a 13-year span beginning with an appearance as an interim head coach.
59. Who is the only coach to guide teams from the same school to the
football Rose Bowl and basketball Final Four? Hint: The Rose Bowl and
Final Four appearances were 17 years apart.
60. Who is the only coach to win three first-round games with teams
seeded 12th or worse? Hint: The former coach was 4-1 in tournament games
decided by fewer than five points. He played basketball at Fordham when
NFL Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi was the Rams' freshman basketball
61. Who is the only coach to earn automatic qualification for two
different schools by winning conference tournaments after compiling
losing records in regular-season league competition? Hint: He sandwiched
a 1-6 conference tourney record for another school between stints at the
two aforementioned universities. He was appointed coach at another
Division I institution before the start of the 1997-98 campaign.
62. Who is the only individual to twice direct a school to the Final
Four after participating as a player in two NBA Finals? Hint: He reached
the championship game in both Final Fours as a coach. The two
appearances at the NBA Finals were in the first two of four pro seasons
that saw him convert a modest 54.6 percent of his free-throw attempts.
His alma mater reached the Final Four for the first time while he was in
his rookie NBA season.
63. Who is the only coach to post an NCAA playoff victory against a
school he previously guided to the national title? Hint: He had two
separate SEC stints of at least six seasons with one of the schools.
64. Who is the only individual to coach in the NCAA Tournament after
leading his college in scoring in more than 10 NCAA playoff games? Hint:
He played in at least three tourney contests three consecutive years
before the field expanded to at least 32 teams.
65. Who is the only individual to coach his alma mater to more than four
NCAA Tournament victories after leading the school in scoring in an NCAA
playoff championship game? Hint: He also paced his alma mater in scoring
in a regional final victory.
1. For four seasons from 1946-47 through 1949-50, Bob Feerick (Santa
Clara '52) and Bones McKinney (Wake Forest '62) were teammates with the
Washington Capitols. Feerick and McKinney were among the team's top
three scorers, combining for more than 25 points per game, the first
three of those campaigns. The Capitols posted the best regular-season
record in the NBA's inaugural season and participated in the 1949 NBA
2. Ephraim "Red" Rocha is the only individual to play and coach in both
the NCAA and NBA playoffs. Rocha played for Oregon State in the 1947
NCAA Tournament before appearing in 39 NBA playoff games (including '56
champion Syracuse Nationals). He coached the Detroit Pistons in the 1959
NBA playoffs and the University of Hawaii in the 1972 NCAA Tournament.
3. Dean Smith, the winningest coach in NCAA playoff history through
2002, compiled an 8-11 record at the Final Four with North Carolina in
appearances from 1967 through 1997. He lost his first three title games
(1968, 1977 and 1981).
4. Tubby Smith is the only coach to twice guide three different schools
to the NCAA playoffs in the same decade--Tulsa (1994 and 1995), Georgia
(1996 and 1997) and Kentucky (1998 and 1999). He had two different sons
play for him in the tourney--G.G. at Georgia and Saul at Kentucky.
5. Guy Lewis guided Houston to 26 playoff wins from 1967-84, but he
failed to win the title each of the five times the Cougars reached the
Final Four under him (1967, 1968, 1982, 1983 and 1984) when they were
eliminated by the champion.
6. Eddie Sutton was the only coach in the 20th Century to direct four
different schools in the NCAA Tournament--Creighton, Arkansas, Kentucky
and Oklahoma State.
7. Ed Jucker directed Cincinnati to titles in 1961 and 1962 on the heels
of Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson leading the nation in scoring in 1958,
1959 and 1960 with a career average of 33.8 points per game for the
8. Rick Barnes is the only active coach to take two different schools to
the NCAA playoffs in his maiden voyage with them after they posted a
losing mark the previous campaign (Providence and Texas). He posted the
nation's best winning percentage by a first-year major college head
coach in 1987-88 when he went 20-10 (.667) in his lone season with
9. Kentucky--Adolph Rupp (30-18 record from 1942-72), Joe B. Hall (20-9
from 1973-85), Eddie Sutton (5-3 from 1986-88), Rick Pitino (22-5 from
1992-97) and Tubby Smith (14-4 from 1998 through 2002).
10. Dick Vitale (Seton Hall '62) guided Detroit to a 93-76 decision over
Middle Tennessee State in the 1977 Mideast Regional before the Titans
bowed to Michigan (86-81).
11. Henry "Hank" Iba's Oklahoma A&M Aggies won back-to-back national
championships (1945 and 1946), were national runner-up once (1949),
finished fourth once (1951), and were regional runners-up on four
occasions (1953, 1954, 1958 and 1965) in eight playoff appearances from
1945 through 1965. His son, Moe Iba, was coach for fellow Big Eight
Conference member Nebraska when the Huskers participated in the NCAA
playoffs for the first time in 1986.
12. Miami (Ohio) is 6-18 under eight coaches--Bill Rohr (0-3), Dick
Shrider (1-3), Tates Locke (1-2), Darrell Hedric (1-4), Jerry Peirson
(0-2), Joby Wright (0-1), Herb Sendek (1-1) and Charlie Coles (2-2).
Randy Ayers, a four-year starter, was Miami of Ohio's leading scorer in
the 1978 NCAA playoffs when the Redskins upset defending champion
Marquette before losing to eventual champion Kentucky. Ayers directed
Ohio State to the NCAA Tournament each of his first three seasons with
13. Larry Brown, who guided Kansas to the 1988 title when the Jayhawks
became the only NCAA champion to lose as many as four consecutive
regular-season games, left them before the start of the next season to
coach the NBA's San Antonio Spurs. Brown coached 22-10 UCLA to the 1980
championship game in his first college season after the Bruins finished
in fourth place in the Pacific-10 Conference with a 12-6 league record.
Brown and Frank McGuire (St. John's '52 and North Carolina '57) are the
only two coaches to take two different schools to the final. Oddly,
Brown accepted an athletic scholarship from North Carolina when McGuire
was coach and graduated from there after Dean Smith replaced McGuire
when he left the Tar Heels to coach the NBA's Philadelphia Warriors.
14. Butch van Breda Kolff, who compiled a 7-5 NCAA playoff record,
guided Princeton to the '65 Final Four and the Lakers to the NBA
championship series in 1968 and 1969 (lost to the Celtics both years).
His son, Jan, coached Vanderbilt and Pepperdine in the NCAA tourney
before moving on to St. Bonaventure.
15. Fred Taylor, who coached Ohio State to the 1960 title, was a first
baseman who played sparingly for the Washington Senators in parts of
three seasons from 1950 through 1952. His entire college head coaching
career was with the Buckeyes from 1959 through 1976.
16. Dr. Tom Davis compiled a 5-2 playoff record at Boston College before
going 13-9 at Iowa.
17. Kansas--Phog Allen (Final Four trips in 1940, 1952 and 1953), Dick
Harp (1957), Ted Owens (1971 and 1974), Larry Brown (1986 and 1988) and
Roy Williams (1991, 1993 and 2002). The Jayhawks went 36 years (from
1952 to 1988) between national championships.
18. John Thompson averaged 3.6 points and 3.6 rebounds per game as a
rookie backup to All-Pro center Bill Russell on the 1965 NBA champion
Boston Celtics after helping Providence win the NIT two years earlier.
Thompson coached Georgetown to the 1984 NCAA title.
19. Bob Bender played briefly for Indiana's 1976 titlist as a freshman
before transferring to Duke, where he was a backup guard for a team that
lost to Kentucky in the 1978 final. Bender went on to coach Illinois
State and Washington in the NCAA Tournament.
20. Loyola (Md.), 2-25 in the 1992-93 season, improved by 13 1/2 games
the next year when first-year Greyhounds coach Skip Prosser guided them
to a 17-13 record. Prosser succeeded former boss Pete Gillen the next
season at Xavier before eventually guiding Wake Forest to an outright
ACC regular-season title in 2003.
21. Steve Fisher won his first 12 "close" NCAA Tournament games with
Michigan until bowing to Texas, 80-76, in the opening round in 1996. The
roster Fisher inherited at the start of the 1989 playoffs included four
players who were among the top 16 selections in the first round of an
NBA draft--Terry Mills (16th pick in 1990), Glen Rice (4th in 1989),
Rumeal Robinson (10th in 1990) and Loy Vaught (13th in 1990).
22. Joe Williams--Jacksonville (national runner-up in 1970) and Furman
(first-round loser in 1971).
23. Kansas' Roy Williams (North Carolina '72) defeated his mentor, North
Carolina's Dean Smith (Kansas '53), 79-73, in the 1991 national
semifinals. Two years later in the same matchup at the national semis,
Carolina upended Kansas, 78-68.
24. Louisville's Denny Crum (UCLA '59) lost to his alma mater in the
national semifinals in 1972 (96-77) and 1975 (75-74 in overtime) before
defeating the Bruins in the 1980 championship game (59-54). Crum is the
only coach to twice win conference and NCAA tournaments in the same year
(1980 and 1986).
25. Everett Dean was 3-0 with 1942 champion Stanford in his only
appearance in the national tournament in 25 seasons as a major college
head basketball coach, including 14 years at Indiana (1925 through
1938). He was coach of Stanford's baseball squad when it won a College
World Series game in 1953.
26. Former Fresno State coach Jerry Tarkanian compiled a 7-5 playoff
record at Long Beach State from 1970-73 before going 30-11 at UNLV from
27. Former UNC Charlotte Coach Jeff Mullins collected a total of 200
points and 63 rebounds in eight playoff games to help Duke reach the
Final Four in 1963 and 1964. He scored a game-high 30 points in a 101-54
drubbing of Connecticut in the 1964 East Regional final.
28. Lefty Driesell is the only coach to grace the NCAA playoffs in five
decades. He achieved the feat with four different universities (Davidson
three times in the 1960s), Maryland (eight times in the 1970s and
1980s), James Madison (once in the 1990s) and Georgia State (once in
29. Rollie Massimino won his last 10 NCAA Tournament games with
Villanova decided by fewer than five points, including a 66-64 upset of
top-ranked Georgetown in the 1985 championship game. He compiled a 7-19
record in his first season with the Wildcats in 1973-74. Villanova (1990
and 1991) is the only school to receive at-large bids in back-to-back
years with as many as 14 defeats entering the tournament.
30. Bill Musselman is the only coach to go as many as 25 years between
NCAA Tournament appearances. His Minnesota team lost to eventual
national runner-up Florida State, 70-56, in the 1972 Mideast Regional.
In 1997, his South Alabama squad bowed to champion-to-be Arizona, 65-57,
in the Southeast Regional.
31. Pete Newell was coach of the gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic
basketball team in Rome in 1960 after winning national titles with San
Francisco (NIT in 1949) and California (NCAA in 1959).
32. Jack Gardner guided Kansas State (4th in 1948 and 2nd in 1951) and
Utah (4th in 1961 and 4th in 1966) to the Final Four twice apiece.
33. Alvin "Doggie" Julian captured a national title in 1947 in the
middle of his three seasons as coach at Holy Cross. He later compiled a
4-3 playoff record in three tournament appearances with Dartmouth from
1956 through 1959.
34. Branch McCracken compiled a 4-0 record in Final Four games with
Indiana by winning championships in 1940 and 1953. The Hoosiers defeated
Kansas in both finals. McCracken is also the only NCAA consensus
All-American (1930) to later coach his alma mater to an NCAA
35. Frank McGuire, coach of North Carolina's undefeated NCAA champion in
1957, compiled a 6-6 NBA playoff record in his only season with the
Philadelphia Warriors (1961-62). Five other coaches who either have a
losing postseason record in the pros or never participated in the NBA
playoffs through 1997 after winning an NCAA title are Larry Brown, Ed
Jucker, Doggie Julian, Rick Pitino and Jerry Tarkanian.
36. Gene Bartow is the only coach to take three different schools to a
regional final in a 10-year span (Memphis State '73, UCLA '76 and UAB
'82). Bartow is the only individual to meet two different schools in the
playoffs he had previously coached to the Final Four (lost against
Memphis State in 1985 and UCLA in 1990). He was succeeded at UAB by his
son, Murry Bartow, prior to the 1996-97 season.
37. Bud Foster guided Wisconsin to a 20-3 record and the 1941 NCAA title
after the Badgers finished in ninth place in the Big Ten the previous
season with an overall 5-15 mark. Foster compiled a 265-267 career
record in 25 years at Wisconsin after going 44 games under .500 in his
last four years (1955-56 through 1958-59).
38. Bob Knight, who directed Indiana to the 1979 NIT title and the U.S.
to a basketball gold medal in the 1984 Olympics at Los Angeles, captured
three NCAA titles with the Hoosiers (1976, 1981 and 1987) and also
reached the Final Four with them on two other occasions (1973 and 1992).
Indiana participated in the NIT in Knight's first season at the
Hoosiers' helm in 1972 and finished runner-up in the 1985 NIT. Knight
directed Army to a third-place finish in the NIT in 1970 and
fourth-place finishes in 1966 and 1969.
39. Matt Furjanic was at the helm when Robert Morris (1982) and Marist
(1986) appeared in the playoffs for the initial time.
40. Dick Harp scored a team-high 15 points for Kansas in a 43-42 victory
over Southern California in the 1940 national semifinals before the
Jayhawks bowed to Indiana in the final (60-42) when their leading
scorer, Ralph Miller, was held without a field goal. Harp, the successor
to legendary Kansas coach Phog Allen, guided the Wilt Chamberlain-led
Jayhawks to the 1957 championship game, where they lost to North
Carolina (54-53 in triple overtime). Dean Smith, who played under Allen
on KU teams reaching the national final in 1952 and 1953, and Miller,
who directed three different schools to the playoffs (Wichita State,
Iowa and Oregon State), are among the 10 winningest coaches of all time.
Harp concluded his major college coaching career as an aide to North
Carolina's Smith, the all-time leader in NCAA Tournament victories.
41. Walt Hazzard is the only Most Outstanding Player (UCLA '64) to later
coach his alma mater in the tournament (1-1 playoff record with the
Bruins in 1987). Hazzard had a two-game total of 30 points at the 1964
Final Four, finishing behind the scoring aggregates compiled by
teammates Gail Goodrich (41), Kenny Washington (39) and Keith Erickson
42. Jack Ramsay is the only coach to win an NBA championship (Portland
Trail Blazers '77) after directing a college to the Final Four (St.
43. Howie Dallmar, a sophomore guard for 1942 champion Stanford, is the
only Most Outstanding Player to guide a school other than his alma mater
to the playoffs. Dallmar posted a 1-1 tourney record with Penn in 1953
before coaching Stanford for 21 years from 1955-75 without directing his
alma mater to the NCAA playoffs. The principal culprit in denying
Dallmar an NCAA appearance with the Cardinal was UCLA's dynasty under
coach John Wooden. Dallmar, sent to Philadelphia by the Navy to attend
pre-flight training school toward the end of World War II, completed his
undergraduate work and used his final season of sports eligibility at
Penn, where he was an NCAA consensus first-team All-American in 1945.
44. Ray Meyer, who compiled a 14-16 record in 13 tournament appearances
with DePaul, had the longest time between a coach's first and last
appearance in the playoffs (41 years from 1943 until 1984). His son,
Joey, compiled a 6-7 tourney record with the Blue Demons from 1985
45. Connecticut's Jim Calhoun, making his 13th NCAA tourney appearance
in 1999, was the first coach to make more than a dozen trips to the NCAA
playoffs before reaching the Final Four.
46. Former Lamar/TCU coach Billy Tubbs compiled an 18-11 NCAA Tournament
record (.621) with Oklahoma despite losing three games against teams
with double-digit seeds--#10 Dayton in 1984, #12 DePaul in 1986 and #13
Southwestern Louisiana in 1992.
47. Clem Haskins, a graduate of Western Kentucky, is the only individual
to coach a team to the Final Four (Minnesota '97) after becoming an NCAA
consensus first-team All-America and NBA first-round draft choice
(Chicago Bulls in 1967).
48. Sam Barry, Southern California's all-time winningest basketball
coach with 260 victories in 17 seasons from 1930 through 1941 and from
1946 through 1950, was in charge when the Trojans participated in the
1940 Final Four. In 1948, he was coach when USC's baseball squad won the
second College World Series at Kalamazoo, Mich. The next year at
Wichita, Kan., before the CWS moved permanently to Omaha in 1950, Barry
guided the Trojans' baseball team to a national third-place finish.
49. Center Bob Allen is the only player to be the leading scorer in an
NCAA championship game while playing for his father. Phog Allen was
coach of the '40 Kansas squad that lost in the final against Indiana
(60-42) despite his son's 13 points, the lowest game-high total in NCAA
50. Houston's Guy Lewis and Vern Lewis represent the only father/son
combination to twice reach the Final Four together as coach and player.
Vern, a guard on the 1967 and 1968 Final Four Cougar teams dominated by
Elvin Hayes and Don Chaney, was a starter on the '68 squad that was
undefeated until getting humbled by UCLA in the national semifinals
51. Tom Penders played in the NCAA Tournament and College World Series
in his sophomore year (1965) while attending Connecticut before coaching
in the playoffs with Rhode Island, Texas and George Washington. After
playing briefly in the Cleveland Indians' farm system, Penders played
fast-pitch softball for 15 years in the Amateur Softball Association,
where he was named to the 1975 and 1976 National All-Star teams.
52. Alcorn State players E.J. Bell, Willie Howard, Joe Jenkins, Larry
Smith and Clinton Wyatt participated in victories in the 1977 NAIA
Tournament, 1979 NIT and 1980 NCAA Tournament under coach Davey Whitney.
The Braves were unbeaten in 1979 until bowing in the second round,
73-69, at Indiana, the eventual NIT champion. Smith, known as Mr. Mean,
averaged more than nine rebounds per game in 13 seasons in the NBA
before becoming an assistant coach with the Houston Rockets.
53. Everett Shelton directed Wyoming to the title in the 1943 NCAA
Division I Tournament and Sacramento State to a second-place finish in
the 1962 Division II Tournament. Shelton finished his career with a 4-12
Division I playoff record, including three consecutive regional final
defeats from 1947-'49.
54. Terry Holland is the only Final Four coach to previously lead the
nation in a statistical category as a major-college player. Holland's
63.1 percent field-goal shooting as a senior at Davidson paced the
country in 1963-64. He directed Virginia to the Final Four in 1981 and
1984 after guiding his alma mater to the NCAA Tournament in 1970.
55. Weber State is the only school to appear in the NCAA Tournament
under two coaches who later became NBA coaches of the year--Dick Motta
(1970-71 with the Chicago Bulls) and Phil Johnson (1974-75 with the
Kansas City-Omaha Kings). Motta guided Weber State to the NCAA playoffs
in 1968 before Johnson directed the Wildcats to the tourney the next
56. Gary Williams is the only individual to win games while coaching
schools from the three conferences with the top winning percentages in
NCAA Tournament competition reflecting actual membership--ACC, Big East
and Big Ten. He won games with all three schools (Boston College,
Maryland and Ohio State) even when they were seeded ninth or worse.
57. Nolan Richardson is the only coach to win national championships in
junior college (1980 with Western Texas), the NIT (1981 with Tulsa) and
the NCAA (1994 with Arkansas).
58. Lee Rose is the only individual to coach teams in the NAIA
Tournament (Transylvania '65), NCAA Division III Tournament
(Transylvania '75), NCAA Division II Tournament (Transylvania
'69-'70-'72-'73), National Invitation Tournament (UNC Charlotte '76,
Purdue '79, South Florida '81-'83-'85) and NCAA Division I Tournament (UNC
Charlotte '77, Purdue '80).
59. Clarence "Nibs" Price is the only coach to guide teams from the same
school to the Rose Bowl and Final Four. His California basketball team
finished in fourth place in the 1946 NCAA Tournament. On January 1,
1929, Price had coached the Cal football squad in its 8-7 defeat to
Georgia Tech in the Rose Bowl game that is famous for Roy Riegels'
wrong-way run for the Bears.
60. Dick Tarrant, who compiled a 5-5 playoff record with Richmond,
gained a reputation as an East Regional giant-killer when he became the
only coach to win three first-round games with teams seeded 12th or
worse. The Spiders pulled off first-round upsets against Auburn '84
(star players were Charles Barkley and Chuck Person), Indiana '88 (Jay
Edwards, Dean Garrett and Keith Smart) and Syracuse '91 (LeRon Ellis,
Dave Johnson and Billy Owens). Tarrant was 4-1 in tournament games
decided by fewer than five points. The tenacity displayed by Tarrant's
teams might have stemmed at least in part because he played basketball
at Fordham when NFL Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi was the Rams'
freshman basketball coach.
61. Bob Weltlich became the only coach to earn automatic qualification
for two different schools by winning conference tournaments after
compiling losing records in regular-season league competition. He was
coach of No. 6 seed Mississippi in the 1981 SEC Tournament (8-10) and
No. 8 seed Florida International (4-12) in the '95 TAAC Tournament.
Weltlich registered a 1-6 SWC Tournament mark from 1983-88.
62. Al McGuire is the only individual to twice direct a school to the
Final Four (Marquette '74 and '77) after participating as a player in
two NBA Finals (1952 and 1953 with the New York Knicks in his first two
NBA seasons). St. John's, McGuire's alma mater, reached the Final Four
for the first time in 1952.
63. Norman Sloan is the only coach to post an NCAA playoff victory
against a school he previously guided to the national title. Sloan was
Florida's coach in 1987 when the Gators notched an 82-70 first-round
victory over North Carolina State, the school he directed to the 1974
crown. He had two separate stints of at least six seasons with the
64. Jimmy Collins is the only individual to coach in the NCAA Tournament
(Illinois-Chicago in 1998) after leading his college in scoring in more
than 10 NCAA playoff games (all 11 with New Mexico State from 1968
65. Former Memphis State mentor Larry Finch is the only individual to
coach his alma mater to more than four NCAA Tournament victories (six
from 1988 through 1995) after leading the school in scoring in an NCAA
playoff championship game (29 points in an 87-66 loss to UCLA in 1973).
He also paced his alma mater in scoring in a regional final victory.
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