Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Four things you need to know
By Jeremy Lundblad, ESPN Stats & Info
A few fun nuggets from Champ Week:
1. What you need to know about Arkansas-Little Rock -- Derek Fisher might be UALR’s most famous alum, but it was another guard who led the Trojans to their lone NCAA tournament win. In 1986, the 14th-seeded Trojans shot 62.3 percent on their way to a win over Digger Phelps’ Notre Dame squad. Pete Myers led all scorers with 29 points. He went on to a career with the Chicago Bulls, most famously replacing Michael Jordan at shooting guard after his retirement following the 1992-93 season.
2. What you probably don’t need to know about Oakland -- David Hasselhoff attended Oakland University’s Academy of Dramatic Art for a semester. Sadly, the Hoff was indeed hassled. He left after just six months. "I was too young, too immature at the time and I felt very intimidated by everything," he told OU Magazine in 1991. On an entirely unrelated note, there were 18 D-I players from Germany this season, but none on Oakland. Germans, in case you didn’t know, love David Hasselhoff.
3. Fifteen years ago today -- Georgetown and Connecticut tip off at noon ET on ESPN, and it just happens to be 15 years to the day that those two met in the Big East title game. In 1996, Ray Allen and Allen Iverson, both soon-to-be top-five picks, did battle at Madison Square Garden. The Hoyas had led by 11 with under five minutes to play, but didn’t score a point the rest of the way. Allen’s off-balance shot with 13 seconds left put Connecticut ahead 75-74 in one of the most exciting Big East Tournament finals ever. Watch the end here.
4. The Sky’s the limit? -- In just its fourth season in Division I, Northern Colorado goes for its first-ever NCAA tournament berth tonight. The Bears face off against Montana in the Big Sky title game (9 p.m. ET, ESPN2). Last year, only two teams made the Dance for the first time: Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Wofford. The Bears’ hopes rest on Devon Beitzel, who has emerged as one of the nation’s elite scorers. In his past eight games, Beitzel is averaging 26.5 ppg. Here’s one thing working against Northern Colorado. Of the 11 conference tournaments completed so far, only two No. 1 seeds (Belmont and Oakland) have won the title.