Answers (Day 10)
1. Steve Alford is the only All-American to coach three different schools in the NCAA playoffs (SW Missouri State, Iowa and New Mexico). He was Indiana's leading scorer for the Hoosiers' 1987 NCAA champion.
2. 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.
3. Seven-foot center Wilt Chamberlain, the leading scorer at the 1957 Final Four for national runner-up Kansas with 55 points, was also a track athlete who participated in three events in college (high jump, triple jump and shot put). He was especially adept at the high jump--winning the 1957 Big Eight Conference outdoor title (6'5"), tying for first place in the 1957 Drake Relays (6'6 1/2") and tying for first in the 1958 Big Eight indoor title with what was then a school record (6'6 3/4"). Chamberlain, who led the NBA in scoring for 11 seasons, was third in the league in scoring in the 1967-68 campaign when he paced all NBA players in rebounding and assists.
4. Iowa defeated 1981 champion Indiana twice in Big Ten competition by a total of 16 points (56-53 and 78-65). The Hawkeyes, after receiving a first-round bye as the No. 3 seed in the Midwest Regional, lost their NCAA playoff opener in the second round against Wichita State on the Shockers' home court (60-56) to finish the season with a 21-7 record.
5. Former Tennessee head coach Wade Houston joined Denny Crum's staff at Louisville as an assistant directly with high school sensation Darrell Griffith in 1976. Griffith, a first-team consensus All-American as a senior and the Cardinals' all-time leading scorer, led them to the 1980 title when he was named the Final Four Most Outstanding Player.
6. 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, who was recently passed by Bo Ryan as Wisconsin's all-time winningest coach, compiled a 265-267 career record in 25 years with the Badgers after going 44 games under .500 in his last four years (1955-56 through 1958-59).
7. 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.
8. Of the players to score more than 225 points in the NCAA playoffs and/or average a minimum of 25 points per tournament game (minimum of six games), LSU's Bob Pettit (six games in 1953 and 1954) is the only individual from the group to have a single-digit differential between his high game (36 points) and his low game (27).
9. Georgetown's Patrick Ewing (1982-83-84-85) is the only one of the first 20 players who scored at least 235 points in NCAA playoff competition to fail to have a single NCAA Tournament game with at least 25 points. Ewing is the only Most Outstanding Player not to score more than 10 points in either the national semifinal or championship game. He had eight in a 53-40 triumph over Kentucky in the semifinals and 10 in an 84-75 decision over Houston in the final to finish fifth on the Hoyas in scoring in the two games at the 1984 Final Four. Oddly, Ewing's playoff high of 24 points came in a 66-57 Midwest Regional second-round defeat against Memphis State in 1983, the only one of his four years with the Hoyas when they didn't reach the Final Four.
10. Among the all-time leading scorers in NCAA playoff history, the only player in this group to go scoreless in a tournament game was Duke's Danny Ferry. He was blanked as a sophomore in the Blue Devils' 58-51 first-round victory over Texas A&M in 1987.