June 13, 2010 |
1963-64 (30-0) Championship game: UCLA 98, Duke 83, at Kansas City, Mo. The team: Steve Brucker, Fred Slaughter, Doug McIntosh, Vaughn Hoffman, Keith Erickson, Kim Stewart, Kenny Washington, Gail Goodrich, Jack Hirsch, Rich Levin, Walt Hazzard, Kent Graham, Mike Huggins, Chuck Darrow. The season: At the beginning of the season, this team wasn't even ranked in the national top 50. It was Wooden's shortest team to win a national title (center Fred Slaughter was only 6-5)
April 1, 1986 |
This being the morning after the night the Final Four became the Big One, the sporting world is busy saluting a new college coaching genius. His name, this year, is Denny Crum. This is the way it should be. A guy's got to be a genius to put together a team, keep the players from jumping school or flunking class, dodge the NCAA snoops, keep the philanthropic alumni in check and survive the 500-team NCAA tournament draw, or whatever number it's up to these days.
May 13, 1999 |
The decision may have been tough, fraught with doubts and second thoughts, but in the end Baron Davis did precisely as expected, announcing Wednesday that he will declare himself eligible for the NBA draft. The UCLA sophomore will forgo his final two college seasons--becoming only the fourth Bruin to leave early for the pros--in anticipation of being a lottery pick next month. "The NBA is there . . . it's calling," Davis said. "It's just something I've dreamed about all my life."
January 1, 1988 |
Kelly Tripucka, the forgotten member of the Utah Jazz, made his first start of the season last Saturday against the Lakers and scored 21 points, including all five of his three-point attempts. Tripucka, whose woes were detailed in a front-page story in the (Salt Lake City) Deseret News, reportedly was inserted into the starting lineup only after a pregame meeting among owner Larry Miller, General Manager David Checketts and Coach Frank Layden.
July 18, 1991
Third baseman Jason Giambi of Cal State Long Beach has been selected to play for the United States in the Pan Am Games scheduled Aug. 11 to 17 in Havana, Cuba. Giambi, an all-conference and all-College World Series choice, led the Big West Conference in hitting with a batting average of .417. He will be a junior next year.
April 1, 1995 |
1962 at Louisville, Ky. Cincinnati 72, UCLA 70 Wake Forest 82, UCLA 80 John Wooden finally reaches the Final Four in his 14th season (good thing he didn't have to follow John Wooden). This team, with future coaches Walt Hazzard and Gary Cunningham in the lineup, suffers a pair of close defeats. * 1964 at Kansas City, Mo.
February 16, 2011 |
To complete another three-peat this spring, Kobe Bryant and the Lakers might have to win as many as three playoff series in which they do not hold home-court advantage. ? That may concern Lakers fans because, since Shaquille O'Neal departed in 2004, the Lakers have yet to win one. ? With a statue of Jerry West set for unveiling Thursday, it's well past time for Sandy Koufax to be similarly honored. ? If a Grammy were awarded for best "Grammy trip," it would go to Anze Kopitar and the streaking Kings.
April 1, 1997
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SCORES 1939--Oregon 46, Ohio State 33 1940--Indiana 60, Kansas 42 1941--Wisconsin 39, Washington St. 34 1942--Stanford 53, Dartmouth 38 1943--Wyoming 46, Georgetown 34 1944--Utah 42, Dartmouth 40 OT 1945--Oklahoma A&M 49, New York 45 1946--Oklahoma A&M 43, N. Carolina 40 1947--Holy Cross 58, Oklahoma 47 1948--Kentucky 58, Baylor 42 1949--Kentucky 46, Oklahoma State 36 1950--CCNY 71, Bradley 68 1951--Kentucky 68, Kansas State 58 1952--Kansas 80, St.