Jim Boeheim (photo by Phil 5329, Carlos X via wikipedia commons)
Jim Boeheim, long-time head coach at Syracuse University, just keeps adding milestones to his long resume.
The latest is one that not even he could’ve imaged when he first took the job during the 1976-1977 season.
#3 Syracuse held on to beat the Detroit Titans 72-68 Monday night in the Gotham Classic, allowing the likeable Boeheim to become just the third Division I men’s basketball coach to reach 900 wins, joining Hall of Fame coaches Mike Krzyzewski and Bobby Knight.
The 68-year-old Boeheim, in his 37th year at his alma mater, has a record of 900-304, Krzyzewski has 936 wins and Knight ended his career at 902.
The Orangemen upped their record to 10-0 on the season as James Southerland scored 22 points to lead the team. Syracuse also increased its home winning streak to 30 games, which is currently longest in the nation.
Detroit dropped to 6-5 on the season.
In attendance last night was NBA Hall of Famer and Detroit mayor Dave Bing, who was the college roommate and teammate of Boeheim’s and another Hall of Famer, Roosevelt Bouie, a player from Boeheim’s very first team in 1976-77. All told, 17,902 fans at the Carrier Dome witnessed a historical college basketball event.
The university gave Boeheim a jersey encased in glass with the number 900 emblazoned on it.
Former Indiana Hoosiers All-American Lou Watson, had the distinction of being the coach between two of the most successful coaches in the school’s history, Branch McCracken (364-174) and Bobby Knight (661-240), died in Fairfax, Virginia at the age of 88.
Watson, who was from Jeffersonville, Indiana, which is located just across the Ohio River from Louisville, Kentucky, was an All-American for McCracken in 1950. When he left the Bloomington, Indiana school, he was their all-time leading scorer.
Watson became McCracken’s long-time assistant coach, then became IU’s head basketball coach from 1966-71 and guided the Hoosiers to a co-Big Ten championship in 1967. That team was known as the “Cardiac Kids” due to their playing so many down-to-the-wire games.
Watson, who ended his coaching career with a 61-60 record, coached George McGinnis, who went on to the ABA and NBA, during the 1970-71 season when he gained All-American status.
Info compiled from Indiana University, Radio & TV news
He was inducted into the Indiana University Athletics Hall of Fame in 1989.
(courtesy of Vermont athletics via wikipedia commons)
Dayton, Ohio — In the early going in Wednesday night’s opening game of the FIRST FOUR, the Vermont Catamounts tried to get a feel of the Lamar Cardinals, athleticism, speed, offensive and defensive sets and trailed 8-2 early.
But then, like an orchestra getting fine-tuned, they turned that 8-2 deficit into a 17-4 run and by the third TV timeout at 7:48, they led 22-12 and were never headed in a 71-59 win in the 74th NCAA Men’s Division I National Championship at the University of Dayton Arena.
The victory was the second in the history of Vermont basketball in the tournament.
Vermont defeated stunned Syracuse in 2005 in overtime, 60-57 and they also have a win in the CBI two years ago against Wisconsin Green Bay.
The Catamounts shot 50% from the floor, were 17 of 24 from the free throw line for 70.8 % had only 3 turnovers and the only blemish of the night, was that they were outrebounded 40-34 in improving their record to 24-11.
Vermont was led by Four McGlynn with 18 points, Matt Glass with 11 and Brian Voelke pulling down 12 boards.
Lamar, coached by Pat Knight, son of legendary coach Bobby Knight, ends the season at 23-12.
The Cardinals were led in scoring by Mike James and Devon Lamb with 16 points each, 14 points from Anthony Miles and 13 rebounds from Stan Brown.
The Cardinals shot free throws well, 15 of 21 for 71.4%, but only shot 33% from the floor and could not keep up with Vermont’s constant movement without the ball and could not play tight enough defense to shut down the determined Catamounts.
Vermont’s bench was stronger scoring 35-5 in that key stat.
*Vermont’s Four McGlynn was the 2011-2012 America East Conference Rookie of the year.
* Vermont head coach John Becker in his first year, keeps adding win totals to his already record for a rookie coach with 24. The previous record was 16.
* This was Lamar’s sixth NCAA Tournament appearance. But they have not won a tourney game since 1983.
Mike Krzyzewski during recent visit to Ohio State (megasportsnews.com photo)
Sports Illustrated has chosen basketball coaches Pat Summitt and Mike Kryzewski as their sportswoman and sportsman of the year.
The Hall of Famers are the winningest coaches in women’s and men’s college basketball.
The magazine, which is owned by Time Inc., said that the two coaches join John Wooden of UCLA in 1972 and Dean Smith of North Carolina in 1997 as the only college hoops coaches to be selected for the honor.
Summitt earned her 1,075th career win on Sunday.
Coach K on November 15 passed his menor Bobby Knight with his 903rd win.
Info compiled from Radio, TV & Sports Illustrated news