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Posts Tagged ‘John Wooden.’

Former UCLA, Memphis State, UAB coach Bartow dead at 81

 

Gene Bartow (Memphis State photo)

Gene Bartow, who is best remembered as succeeding John Wooden at UCLA and later in his career started up the Alabama-Birmingham basketball program, has died of stomach cancer at age 81.

Bartow coached the Memphis State Tigers from 1970-74 and led the school to the 1973 national championship game, where the Tigers lost to Wooden and the UCLA Bruins.

Bartow was one of the winningest coaches in NCAA Division I with 647 victories over 34 seasons.

He replaced the retiring Wooden as UCLA’s head coach in 1976 and led the Bruins to the Final Four.

Bartow left after just two seasons to start the basketball program at Alabama-Birmingham. He was UAB’s coach from 1978-96 before handing over the coaching job over to his son, Murry, who currently is the head coach at East Tennessee State University, where he is thriving with a record of 162-97 overall and 101-45 in the Atlantic Sun Conference.

 

Info compiled from UCLA. UAB & University of Memphis, Radio & TV news

Mahdi Abdul-Rahman aka Walt Hazzard dead at 69

 

Walt Hazzard (courtesy of UCLA athletics)

Walt Hazzard, who changed his named at one point due to his conversion to Islam, to Mahdi Abdul Rahman (Rock-man), but changed it back due to professional aspirations, has died at age 69.

UCLA announced that Hazzard died at the school’s Ronald Reagan Medical Center in Los Angeles after a lengthy illness.

Hazzard, a former UCLA basketball star under John Wooden and partnered with Gail Goodrich to form a potent backcourt. He played on the Bruins first NCAA championship basketball team in 1964. He later came back to campus to coach the team for four seasons from 1984-85 to 1987-88 compiling a 77-47 record. His first team in ’84-85 won the NIT championship.

His number 42 jersey was retired by UCLA. He earned a gold medal for the U.S. in the 1964 Olympics and was a #1 pick by the LA Lakers in the 1964 NBA Draft.

During his NBA career, Hazzard played for the Lakers, Seattle twice, Atlanta, Buffalo and Golden State.

Hazzard’s youngest child Khalil, is a record producer known in hip-hop circles as DJ Khalil.

 

Info compiled from NBA, UCLA, Radio & TV news

UConn beats Butler in NCAA Final with defensive effort, 53-41

 

(courtesy of UConn athletics)(courtesy of NCAA via wikipedia commons)

Neither UConn or Butler lit up the scoreboard, shot the ball well or played a perfect game, but the team that played the best defense, won the game.

The Huskies won 53-41 in Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas, one of the worst national championship game’s of all-time.

Kemba Walker finished with 16 points for the Huskies (32-9), who won their 11th straight game since closing the regular season with a 9-9 Big East record that no one thought they’d even get past the first round of the tournament.

UConn head coach Jim Calhoun at 68-years-old, became the oldest coach to win the national championship and joined the likes of John Wooden, Adolph Rupp, Mike Krzyzewski and Bob Knight as only the fifth coach to win three NCAA titles.

(courtesy of NCAA via wikipedia commons)

Connecticut using their height and shot-blocking ability, intimidated Butler into missing several inside shots. They outscored the Bulldogs (28-10) 26-2 in the paint. Butler, from the mid-major conference, The Horizon League, were playing in their second straight title game, went a whopping 13 minutes, 26 seconds in the second half making just one field goal. Kind of mind-boggling for a good shooting, perimeter team.

Before their shooting went by the wayside, Butler was leading 25-19 and it became an insurmountable deficit of 41-28.

Awards piling up for Sullinger; named to Wooden Team

 

John Wooden (Indiana State photo)

Evan Turner of Ohio State won the Wooden Award last year and Jared Sullinger has a chance to win it this year.

The top five vote-getters will be invited to Los Angeles for the John Wooden Award trophy presentation on April 8.

Ohio State freshman star Jared Sullinger was named to the 10-man Wooden Award All-American team by the Los Angeles Athletic Club.

Joining Sullinger on the team are: Derrick Williams of Arizona, Jimmer Fredette of BYU, Kemba Walker of UConn, Ben Hansbrough of Notre Dame, Nolan Smith of Duke, JaJuan Johnson of Purdue, Jacob Pullen of Kansas State, Kawhi Leonard of San Diego State and Marcus Morris of Kansas.

 

 

Stanford ends UConn’s 90-game win streak, 71-59

Tara Vanderveer (Indiana Hoosiers photo)

You knew sooner or later the law of averages would catch up with the Connecticut women’s team and a loss would becoming up soon. People kept saying that Baylor and Ohio State could do it, but they failed.

Stanford was more than capable of defeating UConn and they did!

Number 1 Connecticut’s 90-game winning streak is over.

The Stanford Cardinal under long-time head coach Tara Vanderveer led all the way and won 71-59, ending a remarkable feat that drew national and international attention for women’s basketball.

Ironically, Stanford was the last school to beat the Huskies, in the 2008 NCAA Tournament semifinal.

Jeannette Pohlen hit five three-pointers on the way to a career-high 31 points, and the 9th-rated Cardinal (9-2) once-again beat the Huskies. Stanford won its 52nd straight at Maples Pavilion in a rematch of last season’s NCAA title game won 53-47 by two-time defending national champion UConn.

Last week, Connecticut (12-1) toppled the 88-game winning streak set by the UCLA men’s team under John Wooden from 1971-74 by beating #22 Florida State 93-62, then won their 90th in a row this week at the University of Pacific in Stockton, California.

compiled from staff, Connecticut and Stanford sports news

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