A basketball team is a collection of basketball players comprised of 5 starting players and some number of bench players (usually between 0 and 7) who will substitute at various positions during a game. Basketball teams tracked here are typicallyprofessional or collegiate.
More about Best Basketball Team of All Time:
Best Basketball Team of All Time is a public top list created by Listnerd on Rankly.com on November 27th 2012. Items on the Best Basketball Team of All Time top list are added by the Rankly.com community and ranked using our secret ranking sauce. Best Basketball Team of All Time has gotten 2.401 views and has gathered 624 votes from 624 voters. Only owner can add items. Just members can vote.
Best Basketball Team of All Time is a top list in the Sports category on Rankly.com. Are you a fan of Sports or Best Basketball Team of All Time? Explore more top 100 lists about Sports on Rankly.com or participate in ranking the stuff already on the all time Best Basketball Team of All Time top list below.
If you're not a member of Rankly.com, you should consider becoming one. Registration is fast, free and easy. At Rankly.com, we aim to give you the best of everything - including stuff like the Best Basketball Team of All Time list.
Get your friends to vote! Spread this URL or share:
The Philadelphia 76ers (often referred to as the Sixers) are a professional basketball team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They play in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Originally known as the Syracuse Nationals, they are one of the oldest franchises in the NBA. After their move to Philadelphia, a contest was held to decide on their new name. The winning name, chosen by Walter Stalberg, was the "76ers", as a "tribute to the gallant men who forged this country's independence" in 1776.
The 76ers have had a rich history, with many of the greatest players in NBA history having played for the organization, including Wilt Chamberlain, Julius Erving, Moses Malone, Charles Barkley, and Allen Iverson. They have won three NBA championships, with their first coming as the Syracuse Nationals in 1955. The second title came in the 1966–67 season, a team which was led by Chamberlain. The third title came in the 1982–83 season, won by a team led by Erving and Malone. They have only been back to the Finals once since then, during the 2001 campaign, led by Iverson, only to lose to the Los Angeles Lakers, 4–1. They won game 1 in OT
Hapoel 'Migdal' Jerusalem (Hebrew: הפועל 'מגדל' ירושלים) is a professional basketball team that is based in Jerusalem, Israel. The club currently plays in the Eurocup, Israeli Super League (the top division of Israeli basketball), and the Israeli State Cup.
Hapoel Jerusalem Basketball Club was founded in 1943 in Jerusalem, and had its first appearance in the Premier League in 1955. Hapoel played in the first division most of the 1950s and 1960s, with notable players, such as David Kaminsky and Israel Berlinsky (Amir). The following two decades had ups and downs, as Hapoel toggled between the first and second division.
In 1986, the team led by coach Simi Riger advanced to the Premier League, after five consecutive years in the second division. Since then, Hapoel has remained in the Premier league and became an important factor in the Israeli Basketball.
In 1996 and 1997, Hapoel won the State Cup, defeating Maccabi Tel Aviv in the finals, at the Yad Eliyahu Arena (now known as the Nokia Arena). The team was led by Adi Gordon, widely considered the team's symbol and one of its best players.
In 2004, Hapoel Jerusalem won its first European title, the ULEB Cup, defeating Real Madrid in
Galatasaray Medical Park is a professional basketball team based in the city of Istanbul in Turkey. It is a part of the Galatasaray Sports Club. Galatasaray play matches in Abdi İpekçi Arena which has a seating capacity for 12,500 spectators. The team competes in the Turkish Basketball League and Eurocup.
Ahmet Robenson, a physical education teacher in Galatasaray High School decided to introduce a new game to students in 1911. That was how basketball entered Turkey. Robenson, who also became a Galatasaray S.K. president later, helped this new sport to be known which became popular soon.
Galatasaray is the pioneer in Turkish basketball history, and basketball had always been very important for the club. The team has won 15 national championship titles and 16 İstanbul League title, a Turkish record. Former president of the club, Özhan Canaydın was a former player of basketball team.
On 24 June 2011, Galatasaray announced that Cafe Crown's sponsorship was over.
Galatasaray qualified for the Euroleague for the first time after winning their qualification knockout round and will compete in the Euroleague 2011-12.
Galatasaray has had several denominations through the years due to its
The Belize national basketball team is the official national representative of Belize in international men's basketball, playing in the FIBA Americas division, and more specifically, within the Central American region.
The men's team has little to no international experience. Its first major victory in international play came on home soil in the 1998 Caricom Men's Basketball Championship, held at the Civic Center in Belize City, Belize. Belize placed seventh of eight teams in the 1999 Centrobasquet Tournament in Havana after winning only 1 game despite playing close all the way. In a return engagement at the 2000 CARICOM championship in Barbados, Belize placed fourth. Shortly thereafter, Belize moved to the Central American region and won the Central American Games championship in 2001. The team has failed to duplicate this success, most recently finishing with a 2 and 4 record in the 2006 COCABA championship.
The team finished second in the 2009 COCABA tournament in Cancun, Mexico where it went 3–0 in group play despite allegations of fielding ineligible players. FIBA decided to treat the Belize National Team's games as unofficial and initially decided to disqualify them from the
The Florida A&M Rattlers basketball team is the basketball team that represent Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida. The school's team currently competes in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. The team last played in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in 2007. Their home arena is the Teaching Gym/Alfred Lawson, Jr. Multipurpose Center, which seats a maximum of 9,639.
The Rattlers have appeared in three NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 1–3.
The Georgetown University men's basketball team, which, like all sports teams at Georgetown University, is named the Georgetown Hoyas, is a basketball program in the NCAA Division I Big East Conference. Georgetown's first intercollegiate men's basketball team was formed in 1907. John Thompson III, son of the accomplished former coach John Thompson, is the current head coach. The Hoyas historically have been well regarded not only for their team success, but also for generating players that succeed after graduation both on the court, such as Patrick Ewing and Dikembe Mutombo, and off, such as Congressman Henry Hyde and General James L. Jones.
The team won the National Championship in 1984 and has reached the NCAA Tournament Final Four on five occasions. Their most recent trip to the Final Four was in 2007. They have also won the Big East Men's Basketball Tournament seven times, and has also won or shared the Big East regular season title seven times. They have been invited to the NCAA Tournament twenty-seven times and the National Invitation Tournament an additional eleven times.
The Hoyas currently employ a variant of the Princeton offense, a style of play that emphasizes ball
The Romanian national basketball team is the basketball side that represents Romania in international competitions. Romania has 17 appearances for the EuroBasket competition and reached two time the 5th place, but never managed to qualify for the Basketball World Championship. Romania played once for the Basketball Olympic Tournament, in 1952.
The Romanian side came in tenth and last place at the first European basketball championship, the Eurobasket 1935 held by the International Basketball Federation's FIBA Europe continental federation. They lost all three of their games; 42-9 to Switzerland, 66-23 to France, and 24-17 to Hungary.
Romania returned to the European championships twelve years later, in Eurobasket 1947. They had a record of 1-2 in their preliminary round, eliminating them from championship contention but giving them their first Eurobasket win. The Romanians added two more in the classification semifinal, defeating Austria and Albania. This put them in a classification match against Italy for 9th and 10th places, which Romania lost 55-39. Romania thus placed tenth again, but this time they had outranked four teams to do so.
The Romanian team entered Eurobasket 1951
The Lithuanian national basketball team is the representative for Lithuania in international men's basketball. Lithuania won bronze medals in three out of six Olympic tournaments it participated in.
Lithuanian men competed in two of the pre-war EuroBasket competitions for the European championship. They won both the EuroBasket 1937 and EuroBasket 1939 competitions. The 1939 team was led by Frank Lubin, who helped popularize basketball in the country and was called the "Grandfather of Lithuanian Basketball".
Having been part of the Soviet Union, Lithuanian players frequently formed the core of the Soviet national team. This was especially so for the 1988 Olympic basketball gold medal-winning team which got most of its scoring from four Lithuanians: Valdemaras Chomičius, Rimas Kurtinaitis, Šarūnas Marčiulionis and Arvydas Sabonis.
After the restoration of Lithuanian independence in 1990, the national team was resurrected. Lithuania won bronze medals in the first three Olympics to include NBA players – 1992, 1996, and 2000, finished fourth in 2004 and 2008, and qualified to play at London 2012 Olympics.
The Lithuanian team won the EuroBasket for the third time in 2003. It also won the
The Algeria national basketball team are the men's basketball side that represent Algeria in international competition and have played in the 2002 FIBA World Championship in United States where they finished 15th in the tournament. The squad will play host to the All-Africa Games.
There are several Algerian players playing professionally in Europe, mostly in France. As of 2010/2011, two play in the top level division.
Harbour Centre is a notable skyscraper in the central business district of Downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The "Lookout" tower atop the office building makes it one of the tallest structures in Vancouver and a prominent landmark on the city's skyline. With its 360-degree viewing deck, it also serves as a tourist attraction, offering a physically unobstructed view of the city. During the dot-com boom of the 1990s, it served as the headquarters for several up and coming tech firms, including Stormix Technologies, NetNation and others. Harbour Centre opened in 1977.
Designed by WZMH Architects, the building is listed as being 28 stories tall, though the tower/observation deck extends above the 28 office floors (claimed to be approximately 44 stories in total). There is some disagreement as to the buildings height. According to the Vancouver Lookout's website the observation deck is 168 m (551 ft) above the 'street level'. The CTBUH however lists the buildings architectural height as actually being 147 m (482 ft). Furthermore Skyscraperpage lists the buildings height to the roof as being only 139.6 m (458 ft). This is stated to be the height from the Hastings Street
The Cypriot national basketball team is the national team of Cyprus. It is run by the Cyprus Basketball Federation. It is affiliated to FIBA, in the FIBA Europe zone.
The team participates at international and European tournaments. The only international tournament it took part in 2005, were the World University Games, where it finished 26th out of 30 participating nations.
Cyprus national basketball team was two-time Promotion Cup finalist (1990, 1994).
The team's results have improved considerably in recent years. Cyprus has repeatedly retained the European minor countries tournament since 1995, while Cyprus made their first appearance in a Eurobasket semifinal phase in 2003.
Currently, Cyprus plays in Division B of the Eurobasket system. The team participates in the Group B of the EuroBasket 2009 B Qualifying Campaign and has opponents the national teams of Belarus, Switzerland, Romania and Albania. The matches are taking place in September 2008.
On the March 18th, 2012 big day came for Cypriot basketball. One of the greatest players in the history of the Serbian street basketball - Branko "Bi Džej" Damjanović, arrived in the Cypriot capital Nicosia to play few revial matches in
The Luxembourgian national basketball team is the basketball team that represents Luxembourg in international competitions.
Luxembourg's first European championship appearance was at the Eurobasket 1946. They found themselves heavily overmatched in the preliminary round, being outscored by 113 points over three games. They ranked last place in the group of four. The semifinal round, which was essentially a 7th–10th place classification round for Luxembourg, saw their first win. They defeated England 50–27. This advanced them to a playoff for 7th and 8th places; they were defeated by Belgium to finish 8th out of the ten team competition.
Luxembourg competed at the Eurobasket 1951 competition in Paris. They lost all four of their preliminary round games, putting them fifth place in their group of 5. Since they were seeded into a group of five teams rather than a group of four teams (the 18 teams were divided into 4 groups, 2 groups with 5 teams and 2 groups with 4 teams), Luxembourg had to play an elimination game against Denmark for the right to advance into the classification rounds. The winner could potentially place as high as 9th; the loser was relegated to 17th
The Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers Basketball team is the basketball team that represents Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, United States. The school's team currently competes in the Northeast Conference. The team's last appearance in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament was in 2008.
The Mountaineers' 2008 NCAA Tournament appearance was their third. Their combined record is 1–3.
The following Mountaineer players have played in the NBA:
The following Mountaineer players have played in other professional leagues:
BEEM Mazandaran Cultural and Sport Club was an Iranian multisport club based in Babol, Iran.
The club is owned by BEEM (Blitz-Elektro-Erzeugnisse Manufaktur) a German electrical appliance company based in Rosbach vor der Höhe. The Managing Director of the company is Iranian Bijan Mehshat.
BEEM competed in 2007–08 and 2008–09 season and respectively finished 8th and 6th.
BEEM competed in 2008–09 season and finished 3rd.
Bryant University competed in the NAIA as an NAIA independent program from 1963 until 1976 as the Bryant College Indians before the college became a member of the NCAA at the Division II level in 1977. Bryants most successful season during the college's tenure in the NAIA came in the 1966–67 season when the team recorded an undefeated regular season, going 22–0 before losing the final two games of the 1966–67 season in the District 32 Tournament. The 22–2 overall record was the team's best during the NAIA years. The 22 wins set a team high win streak that still stands as a school record as of 2011. And the 22 total wins was not eclipsed in the 2003–04 season.
Within a few seasons of transitioning to NCAA Division II, the college became a charter member of the Northeast-10 Conference in 1980.
Bryant went through about a 20 year period where there was hardly any success and most of the time no success. This was from 1980 season until the 2001 season. The change started when the university hired Max Good, former head coach at UNLV, as the new head coach at Bryant and to help turn around the basketball program. The team made the NCAA Men's Division II Basketball Championship in only
Hapoel Tel Aviv B.C. (Hebrew: הפועל תל אביב) is an Israeli basketball club. The second most successful side in Israeli basketball, The club Owned by Hapoel Tel Aviv Supporters Trust and is currently in Liga Leumit, the Second tier.
The club was founded in 1935, as part of the Tel Aviv branch of the "Hapoel" sports cooperative, the sports department of the Histadrut labor union. The 15 years following the foundation of the Israeli national league in 1954 are still considered as the golden age in the club's history. During which it has won most of its trophies and risen to become a dominant force in Israeli basketball. However, since then the club has failed to repeat its past success and was forced to watch as its bitter city rival Maccabi Tel aviv beat them constantly on the race to trophies and European glory.
In 1980 the club inaugurated its home venue of Hapoel arena at Ussishkin st. in place of the open court that Hapoel used for home games since 1953, named after the adjacent street bearing the name of Menachem Ussishkin, a famous Histadrut leader. The uncomfortable conditions, along with the fact that Hapoel Tel Aviv's fans are considered amongst the most fanatic in Israeli
Milwaukee Panthers Men's Basketball team is a NCAA Division I college basketball team competing in the Horizon League for UW-Milwaukee. The current headcoach is Rob Jeter.
The Panthers have seen huge success recently, like making their first sweet sixteen appearance in 2005 and making the second round in 2006. They have also won three straight conference titles from 2003-2006, with that they have won three conference tournament titles in 2003, 2005, 2006.
UW-Milwaukee men's basketball was in NCAA College Division from 1956-1973 before It moved to NCAA Division 1 in 1973. It moved back to NCAA Division 3 in 1980. Between 1985 and 1987, Milwaukee Men's Basketball competed in National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. In 1987, it moved to NCAA Division 2. Since 1990, Milwaukee Men's Basketball has been competing in NCAA Division 1. It made its first sweet sixteen appearance in 2005 and making the second round in 2006. It have also won three conference tournament titles in 2003, 2005, 2006.
UW-Milwaukee Men's Basketball
The WKU Hilltoppers basketball team is the men's basketball team that represents Western Kentucky University (WKU) in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The Hilltoppers currently compete in the Sun Belt Conference. The team's most recent appearance in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament was in 2009. Ray Harper became the interim coach of the Hilltoppers on January 6, 2012 after Ken McDonald was fired, with Harper being promoted to head coach on February 19, 2012.
The men's basketball program has the 16th most victories in the history of the NCAA and has attained the 8th best winning percentage in NCAA history. The school made an NCAA Final Four appearance in 1971, which was later vacated, and has made three NIT Final Four appearances. The program has won numerous Ohio Valley Conference championships and is very competitive in its current conference, the Sun Belt Conference, regularly finishing near the top of the conference and competing for the conference championship. Street & Smith's publication "100 Greatest Programs", ranked WKU #31.
WKU has had 30 All Americans and 56 Hilltoppers have played professionally following their collegiate careers.
KIAC – Kentucky
The Panama national basketball team are the basketball side that represent Panama in international competitions.
1968 Olympic Games: finished 12th among 16 teams
Davis Peralta, Norris Webb, Luis Sinclair, Pedro Rivas, Eliecer Ellis, Calixto Malcom, Nicolás Noé Alvarado, Ernesto Arturo Agard, Francisco Checa, Julio Osorio, Pércibal Eduardo Blades, Ramón Reyes (Coach: Eugenio Luzcando)
1970 World Championship: finished 9th among 13 teams
Davis Peralta, Luis Sinclair, Pedro Rivas, Ernesto Arturo Agard, Julio Osorio, Pércibal Eduardo Blades, Julio Andrade, Herbert Cousins, Ronald Walton, Cecilio Straker, Mario Peart, Hector Montalvo (Coach: Carl Pirelli Minetti)
1982 World Championship: finished 9th among 13 teams
Ernesto "Tito" Malcolm, Rolando Frazer, Mario Butler, Rodolfo Gill, Fernando Pinillo, Reggie Grenald, Braulio Rivas, Arturo Brown, Mario Galvez, Adolfo Medrick, Eddie Joe Chávez, Alfonso Smith (Coach: Jim Baron)
1986 World Championship: finished 19th among 24 teams
Ernesto "Tito" Malcolm, Mario Butler, Rolando Frazer, Reggie Grenald, Rodolfo Gill, Fernando Pinillo, Braulio Rivas, Adolfo Medrick, Cirilo Escalona, Mario Gálvez, Enrique Grenald, Daniel Macias (Coach: Frank
The Brooklyn Nets are a professional basketball team based in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team is one of two NBA franchises that play home games in New York City; the other is the Knicks.
An original member of the American Basketball Association (ABA), the Nets were founded in 1967 and initially played in Teaneck, New Jersey as the New Jersey Americans. In its early years, the team led a nomadic existence, moving to Long Island in 1968 and playing in various arenas there as the New York Nets. It won two ABA championships in New York before becoming one of four ABA teams to be admitted into the NBA as part of the ABA–NBA merger in 1976. The team then moved back to New Jersey in 1977 and became the New Jersey Nets. During their time in that state, the Nets saw periods of losing and misfortune intermittent with several periods of success, which culminated in two consecutive NBA Finals appearances in the 2001–02 and 2002–03 seasons.
After 35 seasons in New Jersey, the team returned to the state of New York in 2012 to play in the new Barclays Center in
The Polish national basketball team is the national basketball side that represents Poland in international competitions. It is administrated by the Polski Związek Koszykówki (Polish Basketball Federation). Their biggest successes are the silver medal in the 1963 European Championships at home in Poland and fourth place at the 1936 Summer Olympics.
The Oakland Golden Grizzlies are the men's basketball team that represent Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, USA. The school's team competes in The Summit League and plays their home games at the Athletics Center O'rena. The Golden Grizzlies are coached by Greg Kampe. Oakland last played in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in 2011.
Through the 2011–12 season, Oakland has made a three-point field goal in 736 consecutive games, the seventh-longest active NCAA Division I streak. They last finished a game without a three-pointer on January 30, 1988.
The Oakland men's basketball program began competing in the 1967 season, 10 years after the university opened. Originally nicknamed the Pioneers, they won their first NCAA game 109–106 in overtime against Albion. The Pioneers were without a conference until 1974 when they joined the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).
The first year as members of the GLIAC, Oakland hired Greg Kampe, who is still the head coach at the university. Kampe has the fifth-longest tenure of all active Division I coaches. Oakland won two regular season GLIAC championships, in 1995–96 and 1996–97, their final two seasons in
The New Mexico State Aggies men's basketball team represents New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States. Founded in 1904, the Aggies currently compete in the Western Athletic Conference and last played in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in 2012. The Aggies hold the distinction of being one of 34 college basketball teams with multiple NBA retired jerseys from former players (Sam Lacey and John Williamson) and a team that reached the NCAA Final Four (in 1970). The team plays home games in the Pan American Center. The Aggies are currently coached by Marvin Menzies.
A Lou Henson-coached team gained national attention during the 1970 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament by advancing to the Final Four. And in 1992 a Neil McCarthy-coached team advanced to the Sweet Sixteen. Aggie Basketball has seen 19 NCAA Tournament appearances, 5 NIT Tournament appearances, 15 regular season conference championships, and 6 conference tournament championships.
NMSU Basketball has seen much success throughout the years, reaching the NCAA Final Four in 1970, the Sweet Sixteen in 1992 among their 19 tournament appearances. Their two most successful coaches
The Toros de Los Dos Laredos (Bulls of the Two Laredos in English) are an international professional basketball team based in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico and Laredo, Texas, United States playing in the Northern Division of the Mexican Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional (LNBP).
The Correcaminos UAT Matamoros (Matamoros Roadrunners) were transferred to Nuevo Laredo in 2007 and were renamed Venados de Nuevo Laredo. In the 2009-10 season the team was renamed to Toros de Nuevo Laredo. The team was later renamed the Toros de los Dos Laredos after an agreement with the city of Laredo, Texas to play home games in the Laredo Energy Arena. The Toros de Los Dos Laredos play their home games in the newly designed sports complex, the Ciudad Deportiva's Gimnasio Multidisciplinario Nuevo Laredo in Mexico and the Laredo Energy Arena in the United States. In the 2010-2011 season the Toros de Nuevo Laredo won their first League Championship beating the Pioneros de Quintana Roo.
Venados de Nuevo Laredo 2012-13 season.
The Tennessee Mud Frogs are a team of the American Basketball Association based in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The team was originally going to play in 2007, but changed their plans, starting in the fall of 2006.
The Brooklyn Kings were a United States Basketball League franchise in Brooklyn, New York. They played in Downtown Brooklyn, on the main campus of Long Island University. They started play in 1999. The league suspended operations after the 2007 season and the team has been inactive since then.
The Egypt national basketball team is the basketball side that represents Egypt in international competitions. It is organized and run by the Egyptian Basketball Federation (Arabic: المصري لكرة السلة الاتحاد).
Team Egypt has a legacy of remarkable achievements. Its 9th place at the 1952 Summer Olympics as well as its 5th place at the 1950 FIBA World Championship remain the best results ever of an African nation at each tournament. Further, the title of the 1949 Eurobasket is the most prestigious basketball title of an African nation as well. At the FIBA Africa Championships, Egypt holds a records number of 16 medals.
The Egyptians finished last at the second European basketball championship, the Eurobasket 1937 held by FIBA Europe continental federation. They had lost their first two preliminary round games against Estonia and Lithuania before withdrawing from the tournament. Their remaining matches were lost by default, including the final preliminary match, the classification semifinal, and the 7th/8th playoff.
Egypt was much more successful in their next appearance, Eurobasket 1947. They won all three of their preliminary group matches and their first semifinal group game.
The Hungarian national basketball team is the basketball team that represents Hungary in international competitions.
The Hungarian side came in ninth place at the first European basketball championship, the Eurobasket 1935 held by the International Basketball Federation's FIBA Europe continental federation. They faced eventual champions Latvia in the preliminary round, falling 46-12. In the classification matches, the Hungarians lost to Bulgaria then defeated Romania to finish ninth with a 1-2 record.
After not competing in the 1937 edition, the Hungarians returned to Eurobasket 1939. Once again, they finished in next-to-last place, losing to every team except the Finland team. Their 1-6 record placed them seventh in the eight team field.
The next European competition was the Eurobasket 1946. Hungary placed second in their preliminary round group of four, losing to Italy but defeating Luxembourg and Poland. This qualified the Hungarians for the semifinals, which they lost to Czechoslovakia. In the bronze medal match, the Hungarians defeated France, 38-32.
Hungary competed at Eurobasket 1947 the next year. Their 1-1 record in the preliminary round was sufficient for them to advance
The Bulgarian national basketball team is the basketball side that represents Bulgaria in international competitions.
1935 EuroBasket: finished 8th among 10 teams
Krum Konstantinov, Pinkas, Etropolski, Rogachev, Tsankov, Kevorkjan, Khaimov (Coach: Krum Konstantinov)
1947 EuroBasket: finished 8th among 14 teams
Bozhidar Takev, Veselin Temkov, Ilija Asenov, Georgi Georgiev, Ljudmil Katerinski, Nikola Kolev, Krhisto Khajtov, Stefan Bankov, Peev, Sharkov, Rajkov (Coach: Georgi Petkov)
1951 EuroBasket: finished 4th among 17 teams
Kiril Semov, Konstantin Totev, Georgi Georgiev, Stefan Bankov, Nejcho Nejchev, Vladimir Slavov, Ilija Asenov, Petar Shishkov, Anton Kuzov, Gencho Rashkov, Ivan Vladimirov, Dimitar Popov, Metodi Tomovski (Coach: Veselin Temkov)
1952 Olympic Games: finished 7th among 23 teams
Georgi Panov, Konstantin Totev, Kiril Semov, Petar Shishkov, Khristo Donev, Ilija Georgiev, Vladimir Slavov, Anton Kuzov, Nejcho Nejchev, Vasil Manchenko, Ivan Nikolov, Veselin Penkov, Konstantin Georgiev, Genczo Hristov
1953 EuroBasket: finished 9th among 17 teams
Georgi Panov, Ljubomir Panov, Ilija Mirchev, Konstantin Totev, Georgi Georgiev, Dimitar Popov, Vladimir Stefanov, Velko Velkov,
The Vermont Catamounts Basketball team is the basketball team that represent the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont. The school's team currently competes in the America East Conference and plays its home games at Patrick Gym. The team has reached the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament five times, in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2010 and 2012. UVM famously upset Syracuse University in the first round of the 2005 tournament. The Catamounts are coached by John Becker.
America East Coach of the Year
America East Player of the Year
America East Defensive Player of the Year
America East Rookie of the Year
All-Conference First Team
All-Conference Second Team
All-Conference Third Team
All-Conference Defensive Team
Hall of Fame
The Minnesota Timberwolves (also commonly referred to as the T-Wolves) are an American professional basketball team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They play in the Northwest Division of the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Founded in 1989, the team is currently owned by Glen Taylor. The Timberwolves played their home games in the Metrodome during its inaugural season, before moving to Target Center in 1990.
Like most expansion teams, the Timberwolves struggled in their early years; but after the acquisition of Kevin Garnett in the 1995 NBA Draft, the team made the playoffs eight consecutive times from 1997 to 2004. Despite losing in the first round in their first seven attempts, the Timberwolves won their first division title in 2004 and advanced to the Western Conference Finals. Garnett was also named the NBA Most Valuable Player Award for that season. The team has been in rebuilding mode since missing the playoffs in 2005, and trading Garnett to the Boston Celtics in 2007.
NBA basketball returned to the Twin Cities in 1989 for the first time since the Minneapolis Lakers departed for Los Angeles in 1960. The NBA had granted one of its four new
The New Mexico Thunderbirds were a professional NBA Development League minor league basketball team which played from 2005-2011. Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Thunderbirds first played their home games at Tingley Coliseum as the Albuquerque Thunderbirds, then played at the Santa Ana Star Center under the New Mexico Thunderbirds name for their final season of 2010-11.
On July 7, 2011, it was announced the Thunderbirds had been purchased by the Cleveland Cavaliers and are moving to Canton, Ohio for the 2011-12 season, where they now play as the Canton Charge.
The team was formed as the Huntsville Flight and were established in Huntsville, Alabama in 2001 as a founding member of the NBDL, the affiliate minor league of the NBA. The team ended its tenure in Alabama at the conclusion of the 2005 season after finishing 3rd in the overall NBDL standings at 27-21. They became the Albuquerque Thunderbirds the following season. In 2006, the team also won the D-League Championship game over the Fort Worth Flyers in their first year of existence in Albuquerque, with Michael Cooper as Head Coach. They are directly affiliated with NBA teams the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indiana Pacers, and the
The Maltese national basketball team is the national team of Malta. The Maltese national basketball team is member of FIBA Europe since 1967. The national team has always represented in the European Promotion Cup. It also takes part well in Games of the Small States of Europe.
They have won div C European u18 fiba Championship mostly thanks to Samuel Deguara.
Competing teams and divisions
Division 1 Men
Athleta BC, Siggiewi, Luxol BC, Loyola BC, Depiro BC, Floriana BC,
Division 2 Men
Mellieha BC, St Nicholas Suns BC, Deprio 2 BC, Athleta 2 BC, Siggiewi 2 BC, Starlites BC,
Division 1 Women
Hibs BC, Luxol BC, Depiro BC, Qormi BC, Athleta BC, Starlites BC, Loyola BC,
The Paraguay national basketball team is the team governed by the Paraguayan Basketball Federation that represents Paraguay in the men's international basketball competitions organized by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
The best achievements by the Paraguay men's national basketball team are the two second-places finishes in the FIBA South America Basketball Championship, in 1955 and 1960.
Roster for the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship (August 30 – September 11, 2011)
Matches from the past 6 months as well as any future scheduled matches. All matches are in local time.
The Wright State Raiders team is the basketball team that represents Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, USA. The school's team currently competes in the Horizon League. The team last played in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in 2007. The Raiders are currently coached by Billy Donlon. The Raiders play at the Ervin J. Nutter Center in Fairborn, Ohio in what is often nicknamed the 'NUTT HOUSE'. Wright State's biggest rival is Butler, who they are 15-20 against all time.
Wright State first sponsored men's basketball in 1970. In 1983, Wright State won the Division II NCAA Tournament. Wright State moved to Division I in 1987, and have made NCAA Tournament appearances in 1993 and 2007.
This charts shows WSU's records season by season since joining Division I in 1987.
The Raiders have appeared in two NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 0-2.
Two Wright State alumni have gone on to play in the NBA. They are:
The Dutch national basketball team is the basketball side that represents the Netherlands in international competitions. It is administrated by the Netherlands Basketball Federation. When it qualified for the Eurobasket, team Netherlands has played quite competitive at some of the tournaments. The team reached the final four once and proceeded to the playoffs several times. However, its last appearance dates back to 1989 when it finished 8th.
1946 EuroBasket: finished 6th among 10 teams
Henk Koper, Joop Koper, Chris van Laar, Henk Mik, Wim van Someren, Chris Kugelein, Wim Kunnen, Jan Aldenberg, Freek Brandt, Ben Gerritsma (Coach: Dick Schmull)
1947 EuroBasket: finished 11th among 14 teams
Henk Koper, Joop Koper, Chris van Laar, Wim van Someren, Jan Cupido, Tan Eng Hau, Jaap van Veen, Freek Brandt, Sjoerd Werner, B.Winkel (Coach: Dick Schmull)
1949 EuroBasket: finished 5th among 7 teams
Henk Koper, Joop Koper, Wim van Someren, Tan Eng Hau, Jan Hille, Jaap van Veen, Freek Brandt, Henk van de Broek, Tom Losekoot, Bob van der Valk (Coach: Dick Schmull)
1951 EuroBasket: finished 10th among 17 teams
Jan Hille, Jaap van Veen, Kees van der Schuijt, Bob van der Valk, Rinus van Eijkeren,
The Edmonton Chill is a professional basketball team in the International Basketball League. The Chill, coached by Paul Sir, is one of the most recent additions to the IBL and has begun play in 2008 The franchise was revoked in August, 2008 after allegations of misconduct were filed with the league regarding Troy Barns, the majority shareholder in the team.
The Norwegian national basketball team, regulated by Norges Basketballforbund, is the basketball side that represents Norway in international competitions.
Its first match was played in 1966, when Norway lost 39-74 to Iceland. The most capped player is Torgeir Bryn, with 111 caps.
Norway has tried qualifying for the Eurobasket competition several times, but never made it. They only entered the Olympic qualification once, for the 1988 Summer Olympics.
The Clemson Tigers men's basketball team is a college basketball program that competes in the Atlantic Coast Conference in the NCAA Division I. The current head coach is Brad Brownell.
Clemson sponsored its first men's basketball team in the 1911–12 season. The Tigers have reached the NCAA Tournament 11 times since the tournament expanded again in 1980, with their best performance reaching the Elite Eight that very same year.
The Dayton Flyers men's basketball team is a college basketball program that competes in NCAA Division I and the Atlantic Ten Conference representing the University of Dayton. They are known for a rivalry with Xavier University, playing for the Blackburn/McCafferty Trophy each year.
The first collegiate basketball team began play in Dayton during the 1903-04 season. Then known as St. Mary's Institute, the school's early teams were informally nicknamed "The Saints" by local sportswriters and competed against colleges, high schools, and club teams throughout the Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and New York region. In 1920 the school changed its name to the University of Dayton and its sports teams gradually became known as the Flyers. World War II brought a two year hiatus to the basketball program between 1943 and 1945. In 1947, Tom Blackburn succeeded James Carter as the school's first full time head basketball coach. His leadership established Dayton as a national basketball power, winning the National Invitational Tournament in 1962, reaching the NIT finals six times during the 1950s and early 1960s, and securing a #2 AP ranking for most of the 1955-1956 season. In 1950, the Flyers
The Minnesota Golden Gophers men's basketball team represents the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Golden Gophers have played in the Big Ten since the conference began sponsoring basketball in 1905. The team plays its home games in Williams Arena and is currently coached by Tubby Smith.
The Gophers had great success in the early years of basketball, but have been largely overshadowed by other programs since the end of World War I. In total, the Gophers have won nine Big Ten championships, but only four since 1919. College basketball research organizations have retroactively awarded Minnesota national championships in 1902, 1903, and 1919.
The team has also had several instances of NCAA sanctions on the program that have affected performance and recruiting. In the 1970s, the Gophers were in a violent brawl with the Ohio State Buckeyes and were barred from post-season appearances for two seasons after an incident involving the illegal resale of tickets. Still more severe was the mid-1990s academic scandal under then-coach Clem Haskins that resulted in the forfeiture of a Final Four appearance.
Initially, the Gophers team formed without any organized coach. L. J.
The North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball program is the intercollegiate men's basketball team of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is one of the most successful programs in NCAA history. The Tar Heels have won five NCAA Tournament Championships (1957, 1982, 1993, 2005 and 2009) and were retroactively named the national champions by the Helms Athletic Foundation for their undefeated season in 1924. North Carolina's five NCAA Tournament Championships are tied for third-most all-time. They have also won 17 Atlantic Coast Conference tournament titles and 29 Atlantic Coast Conference regular season titles (including an Atlantic Coast Conference record 19 outright Regular Season Championships). The program has produced many notable players who went on to play professionally, including Michael Jordan, and many assistant coaches who went on to become head coaches elsewhere.
The Tar Heels are currently #3 on the Division I all-time wins list. From the Tar Heels' first season in 1910–11 through the 2011–12 season, the Tar Heels have amassed a .738 all-time winning percentage (second highest all-time), winning 2,065 games and losing 734 games in 102 seasons. The Tar
The Bellingham Slam is a professional basketball team that plays in the International Basketball League. In the past they played in the American Basketball Association. They were originally expected to play in Everett, Washington, but were relocated to Bellingham, Washington under the ownership of John Dominguez. The head coach is Rob Ridnour, father of Luke Ridnour of the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves. In their third season of existence, the team won an IBL championship in 2008 and repeated again as league champions in 2012.
The Slam have found success by primarily utilizing lesser-known NCAA Division II players rather than Division I players. Each season the Slam's roster features several players who played collegiately in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. They play their home games at Whatcom Pavilion on the campus of Whatcom Community College.
The Slam finished their inaugural season 18-14, good for second place in the Red Conference's Ron Boone Division and a #10 seed in the playoffs. They won their first two playoff games (over the Tacoma Navigators, 134-116 in the first round and over the Pittsburgh Xplosion, 122-115 in the second round) in 2005, but lost in the Great
The Boston College Eagles are a Division I college basketball program that represents Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, United States. The team has competed in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) since 2005, having previously played in the Big East. Home games have been played at the Conte Forum since 1988, having previously been played at the Roberts Center. The Eagles are coached by Steve Donahue.
In 1904, a men's varsity team was sanctioned. Then on December 26 of that year, BC played its first-ever game. They would lose 8–6 to Battery H of Navy. The team earned its first win that season against Tufts, 23–17, in Medford. Basketball, not a popular sport at the turn of the 20th century, suffered through years of weak fan support and only lasted three initial seasons before being dropped. A brief revival in the early 1920s brought the men's team back, but it was dropped again following the 1924–25 season. Finally, following World War II when the sport began to gain popularity in the United States, the basketball team became a permanent part of the Boston College athletics program in the 1945–46 season. Through 2010–11, there have been 73 seasons of BC basketball.
Proteas EKA AEL (in Greek: Πρωτέας ΕΚΑ ΑΕΛ) is a Cypriot professional basketball club based in Limassol. The club competes in the Cypriot League. The co-presidents of the team are Michael Loizides of Eka and Andreas Sofokleous of Proteas and Team Manager Alexandros Demetriou .
Proteas Danoi AEL was founded in 1966 and it is one of the founding members of Cyprus Basketball Federation. With coach one of the schoolteachers of the sport in Cyprus, Michalaki Nikolaidi, AEL took part in the first official championship in 1967. It is established as the “queen” of Cyprus Basketball. Other than the 15 championships, the 9 Cups and the 7 Super Cups, AEL is the only Cypriot team that has ever won a European title (Regional Challenge Cup, South Conference 2003). In 2007, for the fifth consecutive year, the team won the Cypriot championship, becoming the first Cypriot side to do so.
In 2003, the “queen” was crowned with their first European crown after conquering the newly established Regional Challenge Cup (South Conference). That was a triumph which has been achieved with the astonishing record of 10 victories in 10 games. That was the beginning of the European success of AEL Limassol which
Élan Chalon, full name, Élan Sportif Chalonnais, is a French professional basketball club that is based in Chalon-sur-Saône, France. The team's main colors are red and white, and their mascot is a moose. They play their national domestic league games in the LNB Pro A and internationally in the Euroleague. The team's home arena is called, Le Colisée, which seats 5,000 spectators.
The club was originally founded in 1955, after the merger of Association Sportive Chalonnaise and Élan de Saint-Jean des Vignes. The club then merged with the football club Bourgneuf Val d'Or Mercurey of Bourgneuf Mercurey in 1970. The club reached full professional status in 1994.
Note: Flags indicate national team, as has been defined by FIBA. Players may hold more than one nationality.
The Rockford Fury was a Premier Basketball League (PBL) team based in Rockford, Illinois.
The team began existence as the Hammond Rollers of the ABA's current incarnation (based out of Hammond, Indiana, and playing at the Hammond Civic Center), before being sold to Tom McGinn (owner of the Quad City Riverhawks), relocated to Dixon, Illinois, and renamed the Sauk Valley Rollers. The Rollers finished the regular season 16-16, good for third place in the White Conference, Northern Division, and earning them a #17 ranking in the ABA playoffs, before losing to their brother franchise, the Quad City Riverhawks, by a score of 100-86.
The team moved to Rockford College in Rockford, Illinois for 2007-08. Also, because of the "Rollers" nickname and logo referenced gambling, they changed their name to the Rock River Fury. .
On August 27, the Fury announced they would be moving to the PBL along with their brother franchise, the Quad City Riverhawks.
The Fury met their end in the summer of 2008 when the PBL added a rule prohibiting one owner having multiple teams in the league. The Riverhawks were maintained and the Fury folded.
Worthing Thunder is a basketball team from Worthing, England. Founded in 1999, until recently they competed in the top-tier British Basketball League, having previously having dominated the lower leagues in recent years, winning back-to-back English Basketball League Division One titles in 2006 and 2007. In the summer of 2011 Worthing Thunder returned to division one of the English Basketball League.
Basketball has been played in the town of Worthing since 1984, when Worthing Bears called the Worthing Leisure Centre home. In 1999, to build on their popularity and boost commercial revenue the Bears decided to relocate to the nearby city of Brighton, where the franchise had originally started. Disappointed local fans looking for a new team to follow quickly snapped up the franchise of struggling Stevenage and in 1999, soon after the Bears had moved out, Worthing Thunder was born.
An excellent debut season, playing as the Worthing Rebels, saw them finish runners up in the National Basketball League Division 1, with a 21-3 record, compared to champions Teeside Mohawks' 22-2 record, as well as reaching the National Trophy final, losing 81-78 to Teeside at the Sheffield Arena in
The Baltimore Bullets were an American Basketball League (1944–47) team, and later, a Basketball Association of America (1947–49), and (beginning in 1949, following the BAA's merger with the National Basketball League) a National Basketball Association team based in Baltimore, Maryland. The team folded November 27, 1954 with a 3–11 record, making the Bullets the last NBA franchise to do so, as of 2012. Out of all defunct NBA teams, the Bullets were members of the association for the longest time and the only defunct team to win a championship. The team took their name from the Bata Bullets athletic shoes, which were made in nearby Harford County.
Note: W = Wins, L = Losses
Stats updated October 2, 2006
The Cornell Big Red men's basketball team represents Cornell University (one of eight members Ivy League), located in Ithaca, New York, in NCAA Division I men's competition. The Big Red's appearance in the 2008 NCAA Tournament was their first trip to "The Big Dance" since 1988. The Big Red are currently coached by Bill Courtney, who was hired after the 2009-2010 season.
Cornell played its first basketball game on December 13, 1898, a 48-12 victory over the Waverly YMCA. The team would finish the short season with a record of 1-3. The program did not record a winning season until 1908-1909 when the team went 13-10. Beginning with the 1901-1902 season and ending with the 1954-1955 season Cornell competed in the Eastern Intercollegiate Basketball League which at various points in its history consisted of between four and eight schools, all of whom would eventually join the Ivy League upon its creation in 1954. Cornell won the EIBL title four times, including 1954 in a one game playoff over Princeton which would earn the Big Red their first trip to the NCAA tournament. The 1955-1956 season was the first year of competition under the new Ivy League organization. Cornell has since won
The Memphis Grizzlies are a professional basketball team based in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. The team is part of the Southwest Division of the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Along with the Toronto Raptors, the Grizzlies were established in 1995 as part of the NBA's expansion into Canada. The team originated that year in Vancouver, British Columbia and relocated to Memphis in 2001. The team's majority owner is Michael Heisley, who controls a 95% share of the franchise; the remaining 5% is controlled by several minority owners, including AutoZone founder J. R. ("Pitt") Hyde, his wife Barbara Hyde, equity manager Staley Cates, former NBA player and University of Memphis point guard Elliot Perry, singer Justin Timberlake and NFL quarterback Peyton Manning and his wife, Ashley Manning.
While two other teams in Tennessee (Tennessee Titans and Nashville Predators) in the four major North American sports leagues (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL) play in Nashville, the Grizzlies are the only team currently to play in Memphis.
The Grizzlies and Charlotte Hornets both applied with the NBA to relocate to Memphis on the same day, March 26, 2001. The Grizzlies' request was
The Miami Hurricanes men's basketball team represents the University of Miami in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). The Hurricanes are coached by Jim Larranaga.
The Hurricanes called Miami Arena home from 1988 until December 2002. The downtown arena attracted large crowds for marquee opponents as the program began play in the Big East Conference in 1991. The school shared the facility with the NBA's Miami Heat and the NHL's Florida Panthers until each respective professional franchise built newer stadiums.
After years of planning, Hurricanes basketball finally moved on-campus on January 4, 2003 when the Hurricanes defeated No. 22 North Carolina in overtime to christen the opening of the Convocation Center (nicknamed the "Convo"). The $48 million facility was funded through private donations, though was later renamed the BankUnited Center in 2005. The 8,000-seat venue, known on-campus as "The BUC", has also hosted concerts, family shows, trade shows, lecture series, and general university events. Arguably the most convenient venue to travel to in South Florida, the BankUnited Center is served by the Miami Metrorail at the University Station.
PBC CSKA Sofia (Bulgarian: ПБК „ЦСКА София“) are a Bulgarian professional basketball club based in the capital Sofia and part of the CSKA Sofia sports club.
CSKA Sofia have been 12 times champions of Bulgaria and 18 times Bulgarian cup winners. They play their home games at Universiada Hall in Sofia. In 2006 they are taking part in the FIBA Europe EuroCup tournament.
The CSKA Basketball team takes over the AC 23, a team won 2nd place in the national championship in 1942. In 1946 BC “Chavdar” was created and became 3rd in the championship. In 1948 the team was renamed as “Septemvri” under authority of the Central Military Club and took the second place. In 1949 the club won the golden medals of the National championship. In 1950 the team (again renamed as “Narodna voiska”) was national champion and repeated the success in 1951. Altogether, the team has won 12 first places, 14 second places and 3 third places in the National Championship. The founders of the club are Kosyo Totev, Iliya Angelov, Tonko Rainov. One of the players in the early years of the Club is Konstantin Kotsev, who, after finishing his player’s career became actor of the National Theater in Sofia. When being player,
The Rice Owls men's basketball program is the intercollegiate men's basketball program of Rice University. The program is classified in the NCAA's Division I, and the team competes in Conference USA. They previously participated in the Southwest Conference (1914-1996) and the Western Athletic Conference (1996-2005).
The Owls have appeared in four NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 2–5.
The Owls have appeared in five National Invitation Tournaments. Their combined record is 2–5.
The Owls have appeared in one CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. Their record is 2–1.
Rice University has retired one jersey.
The Venezuela national basketball team is the basketball team representing Venezuela in international competitions, organized and run by the Venezuelan Basketball Federation. In December 2011, Venezuela was chosen as host of the 2012 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament, the country's most prestigious basketball event ever.
Further, the team participates in international competitions such as the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the World Championship, the South American Basketball Championship, the Pan American Games, and the Bolivarian Games.
Roster for the 2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament (July 2-8, 2012)
1990 World Championship: finished 11th among 16 teams
4 David Díaz, 5 Cesar Portillo, 6 Armando Becker, 7 Nelson Solorzano, 8 Rostin González, 9 Luis Jiménez, 10 Sam Shepherd, 11 Carl Herrera, 12 José Echenique, 13 Gabriel Estaba, 14 Iván Olivares, 15 Alexander Nelcha (Coach: Jesus Cordoves)
1992 Olympic Games: finished 11th among 12 teams
4 Víctor Díaz, 5 David Diaz, 6 Melquiades Jaramillo, 7 Nelson Solorzano, 8 Rostin González, 9 Luis Jiménez, 10 Sam Shepherd, 11 Carl Herrera, 12 Omar Walcott, 13 Gabriel Estaba,
The Long Island PrimeTime were a United States Basketball League team located in Flushing, New York. Their home court is currently the Louis Armstrong Gymnasium at the Elmcor Youth and Adult Activities Center. The head coach is currently James Ryans.
After postponing the first game of the season in 2007, the PrimeTime canceled their next game and on April 16 the league pulled them from the Schedule and franchise list. On April 17 the league released a statement and apology regarding their demise.
After the mid-season collapse of the Delaware Stars, the USBL reinstated the PrimeTime to play road games against the Albany Patroons and Brooklyn Kings for the rest of the 2007 season.
Syria national basketball team represents Syria in international basketball competitions.
Syria's debut in the European championships came at Eurobasket 1949, held in Cairo, Egypt. The refusal of the Soviet Union to host the competition and FIBA Europe's unwillingness to ask Czechoslovakia to host consecutive tournaments meant that 1947 bronze medallist Egypt hosted the competition. Due to travel difficulties and fears, few European teams would travel to the African country to compete. Syria, as well as Lebanon, were asked to compete in the European championship despite being Asian countries.
In the seven team round robin tournament, the Syrians won only one of their games (against winless Lebanon) and lost the other five. They finished in sixth place.
Syria's team made an appearance at the 2009 Fiba U19 World Championshipheld in Auckland, New Zealand. Although they remained winless and finished the tournament in last position, the fact that they qualified alone is a great achievement and shows the future of Syrian basketball is ever improving
The UAB Blazers men's basketball team represents the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Division I men's college basketball, and have competed in Conference USA (C-USA) since 1995. UAB is led by head coach Jerod Haase.
The UAB Blazers, in effect, started their entire athletics program with the creation of a men's basketball team in 1978. Setting high standards from the start, UAB hired former UCLA, University of Illinois and Memphis head coach Gene Bartow. Known to many as the "Father of UAB athletics", Bartow led the Blazers to almost instant success. Since their inaugural season, the Blazers have made 14 appearances in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament including 3 Sweet Sixteen appearances and 1 Elite Eight appearance. UAB has also appeared in the NIT a total of 11 times, including 2 appearances in the NIT Final Four. After 33 years of basketball, UAB has had 30 winning seasons including wins over Kentucky, Indiana, Louisville, Alabama, Florida, LSU, Virginia, Villanova, Cincinnati, Connecticut and Memphis, among others. UAB has been ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll many times in school history and as
The 42ers Basketball Team are a team based in Moe, Victoria, Australia playing in the Moe Basketball Association (MBA).
Since the 42ers inception into the league for the start of the 2008-2009 season, the club has quickly become the most popular and well supported team in the competition, with seats often filled and fans lining the sidelines for the majority of their matches.
The idea for a new basketball team was first mooted between Daniel Engel and Rhys Murphy in 2006. Both Engel and Murphy had been involved in various basketball teams before, but each had expressed frustration at the "over-the-top" seriousness that each game possessed. "When we lost, the mood around the dressing room was just like the world was ending, and it was really taking the enjoyment out of the game for me personally" stated Murphy.
Engel and Murphy each expressed the desire to again play basketball in a competitive environment, with a team who just enjoyed playing together, irrespective of results. To achieve this, they formed the Daniel/Rhys Consortium, with the aim of earning a license for a brand new team in the Moe Basketball Association (MBA). Progression with the bid was slow, with both Engel and
The Chile national basketball team represents Chile in basketball international competitions, and is controlled by the Federación de Básquetbol de Chile. It is affiliated to FIBA and his zone confederation FIBA Americas.
Roster for 2010 South American Championship
Main Article: Chile national basketball team rosters
The Christchurch Cougars are a professional men's basketball team based in Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand. They play in the New Zealand National Basketball League.
Formerly known as the Canterbury Rams, the Cougars play their home games at Cowles Stadium in Aranui. The stadium has a capacity of 2000 with 500 temporary and 1500 permanent seats.
The Cougars began in 2009, replacing the Canterbury Rams, one of the New Zealand National Basketball League's foundation sides. In the first four years of NBL competition the league was dominated by the North Island sides like Auckland Stars and Wellington Saints who won two titles each. In the early years the side struggled to attract quality players due to the appeal of the North Island cities and the job opportunities offered.
Canterbury ended up dominating the NBL in the next few years. From 1986-1994 the Rams played in seven grand finals winning four of them. This successful nine year tenure was thanks to stand-out American players like Eddie Anderson, Angelo Hill and Clyde Huntley who were three of the league's best ever early import players. Other players to play a key role during this era were local players such as Terry
The Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball team is the intercollegiate men's basketball program representing Indiana University (IU). The school competes in the Big Ten Conference in Division I of the NCAA. The Hoosiers play on Branch McCracken Court at the Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana on the IU campus. Indiana has won five NCAA Championships in men's basketball (1940, 1953, 1976, 1981, 1987) — the first two under coach Branch McCracken and the latter three under Bob Knight. The Hoosiers' five NCAA Championships are tied for third in history with North Carolina (5), trailing only UCLA (11), and Kentucky (8). Indiana's 1976 squad remains the last undefeated NCAA men's basketball champion.
The Hoosiers are also sixth in NCAA Tournament appearances (36), sixth in NCAA Tournament victories (62), seventh in Final Four appearances (8), and 11th in overall victories (1,665). The Hoosiers have won 20 Big Ten Conference Championships and have the best winning percentage in conference games at nearly 60 percent. No team has had more All-Big Ten selections than the Hoosiers with 53. The Hoosiers also rank seventh in all-time AP poll appearances and sixth in the number of weeks spent
Ireland is a men's international basketball team representing the island of Ireland. It is organised by Basketball Ireland, with players from both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Ireland play their home matches at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght, Dublin. The team has never qualified for the final stages of EuroBasket or the FIBA World Championship.
Ireland's basketball association affiliated to FIBA in 1947. In 1948 the team was invited to the 1948 Olympic tournament in nearby London, from which many top sides were absent in the aftermath of World War II. The team finished last, losing every match heavily. Ireland were involved in Olympic qualification only once; in 1976 they finished bottom of the European qualification group.
In 1988 Ireland finished runner-up in EuroBasket Division C. In 1993 the National Basketball Arena opened which became the team's new permanent home. Division C was hosted there the following year, and Ireland beat Cyprus 81–78 in the final to gain promotion to EuroBasket Division B. Ireland narrowly failed to win promotion to Division A in EuroBasket 2005, losing to Denmark by 4 points after having won the first game in Dublin by 10
The New York Knickerbockers, commonly referred to as the Knicks, are a professional basketball team based in New York City, New York. They are part of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team was established in 1946 as one of the founding members of the Basketball Association of America (BAA), which became the NBA after merging with their rival, the National Basketball League (NBL) in 1949.
The Knicks are one of only two teams of the original National Basketball Association still located in its original city (the other being the Boston Celtics). The "Knickerbocker" name comes from the pseudonym used by Washington Irving in his book A History of New York, a name which became applied to the descendants of the original Dutch settlers of what later became New York, and later, by extension, to New Yorkers in general.
The Knicks were successful during their early years and were constant playoff contenders. Beginning in 1950, the Knicks made three consecutive appearances in the NBA Finals, all of which were losing efforts. Subsequently, the team began to falter and it was not until the late 1960s when Red Holzman became head
Pittsburgh Panthers men's basketball is the NCAA Division I intercollegiate men's basketball program of the University of Pittsburgh, often referred to as "Pitt", located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Pitt men's basketball team competes in the Big East Conference and plays their home games in the Petersen Events Center. The Panthers have won two Helms Athletic Foundation National Championships, reached one Final Four, received 15 First Team All-American selections, have appeared in 23 NCAA and eight NIT tournaments, and through the 2011-12 season have recorded 1,487 victories against 1,065 losses since their inaugural season of 1905-06. The head coach of the Panthers since 2003 is Jamie Dixon.
The University of Pittsburgh began playing men's basketball in 1905-06 under coach Benjamin Printz. The University did not field a team during the 1909–10 and 1910–11 seasons. The program was resurrected in 1911 under head coach Wohlparth Wegner, and the following year Dr. George M. Flint assumed head coaching duties and began rebuilding Pitt's program essentially from the ground up. Flint led the Panthers to eight winning seasons during his ten years at the helm and coached future
The Strong Island Sound were an American Basketball Association team, that played their home games at Suffolk County Community College in Long Island, New York's Suffolk County. The team's head coach was Dytanya Mixon for the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons.
The team played off on the intersection of basketball and popular culture — in which Strong Island is used as hip hop slang for Long Island — and the neighboring Long Island Sound.
After an inaugural season full of the obstacles typical of a minor league sports season, the Strong Island Sound were eliminated from the ABA Playoffs. Their 10-0 run down the stretch gave them some well earned respect among the growing ABA fan base.
The Sound qualified for the 2006 ABA playoffs as the 13th seed, and defeated the Birmingham Magicians in the first round on Long Island, and the Harlem Strong Dogs in Round 2 in Manhattan. They played in Rochester as one of the "Elite Eight" competing for the 2006 ABA Championship in the Great Eight Tournament. The Sound defeated the top-ranked Indiana Alley Cats, but lost to the Southern California Legends on March 25, 2006, who in turn were defeated by the Rochester Razorsharks in the ABA's 2006
The Evansville Purple Aces men's basketball team represents the University of Evansville, located in Evansville, Indiana, in NCAA Division I basketball competition. Evansville's athletics teams were originally known as the Pioneers in the early part of the 1900s. In the 1920s, the name Aces arose after a local sports writer wrote in a game story of the men's basketball team, "They played like Aces." The team has been known as the Aces and/or Purple Aces ever since.
The Purple Aces have appeared in 5 NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 1–5.
The Purple Aces have appeared in 2 National Invitation Tournaments. Their combined record is 1–2.
The Purple Aces have appeared in two College Basketball Invitationals. Their combined record is 1–1.
The Purple Aces have appeared in one CollegeInsider.com Tournament. Their combined record is 0–1.
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets men's basketball team represents the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in NCAA Division I basketball. The team plays its home games in Alexander Memorial Coliseum. Under the tenure of Bobby Cremins, Georgia Tech established itself as a national force in basketball. Bobby Cremins led his team to the first ACC tournament victory in school history in 1985 and in 1990 he took Georgia Tech to the school's first Final Four appearance ever. Cremins retired from Georgia Tech in 2000 with the school's best winning percentage as a head coach. Overall, the team has won 1,169 games and lost 1,026 games, a 53% win percentage.
Georgia Tech's first recorded official participation in basketball was in 1906, when a small club organized under Coach Chapman. They won two of the three games they played that season. The next time Tech had a basketball team, it was under the famous coach John Heisman, also Tech's baseball and football coach. Heisman had a winning percentage of .142 that season and improved the team's percentage to .500 in 1912 and 1913.
Since that time, Georgia Tech has forged a solid basketball program on the strength of coaches like John Hyder and Bobby
KK Zadar is a Croatian professional basketball team from the city of Zadar playing in the Adriatic League.
Zadar is the place where Croatian basketball was born in 1930. Zadar's reputation has been of a basketball hotbed with a team that can capture trophies at any given moment. Zadar is also known for its fanatical die hard supporters, Tornado Zadar.
The first basketball ball and game rules of basketball were brought to Zadar by Italian soldiers during World War II, a time at which Zadar was occupied by the Italians. At that time all basketball games being played in Zadar were played on an outdoor, concrete court. KK Zadar was formally founded after World War II in 1945 as FD Zadar (Fiskulturno Društvo Zadar - Physical Culture Club of Zadar). Shortly after this clubs founding, its basketball section went independent and became what is today's KK Zadar. Giuseppe "Pino" Giergia played his first game for Zadar in 1945; he later became one of the clubs most famous players.
The 1949, KK Zadar entered Yugoslavia's first basketball division, remaining there until the country's break-up in 1990.
On November 28, 1964, Krešimir Ćosić played his first game for Zadar, while being only 16
The Mississippi State Bulldogs basketball program represents Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS in men's NCAA Division I basketball. The Bulldogs play in the Southeastern Conference. On April 1, 2012, Mississippi State named Clemson assistant coach, Rick Ray as its 19th head basketball coach and the first African-American head coach in the history of MSU Men's Basketball.
The Bulldogs have been to the NCAA Tournament ten times, the first time in 1963 and the most recent being 2009. Six of the ten NCAA appearances have been earned in the past 10 seasons under former MSU Head Basketball Coach, Rick Stansbury. They have won 10 conference championships, 4 as a member of the now dissolved Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association in 1912, 1913, 1914, and 1916 in addition to 6 SEC titles in 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1991, and 2004. The Bulldogs have won 4 conference tournament championships, one as a member of the Southern Conference in 1923 and three SEC Tournament titles in 1996, 2002, 2009. Mississippi State has several notable alumni including NBA Hall of Fame Forward Bailey Howell and current Miami Heat Center Erick Dampier. Mississippi State also has several NBA stars
The San Diego Toreros basketball team is the basketball team that represent the University of San Diego in San Diego, California. The school's team currently competes in the West Coast Conference. The team played in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in 2008.
The Toreros play their home games in the Jenny Craig Pavilion. In 2007, Bill Grier was formally announced as San Diego's men's head basketball coach, replacing Brad Holland.
The Toreros have appeared in four NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 1–4.
2010-2011 (6-24) (2-12 Conference)
2009-2010 (11-21) (3-11 Conference)
2008-2009 (16-16) (6-8 Conference)
2007-2008 (22-14) (11-3 Conference) NCAA Tournament Berth
2006-2007 (18-14) (6-8 Conference)
2005-2006 (18-12) (6-8 Conference)
2004-2005 (16-13) (7-7 Conference)
2003-2004 (4-26) (1-13 Conference)
The Southern Jaguars and Lady Jaguars represent Southern University in NCAA intercollegiate athletics.
Southern University's athletic teams participate in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) which is a part of the NCAA Division I. Football participates in the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA). Southern University's colors are columbia blue and gold and their nickname is the Jaguars.
Every Thanksgiving weekend, Southern plays archrival Grambling State University in the Bayou Classic at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans. The game is telecast on NBC. Due to Hurricane Katrina, the 2005 game was moved to Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas.
Mel Blount played running back and cornerback for Southern from 1967–69 before enjoying a 14-year career as a cornerback for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Starring on the Steel Curtain defense, he helped the franchise win four Super Bowl championships in six years. Blount was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989.
The university's baseball team has won more regular season championships than any other SWAC member. They play their home games at Lee-Hines Field.
Rickie Weeks was the first college player
The Southern Utah Thunderbirds Basketball team is the basketball team that represent Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah. The school's team currently competes in The Summit League. The team last played in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in 2001. The Thunderbirds are currently coached by Roger Reid.
The Thunderbirds have appeared in one NCAA Tournament. Their combined record is 0–1.
The Texas Longhorns men's basketball team represents The University of Texas at Austin in NCAA Division I men's basketball competition. The Longhorns currently compete in the Big 12 Conference.
The team has achieved national prominence under head coach Rick Barnes in recent years. Barnes has guided Texas to a school-record twelve consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and a school-best twelve consecutive 20-win seasons as of February 6, 2011.
Since 1977, the team has played its home games in the Frank Erwin Special Events Center, where it has compiled a record of 407-95 (.811) as of March 1, 2011.
The University of Texas began varsity intercollegiate competition in men's basketball in 1906. The Longhorns rank 17th in total victories among all NCAA Division I college basketball programs and 25th in all-time win percentage among programs with at least 50 years in Division I, with an all-time w•in-loss record of 1638-962 (.630).
The Longhorns have won 27 total conference championships in men's basketball and have made 28 total appearances in the NCAA Tournament (33–31 overall record), reaching the NCAA Final Four three times (1943, 1947, 2003) and the NCAA Regional Finals (Elite
This is the article about the men's basketball team from Villanova University. The team has competed since the 1920–21 season. Nicknamed the "Wildcats", Villanova is a member of the Big East Conference and the Philadelphia Big Five. The Villanova Wildcats have appeared in the NCAA Tournament 30 times, the 8th highest total in NCAA history. They made the Final Four in 1939, 1971, 1985 and 2009, and were National Champions in 1985. Villanova has appeared in the NIT 17 times, winning in 1994, and won the Big East Tournament in 1995. Villanova entered the 2007-2008 season with an all-time winning percentage of .637, placing the Wildcats 20th among all NCAA Division I basketball programs.
Villanova began its varsity basketball program in 1920. Michael Saxe coached for six seasons, from 1920–1926, compiling a 64–30 record (.681). John Cashman coached three seasons, from 1926–1929, compiling a 21–21 record (.447). George Jacobs coached seven seasons, from 1929–1936, and had a 62–56 record (.525).
The team played its first game in 1920 in Alumni Hall on Villanova's campus, beating Catholic University 43–40. In the early years, Villanova's home courts were Alumni Hall and West Catholic High
The Yamhill HighFlyers is an International Basketball League team based in McMinnville, Oregon. It is the first professional sports franchise of Yamhill County, Oregon. The team was founded by owner/general manager Eric Bailey in 2009 and is operated by YHF Entertainment, LLC. The High Flyers have worked to gain the support of local business and offer opportunities for local athletes.
The HighFlyers played an abbreviated four game schedule in 2009 for their branding year. Home games were played on Thursday May 28 against Japan's Nippon Tornadoes and on Friday June 26 against the Vancouver BC Titans. Both games were played at Patton Middle School in McMinnville, Oregon.
Following the abbreviated 2009 branding season, the HighFlyers played a full 20 game schedule in 2010. These games were split between being played at McMinnville High School and Linfield College's Ted Wilson Gym. The team made it to the IBL semi-finals, losing to the Bellingham Slam, and falling just short of playing in the IBL Championship. Four HighFlyers were named IBL All-Stars: Jason Hartford, Curtis Nash, Durrell Nevels, and Nate Bowie. Roughly half of the Yamhill team went on to sign professional basketball
KK Zlatorog Laško is a Slovenian professional basketball club, which is based in Laško.
The club was established in 1969. During the initial years the club was competing under the name KK Laško. In 1972 they changed to KK Zlatorog Laško. In 1994, the club got name KK Pivovarna Laško. A year before that the town Laško started the construction of a new modern sports hall which prompted rapid expansion of basketball in the town. The management also renewed the playing potential of the club, and in the season 1995–96, after two years of competing in the 1B Division the long lasting dream came true: the Club qualified to the Premier A Slovenian League. Aleš Pipan replaced the former coach Andrej Žagar, and on the other hand, the players headed by Matjaž Tovornik were joined by new reinforcements, among them Mile Lisica.
The very first season in the was concluded in the incredible 3rd place which qualified the club for the European Cup competition. At the beginning of the season the club acquired Ervin Dragšič and Miljan Goljović.
In the season 1997–98 the club repeated Premier A Slovenian League its ranking in the National Championship, and qualified in the National Cup Finals which was
The Atlanta Dream is a professional basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia, playing in the Eastern Conference in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). The team was founded before the 2008 WNBA season began. The team is owned by Dream Too LLC, which is composed of two Atlanta businesswomen: Mary Brock, and Kelly Loeffler. Like some other WNBA teams, the Dream is not affiliated with an NBA counterpart.
The Dream has qualified for the WNBA Playoffs in three of its four years in Atlanta, and has reached the WNBA Finals twice. The franchise has been home to many high-quality players such as University of Louisville standout Angel McCoughtry, former Finals MVP Betty Lennox, and Brazilian sharpshooter Izi Castro Marques. In 2010, the Dream went to the WNBA Finals but fell short to Seattle. They lost to the Minnesota Lynx in the 2011 WNBA Finals.
Even before the success of the United States women's basketball team in the 1996 Olympic Games, the American Basketball League had interest in placing a women's professional basketball team in Atlanta. Plans were made to place a women's pro team in Atlanta as early as 1995. Eight of the twelve Olympians would play on ABL teams
The Atlanta Hawks are an American professional basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. They are part of the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). They play their home games at Phillips Arena in downtown Atlanta.
They were established in 1946 as the Buffalo Bisons and were a member of the National Basketball League. After 13 games into their inaugural season, the team moved to Moline, Illinois and became the Tri-City Blackhawks. In 1949, they joined the NBA as part of the National Basketball League and the Basketball Association of America merger. In 1951, The team moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin where they changed their name to the Hawks. The team moved again in 1955 to St. Louis, Missouri, where they won their only NBA Championship title in 1958. The Hawks moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1968, where they have been ever since.
The Hawks currently own the 2nd longest run (behind the Sacramento Kings) of not winning an NBA title (54 years). All of the franchise's NBA Finals appearances and lone NBA Championship took place when the team resided in St. Louis. Meanwhile, they have yet to advance beyond the second round of any playoff
The Japanese national basketball team represents Japan in international basketball competitions. It is governed by the Japan Basketball Association (JABBA). (Japanese: 日本バスケットボール協会) Japan is the second leading nation in qualifications to the Asian Basketball Championships. (only behind South Korea)
* Note: both Tabuse and Kawamura did not participate at the FIBA Asia Championship 2009 in Tianjin, China to try out for teams in the NBA Summer League.
1936 Olympic Games: finished 13th among 21 teams
Riichi Cho, T.Nakae, S.Ri, K.Yokoyama, T.Kanakogi, M.Maeda, U.Munakata, S.Matsui
1956 Olympic Games: finished 10th among 15 teams
Setsuo Nara, Jose Rodriguez, Kenichi Imaizumi, Hiroshi Saito, Reizo Ohira, Hitoshi Konno, Takashi Itoyama, Manabu Fujita, Takeo Sugiyama, Tetsuro Noborisaka, Riichi Arai (Coach: M.Maeda)
1960 Olympic Games: finished 15th among 16 teams
Setsuo Nara, Shutaro Shoji, Hiroshi Saito, Takashi Itoyama, Takeo Sugiyama, Kenichi Imaizumi, Yasukuni Oshima, Shoji Kamata, Masashi Shiga, Takashi Masuda, Kaoru Wakabayashi, Hideo Kanekawa (Coach: M.Maeda)
1963 World Championship: finished 13th among 13 teams
Setsuo Nara, Takashi Masuda, Masashi Shiga, Yasukuni Oshima, Kaoru
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights Men's Basketball team represents Rutgers University and is a NCAA Division I college basketball team, which competes in the Big East Conference. Rutgers will play its 105th season of collegiate men's basketball in 2011–2012.
The Rutgers Men's Basketball team played in the Final Four in the 1976 NCAA Tournament and ended the 1976 season ranked fourth in the nation, after an 86–70 loss against the Michigan Wolverines in the semifinal round and a 106–92 loss to the UCLA Bruins in the tournament's third-place consolation game. This was the last men's Division I tournament to date to feature two unbeaten teams, as both Indiana, who won that year's title, and Rutgers entered the tournament unbeaten. Rutgers went 31–0 during the regular season.
The Scarlet Knights also played the Michigan Wolverines in the 2004 NIT Final which resulted in a Rutgers loss. In 2005–2006 Quincy Douby set a Rutgers Basketball single season record by scoring 839 points. He left after his junior year to enter the NBA Draft.
The Spanish national basketball team is the basketball team representing Spain in international competitions, organized and run by the Spanish Basketball Federation. As of September 2011, they are the reigning European champions and second in the FIBA World Rankings for men.
The first game in the history of the selection was a friendly game before the 1935 EuroBasket, where Spain faced the selection of Portugal. This event, which was held in Geneva in the summer of 1935 was the first EuroBasket in history. Spain finished 2nd and qualified for the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin where basketball was introduced for the first time.
After this, the team disappeared from the EuroBasket competition for over 20 years and reappeared at the EuroBasket 1959 in Turkey, where it finished 15th. In the following years, the selection slowly but surely worked its way up into the medal ranks again and appeared on the podium six more times between 1959 and 2007. Then Spain came to host the 2007 EuroBasket which was held in Madrid, Palma de Mallorca, Alicante, Seville and Granada. At this competition the same 12 players that won the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan made it through to the final.
The Winthrop Eagles men's basketball team represents Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina, United States and competes in the Big South Conference. The Eagles recently hired former Xavier assistant coach Pat Kelsey as head men's basketball coach to replace Randy Peele. Winthrop plays their home games in the 6,100 seat Winthrop Coliseum. Winthrop has appeared in nine NCAA Tournaments and has won 17 conference championships (season and tournament). The Eagles have played 34 seasons of basketball since their inaugural 1978-79 campaign.
During the late 1990s and 2000s, Winthrop established itself as one of the premier non-bcs programs in college basketball, reaching the NCAA Tournament eight times in ten seasons. From 1999-2008, the Eagles posted a 216-95 overall record and went 114-28 in Big South play. During this stretch, Winthrop defeated such major conference programs as Georgia Tech, Miami, Notre Dame, Marquette, Mississippi State, Providence, Missouri, Georgia, and Clemson.
Gregg Marshall coached the Eagles from 1999–2007, engineering one of the great program turnarounds in NCAA history. He posted a 194-83 overall record during his nine-year tenure and remains
The Basket Rimini Crabs are an Italian basketball team from the city of Rimini.
Basket Rimini was established in 1947 as Polisportiva Libertas. In 1978-79 season, it played for the first time in a professional league (Serie A2, the second-highest Italian level).
The team made its debut in Serie A1 (the highest level in Italy) in 1984, playing in that league for 8 seasons from 1984 and 2001. Its best result was 8th place in Serie A1 in the 1985/86 season. The club qualified twice, in the 1998/99 and 1999/00 seasons, for the Korać Cup, a continental competition.
After 2001 it played in the Italian Legadue ("League Two", the former Serie A2) with additional nickname of the Crabs, but in 2011 the team was unable to register to participate in the championship due to debts, so they restarted from DNB (4th national level).
Some of its youth teams won the title of national champions in the 1980s and '90's. Also, Carlton Myers, one of the best Italian basketball players, began his career in Basket Rimini, as did Alex Righetti and many others.
Through the years, due to sponsorship deals, it has been also known as:
The Baylor Bears basketball team represents Baylor University in Waco, Texas, in NCAA Division I men's basketball competition. The Bears compete in the Big 12 Conference. The team plays its home games in Ferrell Center and is currently coached by Scott Drew.
Luther Burleson coached the first basketball team at Baylor in 1907 also doubling as the football coach. In Baylor's second season of basketball then cross-town rival TCU began their program which the Bears defeated twice during the 1908-09 season. Ralph Glaze's (1911–1914) .788 winning percentage ranks at the best all time in school history. Ralph Wolf (1927–1941) lead Baylor to its first SWC Championship in 1932 after surviving and overcoming one of the first great tragedies in college athletics in his first season as coach.
On January 22, 1927 Coach Ralph Wolf's Baylor Basketball team was travelling by bus to play the University of Texas. As the bus passed through Round Rock, Texas it approached railroad tracks on the south side of the business district on a drizzly, cloudy day. As the bus crossed the tracks the occupants failed to hear the sound of the train whistle and ringing bell. The driver caught sight of the train at
The Canterbury Rams (also known as MARLEY Canterbury Rams, for sponsorship reasons), were a National Basketball League (NBL) team from Christchurch, New Zealand. They first started playing in the National League back in 1982.
The Rams played their home matches at Cowles Stadium in Aranui during 2008. They previously played at the state of the art 8,500 seater Westpac Arena in Addington, Christchurch, New Zealand, from 1999-2007,which they shared with netball's Canterbury Flames. In their first ever match at Westpac Centre in March 1999 the Rams lost narrowly to the Wellington Saints. Occasionally the Rams will take one of their regular season home games to another part of the franchise area such as Timaru or Blenheim.
The Rams' current home uniform is predominantly red, while their alternate strip is white.
Canterbury was one of the most dominant teams in the New Zealand NBL's early days. From 1986-1994 the Rams played in seven grand finals winning four of them. This successful nine year tenure was thanks to stand-out American players like Eddie Anderson, Angelo Hill and Clyde Huntley who were three of the league's best ever early import players. Other players to play a key role
The Finnish national basketball team is the basketball side that represents Finland in international competitions.
Finland first competed in the European championship in the third installment, at Eurobasket 1939. In the round-robin there, they lost to each of the other seven teams in sequence, finishing with a 70–541 overall point differential.
Finland's next European competition was 12 years later, at Eurobasket 1951 in Paris. They split their four preliminary round games, finishing third place in the group at 2–2 to be eliminated from championship contention. They had success after that, winning all three of their classification round 1 games and both round 2 games to finish in 9th place of the 18 teams.
Finland again competed at Eurobasket 1953 in Moscow. In the preliminary round, they finished with 1 win and 3 losses for 4th place of the 5 teams in the group. They fared significantly better in the first classification round, winning 3 and losing only 1 to finish in the middle of a three-way tie in the group. They lost both the 9–12 and 11/12 classification games, however, taking 12th place of 17 overall.
Finland had great difficulty in the preliminary round of Eurobasket 1955.
The Penn Quakers men's basketball team is the college basketball program representing the University of Pennsylvania. As the ninth-winningest men's basketball program of all-time, the team from Penn has had great success over the past 40 years. Penn plays in the Ivy League in NCAA Division I.
On March 20, 1897 Penn and Yale played in the first basketball game with five players on a team. Prior to the formation of the Ivy League in 1954 Penn was a member of the Eastern Intercollegiate League (EIL) from 1903 thru 1955. Penn won 14 EIL Regular Season Championships - 1906, 1908, 1916, 1918, 1920, 1921, 1928, 1929, 1934, 1935, 1937, 1945, 1953, 1955.
Penn has appeared in one Final Four, in 1979. Penn trails only Princeton for the most Ivy League regular season championships with 25 (1966, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007). Their main Ivy League rivalry is with Princeton, whom they always play as the last regular season game.
One of Penn's most memorable seasons came in 1979 when the Quakers advanced to the NCAA Tournament Final Four. With players such as Tony Price, the Quakers
The Golden State Warriors are an American professional basketball team based in Oakland, California. They are part of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team was first established in 1945, as the Philadelphia Warriors, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where the franchise won the championship in the inaugural season of the Basketball Association of America (BAA), the league that would eventually become the National Basketball Association after a merger with the National Basketball League (NBL).
In 1962, the franchise was relocated to San Francisco, California and became known as the San Francisco Warriors until 1971, when its name was changed to the current Golden State Warriors. The team has played home games in the building currently known as the Oracle Arena since 1966, and exclusively since 1972 with the exception of a one-year hiatus during which they played in San Jose, California while the Oracle Arena was being remodeled. Along with their inaugural championship win in the 1946–47 season, the Warriors have won two others in the team's history, including another in Philadelphia after the 1955–56 season, and one as
The Indiana Pacers are the greatest basketball team ever. They are members of the Central Division in the Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Pacers play their home games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, which they share with their WNBA counterpart, the Indiana Fever, also owned by Herb Simon.
The Pacers began play in 1967 as members of the American Basketball Association (ABA), in which they won three championships and created a dynasty. In 1976, the Pacers moved from the ABA to the NBA. The financial strains from the move led to the ending of the Indiana dynasty and the beginnings of many struggles for the Pacers organization in the subsequent decade. The acquisition of Reggie Miller in 1987 marked the start of a long resurgence for the franchise that peaked with its appearance in the 2000 NBA Finals. The Pacers would miss the 2007 playoffs; not qualifying for the first time since 1997. The team returned to the playoffs in 2011.
In early 1967, a group of six investors (among them attorney Richard Tinkham, John DeVoe, Chuck DeVoe, sports agent Chuck Barnes and Indianapolis Star sports writer Bob Collins) pooled their resources to purchase a franchise
The Memphis Tigers men's basketball team represents the University of Memphis in NCAA Division I men's college basketball. The Tigers currently compete in Conference USA, in which they have won seven regular season and six conference tournament championships. The Tigers will leave Conference USA for the Big East in 2013. ESPN Research ranked the men's basketball program as the 14th most prestigious in modern college basketball, and as of 2011, the Tigers have the 29th highest winning percentage in NCAA history. They play home games at the FedExForum. ESPN Stats and Information Department ranked Memphis as the 19th most successful basketball program from 1962 to 2012 in their annual 50 in 50 list.
The predecessor of the University of Memphis, West Tennessee State Normal School, first fielded a basketball team in 1920. Zach Curlin began coaching the team in 1924. The Tigers joined the Mississippi Valley Conference in 1928. The team played its early home games at a local high school gym, a local YMCA, and in a room on campus called the "Normal Cage" which allowed only six inches from the court lines to the walls. In 1929, a $100,000 facility on campus named Memorial Gym became the
The Saint Mary's Gaels men's basketball team represents Saint Mary's College in Moraga, California, competing in the West Coast Conference of the NCAA. The team plays home games in the McKeon Pavilion, capacity 3,500; it is one of the smaller gyms in the WCC. The current head coach is Randy Bennett, who is the school's all-time wins leader. The Gaels have appeared in seven NCAA Tournaments—1959, 1989, 1997, 2005, 2008, 2010, and 2012.
Saint Mary's basketball and volleyball teams play their home games at the McKeon Pavilion, which has a capacity of 3,500. It was named after George R. McKeon, a former member of the college's Board of Regents. Constructed in 1978, it underwent renovations in the summer of 2006, with new features including painted bleachers, new chair backseats behind the reserved section, a remodeled VIP section, and a banner with "GaelForce" on it behind the student section.
Under coach Randy Bennett, the men's basketball team has become recognized nationally as one of the top mid-major programs in the United States. He inherited a 2-27 team when he arrived in 2001, and began recruiting an Australian named Adam Caporn. Since then, Bennett has built a reputation of
The UCLA Bruins men's basketball program, established in 1920, owns a record 11 Division I NCAA championships. UCLA teams coached by John Wooden won 10 national titles in 12 seasons from 1964 to 1975, including 7 straight from 1967 to 1973. UCLA went undefeated a record 4 times, in 1964, 1967, 1972, and 1973. Coach Jim Harrick led the team to another NCAA title in 1995. Current coach Ben Howland led UCLA to three consecutive Final Four appearances from 2006–2008.
UCLA men's basketball has set several NCAA records.
* Excludes 1980 tournament results vacated by NCAA
Loss later forfeited by Oregon State. Loss later forfeited by California. *vacated by NCAA
Source: UCLA Bruins men's basketball history
The team has had 12 head coaches in its history, and they have won 11 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Men's Division I Basketball Championships, the most of any school. John Wooden won 10 national championships between 1964 and 1975, and Jim Harrick won the other in 1995. The New York Times wrote that Wooden "made UCLA the most successful team in college basketball." After Wooden retired, the four coaches that succeeded him resigned, and the following three—Harrick
The Charlotte Bobcats are a professional basketball team based in Charlotte, North Carolina. They play in the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association. The Bobcats were established in 2004 as an expansion team, two seasons after Charlotte's previous NBA team, the Charlotte Hornets, relocated to New Orleans. The team is owned by former NBA player Michael Jordan, who acquired the team in 2010. The Bobcats play their home games at Time Warner Cable Arena in center city Charlotte. As of the end of the 2011–12 season, the Bobcats have compiled a record of 229–411. In their 8-year history they have qualified for the postseason just once, which was during the 2009–10 season when they achieved a record of 44–38.
When the Charlotte Hornets relocated to New Orleans in 2002, the NBA promised Charlotte leaders that the city would be granted an NBA expansion team for the 2004–05 season. Several ownership groups, including one led by former Boston Celtics star Larry Bird, made bids for the team. On December 18, 2002, a group led by Black Entertainment Television founder Robert L. Johnson was awarded the franchise, allowing him to become the first
The Portland Trail Blazers, commonly known as the Blazers, are an American professional basketball team based in Portland, Oregon. They play in the Northwest Division of the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Trail Blazers originally played their home games in the Memorial Coliseum, before moving to the Rose Garden in 1995. The franchise entered the league in 1970, and Portland has been its only home city. The franchise has enjoyed a strong following; from 1977 through 1995, the team sold out 814 consecutive home games, the longest such streak in American major professional sports. The Trail Blazers are the only team belonging to a major professional North American sports league in the state of Oregon. The Trail Blazers are also currently the only NBA team based in the binational Pacific Northwest, after the Vancouver Grizzlies relocated to Memphis and became the Memphis Grizzlies in 2001, and the Seattle SuperSonics relocated to Oklahoma City and became the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2008.
The team has advanced to the NBA Finals three times, winning the NBA Championship once, in 1977. The other NBA Finals appearances were in 1990 and 1992. The team
The Southern Miss Golden Eagles basketball program represents intercollegiate men's basketball at the University of Southern Mississippi. The school competes in the Conference USA in Division I of the NCAA and plays their home games at Reed Green Coliseum, which has a capacity of 8,095.
From its first season (1912–13), when Coach R. G. Slay led the team to a 3-0 record, the men's basketball team has enjoyed its share of success. Coach A. B. Dillie took over coaching duties the following year. The Golden Eagles have appeared in the NAIA National Tournament four times in a row (1952, 1953, 1954 and 1955). Southern Miss had a 2–4 record in the NAIA Tournament.
Over the 12 years, the Golden Eagles have had three NCAA teams. The program has also had an NIT Championship team with its run in the 1987 postseason tournament. The team has had six players drafted including Clarence Weatherspoon. Southern Miss has won two conference championships in basketball including a share of the 2001 regular-season title.
Southern Miss Golden Eagles have appeared in three NCAA tournaments. They have an overall 0-3 record in tournament games. Darrin Chancellor holds the Southern Miss single-tournament
The Arkansas Razorbacks basketball team represents the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States in NCAA Division I men's basketball competition. The school's team currently competes in the Southeastern Conference. The team last played in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in 2008. They lost in the second round to the University of North Carolina.
The basketball team plays its home games in Bud Walton Arena on the University of Arkansas campus. The Hogs under the coaching leadership of Nolan Richardson won the NCAA tournament in 1994 defeating Duke University, and appeared in the championship game the following year, but were beaten by UCLA. The Razorbacks have been among the NCAA Final Four in 1941, 1945, 1978, 1990, 1994 and 1995.
Arkansas had a relatively late start in basketball; it did not field its first team in the sport until 1924. Francis Schmidt coached the Razorbacks from the 1924 season until the 1929 season, while also coaching the football and baseball teams. During this time, Arkansas finished first in the Southwest Conference four out of six years, and compiled an overall record of 113-17, which, at .869, is the highest winning
The Duquesne Dukes represent Duquesne University in college basketball. The team, which started in 1914, has only ever played in NCAA Division I and has had five appearances in the NCAA Tournament. The Dukes play in the Atlantic 10 Conference, of which they have been members since 1976.
The Dukes men's basketball team has had great success over the years, playing twice in national championship games in the 1950s and winning the National Invitation Tournament championship in 1955. Duquesne also won the 1976–77 Eastern Collegiate Basketball League championship (the forerunner to the Eastern Athletic Association, now known as the Atlantic 10 Conference) and 1979–80 and 1980–81 Eastern Athletic Association regular season co-championships.
Duquesne is the only school to have back-to-back first overall picks in the National Basketball Association Draft (Dick Ricketts by the Saint Louis Hawks in 1955 and Sihugo Green by the Rochester Royals in 1956). The Dukes men's basketball program can also claim the first African-American player selected in an NBA draft (Chuck Cooper by the Boston Celtics in 1950). The 1939–40 Dukes basketball team finished with a 20–3 record and appeared in the Final
The Kent State Golden Flashes men's basketball team represents Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. The Golden Flashes compete in the Mid-American Conference East Division and last played in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in 2008. Founded in 1913, the team gained national attention during the 2002 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament by advancing to the Elite Eight as a tenth seed and posted ten consecutive twenty-win seasons, from the 1998-1999 season to the 2007-2008 season. Kent State has five total appearances in the NCAA Division I basketball tournament along with five Mid-American Conference tournament championships, five MAC overall titles, and eight MAC East division titles.
Started in 1913, the men's basketball team is Kent State's oldest collegiate team, started just three years after the school was established in 1910 as the Kent State Normal School and just one year after the first classes were held in 1912. They played their first game against Kent High School. The team played in what is now Cartwright Hall, which opened in 1914, until Wills Gymnasium opened in 1923. In 1950, the team moved to their current home, known originally as the Men's
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv B.C. (Hebrew: מ.כ. מכבי אלקטרה תל-אביב) is a professional Israeli basketball club based in Tel Aviv. The team plays in two leagues: the Euroleague, the Israeli Basketball Super League.
The club started in the mid-1930s, as part of the Maccabi Tel Aviv Sports Club, which had been founded in 1906.
With 5 European Championships, 1 Adriatic Championship, 50 Israeli Championships, 39 Israeli Cups, and 3 League Cups, Maccabi has been the most successful basketball team in Israel. It is also the fourth-most successful club in European history, and one of the most successful teams of the past decade in European basketball, having won three titles and reached the finals five times in that period. Its players such as Tal Brody, Miki Berkovich, Motti Aroesti, Kevin Magee, Doron Jamchi, Earl Williams, and Aulcie Perry, and more recently Derrick Sharp, Šarūnas Jasikevičius, Anthony Parker and Nikola Vujčić, have been among the elite of Europe's basketball players.
The Israeli Basketball Super League started in 1954, and Maccabi Tel Aviv was the first champion. It has dominated the championship ever since, winning the title 50 times, including a run of 23 titles in a
The New Orleans Hornets are a professional basketball team based in New Orleans, Louisiana. They play in the Southwest Division of the Western Conference of the National Basketball Association. The franchise began play during the 1988–89 NBA season as the Charlotte Hornets, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, where they were located for fourteen seasons. Following the 2001–02 season, the team relocated to New Orleans, becoming the New Orleans Hornets. After three seasons in New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina forced the franchise to temporarily relocate to Oklahoma City, where they spent two seasons officially known as the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets. The Hornets returned to New Orleans full-time for the 2007–08 season.
In 24 seasons of play, the Hornets have compiled an overall record of 934–986, and have qualified for the post-season twelve times. Their achievements include five playoff series victories and one division title.
In 1985, the NBA was planning to expand by four teams. George Shinn, an entrepreneur from Kannapolis, North Carolina, wanted to bring an NBA team to the Charlotte area, and he assembled a group of prominent local businessmen to head the prospective
The men's national basketball team of the Philippines represents the Philippines in international basketball competitions. It is managed by its national basketball federation, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (Basketball Federation of the Philippines or simply SBP). The team won a bronze medal in the 1954 FIBA World Championship for men, the best finish of any team outside the Americas and Europe, and a fifth-place finish in the 1936 Summer Olympics, the best performance by a team outside the Americas, Europe and Oceania.
The current national team, nicknamed "Team Pilipinas" (Team Philippines) or "Smart Gilas Pilipinas," is sponsored by Smart Communications.
Aside from the bronze medal at the World Championships and the fifth-place Olympic finish, the Philippines has won five FIBA Asian Championships for Men, four Asian Games Men's Basketball gold medals and a consistent winner at the Southeast Asian Games and at the Southeast Asia Basketball Association. The country has also participated in four FIBA World Championships and seven Olympic Basketball Tournaments.
The Philippines dominated the Far Eastern Games and the Southeast Asian Games but only partially dominate the Asian
The Los Angeles Clippers are a professional basketball team in Los Angeles, California. They play in the Pacific Division of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The club's home games are played at Staples Center, an arena shared with the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA, the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), and the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Los Angeles Clippers are the only NBA team based in California to never win a Championship.
In the team's first season in San Diego, it posted a record of 43–39 under new head coach Gene Shue, leaving them two games shy of the final playoff spot. It would be the Clippers' last winning season for 13 years. It was also in that first season in Southern California that long-time announcer Ralph Lawler began his association with the club. World B. Free, who was acquired in the offseason from the Philadelphia 76ers, finished second overall in NBA scoring average, with 28.8 per game, while George Gervin of the San Antonio Spurs had a 29.6 average.
The 1979–80 season saw the Clippers begin to struggle despite adding center Bill Walton, a San Diego native who was two years
Strong alumni, student, and fan support for UConn's men's basketball teams helped the Huskies' women's basketball program attract Geno Auriemma as head coach. Under the tutelage of Auriemma, UConn has become one of the few schools that consistently competes for the national title in women's basketball. The Huskies were also part of one of the fiercest rivalries in all of women's college sports. In the rivalry between UConn and the University of Tennessee, there is no love lost between Auriemma and Tennessee coach Pat Summitt. The two schools have faced each other seven times in the NCAA Tournament, and four times in the NCAA Championship Game. UConn leads 5–2 in those games including a 4–0 record in the finals. UConn leads the all-time series 13–8. Summitt ended the regular season series in the summer of 2007. It is unknown why the series was ended, but media outlets reported that Tennessee reported to the NCAA that UConn committed minor recruiting infractions with the recruitment of Maya Moore which included a tour of ESPN while Moore was a junior in high school. Rebecca Lobo, Jennifer Rizzotti, Svetlana Abrosimova, Shea Ralph, Nykesha Sales, Kelly Schumacher, Swin Cash, Kara Wolters, Tamika Raymond, Diana Taurasi, Asjha Jones, Sue Bird, Ann Strother, Barbara Turner, Jessica Moore, Ashley Battle, Barbara Turner, Ketia Swanier, Charde Houston, Tina Charles, Kalana Greene and Renee Montgomery are among the women's professional basketball players or WNBA draftees that attended UConn.
Sue Bird, on offense
In 2002, UConn became the only school ever to have four women drafted among the top 10 of the first round of the 2002 WNBA Draft, with National Player of the Year Sue Bird drafted 1st, Swin Cash drafted 2nd, Asjha Jones drafted 4th, and Tamika Williams Raymond drafted 6th. The 5th starter on the UConn 2002 NCAA championship team was future No. 1 WNBA draft choice and future two-time National Player of the Year Diana Taurasi. A total of 11 UConn alumnae play in the WNBA in the 2010 season.
In 2004, UConn became the second school ever, and the first in Division I, to win the men's NCAA National Championship and the women's basketball title in the same season. It was also the first school to ever have both teams ranked number 1 in the nation at the same time (during the 1994–95 season), and has also spent the most weeks by far with both teams holding the number one spot, with Duke being the only other team ever to achieve the feat, for a short period during the 2003–04 season.
In 2006, UConn became the third school ever to have four players drafted in Round One of the NBA Draft, and the first school ever to have 5 players selected in the two-round draft. In the first round, Rudy Gay, Hilton Armstrong, Marcus Williams and Josh Boone were selected. In the second round, Denham Brown was selected. It should also be noted that Rashad Anderson also entered the NBA draft and will play for a leading European professional team in the 2006–07 season.
In 2008, freshman Maya Moore made history by being named Big East Player of the Year, the first time a freshman was so honored in either men's or women's basketball. She was named Big East Player of the Year again in 2009.
UConn women entered the 2008–09 season ranked No. 1 in all national polls. They finished the season ranked as No. 1 as well, winning the national championship, finishing the season with a perfect 39–0 record, while winning every game by 10 points or more. At the end of the year, Maya Moore swept the National Player of the Year honors, receiving the Wooden, Wade and Naismith Awards, and she, Renee Montgomery and Tina Charles were named to various All-America teams. Coach Geno Auriemma received his record sixth recognition as the National Coach of the Year.
UConn women entered the 2009–10 season ranked No. 1 in all the national polls, and remained ranked No. 1 every week for the entire season. They finished the season as the first back-to-back undefeated National Champions, beating No. 2 Stanford at the San Antonio Alamodome. UConn also set the national consecutive victory record at 78 when it won its seventh National Championship at the Alamodome.
UConn women entered the 2010–11 season ranked No. 1 in all the national polls. On December 19, 2010, the UConn Huskies beat No. 10 ranked Ohio State at Madison Square Garden's annual Maggie Dixon Classic to tie the NCAA consecutive win streak to 88 games, and on December 21, 2010 they beat No. 20 ranked Florida State at the XL Center in Hartford to set a new NCAA consecutive win record at 89 games, the streak ended at 90 on December 30, 2010 with a 71–59 loss at Stanford.
Of the six times women's programs having perfect season and tournament records, UConn has accomplished the feat four times (and only team to do it in consecutive seasons).
UConn is not only a pipeline to both the NBA and the WNBA, but to coaching ranks throughout the sport of basketball. UConn alumnae in the coaching ranks include head coaches Jennifer Rizzotti at University of Hartford, and Jamelle Elliott at the University of Cincinnati and assistant coaches Shea Ralph at UConn, Ann Strother at the University of Colorado, Stacy Hansmeyer at the University of Oklahoma. Mel Thomas is the Director of Basketball Operations at Florida Gulf Coast University. Tamika Williams Raymond is Head Coach of the national team of India and formerly Assistant Coach at Ohio State University and the University of Kansas.
Only six women in the history of women's basketball in America have attained the Triple Crown Plus One(an NCAA national championship, a WNBA Championship, a World Championship & an Olympic Gold Medal). Four of these women are UConn alumnae: Sue Bird, Swin Cash, Kara Wolters & Diana Taurasi.
The Phoenix Suns are a professional basketball team based in Phoenix, Arizona. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the only team in their division not to be based in California. Their home arena since 1992 has been the US Airways Center, which was formerly known as America West Arena, in downtown Phoenix. The Arena is often referred to as the "Purple Palace" due to its purple seats.
The Suns began play as an expansion team in 1968. The franchise owns the NBA's fourth-best all-time winning percentage, winning 56 percent of its games, as of the end of the 2010–2011 season. In forty-three years of play, they have made the playoffs 29 times, posted nineteen seasons of 50 or more wins, made nine trips to the Western Conference Finals, and advanced to the NBA Finals in 1976 and 1993. As a result, based on their all-time win-loss percentage, the Suns are the most winning franchise to have never won an NBA Championship.
The Suns were one of two franchises to join the NBA at the start of the 1968–69 season, alongside the Milwaukee Bucks. They were the first major professional sports franchise in the state of
The Canadian men's national basketball team represents Canada in international basketball competitions. The team is currently ranked 24th by FIBA. Athletes for this team are selected by Canada Basketball. The current NBA players on the roster are Joel Anthony of the Miami Heat and Matt Bonner of the San Antonio Spurs will play for Canada after he receives Canadian citizenship.
Canada finished 4th at the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship in September 2009 securing a spot at the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey. Canada has won one Olympic medal in basketball – a silver medal in the 1936 Games in Berlin. Canada has also finished fourth twice.
Critics blame the absence of Nash, Dalembert, Jamaal Magloire and Matt Bonner for team Canada's disappointing performance at the 2010 FIBA World Championship. Ambitions to gather Canada's most outstanding basketball players for the 2010 squad failed as Nash retired from the national team in 2007, Bonner did not get his citizenship in time, Dalembert was cut from the team after issues with Coach Rautins and Magloire simply opted not to play.
Canada's national team has been rejuvenated lately and plans to be a major contender over the next
The Icelandic national basketball team is the national basketball team of Iceland.
The team participates at European tournaments. It is currently at the qualifying round for Eurobasket 2013 in Slovenia and is well represented in the Games of the Small States of Europe.
Košarkaški klub Cibona (English: Basketball Club Cibona) is a professional basketball club based in Zagreb, Croatia. It competes in the Croatian League and the Adriatic League.
Cibona's history dates to late autumn of 1945 when Sloboda (Freedom) was founded as sports society of bank workers, craftsmen, traders and clerks. On April 24, 1946 thanks to basketball enthusiast Branimir Volfer and his friends Ljubo Prosen and Joso Miloš, basketball section of Sloboda, predecessor of today's Cibona, is formed. Its first game was against local rival Slavija on May 7, 1946. Sloboda did not last too long under that name as in November 1946 it merged with Tekstilac, Amater and Grafičar into Sportsko društvo Zagreb (Sports Society Zagreb). Name changing continued through next four years. In late 1948 it was known as Vihor (Whirlwind) and already in 1949 as Polet (Elan). Finally, in June 1950, the club changed name to Lokomotiva (Locomotive) and that name is going to stick for next 25 years. Lokomotiva competed in Yugoslav top division since 1951, with only two years (1952 and 1960) spent in second division.
Lokomotiva's first major trophy came in 1969 when they won Yugoslav basketball cup led
The Knoxville Noise was a franchise of the World Basketball Association in Knoxville, Tennessee. The Noise were owned by Suki Sports Corporation. Suki Sports CEO Gavin Raiteri and President Ashley Raiteri established the franchise in April 2006. The team owners held a contest at sukisports.com to decide the name of the team to be located in Knoxville. Trina Williams had the winning entry with her name, the Knoxville Noise. The team had the first of several try-out camps in late April. Players were to be called back to participate in Noise summer basketball events with the opportunity to make the final camp in November.
On October 11, 2006, it was announced that the Noise planned to play in the World Basketball Association for the spring/summer part of the year, while remaining in the ABA for the fall/winter part.
On January 7, 2007, the Noise announced they were leaving the ABA and focusing their efforts on the upcoming WBA season. However, the team never played a game in the WBA.
PBC Lokomotiv-Kuban (Russian: ПБК "Локомотив-Кубань") is a Russian professional basketball team which is now based in Krasnodar, Russia, after moving from Rostov-on-Don at the end of the 2008–09 season for financial reasons. The club was founded in 1946 and was formerly known as Lokomotiv Mineralnye Vody and Lokomotiv Rostov. The team competes in the PBL and they play their home games at 7,500 capacity Basket Hall.
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined by FIBA. Players may hold more than one nationality.
Real Madrid Baloncesto is a Spanish professional basketball team founded in 1932 as a division of the Real Madrid club. They play in the Asociación de Clubes de Baloncesto (ACB).
As successful as the football club, the basketball team has been the most successful of its peers in both Spain and Europe. The Real Madrid squads have won a record 30 Spanish League championships, including 7-in-a-row and 10-in-a-row sequences. They have also won a record 23 Spanish Cup championships, a record 4 Saporta Cups, and a record 4 Intercontinental Cups.
Real has won a record 8 Euroleague Championships and they have also won 2 Triple Crowns. Star players have included: Arvydas Sabonis, Dražen Petrović, Mirza Delibašić, Dejan Bodiroga, and Dražen Dalipagić.
Real Madrid also has a developmental basketball team that plays in Liga EBA (Real Madrid B).
With a record of success that exceeds that of any other team in European basketball, Real Madrid has always lived willingly with high expectations. For at least half a century, Madrid has been a standard-bearer in European basketball, accumulating a record eight continental titles based on its dominance in the 1960s. Its early dominance in Spain has
Seton Hall has a very big basketball tradition. They compete in the NCAA and the Big East Confrence. Their best season was the 1988-89 season where they advanced all the way to the national championship game. They were led by their old famous coach P.J Carlesimo. When they got there they lost a heartbreaker to Michigan. They lost in overtime 80-79. They won two Big East Championships in 1991 and 1993. Seton Hall won the 1953 NIT. They play in the brand new Prudential Center in downtown Newark, New Jersey. Seton Hall and Rutgers University are known as big rivals throughout New Jersey. The Seton Hall's women team particpate in the Big East Conference too. They play in the Walsh Gym which is located on the Seton Hall campus in South Orange, New Jersey.
2 Jamar Nutter G 6-2 205
4 Robert Mitchell^ F 6-6 180
13 Mike Davis F/C 6-11 250
14 Brian Laing G/F 6-5 215
15 Eugene Harvey G 6-0 165
21 Jermey Hazell G 6-5 185
22 Paul Gause G 5-11 188
25 Augustine Okosun F/C 6-11 240
31 John Garcia F/C 6-9 265
33 Brandon Walters F 6-9 225
35 Larry Davis G 6-4 185
^sits out 2007-08 season due to NCAA transfering rules
Seton Hall's current coach is Bobby
The South Alabama Jaguars basketball program has competed in the Sun Belt Conference since 1978 when the league was formed. In their 42 year history, the Jaguars have compiled an overall record of 694–507 (.580). Ronnie Arrow returned as head coach in 2007, succeeding John Pelphrey after the 2006–07 season. In his three seasons succeeding Pelphrey, Coach Arrow is 63–34 (64.9%), and is 177–127 (58.2%)all time at South Alabama.
The University of South Alabama is a public, doctoral-level university in Mobile, Alabama, United States. The school was founded in 1963 and began its men's basketball program in the fall of 1968 under former Auburn standout and Alabama Sports Hall of Fame member Rex Frederick.
The Jags have participated in the NCAA Tournament eight times with a record of 1–7. Their last tournament appearance was in 2008 when they lost to seventh seeded, Butler University 81–61 in the NCAA Birmingham Regional First Round.
The Jaguars have been invited to play in the NIT Tournament four times and have a record of 3–4 in the NIT.
Cliff Ellis was head coach at the University of South Alabama from 1975 to 1984. He was the all-time winning coach in South Alabama history with a
The Swedish national basketball team is the basketball side that represents Sweden in international competitions. Sweden already entered 9 EuroBasket finals, but their best result was only 11th place at EuroBasket 1995. The Scandinavian squad entered once the Olympic Basketball Tournament, in 1980, reaching 10th place, but as yet to qualify for the Basketball World Championship.
Sweden's European championship debut came at Eurobasket 1953 in Moscow. The Swedes did not fare well in their first tournament, losing all 7 games to finish in last place of the 17 teams.
Sweden's first Eurobasket win came against Luxembourg in the preliminary round of Eurobasket 1955 in Budapest. They lost three in that round as well, however, and took 4th of the 5 teams and found themselves in the classification rounds. They again finished the pool with a 1-3 record, defeating Denmark. Two losses in the classification 13-16 semifinals and the 15/16 final (a rematch against Luxembourg) put Sweden at 16th place of the 18 teams.
1953 EuroBasket: finished 17th among 17 teams
Åke Larsson, Lars Olsson, Lars-Erik Keijser, Per-Åke Hallberg, Erik Sundell, Erik Gustavsson, Staffan Widen, Bo Widen, Örjan Widen, Rune
The University of Southern California Trojans men's basketball program is the college basketball team that competes in the Pacific-12 Conference of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I and represents the University of Southern California.
The program began playing in the newly constructed Galen Center on the USC Campus in Los Angeles, California in November 2006. Previously, they played at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, from 1959 to 2006.
The program was formerly coached by Tim Floyd, until his resignation on June 9, 2009. Other staff members include Phil Johnson, Bob Cantu, Gib Arnold, Rob Brooks, Rudy Hackett, and Eric Perea. Kevin O'Neill, who last coached in the NCAA at Arizona, was named the head coach by Mike Garrett on June 20, 2009.
Sam Barry coached the men's team from 1930-1950, interrupted by World War II service. His teams won the conference title three times.
USC advanced to the Sweet Sixteen in the 2007 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. This was the first time since 2001, and the second time since 1979.
In the 2007–08 season, USC featured guard O. J. Mayo from Huntington High School. He had been ranked by several major sports
Antwerp Giants is a Belgian professional basketball club based in Antwerp. Their home arena is Lotto Arena. Antwerpse, Zaziko, Brabo, Oxaco, Tunnel and more Antwerp basketball teams formed a union called SOBABEE which merged with Racing Mechelen BC. The club was called Racing Basket Antwerpen then. In 2005 the name changed to Antwerp Giants.
Head coach : Eddy Casteels ( Belgium)
Salah Mejri (2010–12)
Michael Roll (2010-12)
Darnell Wilson (2010–12)
Mike Morrison (2011–12)
Julian Vaughn (2011–12)
Alan Wiggins (2011–12)
Randy Oveneke (2008–11)
Graham Brown (2009–11)
Brecht Guillemyn (2009–11)
Trent Strickland (2009–11)
Jef Vander Jonckheyd (2001–03, 2010-11)
Wim Vandenweyer (2010–11)
Alexander Lichodzijewski (2006–10)
Brandon Gay (2007–10)
Christophe Beghin (2008–10)
Thomas Gardner (2009–10)
Thomas De Thaey (2009–10)
Thomas Lamot (2005–09)
Yves Dupont (2006–09)
Nick Oudendag (2007–09)
Lee Wouters (2007–09)
Brian Lynch (2008–09)
David Toya (2005–08)
Mladen Sekularac (2005–08)
Vincent Verbeeck (2005–08)
Ryan Sears (2007–08)
Ian Hanavan (2007–08)
Kris Sergeant (2007–08)
Ayinde Ubaka (2007–08)
Gabriel Mikulas (2007–08)
Gianni Fiermans (2007–08)
BC Lietuvos rytas is a professional basketball club based in Vilnius, Lithuania playing in the Lithuanian Basketball League (LKL), the VTB United League, and the Euroleague. They play most of their home LKL games at the 1,700-seat Lietuvos rytas Arena; high-demand LKL games (such as the national derby against Žalgiris) and all home games in European competition are held at the 11,000-seat Siemens Arena. Lietuvos rytas has a daughter club BC Perlas which is used for the development of young players.
The team now known as Lietuvos rytas began playing as Statyba in 1964. Jonas Kazlauskas, Rimas Girskis, and then head coach Rimantas Endrijaitis led Statyba to a third place in the 1979 Soviet Union Championship. Three years later, Šarūnas Marčiulionis joined the team and became its leader. In 1987, Artūras Karnišovas joined the team at the age of 16.
In 1997, the team was renamed to Lietuvos rytas Statyba, then just Lietuvos rytas as the club was bought by the Lithuanian newspaper Lietuvos rytas. The newspaper's investment helped establish the club as one of two best in Lithuania, the other being BC Žalgiris from the country's second-largest city Kaunas.
The first success came in 2000,
The Dallas Mavericks (often referred to as the Mavs) are a professional basketball team based in Dallas, Texas. They are members of the Southwest Division of the Western Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
According to a 2012 Forbes Magazine report, they are the fourth-most valuable basketball franchise in the United States, valued at approximately $497 million; the franchise is surpassed in value only by the New York Knicks, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Chicago Bulls.
Since their inaugural 1980–81 season, the Mavericks have won three division titles (1987, 2007, 2010), two conference championships (2006, 2011), and one NBA Championship (2011).
In 1979, businessman Don Carter and partner Norm Sonju requested the right to bring an NBA franchise to Dallas, Texas. The last professional basketball team in Dallas had been the Dallas Chaparrals of the American Basketball Association, which moved to San Antonio in 1973 to become the San Antonio Spurs.
At the 1980 NBA All-Star Game, league owners voted to admit the new team, with the team's name coming from the 1957–1962 TV western Maverick. The name was chosen by the fans with 4600 postcards received beating
The Danish national basketball team is the basketball side that represents Denmark in international competition.
Coach Peter Hoffman Assistant Coach Jesper Winther Serensen
Denmark debuted in the European championships at Eurobasket 1951 in Paris. They were defeated in all four of their preliminary round games, going 0-4 to take 5th place in the group. In a direct elimination match against Luxembourg, the Danes took a 46-45 lead with 5 seconds left. A final half-court shot by Luxembourg bounced off the rim, giving Denmark its first win and advancing the team to the first classification round. They picked up another win there, against Scotland, finishing third place in the group at 1-2. Their third win of the tournament came against Portugal in the 13-16 classification semifinal before Denmark lost to Switzerland in the 13/14 match to finish 14th of 18 teams with a record of 3-7.
Two years later, at Eurobasket 1953 in Moscow, the Denmark squad did not fare as well. They dropped 8 decisions (3 in the preliminary round, 3 in the first classification round, and the two second-round classification games) on their way to a 16th place finish out of the 17 teams.
Denmark lost all 8 of
The IUPUI Jaguars men's basketball team is the men's basketball team that represents Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States. The school's team currently competes in The Summit League. The team last played in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in 2003. The Jaguars are coached by Todd Howard, who replaced long-time Head Coach Ron Hunter in the spring of 2011. In 2008, standout George Hill, skipped his final year of eligibility and entered the NBA Draft where he was selected 26th Overall by the San Antonio Spurs, becoming the first player drafted from IUPUI.
The Jaguars have appeared in one NCAA Tournament. Their combined record is 0–1.
The Jaguars have appeared in one College Basketball Invitational. Their combined record is 1–1.
The Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team is the intercollegiate men's basketball program representing the University of Michigan. The school competes in the Big Ten Conference in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The Wolverines play home basketball games at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan on the university campus. Michigan has won an NCAA Championship—under coach Steve Fisher—as well as two National Invitation Tournaments (NIT) and 13 Big Ten Conference championships. In addition, it has won an NIT tournament and a Big Ten Conference Tournament that were vacated due to NCAA sanctions. The team is currently coached by John Beilein.
During the 1990s Michigan endured an NCAA violations scandal, described as involving one of the largest amounts of illicit money in NCAA history, when Ed Martin loaned Chris Webber, Robert Traylor, Louis Bullock, and Maurice Taylor a reported total of $616,000. Due to NCAA sanctions, records from the 1992 Final Four, the 1992–93, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98, and 1998–99 seasons have been vacated. This includes a total of 113 victories and 57 losses, of which 50 wins and 36 losses occurred in conference games.
The Seattle SuperSonics (also commonly referred to as the Sonics) were an American professional basketball team based in Seattle, Washington that played in the Pacific and Northwest Divisions of the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1967 until 2008. Following the 2007–08 season, the team relocated to Oklahoma City, and now plays as the Oklahoma City Thunder. The SuperSonics nickname, logo, and color scheme will be made available to any subsequent NBA team in Seattle, and according to the team's Oklahoma-based owners, the Sonics' franchise history would be shared between the Thunder and any future Seattle club.
The SuperSonics won the NBA Championship in 1979, and are one of three teams out of the six major-league men's professional sports franchises that have existed in Seattle (the Sonics, Mariners, Pilots, Seahawks, Sounders, and Metropolitans, winners of the 1917 Stanley Cup) to have won a championship.
Sam Schulman owned the team from its 1967 inception until 1983. It was also owned by Barry Ackerley (1983–2001), and the Basketball Club of Seattle, headed by Starbucks chairman Howard Schultz (2001–2006). On October 31, 2006, the SuperSonics' purchase by Oklahoma City
The California Golden Bears basketball team is the college basketball team of the University of California, Berkeley. The team plays its home games at Haas Pavilion, which was built on top of the old Harmon Gymnasium using money donated in part by the owners of Levi-Strauss. The arena was originally known as Men's Gymnasium and then later Harmon Gymnasium until the late 1990s when it went through massive renovations which displaced the team for two seasons. The program has seen success throughout the years culminating in a national championship in 1959 under legendary coach Pete Newell and have reached the final four two other times in 1946 and 1960. The current head coach is Mike Montgomery, who began his tenure in 2008.
The Golden Bears first played basketball intercollegiately in 1907 and began full conference play in 1915. The 1920s was the dominant decade for Cal basketball, as the Bears won 6 conference titles under coaches E.H. Wright and Nibs Price.
Nibs Price would coach Cal with great success for 30 years from 1924 to 1954, earning a 449-294 total record, many single season winning records, and an additional 3 conference titles in the 1930s and 1940s.
Cal reached the
The Miami Heat are a professional basketball team based in Miami, Florida, United States. The team is a member of the Southeast Division in the Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA). They play their home games at American Airlines Arena in Downtown Miami. The team owner is Micky Arison, the general manager is Pat Riley and the head coach is Erik Spoelstra. The mascot of the team is Burnie, an anthropomorphic fireball.
The Heat were formed in 1988 as an expansion franchise. Along with the Orlando Magic, the Heat are one of the two NBA franchises that represent the state of Florida. Since entering the league, Miami has fielded squads that have made the playoffs 16 out of 24 seasons, capturing nine division titles, three Eastern Conference Championships, and two NBA Championships, defeating the Dallas Mavericks 4–2 in the 2006 NBA Finals and the Oklahoma City Thunder 4–1 in the 2012 NBA Finals. Their playoff run in the 1990s was largely marked by a vicious rivalry with the New York Knicks. According to Forbes Magazine, in 2010 the value of the franchise was about $425 million.
In Florida, a state devoid of NBA franchises, groups from Orlando, Tampa/St.
The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles Basketball team is the basketball team that represent Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The school's team currently competes in The Summit League. The team earned an automatic berth in the 2008 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. It was their third consecutive NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament appearance. The Golden Eagles are currently coached by Scott Sutton. Each year, ORU plays crosstown rival Tulsa for the Mayor's Cup.
Before the 1993-94 season, ORU was known as the Titans.
The Golden Eagles have appeared in five NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 2–5.
ORU, in just its eighth season of varsity competition, made the big show and almost stole the show, coming within three points of advancing to the Final Four. The Titans finished the regular season 21-5 before receiving the NCAA bid and then proceeded to knock off Syracuse 86-82 in overtime in the sub-Regional in Denton, Texas in the first round and Louisville 96-93 at the Mabee Center to move on to the Elite Eight. ORU’s dream season came to an end on its home floor, however, as Kansas overcame a nine-point deficit in the game’s final minutes to send it to
The Turkish national basketball team, is the basketball section that represents Turkey in international competitions. The team is nicknamed "12 Dev Adam" (literally: "12 Giant Men").
Turkey is considered as a strong force and is placed among the top basketball powers in Europe; they won two silver medals in international tournaments, one at EuroBasket and one at the FIBA World Championship. Currently, Turkey ranks sixth in the FIBA World Rankings.
Ahmet Robenson was known as being the first organizer of basketball in Turkey. In 1936 Turkey played their first ever basketball match against Greece winning 49–12. For many years basketball was the second most popular sport in Turkey but the national basketball team was never successful until the late 90s. Efes Pilsen was the first Turkish team to win a European Cup in any sports by clinching the Korać Cup. Since then basketball in Turkey has grown constantly as the national basketball team began to play a major role in international tournaments.
Turkey's European championship debut came at EuroBasket 1949. The Turks split their six games in the seven-team round robin tournament, finishing with three wins and three losses for 4th place.
The Medway Park Crusaders is an English semi-professional basketball club based in Canterbury, Kent, playing in the England Basketball National League. The team's history dates back to the early 1990s, but in its current form it has been in existence since 2000.
The club has sent three players to professional contracts in Europe, including Ryan Richards, the youngest player ever to play in the Nike Hoop Summit.
The club has continued to grow with a 6th form academy based at Canterbury High School launched in 2007 and stronger links being formed with the juniors in 2008 as the club expanded to included Men’s, Under 18, Under 16 and Under 14 National League teams.
In 2009 the club moved its men's team from Canterbury to Medway as a sponsorship deal was announced with Medway Park Leisure Centre. The Junior teams will follow the men to Medway in January 2010. The Crusaders Academies still reside at Canterbury High School.
The roots of the Kent Crusaders began in the early 1990s when Kevin and Christine Paice, Dave Hooper and Hill Lingham began developing junior basketball at Canterbury College. Through their work, the Canterbury Jazz and CK Heat were born. As the club gathered
The Austrian national basketball team is the basketball side that represents Austria in international competitions. Austria qualified six times for EuroBasket, reaching the 11th place in 1947 and 1951 for their best performance. They haven't qualified since 1977 and never did the same to the Olympic Basketball Tournament and the Basketball World Championship finals.
Austria first competed in the European championship at Eurobasket 1947, placing 12th of 14 teams. They lost both of their preliminary round games. In the semifinal round, they lost their first game but defeated Albania to place second in group and set up a match against the Netherlands for 11th and 12th place, which Austria lost.
The Austrians appeared again at Eurobasket 1951 in Paris. They were eliminated from championship contention after finishing 1–3 in pool play and 4th in their group. They won all three of their first round classification games, however, advancing to the 9–12 classification semifinals. A loss to the Netherlands but a win over West Germany gave Austria 11th place of the 18 teams.
Austria's appearance at Eurobasket 1955 in Budapest began with a 2–2 showing in preliminary round play. This was good
The Detroit Pistons are a franchise of the National Basketball Association based in Auburn Hills, Michigan. The team's home arena is The Palace of Auburn Hills. It was originally founded in Fort Wayne, Indiana as the Fort Wayne (Zollner) Pistons as a member of the National Basketball League in 1941, where they won two championships. The club joined the NBA in 1948. Since moving to Detroit in 1957, the Pistons have won three championships in 1989, 1990 and 2004. From 2003 through 2008, the Pistons appeared in six consecutive NBA Eastern Conference Finals, but only won twice.
The franchise was founded as the Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons, a National Basketball League (NBL) team, playing in the gym of North Side High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Owners Fred Zollner and his sister Janet's Zollner Corporation was a foundry, manufacturing pistons, primarily for car, truck and locomotive engines. In 1948, the team became the Fort Wayne Pistons, competing in the Basketball Association of America (BAA). In 1949, Fred Zollner brokered the formation of the National Basketball Association from the BAA and the NBL at his kitchen table.
There are suggestions that Pistons players conspired with
The Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team is the college basketball program representing Duke University in the Atlantic Coast Conference of NCAA Division I. The team has the fourth-highest number of all-time wins of any NCAA men's basketball program and is presently coached by Mike Krzyzewski.
Duke has won four NCAA championships (fifth all-time) and appeared in 10 Championship Games (third all-time) and 15 Final Fours (tied for third all-time), and has an NCAA-best .748 NCAA tournament winning percentage. 11 Duke players have been named the National Player of the Year, and 71 players have been selected in the NBA Draft. In the 2008–2009 NBA season, Duke had more former players on NBA rosters than any other school. Additionally, Duke has 36 players named All-Americans (chosen 60 times) and 14 Academic All-Americans. Duke has been the Atlantic Coast Conference Champions a record 19 times. The program also lays claim to 19 ACC regular season titles. Prior to joining the ACC, Duke won the Southern Conference championships five times. Duke has also finished the season ranked No. 1 in the AP poll seven times and is second, behind only UCLA, in total weeks ranked as the number one team
The Houston Baptist Huskies men's basketball team represents Houston Baptist University in Houston, Texas in U.S. NCAA Division I men's basketball competition. Also known as the HBU Huskies, the team is currently coached by Ron Cottrell.
The Huskies compete as members of the Great West Conference since 2009, but they will move to the Southland Conference in the 2013-14 season.
Houston Baptist has been to the tournament one time. Their combined record is 0–1.
The Melbourne Tigers are Australia's oldest and most respected men's professional basketball teams which competes in the National Basketball League (NBL). The Tigers are the only team in the league representing the state of Victoria and are based in the state capital, Melbourne. The team plays its home games at the State Netball and Hockey Centre (SNHC), known as "The Cage" within the NBL.
The club was established circa 1931 in a local church hall league. Entering the National Basketball League in 1984 at the same time as the Westate Wildcats, they are now the only Melbourne team, after the South Dragons withdrew from the league.
The Melbourne Tigers are the equal second most successful club in Australian basketball with four championships, second only to the Perth Wildcats.
They also enter a team in the Big V conference of the Australian Basketball Association, combined with a strong junior basketball program, fielding teams in all age groups of Australian representative basketball.
The Melbourne Tigers Junior Basketball Club was founded by Ken Watson, who coached the Australian Olympic team in the 1956 Olympics Games in Melbourne. Ken Watson is also credited with introducing
The Sheboygan Red Skins were a National Basketball League, National Basketball Association, National Professional Basketball League and professional independent team based in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, USA.
The Red Skins played in the National Basketball League from 1938 to 1949, led the league in defense five times, appeared in five championship series and won the 1942–43 title, defeating the league-leading Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons (today's Detroit Pistons) in the finals.
Before joining the NBL, Sheboygan built a reputation in the Midwest, starting in the early 1930s, with successful industrial-league and barnstorming teams, first with the Ballhorns, then the Art Imig's and finally the Enzo Jels. Brothers John and Joe "Scoop" Posewitz, Les Kuplic, Slim Lonsdorf, Carl Roth, Pete and Dugan Norris and John Cinealis were among the better Sheboygan players throughout the 1930s. The 6-foot-6 Jack Mann, one of the first outstanding black players in the game, starred at center for the Art Imigs during the 1936–37 season. In 1937–38, the Enzo Jels compiled a stellar 17–3 mark against the likes of the New York Renaissance, Harlem Globetrotters, New York Celtics and Chicago Duffy Florals. Based
The Swiss national basketball team is the basketball side that represents Switzerland in international competitions. They are usually seen as a minor team. Switzerland entered five times EuroBasket, having their best result as 4 th place at the first edition, in 1935. They also qualified twice for the Olympic Basketball Tournament, in 1936 and 1948, but their best result was only 9 th place, in 1936. Since 1955, Switzerland never made again the EuroBasket finals, and has yet to qualify for the Basketball World Championship.
The host Swiss side came in fourth place at the first European basketball championship, the Eurobasket 1935 held by the International Basketball Federation's FIBA Europe continental federation. They defeated Romania and Italy in the preliminary round to advance to the semifinals. There they lost to Latvia, resulting in a playoff for third place with Czechoslovakia which the Swiss lost 25-23.
Switzerland did not play in the European championship again until the post-war Eurobasket 1946, which they hosted. There, they placed second in the three-team preliminary group after losing to eventual champions Czechoslovakia 20-17 but defeating Belgium 38-33. That
The Texas A&M–Corpus Christi Islanders is the basketball team that represent Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi in Corpus Christi, Texas, United States. The school's team currently competes in the Southland Conference. The team last played in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in 2007. The Islanders are currently coached by Willis Wilson. The school's first season of basketball was 1999-2000.
On March 11, 2007, the Islanders beat Northwestern State University 81-78 to win the Southland Conference tournament. With the win, the school earned its first bid to the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. As a #15 seed, the Islanders lost their opening-round matchup to No. 2 seed Wisconsin, 76-63, after jumping out to a 10-0 lead and then 25-7 lead.
The Islanders have appeared in one NCAA Tournament. Their combined record is 0-1.
The Virginia Squires were a basketball franchise in the former American Basketball Association from 1970 until just before the ABA-NBA merger in 1976.
The Squires were founded in 1967 as the Oakland Oaks, a charter member of the ABA. The team colors were green and gold. An earlier Oakland Oaks basketball team played in the American Basketball League in 1962.
The Oaks were owned in part by pop singer Pat Boone. They were probably noted more for a major contract dispute with the cross-bay San Francisco Warriors of the established National Basketball Association over the rights to star player Rick Barry than for any on-court accomplishments. Barry, a former NBA Rookie of the Year who led the Warriors to the NBA finals in 1966-67, was so angered by management's failure to pay him certain incentive awards he felt he was due that he sat out the 1967-68 season. He joined the Oaks in the following year, leading the franchise to its one and only ABA championship in 1968-69.
However, even with Barry the team proved to be a very poor investment for Boone and his co-owners. Despite winning the ABA championship, the Oaks were an abysmal failure at the box office, due in large part to the
The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. The team plays in the Southwest Division of the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team was established in 1967, and played in San Diego, California for four years, before being moved to Houston.
In the Rockets' debut season, they won only 15 games. But after drafting Elvin Hayes first overall in the 1969 NBA Draft, they made their first appearance in the playoffs in 1969. After Hayes was traded, Moses Malone was later acquired to replace him. Malone went on to win the MVP award twice, and lead Houston to the conference finals in his first year with the team. He also took the Rockets to the NBA Finals in 1981, but they were defeated in six games by Larry Bird's Boston Celtics.
In 1984, the Rockets drafted Hakeem Olajuwon who, paired with Ralph Sampson and both collectively known as the "Twin Towers", led them to the 1986 Finals in their second and third year respectively, where in another brave effort they lost again to the Boston Celtics. In the next seven seasons, plagued by injury including to Sampson who would be traded in 1988, they lost in the first
The Florida Gators men's basketball team represents the University of Florida in the sport of basketball. The Gators compete in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I and the Southeastern Conference (SEC). They play their home games in the O'Connell Center on the university's Gainesville, Florida campus, and are currently led by head coach Billy Donovan.
The Gators have won two national championships, the 2006 and 2007 NCAA Tournament back-to-back. They became only the second team to accomplish this feat, after the 1991–1992 Duke Blue Devils team and the only team to ever win two NCAA championships with the same starting line-up.
The Florida Gators men's team annually plays a sixteen-game conference schedule that is preceded by an out-of-conference schedule against few annual opponents except for Florida State. Florida also often plays Providence during their non-conference schedule because of Billy Donovan's ties to the university. Their conference schedule consists of a pair of home-and-home games against the other five SEC Eastern Division teams, plus one game against each of the six SEC Western Division teams, with home games alternating each season. The
The Grand Rapids Hoops was a basketball team that played in the Continental Basketball Association, based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Their first season was in 1989, and their final season was in 2003. Now defunct, professional basketball has been replaced in Grand Rapids by the Grand Rapids Flight.
The team started and played in the Continental Basketball Association until the league folded in 2001. They joined the International Basketball League for one season before returning to a resurrected CBA the following year where they stayed until their demise.
The team first played in 1989 as the Grand Rapids Hoops. When the team was sold in 1995 to the people who ran the Gus Macker 3-on-3 Scott McNeal, the nickname changed to the Grand Rapids Mackers. The team was sold again a year later to Timmy Potts and the name reverted to the Grand Rapids Hoops.
The Grand Rapids Hoops began their play in Welsh Auditorium in 1989. When the Van Andel Arena opened in the mid 1996, the Hoops moved there joining the Grand Rapids Griffins as tenants. As attendance fell, the team moved to the DeltaPlex, a smaller arena located out of the downtown area. The team disbanded in 2003. The franchise was
Paris Basket Racing, or PBR, is a now-defunct French professional basketball club from Paris. It was founded in 1922 as the basketball section of the sports club Racing Club de Paris. The team took the name "Paris Basket Racing" in 2000.
In 2007, it merged with another club from the Paris area, Levallois Sporting Club Basket, to form Paris-Levallois Basket.
The Petron Blaze Boosters is a professional basketball team in the Philippine Basketball Association. The team (known as the San Miguel Beermen for most of its existence) has been a member of the league since its inception in 1975 and hold the most PBA titles with 19.
The team is owned by the Petron Corporation, a subsidiary of the Philippines' largest food and beverage conglomerate, San Miguel Corporation. Petron is one of three PBA ball clubs owned by SMC affiliates and subsidiaries. The two are the San Mig Coffee Mixers and the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel.
San Miguel is one of the nine companies who broke away from the Manila Industrial and Commercial Athletic Association in 1975 due to their dismay with the Basketball Association of the Philippines. This led to the formation of the first professional basketball league known as the Philippine Basketball Association.
Even at the very start, San Miguel Brewery had a team in the pre-war MICAA. And it was similar to the UAAP or the NCAA where basketball was one of the sports the employees played. There was MICAA competition for baseball, volleyball, football, among other games. But as always, it was basketball which became
The Serbian national basketball team (Serbian: Кошаркашка репрезентација Србије / Košarkaška reprezentacija Srbije) represents Serbia in international basketball matches and is controlled by the Basketball Federation of Serbia. It was known as the Yugoslavia national basketball team until February 2003 and the Serbia and Montenegro national basketball team until June 2006. When Serbia became independent, it became the successor state to the Serbia and Montenegro and, therefore, the results of all previous states rightfully belong to it.
Including the results of the national teams under all names, Serbia is the most successful team in World championships (5 championships) and is one of the most successful in all other competitions. The Olympic Committee of Serbia and Yugoslavia declared the basketball team for the best male sports team of the year five times with the first time in 1995, and the last one in 2002.
Serbia is currently ranked twelfth in the FIBA World Rankings.
Serbia, then a part of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia became a member of FIBA in 1936. The national team did not show any success in its first couple of years and later suspended play due to World War II.
The Belgian national basketball team is the basketball side that represents Belgium in international competitions. The country side has qualified 13 times for EuroBasket, having their best result as the 4th place in EuroBasket 1947, but haven't qualified since 1993 to the major European international basketball competition. They entered three times the Basketball Olympic Tournament, in 1936, 1948 and 1952. Their best result was the 11th place at the 1948 Olympic Games, in London. The team is nicknamed the Belgian Lions.
National coach: Eddy Casteels
The Belgian side came in sixth place at the first European basketball championship, the Eurobasket 1935 held by the International Basketball Federation's FIBA Europe continental federation. They lost to Romania in the preliminary round. In the 5th to 8th place classification match, the Belgians defeated Bulgaria to advance to the 5th/6th playoff. There they were defeated by the French, 49–30.
The next European championship that Belgium contested was Eurobasket 1946. In the most competitive of the preliminary groups, Belgium lost close contests to Switzerland and eventual champions Czechoslovakia. Their third-place finish in the group
The Bradley Braves men's basketball team represents Bradley University, located in Peoria, Illinois, United States, in NCAA Division I basketball competition. They currently compete in the Missouri Valley Conference. The team last played in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in 2006, reaching the "Sweet Sixteen". The Braves are currently coached by Geno Ford.
Bradley has also appeared in the National Invitation Tournament 21 times; have an all-time NIT record of 26-18, with four titles (1957, 1960, 1964, and 1982). The program holds the distinction of being the only program invited to the initial offering of every national postseason tournament.
The Bradley Braves men's basketball team plays their home games at Carver Arena (11,442).
The Braves have appeared in 8 NCAA Tournaments and have advanced to two final fours and two national championship games. Their combined record of 11–8
The Braves have appeared in 21 National Invitation Tournaments and are four-time champions (1957, 1960, 1964, and 1982). Their combined record is 25–18.
The Braves have participated in one College Basketball Invitational in 2008 where they advanced to the 3–game series final. Their combined
The Oklahoma State Cowboys basketball team represents Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma, United States in NCAA Division I men's basketball competition. (All women's teams at the school are known as Cowgirls.) The Cowboys currently compete in the Big 12 Conference.
Since 1938, the team has played its home games in Gallagher-Iba Arena. Prior to 1957, the school was known as Oklahoma A&M College, and the teams were nicknamed the Aggies.
On April 16, 2008, Travis Ford was hired as the men's basketball head coach at Oklahoma State, replacing the outgoing Sean Sutton.
Oklahoma State University (then Oklahoma A&M College) began varsity intercollegiate competition in men's basketball in 1908. The Cowboys (including the predecessor Aggies teams) rank 35th in total victories among all NCAA Division I college basketball programs, with an all-time win-loss record of 1517–1053 (.590) at the end of 2010–11 season.
The Cowboys (including the predecessor Aggies teams) have made 22 total appearances in the NCAA Tournament (37–21 overall record), reaching the NCAA Final Four six times (1945, 1946, 1949, 1951, 1995, 2004) and the NCAA Regional Finals (Elite Eight) eleven times.
The Slovenian National Basketball Team is a team that is selected by the Basketball Federation of Slovenia to compete in major international basketball events in representation of Slovenia.
Slovenia ended on the 6th place in the Eurobasket 2005 and thus qualified for Basketball World Championship 2006. Since the independence of the country in 1991, the team competed at every European Basketball Championship but failed to advance to the next group until 2005.
Nation Win Lost
1993 EuroBasket: finished 16th among 16 teams
4.Roman Horvat, 5.Marko Tušek, 6.Jaka Daneu, 7.Darko Mirt, 8.Primoz Bačar, 9.Jure Zdovc, 10.Boštjan Leban, 11.Teoman Alibegović, 12.Boris Gorenc, 13.Marijan Kraljević, 14.Slavko Kotnik, 15.Žarko Durisić (Coach: Janez Drvarič)
1994 World Championship: did not qualify
1995 EuroBasket: finished 12th among 14 teams
4.Roman Horvat, 5.Matjaž Tovornik, 6.Jaka Daneu, 7.Walter Jeklin, 8.Marijan Kraljević, 9.Jure Zdovc, 10.Marko Tušek, 11.Teoman Alibegović, 12.Marko Milič, 13.Boris Gorenc, 14.Slavko Kotnik, 15.Aleš Kunc (Coach: Zmago Sagadin)
1996 Olympics: did not qualify
1997 EuroBasket: finished 14th among 16 teams
4.Walter Jeklin, 5.Goran Jagodnik, 6.Jaka Daneu, 7.Radoslav
BC Oostende is a Belgian basketball team founded in 1970. It was previously known (until 1999) as Sunair Oostende then as Telindus oostende (until 2008), Base Oostende (until 2010) and is now referred to as Telenet Oostende. The club has won 13 Belgian League titles, including a 6 year in a row sequence. They have also won 12 Belgian Cup titles and the only Benelux title existing.
The Albanian national basketball team is the basketball side that represents Albania in international competitions.
Basketball started spreading in Albania in the 20s, after the First World War with the creation of the first multi-sports societies. One of the oldest clubs that has paractised basketball is SK Tirana. No professional championships would start until the end of the Second World War. The first National Basketball Committee was created in September 1945 which would be responsible for the basketball problems in Albania. This opened the way for the Albanian Basketball Association ( originally Federata Shqiptare e Basketbollit ) to be formed a year later in 1946. In 1947 the Albanian Basketball Association became memebr of FIBA. The first basketball championship started in 1946 while just a year later started the women basketball championship with the participation of eight clubs from all over Albania. In 1951 the Albanian Basketball Federation started a new tournament that would be open to all professional and amateur basketball clubs in the country, the Republic's Cup. In 1952 was started also the Women's Republic Cup and the youths Republic's Cup. Another more massive
BC Mureş (Baschet Club Mureş) is a Romanian professional basketball club, based in Târgu Mureş, Romania. The team plays in the Romanian Basketball Division A.
Every home game of the team is usually a sell-out, with more than 2000 fans creating a loud atmosphere, many of them season-ticket holders. The fans' favourite motto at home games is ``Welcome to the Jungle``, which symbolize the feeling given by the home court. For BC Mureş, the home field advantage is usually decisive, because of the huge support given by the fans which give the players adrenaline and a moral advantage. For the last 3 seasons many fans attended the teams away games which gave the players a feeling of home atmosphere. The team's mascot Tiger is present at every home game and is responsible for entertaining the crowd and dancing with the cheerleaders. It is also noteworthy that the website, forum, fans magazine and many of the administrative issues around the club are done by the fans on a voluntary basis. Since 2007 there is also an Association called "Pro BC Mures" formed by the fans.
The novelty of the season was that every club was able to sign 7 international players (excluding the European Union) but
The Boston Celtics are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Boston, Massachusetts. They play in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference. Founded in 1946, the team is currently owned by Boston Basketball Partners LLC. The Celtics play their home games at the TD Garden, which they share with the Boston Bruins of the NHL. The Celtics' 17 NBA Championships are the most for any NBA franchise.
From 1957 to 1969, the Celtics dominated the league winning 11 championships in 13 years, and eight in a row (1959–1966), the longest consecutive streak of any North American pro sports team. The Celtics dominated the league during the late 1950s and through the mid 1980s, with the help of many Hall of Famers which include Bill Russell, Bob Cousy, John Havlicek, Larry Bird and legendary Celtics coach Red Auerbach, combined for a 795–397 record that helped the Celtics win 16 Championships. Before the retirement of the “Big Three”, who included Larry Bird, Robert Parish and Kevin McHale, thanks to some creative maneuvering by Auerbach, the Celtics had drafted second overall pick Len Bias but the team fell into decline as the college star died two days after he was drafted.
The German national basketball team for men is the basketball side that represents Germany in international competitions. Their biggest successes are the victory in the European Championship of 1993 at home in Germany, the silver medal in the 2005 European Championships and the bronze medal in the 2002 FIBA World Championship.
The team is the successor of the West Germany national basketball team, the basketball side that represented West Germany in international competition. Between 1955 and 1973, Germany temporarily competed with an East German national basketball team as well.
The first German presence in the European basketball championships was at Eurobasket 1951 in Paris. West Germany finished the preliminary round with a 1–2 record, third place in their group. They were again 1–2 in the first classification round, but this combined with a three-way tie-breaker put them second in that group. They then lost the classification 9–12 and 11/12 games to finish 12th place of 18 teams.
West Germany competed again at the Eurobasket 1953 in Moscow. Their 1–2 record in preliminary pool play put them third in their four-team group, relegating them to the classification rounds. In the
Basketball Club Slavija (Serbian Cyrillic: КК Славија) is a basketball club from the City of East Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Currently, KK Slavija competes in the National Championship of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish men's basketball team is the intercollegiate men's basketball program representing the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana, United States. The program competes in the Big East Conference of NCAA Division I. On September 12, 2012, Notre Dame announced they would be moving to the Atlantic Coast Conference, though no timetable has been set for their departure. The school holds two national championships in basketball. They were named the 1927 (with a record of 19-1) and 1936 (with a record of 22-2-1) national champions by the Helms Foundation. They have also played in the NCAA Tournament 31 times, good for 9th all time, and reached the Final Four in 1978. They play their home games in the Purcell Pavilion at the Edmund P. Joyce Center. They are also the first Big East team to go undefeated at home two straight seasons. Jeff Sagarin and ESPN listed the program 12th in the college basketball all-time rankings in the ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia. The Fighting Irish are currently coached by Mike Brey.
The Fighting Irish have appeared in 31 NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 31-36.
NCAA Tournament Seeding History
The NCAA began
The Oregon State Beavers men's basketball program, established in 1901, is the intercollegiate men's basketball program of the Oregon State University Beavers. The program is classified in the NCAA's Division I, and the team competes in the Pacific-12 Conference. The team is coached by Craig Robinson. OSU is the 20th winningest program of all time as of the end of the 2011–12 season with 111 seasons and a record of 1,640 wins and 1,233 losses. The team plays home games in Gill Coliseum.
Oregon State holds several NCAA basketball records:
Top Season Performances by Class
The Oregon State men's basketball team has had 20 head coaches and one interim head coach. Both Slats Gill and Ralph Miller are members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The current coach, Craig Robinson, was hired by OSU in 2008 out of Brown University, where Robinson had just coached the Bears to a school record 19 wins. Robinson is the brother of United States first lady Michelle Obama, and the brother-in-law to United States President Barack Obama. The longest tenured coach is Slats Gill, who was the coach for 36 seasons, winning 599 games in the process.
Club Atlético Peñarol (usually called Peñarol de Mar del Plata or simply Peñarol) is a professional basketball team based in Mar del Plata, Argentina. Peñarol currently play in the Liga Nacional de Básquet (LNB), the top level of the Argentine league system. Their home arena is the Polideportivo Islas Malvinas.
The team had its most successful campaign during 2010, winning 5 official tournaments (Súper 8, FIBA Americas League, Liga Nacional, InterLigas, and Copa Argentina).
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined by FIBA. Players may hold more than one nationality.
The Tennessee Lady Volunteers basketball team represents the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee in NCAA women's basketball competition. Coached by Holly Warlick, the team has been a contender for national titles for over thirty years, having made every NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship tournament since the NCAA began sanctioning women's sports in the 1981-82 season.
The team is more frequently referred to as the Lady Vols; the formal "Volunteers" nickname is regularly shortened by many fans of both men's and women's teams to "Vols", and sports media in the U.S. more commonly refer to Tennessee women's teams by the shortened version. The university considers either "Lady Volunteers" or "Lady Vols" acceptable.
The Lady Vols have won 15 SEC regular season championships, most recently in 2011, 16 SEC tournament championships, most recently in 2012, made 18 Final Four appearances, most recently in 2008, and won 8 national championships, most recently in 2008.
The Lady Vols have been coached by Pat Summitt for over three decades. Under Summitt, the Lady Vols have won numerous SEC titles, appeared in 18 NCAA Final Fours and 4 AIAW Final Fours, and won 8 NCAA
The Chicago Stags were a National Basketball Association team based in Chicago, Illinois, U.S..
The Chicago Stags were founded in 1946 and folded in 1950. Despite their short history, they were able to acquire the draft rights to a young Bob Cousy in a trade with the Tri-Cities Blackhawks (although he never played a game for them). When the Stags folded, a dispersal draft was held to divide up their players around the league. Bob Cousy was drafted by the Boston Celtics. Despite their short existence in the BAA and NBA, the Chicago Stags were rather successful in league play, making their way to the BAA finals in 1947 only to lose to the Philadelphia Warriors.
In the BAA's inaugural year, there were 11 teams split into 2 divisions. The Chicago Stags were placed in the Western Division, and won the division by one game, finishing 39–22 over the 38–23 St. Louis Bombers. They finished second in the regular season standings, only behind the 49–11 Washington Capitols. In the playoffs, they received a first-round bye, only to play the Capitols in the semi-finals. Chicago won the series 4–2, and proceeded to play into the finals. There they played the Philadelphia Warriors, who easily won
The BA London Leopards is a British basketball team who competes in the English Basketball League Division 1. The team was established in 1997 as Ware Fire, but following the demise and eventual closure of the former British Basketball League franchise Essex Leopards in 2003, a supporters group known as 'Leopards Alive' merged with the Ware-based club and rebranded the team as Essex & Herts Leopards in 2004. The franchise was renamed again in 2006 to London Leopards and following a merge with Barking Abbey Basketball Academy in 2010, the BA prefix was added to reflect this.
For much of the 1990s the town of Ware in Hertfordshire was home to National League (NBL) basketball following the arrival of the original Rebels franchise, who moved from Watford in 1991. The Rebels team consistently finished in the top three of NBL Division 1 and were crowned Champions in 1997, after finishing two points ahead of Plymouth Raiders with an overall record of 21 wins and 5 losses. Following their most successful season, the team was uprooted and moved to Stevenage to become the Stevenage Rebels, though the success didn't follow and the franchise would eventually relocate again in 1999 to become
The Ohio State men's basketball team represents The Ohio State University in NCAA Division I college basketball competition. The Buckeyes are a member of the Big Ten Conference. The Buckeyes won their only National Championship in 1960 and have made a total of 21 NCAA Tournament appearances (plus four additional appearances that were later rescinded). The Buckeyes share a classic rivalry with the Michigan Wolverines, in which OSU has a 83–70 series lead. The Ohio State University is one of only two teams (the other being Villanova) to make an NCAA tournament appearance every decade since the 1930s.
The Buckeyes play their home games at Jerome Schottenstein Center which opened in 1998. The official capacity of the center is 19,200. Ohio State ranks 18th in the nation in average home attendance.
Thad Matta was named the head coach of Ohio State in 2004 to replace coach Jim O'Brien after being involved in NCAA violations which cost Ohio State over 113 wins between 1998 and 2002.
The first basketball team at the Ohio State University was formed in 1892, playing their first game against East High. Sparing success followed the Buckeyes throughout their time as an independent school. In
The Senegal national basketball team are the men's basketball side that represent Senegal in international competition. The squad has comprised several players to have competed in the National Basketball Association, including Charlotte Bobcats center DeSagana Diop, and is considered, with those of Nigeria and Angola, a top African side.
The team are five times a gold medallist (in 1968, 1972, 1978, 1980, and 1997), six times a silver medallist, and thrice a bronze medallist at the FIBA Africa Championship, and, having finished as the runner-up to Angola in the 2005 championship, qualified for play in the 2006 FIBA World Championship, where the squad finished last in Group D and twenty-second amongst the twenty-four sides to have contested the Championship, having lost to the United States, Italy, Slovenia, China, and Puerto Rico.
1968 Olympic Games: finished 15th among 16 teams
Cheikh Fall, Moussa Sene, Alioune Gueye, Babacar Dia, Papa Diop, Mousse N'Diaye, Babacar Traore, Claude Sadio, Claude Constantino, Babacar Seck, Mansour Diagne, Doudou Camara (Coach: Alioune Diop)
1972 Olympic Games: finished 15th among 16 teams
Cheikh Fall, Babacar Traore, Mohamadou Diop, Babacar Seck,
BC Kalev/Cramo is a professional basketball club based in Tallinn, Estonia participating in Korvpalli Meistriliiga, Baltic Basketball League and VTB United League. Kalev/Cramo plays their home games at Saku Suurhall and Kalevi Spordihall. The club was previously known under the name Ehitustööriist, but after winning the Estonian title, the name was changed to BC Kalev/Cramo. Kalev/Cramo has won the Estonian title five times (2005, 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2012).
Founded in 1998 under the name Canon ENM, the team already entered the Estonian League in its debut season, finishing last in 1999 and 2000 with a combined record of 2–53. Despite of the hard start the team had a firm goal of developing young talent to create one of the top Baltic teams. Ehitustööriist struggled in the Estonian League for three more years between 2001 and 2003, but went a step higher in the 2003–04 season under the Dutch coach Maarten van Gent, finishing fifth overall with a respectable 13–20 record.
It all changed in a historical 2004–05 season, as the club's hard work paid off in the most incredible way. Under the coaching of Allan Dorbek Ehitustööriist won its first Estonian League title by downing Tartu
The Washington Wizards are a professional basketball team based in Washington, D.C.. The Washington Wizards play in the National Basketball Association, and currently play their home games at the Verizon Center, in the Chinatown neighborhood of Washington, D.C.
The team now known as the Wizards began playing as the Chicago Packers in 1961, as the first modern expansion team in NBA history. After only one year, they changed their name to the Zephyrs. In 1963 the franchise moved to Baltimore, Maryland, and became the Baltimore Bullets, taking their name from a 1940s–50s Baltimore Bullets BAA/NBA franchise and playing home games at the Baltimore Civic Center. In their first year in Baltimore, the Bullets finished 4th in a 5–team Western Division.
Prior to the 1964–65 NBA season the Bullets pulled off a blockbuster trade, sending Terry Dischinger, Rod Thorn and Don Kojis to the Detroit Pistons for Bailey Howell, Don Ohl, Bob Ferry and Wali Jones. The trade worked out well; Howell proved to be a hustling, fundamentally sound player who helped the Bullets get into the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. In the 1965 NBA Playoffs, the Bullets stunned the St. Louis Hawks 3–1,
The Chicago Bulls are a professional basketball team based in Chicago, Illinois, playing in the Central Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). They play their home games at the United Center. The Chicago Bulls were founded in 1966 and are well known for having one of the greatest dynasties in NBA and sports history during the 1990s, winning six championships in eight years with two three-peats. All six championship teams were led by Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and coach Phil Jackson. The first three championship teams included the likes of Bill Cartwright, Horace Grant, John Paxson and B.J. Armstrong, while the latter three had Luc Longley, Steve Kerr, Ron Harper, Toni Kukoč, and Dennis Rodman on the roster.
The Bulls won an NBA record-72 games during the 1995–96 NBA season and are the only team in NBA history to win 70 games or more in a single season. During the 1990s, the Bulls helped spread the popularity of the NBA around the world. The 1998 NBA Finals, the Bulls' most recent championship appearance, was the most watched championship series in NBA history. The Bulls have never lost an NBA Finals in their six appearances. The Bulls'
Anadolu Efes Spor Kulübü (English: Anadolu Efes Sports Club), formerly Efes Pilsen, is a professional basketball team based in the city of Istanbul in Turkey. As of 2012, it is the most successful club in the history of the Turkish Basketball League, having won the league's championship 13 times.
Their home arena is the Sinan Erdem Dome with a capacity of 16,000 seats, which was opened in 2010. The team competes in the Turkish Basketball League and Euroleague.
The club was founded in 1976 as Efes Pilsen S.K. by taking over the Turkish second-division club Kadıköyspor which had failed due to financial problems. Its initial sponsor was its namesake Efes Pilsen, a subsidiary of Anadolu Group. It won the 1978 second division championship undefeated, earning promotion to the Turkish first division, where it has continuously competed since. In its first top-flight season (1978–79), Efes Pilsen won the league title, immediately establishing itself as one of the country's top clubs.
Runner-up in European Cup 1993, the club's main claim to fame was winning the Korać Cup in 1996, marking the first-ever European title in a team sport by a Turkish club. It has also become a fixture in the
Hapoel Holon is a basketball club based in Holon, Israel. They play in Ligat HaAl, the top division of Israeli basketball. The club won their first championship in 2008, beating perennial champions Maccabi Tel Aviv in the final four final. Despite this success, they did not play in any European continental club competitions in 2008–09.
The club was founded in 1947 and was one of the founding clubs of the top division in 1954 when established, finishing second in their first season.
Holon returned to the top division at the end of the 2006–07 season after playing for 7 years in the second and even the third divisions, and finished the 2007–08 regular season top of the table. They reached the play-off final, where they defeated Maccabi Tel Aviv 73–72 to claim their first championship, with Malik Dixon scoring the winning shot two seconds to the end of the game. PJ Tucker won the MVP title. It was the first time Maccabi Tel Aviv had failed to win the championship in 14 years.
The club has reached the final of the State Cup six times, but did not pick up their first prize in that competition until 2009, when Brian Tolbert hit a three-pointer as time expired to give them a 69–68 win
The La Salle Explorers Men's Basketball Team is the college basketball program representing La Salle University.
The program has been rated the 53rd "Greatest College Basketball Program of All-Time" by Street & Smith's magazine and 71st by the ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia.
La Salle has won one National Championship, one National Invitation Tournament Championship, and advanced to two Final Fours. The Explorers have also made 11 NCAA Tournament appearances, won eight Philadelphia Big 5 city championships, and four Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships. The program is one of only two schools (Houston) to have two players in the top 25 in all-time NCAA scoring - Lionel Simmons and Michael Brooks. It's also had three National Players of the Year - only Duke University and Ohio State have had more.
La Salle has an extensive history of players who played professional basketball, including:
#15 Tom Gola, Class of 1955
#22 Lionel Simmons, Class of 1990
#32 Michael Brooks, Class of 1980
#33 Ken Durrett, Class of 1971
Current head coach Dr. John Giannini previously coached at Rowan College, where he won the NCAA Division III national championship in 1996, and the
The Marshall Thundering Herd men's basketball team is a basketball team from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia
Marshall has advanced to the NCAA Tournament five times through the years. The Thundering Herd has also played in the NIT in 1967-1968-1973-1988. Marshall won the NAIA National Championship in 1947, and is 7-2 all-time in the first collegiate basketball tournament, one year older than the NIT and four years older than the NCAA Tournament.
Notable former Marshall basketball players include NBA and Marshall Hall of Famer Hal Greer who was named as one of the NBA's 50 best players of all time. Greer was selected to 10 consecutive NBA All-Star games. Also from Marshall were Mike D'Antoni, formerly of the Denver Nuggets, Phoenix Suns (NBA Coach of the Year for 2004-05) and New York Knicks. Greer was named NBA All-Star Game MVP in 1968, one year after leading the Philadelphia 76ers to the NBA title.
The legendary coach of the Thundering Herd was Cam Henderson. Henderson, acknowledged as the creator of the modern zone defense, won 358 games against just 158 losses between 1935–1955. Henderson led Marshall to three consecutive Buckeye Conference titles from
The Milwaukee Bucks are a professional basketball team based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States. They are part of the Central Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team was founded in 1968 as an expansion team, and currently plays at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. U.S. Senator Herb Kohl is the owner of the team, with Scott Skiles as head coach and John Hammond as general manager. The Bucks have won one league title (1971), two conference titles (1971, 1974), and thirteen division titles (1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 2001). They have featured such notable players as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Oscar Robertson, Bob Lanier, Ray Allen, Andrew Bogut, Michael Redd and Jon McGlocklin.
The Milwaukee Bucks were formed in January 1968 when the NBA awarded a franchise to Milwaukee Professional Sports and Services, Inc. (Milwaukee Pro), a group headed by Wesley Pavalon and Marvin Fishman. In October, the Bucks played their first NBA regular season game against the Chicago Bulls before a Milwaukee Arena crowd of 8,467. As is typical with expansion teams, the Bucks' first season, 1968–69, was a struggle. Their
The Philadelphia Phillies were an American basketball team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that was a member of the American Basketball League.
During their first season, the team was renamed the Philadelphia Warriors (also known as the Quakers).
Beijing Jinyu Ducks (北京金隅鸭) or Beijing Ducks or Beijing Jinyu are an Chinese professional basketball team in the North Division of the Chinese Basketball Association, based in Beijing. They were formerly known as the Beijing Shougang Ducks (北京首钢) or Beijing Shougang; the name change was likely due to a change of corporate sponsorship. They should not be confused with the Beijing Olympians, which is a different team was founded in 1955.
During at least part of the 2003–2004 season, it seems they were known as Beijing Wanfeng Aote (北京万丰奥特); again, this seems to have had something to do with corporate sponsorship.
The team's corporate sponsor is presumably Beijing Jinyu Group Co., Ltd. (北京金隅集团有限责任公司), the largest construction material conglomerate in China.
In the 2004–2005 season, the Beijing Ducks finished in second place in the North Division, but lost in the quarter-finals to the South Division's Bayi Rockets.
Notable players include Mengke Bateer and former NBA All-Stars Steve Francis and Stephon Marbury, the latter currently playing for the Ducks.
In 2008, the team visited the United States, training at Marquette University and the Milwaukee School of Engineering in Wisconsin,
The BYU Cougars men's basketball team represents Brigham Young University in NCAA Division I basketball play. Established in 1902, the team has won 30 conference championships and 2 NIT Tournaments (1951 & 1966), and competed in 27 NCAA Tournaments. It currently competes in the West Coast Conference. From 1999-2011, it competed in the Mountain West Conference.
BYU fielded its first basketball team in 1903. In 1906, the Cougars played their first game against Utah State University; in 1909, the team first played against the University of Utah. These two rivalries continue to this day. In its 104-year history, BYU's basketball program has won 1,501 games, ranking 22nd among all Division I programs. 83 of the school's 104 basketball teams have had winning records. The Cougars won the first of their 26 conference championships in 1922 as a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.
The Cougars would make the first of their 24 NCAA Tournament appearances in 1950 under legendary head coach Stan Watts. That Cougars came within one point of reaching the national semifinals. BYU's 1951 team was even more successful, winning 28 games and once again qualifying for the NCAA Tournament.
The Denver Nuggets are a professional basketball team based in Denver, Colorado that plays in the National Basketball Association. The team was founded as the Denver Larks in 1967 as a charter franchise of the American Basketball Association (ABA) but changed its name to Rockets before the first season. It changed its name again to the Nuggets in anticipation of a ABA-NBA merger in 1974, and played for the final ABA Championship title in 1976, losing to the New York Nets. The team joined the NBA in 1976 after the ABA-NBA merger and have some periods of success, making the playoffs for nine consecutive seasons in the 1980s and doing the same for the previous nine seasons. However, it has not made an appearance in a championship round since its last year in the ABA.
The Nuggets play their home games at the Pepsi Center, which they share with the Colorado Avalanche of the NHL.
In 1967, one of the ABA's charter franchises was awarded to a group in Kansas City, Missouri headed by Southern California businessman James Trindle. However, Trindle was unable to find a suitable arena in the Kansas City area. League commissioner George Mikan suggested moving the team to Denver. After agreeing
Guildford Kings was a successful British basketball franchise, most prominent in the British Basketball League (BBL) during the early 1990s. They ceased operations at the end of the 1993-94 season.
The franchise's origins date back to the London YMCA Metros who entered the National Basketball League in 1973. The Metros enjoyed several successful seasons and a variety of exotic names - due to sponsorship naming deals - throughout the 1970s, but in 1979, owner Malcolm Chamberlain uprooted the team and relocated them from London to the suburbs of Kingston upon Thames and to the Tolworth Recreation Centre, and rebranding as Kingston.
Kingston were one of the first entrants into the new Carlsberg League, finishing second in the inaugural 1987-88 British Basketball League season. In 1988, the franchise was bought out by Rangers F.C. chairman David Murray, and became the Glasgow Rangers. Rangers were League Champions in 1988-89, but were sold off after just one year and returned to Kingston, where the franchise enjoyed their most glorious period. From 1989 to 1992, they won every League Championship as well as many other trophies and competitions. In 1992 the franchise was moved yet again
The Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball program is the intercollegiate men's basketball program of the University of Kansas and is one of the most successful programs in the history of college basketball. The program is classified in the NCAA's Division I and the team competes in the Big 12 Conference.
The Jayhawks' first coach was the inventor of the game, James Naismith, who is, ironically, the only coach with a losing record in the program's history. The Kansas basketball program has produced many notable professional players, including Clyde Lovellette, Wilt Chamberlain, Jo Jo White, Danny Manning, Paul Pierce, Mario Chalmers and coaches (including Phog Allen, Adolph Rupp, John McLendon, Dean Smith, Dutch Lonborg, Larry Brown, Roy Williams and Bill Self). Allen founded the National Association of Basketball Coaches and with Lonborg was an early proponent of the NCAA tournament.
In 2008, ESPN ranked Kansas second on a list of the most prestigious programs of the modern college basketball era. Kansas has the longest current streak of consecutive NCAA tournament appearances (23), holds the second-longest current streak of winning seasons (29), has the most winning seasons in Division
The Latvian national basketball team (Latvian: Latvijas basketbola izlase) is the basketball side that represents Latvia in international competitions.
The following is the Latvia roster in the Eurobasket 2011.
The Latvians won the first European basketball championship, the EuroBasket 1935 held by the International Basketball Federation's FIBA Europe continental federation. They defeated Hungary in the preliminary round, Switzerland in the semifinals, and Spain in the final to finish atop the ten-nation field. Latvia is one of eight nations that originally founded FIBA in 1932.
Latvia held their opponents to 49 points over three games, the lowest points-against average in the tournament. Their scoring rate, 98 points over three games for 32.67 points per game, was second only to France.
The reigning champions finished in a relatively disappointing sixth place in the second European championship, EuroBasket 1937, which they hosted. Their 32–25 loss to Poland in the preliminary round put them in a three-way tie for the lead of the four-team group; Latvia came out on the bottom of the tie-breaker against Poland and France. This result came about despite the Latvians being the
The Northern Illinois Huskies Basketball team is the basketball team that represent Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. The school's team currently competes in the Mid-American Conference. The team last played in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in 1996. The Huskies are coached by Mark Montgomery. Mark Montgomery spent 10 years on the Michigan State University Staff under Coach Tom Izzo.
The Huskies have won the Mid-American Conference Tournament once in 1982.
The Huskies have won the Horizon League Tournament once in 1996.
The Huskies have appeared in three NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 0–3.
Saski Baskonia, S.A.D., known as Caja Laboral for sponsorship reasons, is a Spanish professional basketball club from the Basque city of Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. The club's name sponsor is the Basque bank Caja Laboral.
Well-known players who have played with the club have included Velimir Perasović, Carlos Arroyo, José Calderón, Jorge Garbajosa, Wálter Herrmann, Andrés Nocioni, Fabricio Oberto, Igor Rakočević, Luis Scola, Tiago Splitter and Roko Ukić.
Outside of Spain, the club was often referred to for years as TAU Cerámica Baskonia, a Spanish brand name of ceramics manufacturer TAULELL, which name sponsored the club from 1986–2009. Originally, TAULELL used another of its brand names, Taugres, as the name of the team, before changing the name to TAU Cerámica Baskonia in 1997. TAU, Baskonia and TAU Baskonia were also frequently used to refer to the team. Baskonia, Saski Baskonia, and Saski Baskonia, S.A.D. refer to the name of the actual sports club itself. In 2009, the Spanish bank Caja Laboral became the new name sponsor of the club and increased the amount of money that the name sponsor contributes to the sports club's budget.
The club was founded in 1959 as the basketball
The Spirits of St. Louis were one of two teams still in existence at the end of the American Basketball Association that did not survive the ABA-NBA merger. They were a member of the ABA in its last two seasons, 1974–75 and 1975–76, while playing their home games at the St. Louis Arena.
The Spirits (who took their name from the Atlantic Ocean-crossing plane flown by Charles Lindbergh) were the third incarnation of a franchise that was once known as the Houston Mavericks and later the Carolina Cougars. Despite their history, they essentially were an expansion team, as there was just one holdover from the Cougars.
The Spirits were a colorful team featuring a number of players, both on and off the court, who were fairly successful in their basketball careers. Among them were Moses Malone, acquired during their second season, who went on to a long and successful career in the NBA, culminating in enshrinement in the Basketball Hall of Fame. Maurice Lucas spent most of his time in the ABA as a Spirit, then later became an all-star in the NBA with the Portland Trail Blazers. Other well-known players that played for the team included former Boston Celtics sixth man Don Chaney, future
The Vanderbilt Commodores men's basketball team represents Vanderbilt University in the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The Commodores have won three SEC regular season titles (1965, 1974 and 1993) and two SEC Tournament championships (1951 and 2012). They have competed in ten NCAA Tournaments, making it to the Elite Eight once (1965) and the Sweet 16 six times (1965, 1974, 1988, 1993, 2004, and 2007). Vanderbilt has played in nine National Invitation Tournaments, winning it in 1990 and finishing runners-up in 1994.
Kevin Stallings is the current head coach of the Commodores.
The Commodores play their home games in Memorial Gymnasium. Memorial Gymnasium was built in the early 1950s. It was dedicated as the campus memorial to students and alumni killed in World War II; a plaque commemorating those who died is displayed in the Gym's North lobby.
At the time of the Gym's construction, there was a serious discussion within the Vanderbilt community about whether the school should de-emphasize intercollegiate athletics and refocus on its academic program. As a compromise between those who advocated increased athletics competition and those who argued in favor of de-emphasis, the Gymnasium
The American Eagles men's basketball team represents American University in Washington, D.C. in NCAA Division I competition. The school's team competes in the Patriot League and play their home games in Bender Arena.
In 2008, the Eagles earned their first ever bid to the NCAA Tournament by defeating the Colgate Raiders in the final round of the Patriot League tournament. The Eagles were seeded 15th against #2 Tennessee. American held tight against the Volunteers most of the game, but Tennessee pulled away to win 72–57.
In 2009, the Eagles would again earn entry to the NCAA Tournament by defeating Holy Cross 73–57, winning the Patriot League Tournament for a second consecutive year. They were ranked 14th and faced off against #3 Villanova. The Eagles held a lead for most of the game and led by 10 points at halftime, but eventually lost 80–67 after a significant Wildcats comeback.
In 2010, the Eagles fell short, failing to claim the Patriot League's automatic bid for a third year in a row. Lehigh won the Patriot League Tournament, beating American on the way.
In 2011, after an impressive season in which they racked up 22 wins, the Eagles were upset in the semifinal of the Patriot
Club Baloncesto Estudiantes, S.A.D., known as Asefa Estudiantes for sponsorship reasons, is a basketball team based in the city of Madrid, Community of Madrid. It is member of the Asociación de Clubes de Baloncesto (ACB). Founded in 1948, it is one of the most recognized basketball teams in Spain. Some of its achievements include winning three Spanish Cups and reaching the ACB Finals in 2004.
Along the years CB Estudiantes has had several sponsorship names:
The club was founded in 1948 by a group of students (the "Estudiantes") of a public preparatory school (the Instituto Ramiro de Maeztu) in Madrid.
By the time when the first Spanish-wide season-long championship was organized in 1955, by the Spanish Basketball Association (FEB), it was one of the six clubs participating in that tournament, as the second best team from the Province of Madrid (the first being Real Madrid. Since then, it has always participated in the premier Spanish basketball league. It is one of only three of such clubs, together with Real Madrid and Joventut. It is also one of two only Spanish basketball clubs with teams both at the top male and female Spanish championships.
In May 2012, Estudiantes was
The Columbus Horizon is a defunct basketball team from Columbus, Ohio that played for five seasons in the Continental Basketball Association from 1989 - 1994.
Plans to bring professional basketball to Columbus were unveiled in September 1988 and the Horizon began playing in November 1989 at the Ohio State Fairgrounds Coliseum, where the franchise had a five-year lease. Owner Eli Jacobson had previously owned the Pensacola Tornados and was able attract Pensacola veterans Gary Youmans and Tim Sise to Columbus as coach and General Manager respectively. Jacobsen was also a member of the league's Expansion and Rules Committees. Jacobsen told the press conference that the Horizon would become involved in the Central Ohio community and said the economic impact on Columbus would be to the tune $3–$4 million generated back into the city each year. CBA Commissioner Jay Ramsdell said Columbus had all the elements to be a winning CBA franchise. Despite the team bearing the name Columbus, team officials said they wanted the franchise to become a hometown favorite throughout the entire Central Ohio area. The Houston Rockets agreed to be the club's NBA affiliate.
Jay Ransdell was on his way from
The Estonian National Basketball Team is the basketball team that represents Estonia in international competitions.
The Estonians took fifth place, with an overall record of 3–2, at the second European basketball championship, the Eurobasket 1937 held by the International Basketball Federation's FIBA Europe continental federation. They finished third in their four-team preliminary group after winning one game and losing two. This relegated the team to the classification matches, where they defeated Czechoslovakia and then Latvia to earn the fifth place finish.
Estonia managed a 4–3 record in the eight-team round robin of the Eurobasket 1939. This put them in a tie with France, which the Estonians lost because they had been defeated by France in head-to-head play.
Basketball first appeared as an official sport at the 1936 Summer Olympics. The first official match was played between Estonia and France, which Estonia won 34–29.
1936 Olympic Games: finished 12th among 21 teams
Heino Veskila, Evald Mahl, Leonid Saar, Vladimir Kärk, Robert Keres, Aleksander Illi, Georg Vinogradov, Aleksander Margiste, Bernhard Nooni, Erich Altosaar, Artur Amon (Coach: Herbert Niiler)
GasTerra Flames Groningen is a Dutch professional basketball club, playing in the Dutch Basketball League. The home arena is Martiniplaza in the city of Groningen. The club won the national championship three times: in 1982, 2004, and 2010. In 2005 and 2011 they won the NBB Cup.
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined by FIBA. Players may hold more than one nationality.
In 1881, gymnastics club Wodan and fencing club Mars, both part of the student corps Vindicat, merged to form GSSV Donar. In 1951 the basketball department of this club was founded. In 1970 the club promoted to the highest basketball league.
In 1973 the club separated from Vindicat and got their first sponsor (Nationale-Nederlanden). This allowed the team to play in the much bigger "Events hall" of the Martinihal. After the first championship in 1982, Nationale Nederlanden announced to stop as sponsor. After one year of playing under their name, Donar was demoted to the rayon league. Donar became champion that year and promoted to the promotion league. In 1986, Donar returned to the highest league; where they remained ever since. On February 1, 1991, the Basketball Business Club (BBC) was founded. In
The Florida State Seminoles men's basketball team represents Florida State University in the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference in NCAA Division I. The current head men's basketball coach is Leonard Hamilton.
Hugh Durham played at Florida State in the 1950s, scoring 1,381 points in three years. His average of 21.9 points per game in 1958–59 is the seventh best tally in Florida State history. Durham's career average of 18.9 points per game is still the ninth best in school history. After his playing career had ended, he began his coaching career as an assistant coach in 1959. Seven years later, Durham would be named head coach in 1966. One of the top players during this time was future NBA Hall-of-Famer Dave Cowens. Durham led the Seminoles from 1966 to 1978. In 1972, Durham led Florida State to a runner-up finish in the NCAA tournament. A hard-fought 81–76 loss to the top-ranked UCLA Bruins in the NCAA Championship game prevented Durham's Florida State team from winning the NCAA Tournament. Another key player for the Seminoles was Harry Davis, who helped the program sustain stability.
Durham's overall record at Florida State was a 230–95 record with three NCAA
The Texas Tech Red Raiders basketball team represents Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, United States in NCAA Division I men's basketball competition (the school's women's basketball team is known as the "Lady Raiders".) The team is currently coached by Chris Walker, who replaced Billy Gillispie after he resigned under pressure due to allegations of player mistreatment. Prior to Gillispie being named coach, the coach was Pat Knight who succeeded his father, Hall of Famer Bob Knight. The Red Raiders currently compete in the Big 12 Conference. The team last played in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in 2007.
Texas Tech's basketball program was founded the same year the school opened its doors in 1925. The inaugural game was a 37–25 loss to Daniel Baker College. Tech would lose two more games before finally clinching their first ever victory—35–21 at Sul Ross University.
Grady Higginbotham was the first coach, earning a 14–18 record over two seasons. Until Pat Knight, Higgenbotham was the only Tech basketball coach to garner an overall losing record (.438) during his stay. Following Higgenbotham's departure, Victor Payne led the Matadors (as the school's teams
The Bucknell Bison men's basketball team represents Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania in NCAA Division I competition. The school's team competes in the Patriot League and plays home games in Sojka Pavilion.
The Bison have appeared in five NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 2–5.
In 2005, Bucknell defeated #3 seed Kansas in the first round as a #14 seed, in the biggest upset of that tournament. They were defeated by Wisconsin the second round. They received the award for "Best Upset" at the 2005 ESPY Awards.
The Bison have appeared in one National Invitation Tournament. Their record is 1–1.
The Charlotte Hornets were an American football team in the short-lived World Football League. They were relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina, from New York City in the middle of the 1974 season.
The Charlotte Hornets franchise began in 1973 in Boston as the Boston Bulldogs, which was also the name of the relocated Pottsville Maroons, Boston's first professional football franchise. The name was shortened in October to Bulls. They were owned by Howard Baldwin, president and minority owner of the New England Whalers of the World Hockey Association. Unlike most other WFL owners, he didn't have to pay a franchise fee because of his close ties to WFL founder and Commissioner Gary Davidson. He hired Vito "Babe" Parilli, who had been a back-up quarterback to Joe Namath in Super Bowl III, as head coach.
Baldwin was unable to attract more investors. More seriously, he couldn't find a suitable place to play. Realizing he had no hope of putting together a viable product in Boston, Baldwin opted to merge with the WFL's as-yet-unnamed New York franchise on January 26, 1974. That team was owned by Whalers and Boston Celtics majority owner Bob Schmertz and three of his New York-based limited
The Chinese Taipei national basketball team is the basketball team representing Taiwan in international competitions, organized and run by the CTBA (Chinese Taipei Basketball Association).
Chinese Taipei's 4th place at the 1959 FIBA World Championship remains the 2nd best finish ever of an Asian nation at this tournament.
The USA All-Stars is a developmental basketball team in the International Basketball League. The All-Stars are owned and operated by the league. The team will be made up of players which participated in camps, each being signed for six weeks. They will play an all road schedule which will be held in six game sets throughout the season.
The Sacramento Kings are a professional basketball team based in Sacramento, California, United States. They are members of the Western Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The only team in the "big four" sports leagues located in Sacramento, they play their home games at Sleep Train Arena.
The Kings trace their origins to a local semi-professional team based in Rochester, New York in the early 1920s, making them one of the oldest basketball clubs still in existence. The team joined the National Basketball League (NBL) in 1945 as the Rochester Royals. The Royals defected to the NBL's rival, the Basketball Association of America, in 1948. In 1949, as a result of that year's merger between the NBL and BAA, the Royals became members of the newly formed NBA. Though the Royals were often successful on the court, they had trouble turning a profit in the comparatively small market of Rochester, and relocated to Cincinnati, Ohio in 1957, becoming the Cincinnati Royals. In 1972, the team relocated to Kansas City, Missouri, initially splitting its games between Kansas City and Omaha, Nebraska, and taking up the name Kansas City Kings. The team again failed to find success
The Virginia Tech Hokies men's basketball team is an NCAA Division I college basketball team competing in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Home games are played at Cassell Coliseum, located on Virginia Tech's campus in Blacksburg.
Virginia Tech has seen a resurgence of its basketball program under coach Seth Greenberg. During the 2006-2007 regular season, Virginia Tech beat Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium and also beat top-ranked North Carolina in Blacksburg. The Hokies went on to beat fourth-ranked North Carolina in Chapel Hill that same season. In January 2009, Virginia Tech beat No. 1 ranked Wake Forest, the last unbeaten team in Division I in the 2008-2009 season, marking the Hokies fourth defeat of a top-ranked team. Virginia Tech added another victory over a top-ranked team on February 26, 2011, when it beat #1 Duke, 64-60 in Cassell Coliseum.
The Hokies lost to Southern Illinois in the second round of the 2007 NCAA tournament. The Hokies' previous appearance in the NCAA tournament was following the 1995-1996 season. They won the National Invitation Tournament following the 1994-1995 and 1972-1973 seasons.
The following players have had their jerseys retired by Virginia
The Albany Great Danes Basketball team is the basketball team that represent the University at Albany, State University of New York in Albany, New York. The school's team currently competes in the America East Conference and plays its home games at SEFCU Arena. The team played in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in both 2006 and 2007, and are currently coached by Will Brown.
Richard “Doc” Sauers served as Great Danes men's basketball coach from 1955-1997. He led the program to eleven NCAA and four NAIA post-season tournament appearances in his tenure. Sauers finished his career with a 702-330 record in 41 seasons. Sauers achieved the 700-win mark on February 8, 1997 in an 89-71 victory over the University of Bridgeport. He would retire one month later and be inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 2004. A banner is flown in the rafters of the SEFCU Arena honoring Sauers accomplishment of 702 wins. The college is also planning on naming the court at SEFCU Arena in his name in the near future.
On March 11, 2006, the men's basketball team won the America East conference tournament, earning the school (and the SUNY system) its first ever berth to the NCAA Tournament,
The Greece national basketball team is the representative for Greece in international men's basketball competitions, organized and run by the Hellenic Basketball Federation. Traditionally, Greece is considered among the world's top basketball powers; they were runners-up in the 2006 FIBA World Championship and they have won the European Championship twice, in 1987 and 2005. They are currently placed fourth in the FIBA World Rankings.
Basketball has a long tradition in Greece, as the country was one of the eight founding members of the International Basketball Federation, more commonly known by its French acronym FIBA, in 1932. However, the men's national team was considered as a second-class power in international basketball for several decades and only came into prominence in the mid-1980s by winning the EuroBasket 1987. It was the first ever major international title won by a Greek national team in any sports. As a result basketball became extremely popular in the country and since then Greece has been placed in the high level on the basketball stage.
Greece was to take part in EuroBasket 1935, the inaugural FIBA European Championship held in Geneva, but were not able to travel
The Old Dominion Monarchs Basketball team represents Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, United States in NCAA Division I men's competition. (The women's team, which has traditionally had a considerably higher national profile, is known as the Lady Monarchs.) The school's team currently competes in the Colonial Athletic Association. The team last played in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in 2011. The Monarchs are currently coached by Blaine Taylor.
The Monarchs have appeared in eleven NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 3–11.
The Monarchs appeared in three NCAA Division II Final Fours (1971, 1975 and 1976), winning the Division II championship in 1975 under coach Sonny Allen.
The Monarchs have appeared in ten National Invitation Tournaments. Their combined record is 8–10.
The Monarchs have appeared in one College Basketball Invitational. Their combined record is 1–1.
The Monarchs have appeared in two CollegeInsider.com Tournaments. They were champions of the inaugural tournament in 2009. Their combined record is 6–1.
The Utah Jazz are a professional basketball team based in Salt Lake City, Utah. They are currently a part of the Northwest Division of the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The franchise began in 1974 as the New Orleans Jazz in New Orleans, Louisiana, but the team moved to Utah in 1979 after just five seasons. The Jazz were one of the most unsuccessful teams in the league in their early years, and took 10 years before they made a playoff appearance (in 1984). They would not miss the playoffs again until 2004. During the late 1980s, John Stockton and Karl Malone arose as the franchise players for the team, and formed one of the most famed point guard–power forward duos in NBA history. Led by coach Jerry Sloan, who took over for Frank Layden in 1988, they became one of the powerhouse teams of the 1990s, culminating in two NBA Finals appearances in 1997 and 1998, where they lost both times to the Chicago Bulls, led by Michael Jordan. Both Stockton and Malone moved on in 2003. After missing the playoffs for three consecutive seasons the Jazz returned to prominence under the on-court leadership of point guard Deron Williams. However, partway through the
The Washington Capitols were a charter Basketball Association of America (forerunner of the National Basketball Association) team based in Washington, D.C. The team was coached from 1946 to 1949 by NBA Hall of Famer Red Auerbach.
The team was founded in 1946 as a charter BAA team; it became a charter NBA team in 1949. It folded on January 9, 1951 (with a 10–25 record). The home arena was Uline Arena in Washington, capacity 7,500. The teams wore green and white. The NBA would return to the Washington, D.C. area in 1973, when the Baltimore Bullets became the Capital Bullets.
The Capitols' 81.7 win percentage in the BAA's inaugural season is still one of the top 10 winning percentages in NBA history.
The Washington Capitols are also noteworthy for two long win streaks during their short history. In 1946, the Capitols won 17 straight games — a single season streak that would remain the NBA's longest until 1969. The 15–0 start of the 1948–49 team is still the best in NBA history (albeit tied in 1993–94 by the Houston Rockets).
Basketball Hall of Famers:
Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, % = Win–Loss %
The Auburn Tigers men's basketball program is the college basketball program that represents Auburn University, competing in the Southeastern Conference. The program began in 1905. Though they generally play under the shadow of the football program, the Tigers have had successes on the hardwood. Notably, the program is known for alumni such as Charles Barkley and Chuck Person.
There have been 19 Auburn Basketball coaches since the program was started in 1905 by Mike Donahue. Donahue roamed the Tigers' sidelines for the next 16 years and also served as Athletic Director, football coach, baseball coach, and track coach while at Auburn.
The school's all-time winningest coach was Joel H. Eaves, who was also a former Tiger basketball player and part-time football coach while leading the basketball program. Assisted by later-head coach Bill Lynn, he guided the Tigers to their first SEC title in 1960 and coached for 14 seasons at The Plains.
Ralph "Shug" Jordan (pronounced JURD-an) was the winningest football coach at Auburn and also coached the basketball team for 10 seasons, compiling a record of 95-77 (.552). The university's Jordan-Hare Stadium is named in his honor.
Sonny Smith was
Club Baloncesto Gran Canaria - Claret, S.A.D., also known as Herbalife Gran Canaria, is a professional basketball team that plays in the Asociación de Clubes de Baloncesto. The team is based in the autonomous community's capital and largest city, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands. It plays at Centro Insular.
CB Gran Canaria was founded inside Claret School and for many years played under that denomination. Following a successful period in school competitions, a senior team was created and integrated on the Spanish Second Division. The team played in that division until 1984, when the team adopted the decision of having a statute of its own, therefore becoming an independent institution. The new statute was approved on May 22, 1985 and the team became Claret Club de Baloncesto. The following years, the team moved many times between ACB League and First Division B. On the 1987–1988 season the club changed its name to CB Gran Canaria, paying homage to the place where its social mass came from. On 30 June 1992 the team became a sports public limited company (Sociedad Anónima Deportiva, SAD in Spanish) in order to fulfil with the requirements of the then-new Spanish sports
The Connecticut Huskies is the name of the men's college basketball team representing the University of Connecticut, in Storrs, Connecticut, USA. The program is classified in the NCAA's Division I, and the team competes in the Big East Conference. The team is currently coached by Kevin Ollie.
UConn has won three NCAA Championships (tied for sixth all time), and has appeared in four NCAA Final Fours. The Huskies have won seven Big East Tournament Championships and are 10-time regular season champions.
Men's basketball at UConn began in 1901 with a single game played by Connecticut Agricultural College against Windham High School in January of that year. The college team won, and by 1903 basketball was a varsity sport.
After graduating from the Connecticut Agricultural College, former player Hugh Greer returned to his alma mater as a freshman coach. He was later named head coach of the Huskies six games into the 1946–47 season. Greer led Connecticut to a perfect 12–0 mark for the remainder of his first season. Posting a record of 16–2, this was the best single season finish in school history to that point. UConn won twelve Yankee Conference titles under Greer in 16 completed seasons,
The Hawaiʻi Rainbow Warriors basketball team represents the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in NCAA men's competition. (Women's sports teams at the school are known as Rainbow Wahine.) The school's team currently competes in the Big West Conference after leaving its longtime home of the Western Athletic Conference in July 2012. The team's most recent appearance in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament was in 2002. The Rainbow Warriors are coached by Gib Arnold, son of former head coach Frank Arnold.
The Rainbow Warriors have appeared in four NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 0-4.
The Rainbow Warriors have appeared in eight NIT Tournaments. Their combined record is 10-8.
The Rainbow Warriors have appeared in one CollegeInsider.com Tournament post-season tournament.
The Rainbow Warriors play at the 10,300 seat Stan Sheriff Center, which opened in 1994. Originally called the "Special Events Center" it was renamed in 1998 after Stan Sheriff, the former UH Athletics Director, who had lobbied for its construction. Previously the team had played from 1964–1994 at the 7,500 seat Neal S. Blaisdell Center (originally the Honolulu International Center) and prior to that at
The UMBC Retrievers represent the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in NCAA Division I athletics. The official colors of the Retrievers are black and gold (PMS 123) with red (PMS 032). The Retrievers field 17 varsity sports; eight men and nine women. UMBC competes in the America East athletic conference.
The retriever mascot is a Chesapeake Bay Retriever, the state dog of Maryland. There is a statue of a retriever known as True Grit that stands in front of the Retriever Activities Center (RAC). UMBC's costumed mascot has been known both as True Grit and Fever. UMBC also once had a live mascot named Campus Sam. Today, there is a live mascot named Gritty. In 2007, True revealed he had a sister, Trudy Grit, at the volleyball pep rally. She was used as a mascot as well.
To commemorate the 40th anniversary of UMBC in 2006, the University held the "March of the Retrievers," a procession of 40 Chesapeake Bay Retrievers from the True Grit statue to the University Commons and then on to the UMBC Soccer Stadium, site of the Homecoming soccer match.
The UMBC Dance Team, cheerleading squad, mascot and "Down and Dirty Dawg" Pep Band are also supported through UMBC Athletics.
The Orlando Magic are a professional basketball team based in Orlando, Florida. They play in the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The franchise was founded in 1989 as an expansion franchise and has had such notable NBA stars such as Shaquille O'Neal, Penny Hardaway, Grant Hill, Tracy McGrady, Steve Francis, Dwight Howard, Vince Carter, and Rashard Lewis throughout its young history. The franchise has also been in the playoffs for more than half of their existence (14 playoff appearances in 23 years). Orlando has been the most successful of the four expansion teams brought into the league in 1988 and 1989 in terms of winning percentage. As of 2012, they are the only team in the "big four" sports leagues to play in the city of Orlando.
The Orlando Magic went to the NBA as an expansion franchise in 1989. A contest sponsored by Orlando Magic team officials and the local Orlando Sentinel newspaper allowed the community to suggest names for their new franchise. The contest of a total of 4,296 submitted entries subsequently narrowed the names to the "Heat", the "Tropics", the "Juice" and the "Magic". On July 27, 1986, it was
The Creighton Bluejays basketball team is the NCAA Division I men's basketball program of Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. They currently compete in the Missouri Valley Conference. The team last played in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in 2012. The Bluejay's all time record is 1,386-938
The Creighton Bluejays men's basketball team plays their home games at CenturyLink Center Omaha (18,560), currently the largest arena in the Missouri Valley Conference. Creighton's men's basketball program has been a member of the Missouri Valley Conference since the 1977-78 season. Prior to the 1977-78 season, the Jays participated as an Independent from 1948-1977.
The Bluejays have appeared in 17 NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 10–18.
The Bluejays have appeared in 10 National Invitation Tournaments. Their combined record is 5–10.
The Bluejays have appeared in 1 College Basketball Invitational. Their record is 4–2.
The Bluejays have appeared in 1 CollegeInsider.com Tournament. Their combined record is 2–1.
CenturyLink Center Omaha
The Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team is a college basketball team representing the University of Kentucky. Since beginning play in 1903, Kentucky has the most all-time wins (2090) and the highest all-time winning percentage in the history of college basketball (.763). Kentucky's all-time record currently stands at 2090–649. Kentucky also leads all schools in total NCAA tournament appearances with 52, is first in NCAA tournament wins with 111, and ranks second to UCLA in NCAA championships with 8. In addition to these titles, Kentucky also has won the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) in both 1946 and 1976, making them the only school to win multiple NCAA and NIT championships. The Wildcats have played in a record 52 NCAA Tournaments, in a record 157 NCAA Tournament games, have a NCAA record 39 Sweet-16 appearances, and a NCAA record 34 Elite-8 appearances. Further, Kentucky has played in 15 Final Fours (tied with Duke for 3rd place all time), and has 11 NCAA Championship Game appearances (second all time to UCLA), winning 8 NCAA Championships (second all time to UCLA). Kentucky also leads all schools with 56 20-win seasons, 13 30-win seasons, and is the only school with 5
BC „Neptūnas“ (Lithuanian: Krepšinio Klubas Neptūnas) is the major basketball club of Klaipėda, Lithuania participating in Lithuanian Basketball League and Baltic Basketball League. BC „Maistas“ (English: „Food“) basketball club was founded in 1962. In 1964, BC „Maistas“ name was changed to BC „Neptūnas“ which is used until now.
The club carries the name of the Roman sea god Neptune.
In 1966 "Neptūnas" won "Žalgiris" friendship championship and next year with the same roster became runner-ups.
Since 1970 there was lots of changes in the team, coaches and players left team and they been changed with new team members, so the team didn't achieved better results. On 1975 Klaipėda's community decided to change team from its foundations which base was people form Klaipėda and Samogitia region, which also finished studies in Vilnius and Kaunas cities. There was young and perspective players, whose energy helped to reach better results in two years period. Which includes 3rd Place in Lithuanian Spartakiada; in 1981 and 1982 they became runner-ups of newspaper "Sport" championship, and also in 1983 they became champions of Soviet Union Professional Union championship.
However in 1988
The Mississippi Miracles is an American Basketball Association (ABA) and World Basketball Association team based in Cleveland, Mississippi. The team began play in the fall of 2004 as the Mississippi Stingers. They finished in 1st place in the Blue Division with a 19-3 record. They lost in the semi-finals of the playoffs to the Arkansas RimRockers 117-105. In January, 2006, new ownership purchased the team and renamed it as the Mississippi Miracles.
The Peru national basketball team is Peru's representative in international basketball. It is coached by Gustavo Debenedetti. The team has qualified for three Olympic Games and four FIBA World Championships between 1936 and 1967. The national team has never qualified for the FIBA Americas Championship. Peru won a gold medal in 1938 for the South American Basketball Championship in Lima. Peru also won two silver medals and four bronze medals in the same championship.
According to Federacion Deportiva Peruana de Basketball
C|| Carlos Moscol ||1.88 m
The Portland State Vikings men's basketball team represents Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. The team was also once referred to as "The Park Block Bombers" in reference to the school's proximity to Portland's string of park blocks. The school's team competes in the Big Sky Conference. The team appearances in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament have been in 2008 and 2009. The head coach of the Vikings is Tyler Geving.
The Vikings' 2008 NCAA Tournament was their first appearance.
The Wisconsin Badgers men's basketball team is a NCAA Division I college basketball team competing in the Big Ten Conference. Home games are played at the Kohl Center, located on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus in Madison, Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Badger basketball began in December, 1898 with the formation of its first team coached by Dr. James C. Elsom. The Badgers played their first game on January 21, 1899, losing to the Milwaukee Normal Alumni 25–15 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin . In 1905, Christian Steinmetz became the first Wisconsin Badger basketball player to be named All-American. In the 1906-07 season, Wisconsin won its first share of the Big Ten Championship, under the coaching of Emmett Angell. They won it again the next year in 1908.
Walter Meanwell began coaching the Badgers in 1911. In his first season, he led Wisconsin to an undefeated season (15–0), and then led them to another 15–0 season in 1913–14. Meanwell's teams would win eight Big Ten Championships during his tenure, in 1912, 1913, 1914, 1916, 1921, 1923, 1924, and 1929. Between the 1917–18 and 1919–20 seasons, Guy Lowman coached the Badgers, leading them to a 1918 Big Ten Conference Championship before
The Scottish national basketball team is the basketball side that represents Scotland in international competition. They are organised by basketballscotland, the sport's governing body in Scotland. In 2005 Scotland, along with England and their counterparts in Wales combined forces to form the Great Britain national basketball team, with the target goal to field a competitive team capable of winning medals at the London 2012 Summer Olympics. Despite the merge, the Scotland national team is still competing in the FIBA Europe's Division C.
The Scottish team's first European championship competition was at Eurobasket 1951 in Paris. They lost all 8 of their games on their way to a 16th place finish of the 18 team field, outranking Luxembourg, who had had the misfortune of being in a 5-team preliminary group instead of a 4-team group (and losing all of their games), and Romania, who had dropped out of the tournament at the last minute.
Six years later, Scotland competed again. Eurobasket 1957 was held in Sofia. There, the squad lost its three preliminary round games to be relegated to the classification round. The first match in that round pitted Scotland against Albania, who had also
The Campbell Fighting Camels basketball team is the men's basketball team that represent the Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina. The school's team currently competes in the Big South Conference. The team's most recent appearance in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament was in 1992. The Fighting Camels are currently coached by Robbie Laing. After struggling for several seasons, the Fighting Camels finally broke through in the 2009–2010 season. Campbell tied for first in the regular season Atlantic Sun standings. However, their bid for an NCAA Tournament bid came up short, as they were eliminated in the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament.
The Fighting Camels have only appeared in one NCAA Tournament. The Camels lost their only NCAA tournament game, 82–56, to eventual 1992 National Champion Duke.
Chorale Roanne Basket is a professional basketball club that is based in Roanne, France. The club plays in the Pro A. Their coach is Jean-Denys Choulet. Their home arena is Halle André Vacheresse. The club was founded in 1937 and the team's color are blue and white.
The Coventry Crusaders is a Coventry-based basketball team competing in Division 1 of the English Basketball League. They play their home games at the Coventry Sports Centre, alternatively at the North Solihull Sports Centre, and the junior teams play at the Coventry Sports Centre. Their home colour is mainly white and purple, and their road uniform consists of mainly purple with golden-yellow sides.
On January 15, 2007, club owner Dip Donaldson formally announced that the Coventry Crusaders were the first team to be accepted into the new British Basketball Association professional league, which was due to commence in November 2007, thus ending a 14-year association with the English Basketball League. However, the league never materialised and the Crusaders renewed their application with EBL Division 1 for the 2007-08 season.
The Franklin Wonder Five was a 1920 basketball team from Indiana's "Hoosier Hysteria" era. With basketball king in Indiana, the team from Franklin was dubbed the “Wonder Five”. This small town about 20 miles south of Indianapolis produced a team that captured the Indiana State Basketball Championship three years in succession, 1920-1922. They became national college champions in 1923, playing with Franklin College and staying undefeated against teams from major universities. While they passed on a match with the New York Celtics, they twice defeated the professional team of the Omars from Detroit, Michigan.
The boys had started playing together as children and developed synergy. In high school, they thrived under the coaching of Ernest "Griz" Wagner and had a 104 to 10 win/loss record in their four years. After their high school successes, most members of the team followed Wagner to Franklin College, where he became basketball coach. At the time, total enrollment of the college was around 350 students.
The “Wonder Five” team took on those of large universities, including Notre Dame, Illinois, Purdue, and Wisconsin. The team was undefeated in its first college season of 1922-23 and
The Los Angeles Lakers are an American professional basketball team based in Los Angeles, California. They play in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Lakers play their home games at Staples Center, which they share with their local NBA rival, the Los Angeles Clippers, the Los Angeles Kings of the NHL, and the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA. The Lakers are one of the most successful teams in the history of the NBA, and have won 16 championships, their last being in 2010. As of 2012, the Lakers are the most valuable NBA franchise according to Forbes, having an estimated value of $900 million.
The franchise began with the 1947 purchase of a disbanded team, the Detroit Gems of the NBL. The new team began playing in Minneapolis, Minnesota, calling themselves the Lakers in honor of the state's nickname, "Land of 10,000 Lakes". The Lakers won five championships in Minneapolis, propelled by center George Mikan, who is described by the NBA's official website as the league's "first superstar". After struggling financially in the late 1950s following Mikan's retirement, they relocated to Los Angeles before the 1960–61 season.
The Macedonian national basketball team (Macedonian: Кошаркарска репрезентациjа на Македониjа / Košarkarska reprezentacija na Makedonija) represents the Republic of Macedonia in international basketball. It competes in FIBA tournaments as the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, often abbreviated to F.Y.R. of Macedonia. The Macedonian national basketball team is run by the Basketball Federation of Macedonia, the governing body of basketball in Macedonia, which was created in 1992 and joined FIBA in 1993. Prior to 1993, Macedonia was part of the Yugoslavia national basketball team.
Before 1993, Macedonian players represented the Yugoslav national basketball team in international basketball.
After qualifying for Eurobasket 1999, the Macedonian national basketball team failed to pass the group stage and ended up ranked 14th overall.
After qualifying for Eurobasket 2009, the Macedonian national basketball team was placed in Group A, along with Greece, Croatia and Israel. Macedonia began the tournament with a heavy 54–86 loss to rivals Greece, but rebounded with a 82–79 victory over Israel. Despite dropping their last game against Croatia, the Israel result was enough to secure second
Pittsburgh South Side was an American basketball team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that was a member of the Central Basket Ball League and the various incarnations of the Western Pennsylvania Basketball League. Some argue that it was the best all-white professional team in Western Pennsylvania of all time. It twice defeated the famous Buffalo Germans, whose proud boast it was that they never lost a series to any team. The team dropped out of the league late in the 1911-12 season.
The South Siders won the Western Pennsylvania League championship in 1904 and 1913. They were co-champions of the Central League in 1905.
Joseph "Joe" Meech Leithead (born July 17, 1882; died July 2, 1958 ) played and served as coach and captain of the Pittsburgh South Side team from 1899 through 1907.
The South Side team made national headlines when they made Harry Hough the highest-paid basketball player in the world on December 31, 1907. They signed him to a contract that paid him $300 per month to play eight league games per month (that's roughly $6,819 a month or $81,800 a year in 2009 dollars past to present currency converter).
South Side Team 1905-06 Joe Leithead Captain and Coach seated
The Purdue Boilermakers basketball team is a college basketball program that competes in NCAA Division I and is a member of the Big Ten Conference. Purdue basketball holds the record for most Big Ten Championships with 22, and is the only program with winning or tied records versus every other school in the Big Ten. The Boilermakers have reached two NCAA Tournament Final Fours and won a National Championship awarded by the Helms Athletic Foundation in 1932. It has sent more than 30 players to the NBA including two overall No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. Purdue shares a traditional rivalry with in-state foe Indiana University, and holds a 112-86 series lead.
The history of Purdue basketball dates back to 1896 with their first game against the Lafayette YMCA. In the 1902–03 season, head coach C.I. Freeman, in his only season, led them to an undefeated 8–0 record. Upon conclusion of the season, the university recognized the popularity of the sport and made it part of the Purdue University Athletic Association. The Boilermakers began play in the Big Ten Conference three years later, with its first championship coming in 1911 under the direction of Ralph Jones. In 1917, Ward "Piggy"
The Siena Saints men's basketball team represents Siena College in Loudonville, New York, United States. The Division I program competes in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The Saints are coached by Mitch Buonaguro who just completed his first season as head coach at Siena after serving as Fran McCaffery's top assistant. Siena plays all of its home games at the 14,500 all-seater Times Union Center in downtown Albany. Since 1988, the team has appeared in six NCAA Tournaments (1989, 1999, 2002, 2008, 2009 and 2010 ) and five NIT Tournaments (1988, 1991, 1994, 2000, and 2003). Siena's cumulative record in postseason play is 13-11 (4-6 NCAA, 9-5 NIT).
In 1989, Siena star Marc Brown led the school to their greatest triumph an 80-78 victory over third seeded Stanford. The 1993-1994 Saints finished 25-8 making all the way to the NIT final four at Madison Square Garden defeating such teams as Georgia Tech, Tulane, Bradley, and Kansas State. Siena’s Doremus Bennerman capped his brilliant college career with a 51-point outburst against Kansas State, winning most outstanding player honors in the NIT.
Brown (2,284) and Bennerman (2,109) are the only two men to score 2,000 points or more
The UCF Knights men's basketball team represents the University of Central Florida located in Orlando, Florida, United States. The Knights compete in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I and the East Division of Conference USA (C-USA). They play their home games in the UCF Arena located on the university's main campus. Donnie Jones will be serving his second year as head coach of the Knights in the 2011–12 season.
The Knights have appeared in the NCAA Tournament four times: 1994, 1996, 2004 and 2005. The Knights also appeared in the Tournament six times as a Division II team, and appeared in the Final Four in 1978. UCF will join the Big East Conference on July 1, 2013.
UCF played its first intercollegiate basketball game before the team even had a nickname. In the Division II era, under Torchy Clark, UCF found great success including a DII Final Four appearance. UCF has competed in the Atlantic Sun Conference (formerly called the Trans American Athletic Conference), from 1992 until 2005, when all sports joined Conference USA. As a Division II team, the Knights had been a charter member of the Sunshine State Conference from 1975 to 1984. The Knights also had a
Basket Draghi Novara, also known for sponsorship reasons as Ignis Novara is an Italian professional basketball team from the town of Novara.
In 2007/08 season it will play in the Italian LegADue (also known as Serie A2, second division of Italian professional basketball).
It has been formed in 2007 when two LegADue teams, Ignis Castelletto Ticino and Aironi Novara have merged into one new team.
Aironi Basket Novara was established in 1972 and, in the past, due to sponsorship deals, has also been known as Cimberio Borgomanero (2001-02), Cimberio Valve Novara (2002-03) and Cimberio Novara (2003-07). Their best result was 4th place in LegADue in the 2001/02 season.
Ignis Castelletto Ticino was established in 1991. Their best result was 14th place in LegADue in the 2005/06 season.
The Battle Creek Knights are a team in the Independent Basketball Association (IBA) located in Battle Creek, Michigan. They previously played in the Premier Basketball League (PBL) and in the International Basketball League.
The Knights lived up to their nickname of "The IBL's Power Team", by beating opponents by an average of 128-114. The Knights were led in scoring by Mike Williams, at 22.4 ppg. The Knights were undefeated in the regular season, and won the championship game, beating the Dayton Jets 124-121, for a final record of 21-0.
In addition to being the IBL's power team on the court, the Knights also led the league in attendance. Playing at Kellogg Arena, crowds of 2,500+ were not uncommon, and the team drew 1,854 to the championship and All-Star game, which they hosted. Three Knights made the all-star team; Bobby Madison, Jamal Gooding, and Mike Williams.
The 2006 Knights were a casualty of the IBL's expansion. The team finished 11-10, respectable, yet a far cry from being undefeated. The team lost their only playoff game 144-139 to the Holland Blast, an expansion team. Again, three all-stars were named, Logan Vander Velden, Mike Williams, and Jay Youngblood. Youngblood
The Cal State Northridge Matadors men's basketball team is the men's college basketball program representing California State University, Northridge. The team currently competes in the Big West Conference of the NCAA's Division I. The Matadors' current head coach is Bobby Braswell.
Until 1972, the school and its teams were known as San Fernando Valley State College. The Matadors played their home games at local high schools until Matador Gymnasium was completed, before the start of the 1962–63 season.
San Fernando Valley State College opened in 1958, and fielded a basketball program for the 1958–59 season. The program's first head coach was Paul Thomas.
The first game in SFVSC's history was a 110–45 loss to Chapman College on December 1, 1958. The fledgling team would lose again to Westmont eight days later. They broke through for the first win of the program's history on December 13, a 73–64 triumph over La Verne. They would go on to finish their inaugural season with a record of 3–13.
The Matadors showed some improvement over the next two seasons, and joined the CCAA in 1961. Matador Gymnasium opened on November 30, 1962, with a 69–59 defeat to Pepperdine. Two consecutive
Club Baloncesto Valladolid, S.A.D., currently known as Blancos de Rueda Valladolid, is a professional basketball team based in Valladolid, Castile-Leon, Spain. CB Valladolid is member of the Asociación de Clubs de Baloncesto (ACB). Famous players that have played for the team include Arvydas Sabonis, Oscar Schmidt, John Williams and Ed O'Bannon.
CB Valladolid has received diverse trade names along its history. These are their denominations along the years:
ACB Slam Dunk Champion
ACB Three Point Shootout Champion
The Cleveland Cavaliers (also known as the Cavs) are an American professional basketball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. They began playing in the National Basketball Association (NBA) in 1970 as an expansion team. They play their home games at Quicken Loans Arena.
The Cavaliers have featured many NBA stars during its history, including draft picks turned All-Stars Austin Carr, Brad Daugherty, Mark Price, and LeBron James. Past NBA greats such as Nate Thurmond, Walt "Clyde" Frazier, and Shaquille O'Neal also played in Cleveland (albeit near the end of their careers).
The team has had moderate success in its history, winning three Central Division Championships (1976, 2009, 2010), an Eastern Conference Championship in 2007, and 18 total playoff seasons. However, the team has also had a number of dubious distinctions, such as former owner Ted Stepien's tenure, which led the NBA to create a rule regulating the trading of draft picks ("The Stepien Rule"), and a 26 game losing streak in 2010–11, which tied the record for the longest losing streak in major American professional sports.
The Cavaliers first began play in the NBA in 1970 as an expansion team under the ownership of Nick
Dinamo Basket Sassari is an Italian professional basketball club based in Sassari, Sardinia.
The club plays in the Italian Serie A, the highest level club competition in Italian professional basketball.
It was founded in 1960 and, in the past, due to sponsorship deals, has also been known as Banco Popolare Sassari (1989-90).
Dinamo Sassari is notable to be the club in the Italian professional Basketball to have made the impressive 158 points scoring in a single game (no overtimes), during the 1994/95 Serie A2 regular season vs Pallacanestro Pavia (91), the highest ever made by any club in Italy.
The Drake Bulldogs men's basketball team represents Drake University, located in Des Moines, Iowa, in NCAA Division I basketball competition.
The team's current coach is Mark Phelps, previously an assistant at Arizona State, who was hired after the 2007-08 season. Phelps replaced Keno Davis, who left for Providence after one season as head coach at Drake, in which the Bulldogs finished 28-5 and Davis won multiple national Coach of the Year awards.
The first season Drake fielded a men's basketball was 1906-07. The Bulldogs finished with a 2-1 record as an independent. The next year during the 1907-08 season they were charter members of the Missouri Valley Conference.
Drake would dominate the 1930s winning three conference titles in the decade (1934–35, 1935–36, and 1938–39). The Bulldogs unfortunately did not qualify for a post-season tournament by winning the conference title as no post-season tournaments were held during the 1934-35 season. The following 1935-36 season Drake was invited to the District Olympic Tournament post-season tournament (defeating North Dakota 49-46, falling to Minnesota 36-19). The Bulldogs participated in the National Intercollegiate Tournament in 1937-38
Surrey Heat is a basketball club based in Guildford, Surrey that currently competes in the British Basketball League. The team play its home games at the Surrey Sports Park.
The franchise was formed in 2005 as the Guildford Heat by fans of former BBL team Thames Valley Tigers, who folded during the same year. The club enjoyed plenty of success in their early history, even appearing in the ULEB Cup in 2007, but have since fallen on hard times and in 2012 the franchise was rebranded as Surrey Heat.
The town of Guildford has been home to several elite basketball teams down the years. With the opening of The Spectrum, the successful Kingston team uprooted, moved in and renamed themselves as the Guildford Kings in 1992, briefly calling the place home until they folded in 1994, as did the Guildford Pumas before they relocated to Sutton in 1999. However it was the first major team, the Guildford Pirates who played in the town from 1975 to 1982 that would come back to figure prominently in the birth of the new club, the Guildford Heat.
In 1982, the Pirates moved to nearby Bracknell, becoming the Bracknell Pirates and later the Thames Valley Tigers. For many years, the Tigers were one of
The Harlem Globetrotters is an exhibition basketball team that combines athleticism, theater and comedy. The executive offices for the team are located in downtown Phoenix, Arizona; the team is owned by Shamrock Holdings, which oversees the various investments of the Roy E. Disney family.
Over the years they have played more than 20,000 exhibition games in 120 countries. Brother Bones's whistled version of "Sweet Georgia Brown" is the team's signature song. "Globie" has been their mascot since 1993. Until recently, for 87 years of their existence, the Globetrotters had never played in Brooklyn. That changed October 7, 2012, when they played at the new Barclays Center.
The official history contains several details which seem contradictory, such as the team being organized in 1926 in Chicago's Savoy Ballroom, which opened in 1927. What is clear is that the genesis of the Globetrotters took place in the South Side of Chicago, Illinois in the 1920s, where all the original players grew up. Most of the players also attended Wendell Phillips High School. When the Savoy Ballroom opened in November 1927, one of the premier attractions was the Savoy Big Five, a basketball team that played
Korea men's national basketball team (alternate names include Republic of Korea and South Korea) is the team representing South Korea in international competitions. It is administered by the Korea Basketball Association (KBA) (Korean: 대한농구협회)
Based on the number of overall medals, South Korea is the major force among basketball teams in Asia. The team won a record number of 23 medals at the Asian Basketball Championship. Further, South Korea is the only nation that has qualified for this event every year since it was first held in 1960.
Throughout its basketball history, South Korea has always been among the top teams in Asia. Despite often considered as standing in the shadow of China, the team had its moments of glory. The first major accomplishment was at the 1948 Summer Olympics when it finished 8th, better than any other Asian nation and ahead of teams such as Canada, Argentina and Italy.
Later, in 1969 and 1970 the team enjoyed a bief period to shine when it won the Asian Championship, led by guard Daniel Kim, averaging 10 points, 20 rebounds, 5 assist, 5 blocks, and 3 steals per game, and ultimately qualified for the World Championship. There, as the only Asian team, South
The Montenegrin national basketball team represents Montenegro in men's international basketball tournaments. It is organized by the Basketball Federation of Montenegro (Montenegrin: Кошаркашки Савез Црне Горе, КСЦГ; Košarkaški Savez Crne Gore, KSCG), which is the governing body of basketball in Montenegro. This team competes in the European region of FIBA.
In 2006, the Basketball Federation of Montenegro along with this team joined the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) on its own following the Independence of Montenegro.
The Montenegrin national team entered international competition in 2009, and appointed Duško Vujošević as the national coach. Since becoming a separate team, Montenegro have won 13 games in a row, until losing to Israel in August 2010, their first ever losing game.
Players called up for the FIBA EuroBasket 2013 qualification matches which will be held between 14-th August and 11-th September 2012.
For results before 2011, see Yugoslavia national basketball team and Serbia and Montenegro national basketball team
The Sooners enjoyed moderate success on the court during this era, posting only 16 losing records in their first 72 seasons. They were coached by 9 different coaches during this period, beginning with Bennie Owen (who also coached the football team), and ending with Dave Bliss in 1980. The Sooners actually participated in the very first Final Four in 1939, and again in 1947, eventually losing 47-58 in the championship game to Holy Cross.
The program gained national prominence under Billy Tubbs when he took over the program in 1981. Star players Wayman Tisdale, Mookie Blaylock, and Stacey King helped the Sooners to enjoy several deep runs in the NCAA Tournament. In 1988, the Sooners reached the NCAA title game in Kansas City where they fell just four points shy of their first national title to the 11-loss Kansas Jayhawks, a team which they had already beaten twice in regular season play.
Tubbs resigned on April 10, 1994, indicating that "he did not feel appreciated enough working at a football school" (he has since reconciled with the administration and now enjoys a healthy relationship with the school in his retirement). Tubbs base salary at Oklahoma in his final season was
Pallacanestro Varese is a professional basketball club that plays to Lega Basket Serie A, the top level of Italian basketball, for the 2009–10 season after winning the 2009 title of the second-level LegADue. The club had been relegated from Lega A after finishing second-from-bottom the previous season.
The club was founded in 1945. For past club sponsorship names, see the list below.
Basketball was introduced in Varese in 1945 with the creation of the historical club, Pallacanestro Varese. The first sponsors were introduced 8 years later in 1954 including Storm and Ignis, followed by Emerson, Turisanda, Cagiva, Star, Ciaocrem, Divarese, Ranger, Metis, Whirlpool and the most recent, Cimberio. Varese is also famous due to the lack of main sponsor in the mid-1990s and the choice of franchise name, the Varese Roosters.
Since their creation, Pallancanestro Varese has won 10 Italian titles, −1961, 1964, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1977, 1978 and the last title, won 21 years after the previous title, in 1999. With 10 titles, Varese is the third most winning team of the Italian League ever after Olimpia Milano and Virtus Bologna.
As it is shown by its roll of honors, Varese was extremely
The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. They are part of the Southwest Division of the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA).
The Spurs are one of four former American Basketball Association teams to remain intact in the NBA after the 1976 ABA-NBA merger and is the only former ABA team to have won an NBA championship. The Spurs' four NBA championships are the fourth most in NBA history, behind only the Boston Celtics (17), Los Angeles Lakers (16) and Chicago Bulls (6). The Spurs' perfect record in NBA Finals series is surpassed only by the Chicago Bulls, who have won six without a loss; the Bulls and Spurs are the only two teams to maintain perfect records through multiple Finals series. As of July 2009, the Spurs rank third among active franchises for the highest winning percentage in NBA history; they have only missed the playoffs four times as an NBA franchise.
In their 36 NBA seasons since 1976–1977, the Spurs have captured 18 division titles. They have made the playoffs in 21 of the last 22 seasons, and have not missed the playoffs in the 15 seasons since Tim Duncan was drafted by the Spurs in
The Toronto Raptors are a professional basketball team based in Toronto, Ontario. They are part of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team was established in 1995, along with the Vancouver Grizzlies, as part of the NBA's expansion into Canada. When the Grizzlies relocated to Memphis, Tennessee, to become the Memphis Grizzlies in 2001, the Raptors became the only Canadian team in the NBA. They originally played their home games at the SkyDome, before moving to the Air Canada Centre in 1999.
Like most expansion teams, the Raptors struggled in their early years; but after the acquisition of Vince Carter through a draft day trade in 1998, the team set league attendance records and made the NBA Playoffs in 2000, 2001, and 2002. Carter was instrumental in leading the team to a franchise high 47 wins and their first playoff series win in 2001, where they advanced to the Eastern Conference Semifinals. During the 2002–03 and 2003–04 seasons, they failed to make significant progress and he was traded in 2004 to the New Jersey Nets. After Carter left, Chris Bosh emerged as the team leader, but they continued to struggle. However,
The Uruguay national basketball team is the basketball side that represents Uruguay in international competitions.
Uruguay's best achievement in basketball was obtaining the bronze medal in the both the 1952 and 1956 Summer Olympics.
Uruguay was the host and champion of the first major international basketball championship, the South American Basketball Championship 1930. The event was held in Montevideo and featured four South American teams. Teams played each of the other three teams twice apiece; Uruguay won all six of its games. In 1932, Uruguay lost its first game of the South American Basketball Championship series when it was defeated by Chile in one of the two matches it played against the Chileans in the preliminary round. When each team finished at 3–1 (each having defeated Argentina twice), they played each other in a third match to determine the champion, which Uruguay won.
The 1934 and 1935 competitions did not end so happily for the Uruguay team, as they finished in last place each year. With the larger fields of 5 teams each year in 1937, 1938, and 1939, Uruguay fared somewhat better. They took second place in 1937 and 1939, and third in 1938.
Uruguay won their third