* Former Tar Heel Tony Shaver has Hampden-Sydney College (Va.) into the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Tournament field-of-16 Sectional Semifinals for the sixth time.
H-SC's 56-54 victory on Saturday over Savannah College of Art and Design, coached by former Michigan and NBA star Cazzie Russell, was not decided until Jeff Monroe (Broughton H.S., Raleigh, N.C.) nailed a 15-footer at the buzzer.
Hampton-Sydney (26-2, ranked No. 3 by D3HOOPS.com) will be back in action on Friday against Illinois Wesleyan (22-5), an 85-73 winner over 2nd-ranked Washington U. (Mo.). The winner will meet the winner of Randolph-Macon College (28-1, ranked No. 1 by D3HOOPS.com) vs. Wisconsin-Oshkosh on Saturday. All games will be played at Randolph-Macon College.
LEBO DENIED NCAA BID AGAIN
* Like in his coaching days at Tennessee Tech (Ohio Valley Conference), former Tar Heel Jeff Lebo again fell just one victory short of getting a conference automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Lebo got Chattanooga (21-9, 11-5) to the Southern Conference Tournament championship game on Saturday, but East Tennessee State held on for a 97-90 victory over the Mocs.
"We fell short of our goal to get to the NCAAs, but probably no one expected us to be here," Lebo told the press after the game.
Lebo and Chattanooga will be waiting to hear from the NIT. Could there be a Lebo vs. Doherty match-up in the NIT first round?
UNC GRAD COGBURN TOURNEY-BOUND
* North Carolina graduate Trip Cogburn ('02) is part of the UNC Asheville contingent that surprisingly earned a bid to the NCAA's 'Big Dance' on Saturday.
Cogburn was added to head coach Eddie Biedenbach's staff as the Coordinator of Basketball Operations at the start of this season.
UNC Asheville, seeded-fifth, took the Big South Conference Tournament title game over Radford, 85-71. With a mark of 14-16 the Bulldogs will likely see their first tournament action in the 64-seed vs. the 65-seed play-in game in Dayton, Ohio on March 18.
UNC'S NBA PROS TOP SEED BY NBA.COM
* The folks at NBA.com are caught up in March Madness and are asking fans to decide which college has produced the best current NBA players. They have come up with a field of 16 colleges that have at least five players on NBA rosters.
The multi-talented Tar Heel NBA Pros, with 14 players and a suggested starting five of Jordan, Stackhouse, Carter, Jamison and Wallace, have been made the tournament's No. 1 seed and have been pitted against 16th-seeded Fresno State. Voting for the North Carolina vs. Fresno State 'game' has begun and runs through March 10.
The Tar Heels' next opponent will be UCLA or Michigan State, with voting on that 'game' from March 19 to March 21. The process continues until a champion is crowned on April 7.
Visit www.nba.com/features/bmoc_bracket.html for more details, and to support the Tar Heel NBA Pros.