So here are some lesser known factoids with which to challenge those experts around the water cooler as March Madness revs up.
(Caution: Anybody who already knows all these details is probably a candidate for counseling).
ALABAMA: Mark Gottfried led the Crimson Tide in most three-point field goals with 81 in 1986-87, the first year the rule was introduced nationwide. That squad is one of only three teams in NCAA history with five active players scoring over 1,000 points in their college careers (teammates included Derrick McKey, Terry Coner, Jim Farmer and James Jackson). Mark's father, Joe, coached Southern Illinois for three seasons from 1978-79 through 1980-81 before becoming athletic director at South Alabama. Mark's uncle, Mike, a national game-day announcer for ESPN, was head football coach at Murray State, Cincinnati, Kansas and Pittsburgh.
ALABAMA A&M: Vann Pettaway, prior to enrolling at the school where he is now coach, attended Selma University, where he also lettered in baseball.
ARIZONA: Lute Olson, born on a farm just outside Maryville, N.D., was a three-sport athlete (basketball, football and baseball) at Augsburg College (Minn.) in the mid-1950s.
BOSTON COLLEGE: Al Skinner, the next to last pick in the ninth round of the 1974 NBA draft by the Boston Celtics, was selected immediately before former longtime Division I coach Mike Deane, a guard from Potsdam (N.Y.) State (by the Milwaukee Bucks). Skinner, a teammate of former Southern California coach Henry Bibby for portions of two seasons in 1978-79 and 1979-80, was captain of the 1973-74 UMass squad that was led in assists by Rick Pitino. Skinner was also a pro teammate of eventual Division I head coach Jan van Breda Kolff.
BUCKNELL: Pat Flannery lost his first eight games with the Bison but went on to share the 1995 Patriot League regular-season title. He guided Lebanon Valley College (Pa.) to a 17-9 mark in his initial season as a college head coach in 1989-90 for the first winning record for the Dutchmen in 18 years. Flannery, who led his alma mater in assists all four years, scored 10 points as a senior on January 12, 1980, when teammate Al Leslie set the school modern era single-game scoring record with 45 points against American.
CHARLOTTE: Bobby Lutz became a scratch golfer and one of the state of North Carolina's most celebrated slow-pitch softball players after failing to make UNCC's 1977 NCAA Final Four basketball roster as a walk-on.
CHATTANOOGA: John Shulman was a member of East Tennessee State's tennis team and reached the semifinals of the Southern Conference Championships on three occasions. His wife, the former Amy Engle, was the SoCon women's basketball player of the year in 1995-96 from ETSU.
CINCINNATI: In 1976-77, West Virginia forward Bob Huggins led the fledgling Eastern Collegiate Basketball League in free-throw shooting with a mark of 84.4 percent. Huggins, one of the top 10 high school scorers in the history of the state of Ohio, directed Akron to the nation's best winning percentage among independent schools in 1988 (21-7) and 1989 (21-8).
CONNECTICUT: Jim Calhoun, making his 13th trip to the NCAA Tournament in 1999 when the Huskies won the championship, became the first coach to reach the Final Four after more than 12 playoff appearances. Calhoun won first-round games in back-to-back NCAA tourneys with Northeastern in 1981 and 1982.
CREIGHTON: Dana Altman is the only coach in school history to participate in at least five consecutive national postseason tournaments. The Bluejays have participated in the NIT or NCAA playoffs the last eight years.
DELAWARE STATE: During his junior campaign at St. Paul's (Va.) in 1979-80, Greg Jackson led the nation--all divisions--in scoring average with 30.5 points per game.
DUKE: Mike Krzyzewski, who has three daughters, became a grandfather for the first time in mid-November 1999. He was an assistant with Dave Bliss, Bob Donewald and Bob Weltlich on Indiana coach Bob Knight's staff in 1974-75. Krzyzewski had the worst three-year record for the Blue Devils (38-47 from 1980-81 through 1982-83) since George Buckheit went 16-30 from 1924-25 through 1926-27.
EASTERN KENTUCKY: Travis Ford worked for a brokerage firm in Bowling Green, Ky., following his playing career with Kentucky.
FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON: Tom Green guided the Knights to within four points of Southeast Regional #1 seed Michigan (59-55) in the first round of the 1985 NCAA playoffs in FDU's first trip to the "Big Dance."
FLORIDA: Billy Donovan, a third-round pick from Providence in the 1987 NBA draft by the Utah Jazz, was selected ahead of Yale center Chris Dudley. Donovan averaged 2.8 points per game his first two seasons with the Friars before averaging 18 ppg his last two campaigns. Donovan's teammates with the New York Knicks in 1987-88 included eventual Division I head coaches Sidney Green and Louis Orr. His high school coach (St. Agnes, N.Y.), Frank Morris, coached former Gators starting guard Teddy Dupay in high school (Ft. Myers, Fla.). Donovan was an assistant with Herb Sendek, Tubby Smith and Ralph Willard on Rick Pitino's coaching staff at Kentucky in 1989-90 after working with an investment banking firm on Wall Street. Donovan, who led the Big East Conference in steals in 1986-87 with 1.9 per game, is the son of William Donovan, Boston College's captain as a senior in 1961-62.
GEORGE WASHINGTON: Karl Hobbs, a high school teammate of Patrick Ewing at Cambridge Rindge-Latin, was named Massachusetts Schoolboy Player of the Year in 1979-80. The team was coached by former Division I mentor Mike Jarvis.
GEORGIA TECH: Paul Hewitt earned a bachelor of arts degree in journalism and economics. His Siena squad in 1997-98 is the only Division I team to shoot better than 80 percent from the free-throw line (80.3) since 1988-89.
GONZAGA: Mark Few was never a head coach at any level before inheriting that position after Dan Monson departed for Minnesota. Few was an assistant for two different Oregon high schools before becoming an aide with the Zags under Dan Fitzgerald and Monson. Few's wedding vows in 1994 were exchanged with Rev. Norm Few, the father of the groom.
ILLINOIS: Bruce Weber served as a high school assistant coach in Milwaukee three years during his college days. He has two brothers who are high school coaches (Ron in northern Wisconsin and David in the Chicago area).
IOWA: Steve Alford amassed the fourth-best career free-throw percentage in Division I history (89.8 percent with Indiana from from 1983-84 through 1986-87). His father, Sam Alford, led the NAIA in free-throw shooting in 1963-64 with a mark of 91.2 percent for Franklin (Ind.).
IOWA STATE: Wayne Morgan had one of the best trio of former major-college players as assistants in NCAA history in 1997-98 and 1998-99 at Long Beach State. Tom Lewis led the nation's freshmen in scoring in 1985-86 before transferring to Pepperdine, where the forward was an All-WCC selection in 1987-88 and 1988-89. Reggie Warford was a member of Kentucky's 1975 NCAA Tournament runner-up and top playmaker for the Wildcats' NIT champion in 1976. Clyde Vaughan led Pittsburgh in scoring and rebounding for three consecutive seasons from 1981-82 through 1983-84 and was an All-Big East second-team choice as a sophomore.
KANSAS: Bill Self served as an assistant on the Big Eight Conference coaching staffs of Larry Brown (Kansas) and Eddie Sutton (Oklahoma State). Self, an Oklahoma State alumnus, played in the Big Eight against Wichita State coach Mark Turgeon (Kansas) and top two NBA draft picks Steve Stipanovich (2nd selection overall in 1983/attended Missouri), Wayman Tisdale (2nd in 1985/Oklahoma) and Danny Manning (1st in 1988/Kansas). Self directed Oral Roberts to the nation's best winning percentage among independent schools in 1996 (18-9) and 1997 (21-7).
KENTUCKY: Tubby Smith is the only coach to twice guide two different schools to the NCAA playoffs in back-to-back seasons--Tulsa (1995/2-1) and Georgia (1996/2-1) before Georgia (1997/0-1) and Kentucky (1998/6-0). He was an assistant with Billy Donovan, Herb Sendek and Ralph Willard on Rick Pitino's coaching staff at UK in 1989-90.
LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE: Robert Lee led Nicholls State (La.) in scoring with 12.8 points per game as senior captain in 1989-90.
LOUISIANA STATE: John Brady's first coaching assignment was at Mississippi State under Kermit Davis Sr., the father of one of Brady's current assistants. Brady also served with current Iowa State coach Larry Eustachy as MSU aides under Bob Boyd in the mid-1980s.
LOUISVILLE: Rick Pitino averaged more assists per game (5.6) than points (4.7) in his two-year playing career with Massachusetts. Boston College coach Al Skinner was captain of the 1973-74 UMass squad that was led in assists by Pitino.
MICHIGAN STATE: Tom Izzo was a teammate in high school (Iron Mountain, Mich.) and college (Northern Michigan) of Detroit Lions coach Steve Mariucci. Izzo, a running back, and Mariucci, a quarterback, were the best men in each others' weddings.
MISSISSIPPI STATE: Rick Stansbury played in the 1981 NAIA Tournament for Campbellsville (Ky.) College.
MONTANA: Larry Krystkowiak's wife, Jan, played basketball for Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 1987-90.
NEVADA: Mark Fox is married to the former Cindy Holt, the associate athletic director/senior woman administrator for the Wolf Pack athletics department.
NEW MEXICO: Ritchie McKay's brother, Orlando, played football in the Pacific-10 Conference for the University of Washington and later in the NFL for the Green Bay Packers. Their father, Joe, averaged 11.9 points per game for the Lobos from 1960-61 through 1962-63.
NIAGARA: Joe Mihalich was an adjunct professor in La Salle's Department of Mathematics while serving there as an assistant coach. Previously, he was on legendary high school coach Morgan Wootten's staff at DeMatha in Hyattsville, Md., with fellow assistants and future Division I head coaches Jack Bruen (Colgate) and Joe Cantafio (VMI).
NORTH CAROLINA: Roy Williams' son, Scott, was a backup guard with the Tar Heels. The all-time winningest coach through 17 seasons could go winless next year and still boast more victories than any mentor through his first 18 campaigns.
NORTH CAROLINA STATE: Herb Sendek admits that his 3.95 grade-point average at Carnegie-Mellon in Pittsburgh was "higher than my scoring average." He was an assistant with Billy Donovan, Tubby Smith and Ralph Willard on Rick Pitino's coaching staff at Kentucky in 1989-90.
NORTHERN IOWA: Following graduation from Northern Iowa, Greg McDermott played one season of professional basketball in Switzerland. McDermott led the Panthers in field-goal shooting three consecutive seasons from 1985-86 through 1987-88 when he was a combined 59.5 percent from the floor. He ranked 16th in the nation in that category as a junior.
OAKLAND: Greg Kampe, a Bowling Green teammate of former Division I coach Dan Hipsher for two seasons in 1975-76 and 1976-77, is the son of Kurt Kampe, a guard on Michigan's 1947 Rose Bowl national championship football squad. Greg is the only athlete in Mid-American Conference history to earn first-team All-Academic honors in both football and basketball. The two-time All-MAC defensive back shot like a football player, hitting 25 percent of his field-goal attempts and 48 percent from the free-throw line. He was a defensive back who had six interceptions from 1975 through 1977 and also punted for the Falcons (37.7-yard average).
OHIO: Tim O'Shea played in the same Boston College backcourt with Michael Adams in the first half of the 1980s. Adams led the NBA in three-point field-goal attempts four consecutive seasons from 1987-88 through 1990-91 with the Denver Nuggets.
OKLAHOMA: Kelvin Sampson was a three-year baseball letterman at Pembroke (N.C.) State.
OKLAHOMA STATE: One of Eddie Sutton's teammates when he played for the Cowboys was Jerry Adair, who went on to become one of the best fielding second basemen in major league history. In 1956-57, Sutton was a junior forward who led OSU in free-throw percentage (84.3%). He tallied a career-high 18 points on 9-of-12 field-goal shooting in a 56-54 upset win over Kansas two years before the Cowboys joined the Big Eight Conference.
OLD DOMINION: Blaine Taylor was a three-time all-state selection and Montana's "AA" MVP as a senior while attending Hellgate High School, which is four to five blocks from the University of Montana in Missoula. Taylor went on to play under Mike Montgomery with Montana before coaching his alma mater for seven seasons in the 1990s.
PACIFIC: Bob Thomason was a backcourt teammate of UC Irvine coach Pat Douglass and eventual National League infielder Rob Sperring for Pacific's 1971 NCAA Tournament team. Thomason scored a career-high 36 points against Loyola Marymount on February, 27, 1971. Douglass was successor to Thomason as coach at Columbia (Calif.) Community College in the early 1980s.
PENNSYLVANIA: Fran Dunphy, in his first varsity start for La Salle, held Niagara's Calvin Murphy to eight field goals after Murphy averaged 38.2 points per game the previous season in 1967-68. Dunphy ended his college career in 1969-70 with a career-high 29 points against Miami (Fla.).
PITTSBURGH: Jamie Dixon, an All-SWC second-team selection as a senior with TCU, was a seventh-round NBA draft choice of the Washington Bullets in 1987.
SAINT MARY'S: Randy Bennett played for his father, Tom, at Mesa Community College before attending UC San Diego. At Mesa, Bennett helped his team to a 56-10 record and two Arizona J.C. championships.
SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA: Billy Kennedy is coaching his alma mater after graduating from SLU in 1986.
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS: Chris Lowery ranked runner-up in career assists for the Salukis when he graduated. They participated in national postseason competition all of his four seasons, posting a 3-2 NIT record in 1991 and 1992 and 0-2 NCAA playoff mark in 1993 and 1994.
STANFORD: During Trent Johnson's sophomore season with Boise State in 1975-76, the Broncos won the Big Sky Conference championship with eventual Stanford coach Mike Montgomery as an assistant. Boise State made its initial NCAA Tournament appearance that year when it opposed top-ranked UNLV. Johnson, an All-Big Sky second-team selection in 1977-78, played for the Washington Lumberjacks of the Western Basketball Association. He was an assistant in 1989-90 on Washington's staff that included three former all-league players from Pacific-10 predecessors--head coach Lynn Nance (second-team in 1964-65 with Washington) and fellow aides Russ Critchfield (second team in 1965-66 and first in 1966-67 and 1967-68 with California) and Steve Hawes (second team in 1969-70 and 1970-71 and first in 1971-72 with Washington).
SYRACUSE: Jim Boeheim, an avid golfer, served as varsity golf coach for the Orange from 1967 until the program was disbanded in 1973. He was an assistant basketball coach under Roy Danforth during that period. Boeheim, a three-year teammate of Syracuse All-American Dave Bing in the mid-1960s, hasn't posted a losing league record in the rigorous Big East Conference since 1980-81. On five occasions (1977-84-96-01-03), Boeheim guided the Orangemen to the Top 20 in a final AP poll after they were not ranked that high in the preseason.
TEXAS: The Longhorns' turnaround in 1998-99 (19-13 record after going 14-17 in 1997-98 under Tom Penders) enabled Rick Barnes to become the only active coach to take two different schools to the NCAA playoffs in his maiden voyage with them after they posted a losing mark the previous campaign. He previously achieved the feat with Providence in the late 1980s. Barnes posted the nation's best winning percentage by a first-year major college head coach in 1987-88 when he went 20-10 (.667) in his lone season with George Mason.
TEXAS-EL PASO: Billy Gillispie's first head coaching job came in the late 1980s at Copperas Cove High School in New Braunfels, Tex., under then-athletics director and football coach Hal Mumme, the former Kentucky head football coach.
TEXAS TECH: Bob Knight was an assistant coach for Army in the mid-1960s when Bill Parcells served in a similar capacity with the Cadets' football squad.
UAB: Mike Anderson was a sophomore at Jefferson (Ala.) Junior College when his squad faced Western Texas, coached by Nolan Richardson, in the 1980 NJCAA Tournament championship game. Anderson went on to play for Richardson with Tulsa and coach under him as an assistant for a total of 20 years at Tulsa and Arkansas.
UCF: Kirk Speraw played under coach Lute Olson for Iowa in the late 1970s. Speraw compiled the best record in 1993-94 by a first-year major college head coach with a 21-9 mark.
UCLA: Ben Howland's wife, Kim, is a former Weber State cheerleader. He was an assistant for Gonzaga in 1981-82 when future NBA assists king John Stockton was a sophomore with the Zags. "I played against him every day because our backup point guard quit," Howland said. "You didn't realize at the time how special it was until you look back and say, `Yeah, I used to get my butt kicked every day by the greatest point guard ever.'"
UTAH: Ray Giacoletti (pronounced jack-oh-LET-ee) was an assistant coach and director of player personnel for the Fresno Flames of the World Basketball League (a spring-summer league for players under 6-foot-7) for two seasons in the late 1980s. While Giacoletti was in Fresno, he also was a regional college scout for the Seattle SuperSonics.
UTAH STATE: Stew Morrill played professionally in France after graduating from Gonzaga.
VERMONT: Tom Brennan is a morning drive-time radio personality who received the Vermont Associated Press award for the state's top radio sports feature in 1996. His youngest sister, Noreen Pecsok, became head women's coach at neighboring Middlebury College after holding the same position at Franklin & Marshall (Pa.). His son, Brian, was a standout guard for Indiana (Pa.), which reached the NCAA Division II Elite Eight in 2000.
VILLANOVA: Jay Wright worked as an administrative assistant with the Philadelphia Stars football franchise, which captured the 1983 United States Football League championship.
WAKE FOREST: The ultimate rags-to-riches story in the 1990s involved Skip Prosser, who guided Loyola (Md.) to a school Division I-best 17-13 record in 1993-94 in his only season with the Greyhounds after they set a school standard for defeats the previous year with a 2-25 mark. Prosser played three years of rugby at the United States Merchant Marine Academy.
WASHINGTON: Lorenzo Romar, a guard with the Huskies, was selected in the seventh round of the 1980 NBA draft by Golden State before the Warriors selected former Drake coach Kurt Kanaskie, a forward from La Salle, in the eighth round. Romar's teammates in a five-year NBA career included eventual pro head coaches Mike Dunleavy, John Lucas and Isiah Thomas.
WEST VIRGINIA: John Beilein is the only active mentor in the country to register 20-win seasons at the junior college, NAIA, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division I levels. A 22-7 record in 1993-94 in his second year at the major-college level with Canisius was the winningest in school history and came just two seasons after the Golden Griffins suffered an all-time high in losses (8-22 mark in 1991-92).
WINTHROP: Gregg Marshall, after his birth in Greenwood, S.C., spent the first 3 1/2 years of his life on College Avenue, which is located adjacent to the Winthrop campus and just a few blocks from his new office in the school's 6,100-seat arena.
WISCONSIN: Bo Ryan, who led Wisconsin-Platteville to four NCAA Division III championships in the 1990s, is one of seven coaches in history to capture three or more NCAA Tournament titles--joining UCLA's John Wooden, Kentucky's Adolph Rupp, Indiana's Bob Knight, Evansville's Arad McCutchan, North Park's Dan McCarrell and Cal State Bakersfield's Pat Douglass. Ryan was the winningest coach by percentage in the 1990s at any NCAA level (266-26, .928). He still holds a Wilkes College record with 18 field goals in a single game and was named conference baseball coach of the year at Racine in 1973-74. Ryan married coach Bill Cofield's secretary, Kelly, when he was an assistant with the Badgers.
WISCONSIN-MILWAUKEE: As an undergraduate at Boston College, Bruce Pearl was Tom Davis' administrative assistant before serving as an assistant coach under Davis at Stanford and Iowa.
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