On March 22, 1969, Coach John Wooden and UCLA won their fifth national championship in six years as they beat Purdue 92-72 in the finals of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball tournament. UCLA was led by the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, Lew Alcindor (now Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), who scored 37 points and grabbed 20 rebounds. UCLA Men’s Basketball holds several NCAA records. Here are just a few: - 11 NCAA titles. - 7 consecutive NCAA titles, from 1967-1973. - 13 NCAA title game appearances. - 10 consecutive Final Four appearances, from 1967-1976.
One of our favorite current NBAers is Shaquille O'Neal so we'd like to congratulate him on his membership to the 28,000 point club. He became a member last night on his first basket of the game. That's a pretty exclusive club. Congratulations Shaq!
The other players who have reached this milestone are:
Wilt Chamberlain - 31,419
Michael Jordan - 32, 928
Karl Malone - 36, 928
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - 38,387
Will anyone ever top Kareem?
We loved Shaq's comment after the game - "I've missed like 5,000 free throws," O'Neal said. "If I had at least hit half of those, then I would be at 30,000 right now."
Did you hear the other great quote from Shaq last night? When asked if he thought his teammate LeBron James should participate in this year's Slam Dunk contest he said yes. Then he said that LeBron should be joined by Kobe Bryant and Vince Carter in the contest and half of the winner's take should go to Haiti. Works for us.