The Past and The Future: Looking at the Mavs Alma Mater’s
A few of the former college teams did not make it to the big dance, but actually found themselves in the National Invitation Tournament. Others, did not make it to any tournament or did not attend college in the United States. Those that were unrepresented were Dirk Nowitzki (Germany), Salah Mejri (Tunisia), Nicolas Brussino (Argentina), J.J. Barea (Northeastern University), and Dwight Powell (Stanford).
Next are the alumni of this year’s NIT teams. We will start with Jarrod Uthoff, one of the Mavericks 10-day contract members who attended Iowa University. The Hawkeyes were a #1 seed in the NIT but were eliminated in the 2nd round by the TCU Horned Frogs.
After Uthoff, we move to Yogi Ferrell of Indiana University. The Hoosiers went into the NIT as a #3 seed but went home in the first round after Georgia Tech upset them 75-63. Indiana had a tough season going only 18-15, but was invited to the NIT nonetheless.
Now we will move ahead to the big tournament and talk about the teams already eliminated. Firstly, Seth Curry‘s Duke Blue Devils were just bested by the South Carolina Gamecocks in the 2nd round, despite being a #2 seed and highly picked Final Four team. During his time at Duke, Curry lost in the Sweet Sixteen in 2011, a loss to Lehigh in the first round in 2012, and a loss to Louisville in the Elite Eight in 2012.
Next, Wesley Matthews, a former Marquette Golden Eagle, saw his Alma mater get one of the #10 seeds in the tournament but, just as with Duke, South Carolina got the better of them in the first round 93-73. During Matthews’ time at Marquette, they lost in the first round to Alabama in 2006, lost to Michigan State in the first round in 2007, lost to Stanford in the second round in 2008, and fell to Missouri in the second round in 2009.
Former Mavericks from this year that saw their team eliminated include Justin Anderson–Virginia beaten by Florida in second round–, Andrew Bogut–Utah beat by Boise State in first round of NIT–, Quinn Cook (Duke), Ben Bentil–Providence beat in play in game by USC–, and Jonathan Gibson–New Mexico State beat by Baylor in first round.
After Matthew’s the remaining teams are still alive in the Sweet Sixteen.
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