ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – Indiana University's 1976 and 1981
basketball teams – on the 30th and 25th anniversaries, respectively,
of each team's national championship – will be honored at a U.S.
Basketball Writers Association breakfast Friday, March 31 at the
Conseco Fieldhouse Entry Pavilion during this year's NCAA Final
Four weekend in Indianapolis.
addition to introducing and hearing from the IU players and coaches
in attendance, the Basketball Writers will also present a plaque
that will hang in Assembly Hall recognizing the '76 Hoosiers as
college basketball's last unbeaten men's champion. Team captain
Quinn Buckner and IU Athletics Director Rick Greenspan will accept
the plaque on behalf of the university.
The U.S. Basketball Writers will also present its national player
and coach of the year awards at the breakfast, scheduled to start
at 8 a.m. The Oscar
Robertson Trophy – a bronze statue in the likeness of the
former University of Cincinnati and Indianapolis Crispus Attucks
High School great – will be given to the player of the year. The
Henry Iba Award,
named in honor of the legendary Oklahoma A&M coach, will be presented
to the coach of the year.
The Oscar Robertson Trophy is the nation's only player of the
year award named after a player. The others – Rupp, Naismith and
Wooden – are named for coaches.
Tickets for the breakfast, scheduled to start at 8 a.m., are
$100 each and are available at the Conseco Fieldhouse box office
(317-917-2727), by calling the Indiana University Alumni office
at 317-274-8828 in Indianapolis or 812-855-0882 in Bloomington,
or at www.usbwa.com.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the National Kidney
Foundation, Oscar Robertson's charity of choice. Oscar donated a
kidney several years ago to his daughter who was suffering from
a life-threatening kidney disease.
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in
1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers.
Today, it is one of the most influential organizations in college
basketball. It has selected a national player of the year since
the 1958-59 season. For more information on the USBWA and its All-America
team, contact executive director Joe Mitch and 314-421-0339.
• Oscar Robertson Trophy
• Oscar Robertson
official site (www.thebigo.com)
• National Kidney