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Posted on: Tuesday, March 16, 2010

On this date: 2001 Record 13 of 32 underdogs advance in NCAA basketball tourney


Associated Press

March 16

1938 Temple defeats Colorado 60-36 in the first National Invitational Tournament, the first major postseason basketball tournament.

1947 Billy Taylor of the Detroit Red Wings sets an NHL record with seven assists in a 10-6 triumph over the Chicago Black Hawks.

1961 Montreal's Bernie Geoffrion becomes the second player to score 50 goals in a season in a 5-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Maurice Richard was the first, in 1945.

1989 Denver's Michael Adams surpasses his own NBA mark of 379 3-point attempts in a season when he fires six 3-pointers in a 119-102 win over the San Antonio Spurs. Adams finishes the season with 466 attempts.

1990 Philip Hutcheson of David Lipscomb University hits a running 5-foot hook shot in the NAIA Tournament to become the all-time scoring champion of college basketball. The 6-foot-8 Hutcheson, who scored in double figures in every college game he played, breaks the record of 4,045 set in 1969-72 by Travis Grant of Kentucky State.

2001 A record number of low-seeded teams advance in the NCAA men's basketball tournament. Indiana State, Butler, Temple, Charlotte and Fresno State join 12th-seeded Gonzaga in advancing, meaning 13 of the tournament's 32 first-round games were won by underdogs.

2003 Svetlana Feofanova reclaims the pole vault world record from Stacy Dragila by clearing 15 feet, 9 inches at the World Indoor Championships at Birmingham, England. The Russian betters the mark of 15-8 Dragila set at the U.S. Indoor Championships on March 2.

2005 Norway's Robert Sorlie wins his second Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in one of the closest races in years. Sorlie completes the 1,100-mile race across Alaska in nine days, 18 hours, 39 minutes, 31 seconds. He's still in the winner's circle when Ed Iten of Kotzebue crosses the line 34 minutes later.

2006 A U.S. squad loaded with All-Stars loses 2-1 to Mexico and is eliminated from the World Baseball Classic.

2007 Kobe Bryant scores 33 of his 65 points in the fourth quarter and overtime to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 116-111 win over Portland.

2008 Denver sets NBA season highs for points in a half with 84 and points in a game in a 168-116 rout of the Seattle SuperSonics.

2009 Kevin Durant scores 25 points and Oklahoma City spoils Gregg Popovich's 1,000th game as San Antonio's coach with a 78-76 victory over the Spurs. Popovich becomes the 24th coach to reach 1,000 games and only the seventh to do it with one team.