This Week in Cavaliers History

March, and more importantly, the madness is finally upon us! For every basketball fan, even those who only have a basic knowledge of the game, this is close to heaven. The next three-plus weeks will include fans filling out their brackets (in pencil of course) followed by many hours spent in front of a high-definition TV at a bar or a 15 inch computer monitor at work. Trust me, your boss already knows.

So, as all eyes begin to fixate toward the college game, you might be asking yourself - how is the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament important to the Cleveland Cavaliers? Shouldn’t you be more focused about the Oklahoma City Thunder, the upcoming West Coast trip or the five home games in 10 days to end the month?

Well, I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you… yes, we are focused on all of those items. But, I’d also be lying (and not exactly sure how this segment would have started) if I didn’t mention how exciting this time of year can be. Especially for a team that just secured their second first round pick only two weeks ago.

College basketball is on the National stage providing a perfect forum for these athletes to validate themselves as NBA prospects. It was 41 years ago when Mr. Cavalier, Austin Carr, validated himself by scoring 61 points in Notre Dame’s first round matchup against Ohio. Overall, in two trips to the NCAA tournament, Carr averaged 41.3 points and 7.6 rebounds in seven tournament games, making him the first overall selection by the Cavs in 1971.

If that doesn’t get you excited for tournament time, I don’t know what will. For those of you who are, here is a NCAA themed This Week in Cavaliers History.

March 1
Brad Daugherty1997 - Brad Daugherty's jersey #43 is retired during a ceremony at halftime of the Cavaliers and Boston Celtics game. Daugherty, the Cavs only five-time All-Star finished his career as the franchise's all-time leading scorer (10,389 points) and rebounder (5,227 rebounds). Daugherty became the fifth Cavalier to be honored with the retirement of his jersey, joining Nate Thurmond (#42), Bingo Smith (#7), Austin Carr (#34), and Larry Nance (#22).

Daugherty, who played his collegiate ball at North Carolina, was a two-time All-ACC first team selection, and a first team All-American in 1986. He led the Tar Heels in scoring during both his junior (17.3 ppg) and senior (20.2 ppg) year in route to a trip to the Sweet 16 in 1985 and Elite 8 in 1986.

March 2
1995 - Cavs set a franchise record for fewest turnovers in a game with just four in a 90-84 loss at the Dallas Mavericks. I understand this statistic does not relate to the NCAA tournament. Get over it, let's move on. If you're mad, I'd advise you to skip March 6th and 7th.

March 3
2000 - Cavaliers sign Donny Marshall to a second 10-day contract. Marshall was originally drafted by the Cavaliers in 1995 during the second round (39th overall) out of the University of Connecticut, where he was second in scoring as a senior (15.8 ppg). That year the Huskies lost in the Elite 8 to the eventual champion UCLA Bruins, 102-96.

March 4
1993 - Forward Larry Nance becomes the 65th player in NBA history to score 15,000 points in a 103-95 victory at the Minnesota Timberwolves. 13 years prior, Nance helped the Clemson Tigers to the Elite 8 as a junior averaging 13.9 ppg and 8.1 rpg.

March 5
1996 - Cavs guard "Thunder" Dan Majerle sets a franchise record for most three point field goals attempted in a game with 13 against Seattle in double overtime. Majerle was a four-year player at Central Michigan University averaging 21.8 ppg and only made one trip to the NCAA Tournament in 1987.

March 6
1985 - The Cavs defeat the LA Clippers 114-112 for their seventh consecutive road win, club record.

March 7
1993 - The Cavs and the Boston Celtics tie the NBA record for the fewest turnovers committed by two teams in an NBA game with 12. Each team had six turnovers in the Celtics 96-88 victory at the Boston Garden.

March 8
1986 - World B. Free scores his 17,000 career point with 36 points in a 138-128 at Golden State. Free attended Guilford College in North Carolina and as a freshman led Guilford to the NAIA National Championship while being named MVP of the tournament.

Mark PriceMarch 9
1989 - Cavs guard Mark Price ties a franchise record for most three point field goals in a quarter (3rd quarter at Golden State) with five. Price was a two-time All American at Georgia Tech where he played four seasons. During the 1984-85 season, Price helped lead the Yellow Jackets to the ACC Championship over North Carolina and an Elite 8 appearance.

March 10
1987 - Ron Harper sets a new Cavs record for most steals in a game with 10 vs. Philadelphia. Harper starred at Miami University in Ohio, where in his four seasons he led the RedHawks to three consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament.