The Conference Call East: April 7, 2008
Posted Apr 14 2008 12:25PM
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This is the season of buzzer beaters, unsung heroes and a Luther Vandross-backed montage after the championship game.
As this year's NCAA tournament winds down to Monday night's finale between Kansas and Memphis, Bucks.com caught up with three current Milwaukee Bucks who each played in NCAA championships and walked off the court as the victors. While each player will forever be considered an NCAA champion, the path that Jake Voskuhl, Charlie Bell and Charlie Villanueva took to get there differed.
"Watching the tournament all those years as a little kid and then playing in it and winning it, it's so cool," Villanueva told Truman Reed. "The environment and atmosphere was just so crazy. That championship ring is something I'm going to carry with me for the rest of my life."
Voskuhl helped the University of Connecticut topple a favored Duke team in 1999. Bell won it all the next year with a Michigan State team that dropped Florida, 89-76, in the title game. Villanueva got his ring as a freshman in 2004 when his UConn Huskies ended the season by defeating Georgia Tech for the championship.
"Going out on top is like no other,” Bell said. “You're riding a high. It lasted for a long time. When you get back to school and you're on campus, everybody's yelling, 'Hey!!!' Then I walked into a lecture hall, and everybody was waiting on me to come in so they could give me a standing ovation. We had a parade after that, and a big gathering at Spartan (football) Stadium. That parade went all the way from downtown Lansing to East Lansing. We were in the back of Hummers, and the streets were just full of people. It was unbelievable."
Back to school
Travis Diener weighs in on Indiana University's new head coach. Also, Kareem Rush has a good reason for missing Tuesday's morning shootaround.
Let's play The Feud!
The Bobcats thanked season ticket holders by hosting a season-ending bash that included the first-ever Bobcats Family Feud.
Go West, young man
Check out this player mailbox feature on Cavs.com to find out why Cavs point guard Delonte West shouts "BBQ Sauce" after hitting a 3-pointer, why he wears No. 13 and what happens when you drive a golf cart off campus at St. Joe's.
Hard at work for 50 years
The Pistons will announce their All-Time Team on Tuesday. Pistons.com has a list of alternative teams, such as the "All-Starbucks Team" and the "Lindsay Hunter All-Stars".
The Miami Heat Dancers have won their third consecutive NBA.com Dance Team Bracket. Check out these champions in Miami.
Talking Tourney: RJ and Sully
Forward Richard Jefferson and assistant coach Pat Sullivan recount their memories of the NCAA tournament.
Knicks.com catches up with one of the newest members of the National Basketball Hall of Fame, Patrick Ewing.
Swirsky checks in
The voice of the Raptors, Chuck Swirsky, recaps a tough weekend for the team and shares his thoughts on his first trip to Yankee Stadium.
Darius Songalia recently visited the Skyline Elementary school for a "Reading Time-Out" event.