Men's Basketball |
April 5, 2013
NCAA All-March Madness Release
CINCINNATI - Former University of Cincinnati great Oscar Robertson has been named one of the 15 greatest players of the NCAA Championship the organization announced Friday as it honors the 75th anniversary of its men's basketball tournament.
Other members of the All-March Madness Players list are: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (UCLA), Larry Bird (Indiana State), Bill Bradley (Princeton), Patrick Ewing (Georgetown), Grant Hill (Duke), Earvin Johnson (Michigan State), Michael Jordan (North Carolina), Christian Laettner (Duke), Jerry Lucas (Ohio State), Danny Manning (Kansas), Hakeem Olajuwon (Houston), Bill Russell (San Francisco), Bill Walton (UCLA) and Jerry West (West Virginia).
Along with the players list, the NCAA also selected an All-March Madness Team (Indiana, 1976) and an All-March Madness Moment (a buzzer-beating shot by Christian Laettner in Duke's overtime win over Kentucky, 1992).
Robertson, who played three seasons at UC from 1958-60, averaged 32.4 points and 13.1 rebounds during 10 NCAA tournament games. He helped guide the Bearcats to a pair of third-place finishes at the Final Four in 1959 and 1960. He posted 56 points and nine rebounds in a 97-62 win over Arkansas in 1958; 39 points and 17 rebounds against Louisville in a 98-85 loss in 1959 and 43 points with 14 rebounds in an 82-71 victory against Kansas in 1960. All three games were played in the Midwest region.
Robertson helped the Bearcats to a 79-9 record during his stay while claiming three scoring titles, three consensus All-America awards and a trio of National Player of the Year awards. He concluded his career as the sport's all-time scoring leader with 2,973 points in 88 games. Robertson, whose jersey hangs today inside Fifth Third Arena, still attends numerous Bearcats' home games.
Robertson went on to play 14 years in the NBA with the Cincinnati Royals and the Milwaukee Bucks, becoming the top-scoring guard of all-time, amassing 26,710 points. A 12-time NBA all-star, Robertson is the only player in NBA history to average a triple-double during a season, averaging 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and 11.4 assists with the Royals in 1962.
Among the honors received for his achievements, Robertson was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1980 and was tabbed one of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players in 1996. The United States Basketball Writers Association renamed its player of the year award the Oscar Robertson Trophy in 1998. Robertson also was among five players in the inaugural class of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.