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Division I Men's Basketball Championship First & Second Rounds
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National Collegiate Athletic Association. Division I Men's Basketball Championship First & Second Rounds - Page 97. March 15 and 17, 1990. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 22, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/champ/item/1144/show/1076.

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National Collegiate Athletic Association. (March 15 and 17, 1990). Division I Men's Basketball Championship First & Second Rounds - Page 97. University of Houston Sports Championship Publications. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/champ/item/1144/show/1076

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Title Division I Men's Basketball Championship First & Second Rounds
Creator (LCNAF)
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association
Publisher National Collegiate Athletic Association
Date March 15 and 17, 1990
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  • Basketball
  • College sports
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  • National Collegiate Athletic Association
Subject. Geographic (TGN)
  • Knoxville, Tennessee
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  • programs (documents)
Language English
Physical Description 166 page document with half-page insert
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Original Item Location ID 2009-006, Box 7, Folder 7
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Transcript "Nothing takes the place of game situations. We wanted the trip to help us work on the nucleus of the 1990 club. "Nine games in Europe was the equivalent of twice that many in the States in a lot of ways. Overall the teams we played were the caliber of solid (NCAA) Division I clubs, so we were quite pleased with our 6- 3 record, especially considering we had so little depth. Arizona took only eight players on its trip, which was sponsored by Nike Europe. There were certain rules all four squads had to follow. The teams were not allowed to play athletes who did not play during the 1988-89 season. For example, a player who was redshirted during the season could not play overseas without losing a year of eligibility. The teams also did not take players who were seniors in 1988- 89. The teams these Americans faced were not rinky-dink, YMCA- type squads. The opponents were professional teams from each country, or the national team of the land. "I would say the average age of the players on those teams was about 28," Hunsaker said. "Each of these teams was at the start of their season, and believe me, they were fired up to play us. They wanted to prove they could beat an American team." The young Americans found themselves at a disadvantage right off the bat because they had to adjust to the international rules. "Everyone was fouling out left and right," said Colorado center Shaun Vandiver, a starter for the Big Eight team. "You had to get used to the three-second lane because it's wider. You couldn't play real physical. It was more of a finesse game." Nevertheless, play was physical enough for Nebraska's Rich King to suffer a broken nose at a game in Perth, Australia. But King shook it off and scored 20 points in the team's final game at Sydney. Hunsaker thought the officiating left something to be desired during his team's games in The Netherlands. "The officiating was awful," Hunsaker said. "One game we were called for 28 fouls while the other team was whistled just four times. We lost that game by five points. The officials all spoke fluent English, but once the game started, they acted like they couldn't understand a word we said." Hunsaker said he told his players just to play their game and not worry about the rule changes. "That's how we approached it," he said. "We didn't have many problems with the international rules except for the extra step. That hurt us. A lot of times our guys thought they had good position on defense only to watch the player step under them and go up with a shot." There was a lot more to these trips than just playing basketball. The players were able to see and do things they had only seen in travel brochures in the past. Arizona guard Matt Muehlebach took the "plunge" during the Wildcats' off-season trek to the Canary Islands. The Arizona players went cliff-diving one day during their visit to the beautiful Canary Islands, a rocky volcanic chain 100 miles off the western coast of Africa. Guard Matt Muehlebach took the 45-foot plunge in full uniform, including his high tops, into the 20-foot-deep water. Arizona used photos of his jump as a recruiting card. The team also enjoyed a stop at the Eiffel Tower and a dinner show at a cabaret in Paris. The group took a "bullet train," which travels at 162 mph, from Paris to Lyon. At the end of Arizona's 22-day journey, the players made a list of the best things about the tour. Here are two examples: Best City — Paris. Best Looking Women — Spain. The Big Eight team's first non- basketball activity in Australia was to visit a ranch and witness a sheep-shearing session. The group also visited the world-famous Melbourne Zoo and watched an Australian rules football game. At each stop, they met autograph seekers. "The fans totally respected us and admired us," said Colorado's Vandiver. "I had to sign shoes, shirts and bodies. I especially remember one girl's body. She had on a tank top. She told us to sign her arms and back." The Atlantic 10 team enjoyed a medieval festival in Visby, Sweden (known as The City of Roses) on the island of Gotland. Listing the best food was the toughest category for all the American teams. "There was a problem with some of the beef," Hunsaker said. "A lot of times it tasted like Hamburger Helper. We spent a lot of time looking for the Golden Arches." One of the things Hunsaker and his players liked best was the chance to visit with the opposing players and coaches after each game. "The games are a different atmosphere," Hunsaker said. "Each gym has a restaurant and a bar. Prior to each game they have a cocktail hour. Then after the game, the referees and both teams get together for refreshments." There was a great deal of interest among the fans, who were anxious to see the Americans play. A sell- 94