Friday, March 12, 2010

Today in DePaul Hoops History - March 12

March 12

Men's Basketball
1978 - A Nation Discovers DePaul - DePaul opened the NCAA Tournament with a match-up against Creighton in Levitt Arena in Wichita, Kan. The two Catholic rivals played a hard-fought battle with Creighton breaking out to a 14-point halftime lead.

As time ran down on the Blue Demons, DePaul looked to unsung hero Randy Ramsey to lead the Blue Demons. (Ironically the time would have never ran out on DePaul as the scoreboard clock in Wichita was not operational for much of the game.) The senior guard, seldom counted on to provide offensive fire power averaging 3.8 points for the season, provided a huge boost scoring 15 points. Ramsey knocked down seven of his 12 attempts including several tough jump shots. Ramsey joined the other four starters in double figures: Gary Garland (20), Dave Corzine (19), Randy Ramsey (15), Curtis Watkins (14) and Joe Ponsetto (10).

The win over Creighton advanced DePaul to the second round of the NCAA for a match-up with Louisville in Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas. Behind Corzine's 45-point barrage, the Blue Demons defeated the Cardinals in double-overtime, 90-89, to advance to an Elite Eight match-up against Notre Dame. The Blue Demons dropped the contest to the Fighting Irish to end the season with a 27-3 mark.

Women's Basketball
1981 - DePaul women's basketball, under first-year coach and men's basketball All-American Ron Feiereisel, ended its season for the second-straight to Detriot in the first round of the AIAW Midwest Regional.

The Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women had served as the governing body for women's athletics since 1971. Following the 1982 campaign, the AIAW discountinued its national championships. The NCAA would then become the sanctioning body for the championships since.

1983 - The Blue Demons closed the 1983 campaign with a 67-59 victory over Loyola to close the season with a 13-15 mark.

1993 - DePaul, under the direction of Doug Bruno, opened the Great Midwest Tournament with a 73-57 vitcory over Cincinnati. The following day, the Blue Demons would win the Tournament with a 70-53 win over Marquette.