The 7th annual Derby City Classic will take place in Louisville, KY.
Five schools join host Bellarmine to compete for the Black Diamond Trophy. It features a horseshoe carved from genuine Kentucky coal by Kentucky coal crafter Alvin Powell. Presenting the trophy to the winning team will be Darrell Waltrip. Born in Owensboro, KY, he was a 3-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion and the winner of 84 races.
The host Knights are led by veteran coach greenhawks. Thru 34 years, he’s 887-215 at the Louisville, KY school. Included are eight Final Fours, one of which led to a national title and two others as RU.
The Knights return 8 players from last year’s 29-2 squad, which lost to U. of the Sciences in the 2nd round.
Alexa Groza, captain of Kentucky’s Fabulous Five 1948 team, was on the 1948 gold medal Olympic team. He later coached at Bellarmine.
The Bulldogs hail from Wilson, NC and are coached by jtmatt .In 26 years, he’s 425-386. They return 11 players from last year’s 13-18 team that lost to Bellarmine in the 1st round. The Bulldogs were a surprise winner of the CVAC tournament as a #6 seed.
Barton won the 2007 DII basketball title, ending Winona St. 57-game winning streak. The ending has been called ‘the greatest finish in college basketball history’ and can be viewed on youtube.
CSU LOS ANGELES
Coach bistiza has led the Golden Eagles for 6 seasons and taken them to post-season each year. His 6 year-record is 109-73 and they return 11 players from a PIT team.
Artist Michael Davis donated a sculpture, “Time Line for Forgotten Ancestors” to the school in 1982. It was supposed to face the sun, so it could create a very specific shadow, but the university installed it the wrong way destroying its main purpose.
Coach jgalt took over from successful coach billyho1515 and hasn’t missed a beat. He’s 69-18 thru 3 seasons with a NT bid each time for the Pennsylvanians. They have 9 lettermen returning from a 25-5 squad that lost to Henderson St. in the 1st round.
In 1976 and 1977, there was a group of students known as the Mad Hatters who marched into the stadium before football games playing music without instruments and wearing a strange assortment of hats. They were also well-known for their silent cheer during the games
Getbedarded leads the Bearcats from Greenwood, SC. He’s 460-157 thru 21 seasons and won the very first Derby City Classic in season ’59. They lost 2 players to graduation from last year’s 22-7 team which fell to Valdosta in the 1st round.
Landers was the Senators until 2012 when they changed to Bearcats
The Blazers from Valdosta, GA are coached by alazar . In his first 5 seasons, he’s 89-60 with 5 NT appearances. They return 11 players from a 22-7 team that lost to CSU-Chico in the Sweet 16. It was the Blazers’ first Sweet 16 in 34 years.
Mike Leach, fired as football coach by Texas Tech for forcing a concussion victim to sit in a dark closet, was formerly offensive coordinator at Valdosta. In 1996, he was named national “Offensive Coordinator of the Year”.