Sunday, April 10, 2011

NCAA hoops at Palace; award for Izzo

Ready for some long-range planning?
The Palace is one of the venues scheduled to host second- and third-round games in the NCAA men's basketball tournament in 2013.
Games at the Palace will be played March 21 and 23.
Oakland University will be the host school.
The 2013 tournament will be capped by the Final Four at Atlanta.
Next year, the Superdome in New Orleans hosts the Final Four.
The Superdome last hosted the Final Four in 2003, when Syracuse emerged as the champion.
HONOR FOR IZZO: Tom Izzo of Michigan State received the Legends of Coaching award in Los Angeles last week. Izzo in 2011 led MSU to a 14th consecutive NCAA tournament appearance.
CRADLE OF COACHES: Mark Gottfried is back in coaching, having been hired at North Carolina State. Gottfried was an assistant at UCLA in 1995 when the Bruins won the national championship under head coach Jim Harrick. Also on that staff were Steve Lavin, who's now the head coach at St. John's, and Lorenzo Romar, head coach at Washington.
Gottfried coached for several years at Alabama, but was out of coaching for a couple of years after leaving the Crimson Tide.
PAULEY MAKEOVER: Speaking of UCLA, the Bruins will play most of their 2011-12 home games at the Los Angeles Sports Arena because Pauley Pavilion is being renovated. The Sports Arena was home to the Bruins from 1959-65, during which time UCLA won two national championships.


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