John Thompson serves as a color analyst for Westwood One’s coverage of the Final Four and National Championship. Thompson is best known as the former head men’s basketball coach of the Georgetown Hoyas, where he built one of the most successful programs in college basketball history. During his 28 years at the helm, Thompson won 596 games, was named Coach of the Year seven times and led his team to 24 straight postseason appearances, and three NCAA Final Fours.
He won the national championship in 1984, becoming the first African-American coach to accomplish that feat. Thompson also served as the Olympic Head Coach for Team USA Basketball in 1988, capturing a bronze medal, and won gold as an assistant coach in 1976. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999.
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It’ll be remembered as a story of redemption. And it’ll be remembered as one of the best in National Championship Game history as Virginia edged Texas Tech, 85-77, in overtime on Monday night in Minneapolis. After the…Read More »
With a combined 15 lead changes and 10 ties, the Final Four once again delivered on Saturday night in Minneapolis. In the night’s first game, Virginia edged Auburn, 63-62, after Virginia’s Kyle Guy knocked down three free throws with less than one second to go following a controversial foul call.…Read More »
In as much as any team could be called an underdog in the Elite 8, Auburn recovered from losing starter Chuma Okeke to an ACL tear in their Sweet 16 game to take down one of the most successful programs in tournament history with a 77-71 victory over Kentucky in…Read More »
Fifth-seeded Auburn dismantled #1-seeded North Carolina 97-80 to advance to the Elite 8 where they’ll face a second-seeded Kentucky squad that hung on for a 62-58 victory over Houston. In the East region, Michigan State led wire to wire in beating LSU 80-63 but Duke had to withstand a last…Read More »
SAN ANTONIO, TX – Behind 31 bench points from redshirt sophomore guard Donte DiVincenzo, Villanova captured the 2018 National Championship with a 79-62 win over Michigan at the Alamodome. Trailing 21-14 early in the first half, the Wildcats erupted on a 23-7 run to lead 37-28 at halftime. Jay Wright’s…Read More »
SAN ANTONIO, TX – After knocking down 13 three-point field goals in the first half, Villanova cruised to a 95-79 victory over Kansas to advance to Monday’s National Championship Game. Villanova’s Eric Paschall had a career day in a Wildcat uniform, scoring 24 points, as Nova led by 15 at…Read More »
SAN ANTONIO, TX – Trailing by as many as 10 in the second half, the Michigan Wolverines ended their Final Four contest against the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers on a 22-10 run to advance to the National Championship Game with a 69-57 win. Michigan’s Moritz Wagner was key in the victory as…Read More »
SAN ANTONIO, TX – Kansas head coach Bill Self certainly remembers the Alamodome well, as it last hosted the Men’s NCAA Tournament Final Four in 2008–the same year Self’s Jayhawks last cut down the nets for a national title. But in order to reach the final, Kansas will first have…Read More »