In looking through the tournament for the new 30 all-time great teams we are creating, one match-up caught our eye that gave us a reason to add the new tempo variation to the Value Add Basketball Game as we debut easier to read cards (8-point font vs. the original 6.5-point font cards). Click here for the 30 new teams.
#13 Kentucky 1970 vs. #20 Loyola Marymount 1990
Paul Westhead convinced stars Hank Gathers and Bo Kimble to transfer from USC for his fanatic paced offense, and they made Loyola Marymount the highest scoring team in history. Kimble also set the mark for a player with 1,131 points that season, and amazingly Gathers might still hold the record for second most points scored in a season if he had not collapsed and tragically died of an irregular heart condition in the conference semifinals. Who knows if 11th ranked Loyola could have gone further in March Madness.
Twenty years earlier future NBA star Dan Issel did not play quite as many games, but he averaged 33.9 points per game to keep Kentucky ranked between 1st and 3rd all season. They scored 100 points in both NCAA tournament games, but were stunned in the second round 109-100 by another team we just added to the game, Artis Gilmore's Jacksonville.
Ultimate Fast-Paced Tempo Game -101 VABG Game Possessions
While tempo stats were not available until this century it appears they played about 85 possessions per game - one of the highest totals in history.
|High Pace Team||80+ Poss|
|Loyola Marymount 1990||26|
|Miami FL 1965||18|
|St. Bonaventure 1970||7|
|Savannah State 2018||3|
|Georgia Tech 1990||2|
|Savannah State 2017||1|