Tuesday, January 9, 2024

NM St 1970 vs Temple 1958 Winner to face UMass 1996 in Final 4

After UMass survived Charlotte (UNCC), two other teams are tipping off in the Value Add Basketball Game to see who faces them in the Final 4 of our newest 16 teams - from the 20th century. They don't have the big names like John Calipari and Cornbread Maxwell that drew more than 1,000 unique visitors to this page each of the last few days during that coverage - but here is the match-up and cards of two teams who made their Final Four - lost the the biggest power at that time (UCLA and Kentucky) and then won the old consolation game.

New Mexico State 1970 had three future NBA players. We did notice we accidentally had one of them (starting point guard Charlie Criss) on the second line as a reserve, so we moved him up for their NBA backcourt with the true start Jimmy Collins - as well as 6'10 future NBA center Sam Lacey. We have started adding the "start xx points" on the cards for any player who does not start the game with the typical 2 points. In this case the aforementioned backcourt members both have a 3-pointer instead of a 2-pointer to make up for the 0 point start for backup center Lonnie Lefevre (averaged less than 2 points a game at 1.3 to draw the 0 start).

Temple 1958 actually was finishing third in the nation for the third time in four years. They had three reserves with a 0 point start, and that is made up by their star and one NBA player Guy Rodgers getting a 3-pointer to add to his 2-pointer for 5 points, a 3-pointer instead of 2-pointer for Billy Kennedy, and and extra 2-pointer for Jay Norman. The starting box score is below the screen shots of the teams.

Also note that since minutes were not tracked for either team in that early era, all players have the standard. The starters on the top row all play possessions 37-1, after the reserves all play possessions 44-38.

Box score start of game (all start with 2pts on 1 basket except red:
Pos     New Mexico St. 1970   Pts3pt2ptFTAttRebStlBlkFl Season Actual                          Hts
1-PGCharlie Criss31000110112.5 Pts-nba5'8
2-SGJimmy Collins31000110124.3 Pts-nba6'2
3-SFRoy Neal2010020015.5 Pts6'6
4-PFJeff Smith20100200112.8 Pts6'8
5-CSam Lacey20100201117.7 Pts-nba6'10
1-PGChito Reyes2010010018.2 Pts6'6
2-SGMilt Horne2010010014.4 Pts6'0
3-SFBill Moore2010010012.0 Pts6'3
4-PFJohn Burgess2010010014.7 Pts6'5
5-CLonnie Lefevre0000010011.3 Pts6'8
 3 Turnovers2001000132110  
PosTemple 1958Pts3pt2ptFTAttRebStlBlkFlSeason ActualHts
1-PGGuy Rodgers51100110120.1 Pts, 6.6 Reb, 5.2 Ast-nba6'0
2-SGBill Kennedy31000110113.5 Pts, 3.3 Reb5'11
3-SFMel Brodsky20100200110.9 Pts, 7.5 Reb6'2
4-PFTink Van Patton2010020016.6 Pts, 10.5 Reb6'8
5-CJay Norman40200201113.0 Pts, 11.9 Reb6'3
1-PGJoe Goldenberg0000010011.4 Pts, 0.5 Reb5'7
2-SGJack Peepe0000010011.1 Pts, 1.1 Reb6'2
3-SFOphie Franklin2010010012.1 Pts, 2.5 Reb6'4
4-PFPete Goss0000010011.3 Pts, 1.4 Reb6'7
5-CDan Fleming2010010015.0 Pts, 4.3 Reb6'6
 3 Turnovers2001000132110 

Game results to follow.

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