hoops finishes No.2 in midwest sectional
Saturday, March 9, the Maroons men's basketball team were the
post-season runners-up in the final game of the NCAA Division
III midwest sectional-held at Henry Crown Field House.
crowds filled the stands to cheer on the U of C team during
the weekend tournament. The 77-68 loss to Illinois Wesleyan
came after the Maroons' 62-52 defeat of Lewis & Clark College
in the semifinals on Friday night.
was a fine ending to the 2000-01 season, which saw the 24-and-4
Maroons capture the University Athletic Association conference
title for the fourth time in the past five years and marked
the first time in history that Chicago men's basketball finished
regular-season play ranked No. 1 nationwide in Division III.
March second-year forward Derek Reich was named to the 2000-01
National Association of Basketball Coaches All-America Team.
The UAA Player of the Year for the second straight season, Reich
set school records with 565 points and 137 free throws made.
He led the Maroons in per-game scoring (20.2) and rebounding
(8.6) and in season field goal percentage (.538) and free throws
made and attempted (137, 177).
finished his second season with 1,052 career points, placing
him tenth on the Chicago all-time list. He is the first player
in team history to reach 1,000 career points in just two seasons.
Brad Henderson drew national attention to the team when he was
named a Rhodes Scholar in December. "Sure the University
of Chicago's basketball team is a brainy bunch," read a
February 17 Chicago Tribune article, when the team had
tallied 19 victories, "but these scholars can play."
their part, the players take pride in their scholar-athlete
reputations. "Take a look at our players," Henderson
told the Tribune. "There are no Shaquille O'Neals
on this team." Says Reich, "We are not the nerdy types
people would expect. We are all normal guys who like to have