Wilt 100, Kansas City 10
There was quite a bit of remembering going on today: Sports Illustrated, ESPN, KC Star, USA Today, The NBA, BleacherReport. It has been 50 years since Wilt Chamberlain, of the Philadelphia Warriors, scored 100 points against the New York Knicks (no relation). He dropped the triple digits on March 2, 1962 in Hershey, PA. Sweet.
However, a not so sweet triple happened 5 years earlier in Kansas City. In Municipal Auditorium. In the NCAA National Basketball Tournament. That is when Wilt's Kansas Jayhawks lost the finals to North Carolina in triple overtime. Triple overtime!?! In the finals!?! Be still my beating SportsCenter. That, my history loving friends, was just one of the 10 Final Fours contested in Kansas City.
Who are the other nine KC winners besides North Carolina? That would be; Wisconsin, Stanford, Indiana (twice), LaSalle, San Francisco, Cincinnati, KU and UCLA (Wooden's first).
And who finished second in all those Kansas City NCAAs? Kansas (two additional, for a total of three), Washington State, Dartmouth (Dartmouth? did the NCAA invite teams based on some BCS-like formula that factored in GPA?), LaSalle, Ohio State, Bradley (not Bill), Duke and Oklahoma.
Any other overtime finals in Kansas City? Yes, Cincy beat Ohio State in a pedestrian one overtime game.
WILT, thank you for allowing me to dip into Kansas City Basketball History on the Anniversary of your record. Thank you.
P.S. March 2, you say? In that case, Happy Birthday brother Danny (relation).