The nationally televised Villanova game celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the famous upset.
Rollie Massimino, Northwood University Florida Head Men’s Basketball Coach and Director of Basketball Operations “returned home” along with the Northwood University Florida Seahawk Men’s Basketball Team to take on the Villanova Wildcats on Tuesday, November 4th.
Televised nationally on Fox Sports 1, the event celebrated the 30th Anniversary in which Massimino led the Villanova Wildcats to defeat conference rival Georgetown in the NCAA championship game in one of the greatest upsets in tournament history. Announced by Hall of Famer Bill Raftery, and hosting a variety of basketball greats including former Villanova coaches and players, the game was the second of three nationally ranked competitions for the Northwood University Seahawks as also took on the University of Iowa on November 2 and Wichita State on November 9.
“The Nova Nation is thrilled to welcome Coach Massimino and Northwood back home to Villanova for this truly unique celebration of our basketball heritage. Coach Massimino and all of the young men he mentored during his time here have made an enormous impact on our University. This is one way we can express our gratitude to Coach, his family, and the very special group of men he coached to the 1985 NCAA Championship, ” said Villanova University’s Head Men’s Basketball Coach Jay Wright.
“Having the opportunity to play such competitive teams makes for a great experience for our student athletes. The opportunity to play on national television is something very very special,” said Massimino of his group, which has participated in both final and semifinal NAIA national championship games, and since February, 2008 ranked within the top 25 for 80 consecutive polls.
Massimino’s rich, almost 60-year coaching legacy of teaching leadership both on and off the court, has generated over 20 former Northwood University student athletes who are now playing professionally overseas, two who are currently with the Harlem Globe Trotters, and several who are coaches or assistants for head coaches within various levels of the sport. “Winning games has been important, but having the opportunity to see all of these young students develop into mature, successful, people has been the biggest satisfaction of my athletic career,” reflected Massimino who was inducted into the National Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013.
OVER THE PREVIOUS 8 SEASONS, THE NORTHWOOD SEAHAWKS HAVE EMERGED AS ONE OF THE TOP NAIA PROGRAMS IN THE NATION.
THE SEAHAWKS HAVE THE NUMBERS PROVE IT…
THE SEAHAWKS HAVE WON 227 GAMES SINCE THE START OF THE 2006-2007 SEASON.
THE ROLLIE MASSIINO COURT HAS BECOME ONE OF THE TOUGHEST VENUES FOR OPPOSING PLAYERS. NORTHWOOD HAS WON 137 GAMES SINCE THE 2006-2007 (137-20).
JUST HOW DOMINATING HAVE THE SEAHAWKS BEEN IN SUN CONFERENCE PLAY? NORTHWOOD HAS WON 101 GAMES SINCE THE START OF THE 2006-2007 SEASON, THE MOST OF ANY TEAM IN THE SUN CONFERENCE.
NORTHWOOD HAS WON AT LEAST 23 GAMES IN EACH OF THE LAST EIGHT SEASONS. COMPARE THAT TO NCAA DIVISION ONE PROGRAMS – ONLY EIGHT HAVE ACCOMPLISHED THAT FEAT (DUKE, FLORIDA, GONZAGA, KANSAS, OHIO STATE, PITTSBURGH, SYRACUSE, AND AKRON).
NORTHWOOD HAS AMASSED 15 NAIA ALL-AMERICANS. THAT INCLUDES TWO FROM THE 2013-2014 SEASON: CHRIS SOLOMON (1ST TEAM) AND FRED MATTISON