NCAAM Basketball – 1980 – SWC Game Of The Week – Texas Longhorns VS SMU Mustangs – 1st Half

DOG ASIDE:  The 1979 – 80 Texas Longhorn mens basketball starting five including G Fred Carson, G John Danks, G Ron Baxter (the Horns played a 3-guard tandem), F Bill Wendlandt and C LaSalle Thompson….along with 6th man F/C Rob Cunningham….were a really close-knit group who enjoyed coming together as a group to The Sports Place, Madison…

NCAAM Basketball – 1980 – SWC Game Of The Week – Texas Longhorns VS SMU Mustangs – 2nd Half

DOG COMMENTARY:  Bone Daddy started on his path to becomming a Sportsphile as a 9 year old outfielder for the Braves of the Central Little League in Midland, Texas in 1956….for this path to being distinguished as the Original Sportsphile continued to grow and fourish from the mid-1950’s all the way to when he graduated…

NCAAM Basketball – 1979 – NBC Game Of The Week – Texas Longhorns VS USC Trojans – 2nd Half

DOG ASIDE:    In 1979, the Texas Longhorns mens basketball team had four starters coming back from a team that “took New York City and Madison Square Garden by storm”….as they came from way down deep in the heart of Texas to the Big Apple….and blew away the competition in the N.I.T. (National Invitation Tournament) that…

NCAAM Basketball – 1979 – NBC Game of Week – Texas Longhorns VS USC Trojans – 1st Half

DOG COMMENTARY:    With its four leading scorers returning, Texas entered the 1978–79 season with a No. 6 ranking in the AP poll….as they were a near-unanimous favorite to win the SWC championship….but the Longhorns struggled early after beginning the season 7–4 and falling out of the AP rankings after a 21-point road defeat to C Bill…

NCAAM Basketball – 1978 – NIT Semifinals – Texas Longhorns VS Rutgers Knights – 1st Half

DOG ASIDE:   No significant preseason expectations attended the 1977–78 Texas Longhorns….a team that would produce one of the more successful seasons in Longhorn basketball history….when after a one-point loss in the opening game against Southern California in Los Angeles….Texas inaugurated the $37-million, 16,231-seat Erwin Special Events Center with an 83–76 victory over the Oklahoma Sooners….the first of 8…

NCAAM Basketball – 1980 – SWC Game Of The Week – Texas Longhorns VS Arkansas Razorbacks – 2nd Half

DOG COMMENTARY: No matter how you cut the pie….for six (6) seasons from 1976 – 1982….Southwest Conference basketball experienced a rivalry for the ages between two (2) legendary coasches in college basketball…..Abe Lemons and Eddie Sutton,,,,for when these two men crossed paths in the old Southwest Conference while Sutton was at the helm of the Arkansas…

NCAAM – 1979 – SWC Game of Week – University of Texas Longhorns VS SMU Mustangs

DOG COMMENTARY: This 1979 SWC Game of the Week between the Texas Longhorns vs. SMU Mustangs has a special place in this lil ole chiweenie Sportsphiles’ heart….for this game took place during one of the 6 season span where Bone Daddy had a personal and business relationship with Longhorn Coach Abe Lemons…..as he knew all…

NCAAM Basketball – 1978 – 41st NIT Finals – University of Texas Longhorns VS NC State Wolfpack

DOG COMMENTARY: In 1978, Jim Valvano’s North Carolina State Wolfpack and Abe Lemons’ University of Texas Longhorns met in the finals of the 41st National Invitation Tournament at Madison Square Garden ….after scoring semifinal victories in contrasting styles.  Before a crowd of 18,504, the largest N.I.T. gathering at the Garden since 1968, North Carolina State…