Alaskans 7 for 8 in NCAA titles games (Basketball)

April 5, 2010

The odds will be stacked against Butler University tonight when it takes on 7-point favorite Duke University in the men’s final of the NCAA Tournament.

If only the Bulldogs had an Alaskan on their roster.

Why?

Because teams with a player from here are nearly unbeatable in NCAA title games, winning seven of eight times.

It started in 1987 when Juneau’s Andrea Lloyd helped Texas win the women’s national championship.

Anchorage’s Trajan Langdon advanced to the 1999 men’s final with Duke but lost to Connecticut.

In 2001, Juneau’s Carlos Boozer led Duke to a NCAA men’s title over Arizona.

Palmer’s Jessica Moore helped the Connecticut women win three consecutive national championships in 2002, 2003 and 2004.

In 2005, Palmer’s C.J. Hooker was on the North Carolina men’s team that knocked off Illinois in the men’s championship game.

And in the 2008 men’s final, Anchorage’s Mario Chalmers hit the big shot at the end of regulation to get Kansas into overtime where the Jayhawks beat Memphis to cut down the nets.

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