Villanova is bound for the NCAA Final Four in men’s basketball after beating Houston 50-44 on Saturday at the AT&T Center in San Antonio.
The Wildcats will be aiming for their fourth NCAA championship. Coached by Jay Wright, they have won as recently as 2018, when they defeated Michigan in the title game – played at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
The Villanova fans were outnumbered in Saturday’s game since Houston is practically just down the road from San Antonio. But in the end, Wildcats fans got to see their team cut down the net and hoist the trophy.
One of the best things about working at big sporting events is getting the chance to see old friends from the business.
From Saturday’s NCAA tournament South Regional game at the AT&T Center in San Antonio:
1. Brian Anderson on TV play by play. I first met Brian almost 30 years ago when he was a college baseball player at St. Mary’s in San Antonio. He later went from being on the radio broadcast team for the Double-A San Antonio Missions to television play by play for the Milwaukee Brewers.
2. The historic JJ Perez from InsideRunnerSports.com and Jerry Briggs from theJBreplay.com. JJ is the best known source of news on UTSA football and men’s basketball. Jerry and I started working together more than 40 years ago at the San Antonio Light.
3. Mike Finger from the San Antonio Express-News. Mike brings his special flavor of wit and insight to his work and carries on the tradition of Express-News sports columnists.
4. Aaron Million from Project Spurs.com. Aaron is part of a young generating of journalists who combine photography, video and graphic art in their work.
St. Mary’s senior Caleb Jordan recorded his first career double-double and reached the 1,000-point mark for his career.
Jordan finished with 16 points and 10 assists as the Rattlers won their 2021-22 home opener 97-70 over Huston-Tillotson on Saturday.
Josh Brewer led St. Mary’s with 21 points, Kobe Magee had 13, C.J. Washington had 12 and Ryan Leonard had 11.
The Rattlers evened their record to 2-2 with road games coming up against UT-Permian Basin on Dec. 11 and Angelo State on Dec. 13. St. Mary’s plays its next home game on Dec. 18 against A&M-International.
It was 23 seasons ago that St. Mary’s won the NAIA men’s basketball national championship.
Longtime head coach Buddy Meyer was at the Rattlers’ helm and Jim Zeleznak was the top assistant coach when they claimed the 1989 championship trophy in Kansas City. Both were former St. Mary’s players. Meyer had been a member of the Rattlers’ first team to reach the national tournament.
All these years later, the St. Mary’s coaching staff has a familar look.
Zeleznak is in his 17th season as the Rattlers’ head coach, having taken over when Meyer retired after 27 years.
Meyer’s son Bubba, who played for his father at St. Mary’s, is in his 21st season as the team’s assistant coach.
And Monday, when St. Mary’s made the short road trip to the north side of San Antonio to play UTSA, Buddy Meyer was in the stands right behind the Rattlers’ bench.