While many students went home for some time off and turkey last week, there was little rest for the Washington University basketball teams this Thanksgiving break as they continued their seasons through the holiday weekend.
The Washington University men’s basketball played the first road game of head coach Pat Juckem’s tenure, dropping a midweek nightcap to Webster University 72-64. The Bears led by 10 midway through the first half before being outscored by 12 in the second Wednesday in nearby Webster Groves, Mo.
For the first time in 37 years, Washington University has a new basketball coach.
Forty-nine years after playing in his last collegiate game, 37 years after coaching his first game for his alma mater and three years after the court was partially named after him, Mark Edwards announced his retirement as head coach of the Washington University men’s basketball team Wednesday afternoon.
Three top-seven teams ousted in the first round, three unranked teams in the final four and, Nebraska Wesleyan University, a team that hadn’t lost fewer than eight games since the 1990s winning it all.
With Wash. U. still in celebration mode, Marcus Myers collected, turned 90 degrees and knocked down an off-balance shot all in one motion to end Wash. U.’s season in shocking fashion.
Wash. U. has not been past the first weekend of the NCAA tournament since the title run in 2009.
In their final game of their respective regular seasons, the men’s and women’s basketball teams fell to the University of Chicago.
Adding a victory over Carnegie Mellon, the Bears improve to 22-2 on the season.
Jack Nolan is a young face on an experienced men’s basketball team. Yet the freshman guard already is drawing comparisons to his record-holding uncle.