By - June 11, 2007

Every Tuesday during the summer, I'm going to scour the salvage yard of user-generated content for the Web's best college basketball-related clips to help pass the time until the official start of practice on Oct. 15.

  • I was still a couple months away from my eighth birthday on Jan. 4, 1990 as I walked into a sold-out Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse to see Saint Joseph's host Paul Westhead's high-octane Loyola Marymount team -- a side that featured Philly natives Bo Kimble and Hank Gathers, the attached-at-the-hip duo who had led Dobbins Tech to a Public League championship five years prior. The Lions employed a frenzied approach, seldom holding the ball for 10 seconds before putting up a shot and playing a full-court press for the entire 40 minutes. That year's team would break a number of NCAA records before finishing the season in the Elite Elite -- just weeks after Gathers collapsed and died as a result of a heart condition during the WCC Tournament. While the '89-90 season remains one of the more forgettable campaigns in St. Joe's history, the Hawks put forth one of their more memorable efforts of the year and appeared to be headed to overtime after tying the game at 96-96 -- but time still remained for a Bo Kimble prayer.

  • No one who was watching the NCAA Tournament on St. Patrick's Day in 1996 will ever forget Texas Tech's Darvin Ham doing his best Chocolate Thunder during his team's second-round victory over North Carolina. Washington Post photog Joel Richardson captured the moment for a famous Sports Illustrated cover.

  • One of the more colorful (and overlooked) Final Four teams from the 1990s hailed from Stillwater. In 1995, the brawny, cornfed frontcourt of Scott Pierce and Bryant "Big Country" Reeves took down Massachusetts to advance to the college basketball's biggest stage. Verne Lundquist and Quinn Buckner handle postgame interviews with the Pokes in this clip.

Posted by at 10:48 AM on June 11, 2007

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